Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Doing the ebook shuffle

UPDATE: We interrupt this ebook news article with breaking novel news: Dayton Ward has just announced on Twitter that his post-The Fall TNG novel, due mid-2015, will be titled Armageddon's Arrow. He gave this short summary in a follow-up tweet:
I've been wanting to do a TNG story that's sort of TOS in flavor, with Picard & the gang encountering some weird alien stuff :)
Now, back to novellas: Just a few days ago a listing appeared for The Collectors, Christopher L. Bennett's latest ebook novella, and his third Department of Temporal Investigations story. Initially listed for an October release, if you look now you might notice it's been pushed back to December.

Fear not though ebook readers, for that has just made room for another of this year's new ebooks to find a publication slot. There are now listings up for Q are Cordially Uninvited..., a TNG novella set to show us the wedding of Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, with a certain, undoubtedly uninvited, guest. This ebook now sits in the October slot. The listings also reveal the author, Rudy Josephs; a name that might seem familiar, as he has two previous stories under his belt, the most recent of which was the second nuTrek Starfleet Academy young adult novel, The Edge, which was published in 2010.

It also appears that  Scott Pearson's TOS novella, The More Things Change, has been brought forward a month, now due in June instead of July.

Less far off, this month sees the second Star Trek ebook of the year, Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness. Unless you've read it already, this one remains a bit of a mystery, as Simon and Schuster seem to have decided not to bother with a blurb this time. It has been previously established it will feature Doctor McCoy, early in the events of The Wrath of Khan. Simon and Schuster have now released an excerpt, which takes us back a little earlier in McCoy's timeline. You can read that, on their website.

Continue after the jump for reminder of all the ebooks on this way in the coming year:

The schedule as it stands (which seems to be rather more flexible with ebooks than paperbacks), is as follows:

Titan: Absent Enemies, by John Jackson Miller (February 2014)

TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness, by Michael A. Martin (April 2014)

TOS: The More Things Change, by Scott Pearson (June 2014)

DS9: Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found), by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (September 2014)

TNG: Q Are Cordially Uninvited..., by Rudy Josephs (October 2014)

DTI: The Collectors, by Christopher L. Bennett (December 2014)

TOS: Shadow of the Machine, by Scott Harrison (October 2015)
  • Set days after The Motion Picture this novella will focus on Kirk, Spock, and Sulu, following the events of the film. The release of this first Star Trek title from Harrison has been pushed back twice now, initially expected in December last year, it has most recently been moved to October next year! 
  • Pre-order: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.co.jp.

On top of all the English releases, German publisher Cross Cult are also enthusiastic about ebooks this year, not just doing German language versions of the recent US titles, but also going back to the first ever Star Trek ebook novellas, the Corps of Engineers series - The German versions of these started this month. Cross Cult's schedule for novellas look like this:
Thanks to Jens Deffner for pointing me towards a few more bibliographical entries for some of the authors discussed above.

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