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Cover for The Body Electric, plus a triptych!

Have a gander at the cover for The Body Electric — the final volume in my upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy, Cold Equations:

Also, a special bonus treat: the full triptych that combines all three covers:

(Click to see a larger version)

Sweet, eh?

Book One, The Persistence of Memory goes on sale October 30.

Book Two, Silent Weapons, will be published on November 27.

Book Three, The Body Electric, will be released on December 26.


Another cover

Hot on the heels of my previous post, here is the just-released cover of The Persistence of Memory, book one of my upcoming trilogy, Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations.

This book will be on sale at the end of October, and there will be early copies available at New York Comic Con, during my signing hours at the Simon & Schuster booth. I might also bring a few copies with me to GMX in Nashville the weekend before the book’s official release date.

Book Two, Silent Weapons, will be published at the end of November, and the trilogy’s final volume, The Body Electric, will be out at the end of December.

Feast your eyes, Trek fans!

Now that it’s already out there — officially or otherwise — I might as well promote it here: the just-released cover for Silent Weapons, the second book of my upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy, Cold Equations.

Before you ask, no, I don’t know why the cover for book two was made public before the cover for book one, nor do I know when the covers for books one and three will be posted. But here is book two’s cover, for your viewing pleasure.

You can’t say I never gave you nothing.

It’s done! So…what’s next?

Hallelujah! It is with great relief that I can report that I have finished writing The Body Electric, the final volume in my upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy Cold Equations.

I’ve been plugging away at this project since late last year, and there were a number of times I was afraid I would not finish it on time, thus triggering the much-dreaded publishing crisis known as a “crash schedule.” Fortunately, that has not happened, and I am now in that professional limbo known as being between contracted assignments.

You might be wondering what I will be doing in the interim until another contract comes my way. I plan to keep busy, I assure you.

My next few projects, which I expect will keep me occupied into the fall, will be some screenplays I’ve been cogitating upon for several months. It’s been a long time since I sat down to write a screenplay — over a decade at this point. I feel like working those creative muscles again.

Once I’ve tapped out a few new feature scripts, I have an idea for a new series of original urban fantasy novels. My goal is to plot out the first three books and draft the first manuscript by the end of the year, or end of January 2013 at the latest.

And though there’s no money in it, I’m intrigued by the idea of cobbling together a playset for the role-playing game Fiasco. Just because I can.

Other side projects might also come along during this period of creative exploration. I’m going to play those by ear and see where they lead.

Will any of this pay off? Who knows? But for now I’m just going to enjoy having the freedom to try it.

My next big writing project…

Now that the news has officially broken in Issue No. 39 of Star Trek Magazine, it’s time for me to reveal some details about my upcoming trilogy for Star Trek: The Next Generation, about which I’ve hinted much in the past few months.

The “umbrella” title of the trilogy is Cold Equations. All three books are set primarily in the post-Nemesis era of 24th-century Star Trek fiction — specifically, in early 2384, just over four years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis.

Unlike the Star Trek Destiny trilogy, which was one epic story split across three volumes, Cold Equations will comprise three separate novels that are set during a brief span of time (a few months), and share a cast of characters, a number of themes, and some narrative subplots. While I plan to address some large-scale ideas in the new trilogy, I am not trying to replicate my work on Star Trek Destiny. I am not trying to “top” my previous trilogy; rather, I am trying to tell a different kind of story, one that is more personal while still retaining a sense of high stakes.

Book One of the trilogy, which is written and now with the editor, is The Persistence of Memory, and it will put the Enterprise crew at the forefront of an effort to stop the Typhon Pact from exploiting stolen Soong-type android technology as a weapon of war.

In Book Two, Silent Weapons, Captain Picard and his crew must protect Federation President Nan Bacco when it becomes clear she has been targeted for assassination. However, in the course of their mission, the Enterprise crew discovers that there might be an even greater conspiracy lurking behind the assassination plot.

In Book Three, The Body Electric, the Enterprise crew is brought to the center of the Milky Way by an old friend — Traveler and former shipmate Wesley Crusher — to try to stop a massive sentient machine whose mysterious labors threaten the future of every civilization in the galaxy.

For those who might be curious, part of my reason for choosing to title the trilogy Cold Equations is that each of the three stories hinges on a moment in which one or more characters must make terrible moral or ethical choices, weighing the cost of one life, or a few lives, against those of many more, or deciding how much — and who — they are willing to sacrifice for the sake of victory.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish “clearing the decks” of my life by tending to long-neglected tasks, so that next week I can start work on the manuscript for Silent Weapons.