Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Frontier Doctor cover

Best cover ever? C.o. of Mr John Byrne, via his forums, the cover for the first issue of his next Trek series, Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor:UPDATE: Now in colour too:

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

New covers for german TNG novels

Check out the new cover art for the German editions of Q & A and Before Dishonor, coming out from Cross Cult early next year:And Death in Winter, if you've not seen it before, has been out a while:

IDW March

Comics Continuum have posted IDW's solicitations for March, which include three Star Trek comics and one omnibus. The solicitions also reveal Fool's Gold will only have four parts.

Ghosts #5
It's the stunning conclusion! As Worf's execution draws ever closer, Commander Riker sends Data alone into enemy territory to find him. Meanwhile, Picard and his fellow prisoners search desperately for a way out of the white zone before their link to the real world disappears -- trapping them forever! Fool's Gold #4
With Deep Space Nine descending into chaos, Captain Sisko turns to an unexpected source for assistance -- but how can the Cardassian tailor Garak help? It all comes together in this final issue of IDW's debut Deep Space Nine mini-series!
Star Trek Movie Adaptation #2
The official comics adaptation of the blockbuster film Star Trek continues in this mini-series presented by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman! Follow young Kirk and Spock on their journey towards Starfleet Academy and witness Kirk's first encounter with the USS Enterprise! Brought to you by the creative team behind the best-selling Star Trek: Countdown, this series includes scenes not included in the original film! Alien Spotlight, Volume 2
Cardassians, Klingons, Q, Romulans, and Tribbles. Five different and distinct alien races, all part of the Star Trek Universe. Five stand-alone stories that take you on unique and intriguing adventures, each focusing on an alien species that has come into contact -- and often conflict -- with the Federation of Planets!

Ghosts previews

TrekMovie have posted a five-page-preview of this week's coming issue of the TNG miniseries Ghosts. Here's one page, see the rest at TrekMovie:
Elsewhere... on deviantART the series' colorist, John Hunt, has posted a couple of pages from the third issue. Here's one (see the other here):

Online updates

Are as numerous as ever... bunch of new videos, including ones featuring Leonard Nemoy doing some narration and Zachery Qunito as the the game's training EMH:

And some new pictures too (via massively and TrekMovie):

And finally, check out this article from TrekMovie, "Top 10 Trekkie Reasons To Play", which highlights some features of the game, like tribbles and the Guardian of Forever!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Comics update

TrekMovie posted a five-page-preview from last week's Alien Spotlight: Cardassians. Here's a page:
Comics Continuum have posted one for the coming week's first issue of Fool's Gold, here's a page of that:And finally John Byrne has announced his next Trek series, Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor will now be starting in April, rather than March as first indicated.

Coming soon from David Mack

Unreality SF have posted an interview with David Mack regarding his latest and forthcoming publications.

The article sheds some light on his forthcoming expansion of his Mirror Universe novel The Sorrows of Empire, which will be more than twice the length of the original short novel version. "I’ve detailed at least one event from each of the 28 years spanned by the story. Marlena’s point of view is given greater examination, and I’ve worked to better integrate the characters who previously had made only cameos - in particular, Saavik and, to a lesser degree, T’Prynn from the Vanguard series." It also reveals he's already delivered a proposal for a novel to complete the story of Spock's plan. So finger's crossed the new trek editor likes it!

(You can also read an excerpt from the book on TrekMoive, here)

The article also discusses Mack's next trek outing in 2010, his new movie tie-in More Beautiful Than Death, which he provides a summary for: "The Enterprise crew is ordered to escort Ambassador Sarek to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron, which has sent out a planetary distress signal. When the Enterprise crew reaches Akiron, they find that the planet is under siege by dark-energy creatures that some of the planet’s more religious denizens believe are demons. In short order, one calamity after another puts our heroes in jeopardy. Sarek begins trying to pull diplomatic rank so he can pull the plug on the mission, and young Captain Kirk must fend off this unexpected challenge to his still-fragile command authority.

As Kirk sinks himself, his crew, and his ship deeper into danger with each passing minute, he finds his own beliefs in a rational universe challenged by a mystic who insists it’s no coincidence that has brought Kirk to Akiron but rather the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt. Meanwhile, one of Sarek’s young Vulcan aides has a sinister agenda - and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock."

And a third Mack Trek work coming in 2010, the Typhoon Pact novel Zero Sum Game: "will be a tense, action-packed science-fiction spy thriller that focuses on the Breen Confederacy, and that it will feature Captain Ezri Dax and her crew aboard the U.S.S. Aventine, as seen in my Star Trek Destiny trilogy." Mack commented that the book will not be published under an Aventine title, and in fact "Although Captain Dax and the Aventine figure prominently in the story, I should probably drop this hint right now to nip wild speculations in the bud: they are not the stars of the story."

The article also talks a lot about the recently release Vanguard novel Precipice, and gives lots of background on all those new stories mentioned above, check it out.


Diamond Select Toys have posted a video of their new The Motion Picture phaser, enjoy:

Online product and pictures

There are now listings abound for a "Collectors' Edition" of Star Trek Online, which will include a whole host of extra bits, such as: A hardcover manual and art book, containing forty pages of concept art for the game. A metal comm badge from the game's uniform design. Three guest passes to give some friends a ten-day trial of the game. TNG and DS9 design uniform options for your in-game crew. And the "Red Matter Capacitor: A unique item that charges up and delivers extra energy to all of your ship’s equipment for a short time."

On top of all that yet more retail exclusive versions have been revealed. In addition to the TOS Enterprise model and Borg bridge officer previously revealed, there will also be:
-A pet tribble (for Federation), or Targ (for Klingon) for captains in-game, from Best Buy.
-A TR-116 weapon for ground based offensives, from Target.
-Multi-spatial personal shields, which constantly regenerate! from Direct2Drive.
-Chromodynamic Armor, which improves the effectiveness of weapons, from STEAM.
-And Walmart will offer a "bonus skill points package".

And finally the usual plethora of new screencaps, including quite a lot of new ship designs:
See more in Massively and IGN's galleries.