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Star Trek: Seekers covers debut in USA Today (#SFWApro)

This morning, readers of USA Today‘s “Book Buzz” section were treated to the first public reveal of the covers for the first two novels of Star Trek: Seekers, an all-new original literary series by myself and the writing team of Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.

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The angle of the story is that it marks a first for Star Trek, in that the series was inspired by the digital illustrations of artist Rob Caswell, who had envisioned in his DeviantArt gallery an alternate reality in which Gene Roddenberry produced a 1970s-era sequel to the original Star Trek called The Seekers.

seekers_5_by_arcass-d4qs35pJust as episodes of the original Star Trek had been novelized by James Blish, Caswell imagined that the adventures of The Seekers would be novelized in the same style — and he crafted six brilliant, retro-style covers for these books that never were, and made them look like well-loved (and stained and stamped) library editions.

In March of 2012, just after the final novel of the Star Trek Vanguard series had been released, I was talking with Dayton about what we wanted to work on next. We were interested in developing another series on which we could alternate writing duties, as we had done with Vanguard, but we weren’t sure what form that series might take.

seekers_2_by_arcass-d4poik3Then I showed him Rob’s work on DeviantArt. Rob had used the original Archer-class starship design by our Vanguard illustrator Masao Okazaki as an element in his faux Seekers covers, and he had styled the covers with the 1970s-era typography and design that had been used on the classic Star Trek novelizations that Dayton and I both had devoured as young Star Trek fans in the ’70s.

When we saw Rob’s cover illustrations, Dayton and I agreed we wanted our new series to be exactly what we saw there: an homage to classic Star Trek, right down to the retro look and feel of the art and the type on the covers. We also knew that we wanted to call it Star Trek: Seekers — and that we wanted to bring Rob aboard as our creative partner on the new series, since it had been his imaginative leap that had brought the vision into focus for us.

One of the best moments of my career as a Star Trek writer was the afternoon when I got to be the one to call Rob and tell him that his work had inspired us to make his imaginary series a reality in prose — and that we wanted him to join our team and work on it with us.

Now, thanks to the support and hard work of a great many people at Simon & Schuster and CBS Television Entertainment — including editors Margaret Clark and Edward Schlesinger, publicist Juliana Horbachevsky, and licensing executive extraordinaire John Van Citters — that dream is about to come to fruition.

Star Trek: Seekers, Book 1: Second Nature, by David Mack, will be released July 22, 2014. Star Trek: Seekers, Book 2: Point of Divergence, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, will be released August 26, 2014. Pre-order both books from your favorite retail sites, or directly from simonandschuster.com.

 

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Announcing … Star Trek: Seekers

SEEKERS_1_PREVIEWFor a while now, on various social media platforms and in Star Trek literature-related discussion forums, I’ve been dropping hints about a new Star Trek book project I have in the works. Having just unveiled the project to the audience at Shore Leave 35 in Hunt Valley, Md., I can now post the news here for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Coming next summer, Star Trek: Seekers will be an all-new sequel series to the Star Trek Vanguard saga. I will alternate writing privileges on this new series with my Vanguard creative partners, writing duo Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore.

Seekers will feature ships, characters, settings, and situations from the Vanguard saga, but it will also chart a very different course from its predecessor. Whereas Vanguard was described by many as “Star Trek meets the new Battlestar Galactica,” Seekers represents a return to the more classic style of Star Trek adventure: “strange new worlds, and new life-forms.”

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New cover revealed: A Ceremony of Losses

As visitors to StarTrek.com, a few other fan blogs and discussion boards, and my Facebook page already know, the cover art for my next upcoming novel has finally been released to the public. Now that I’ve let StarTrek.com have its 24-hour exclusive “first look,” I am proud to present here, for your enjoyment and edification, the final cover for Star Trek: The Fall, Book III: A Ceremony of Losses, by Emmy™ and Academy Award™-winning CGI visual effects artist Doug Drexler.

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This book is scheduled for publication on October 29, 2013. Look for it wherever new books are sold.

 

Your Sunday Eye Candy

Stumbled across this while browsing my Facebook news feed a few minutes ago: illustrator Martin Frei’s text-free cover art for the German translation of my Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel, Zero Sum Game.

Feast your eyes on this:

Pretty sweet, eh? For those of you in Europe, look for this from publisher Cross Cult in June 2013.

New Book Cover Day!

I’ve just finished a big update over on my official website, adding cover images for three of my upcoming books. Here they are, in publication order:

 

NO TURNING BACK

(November 1, 2011)


STAR TREK MIRROR UNIVERSE: RISE LIKE LIONS

(November 29, 2011)

 

STAR TREK VANGUARD: STORMING HEAVEN

(March 27, 2012)

Is that sweet or what? CGI master Doug Drexler has outdone himself again, and I’m in his debt. Want to be even more impressed? I’m told this might not even be the final cover. That’s right; the final cover might be even more awesome than this.

Boo-yah. That’s why Doug Drexler is The Man.

Vanguard anthology? We’ve got it covered.

Fresh from the inbox, it’s the final cover for Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified!

This anthology of brand-new stories will feature four novellas:

  • “Almost Tomorrow” – by Dayton Ward. Set before the events of the first Vanguard novel, Harbinger, and the Star Trek: Corps of Engineers novella Distant Early Warning.
  • “Hard News” – by Kevin Dilmore. Set just after the events of the third novel, Reap the Whirlwind.
  • “The Ruins of Noble Men” – by Marco Palmieri. Set after the events of the fifth novel, Precipice, but telling a dual story through the use of flashbacks.
  • “The Stars Look Down” – by David Mack. Also set after Precipice.

For those of you attending Shore Leave this July, be sure to get your copy and bring it to the show, as all four authors will be in attendance for the Friday night signing event!

Big props and thanks to digital artist extraordinaire Doug Drexler for creating this cool render.