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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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Vegas, baby! See me at the Star Trek 2017 Convention (#SFWApro)

BREAKING NEWS! I am now a listed guest of The Official Star Trek 2017 Convention taking place at Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada!

I will be part of Creation Con’s celebration of Star Trek Discovery on the con’s opening day, Wednesday, August 2.

Joining me will be my longtime partners in creative mischief, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, as well as many members of the cast and creative staff of Star Trek Discovery itself. I’ll be there to talk about my upcoming novel Desperate Hours, the first original novel based on the new show — and I’m told we’ll be revealing its cover and its descriptive blurb live at the Discovery publishing panel.

Here is my official schedule for the show:


Wednesday, August 2

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Pavilion (Main Theater)
Star Trek: Discovery Comics & Novels Revealed
Join Kirsten Beyer, Sarah Gaydos, Mike Johnson, David Mack, and Ed Schlesinger as they offer a first look at the new Star Trek: Discovery novels and comics coming this fall.


Thursday, August 3

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Brasilia 4-6 (Secondary Theater)
Inside Trek: Star Trek Authors & Their Books
Meet the authors and editors that are expanding the Star Trek universe with new novels, travel guides, science books and unique (and funny) views of Trek fandom. Hear about their favorite stories, writing Trek, and the stories they really want to tell. Panelists: John Van Citters, Dayton Ward, David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, Ethan Siegel, Robb Pearlman, and Ed Schlesinger.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Away Mission Booth (Amazon Room)
Autographing: David Mack
I will be signing books and comics on a complimentary basis. Whether you buy my work at the show or bring it in from home, I will be happy to sign it for you at Star Trek: Las Vegas!


Friday, August 4

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Brasilia 7 (CBS All Access)
Inside Trek: David Mack, Author
I’ll be chatting one-on-one with Jordan Hoffman, host of Engage!, the official CBS.com Star Trek podcast, about my work for Star Trek, what I look for in a Star Trek story, and whatever else comes to mind in this half-hour candid talk.


After that, I will just be haunting the convention, lingering in the bar, or perhaps writing my new novel in a cabana by the pool. Feel free to approach me (as long as I’m not eating) for autographs and idle chatter.

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Section 31: Control reviewed on The Captain’s Table

My friends Michael Clark and Roslyn S. from podcast The Captain’s Table have returned from their year-long hiatus to review my latest Star Trek novel, SECTION 31: CONTROL.

I always enjoy hearing what Michael and Ros have to say about my books, and I think their reviews are honest, insightful, and well-considered.

Give it a listen, and check back soon for their interview with yours truly about this grim installment in the life of Julian Bashir.

If you enjoy Michael and Ros’s review and discussion, please make sure to leave them a good rating, or some feedback, or link to it on social media. Let them know you were there.

47 is a Magic Number in Star Trek: The Engage Podcast (#SFWApro)

47 is a magical number in Star Trek. The number “47” shows up again and again, across all of the 24th-century series. It has even spread to other genre series.

ENGAGE Official Star Trek Podcast Logo - Episode 47

I and host Jordan Hoffman discuss what makes the integer 47 so special in Star Trek and beyond on Episode #47 of ENGAGE, The Official Star Trek Podcast.

We lay some of the blame at the feet of former and current Star Trek producer Joe Menosky, and then we go off on a bunch of tangents before grudgingly circling back to the episode’s premise.

I must confess that I’ve played my part in this phenomenon, with the titular starbase of my Star Trek Vanguard saga also being known as Starbase 47.

(Bonus trivia point: this episode was taped just a few days before my birthday, so I was 47 years old when we recorded it.)

At any rate, if you’ve ever noticed the proliferation of the number 47 throughout Star Trek, Alias, and Fringe (among other series and films), this is the podcast you’ve been waiting for. And if not, well, it’s still a pleasantly diverting hour of geekery.

Give it a listen, Trek fans.

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