Star Trek: Legacies cover copy is here!

Good news, Star Trek literature fans — Simon & Schuster has made public the back-cover copy for all three volumes of its upcoming 50th-anniversary Star Trek: Legacies trilogy!

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Logo

The first book, Captain to Captain by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, debuts on June 28, 2016:

An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!


I’ve written the trilogy’s second volume, Best Defense, available now for pre-order and on sale July 26, 2016.

Just in time for the milestone 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, an epic new trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another!


One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.


A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace summit convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who prefer the two great powers remain at war — and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.


Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but the Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.


The concluding tome of the trilogy is Purgatory’s Key, by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. Its official publication date is August 30, 2016.

The conclusion to the epic trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another—just in time for the milestone 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series!

Eighteen years ago, the Starship Enterprise thwarted an alien invasion from another universe, and Captain Robert April took possession of the interdimensional transfer device that made it possible. Since then, each captain of the Enterprise, from Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk, has guarded this secret with his life.

Now, Romulan agents have succeeded in stealing the device and using it to banish Ambassador Sarek and Councillor Gorkon to an unknown realm in the midst of their groundbreaking Federation-Klingon peace negotiations.

With time running out as interstellar war looms in one universe—and alien forces marshal in another—will Captain Kirk and his crew preserve the tenuous peace and reclaim the key between the dimensions?

All three books are now available for pre-orders through a variety of online retailers, and you can also order copies directly from your local book seller.

Talking ‘Rogue’ on The 24 Podcast

24 RogueLast week, I was interviewed via Skype by Joshua Rivers of The 24 Podcast about my most recently published novel, 24: Rogue.

We discussed how I got my start in the business before diving into the inspiration behind, research for, and influences upon, my contribution to the continuing adventures of Jack Bauer.

Joshua also gave me a chance to talk about what kinds of stories I think work best in prose vs. which work best on screen, and why; the advantages of prose storytelling over scripted narratives; and much more. I also reveal the novel’s one big continuity error that somehow slipped past everyone involved in the book’s vetting process.

Listen to the interview here. It runs about half an hour and should give you a pretty good idea what the book is all about.

A novelette for your consideration… (#SFWApro)

To my peers in SFWA and the greater SF/F community, I would just like to let you know that while I had two awards-eligible works published in 2015, a novel and novelette, it is only the latter that I wish to bring to your attention.

The novelette is entitled Hell Rode With Her.” It was published in January of 2015 by the small press Silence in the Library Publishing, as the second story in the Kickstarter-funded anthology Apollo’s Daughters.

Apollo’s Daughters is an anthology of speculative short fiction featuring strong female main characters, written by male authors. It is a companion volume to the Athena’s Daughters anthology, which contained tales of strong female characters written by female authors.

My novelette was written as a prelude to my upcoming Dark Arts trilogy, coming in 2017 from Tor Books. I plan to include a slightly edited and modified version of the novelette within the text of the trilogy’s first novel, The Midnight Front.

I am rather proud of the way this story turned out, and I would be keen to share it in PDF format with eligible SFWA and Hugo voters.

If you are a registered attending or supporting member of Worldcon in 2016, and/or an active member of SFWA, and would like to receive a copy of the free PDF of “Hell Rode With Her,” please contact me via my website’s Contact page. If I don’t already know you, please be prepared to send me proof of your membership status vis-a-vis Worldcon and/or SFWA.

If, after reading it, you feel it worthy of being recommended to SFWA’s Suggested Reading List, or of your nomination for the Nebula or Hugo in their respective novelette categories, I would be honored and grateful.


Long Shot beats the odds! (#SFWApro)

I’m happy to report that my latest scribblings in the Star Trek universe have hit the charts again. Star Trek: Seekers #3, Long Shot landed at #1 on the Locus Magazine list of media-related bestsellers for November 2015.


I’m also pleased to share space on that list with dear friend and fellow Star Trek scribe Kirsten Beyer, whose new Voyager novel Atonement landed at #4. Nice job, Kirsten!

For those keeping score at home, Long Shot marks my twenty-first appearance on the Locus bestseller list since December 2004, and my fifth title to debut at #1.


World Fantasy Con 2015 Wrap-up

Last week, I attended World Fantasy Convention for the first time. Long story short: I had a blast!

Before the convention, I was concerned that as an author of mostly science fiction and media tie-ins I might feel out of place. For some reason I also was worried I might not know many people at WFC. I was incorrect on both counts.

I drove up to Saratoga Springs, NY, the day before the con with fellow Tor authors Ilana C. Myer and Seth Dickinson (both of whom have written works acquired for Tor by senior editor Marco Palmieri). There the three of us joined many other authors, editors, and readers at Northshire Bookstore for the Tor Books 35th Anniversary event, at which I mingled with longtime friends like Dr. Lawrence Schoen and editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow, met in-person people I had previously known only online (among them Charlie Jane Anders) and made new acquaintances, including new Tor editor Jennifer Gunnels.

My sole panel at the convention, “What is ‘Epic’ About Epic Fantasy?” was well attended, and my fellow panelists—Robert Redick, Mary Soon Lee, Susan Forest, and moderator David Hartwell—all were fonts of wisdom. I was genuinely impressed by the depths of their experience and knowledge of the genre.

On Thursday, I enjoyed two very pleasant surprises. The first was the realization that my friends Amy Sisson and her husband Paul Abell were also at WFC, and in fact have been regular attendees for many years. The second was the discovery in the dealers’ room of ARCs (advance reader copies) of 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush, a new short fiction anthology published by ECW Press and edited by Kevin J. Anderson and John McFetridge, and in which I (along with many other friends and colleagues) have a new original short story, “Our Possible Pasts.”

Thursday evening, after a nice dinner out with my esteemed agent (and dear friend) Lucienne Diver, as well as Steve Saffel and his wife, Dana Hayward, among others, I drifted up to an unofficial Tor room party, where I caught up briefly with Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Lara Donnelly, John Chu, Diana Pho, Sarah Mack (no relation), and lots of other amazing authors and editors and agents whose names have escaped me).

On Friday night, after a great dinner out with David Caron and Samantha Dobson of ECW Press, I took part in the mass autographing session sponsored by the convention. I actually signed about a dozen copies of my various books, and I enjoyed long chats with my friend and fellow former alumnus Scott Edelman.

Post-signing, I made my way upstairs to the Analog/Asimov’s party. At first, I didn’t recognize anyone, but I soon found Lucienne—who introduced me to her friend, acclaimed bestselling author F. Paul Wilson, a man whose work I’ve admired for many years (especially his series of Repairman Jack novels). It was a delight to finally make his acquaintance and spend time comparing notes with him about our pet peeves in prose styling.

At this party I also met the Seton Hill gang—a group of up-and-coming fiction writers who have studied the craft together at SH’s renowned creative-writing workshop. Among them were charming Jennifer Della Zanna, whipsmart Tom Connair, and charismatic force of nature Troy Bucher. I have no doubt they’ll all be household names someday soon.

Saturday at WFC was a laid-back day for me. I had a non-business lunch with Lucienne, then attended Ilana Myer’s reading from her debut novel, Last Song Before Night. Later, while enjoying drinks in the hotel bar with my friend Esther Friesner, I was introduced by Troy Bucher to famed short fiction author Ted Chiang — who, it turns out, went to high school with my best friend, Glenn Hauman. I haunted the “Violence in the Epic” panel before venturing out alone to scare up dinner in downtown Saratoga Springs before making my way to Ellen Kushner’s fabulous party celebrating the new SerialBox project Tremontaine.

For various reasons, I chose not to stay around for the banquet on Sunday. Ilana, Seth, and I all were eager to get home, so we made an early start southward, back to New York City.

In summary, I had such a great time at WFC that I’ve already bought my membership for next year. See y’all in Columbus, Ohio, in 2016!

My World Fantasy Convention Schedule

Here is my tentative schedule for World Fantasy Convention 2015:

Thursday, November 5

2:00pm–3:00pm | CC2A
What is ‘Epic’ about Epic Fantasy?
We all know what we mean by Epic Fantasy, but definitions are slippery things. Scale, length, story type, setting and more figure in the various definitions. Our panel of experts will discuss the quintessential elements of Epic Fantasy in a quest to settle the matter once and for all.
David G. Hartwell (mod.), Susan Forest, Mary Soon Lee, David Mack, Robert Redick

Friday, November 6

8:00pm–9:00pm | CC2A & CC2B
Come meet the authors and other professionals of WFC 2015 at the mass autographing session.

And that’s it. The rest of the weekend I am free to wander, dine, drink, and socialize in between haunting other people’s panels and readings.

Learn more at the con’s website:

A Time to Look Back

timetokillTwelve years ago, in the summer of 2003, several months after my Star Trek: S.C.E. ebook novel Wildfire had been released to critical acclaim and strong sales, I was contacted by Star Trek novel editor John J. Ordover. He invited me to write a pair of back-to-back paperback novels that would constitute the penultimate story in a nine-book Star Trek: The Next Generation miniseries he was planning. I agreed.

A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal were published roughly one year later, in August and September of 2004. The latter title went on to become a USA Today bestseller, and the two books’ favorable critical reception and strong sales took my writing career to the next level.

Much has been said and written about the A Time to… miniseries, which chronicled the year of time in the lives of the Enterprise-E’s crew immediately preceding the events of Star Trek Nemesis. timetohealIn 2014, however, I and the other writers who contributed to this nine-book event—John Vornholt, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido—were contacted by fan journalist Jens Defner of, to look back on this unique project and consider the impact it has had on Star Trek‘s shared literary continuity in the decade since.

That in-depth think piece has now been published on at long last, in three parts:

A Time to Reminisce, Part 1: How It Began

A Time to Reminisce, Part 2: The 9 Books

A Time to Reminisce, Part 3: The Legacy

It’s a very well-written look at a miniseries that changed the nature of 24th-century Star Trek fiction (TNG, DS9, Voyager, and literary-original series in that era) and continues to be enjoyed by readers of Star Trek fiction. Go give it a look!