Friday, April 21, 2017

In Memoriam: Star Trek author V.E. MItchell (1954-2017) has died

Victoria "Vicki" Estelle Mitchell Gustafson (1954-2017)

V.E. Mitchell, the author of four Star Trek novels (TOS: Enemy Unseen, TOS: Windows on a lost World, TNG: Imbalance and the young adult novel TNG: Atlantis Station) has died on April 13th 2017.

Beside her work as a science fiction author Mitchell gained several college degrees, including a Master's in Geology and an MBA. She worked as an Geologist and mine historian for the Idaho Geological Survey.

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Thank you to TrekBBS user Daddy Todd for sending me the link to the Obituary.

V.E. Mitchell has been added to this blog's In Memoriam page.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Short News: New eBook exclusive DS9 novella by Block & Erdmann added for November 13th 2017

Simon and Schuster has added a new eBook exclusive DS9 novella called I, The Constable to their line-up for November 13th 2017.

It will be written by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Ermann, who have written two other DS9 novellas in the last few years with Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found) and Rules of Accusation.  

No information  are available about the topic of this novella, but the title seems to suggest that after the last two novellas being focused on Quark and the Ferengi this one seems to take a closer look at Quark's old nemesis Odo.

EDIT:

Paula has confirmed that it will indeed feature Odo on Twitter:


The "Constable" in the title is indeed Odo. And Quark is in the story, too.

DS9: I, The Constable by Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann (November 13th 2017)

STAR TREK - Deep Space Nine

I, The Constable

Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann
Pocket Books
November 13th 2017
eBook exclusive novella


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Blurb 

No Blurb available yet

About the Author

Paula M. Block (with Terry J. Erdmann) is a co-author of the ebook novella Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). She has also written the non-fiction books: Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek Pop-Ups; Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series; Star Trek The Next Generation 365; Star Trek The Original Series 365; Star Trek 101; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion; The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection; The Magic of Tribbles; and Star Trek: Action! Her additional titles include Monk: The Official Episode Guide and The 4400 Companion. As a licensing director for Paramount Pictures, Paula was co-editor of Pocket Books’ short story series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Terry J. Erdmann (with Paula M. Block) is a co-author of the ebook novella Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). He has also written the non-fiction books: Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek Pop-Ups; Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series; Star Trek The Next Generation 365; Star Trek The Original Series 365; Star Trek 101; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion; The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection; The Magic of Tribbles; and Star Trek: Action! His additional titles include Monk: The Official Episode Guide and The 4400 Companion. During his career in film publicity, Terry authored The Last Samurai Official Companion. They live in Southern Oregon with their two collies, Shadow and Mandy.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Short News: Cover for english translation of the first Prometheus book revealed

A cover has been added to the listing of Prometheus: Fire with Fire by Christian Humberg and Bernd Perplies at the various Amazon sites:



Comparing it to the original cover makes one wonder why they couldn't just use the German cover with English text as the differences are minimal:


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Short News: Cover for DS9: Enigma Tales by Una McCormack revealed

StarTrek.com has posted the cover for Una McCormack's upcoming Deep Space Nine novel Enigma Tales:


Internal News: Fictional non-fiction now part of Defcon's Treklit's coverage

First of all: Thank you to those who took part in my "fitional" non-fiction poll.

Since the results at the moment are pretty overwhelmingly in favor of adding those books, I've added them to the upcoming schedule and created posts for both Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek - The Klingon Empire and The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

Since I was working on the table anyway I've also added two new columns to the upcoming schedule:

release month:  Since at least for Pocket Books for the novels released at the end of a month the official release month is the following month TrekBBS user ryan123450 suggested to add this information and I concur.

publisher: originally I thought that column wouldn't be necessary, but since Titan Books picked up Prometheus, and I've now added the "fictional" non fiction titles as well there are three players now instead of one.

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






Blurb 

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.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Short news: Original Sin confirmed for September 26th 2017

What was already pretty apparent has now been officially confirmed by David R. George III: Original Sin has been moved to the October 2017 slot in the Trek Schedule:

I just confirmed with my editor that my next #StarTrek novel has been moved up on the schedule. It had been planned as a January 2018 released, but will now be an October 2017 book. That means it will be in bookstores on 26 September—three months earlier than expected!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Should Defcon's Treklit cover "fictional" non-fiction?

At the moment two title's are upcoming for which I'm unsure if I should include them in my coverage or not.

My original plan was and still is to stick to the prose and leave non-fiction works out of this site's coverage. But over the next few months two titles will be published that are on the line between what I could or could not include and represent what I call "fictional" non-fiction:

 Hidden Universes Trave Guide: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman

 Since my opinion is flip-flopping on a constant basis I figured I should ask the readers of this blog what I should include and what not, so please take a few seconds and share your opinion.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Short News: VOY: Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer and DS9: Original Sin by David R. George III change slots in schedule

According to eMails send to people who have preordered Voyager: Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer by Amazon the book has been delayed to December 26th 2017, taking the January 2018 slot from David R.George III's DS9 novel Original Sin, which in turn takes Architects of Infinity's October 2017 slot, which now is listed on Amazon for September 26th 2017.

No reason for the second delay for her Voyager novel has been made public yet, but my guess is that it is related to the delay of the Discovery TV show, for which Kirsten Beyer is on the writing staff.

If you want to see how the upcoming schedule looks now, I refer you to my upcoming novels schedule.

DS9: Original Sin by David R.George III (September 26th 2017)

STAR TREK - DEEP SPACE NINE

Original Sin

David R. George III
September 26th 2017


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Blurb 

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

About the Author

David R. George III has written more than a dozen Star Trek novels, including Ascendance, The Lost Era: One Constant Star, The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, the Typhon Pact novels Raise the Dawn, Plagues of Night, and Rough Beasts of Empire, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins. He also cowrote the television story for the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Prime Factors.” Additionally, David has written nearly twenty articles for Star Trek magazine. His work has appeared on both the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists, and his television episode was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe magazine award. You can chat with David about his writing at Facebook.com/DRGIII.


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