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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!

Cover Reveal! Star Trek: Section 31 – Control

Section 31 - ControlI’m thrilled to be able to share the approved cover art for my upcoming Star Trek: Section 31 novel, Control.

I love the color of it, which speaks to the blood-soaked action in the story, and the overall look and feel, which were conceived to visually link it to my previous Section 31 novel, Disavowed. Though my input was considered by the editors and production department, this work of fierce beauty is the creation of Gallery Books art director Alan Dingman.

For the curious, the story of Control is a direct sequel to Disavowed, which was part of my ongoing chronicle of Julian Bashir’s shadow war against the illegal covert operations group known as Section 31. If you’re keen to know more about this long-running story arc, see the list of “Related Novels” in the sidebar of the page for Control.

Here is the back-cover copy from the book:


SECTION 31

NO LAW.
NO CONSCIENCE.
NO MERCY.

Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost.

The discovery of a 200-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation might end up triggering its destruction.

Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

CONTROL
THE HARROWING NEW THRILLER BY
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAVID MACK


Control will be published at the end of March 2017 by Simon & Schuster. Pre-order your copy now from the retailer of your choice!

DISAVOWED is a Scribe Award nominee

Just learned (thanks to a Facebook post by my esteemed colleague Matt Forbeck) that my recent Locus Magazine #1 bestseller, Section 31: Disavowed, has been selected as a nominee for this year’s Scribe Award in the always hotly contested Best Original Speculative Novel category.

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If past experience is any guide, I’m not going to win, not in a field so rich with other deserving works by authors of great talent and experience. I mean, c’mon — my novel is up against works by Keith R.A. DeCandido (an IAMTW Grand Master), John Passarella, Greg Cox (one of the masters of the genre), Tim Waggoner (one of the best horror/fantasy writers around), James Sutter, and Christa Faust (a past Scribe winner for Best Novel – Adapted).

I know my book has no chance of coming out on top in a field this fierce. But once again, it’s nice to be nominated.

Also, a special shout-out of congrats to my pal James Swallow, whose novel 24: Deadline has garnered a nomination in the Best Novel – Original category. Go get ’em, James!

My heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all of this year’s Scribe nominees, in all the categories.

 

More Podcasty Goodness!

ST.Section.31.Disavowed.CvrAs promised, here is the second half of my recent interview with Michael and Ros, hosts of The Captain’s Table on VisionaryTrek.com.

In Part Two of their new interview with me (recorded on January 30, 2015), we cover a number of subjects, including my recent and upcoming book projects. (Listen to Part One here.)

Topics included my recent Star Trek: Section 31 novel Disavowed, my upcoming Jack Bauer novel 24: Rogue, and The Midnight Front, my upcoming original trilogy for Tor Books.

It was a fun and informative conversation, so if you have an hour to spare, give it a listen!

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DISAVOWED is a LOCUS #1 Bestseller (#SFWApro)

Today I happened to take a gander at the monthly bestseller lists over at Locus Magazine, and I was pleased to discover that my novel Section 31: Disavowed earned the top spot on the February 2015 list of Media-Related books.

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This is my fourth novel to land at #1 on the Locus Magazine bestseller list, with the previous titles being Star Trek Destiny, Book I: Gods of Night, Star Trek: The Fall, Book III: A Ceremony of Losses, and A Time to Heal. It also marks my twentieth appearance on that list overall since December 2004.

My thanks to everyone who pre-ordered this book or bought it during its first week of publication. Here’s hoping my next Star Trek: Seekers novel Long Shot and my Jack Bauer thriller 24: Rogue do as well later this year.

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Two Authors, One Interview

Foul-Deeds-Will-Rise-cover-Star-Trek-David-Mack-Greg-CoxPop-culture blogger Paul Semel digs into the art and business of media tie-in novels in this tag-team Q&A he conducted with me and fellow New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox.

We talked a bit about our most recent Star Trek novels (for Greg, the movie-era original-series tale Foul Deeds Will Rise; for me, Section 31: Disavowed), whether the job gets easier over time, and other aspects of writing for one of science fiction’s most venerable shared universes.

Read the interview here.

 

Literary Treks talks Disavowed

Last week, I chatted with Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing of Trek.fm podcast Literary Treks about my latest Star Trek novel, Disavowed. Today that podcast went live, and is available to subscribers via iTunes or to anyone who wants to listen online here.

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Here is their concise rundown of the show’s contents, for those who might want to skip to a particular segment:

News
Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Collectors (00:02:53)
Blurb revealed for Kirsten Beyer’s Atonement (00:07:07)
John Byrne bringing the Borg to TOS in New Visions (00:10:09)
Review: The Q Gambit, Part 4 (00:16:11)
 
Feature: Section 31: Disavowed
Designing the Cover (00:32:01)
Crafting Disavowed and the Life of Bashir (00:40:03)
Researching and Remembering the Past (00:50:17)
Working in the Mirror Universe (00:57:16)
Charting Bashir’s Future (01:09:28)
Influencing the Spy Game (01:20:12)
Section 31 Didn’t Know WHAT?! (01:23:34)
Principles Betrayed and a More Interesting Conflict (01:29:59)
What’s Next for David? (01:36:59)
Closing (01:43:32)

As always, there’s fun behind-the-scenes bits to be gleaned from this candid chat, so check it out.