Thursday, August 3, 2017

Short News: Kelvin Timeline no longer off limits, licence renewal in progress, Desperate Hours creation

No new books were announced at the STLV books panel, but TrekCore reports some interesting little tidbits via their twitter nonetheless:

 Breaking: novels can now incorporate Kelvin Timeline content as needed - Hobus supernova, etc
This allows novel writers to 'play in another part of the sandbox'

No new 2018 novel announcements yet (save for DSC), license with CBS in process of being renewed. Novels will continue, says panel

About the creative process regarding Desperate Hours and David Mack's rapport with the writing staff:
turned in his novel draft a few months ago, ahead of the season being fully scripted

describes a few "false starts" in his writing time, having to change directions as show plans changed

  is getting scripts as they are released to the production team at the show.

 Getting scripts as they are completed lets offer notes to Kirsten Beyer to share with writing team

describes "two-way communication" between novel writing team and episode writers

says DESPERATE HOURS is a 90k-100k-word novel.

created a character reference bible for writing, with some information that made it to on-screen content

  drafted character profiles before actors cast, showrunners then asked him to update to align with actors

's revised character profiles shared with actors to help them craft their backstories

A 'preview' of 's DESPERATE HOURS. Good Luck folks.

Some character names/details on originate in 's character profiles

News: Desperate Hours cover and blurb revealed and second novel announced at STLV

During a panel about the tie-in comics and novels to Star Trek Discovery at  the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention the cover and blurb for David Mack's Discovery novel Desperate Hours has finally been revealed:


Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.
She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea.

As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life—until now. 

The novel is set one year prior to the shows first episode and one year after the events of TOS original pilot The Cage.

A second novel, penned by Dayton Ward was also announced during the panel, set to appear in early 2018. No title has been announced for this novel yet, but Dayton Ward revealed that it was set 10 years prior to the show.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman (September 5th 2017)

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

David A. Goodman
September 5th 2017
Titan Books


The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard is an in-world memoir chronicling the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court martials, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.

David A. Goodman, who also wrote The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, has spent the last 26 years writing for television. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”), and Family Guy, where he was head writer for six years.

About the Author

In addition to his books, David A. Goodman has been writing for television since 1988. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"), and Family Guy where he was head writer for six years. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his family.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Short News: David Mack's Discovery: Desperate Hours release date will be September 26th 2017

Simon and Schuster now lists the first Dicovery novel Desperate Hours, written by David Mack, for September 26th 2017.

At the time of this post DS9: Original Sin is still listed for the same release date, so while the late October slot is still empty, we will get a Star Trek "double-header" in late September.

Interesting tidbit: The German publisher Cross Cult had September as the release date for the German version all the way back since the original announcement that the book would be delayed. Funny coincidence or them having early knowledge about the series release?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

News: Cover and Synopsis revealed for Deep Space Nine: Gamma - Original Sin by David R. George III

Seems like my speculation way back in February that Original Sin would be a Robinson novel turned out to be true:

Today revealed the cover and synopsis for Original Sin. And while the article doesn't mention this to be the first part of series, the subtitle Gamma on the Doug Drexler created cover at least makes this likely.

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At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a years-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet’s charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations.

But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship’s crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted—including Sisko’s daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko’s daughter and the rest of the missing