Saturday 27 February 2021

Star Trek novel updates: First Coda blurbs, details of next DS9 novel, and audiobook covers

More Star Trek novel news! Following the recent reveal of the 2021 line-up of Star Trek novels, Simon and Schuster have now updated their Online Catalog with blurbs for the books coming towards the end of the year, including the first details of the Coda trilogy. Continue below for all the details.

The Coda trilogy is set to tie-up the reality of the Star Trek litverse which has been told over the last couple of decades, but was alas shunted into an alternate timeline by the new canon events of Picard. All three of the new blurbs start with the following intro, which confirms we are getting one last enormous TNG/DS9/Titan/Aventine crossover:

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable.

Book 1: Moments Asunder(ad), by Dayton Ward kicks off the trilogy in September:


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy begins when the unexpected arrival of an old friend triggers a desperate mission to avert a fast-spreading temporal disaster.

James Swallow continues in October with Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow(ad):


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy continues as friends become foes, the Temporal Apocalypse accelerates, and the catastrophe’s true cause is revealed.

And David Mack closes the trilogy in November with Book 3: Oblivion's Gate(ad):


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy comes to a shattering conclusion as the Temporal Apocalypse forces Starfleet’s greatest heroes to make the greatest sacrifices of their lives.

Temporal Apocalypse!! Blimey. Who is the mysterious old friend, what is the nature of the disaster, how will this all mesh the litverse with the canon reality? I cannot wait to find out!

If you have no idea what the litverse is, check out the Almighty Star Trek Lit-Verse Reading Order Flowchart, compiled by Thrawn and I. You've got a few months to get caught up on the dozens of books leading up to this epic closing trilogy (though of course if you're not caught up I'm sure the authors will make sure it's entirely accessible to new readers too). 

More excitement awaits us for the trilogy, as there are no covers yet (pictured above is the German cover art(ad) from the similarly epic crossover Destiny trilogy(ad)) - I hope they will be suitably epic. And maybe we'll get more substantive blurbs later too?

Simon and Schuster have also now released a blurb for the final book of the year, the TV-era DS9 novel from Star Trek new-comer Alex White, Revenant(ad):

An all-new novel based on the landmark TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from the acclaimed author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe!

Jadzia Dax has been a friend to Etom Prit, the Trill Trade Commissioner, over two lifetimes. When Etom visits Deep Space Nine with the request to rein in his wayward granddaughter Nemi, Dax can hardly say no. It seems like an easy assignment: visit a resort casino while on shore leave, and then bring her old friend Nemi home. But upon arrival, Dax finds Nemi has changed over the years in terrifying ways…and the pursuit of the truth will plunge Dax headlong into a century’s worth of secrets and lies!

Should be some twisty former-lives stuff going on here with the Trill element. The author has previously suggested Kira Nerys will also play a significant role in the book. 

In other book updates, Simon and Schuster have also released the audiobook covers for the two books that recently had cover reveals, now giving us expanded versions of the same artwork. Here's Una McCormack's Wonderlands(ad), a Discovery novel filling in Burnham's first year in the 32nd century. Due in May:

And John Jackson Miller's Rogue Elements(ad), a Picard novel giving us some youthful adventures for Cristóbal Rios, which is coming in August:

Support The Trek Collective, via order links for mentioned books:
Coda, Book 1: Moments Asunder, by Dayton Ward.
Coda, Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow, by James Swallow.
Coda, Book 3: Oblivion's Gate, by David Mack.
DS9: Revenant, by Alex Whiter.
Discovery: Wonderlands, by Una McCormack.
Picard: Rogue Elements, by John Jackson Miller.

To keep track of all the latest releases, have a look back through my prose and/or books tags, or hit the books button on my 2021 schedule page. You can also find series reading lists and author bibliographies on my dedicated Star Trek lists site.

Note: DS9 screencap above via TrekCore's ever-helpful galleries.

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