Monday, 29 February 2016

Trek-lit editor Margaret Clark details latest books

Whenever Margaret Clark joins one of the Star Trek books podcasts we can be sure of hearing plenty of new news about forthcoming titles, and be certain to have an entertaining listen thanks to her joyful and playful character. So when I noticed Visionary Trek's latest episode of The Captain Table had her on as a guest I clicked over to listen straight away! As ever, I was not disappointed! Clark discussed all kinds of Trek books stuff (and a bit of TV too) including new titles and details of several forthcoming books. Continue below for a few highlights, but be sure to listen to the full podcast for a whole lot more!

Coming in the last three months of this year is John Jackson Miller's new trilogy, Prey, which has been previously announced as a TNG book featuring the Klingons. Well now Clark tells us there's much more to it, as Prey is the next big 24th century crossover:
We have the Titan being recalled from their mission, we have the Enterprise-E, there's some involvement with some Deep Space Nine characters. So it is a Star Trek: All series; if you can do a three book series, you should be able to take out all the pieces, including the sharp knives, and play with them all.

Since it is the fiftieth anniversary, Captain Kirk makes a guest starring appearance in one of the books.
There were also all sorts of nuggets about various forthcoming books. For instance Christopher L. Bennett's January TOS book, The Face of the Unknown, is confirmed (as the title hinted) as a sequel to The Corbomite Maneuver.

Kirsten Beyer's Voyager books were also discussed. We've already heard from Beyer that there are two books on the way, forming a duology of sorts, and that next release will be called Architects of Infinity. Clark went on to reveal the book to follow, the tenth in the Full Circle series, will be called To Lose the Earth. Both are apparently due in 2017.

Also in the running for two 2017 books is David Mack, although these haven't been contracted yet. This comes as a bit of surprise, albeit a welcome one, as Mack himself has previously suggested he would be missing in action from the world of Star Trek for a while due to being busy working on his original World War II era fantasy trilogy.

Another notable point of discussion was about ebooks, which have apparently been dialled back somewhat due to sales not being able to support the previously targeted number of releases. That's why some of the novellas initially expected last year have ended up waiting until this year.

You can hear a lot more discussion on all those points, and many more, including talk of the 50th anniversary Legacies trilogy, the prospects for the next Data book, by listening to full interview on The Captain's Table.

Also, the previous episode of The Captain's Table was another interview show, featuring Kirsten Beyer. They dipped a bit further back, examining the fourth book in the Full Circle series, The Eternal Tide, which featured the return of Kathryn Janeway. With a bit more space since publication than most of these in depth author podcasts have, Beyer took the time to detail the inception of the book in great detail, and it's a really fascinating listen!

To keep track of all the latest releases, hit the books or prose buttons on my 2016 and 2017 schedule pages. You can also find series reading lists and author bibliographies on my dedicated Star Trek lists site.

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