Wednesday, 5 November 2014

This Month: November 2014

November is the thinnest month for Star Trek fiction in a while, with no ebook, and just one new comic release. But there's plenty of other Star Trek stuff to keep us going. Continue below to check out all this month's releases:

Fiction

This month's novel is a follow-up to The Fall, and much more. David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed picks up Bashir's story, and the Section 31 arc which has run through the books for years, in Section 31: Abyss, Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game, and The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses. And more still, as the book also picks up on the Mirror Universe story, some years after Rise Like Lions, and the Breen's devious plans from Cold Equations: Silent Weapons! Here's the blurb:
Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Doctor Julian Bashir sacrificed his career for a chance to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. Now it’s asking him to help it stop the Breen from stealing a dangerous new technology from the Mirror Universe—one that could give the Breen control over the galaxy. It’s a mission Bashir can’t refuse—but is it really the shot he’s been waiting for? Or is it a trap from which even his genetically enhanced intellect can’t escape?

We're between miniseries from IDW this month, which means there's just one new Star Trek comic in November, issue thirty-nine of the nuTrek ongoing series, which is the penultimate issue of DS9 crossover series, The Q Gambit. Mike Johnson continues as writer for the series, with Tony Shasteen on art duties for the miniseries.
It's the penultimate chapter of the "The Q Gambit"! Captains Kirk and Sisko must work together to fight back against the forces of the Dominion! Meanwhile, Spock attempts to free the Enterprise and her crew from the clutches of the nefarious Dukat! And just what is Q planning for everyone involved? The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance in this all-new story produced in association with STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

Phaser

The most notable of the other releases this month is the new phaser replica from The Wand Company. The phase is a fully functioning gesture control universal remote, but is also possibly the most impressive recreation of a TOS phaser you can get your hands on. Based on laser scans of an original prop, the type-1 phaser is detachable and includes a pop-up target scope, there are also light and sound effects, and it comes with a magnetic stand and a carry case. You can find out much more about it, in my previous report.


Model Ships

There are plenty of ships out this month, including DST's latest electronic model, the USS Excelsior NX-2000. This version is modelled on the ship as it appeared in The Search For Spock, complete with the voice of Captain Styles, and Scotty-sabotage engine splutter - You can hear all the sound effects in a video in one of my previous reports.


There are a couple more big models, unusually as part of the miniatures games Attack Wing, from Wizkids. Two over-sized models are out this month, Deep Space 9, and a Borg Cube:


There are also three regular sized Attack Wing ships on the way this month, wave 9 in the series, which include the mirror universe Defiant, Chang's Bird of Prey, and the Scimitar.


More regular starship releases come from Eaglemoss' The Official Starships Collection, which this month brings us the Cardassian Hideki class and Vulcan Surak class, issues thirty-three and thirty-four in the series. These will be dropping in the UK this month, with the US following over the new year, and the rest of the world catching up later.



There's one other ship out in the November, the latest monitor mate (small bobble-head) from Bif Bang Pow, the USS Enterprise.


Figures

Bif Bang Pow have several other bobble-heads out this month. Completing the set begun earlier in the year with Kirk, Spock, and Khan, the rest of the Wrath of Khan crew are filled out, with Uhura and Doctor McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov. Plus there's Kruge from The Search For Spock.



Apparel

Golf fans can add a bit of Trek to their lives, with the new range of golf head covers from Creative Covers For Golf. There are six different designs available, including the Enterprise, a tribble, Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Worf.


There are also several releases due from Crowded Coop's accessories range, including the USS Enterprise messenger bag, Starfleet flight bag, Uhura make-up bag, and Starfleet dopp bag.


Miscellaneous Printed

There are a few other print products out this month. Titan Magazines have their annual special, which features a Beetles-inspired cover (which has been very popular on my Tumblr)
Exploring strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations for more than 50 issues, the official Star Trek magazine is the only place to find the best interviews, original features, and exclusive behind-the-scenes action! In this special edition, we talk to movie actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Bruce Greenwood, as well as Trek TV legends Gates McFadden, Denise Crosby, and Rene Auberjonois! We go behind-the-scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Into Darkness, dissect what makes Kirk the perfect captain, and discover what happens When Cultures Collide!

The new Star Trek Pop-Ups book gets to North American this month, after it's initial European publication in October. The book features seven pop-ups designed by Courtney Watson McCarthy, with text from Paula Block and Terry Erdmann explaining the scenes from across the prime-timeline. Check out my previous books report for preview images of four of the pop-ups in the book.
A legendary sci-fi epic as you’ve never seen it before—including the Klingon Bird of Prey, the Bride of Chaotica, and the Enterprise herself, all literally bursting off the page.

Star Trek is one of the most enduring franchises in Hollywood entertainment history. Part of the public consciousness since 1966, it spans the worlds of television and the movies and counts millions of fans worldwide. Now Star Trek Pop-Ups delivers seven iconic Star Trek moments in a new way—popping off the page in three dimensions. From the original USS Enterprise in flight to the dreaded Borg cube from The Next Generation and beyond, here is an unforgettable series of alien encounters and thrilling action scenes, featuring memorable moments from Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Bursting with energy and ingenuity, Star Trek Pop-Ups will capture the imaginations of fans young and old. 7 pop-ups and 25 illustrations, all in color

There's also a new set of trading cards from Rittenhouse Archives. The Aliens collection features a hundred standard designs, and numerous bonus cards, which I detailed in an earlier article.

German Language

Finally, Cross Cult have several releases this month, freshly translated into German. There's their latest New Frontier book, Menschsein (aka Being Human), by Peter David of course. And there's also a Corps of Engineers ebook Interphase 2 (Interphase, Part 2) by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore


There are also two Klingon themed releases, Paul Ruditis and Patrick Faricy's Frohe Klingonishce WeiHnach't (or A Very Klingon Khristmas), and Keith R.A. DeCandido's Die Klingonische Kunst des Krieges (The Klingon Art of War).


And that, is all, for now. But there are almost always new bits and pieces announced throughout any given month, which I shall of course report on as they appear. You can find out more about all these items, and everything else out this year, with links to all my previous coverage on my schedule page.

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1 comment:

Brian Elia said...

Just wanted to say thanks for posting the article back in June in regards to Wizkids/NECA releasing the DS9 Attack Wing model. I pre-ordered mine about a week ago, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! You were the only Star Trek site I've seen that even mentioned it. I'm sure there are a lot of Niners out there who don't even know about this that would love to have one.