Posts Tagged ‘A Ceremony of Losses’

Another feather in my cap

ST.Ceremony.Losses.Final.CvrI belatedly noticed today that my most recent New York Times bestseller, Star Trek: The Fall, Book III – A Ceremony of Losses, is also a Locus Magazine #1 Bestseller, in the media-related fiction category, on its February 2014 list. That and $2.50 will get me a cup of coffee at the bodega of my choice anywhere in New York City.

In other news, I am happy to report that thanks to the efforts of editor Edward Schlesinger at Simon & Schuster, we have succeeded in reducing the price of the Star Trek Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind Kindle eBook and the Apple iTunes Store iBook back to its original $7.99. It’s my hope that this price correction on the eBook versions of this impossible-to-find installment in the Vanguard saga will soon propagate to the B&N Nook edition, as well.


Yak Alert: I talk about “A Ceremony of Losses”

ST.Ceremony.Losses.Final.CvrApparently, I am constitutionally incapable of refusing an opportunity for shameless self-promotion. That’s how I explain my role in yet another podcast discussion of my work with the fine folks of — specifically, Sina and Michael of Ten Forward.

In this latest audio gabfest, we talk about my latest New York Times bestseller, A Ceremony of Losses, as well as my previous novel Zero Sum Game, to which Ceremony is in many respects a sequel, and my upcoming project Section 31: Disavowed, which will continue the story arc of ZSG and ACoL.

I also touch briefly upon my support for Athena’s Daughters, a Kickstarter project to fund a female-written anthology of original SF and fantasy short stories about compelling female main characters. I am excited to report that this Kickstarter reached its $24k stretch goal in just 10 days, which means I and many other male authors will get to tell our original tales about strong female main characters in a companion anthology, Apollo’s Daughters. (If the Kickstarter reaches $38k, Apollo’s Daughters will have a limited print run in hardcover, so keep those contributions coming in, folks!)

Listen to my latest turn on the Captain’s Table podcast and donate to the Athena’s Daughters project (note: this Kickstarter ends January 8, 2014).

Literary Treks: Beset by Serpents

Last week, I spent an hour or so chatting with Christopher Jones and Matt Rushing from the podcast Literary Treks about the development, themes, and “Easter eggs” of my latest novel, Star Trek: The Fall – A Ceremony of Losses.

Yesterday, they posted the fruits of that discussion for your collective enjoyment and enlightenment. So that their efforts will not have been in vain, click on over to their website and listen to the podcast, Literary Treks 42: Beset by Serpents.

You’re welcome.


Star Trek Night at Enigma Bookstore!

Saturday, November 2 from 7PM–10PM
33–17 Crescent St., Astoria, NY 11106

Join me and my friends Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg for an evening of Star Trek-themed readings, a signing session for our books old and new, and a panel discussion about the past, present, and future of Trek literature.

What’s the occasion, you ask? The premiere of my latest Star Trek novel, The Fall, Book III: A Ceremony of Losses!


This medical techno-thriller pits Doctor Julian Bashir against, well, just about everybody in his latest quixotic mission to do the right thing.


With each copy of A Ceremony of Losses purchased at Enigma Bookstore during the signing event, get a FREE COPY of my Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel Zero Sum Game, which set up the Julian Bashir/Sarina Douglas story that continues now in The Fall. (First come, first served; offer good only while supplies last.)




Get an advance sneak peek at next spring’s hottest new title, The Klingon Art of War by Keith R.A. DeCandido!

This is going to be a fun night full of Trek-ish awesomeness. So swing by — and bring a friend!

TrekCore Asked; I Answered

I recently granted an e-mail interview to Dan Gunther of the TrekCore blog. Last Friday, while I was away from home, that interview went live.

It’s a substantial Q&A that spans my early years as a writer, my acclaimed Star Trek Destiny trilogy and my New York Times bestselling trilogy Cold Equations, my soon-to-be-released novel Star Trek: The Fall — A Ceremony of Losses (and the entirety of the The Fall miniseries), the new Star Trek: Seekers series, and my upcoming projects.

Here’s a small excerpt from the interview:

TrekCore: You have always brought a certain gravitas to Star Trek. Many of your stories are huge in scope, such as the Destiny trilogy or your Mirror Universe stories. persistenceAt the same time, you are very good at handing the smaller character moments that lend a verisimilitude to the stories you write. How do you go about finding the right balance between the sometimes huge, epic plots and the needs of the characters?

David Mack: It’s just something I do by instinct, to tell the truth. Much as I love the drama of tales in which people are swept up in the tide of grand events, I never forget that what makes those epic moments resonate for a reader is seeing them through the point of view of a character in whom they have an emotional investment. The horror of being on a blood-soaked battlefield will not carry as much impact filtered though the perspective of a character we don’t know as it would if depicted through the eyes of a character one has come to care about.

What it really comes down to for me is that I see war, disaster, and other epic calamities as catalysts for the exploration of character. Unlike movies, which can dole out spectacle for its own sake in a visual medium, I use action and tragedy to push characters to their limits, so that we can discover who they really are, what they really care about, and see how far they are willing to go to persevere or triumph when the odds are against them.

Go read the rest of my interview with TrekCore here.