The release of The Midnight Front, the first book in my new Dark Arts series from Tor Books, is still a few months away, but the folks at Kirkus Reviews have already weighed in with the first early trade review of my new opus.
“Mack’s novel is … propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII…”
“A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a ‘chosen one’ hero arc among the dogs of war.”
Not too shabby!
The Midnight Front will be released on January 30, 2018, in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and digital audio formats. You can pre-order a copy in the format of your choice from your favorite retailer now.
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
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 forFortune 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!
Last week I attended for the first time the GenCon Writers’ Symposium, which runs as auxiliary programming at the world-famous GenCon gaming convention. Now that I’ve had a couple of days at home to catch up on emails, bills, and life in general, I’m excited to share my post-convention thoughts.
First, I apologize for the general lack of photos. I was kept pretty busy at GCWS, and most of the time I was having so much fun that taking photos rarely occurred to me. That said, I will remark that I found downtown Indianapolis to be quite a lovely place:
For those not familiar with GCWS, it is a comprehensive program of panels, workshops, and seminars designed to offer something of value to everyone from novice writers, authors of moderate experience, and even grizzled literary veterans. There are tracks of programming devoted to the writer’s craft, the writer’s lifestyle, the business of writing, and much more. Its participants include authors, editors, and agents, and its team of dedicated moderators are truly exceptional at their jobs.
Without exception, I found the symposium’s roughly 2,300 attendees to be knowledgeable in their questions, keenly engaged with the subject matter, and serious about improving their craft. I was also pleasantly surprised at how many attendees were not only familiar with but were genuine fans of my work, both for and outside of Star Trek. They were also very receptive to the pitch for my upcoming original novel The Midnight Front—we gave away 72 advance reader copies of the book at the show.
It also didn’t suck that my fan traffic remained steady even while I was signing beside fantasy publishing titans Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Charlaine Harris.
The Symposium’s sponsors, WorldBuilders and Archivos, were generous enough to underwrite a welcome meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory (Archivos) and snacks at the authors’ Saturday-evening hangout in The Rock Bottom Brewery (WorldBuilders). I’m also grateful to the convention’s bookseller, Half Price Books, who took a chance on stocking three of my Star Trek titles (of which we sold nearly every copy they brought, in part thanks to some hard-core hand-selling I did from their table on Saturday afternoon).
The people whose labor made all of this possible were the Symposium’s volunteers, and most importantly its director, Marc Tassin, who after this year will be moving on to new challenges and placing the Symposium into the very capable hands of new co-directors Kelly Swails and Melanie Meadors.
As for my personal experience? I was most blown away by how many wonderful new friends I met among the other Symposium participants. It was a genuine pleasure getting to meet and/or know folks like Monica Valentinelli, Elizabeth Vaughn, Kelly Swails, Jerry Gordon, Raj Khanna, Susan Morris, Dave Robison of Archivos, Anton Strout, Steve Drew, John Helfers, Beth Cato, and Maxwell Alexander Drake.
I also had the pleasure of spending quality time with such friends as Ilana C. Myer, Aaron Rosenberg, Marco Palmieri, Matt Forbeck, and Gregory Wilson.
As much as I could gush about the Symposium’s programming and events, ultimately what I loved best about GCWS was the people I met. There was just a wonderful vibe to this event. I felt the eagerness of the attendees to learn, and the willingness of the participants to share all that they could. For years I’ve heard great things about GCWS from Aaron Rosenberg and Marco Palmieri; I’m glad I finally heeded their advice and committed to this event.
This was one of the most enjoyable and emotionally rewarding convention experiences I’ve ever had, and I hope that the fine folks at GCWS will want to invite me back for many more Symposiums in the years to come.
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.
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.
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.