Monday 18 April 2011

Simon and Schuster update

Loads of book news from the last month or so! Starting with new blurbs from Simon and Schuster's online catalogues:

Voyager: Children of the Storm

Little is known about the Children of the Storm—one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing a single conventional weapon.

Now in its current mission to the Delta Quadrant, Captain Chakotay and Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden must unravel whythree Federation starships—the U.S.S. Quirinal, Planck, and Demeter—have suddenly been targeted without provocation and with extreme prejudice by the powerful Children of the Storm . . . with thousands of Starfleet lives at stake from an enemy that the Federation can only begin to comprehend. . . .

Starfleet Academy: The Gemini Agent
In The Gemini Agent, as first-year final exams week kicks off, several incident reports with serious allegations against James T. Kirk end up on the Commandant of Midshipmen’s desk. None of the allegations are true, of course… or are they? Kirk is being plagued by mysterious blackout periods, so he finds the allegations difficult to refute. During these blackout periods, he has no recollection of what he did, save for some very disturbing and disjointed memories. Kirk needs his friends, Bones and Uhura to help prove his innocence. Who is targeting Kirk, and why is he being targeted? And how far are they willing to go? Someone close to Kirk holds the answers to all of these questions, but can he put the pieces together before it’s too late?

Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game
The rules are simple: draw a target. Track him down and “kill” him with a spork. Take your victim's target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn't get to you first. No safe zones. No time outs. The game ends when only one player remains. James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard “Bones” McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of explosions rocks the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in The Assassination Game.

Doug Drexler's latest cover, for Vanguard: What Judgments Come
And some new book project announcements: Greg Cox has revealed his TOS novel will be titled The Rings of Time, but otherwise revealed no more than it will feature Shaun Christopher.

Christopher L. Bennett has announced two new projects, the first of which sees a return of ebook exclusive Star Trek novellas! Typhon Pact: The Courage of Conscience will follow on from the recent novel series and feature the only member of the Pact not to make a substantive appearance in the series, the Kinshaya. This book is currently listed on Amazon as Civil Disobedience, but this is apparently a short-lived working title. Amazon also lists a publication date of October this year, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Bennett's second project is a TOS novel which is "about Kirk and the Enterprise crew, but it also deals with the origins of the Department of Temporal Investigations". The working title is Forgotten History, and it is possible the novel will be marketed as a second Department of Temporal Investigations novels but this hasn't been decided on yet.

Finally the ever brilliant UnrealitySF has posted an interview with David A McIntee which discusses amongst other things his recent novel, Indistinguishable From Magic. No news on new Trek projects, but lots of coverage on his work so far, so certainly worth a read!

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