Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

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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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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Tragedy in Section 31: Control (#SFWApro)

Some literary philosophies hold there are only two kinds of stories, tragedies and comedies. I crafted my new Star Trek novel Section 31: Control as an unapologetic tragedy. In this podcast I explain why.

Literary Treks #186 - "A Tragedy in Every Sense of the Word"

I joined Literary Treks co-hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson to talk about the inspirations and implications of my novel, the rationale for writing an entire chapter of the novel in computer code, and the rather polarized response it has garnered from fans of the Star Trek books. Also on the agenda was a conversation about the roles played in the story by androids Data and his daughter, Lal.

We conclude our discussion with some teases concerning what readers can expect from my next two Star Trek novels, Titan: Fortune of War and Discovery: Desperate Hours. I also tacked on a reminder that roughly ten months from now my new Tor Books original trilogy Dark Arts will debut with my long-awaited World War II fantasy epic The Midnight Front.

So point your browsers toward Literary Treks and check out episode 186, “Tragedy in Every Sense of the Word,” and get a peek behind the curtains that conceal my creative process.

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TrekMovie Interview, Part 2: New Novels & More

TrekMovie.com has published part two of a recent interview of yours truly by Anthony Pascale, in which I talk about my upcoming new novels based on Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Titan. We also talk about works that might have been and might yet be.

The first topic of interest, naturally, is my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours, which so far does not have an official publication date, but which I have been told will be released sometime shortly after the series’ premiere.

We touch briefly upon my Star Trek: Titan novel Fortune of War, currently scheduled for publication on November 28, 2017. Then we seguéd into a short conversation about More Beautiful Than Death, a Star Trek novel I write years ago but which was mothballed by the powers than be, and whether it or another novel like it might ever see the light of day.

As usual, I had to play my cards close to my vest during this interview, but here’s hoping it will whet some appetites for my works already in the Star Trek pipeline.

Last but not least, I tease once again Dark Arts, my upcoming original book series from Tor, which is scheduled to debut in February 2018 with my World War II fantasy epic, The Midnight Front, and continue in 2018 and 2019 with the novels The Iron Codex and Shadow Commission.

I’ve got a big year ahead of me, folks. Here’s hoping it leads to bigger and better things.

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How the U.S. surveillance state inspired Section 31: Control

Yesterday my latest Star Trek novel, Section 31: Control, was published by Pocket Books. Today I answered a few questions for Anthony Pascale over at TrekMovie.com about the inspirations behind Control, and how I think Section 31 fits into the fabric of the Star Trek fictional universe.

Here’s a brief snippet from our in-depth exchange:

Mack on Section 31 and Julian Bashir’s Quest

TrekMovie.com: As noted on the back cover description for Control, Section 31 is as an “amoral” organization working on behalf of the Federation. It was yet another dark and controversial introduction into Trek lore from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a show which you worked on as a writer. What do you say to those who feel Section 31 doesn’t fit into the more utopian Roddenberry vision of the 24th century as seen on Next Generation and Voyager?

David Mack: I can’t speak to what Gene Roddenberry would have thought of Section 31. What I do know is that while humanity has often aspired to live in utopias, in fiction they tend to be deadly dull. Even one of the most famous utopias, the Garden of Eden, wasn’t terribly interesting until the Serpent arrived to bring temptation and crash the whole thing down.

That said, I can certainly understand the objections of Star Trek fans who feel that the mere existence of Section 31 undermines all that the Federation stands for — and that’s a view shared by many of the principal characters of the various series, particularly Doctor Julian Bashir.

One thing I’ve never understood is why even a small subset of Star Trek fandom would want a Star Trek: Section 31 television or film series. If there’s one thing the show and novels have always been clear about, it’s that Section 31 are not the heroes, and they do not deserve to be presented as people for whom we should desire success.

There’s a lot more at the link, so go check it out!

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More Interview Goodness on Generations Geek

Late last year, I sat for a lengthy interview by my pal Scott Pearson for his podcast Generations Geek. We had such a great and rambling chat that he ended up having to cut the interview into two parts.

Part Two

The new installment, Episode 41: “Midnight Mack,” is now live on The Chronic Rift Network. In this hour-long interview we discuss my non-Star Trek tie-in work, including my award-winning 24 novel, Rogue, and my contribution to the short-story anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.

We also dig into my original works, starting with my 2009 urban fantasy novel The Calling, and then we segué into my upcoming Dark Arts series for Tor Books, which will kick off in February 2018 with The Midnight Front.

Part One

If you’d like to listen to the first half of our conversation, in Episode #40: “Mack Trek we talked mostly about my work for Star Trek through the years and across many media, including television, comic books, video games, and novels.

Talking Trek with Women at Warp, and more!

Women at Warp

The podcasting team of Women at Warp has published an interview with the authors of last summer’s Star Trek 50th-anniversary trilogy, Star Trek Legacies.

In addition to me talking about my book, Best Defense, the interview also features Greg Cox (Captain to Captain) and the dynamic writing duo of Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (Purgatory’s Key).

After you read the interview, listen to their podcast review of the Legacies trilogy. It’s a fairly detailed discussion.

Ten for Ward

In other news, my frequent partner in literary crime Dayton Ward has penned a new entry for Ten for Ward, his monthly column on StarTrek.com. This month, Dayton reveals his Trek Books I Wish I’d Written. His round-up includes the first book I wrote: The Starfleet Survival Guide.

Go read the interview, then read Dayton’s blog post. Afterward, watch this space for reminders about my upcoming new novel, Star Trek: Section 31 – Control. It’s coming to retailers everywhere on Tuesday, March 28, 2017!