It's starting to look like they should bring back Andy and either have him co-write with Martin or on his own. Martin as a solo act doesn't seem to be cutting it.
Well, being totally honest though, aside from David Mack, I haven't been especially impressed with ANY author's output since Marco was laid off. And even Zero Sum Game was pretty lame.
I think we might be missing a bigger picture thing here.
I agree with your overall point, i.e. Marco's final Trek novels (the post-Destiny
VOY duology IIRC) have been the last truly amazing novels in the last couple of years (excluding Mack's Sorrows of Empires
and the Vanguard series).
It's not that there weren't any good novels, but not anything special
, at least IMO.
As for your last point, are you referring to the Trek universe or real-world editorial and publishing issues?