Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The latest from David R. George III

StarTrek.com have posted a two part interview with David R. George III. He talks widely about his background and work, including this overview of the new Typhon Pact duology, Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn:
Plagues of Night picks up the arc of the Typhon Pact after all the events of the first four TP novels. In particular, it focuses on the continuing antipathy and distrust that some within the Pact feel for the Federation, and their concern that the UFP’s quantum slipstream drive is a genuine threat. Other factions within the Typhon Pact, though, see opportunity in peace with the Federation. This sets up an internal tension inside the Pact, which provides even more dramatic conflict.

Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn are strongly linked, with the former leading directly into the latter. The novels include elements from the original Star Trek, The Next Generation and  Deep Space Nine. In particular, though, Ben Sisko, Ro Laren, and Kira Nerys play significant roles, along with Captain Picard, President Bacco and Praetor Kamemor.
He also revealed a new title for his forthcoming TOS novel, and hinted at more DS9 in the future:
I am indeed working on another Star Trek project, one set aboard James T. Kirk’s Enterprise. A combination of factors led to this novel being known as The Red Ensign, but that never even really served as a tentative title. It came about when an editor needed to call the book something on my contract. It used to be the case that something like Untitled David R. George III Novel would suffice, but because schedules are completed well in advance of publication, and because dates and titles are now routinely propagated to online catalogues, the preference is to come up with something better than that. In this case, based on the merest wisp of a theme I suggested I might explore in the book, an editor came up with The Red Ensign.

Since then, I have written an outline for the novel, which has already received editorial approval. Now that I have my story and themes laid out, I am calling the book Allegiance in Exile. I caution readers that this should be considered a working title and could yet change as I make my way deeper into the novel.

Since the book is set in the Twenty-Third Century, it’s a safe bet that it will not pick up where Raise the Dawn leaves off. It is my belief, though, that other works will continue the Deep Space Nine story, especially since 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the show’s premiere. It’s also entirely possible that I’ll be the one to do that.

You can read the full interview, here, and here.

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