Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Second Discovery novel, Drastic Measures, previews

Out this week is the second Star Trek: Discovery tie-in novel, Dayton Wards' Drastic Measures. Like the other Discovery novels so far announced, the book is a prequel to the events of the TV series, this time take us back some considerable time; a decade before the Battle of the Binary Stars, around the events of the Tarsus IV massacre; a historical event of significance (not least to the childhood of James T. Kirk), established in TOS's The Conscience of the King.

Our witnesses to this event will be Discovery's two captains, Philippa Georgiou, and Gabriel Lorca, both some time away from their future postings - Given the recent revelation about Lorca, I'm particularly intrigued to get to know the character from this time (and universe...).

Here's a reminder of the blurb, from the back cover. Continue below for excerpts from the print and audio editions:


Monday, 5 February 2018

Non-fiction round-up: Lost Scenes, biographies, obsession, posters, and cats

I've got an assortment of news on a very varied selection of Star Trek non-fiction books coming over the next few months, including new previews of the next Star Trek Cats and poster books, details of new in-universe biographies, and and update to Obsessed with Star Trek. But first...

Due out in August from Titan Books, is Star Trek: Lost Scenes, a new behind the scenes book by David Tilotta and Curt McAloney of StarTrekHistory.com, which presents their restoration of rare clips from the production of TOS in a new accessible format:
Fascinating compilation of previously unseen and fully restored stills from The Original Series, showing William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and other cast crew filming the iconic show.

Think you know everything about the Original Series? Think again. Star Trek: The Lost Scenes is packed with hundreds of never-before-seen color photos of the world's ultimate sci-fi series. Professionally restored images are used to chronicle the making of the series, reassemble deleted scenes, and showcase bloopers from the first pilot through the last episode. Whether you're a new Star Trek fan or a seasoned veteran, this book is a must-have.

StarTrek.com released the cover, and a whole load of preview pages - Alas at rather low resolution so we can't really take in what they're showing, but at least get a good idea of the format. They report the book will cover some fifty lost scenes, using photography and script excerpts. Other sections will cover optical effects, filming miniatures, makeup, exterior shooting locations, and bloopers. Over 700 photos will fill the 272 page book. It looks like quite the treat!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Eaglemoss Starships Collection up to issue 130 revealed

It's been a while since Eaglemoss gave us an update on what's ahead in The Official Starships Collection, so much so in fact that the next issue due to be revealed was simply done so in their last round of solicitations - Issue 122 is the Yeager class, one of the obscure kitbash ships from DS9; made almost literally by raming a Maquis raider in the back of an Intrepid class!

But we do now know many more issues ahead, not via the usual official announcements, but from Eaglemoss customer services, who provided a list to one of the users of the very active Eaglemoss fan group on Facebook. So continue below to have a look at what's ahead in the series. There's some surprisingly ships included, and some surprising ships still missing!

First Discovery soundtrack now available on CD

The first Discovery soundtrack, Season 1, Chapter 1, has now been released on CD, following the digital release of Jeff Russo's music from the first half of the season late last year. Publishers Lakeshore Records posted a couple of images on Twitter, revealing the disc art:


Friday, 2 February 2018

Discovery: The War Without, The War Within previews

The penultimate episode of the first season of Discovery, The War Without, The War Within, is almost upon us, and it looks like we're back to the Klingon war in a big way to wrap up the season - With the "Dominus of Qo'noS", Emperor Georgou of the mirror universe, perhaps providing an atypical means to reverse the Federation's apparent defeat. Here's the official description:
Back on the USS Discovery, Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.
And the trailer for the episode:



CBS have of course released a bunch of images too, with Admiral Cornwell and Sarek featured prominently, no doubt dealing with the loose ends of the mirror universe arc; the surprise return of a version of Philippa Georgiou, and the absence of Captain Lorca:

Boldy Go: IDIC part 4 preview

Out this week is issue sixteen of Boldly Go, IDW's current Kelvin timeline series. This is also the fourth issue of the six part mega-multiverse crossover story, IDIC, the final story in the Boldly Go series.

Regular writer Mike Johnson continues his work on the series, while the revolving art duties for this story this time brings us Angel Hernandez to illustrate.

Hernandez also provides the many-Spocks A cover. Beside that there are three other covers, with the B cover part of IDW's Funko month (spanning several of their titles), featuring a Funko Pop! rendition of Kirk by Mike Martin. Kirk also features on the retail incentive photo-cover, and the final retail incentive cover is the latest by Yoshi Yoshitani, this time featuring Uhura, Spock, and Kirk.

Continue below to check out all the covers, plus a five page preview from the book.