Tuesday 26 August 2014

Book bits: Lust's Latinum cover, and other book updates

Books news. First up, the cover has been revealed for Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found), the new DS9 ebook coming next month from Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.

As the cover subtly implies, the story focuses on Quark on the new DS9, here's a reminder of the blurb:
Business is down at Quark’s Public House, CafĂ©, Gaming Emporium, Holosuite Arcade, and Ferengi Embassy to Bajor. Way down. Lower level of hell down. The station is bustling, but residents and visitors are spending more time (and latinum) at the new Deep Space 9's park, sports fields, theater, swimming complex, and who knows what else, than they are at Quark’s establishment. All of Quark's misfortunes just could be reversed, however, when he finds out that one of the steamiest holonovels to hit the Alpha Quadrant in years is up for grabs. And he has an inroad to acquiring it before anyone else. Or does he?

Continue after the jump for more Trek books news, from TNG and Seekers:

Next year's TNG parody book by Mike McMahan, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It's set for May release, which is a couple of months later than suggested when it was first announced. Here's a blurb reminder for that too:
The official parody guide to the unaired eighth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, based on the popular @TNG_S8 Twitter account from creator Mike McMahan!

On Twitter, Star Trek: The Next Generation lives on for one more season in the form of @TNG_S8—a satirical eighth season that never aired! Each tweet to its more that 85,000 followers (and retweeted four times that amount) is a hilarious recap and spot-on exaggeration of one of the most beloved TV series ever aired. Now, @TNG_S8 creator Mike McMahan presents an officially licensed mockumentary-style book-length “episode guide” to Season 8. With colorful illustrations by Joel Watson of the HijiNKS ENSUE webcomic, and Jason Ho, longtime artist at Bongo Comics (publisher of the comic book versions of The Simpsons and Futurama), each “episode” contains plot descriptions, trivia, aliens new and old, set photos, and behind-the-scenes looks at the troubled production. This book will appeal to casual and obsessive fans alike, keeping the world of the show intact while hilariously exaggerating it.

More immediately, both books in the new Seekers series (the sequel to Vanguard) are out now. Simon and Schuster have now posted an excerpt from book two too, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore's Point of Divergence.

The authors of the series have also been on a podcast spree! You can hear David Mack on Literary Treks and Writers Alive, while all three authors appear on the G and T Show, and are also joined by cover artist Rob Caswell on SciFi4Me!

You can hear all about the inception of the series on any of those shows. David Mack also supplied extended summaries of Second Nature. If you've not read the book yet, here's what he told SciFi4Me about what the USS Sagittarius comes across, in the book:
...they discover this culture, that appears to be composed primarily of children and adolescents. Whenever members of this society reach the cusp of adulthood, they manifest something call the Change, which basically turns them from peaceful agrarian farmer types, into slightly homicidal lunatic demigods. And there's a brief hang-fire between when the Change begins and when all sanity departs. So a ritual has been established in their culture, that when someone exhibits the first signs of the Change, within about three days, you have to willingly cast yourself into this pit of everlasting blue fire. This is called the Cleansing, and it's something that they are all raised understanding from the earliest moments of their life; this is something they are going to have to do for the good of society.
...a woman named Nimur, and she's just had a baby, she decides she doesn't want to go into the fire, she things that this is unjust, that maybe it's hysterical. And what complicates it is that, at the moment she rebels against this, external factors begin to get involved which tip the scales in her favour, and all hell breaks loose from there. And as our heroes investigate, they learn there are deeper mysteries that tie into both the existing and already known Star Trek mythology that we're familiar with, as well as some elements from the Vanguard specific mythology...
Fewer details were forthcoming about Points of Divergence, but you can expect it to pick up from this story when the USS Endeavour is called in to assist with the situation.

On Literary Treks Mack did revealed some information about Seekers 3, which will be titled Long Shot, and will be coming next year. He noted there some of the Sagittarius crew will be in the spotlight, exploring their back-story and relationships, specifically singling out the Orion officer Taryl. He also neatly summarised the approach to Seekers in comparison to Vanguard:
...we're trying to keep it light, we're trying to keep it personable, we're trying to keep it fun. If Vanguard was all about being the Battlestar Galactica reboot of Star Trek, this is more about trying to be the Eureka or Warehouse 13 of Star Trek.
Check back later today for my own feature on Seekers.

Finally, I am currently running a petition to get the USS Titan included in The Official Starships Collection. If five-thousand people can be found who would be willing to pre-order, then the ship will be produced as a special issue. So if you want a little model Titan, please add your name (and get others to as well!).

To stay up to date with all the latest book releases, hit the books or prose buttons on top of my 2014 and 2015 schedule pages, for details of al the forthcoming titles and links to all my previous reports.

1 comment:

  1. "Boob bits" Was this a typo? Unless you were referring to when Quark was in the dream sequence as a fe-male ferengi.