Posts Tagged ‘Destiny’

On Sale Tomorrow: Destiny redux

Just over three years ago, fans and critics started praising the Star Trek Destiny trilogy, and that word-of-mouth has sustained the trilogy’s sales since then, making it my single most successful project to date.

Now, at the behest of my publisher and editors, a new collected edition of the trilogy has been prepared. This 305,000-word epic is perfect for propping open doors and crushing large bugs, and it’s more than enough fuel to jump-start even the largest bonfire!

Seriously, although I resisted the urge to make any major changes, additions, or subtractions from the original text, I used this new edition as an opportunity to streamline my prose styling a bit. I curbed some of my original excesses; as I’ve joked elsewhere, this new omnibus edition is 80-percent less Stygian, has fifty percent fewer smirks, smiles, and grins, and it’s twenty percent less brooding.

I’ve also taken this occasion as an opportunity to update my online store. I’ve restocked a few copies of some of my older titles (such as Harbinger, Warpath, and Road of Bones) and I’ve added my comic-book work to the mix. So, if you’re hankering for an autographed copy of one of my books but can’t make it to one of my scheduled convention appearances this year — Shore Leave (Baltimore) in August; New York Comic Con (NYC) and Geek Media Expo (Nashville) in October — then this is your best bet.

Also, don’t forget: Coming in just two weeks is Storming Heaven, the harrowing finale of the Star Trek Vanguard saga. More goodies will be coming soon to the Star Trek Vanguard Finale Page, but if you want to enter for a chance to win an autographed complete set of the series, submit your question for the Vanguard Farewell Podcast by 11:59PM EDT tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 2012!

Two Destinies…

While I was away in Florida last week, UPS delivered three boxes via my neighbor. I hadn’t been expecting any deliveries, so this caught me by surprise.

The first box, from my friend Dayton Ward, contained three sets of signed copies of the Star Trek Vanguard novels he co-authored with Kevin Dilmore, and one unsigned set, for donation to a library, as soon as the saga’s final volume, Storming Heaven, comes out in April.

The other two boxes contained my 25 author copies of the omnibus edition of Star Trek Destiny — the complete trilogy in one massive volume. Here it is, beside the original paperback version of the trilogy’s second book, Mere Mortals:

If you often find yourself in need of something large and heavy to drop on spiders or prop open doors, this is the tome for you.

All kidding aside, I did a fair bit of fine-tuning on these three books during the editing and production phase on this new edition, and I consider this new trade paperback omnibus to be the definitive edition of the trilogy. If you haven’t yet read the trilogy, or want to gift it to someone, this is the version I most recommend.

Hear me blather on “The G&T Show”

Head on over to the website of The G&T Show and check out Episode 15 to hear me talk with hosts Nick Minecci and Terilynn Shull about my work, ranging from the bestselling Star Trek Destiny trilogy to my upcoming novels Star Trek Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions and Star Trek Vanguard: Storming Heaven, as well as the soon-to-be-released nonfiction memoir No Turning Back, which I co-wrote with Iraq War veteran Bryan Anderson.

The interview can be heard as streaming audio from the episode’s page on their website, or it can be downloaded as an MP3 for playback on the portable playback device of your choice. So go forth and listen!

Schedule of my upcoming books

Well, I was hoping to break the news this weekend at Shore Leave, but instead it seems to have dropped today with the release of a new series of listings on the Simon and Schuster website: my Star Trek Destiny trilogy is going to be reprinted in a trade paperback omnibus edition (i.e., all three books bound together in a larger paperback format) in mid-March 2012.

I’m very excited to know that sales of the trilogy have continued to be strong enough that S&S feels an omnibus reprinting is merited.

The latest updates on the S&S website also say that, contrary to what I’ve thought up until now, my finale for the Star Trek Vanguard series, Storming Heaven, will be published in April 2012 (not June, as I’ve previously reported). This catches me a bit by surprise; I guess I need to write the manuscript even more quickly now.

And, just as a quick reminder, remember to look for my new Star Trek Mirror Universe novel Rise Like Lions this December!

Mail Call

Two things arrived via the post today. First, the UPS guy delivered a box from my publisher. Inside it: my author’s copies of the just-released anthology Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified

The other item arrived with the day’s regular mail: a plain yellow envelope, also from my publisher. Inside it, an unopened fan letter, addressed to me courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Now, I receive a decent amount of fan e-mail and Facebook messages and tweets, but it’s been a long time since I received an actual piece of fan mail.

My wife stood by and watched while I opened the envelope, which was soggy from its passage through the day’s rains. Inside was a single, folded sheet of yellow notepad paper, and upon it a handwritten letter:

(Click to enlarge, but be warned: it’s a large file.)

As I suspected, the sort of passion that would animate someone in this day and age to send an actual letter was not of a kind intended for flattery. Though I am withholding the sender’s name and place of residence, the letter is simply too fabulous not to share. Omitting the headers, here is the body of the missive, complete with curiosities of punctuation, word choice, et al:

Re: Star Trek Destiny trilogy

Dear Mr. Mack,

I have read many Star Trek novels. Some were good; some were excellent; some bad and some that never should have been published.

Your trilogy, however, doesn’t fit into those categories. It is the most depressing, despairing, fatalistic books-trilogy I ever read. I kept hoping that something positive would render the books readable.

It was extremely difficult to peruse the story. Everything was so doomed, damned, lifeless. No hope. After all, this is merely a science fiction story book. It should not be so lifeless, so death-like.

I wish now that I had never purchased your 3 books. During the time I read these I was full of despair—and a story book shouldn’t do that! Especially Star Trek.

These 3 books are the last ones I’ll buy about Star Trek. Death and despair I can watch on the 6pm world news.


(Name Withheld)

P.S. Paint a better picture of our future world—right now it’s the only one we have!

Sigh. Another satisfied customer. I suppose I should just be grateful that no white powder fell from the envelope when I opened it.

Believe me when I say I’m going to have this letter tastefully framed and that I will display it prominently in my office, if for no other reason than to respect the time and effort it took to set those words to paper by hand.



My German Destiny

My friend Andreas Mergenthaler, from German-language Star Trek publisher Cross Cult, just sent me this screen-capture he made of the home page:

In his e-mail, Andreas wrote:

Somebody at iTunes Germany loves your book. 😉 That’s the biggest possible highlight spot they have available on iTunes.

Well, boo-yah! Ich liebe Deutschland!

New cover art for Gods of Night

Just released: the cover art for publisher Cross Cult’s new German-language edition of Star Trek Destiny, Book I: Gods of Night

I hope my editors at Simon & Schuster will forgive me, but I like this cover better than the one used for the original version, and I sincerely hope the nice folks at Cross Cult might consider sending me a few of these…

(Thanks to Defcons Treklit, from whose LiveJournal I did snurch this, and to TrekWeb for the heads-up.)

ETA: As noted in the comments on my LJ mirror of this post, this illustration by German comic-book artist Martin Frei is not the final cover image, just the first draft. I hope they don’t change it too much, because they are definitely on the right track here. See the comments for links to more information about Martin Frei.