Posts Tagged ‘Seekers’

My 2014 Shore Leave schedule

If you’ll be attending the Shore Leave convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, MD, this is where and when to find me for signings and panels.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

10pm–Midnight
Meet the Pros
Hunt/Valley Corridor
Come chat with the author guests of Shore Leave, buy books from us, and get your books autographed.

The entire creative team behind the new Star Trek: Seekers series — myself, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and artist Rob Caswell — will be signing books as well as special Shore Leave-exclusive Seekers POSTER PRINTS.

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The prints will be FREE! Just show up at our table on Friday night with at least one copy of both Seekers #1: Second Nature and Seekers #2: Point of Divergence (which will be on sale at the con, another Shore Leave exclusive), and get a free autographed poster print!

(Limit one print per fan; offer good only while supplies last.)

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

11am–Noon
Star Trek: Seekers — Meet the Creators
Derby Lounge
Come get the lowdown on the newest Star Trek original literary series from the entire creative team. Learn about the two-part opening story and get teases for what’s coming up next.
—David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Rob Caswell

3pm–4pm
The Villain’s Journey
Salon A
A panel of writers and editors talk about whether villains have their own unique story arc, like that of Joseph Campbell’s famed “hero’s journey,” a shadow version of the hero’s journey, or no set paradigm at all.
—Kathleen David, Kirsten Beyer, Jeff Lang, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Marco Palmieri, Amanda Headlee

4pm–5pm
Writing Action Scenes
Concierge Lounge
Find out what tricks and techniques professional writers use to turn various types of action into readable prose.
—Keith DeCandido, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

5pm–6pm
Series in the Sandbox
Derby Lounge
Professional tie-in writers discuss the ins-and-outs of creating new original series spun off from existing media properties. Learn what makes a new series worth doing, what the rewards and frustrations are, and more.
—David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Jo Graham, Kirsten Beyer, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3

Noon–1pm
Novels: Tracking All the Moving Parts
Derby Lounge
What are the moving parts in a novel? Why is it important to keep track of them? What are some techniques professional authors use to ensure that all the moving parts in their novels don’t get out of sync? How do you fix major continuity errors if you discover them late in the writing process?
—Kirsten Beyer, Russ Colchamiro, Jeff Lang, David Mack

 

Classic covers & Star Trek: Seekers ( #SFWApro )

In my previous post, I discussed the inspiration for the cover aesthetic in use on the new Star Trek: Seekers novel series. I also put out a call for more such side-by-side images from anyone who had the classic Bantam anthologies as well as book one of the new series. I am delighted to present four new images, courtesy of fan Eric Cone:

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These remind me of why Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and I decided to create this series — which started out as just a whim of inspiration by illustrator Rob Caswell. So if anyone out there has more of these, I’d love to see them.

#SFWApro

 

Seekers & Classic Trek, side by side — #SFWApro

As I have written about before, the inspiration for the new Star Trek: Seekers series of novels was a run of faux book covers that illustrator Rob Caswell created and posted on his DeviantArt blog.

Rob used the Archer-class starship designed by Vanguard conceptual artist Masao Okazaki as the “star” of his new imaginary Star Trek sequel series, which he called simply The Seekers. His inspiration for the retro look and feel of his faux covers was the anthologies of classic Star Trek episode adaptations penned by SF master James Blish and published by Bantam Books back in the 1970s.

Now that book one, Second Nature, is out on shelves, my friend (and one of the co-developers of the new Star Trek: Seekers series) Dayton Ward photographed his copy of the novel beside one of his copies of the classic Blish tomes:

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This inspired a couple of fans to do likewise.

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These results please me, so I’m inviting anyone who owns copies of the classic Blish anthologies as well as the new Seekers books to photograph them side by side and send the pictures to me. I’d love to see more of these old-and-new pairings.

#SFWApro

 

Read my Q&A with KULT Magazine

A writer named Dominik Hug just interviewed me for the Swiss F/SF publication KULT Magazine. We discussed a wide range of topics, including how I work, how I got started, my past projects and my upcoming work.

A brief sample of our erudite exchange:

destiny_omniKULT: What does a normal David Mack working day look like?

David Mack: Something of a train wreck, honestly. I usually sleep until early afternoon, then slouch into my day. My first priority is usually a shower, followed by coffee and something to eat. Next, I deal with errands and other personal business, such as bills, cleaning up after the cats, taking out the trash. I waste a fair amount of time reading news on the Internet, poring over Facebook and Twitter, and trying to think of something amusing to post on social media.
I’ve usually done nothing useful by the time my wife gets home from work. We make dinner, eat, and clean up. Afterward, I pour a stiff drink and settle down to try to write. This usually results in more procrastination. I tend to get working for real around 9pm or 10pm, and I work in a panicked frenzy until around 1am. Then I watch TV until around 3am, when I go to bed.
Frankly, it’s a miracle I get anything done at all.

For the benefit of my fans who are fluent in English but not in German, Dominik has posted the original English version of the interview on his blog. A German-translated version will be posted online soon, and I will also put up links to that for my German-speaking friends and fans.

Give it a read!

Seek and Ye Shall Find … Seekers!

The long wait is ended, friends — Star Trek: Seekers #1 – Second Nature makes its official debut today!

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From the back cover:

A NEW MISSION

The late twenty-third century — Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.

A DOOMED RACE

Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.

AN OLD FOE

The crew of the Sagittarius want to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves — from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.

THE START OF AN EXCITING NEW SERIES BY
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAVID MACK

Remember, Trek fans, Second Nature is just the first part of the series’ exciting two-part opening story. Its cliffhanger will be resolved in next month’s riveting new release, Star Trek: Seekers #2 – Point of Divergence, by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward & acclaimed author and scriptwriter Kevin Dilmore!

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Plus, stay tuned for more exciting Seekers news, because our return to Starfleet’s “Golden Age of Exploration” has only just begun….

Seekers is almost here!

Just got this tantalizing image  from my editor, of copies of Star Trek: Seekers #1 – Second Nature, hot off the presses. Ahh, dig that new-book smell!

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy, do so today. This is going to be the start of a new, ongoing series of classic adventures in the spirit of the original series, while continuing to feature characters and situations from the Star Trek Vanguard saga I helped develop and write for seven years.

And while you’re at it, remember to pre-order the conclusion of the new series’ two-part debut tale, Star Trek: Seekers #2 – Point of Divergence, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. Because book one ends on a cliffhanger, and it’s a doozy!