Posts Tagged ‘The Next Generation’

My “Next Big Thing”

This is a writer-to-writer meme that’s been making the rounds lately. It’s basically a chain of book and author promotions. One author tags five others, who then each tag five others. The idea is that we all help people out there learn about all the good stuff that’s just out or coming soon.  Whether it actually works, who knows?

Anyway, I was tagged with this opportunity by fellow author Jeff Mariotte (who long ago was also my editor on the Star Trek: Divided We Fall comic-book miniseries I cowrote with John J. Ordover), so here goes.

The “Next Big Thing” self-interview consists of 10 questions:

1. What is the working title of your next book?
My next book to hit shelves is Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cold Equations, Book III: The Body Electric. It arrives in bookstores both brick and virtual next Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to craft an epic, “big idea” sci-fi story for the Enterprise-E crew to face. As a kid, I loved the novels and short stories of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clark, and Isaac Asimov, and I wanted something that captured the same sense of scope and grandeur one finds in those writers’ classic works.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
The Body Electric is a space-opera-style science-fiction thriller.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Most of the roles are already spoken-for, since it’s a media tie-in novel. But there are some new faces among the Enterprise-E crew. I think Kristin Kreuk would be a great choice to play Lieutenant T’ryssa Chen; science officer Lieutenant Dina Elfiki could be played by Minka Kelly; and new security chief Lieutenant Aneta Šmrhová should be played by the Czech actress after whom she was named.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A planet-sized Machine is hurling entire star systems into a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, and unless the Enterprise crew stops it, it will unleash a cataclysm that will destroy all life and civilizations in the Milky Way.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book was represented by my agent, Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency, and it is being published by Simon & Schuster, the official licensed publisher of Star Trek fiction.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Approximately two months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
As presumptuous as this might sound, I would dare to compare it to Clarke’s seminal Rendezvous With Rama.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was asked by my publisher to concoct a new epic-scale trilogy of Star Trek novels, and this apocalyptic-style fever dream was what I came up with.

10. What else about the book might pique the readers’ interest?
Let’s just say that more than one long-lost fan-favorite character is returned to the Star Trek literary universe by this novel.

I’m not going to “tag” anyone to do this next, since I’m not always sure who’s in need of promotional time.  But any authors who’d like to jump on this bandwagon as it rolls on by are welcome to leave comments with links to their respective blogs’ posts on this topic. So go on, writer-folk: Tell us about your “next big thing,” and feel free to post a link to your self-interview in the comments section.

Interview on 2012writersALIVE

This afternoon at roughly 2:30pm EDT, I spoke for half and hour with host John Byk of the 2012writersALIVE podcast about my new Cold Equations trilogy, my writing process, and my feelings regarding collaboration. We hung up the phone at 3pm — and half an hour later, the interview was live. That’s some fast turnaround!

Anyway, I had fun chatting with John, so give the interview a listen.

(P.S. — I apologize for the fact that I sound like I’m shouting from the far end of a tunnel. Next time I grant an interview by phone, I’ll use my land line instead of my cell phone.)


Silent Weapons now on sale

We all knew this day was coming: Silent Weapons, the second book in my new Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th-anniversary trilogy Cold Equations, officially releases today on shelves physical and virtual throughout North America. It is available as a mass-market paperback and an eBook (in various formats) from most of the major book retailers.

Here is the novel’s back-cover blurb:

Three years after the disastrous final Borg Invasion, a bitter cold war against the Typhon Pact has pushed Starfleet’s resources to the breaking point. Now the rise of a dangerous new technology threatens to destroy the Federation from within.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew answer a distress call from an old friend, only to become targets in a deadly game of deception. To protect a vital diplomatic mission, they must find a way to identify the spies hiding in their midst, before it’s too late.

But Worf soon realizes the crew’s every move has been predicted: Someone is using them as pawns. And the closer they get to exposing their enemy, the deeper they spiral into its trap….


I’ve been pleased and flattered by the popular and critical reactions to the trilogy’s first book, The Persistence of Memory, and I hope the second book continues to thrill and entertain.

COMING NEXT MONTH: The trilogy’s epic conclusion, The Body Electric, goes on sale on Wednesday, December 26. Celebrate Boxing Day by buying copies for all your domestic servants!


The First Word on Silent Weapons

The first full-length review of Silent Weapons, the second book in my Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th-anniversary trilogy Cold Equations, has just been posted by Dan Gunther at Trek Lit Reviews. (Be advised that his review for Silent Weapons contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the trilogy’s New York Times bestselling first volume, The Persistence of Memory.)

Here is a small teaser of Dan’s remarks about Silent Weapons:

“As much as I enjoyed The Persistence of Memory, I feel that this installment is even better. The characterizations are dead-on, the stakes are high, and the drama feels truly real.”

“As it stands, the first two books of the Cold Equations trilogy are, for me, the bar against which TrekLit novels should be measured. … I can’t wait for the final book, The Body Electric.”

Beware of spoilers, and read the rest of Dan Gunther’s in-depth review here.

Listen to Me Yammer Online

If you’d like to hear me share some behind-the-scenes insights regarding my new Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy Cold Equations, you’re in luck: John S. Drew and Julio Angel Ortiz have just posted The Chronic Rift’s 45-minute interview with moi that was recorded last month at New York Comic Con. We talk at length about the new trilogy, the state of the Star Trek literary franchise, my new screenwriting projects, and more.

I’d like to thank John and Julio again for letting me use their podcasting table as my home base at New York Comic Con, and for having me back as their guest on The Chronic Rift. If you listen to the podcast, make sure to leave a comment on their site so they’ll know you were there….


The Good-News Round-Up

Today I’m excited to bring you two pieces of good news. First, my latest novel, The Persistence of Memory, has garnered another very favorable review from Matthew Rushing at (Before you click the link to read Matthew’s review, be advised that it contains MAJOR SPOILERS.)

In even bigger news, my friend Bryan Anderson, whose Iraq War memoir No Turning Back I co-authored, has just won a Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Human Interest Programming” as the host of the documentary special Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson.

Congratulations, Bryan!



More good vibes for The Persistence of Memory

Two more recent reviews of my novel Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory continue its critical hot streak:

“The drama, adventure, suspense, and mystery are intense, and the story flows well despite the complexity. Next Generationfans will be very happy with the direction this series takes.””[T]his was my favorite Star Trek novel in years.”

— Angela Schuch,

“Wow. No, really — wow.”

“Every fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation will want to read this book. … Overall grade: A

— Patrick Hayes,


As Adam Sandler might say, “Not too shabby.”