Thursday, 8 May 2014

Seekers covers revealed, and more books bits

Been looking forward to seeing the retro glory of Rob Caswell's covers for the new Vanguard spin-off series, Seekers? Me too, and here they are, revealed by USA Today!

UPDATE: Dayton Ward has now posted them at higher resolution, yay!

You might recall the Seekers series was in fact inspired by Rob Caswell's cover designs for a series of novelization covers for an imagined Star Trek spin off series, The Seekers. You can see the whole series, with a commentary from Rob, in a feature I did a while ago.

The real Seekers series will be starting in August with David Mack's Second Nature, followed the next month by Point of Divergence by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. The series will alternate focus between Mack's adventures on the USS Sagittarius, and Wardilmore's tales of the USS Endeavour, with the first two books telling a two-part story. USA Today also posted a short extract from the first book:
Theriault raised her phaser.

"Heavy stun! Aim for center mass!" Behind her, Dastin aimed his weapon half a second faster than Tan Bao and Hesh.

As Nimur let the misshapen husk of Ysan's body fall in a heap, the wounded Wardens struggled to get up. A few of them started to aim their lances once more at Nimur.

All the Wardens' heads twisted one-hundred-eighty degrees in a fraction of a second. The breaking of their necks sounded like old-fashioned firecrackers.

Then there was nothing between Theriault and the demonic force once known as Nimur.


Four blue phaser beams screamed through the darkness and slammed into Nimur. Their combined force launched her backward several meters and knocked her onto her back. For a moment, the crackling electricity on Nimur's hands ceased, and the fire in her eyes dimmed. Then her eyes flared white and a brutal, invisible blunt force struck Theriault.

She and the rest of the landing party landed in a tangle of limbs, all of them stunned and groaning in pain. She blinked to clear the spots from her purpled vision and staggered to her feet. With her phaser clutched in her outstretched, unsteady arm, she looked for any sign of Nimur.

The fugitive was gone.

Behind her, Dastin rubbed the back of his head. "Is it over?"

Theriault holstered her phaser. "I've got a bad feeling this is just getting started."
Continue after the jump for more books news, including a new Cross Cult cover, and the latest from Christopher L. Bennett and Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Cross Cult's latest cover art release is for another story from Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore featuring a Constitution class ship. This time the USS Defiant in the Corps of Engineers ebook novella Interphase, Part 2. If Cross Cult follow the bimonthly release partern they have established for this series, then I'd expect this German language edition to be out in December.

UPDATE: Cross Cult have now released the next cover in the series too. Here's Kalte Fusion (aka Cold Fusion), by Keith R.A. DeCandido:

In other books news, Christopher L. Bennett was recently interviewed by TrekCore, focusing on his recently released Enterprise novel, the second Rise of the Federation book, Tower of Babel, including dicussion of how he has approached the politics of the early Federation:
...the political dynamics in the early Federation are definitely a commentary on what’s going on in the United States and elsewhere in the world, with extremist or reactionary factions becoming more militant and attempting to undermine the process of cooperation and compromise that’s necessary for democracy to work. It’s good to have different parties representing different worldviews, so everyone will have a voice; but as the Vulcans say, the key is diversity in combination, not in relentless opposition.
Bennett also looked frward to the next book in the series, Uncertain Logic, and his plans beyond that:
Well, the title itself is an allusion that, along with the time frame of the book, should provide a hint about one key event involving a familiar Trek character. It should also come as no surprise that the book will focus strongly on Vulcan, as well as on the story thread introduced by the “post-credits scene,” so to speak, of Tower of Babel.

I set up the series’ main recurring antagonists and arcs in the first two novels, but now I want to vary things up and broaden the universe some more while the main arcs continue to simmer in the background.
I’ve set some things in motion that will take more than four books to pay off. And there are other events in the late 2160s that I have plans to cover. And yes, I do have a particular climax that I’m aiming for, and I have resolutions in mind for many of the main characters, though they won’t necessarily happen all at once.
He also spoke about his forthcoming Department of Temporal Investigations novella, The Collectors:
The Collectors is different from the previous two DTI tales in that it’s not about tying together threads from previous Trek time-travel stories. It’s a straight-up DTI adventure, taking ideas and characters that I introduced in Watching the Clock and that are specific to the DTI milieu itself, and just flat-out letting my imagination run wild with them. I totally cut loose, and I had enormous fun with it.
Finally, Keith R.A. DeCandido was also recently interviewed, by, talking about his newly released book, The Klingon Art of War. He gave this summary of what the book sets out to achieve:
With The Klingon Art of War, it's an attempt to provide a philosophical base for the culture, something that's at the same time actually useful as a guide to living one's life to the fullest. I've been joking that this is my first self-help book, but it's not entirely a joke—there is, I think, some stuff here from the fictional history of Klingons that can be useful in everyday life. To that end, there's not just stories of warriors and heroes and emperors here. I made sure to try to include stories of the lives of more workaday people, of the non-warriors.
He also identified some ofhis highlights from the book:
I think probably my favorite was the Ninth Precept, because I really enjoyed writing the story of Kahless's final confrontation with Molor, a battle that was first described in "Firstborn" on The Next Generation, and which has been established as the final battle Kahless had to win in order to unite Qo'noS. I also made a conscious decision to make sure that there were anecdotes regarding Kor, Kang, and Koloth, but also that they weren't any of the events we saw or heard described on screen. Those three lived long lives, so rather than rehash something we learned in an episode we can see on DVD any time, I came up with new adventures for all three of them.
I recently posted several preview pages from the book, and Amazon now has a few more you can check out using their Look Inside preview feature.

For more details of current and forthcoming Star Trek books, hit one of the books buttons at the top of my schedule page, to find listing of the year's releases, and links to my previous coverage.


Rotten said...

Really do love that cover art.

Jim Welch said...

Rather old news, but I figured I would finally get around to commenting on this. Especially since these are two books that I'm really excited for.

I absolutely love those covers. I'm not sure when I'll be able to pick them up, but they'll definitely be the next two books I buy.