BEST DEFENSE Book Birthday!

Rejoice, Star Trek fans! Your interminable wait is finally at an end: Star Trek Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense is now officially on sale from fine retailers everywhere!

About the Trilogy

Legacies_BestDefense_FullIn case you haven’t heard, Star Trek Legacies a trilogy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Legacies centers upon a perilous secret passed down from one commanding officer of the Enterprise to the next, from Captain Robert April to Captain Christopher Pike, to Captain James T. Kirk.

Book 1, Captain to Captain, by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, was published last month; Book 3, Purgatory’s Key, by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward and his hetero life partner Kevin Dilmore, will be released next month, just in time for Star Trek: Mission New York!

Author Interviews

If you want to dig deeper into the creation of the Star Trek Legacies trilogy, check out these interviews with us ink-stained wretches:

David Mack

Some Kind of Star Trek —Mack Prepares Best Defense”

Dayton Ward

Some Kind of Star Trek —The Fog Clears: Dayton Ward on Legacies, Vulcans, and Time Travel

Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

The G&T Show (Audio) — “Supplemental Log: Ward-Dilmore Update” (April 2, 2016)

Upcoming Events

Signed copies of Best Defense are available through my online Store, and I will also be signing copies at the Writers Digest Conference on August 13; the Simon & Schuster table during Star Trek: Mission New York on Labor Day weekend; and New York Comic Con in October!




ROGUE wins a Scribe Award!

ROGUE_ScribeAwardI just got some really unexpected and wonderful news from my friend Glenn Hauman.

He just accepted an award on my behalf, for Best Original Novel, General Fiction, which was bestowed upon my novel 24: Rogue by the judges of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers10th Annual Scribe Awards.

The press release with information about all the winners is included below. Let me extend my thanks to the IAMTW, the Scribe judges, my editor Melissa Frain at Tor Books, and my good friends James Swallow and Dayton Ward — the latter of whom also takes home a Scribe tonight! Woo-hoo!


The Tenth Annual Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is thrilled to announce the Scribe Award Winners for 2016.
IAMTW thanks everyone who sent entries, all wonderful, for consideration. Congratulations to the following nominees. Added congratulations to the winners in blue below.

Elementary:The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher
Kill Me, Darling by Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan: Desert Falcons by Michael A. Black
24: Rogue by David Mack

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry
HALO: Last Light by Troy Denning
HALO: New Blood by Matt Forbeck
Pathfinder: Forge of Ashes by Josh Vogt
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time by R. L. King
Star Trek The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward
Star Trek Seekers 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Backcountry by D. E. McDonald
Batman: Arkham Knight by Marv Wolfman
Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder
MANOS ­­­– The Hands of Fate by Stephen D. Sullivan
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Mike Hammer The Strand “Fallout” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Shadowrun: World of Shadows “Swamp of Spirits” by Jason M. Hardy
The X-Files: Trust No One “Back in El Paso My Life Will Be Worthless” by Keith R. A. DeCandido
The X-Files: Trust No One “Dusk” by Paul Crilley
The X-Files: Trust No OneNon Gratum Anus Rodentum” by Brian Keene
The X-Files: Trust No One “Statues” by Kevin J. Anderson

Dark Shadows “Bloodlust” by Alan Flanagan, Will Howells and Joseph Lidster
Dark Shadows “In the Twinkling of an Eye” Penelope Faith
Doctor Who “The Red Lady” by John Dorney
Doctor Who “Damaged Goods” by Jonathan Morris
Pathfinder Legends: “Mummy’s Mask: Empty Graves” by Cavan Scott

Shore Leave 38 Schedule

Legacies_BestDefense_FullFor those of you attending the Shore Leave Convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., here is a quick run-down of where and when to catch up with me at the show.

UPDATE: The “Upcoming Star Trek Books” panel has been rescheduled for Saturday at 5PM.

UPDATE 2: Room assignments have changed all around, and I’ve got one more panel on Sunday.

UPDATE 3: This one is big news! A limited number of copies of my new Star Trek 50th Anniversary novel Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense will be available at Shore Leave this weekend, ahead of the official July 26 publication date!


Friday — July 15, 2016

“Where Do Writers Start?”
7PM–8PM, Derby Room

You’re finally ready to start writing. You sit down at your computer, open a blank document—and freeze. You have absolutely no idea what to do next. We’re here to help! We’ll offer tips on how to start your story and how to prepare before you even type the first word.

Panelists: Howard Weinstein (M), David Mack, Stephen Kozeniewski, Aaron Rosenberg, Jeff Lang, John Coffren, Melissa Scott

Meet the Pros
10PM–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor

Come down to the lower level of the hotel, buy books from retailer Novel Spaces, then get them autographed. I’ll be there to sign books, chat, and chew bubble gum, and I expect to be all out of bubble gum.

Saturday – July 16, 2016

“Crossing Genres”
4PM–5PM, Belmont Room

Are you a sci-fi writer aiming to cross into fantasy? An adult fiction writer hoping to cross into YA or children’s lit? Are you looking to write a noir/sci-fi mash-up? We’ll discuss genre switch-ups, whether you’re aiming to try something new or writing a story that doesn’t fit into a traditional category.

Panelists: Glenn Hauman (M), Roberta Rogow, David Harten Watson, Greg Cox, David Mack, Peter David, Melissa Scott

“Upcoming Star Trek Books”
5PM–6PM, Salon A

There are a lot of novels and other Star Trek books coming out for the original series’ 50th anniversary and in 2017. Our author guests give you a look at what’s coming down the pike.

Panelists: Greg Cox (M), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Christopher L. Bennett, Scott Pearson

Sunday – July 17, 2016

“The Dos and Don’ts of Research”
11AM–Noon, Salon E

Learn how to conduct effective research for fiction projects, how to organize your information, and how to know when to stop researching and start writing.

Panelists: Howard Weinstein (M), David Mack, Roberta Rogow, Jenifer Rosenberg, Jeff Lang, T.A. Chafin, Melissa Scott

“Collaboration: Writing as a Team Project”
1PM–2PM, Salon E

Our panel of professional authors discuss the rewards, drawbacks, methods, and challenges of writing in collaboration on projects large and small.

Panelists: Greg Cox (M), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Paula M. Block, Terry J. Erdmann, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, T.A. Chafin

Midnight Rider: Love Betrayed, Love Avenged

Out_of_Tune_II-2Part two of my recent interview with the guys at‘s Stage 9 is now live! In this segment, we talk about my new “weird Western” tale “Midnight Rider,” from the new anthology Out of Tune, Book 2, edited by Jonathan Maberry.

My story was inspired by the old English ballad “The Suffolk Miracle,” and I spoke with Stage 9 about the thought process that led me to make the creative decisions necessary for this adaptation of the ballad’s tale to a new setting and ending. We also discuss the challenges and rewards of writing short fiction versus novels.

Give it a listen!

I talk about “Our Possible Pasts”

2113_largeLast week I spoke with the guys at’s Stage 9 about my two new original short stories. Part one of that two-part interview is now live.

If you’d like to know more about Our Possible Pasts,” my contribution to the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush, then this is the Q&A you’ve been waiting for.

We talk about the musical inspiration of the tale, the themes of the story, and how I chose to approach the tale’s ending.

So give the interview a listen and get the inside scoop on a story I’m very proud to have written.

OUT OF TUNE, Book 2 – On Sale Now!

OUT OF TUNE – Book 2, a brand-new anthology of original stories by some of today’s top authors of horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction, is out now, ready for immediate shipping and download!

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In addition to featuring new fiction by such noted authors as Delilah S. Dawson, Cherie M. Priest, Laura Anne Gilman, and Rachel Caine, OUT OF TUNE – Book 2 includes my new short story Midnight Rider,” a “weird Western” tale of love denied and trust betrayed, inspired by the classic folk song “The Suffolk Miracle.”

Edited by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, this volume will be sure to delight fans of every stripe of speculative fiction.


BEST DEFENSE Cover Revealed!

Now the cover can be shown! Feast your eyes on the just-released cover for my upcoming Star Trek 50th Anniversary novel, Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense, coming July 26 from Simon & Schuster.


The description from the back cover:

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.

Book 1, Captain to Captain, by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, will be published on June 28; Book 3, Purgatory’s Key, by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, will be released on August 30.