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First early trade review of The Midnight Front

The release of The Midnight Front, the first book in my new Dark Arts series from Tor Books, is still a few months away, but the folks at Kirkus Reviews have already weighed in with the first early trade review of my new opus.

I’m pleased to report that the verdict from Kirkus is quite favorable:

“Mack’s novel is … propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII…”

“A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a ‘chosen one’ hero arc among the dogs of war.”

Not too shabby!

The Midnight Front will be released on January 30, 2018, in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and digital audio formats. You can pre-order a copy in the format of your choice from your favorite retailer now.

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My Desperate Hours press roundup (#SFWApro)

Over the last few weeks I’ve granted a number of interviews concerning the writing process and inspirations behind my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours. In case you’ve missed my myriad social media posts about each one, here’s a quick roundup of all of them to date (though more are soon forthcoming):

October 8, 2017: Literary Treks (Audio)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

October 2, 2017: TrekLand (Video)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 28, 2017: TrekCore
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 27, 2017: Once and Future Podcast Blog
Topics: why Desperate Hours isn’t like most tie-in novels

September 25, 2017: StarTrek.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 25, 2017: Unbound Worlds
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 1, 2017: Inverse.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

If you want to check out more of my blatherings in print and other media, check out my Interviews page for a listing that goes back many years.

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Star Trek: Discovery’s “Desperate Hours” Have Begun

After a very long process of development, writing, and editing, I am thrilled to announce that publication day has at long last arrived for my new novel, Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours.

   

The first reviews are in, and they are laudatory, indeed. Dénes House at TrekMovie.com had this to say about the book:

“Mack has crafted an absolutely thrilling novel that had me turning the pages furiously to find out what happened next … .”

“I was stunned at the amount of insight the novel gives into the characters of Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Saru, but also by the excellent treatment of some old Trek favorites, as well. … It’s a great sci-fi book in general, and an outstanding Trek novel in particular. Well worth the purchase for any fan of the franchise.”

“…exciting and emotionally resonant…”

“I give this book my highest recommendation.”

Not too shabby, eh?

The book is available now in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It’s also available today in a German translated edition from the fine folks at Cross Cult Romane.

Grab your copy today, and be sure to order a few extras — it makes a lovely gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!

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A Tale of Two Covers

Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.

The wrong cover, featuring an Akira-class starship.

And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.

We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.

The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.

Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both  have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.

The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.

The new-and-improved cover — this time featuring the right ship.

Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.

Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.

We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.

Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.

How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.

Thus I am proud to share with you all, the new-and-improved cover of Star Trek Titan: Fortune of War, coming Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

 

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Cover reveal: Star Trek Titan – Fortune of War

If you’ve been waiting for the cover reveal of my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War, here it is! (Updated on September 16, 2017, with the corrected cover.)

The novel comes out in mass market paperback and eBook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. You can pre-order your copy now directly from the publisher or from your favorite retailer, using the links on my site’s page for Fortune of War.

Need more info? Here’s the book’s back-cover copy:


Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets,
waiting to be awakened and unleashed….

Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.

Now a discovery by a Federation cultural-research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black-market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock’s lethal technology.

All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.

FORTUNE OF WAR
A VOYAGE OF THE STARSHIP TITAN

BY NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAVID MACK


If you’re a fan of Will Riker and the valiant crew of the Starship Titan, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!

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My GenCon 50 Writers’ Symposium Schedule (#SFWApro)

If you’ll be at the sold-out GenCon 50 show this week, here is where to find me at the Writers’ Symposium, which is taking place in the Westin Hotel, across the Skywalk from the Indiana Convention Center.


Thursday — August 17

1pm – Story Craft: Ending the Story Right [Caucus]

2pm – Worldbuilding: Creating a Universe [Capital 1]

7pm – D&D with the Authors: “Night at the Forbidden Library” [Chambers]

 


Friday — August 18

11am – Science Fiction: Avoiding Scientific Obsolescence [Cabinet]

Noon – Science Fiction: Getting the Science Right [Cabinet]

3pm – Autographing [Exhibit Hall, Authors’ Alley]

6pm – Writer’s Craft: How to Write Bestselling Tie-in Fiction [Caucus]

 


Saturday — August 19

Noon – Autographing [Exhibit Hall, Authors’ Alley]

2pm – Writer’s Craft: How to Use Editors’ Comments [Caucus]

4pm – Reading (from my upcoming novel The Midnight Front) [Congress 1]

5pm – Writer’s Life: Writers and Depression [Cabinet]

 


I’ll be hanging around the symposium in the morning on Sunday, August 20, before I leave to catch my flight, but I have no panels or other events that day.

See you at Writers’ Symposium, folks!

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Cover reveal! Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours (#SFWApro)

Here it is, the front and back covers of my upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours! (Click on the thumbnails to see higher-resolution images.)

 

I am very excited about the release of this book because I think it is the most Star Trek-y story I’ve written for a Star Trek novel in a long time.

Based on a premise requested by Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller and guided into being by my extremely talented and insightful friend, fellow New York Times bestselling author and Discovery staff writer Kirsten Beyer, Desperate Hours is a story about confronting one’s past, learning to forgive, and solving problems through science and cooperation rather than through force or politics.

As revealed at last week’s Star Trek Las Vegas convention, the events of Desperate Hours take place on May 11–12, 2255, one year before the events of Discovery’s two-part pilot, and roughly one year after the Enterprise’s first mission to Talos IV (Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Cage”). It will delve into the relationships and rivalries that led to and define Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham’s service aboard the Starship Shenzhou, and it will also force her to confront her complicated past on Vulcan.

It might also feature some characters and starships with which longtime Star Trek fans might be passingly familiar. <wink>

Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours is available now for pre-order from the publisher as well as a variety of online retailers, in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It is scheduled for publication on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, just two days after the series’ premiere on CBS and the CBS All Access streaming service.

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