Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Belated Release Day! Coda, Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow

Star Trek: Coda
Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow
by James Swallow

The long-awaited Coda trilogy continues! Now available in bookstores and online, we have Star Trek: Coda, Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow by James Swallow! Pick it up today and prepare for next month's exciting conclusion!

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable.
THE FUTURE IS AT WAR WITH THE PAST.
The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy continues as friends become foes, the Temporal Apocalypse accelerates, and the catastrophe’s true cause is revealed.

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Next Release: Coda, Book III: Oblivion's Gate

Monday, October 25, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Moments Asunder with Special Guest Dayton Ward!

Coda, Book I
Moments Asunder

With special guest Dayton Ward!

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The Temporal Apocalypse begins! For 20 years, the “novelverse” has presented us with a unique opportunity to grow the Star Trek universe outside the films and television that make up “canon,” with authors given unprecedented freedom to take the stories of the TNG era in new and exciting directions. After all, there was no way that televised Trek would ever return to the 24th century… right? Well, all of that changed with Star Trek: Picard, which meant that in order to line up with canon, the novelverse would have to be fixed. That fix comes in three parts, with the Star Trek: Coda trilogy by authors Dayton Ward, James Swallow, and David Mack.

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce sit down with Dayton Ward to discuss Moments Asunder, the first book of the Coda trilogy. We talk about a story 20 years in the making, Dayton’s collaborators, Wesley Crusher, the big baddies of the novel, shocking story moments, swinging for the fences, and wrap up with our final thoughts and where Dayton can be found online and what he’s working on next.







Previous episode: The Autobiography of Mr. Spock
Next episode: The Lost Era: The Buried Age

Friday, October 8, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: The Autobiography of Mr. Spock

 The Autobiography of Mr. Spock
The Life of a Federation Legend

With special guest Una McCormack!

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There are not many people who can be said to have influenced centuries of galactic politics and shaped the very foundations of the Federation. Described by Starfleet Admiral Brackett as “one of our most celebrated Ambassadors and advisors to Federation leaders for generations,” Spock has been one of the most revered and influential voices in Federation history. Now, available for the first time ever: his life, in his own words.

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan sit down with the “editor” of The Autobiography of Mr. Spock, Una McCormack! We talk about the concept of a “wisdom book,” Spock’s struggles while growing up, his childhood with his brother and sister, his time on the Enterprise, his role as both a successful and unsuccessful mentor, his 24th century exploits, his relationship with James T. Kirk, and wrap up with our final thoughts and where Una can be found online and what projects she is currently working on.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Release Day! The Coda Saga Begins...

Star Trek: Coda
Book I: Moments Asunder
by Dayton Ward

It's finally here! The beginning of the conclusion to the on-going Trek litverse: Coda: Book I: Moments Asunder by the prolific Dayton Ward! The crew of the Enterprise, Aventine, Deep Space Nine, and Titan must deal with the "temporal apocalypse," which may spell doom for all! Can't wait to dive into this one, folks. It promises to be a barn-burner!

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable.

STARFLEET’S FINEST FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

TOMORROW IS DOOMED
Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy.

WANDERER, ORACLE, ALLY
Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating temporal disaster, while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it, an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their future, but might the cause lie in their past?

EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE
Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined?


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Previous Release: Picard: Rogue Elements

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Catalyst of Sorrows

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Catalyst of Sorrows
By Margaret Wander Bonanno

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A Star Trek story featuring intrigue, spycraft, and off-the-books missions… with a centenarian Uhura as the head of Starfleet Intelligence! It’s the perfect blend of Star Trek and Mission: Impossible you didn’t know you needed!
 
In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows by the incomparable Margaret Wander Bonanno. We talk about the homage paid to John le Carré in this novel, a galactic pandemic, Uhura’s job, an adventure in the Neutral Zone, a ton of familiar faces, the ending of the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: Picard: Rogue Elements

Monday, September 6, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Rogue Elements with John Jackson Miller!

 Star Trek: Picard
Rogue Elements
Exclusive interview with author John Jackson Miller!

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In the third episode of Star Trek: Picard, retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard hired Cristóbal Rios, freighter captain of La Sirena. As season one continued, we learned about this ex-Starfleet officer who was haunted by a traumatic experience aboard the U.S.S. ibn Majid, but there is more to Rios’ past than what we have seen on screen!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, host Bruce Gibson is joined by author John Jackson Miller to discuss his latest novel, Rogue Elements. We talk about how Rios acquired his ship, his involvement with the Iotians from “A Piece of the Action,” the importance of physical books, the Sylvus Project, and the McGuffin in this book.







Previous episode: Enterprise: The First Adventure

Friday, August 20, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Enterprise: The First Adventure

 Star Trek
Enterprise: The First Adventure
By Vonda N. McIntyre


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Enter the Vonda-Verse!

Back in 1966, we were introduced to the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the middle of their adventures. Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew had already found their groove, boldly going like a well-oiled machine. But how did this crew originally come together? How did their first mission together go? This week, we take a look at a novel that strives to answer these questions!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan discuss the classic novel Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda McIntyre, published in 1986. We discuss Kirk, his crew, a Klingon antagonist named Koronin, the Warp-Speed Classic Vaudeville Company, the mysterious “worldship,” and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: Deny Thy Father

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

(Belated) Release Day! Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller

Star Trek: Picard
Rogue Elements
by John Jackson Miller

A day late, but I didn't want to skip this one! Out yesterday is the new Star Trek: Picard novel Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller! Focusing on the captain of La Sirena, Rogue Elements features Christóbal Rios in an adventure set before Star Trek: Picard! 

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
A thrilling untold adventure based on the acclaimed Star Trek: Picard TV series!

Starfleet was everything for Cristóbal Rios—until one horrible, inexplicable day when it all went wrong. Aimless and adrift, he grasps at a chance for a future as an independent freighter captain in an area betrayed by the Federation, the border region with the former Romulan Empire. His greatest desire: to be left alone.

But solitude isn’t in the cards for the captain of La Sirena, who falls into debt to a roving gang of hoodlums from a planet whose society is based on Prohibition-era Earth. Teamed against his will with Ledger, his conniving overseer, Rios begins an odyssey that brings him into conflict with outlaws and fortune seekers, with power brokers and relic hunters across the stars.

Exotic loves and locales await—as well as dangers galore—and Rios learns the hard way that good crewmembers are hard to find, even when you can create your own. And while his meeting with Jean-Luc Picard is years away, Rios finds himself drawing on the Starfleet legend’s experiences when he discovers a mystery that began on one of the galaxy’s most important days…


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Next Release: Coda, Book 1: Moments Asunder

Friday, August 6, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Deny Thy Father

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Deny Thy Father
By Jeff Mariotte

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The Lost Era moves ever closer to the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation with this adventure featuring Will Riker and his father Kyle!
 
In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte, a novel of The Lost Era. We talk about the two Rikers, Kyle’s adventures on the run, Will Riker’s Voyage Home experience, to cheat or not to cheat, Kyle’s return, the Civil War, the importance of duty, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended

Monday, July 26, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Shadows Have Offended with Cassandra Rose Clarke!

 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Shadows Have Offended
Exclusive interview with author Cassandra Rose Clarke!

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It’s been many years since TNG novels set during the series’ run have been published with the post-Nemesis continuity taking precedence. However, thanks to a newcomer to the Star Trek fiction universe, all that has changed with a brand-new novel set during season seven of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan speak with author Cassandra Rose Clarke about her new TNG novel Shadows Have Offended! We discuss her prior works and how she came to write a Star Trek novel, the focus on Troi, Crusher, and Worf, her love of Betazed and its culture, Ambassador Lwaxana Troi, the mysteries at the heart of the novel, and wrap up with what she is working on now and where she can be found online.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: Well of Souls

Friday, July 16, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Well of Souls

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Well of Souls
By Ilsa J. Bick

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The Lost Era continues! It’s 2336, and these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise-C. Everything we know about this ship and her crew in canon comes from TNG’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” But Captain Rachel Garrett commanded her for many years, and there are many stories to be told about those missions.

Join us for this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club as hosts Dan and Bruce discuss The Lost Era: Well of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick. We talk about the many characters both old and new in this novel, guilt and trauma, a complicated plot involving crime syndicates and secrecy, the first duty of every Starfleet officer, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for Well of Souls.







Previous episode: The Original Series: Living Memory

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Release Day! TNG: Shadows Have Offended

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Shadows Have Offended
by Cassandra Rose Clarke


It's new Star Trek book day once again! This month, we have a newcomer to the world of Trek fiction: author Cassandra Rose Clarke, with her Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Shadows Have Offended. A novel set during season seven of TNG, Shadows Have Offended marks the first return to series-era TNG novels in a very long time!

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
An original novel based on the acclaimed Star Trek TV series!

The USS Enterprise has been granted the simple but unavoidable honor of ferrying key guests to Betazed for a cultural ceremony. En route, sudden tragedy strikes a Federation science station on the isolated planet Kota, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard has no qualms sending William Riker, Data, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher to investigate. But what begins as routine assignments for the two parties soon descends into chaos: Picard, Worf, and Deanna Troi must grapple with a dangerous diplomatic crisis as historic artifacts are stolen in the middle of a high-profile ceremony…while nothing is as it seems on Kota. A mounting medical emergency coupled with the science station’s failing technology—and no hope of rescue—has Doctor Crusher racing against time to solve a disturbing mystery threatening the lives of all her colleagues….


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Next Release: Picard: Rogue Elements

Friday, June 25, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Living Memory

 Star Trek: The Original Series
Living Memory
by Christopher L. Bennett

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A mysterious spatial phenomenon threatening the core worlds of the Federation. A cadre of genetically-engineered warriors trying to make their way in Starfleet Academy. And a personal journey for a character recovering from a severe trauma that has affected every facet of her life. All of these stories come together in surprising ways in the subject of this week’s episode!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan review the newest Star Trek: The Original Series novel: Living Memory by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about the mysterious vacuum flares, Uhura’s memory, the Arcturian Warborn, Dr. Ashley Janith-Lau, a murder mystery, the militarization of Starfleet, the themes of communication and memory, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: Year Five: Weaker Than Man

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Release Day! TOS: Living Memory by Christopher L. Bennett

Star Trek: The Original Series
Living Memory
by Christopher L. Bennett


New Star Trek book day is here again! We have a new book set in the period between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan by author Christopher L. Bennett: Living Memory!

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure!
While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS Enterprise and Commander Pavel Chekov of the USS Reliant are investigating a series of powerful cosmic storms seemingly targeting Federation worlds—unstoppable outbursts emitting from the very fabric of space. Endeavoring to predict where the lethal storms will strike next, Spock and Chekov make the shocking discovery that the answer lies in Commander Nyota Uhura’s past—one that she no longer remembers….

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Previous Release: Discovery: Wonderlands

Friday, June 11, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Weaker Than Man

 Star Trek: Year Five
Weaker Than Man
Omnibus Collection of Issues 13 - 19

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We’re taking a break from novels this week to catch up on the Star Trek: Year Five on-going story! From badmiral shenanigans and populist criminal presidential candidates to Gary Seven and global pandemics, these stories have it all!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce are discussing Weaker Than Man, the omnibus collection of Star Trek: Year Five issues 13 to 19. We talk about all four “episodes” that make up the collection: “Guide of Fire,” “Vote Mudd!,” “Weaker Than Man,” and “On the Death of a Friend.”







Previous episode: Discovery: Wonderlands

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Wonderlands with Una McCormack

 Star Trek: Discovery
Wonderlands
Exclusive Interview with author Una McCormack!

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When Star Trek: Discovery’s third season debuted, Michael Burnham found herself down the rabbit hole in a strange, unfamiliar world. However, the U.S.S. Discovery, right behind her in the wormhole, was nowhere to be found. Along with unlikely allies and surprising foes, Burnham must make her way in this disturbing and dangerous future. The story of the year she spent apart from her crew can finally be told!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan are joined by master storyteller Una McCormack to discuss her latest novel: Discovery: Wonderlands. We talk about Alice in Wonderland, Sahil vs. Book, Burnham’s new career, Starfleet cosplayers, the White Palm raiders, the Fall of the Federation, and wrap up with where Una can be found online and what she has coming up.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
Next episode: Year Five: Weaker Than Man

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Release Day! Discovery: Wonderlands by Una McCormack

Star Trek: Discovery
Wonderlands
by Una McCormack


Once again, it's new Star Trek book day! We have the newest addition to the Star Trek: Discovery line, this time by one of my favorite authors, Una McCormack! Pick up Wonderlands today, detailing the "gap year" between Burnham's arrival in the 32nd century and the eventual appearance of the U.S.S. Discovery.

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series!
In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terribly wrong, and Burnham has somehow arrived in a place far different from anything she could have imagined—more than nine hundred years out of her time, with Discovery nowhere to be found, and where the mysterious and cataclysmic event known as “the Burn” has utterly decimated Starfleet and, with it, the United Federation of Planets. How then can she possibly exist day-to-day in this strange place? What worlds are out there waiting to be discovered? Do any remnants of Starfleet and the Federation possibly endure? With more questions than answers, Burnham must nevertheless forge new friendships and new alliances if she hopes to survive this future long enough for the Discovery crew to find her....

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Previous Release: Picard: The Dark Veil

Friday, May 14, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: The Art of the Impossible

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
The Art of the Impossible
By Keith R.A. DeCandido

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The Betreka Nebula Incident: an eighteen-year cold war between the Cardassian Union and the Klingon Empire. The tale of the conflict over the planet Raknal V that nearly plunged the quadrant into war is finally told!
 
In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss The Art of the Impossible, a novel of The Lost Era by master storyteller Keith R.A. DeCandido. We talk about the Klingons and Cardassians, the conflict over Raknal V, the Romulans' resurgence, obsession and blind nationalism, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: The Next Generation: Metamorphosis