In late January of 2018 I recorded a video interview via satellite with Australia’s own TrekZone Spotlight, hosted by Matthew Miller. We spoke about my work for Star Trek Discovery, the differences in writing licensed fiction versus original works, and my upcoming new Dark Arts original fantasy series, which kicks off on January 30 with The Midnight Front.
Our discussion was brief (only about 25 minutes), but it yielded some excellent material. I had a great time chatting with Matthew about my work, and I hope you’ll give this interview a look.
To celebrate the arrival of new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on January 7, the folks at Simon & Schuster and Amazon have teamed up to bring Star Trek book fans an awesome Kindle Monthly Deal: for the month of January 2018, the eBook version of my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours will be on sale for just $1.99!
Make no mistake, that’s a huge savings. The eBook’s price is normally chained to the cost of the print edition, meaning that some sites were charging as much as $15.99 for the eBook. So this is $14 off the cover price.
Bottom line: If you’ve been putting off picking up the eBook of Desperate Hours until the price hit a more reasonable level, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Grab a copy of the eBook and make sure to share the news far and wide.
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
After a very long process of development, writing, and editing, I am thrilled to announce that publication day has at long last arrived for my new novel, Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours.
The first reviews are in, and they are laudatory, indeed. Dénes House at TrekMovie.comhad this to say about the book:
“Mack has crafted an absolutely thrilling novel that had me turning the pages furiously to find out what happened next … .”
“I was stunned at the amount of insight the novel gives into the characters of Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Saru, but also by the excellent treatment of some old Trek favorites, as well. … It’s a great sci-fi book in general, and an outstanding Trek novel in particular. Well worth the purchase for any fan of the franchise.”
“…exciting and emotionally resonant…”
“I give this book my highest recommendation.”
Not too shabby, eh?
The book is available now in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It’s also available today in a German translated edition from the fine folks at Cross Cult Romane.
Grab your copy today, and be sure to order a few extras — it makes a lovely gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!
Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.
And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.
We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.
The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.
Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.
The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.
Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.
Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.
We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.
Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.
How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.
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!