Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Book bits: New covers, new ebooks, Legacies blurbs, and more

Lots of updates from the world of Star Trek prose today, including several dazzling new covers, news of a whole bunch of new ebooks, new blurbs from the 50th anniversary Legacies trilogy, and more! Continue below for everything, starting with new covers!

First up, StarTrek.com have premiered the covers for two novels. Due out in May is Elusive Salvation, Dayton Ward's sequel to the brilliant TOS/20th century book, From History's Shadow. This new cover, by Alan Dingman (as credited by the author), seems to feel both very modern and superbly retro, and quite atypical for Star Trek. I love it:

IDW's February titles, and other Star Trek comics news

IDW have released their solicitations for February, which include two new Star Trek comics, plus an omnibus book. Continue below for the details of all those, and more Star Trek comics news:

Starfleet Academy #3
Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art by Derek Charm.
The all-new hit STAR TREK mini-series continues here, as Uhura and Kirk draw closer to uncovering the truth surrounding a century-old mystery. Meanwhile, T'Laan and the new cadets find themselves on the brink of elimination from the Centennial Competition!
This one has three covers: The A cover by Charm, a subscription variant by Paulina Ganucheau, and a retailer incentive by Adam Rosenlunc.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Cross Cult's all new Promtheus trilogy!

Cross Cult, the publishers of German translations of Star Trek novels, have announced huge news; for the first time ever, they will be releasing entirely original German language Star Trek books. Starting next July, and running for three consecutive months, will be the Prometheus trilogy, written by Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg - Both have a good number of sci-fi and fantasy books to their names, and both have previously done translations of many of the modern continuity Star Trek books which Cross Cult have released in German.

The trilogy will be tied to the current prose continuity; set shortly after the assassination president Bacco in The Fall series. It sees the USS Prometheus sent on a mission to deal with new threat in the Lembatta Cluster, a region near the Klingon border. The Prometheus, commanded by Captain Richard Adams, has to deal with both the new enemy, and a tense relationship with the Klingons, in the guise of the IKS Bortas and crew, who are also sent to investigate. Here's Cross Cult's overview of the series (in German of course):
Erst vor wenigen Wochen wurde Föderationspräsidentin Nanietta Bacco an Bord der Weltraumstation Deep Space 9 ermordet. Und so steht im November 2385 die Vereinigte Föderation der Planeten an einem historischen Wendepunkt: Eine neue Präsidentin soll die Schrecken der jüngeren Vergangenheit vergessen machen und den Weltenbund in ein besseres Zeitalter führen. Nicht nur in den Reihen der Sternenflotte regt sich die Hoffnung, endlich wieder zur friedlichen Erforschung des Alls zurückzukehren.

Doch während die Vereinigte Föderation der Planeten und die Sternenflotte hofft, endlich zur Ruhe zu kommen, taucht eine neue Bedrohung am Horizont auf.

Die Sternenflotte entsendet die U.S.S. Prometheus, eines ihrer stärksten Schlachtschiffe, während gleichzeitig Spannungen zwischen der Föderation und dem Klingonischen Reich entstehen.
And a translation care of UnrealitySF's forever helpful Jens Deffner:
Just a few weeks earlier Federation President Nanietta Bacco was assassinated on the new Deep Space 9 space station. As a result the United Federation of Planets has reached a historic turning point: A new President is tasked to let the recent horrors remain in the past and lead the Federation into a new, better era. Not only within Starfleet hope is rising to return to peaceful exploration of space.

But while the Federation and Starfleet hope for quieter times, a new Meance rises on the horizon.

Starfleet sends the U.S.S. Prometheus, one of its most powerful battleships, all the while new tensions arise between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
The series features brand new cover art by Tobias Richter (including nebulae by Ali Ries). The first book also promises a fold-out overview of the Prometheus. Continue below for details of each book in the series, and prospects of an English edition.

Book 1 will be Feuer gegen Feuer (which could translate as Fire Against Fire):

Friday, 20 November 2015

Get in the mood, with a glowing Borg Cube

ThinkGeek have come up with a relatively subtle and functional Star Trek item for the home, the new Borg Cube paper lantern floor lamp. Being a simple cube, the untrained eye might not even detect it being a Star Trek product, but of course on closer inspection you will see it is printed with the details of a Borg Cube.

Here's a gif ThinkGeek have made to show it with the light on and off:

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Staships Collection: NX-01 refit, Breen, Xindi, Phoenix, Star Trek Beyond ships, and more!

Lots of updates from Eaglemoss' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection today, including the first look at several new models coming soon in the collection, and news of possible new ships on the way from forthcoming film and TV productions! Continue below to check out everything.

First up, the next oversized special issue in the series will also be the first non-canon design featured, Doug Drexler's Enterprise NX-01 refit. The smaller regular NX-01, released waaay back as issue four in the series, remains one of best models in the entire run, and it doesn't look like this larger version is going to be any less impressive. Series manager Ben Robinson shared these photos on Twitter, including one with a hand for scale:

Live Live part 2 preview

Out this week is the middle issue in the three-part mirror universe story, Live Live; part of the nuTrek ongoing comic series. Regular writer Mike Johnson penned the tale with art by almost as regular artist Tony Shasteen, who also made the main cover art. The subscription cover comes from Lorelei Bunhes. Continue below to check out those, and a five page preview from the issue:

The Spectrum War #5 preview

Out this week is the penultimate issue of the nuTrek/Green Lantern crossover comic series, The Spectrum War, which rather lives up to the title in a dazzlingly colourful issue!

Written by nuTrek regular Mike Johnson, with art by Angel Hernandez, this fifth issue in the series has three different covers: The A cover by David Williams, coloured by Charlie Kirchoff; the B cover by Tess Fowler, coloured by Tamra Bonvillian, and the subscription cover by Garry Brown, coloured by Doug Garbark. You can see all three, and a five-page preview from this issue, continuing below:

Friday, 13 November 2015

Neca's new Bat'leth

Are you a Klingon with a soft side? Then you might want to arm yourself with Neca's new bat'leth prop replica, a full-size reproduction of the iconic prop, which is made of friendly safe foam.

Here's how Neca describe it:
Add extra authenticity to your costume with this soft foam replica of the most honorable weapon of all, the Klingon Bat’leth!

Modeled on an actual prop used on screen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the foam construction makes it perfectly safe — yet the detailed paint deco is so realistic you may mistake it for a lock of Kahless’ own hair dipped in lava and twisted into a weapon to make empires tremble. Measures a massive 4 feet long.
Neca expect to ship this from March, although Entertainment Earth are feeling a bit more conservative, with their pre-order anticipating it will arrive in April.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Stab a sausage like a loyal citizen of Cardassia

It appears the StarTrek.com Shop is trying to muscle in on ThinkGeek's long held title of producer-of-most-unlikely-Star-Trek-products; as following the recent USS Enterprise cutting board, they are now taking orders for the Star Trek: The Next Generation BBQ set!

Included in the set is an Enterprise-D shaped spatula, a Cardassian emblem fork, Starfleet delta embellished tongs, and (I think the neatest design in the collection), a set of four Starfleet delta skewers. All come in a Starfleet issue box, ready for BBQ on away missions... The set should be available from later this month.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Comic bits: UK comic strips, January comics, new covers, and Spock/New Vulcan miniseries!

Lots of Star Trek comic news today, including the details of all the January titles, as well as few other new books, and lots of new covers. Continue below for the full details of everything.

First up, a book I have been dreaming of for a long time is finally coming. According to a new Amazon listing, next March will bring us Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics Volume 1, a hardcover book reprinting for the first time ever the rare 1960s UK comics originally printed in a variety of magazines. This will presumably be the first of two books reprinting the whole run, following on from the US comic strip books from a couple of years ago. I am even more excited for these books than I was the previous US strips, as not only do the UK strips share the somewhat whacky and pulp-fiction-sci-fi approach of the Gold Key Comics, but they also feature some stunning artwork (like the example pictured, which should be even better once cleaned up for this new release). Here's the Amazon blurb:
In 1969, six months before the Star Trek TV series premiered in England, British comics readers were introduced to the characters in an original comic book series. The stories were serialized, generally 2 to 3 pages at a time, in 257 weekly magazines spanning five years and 37 storylines. These extremely rare comics have never been published in the United States. Star Trek fans will quickly note that the comics were not written with strict adherence to Star Trek's core concepts. The Enterprise frequently traveled outside our galaxy, and the crew committed many violations of the never-mentioned Prime Directive along the way. Spock shouted most of his lines and often urged Kirk (or "Kurt," as his name was misspelled in early issues) to shoot first and ask questions later. But it's precisely that "offness" that makes them so eminently readable and deserving of a proper reprinting. They're unique in the annals of Star Trek and fans have gone without them for far too long.

News of another new title coming next year came from IDW at the New York Comic Con last month, where Legacy of Spock was announced, a four-issue arc in the nuTrek ongoing series, which will focus on Spock prime and New Vulcan, as well as what Bleedng Cool reported as "the 10 Vulcans left after the homeworld is destroyed". The tribute to Leonard Nimoy will of course be written by series regular Mike Johnson, and is due to start in March (so presumably will cover issues fifty-five to fifty-eight).

The four issues will take the ongoing series right up to the release of Star Trek Beyond, and if it's going right back to tell the story of New Vulcan from the beginning would follow a similar pattern to the comics preceding Into Darkness, which were character-focused flashback issues. Last time the Countdown to Darkness series ran concurrently telling the current mission of the Enterprise - Surely something similar is in the works for the new film?