From Christopher L. Bennett, as detailed on his blog, the TOS novel he has previously mentioned is now scheduled to be the January book in 2017, which means it should find it's way to the shops just in time for the end of the 50th anniversary year. This will be a five-year-mission story, and the title is The Face of the Unknown. That title had an air of familiarity about it to me, and a quick search reveals it is a line from The Corbomite Maneuver; I wonder if we'll be visiting the First Federation?
Bennett has also announced he will be continuing his Department of Temporal Investigations series, with a second ebook novella, Time Lock. There is no scheduling information for this one yet.
Dayton Ward also had plenty of news, which he has blogged about too. The big TOS books event of 2016 will be the Legacies trilogy, set for release from July to September. All three titles have now been revealed:
- Legacies Book I: Captain to Captain, by Greg Cox.
- Legacies Book II: Best Defense, by David Mack.
- Legacies Book III: Purgatory's Key, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.
The other new title reveal comes from Jeffrey Lang, whose DS9 novel featuring Miles O'Brien and Nog now has a title, Force and Motion; it fills the last slot in the 2016 schedule, due out in June. Posting on the TrekBBS, Lang has revealed some details about the book:
It is the Miles/Nog story, though the tale took an interesting tangent into TNG territory, too, revealing the fate of a minor (but important) character.
Yes, Force and Motion is post-The Fall. As to whether or not it's a DS9 story or not... hmmm. Difficult to say. It does NOT really move the whole DS9 tale forward in any overall sense. That's David's territory as far as I'm concerned.
But does F and M introduce changes to the characters that can be integrated into future stories? I believe it does, especially for Nog. I also introduce a couple new characters who might be used in future tales should anyone care to try.
So, that leaves us with a Star Trek novel schedule for 2016 and beyond that looks like this:
- January 2016 - DS9: Ascendance, by David R. George III.
- February 2016 - Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies, by Kirsten Beyer.
- March 2016 - TOS: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow.
- April 2016 - Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Live by the Code, by Christopher L. Bennett.
- May 2016 - TOS: Elusive Salvation, by Dayton Ward.
- June 2016 - DS9: Force and Motion, by Jeffrey Lang.
- July 2016 - TOS: Legacies, Book I: Captain to Captain, by Greg Cox.
- Augut 2016 - TOS: Legacies, Book II - Best Defense, by David Mack.
- September 2016 - TOS: Legacies, Book III: Purgatory's Key, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.
- October 2016 - TNG: Prey, Book I, by John Jackson Miller.
- November 2016 - TNG: Prey, Book II, by John Jackson Miller.
- December 2016 - TNG: Prey, Book III, by John Jackson Miller.
- January 2017 - TOS: The Face of the Unknown, by Christopher L. Bennett.
- 2017 - TNG: Headlong Flight, by Dayton Ward.
We also know there is at least one other novel on the way from David R. George III - Often authors are signed up for multi-book contracts lately, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was actually more than one.
There is also the possibility of David Mack's Section 31 sequel, Control. The earliest we are likely to see that is
The only other novel I know about in the unconfirmed zone is that Jeffrey Lang has previously expressed a desire to do another Data novel, but last we heard he hadn't had any pitches picked up so far.
There are several ebook novellas on the way though. All of these are as yet unscheduled, but two have been on the cards for a while, and as the ebook schedule seems to be announced with shorter notice, there's still a chance we might see some of them before the end of this year. They are:
- DS9: The Rules of Accusation, by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.
- TOS: Movie-era story, by Greg Cox.
- DTI: Time Lock, by Christopher L. Bennett.
To keep track of all the latest releases, hit the books or prose buttons on my schedule pages. You'll find full listings for this year, 2016, and newly set up, I'm already making note of 2017 releases.
You can also find series reading lists and author bibliographies on my dedicated Star Trek lists site.