Friday, 20 September 2013

Books bits, including more ebooks, and a letter from Garak

The expanding line of new Star Trek ebook exclusive novellas continues to grow! I've recently become aware of a couple more titles due to come out next year, plus there are some new and changed release dates for the books previously known about:

Absent Enemies, by John Jackson Miller
Seasons of Light and Darkness, by Michael A. Martin
Shadow of the Machine, by Scott Harrison
TBA, by Scott Pearson
TBA, by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann
It looks to me like Simon and Schuster are going for an every other month release pattern here. So I would expect the two TBAs to slot into the gaps in June and August, or if something else shows up to fill one of those, then in December.

In other prose news, Una McCormack has revealed, in an an interview with TrekCore, that her mysterious new book, Home Again, is indeed real, and not just a glitch on Amazon. While Amazon currently only list it in ebook format, McCormack described it as a novel, and also suggested the title isn't final, but gave no other details.

McCormack also told TrekCore about her forthcoming book in The Fall series, The Crimson Shadow, explaining how it involves a Cardassian novel:
The title of my novel is a direct reference to Meditations on a Crimson Shadow. That book plays an important part in my book, and you’ll find out more about Preloc’s book when you read my story.
She also gave a brief overview of what to expect from the book to TrekCore, but gave a more detailed summary in another interview with
Picard and Garak are the central point of view characters with whom readers will be familiar. Garak's story carried on the theme that's been central to his narrative in the books: coming to terms with what's happened to Cardassia, and trying to make amends. The book is set in a post-war Cardassia that's choosing between returning to its old belligerence or forging on with the new relationships it has been forming with the other powers in the Khitomer Accords. With Picard, I was able to explore Federation ambivalence towards their new allies. There are a couple of other point of view characters, one of whom, a member of the Cardassian police force, is an original creation of mine, and another is the Cardassian officer Ravel Dygan, whom regular readers will know has been serving on the Enterprise and who played a part in my last novel Brinkmanship. Both of these are a generation younger than Garak, and so I was able to use them to reflect upon what it would be like to inherit a destroyed civilization, and know that your life's work is going to have to be patching up what the previous generation all but ruined.
See also told how her books fits into the overall narrative of The Fall:
...a "major event" happens in Revelation and Dust: The Crimson Shadow shows the build-up to this event from different perspectives, and some of the initial fallout. We learn more about what that event means, and this is picked up and expanded in A Ceremony of Losses.
If you make your way to Simon and Schuster's listing for the book, you can find an excerpt. Which starts with the following letter from Garak (continues after the jump):

My dear Doctor,

I was sorry not to see you on your last trip home, but by all accounts it was a hasty visit, and my own availability was also sadly limited at that time. The ambassadorial life proves more hectic than that of a tailor, and these days my lunches are neither as lengthy nor as entertaining as those we once enjoyed in the Replimat.
  I left your world ten days ago and am now en route home-and upon the Enterprise, no less! To gain admission to your flagship is surely a great honor. As you know, my spirits lift merely at the thought of returning to Cardassia, a luxury denied me for so long. And while I must admit that your world fascinates me more and more as I grow to know it better, the desire to be surrounded by my own people, to feel the hot sun of my own world upon me once again, is as strong as ever. You asked me in your last letter whether I had considered returning home again for good, and it is true that this thought is never far from the back of my mind. But the alliance between our civilizations is still uncertain, and I believe there is more that I can do yet. Duty to Cardassia will always drive me-never, I hope to the excesses of the past...
  We will be welcoming your president to our world. Is this the first time that a serving president of yours has visited us? I'm sure that your brilliant brain would be able to answer that question in an instant. Whether or not she is actually the first, I hope that she will find herself most welcome. I have seen a great deal of Nan Bacco in the past few months as we negotiated the terms under which Starfleet would finally remove its personnel from our world. I respect her vision for our peoples and admire her breadth of literary learning. She has proven an acceptable substitute lunch partner in your absence.
  Keep well, Doctor. And do keep an eye upon your news service. Very soon the eyes of the whole quadrant will be able to see your president standing alongside our castellan, and, while you will not catch a glimpse of me (I am, after all, in the habit of living in the shadows), you can rest assured that they have been brought together, in part, by the hand of:

Your affectionate friend,
Elim Garak

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