Sunday, 25 August 2013

Coming Soon from Simon and Schuster

Just a quick note on the upcoming novels from publishers Simon and Schuster before the end of 2013.

With the release of The Original Series novel From History's Shadow by Dayton Ward it's securely into The Fall and a trio of tales from the pens of David R George III, Una McCormack and David Mack.

Now the cover art for these doesn't leave us a lot to go on but I think we can firmly say that Deep Space Nine and the Enterprise-E are going to be involved at some point along the way - more than that is clearly going to be guesswork but there are a few details available from Simon and Schuster...

Revelation and Dust

The Federation is rocked to its core as the Typhon Pact is suspected of being behind a barbarous act that shatters the fragile peace of the Alpha Quadrant. An original Star Trek novel, this is part of a five-book story arc that takes place over a 60 day period, but it is not necessary to read each novel in order to follow the storyline, which involves all aspects of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine universes.

The Crimson Shadow

The USS Enterprise has been sent to Cardassia Prime, where Captain Jean-Luc Picard is
involved in discussions over the removal of the small number of remaining Starfleet forces left over from the end of the Dominion War. Also present is the Cardassian Ambassador to the Federation, Elim Garak.

All parties involved are keen to see Starfleet leave Cardassian soil, not only because the Cardassians are now allies of the Federation, but because Starfleet has been badly overstretched in recent years and the resources are needed elsewhere. With so much goodwill at the highest levels, this meeting should be a formality. However, within a few days of the arrival of the Enterprise, a Bajoran Federation officer is found murdered. The crime may be racially motivated: an ultra-nationalist organization called "Cardassia First" has been stirring up anti-Federation feeling across Cardassia over the past year, and a Bajoran is an obvious target… 

A Ceremony of Losses

Despite heroic efforts, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return. With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain-at any price. Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost…

Still for announcement on plot details and cover art are the final two books in the series entitled The Poisoned Chalice and Peaceable Klingons...I await news!

Overall I'm quite excited about this series. Set in a 60 day period it looks to include everything we fans love about The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine whether it's Cardassians, Andorians or our favourite characters - at least Garak and Bashir are confirmed in these snapshots of the first three novels. How they will link has yet to be revealed but apparently you won't need to read them in order or all of them to understand what's happening. 

This will also be my first visit to Deep Space Nine and the new station replacing the Cardassian structure. While my experiences with The Original Series and The Next Generation have been good I hope the same can be said for my favourite series.

Novel covers courtesy of Simon and Schuster

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