Friday 26 February 2016

First TOS books of the year out now

It's a double prose week, with the latest novel and ebook novella both out now, sharing the spotlight as the first TOS adventures of the 50th anniversary year.

The new novel is James Swallow's The Latter Fire, which is a five-year-mission Prime Directive conundrum, as the blurb describes:
The five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise has brought the vessel and her crew to the forefront of an important first contact situation. Under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, the ship is heading to the planet Syhaar Prime in the Beta Quadrant—the home world of an alien civilization preparing to take its first steps on to the galactic stage. One year earlier, the Enterprise came across a badly damaged Syhaari explorer vessel drifting in deep space. In collaboration with the explorer’s captain, Kirk and his crew were able to restore the ship to full function and send it on its way. And now, as the Syhaari display rapid technological advances made over the past year, hard questions must be asked. Did the Enterprise crew leak advanced technology or information to the Syhaari during their first encounter, in total violation of the Prime Directive?

Thanks to Amazon's snazzy new embeddable previews, you can read chapter one right here too!

The new novella, the first ebook-exclusive released this year, is Greg Cox's Miasma, a rare story set aboard the USS Enterprise-A. Note the cover got a last-minute tweak to add the 50th anniversary logo, which also appears on the spines of the latest print books.
The Enterprise-A is transporting a party of diplomats when it picks up a mysterious alien signal emanating from a nearby world. The planet’s dense, impenetrable atmosphere makes it unclear if the beacon is a distress signal, an invitation—or a warning to stay away. Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Chekov are part of a team sent to investigate, but an unexpected catastrophe forces a crash landing. Now the landing party is stranded on a hostile world, unable to communicate with the Enterprise. While Captain Kirk and Saavik race to locate the lost crew, a badly wounded Spock struggles to keep McCoy and the others alive until they can be rescued, even if that means making an unthinkable sacrifice...

There's a somewhat shorter extract available for this title:

For full listings of all this years novels and ebooks, click the prose or books buttons on my schedule page. While for reading lists and author bibliographies visit Trek Collective Lists - The latest lists there now including bibliographies of both James Swallow and Greg Cox.


Hyperion said...

Just received the latter fire in the mail. It's been years since I read a original series book so here goes.

Fox said...

I'm about a third of the way into it. Started out pretty strong, but now they've introduced a giant alien superweapon and those stories always get told really poorly in Treklit, so my expectations nosedived.

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