Saturday, 30 January 2010

Updated book schedule, plus new covers and info.

In the wake of the new movie novel cancellations Pocket Books found themselves with a big hole in their schedule for this year, they have now announced, via TrekMovie, what this year's schedule looks like now they've found some books to plug the hole (I've modified TrekMovie's estimated release street dates to the normal offical months):

February:
-TOS: Inception, by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison
March:
-NF: Treason, by Peter David (mass market paperback reprint)
-Seven Deadly Sins, edited by Margaret Clark (new trade paperback)
April:
-TOS: Unspoken Truth, by Margaret Wander Bonanno
-STO: The Needs of the Many, by Michael A. Martin
May:
-TOS: The Children of Kings, by David Stern
July:
-COE: Out of the Cocoon, edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido (trade paperback omnibus)
August:
-COE: What's Past, edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido (trade paperback omnibus)
September:
-Star Trek, by Alan Dean Foster (mass market paperback reprint)
October:
-TNG: Nightshade, by Laurell K. Hamilton (mass market reprint)
November:
-Titan: Typhon Pact #1: Seize the Fire, by Michael A. Martin
-Aventine: Typhon Pact #2: Zero Sum Game, by David Mack
December:
-Myriad Universes: Shattered Light (new trade paperback)
January
-DS9: Typhon Pact #3: The Rough Beasts of Empire, by Michael A. Martin*
February:
-TNG: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony, by Dayton Ward

I think the authorship for The Rough Beasts of Empire must be a typo, as David R. George III, who was previously announced as writing it, has already talked about it a fair bit. I also think the dates for Typhon Pact must be a bit jumbled; it was originally announced as October to January, so it has apparently been pushed back a month, which oddly makes the hole in the monthly mass market schedule worse! This schedule also lists two books in November and no mass market in December, so I think Typhon Pact #2 will probably actually come out in December not November. But the whole thing seems a mess, by pushing Typhon Pact back a month the two new mass market books announced only fill one month in the gap, meaning we don’t get any mass markets from June-August, and indeed no book of any sort in June. I find this especially odd when using the two new mass market reprints two months could have been filled, bring Typhon Pact forward a month couple have filled in a third slot, and delaying one of the two mass markets in April gives you four; hey presto no gap in the mass market schedule! But unless this schedule is going to change that's not what they've done at all...

The other thing of note here is the random 90s TNG book reprint. But not so random it turns out, Laurell K. Hamilton is apparently a popular fantasy writer now, so it seems Pocket are banking on her name to sell this.

Also confirmed is that we wont get a new New Frontier novel this year as previously indicated.

In addition to the basic schedule we also have some new covers and info:

Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many, will apparently "be told as a series of personal narratives of tales leading up to the setting for the Star Trek Online game, all tied together by Jake Sisko", and it's cover looks like this:And a colour cover for Unspoken Truth:

2 comments:

Defcon said...

I think the authorship for Paths of Disharmony must be a typo, as David R. George III, who was previously announced as writing it, has already talked about it a fair bit.

I think you mean the authorship of The Rough Beasts of Empire here. :)

8of5 said...

haha, oh dear, talk about ironic. Thanks for pointing that out!