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Old September 25 2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoilers

I found some new Trek descriptions in the new Pocket Books Spring '09 Catalog. Now I know the authors have told us these aren't 100% accurate, but they do seem to usual still give us a baisic idea of what to expect, so I figured I'd post them. But if the authors or anyone wants me to get rid of them I gladly will.
The majority of these are for the post Destiny books, so there are a couple minor spoilers in the Over A Torrent Sea and Full Circle Descriptions
A Singular Destiny:
The Destiny trilogy changed the Star Trek universe, devastating worlds and lives from every series. Now, the fallout of that apocalyptic saga is viewed through the eyes of an all-new character: Sonek Pran is an outsider, a man who can go places and get things done that no one else can. When events threatening to undermine the galaxy’s attempts to heal itself become increasingly widespread, Sonek’s investigation leads him to uncover a challenge to the Federation and its allies utterly unlike anything they have faced before.

Over A Torrent Sea:
In the aftermath of the shocking crossover trilogy Destiny, Titan’s return to its mission of exploration leads to the discovery of an astounding new world with a complex ecosystem unlike anything Captain Riker and his crew have encountered before. At the same time, while one father mourns the tragic loss of a child, another looks for hope as a longawaited birth draws near.

Full Circle:
Following the events of Destiny, the broken and
weary crew of the starship Voyager is reunited to
spearhead a mission they are uniquely qualified
to undertake. But even the efforts of its new
Captain to revitalize this wounded crew may
not be enough see the mission through, for
the journey is paved with blood and deep scars
that will not fade...and populated with ghosts
from the past.

Treason:

Jumping ahead three years from the events depicted in Missing in Action, tensions within the New Thallonian Protectorate are at a fever pitch following the murder of Prime Minister Si Cwan. The sudden power vacuum will have far-reaching ramifications for Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, the crew of the USS Excalibur, and all of Sector 221-G itself....

Open Secrets:

Following the events of Reap the Whirlwind, this
new novel takes the ongoing saga to a whole new

level as a new commander assumes control of
Starbase 47—while the old one stands trial for
treason. Meanwhile, the station’s intelligence
officer fights for her life and her very mind, as
tensions with the Klingons escalate into all-out war.

I don't know about you guys, but this all sounds pretty damn cool to me. I'm especially curious to see who the new commanders are for Vanguard and Voyager, if that much is true at least. I also wonder why we're doing another jump in the NF series, we already just did one two books ago.
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Old September 25 2008, 10:55 PM   #2
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

Well, offhand, of the post-Destiny books, I'd say the catalog description that seems furthest removed from reality is the one for Full Circle.
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Old September 25 2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

Well, that description of ASD isn't inaccurate, but it isn't 100% accurate, either.......
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Old September 25 2008, 11:19 PM   #4
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

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I found some new Trek descriptions in the new Pocket Books Spring '09 Catalog. Now I know the authors have told us these aren't 100% accurate, but they do seem to usual still give us a baisic idea of what to expect, so I figured I'd post them. But if the authors or anyone wants me to get rid of them I gladly will.
I won't presume to tell you what you can and can't post. I'll simply repeat what I've said in the past. While there's nothing I can do to restrict public access to this information, the catalog isn't written in a way that's intended for public consumption. It's meant for bookvendors. It's put together when many manuscripts are still unwritten, and when plots and character arcs may still be in flux. The catalog is not a reliable source of editorial information. It therefore does a disservice to the editors, the authors, and the readers to draw attention to it.

Reliable information will be released from the editorial offices in due time.
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Old September 25 2008, 11:19 PM   #5
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A Singular Destiny:
The Destiny trilogy changed the Star Trek universe, devastating worlds and lives from every series. Now, the fallout of that apocalyptic saga is viewed through the eyes of an all-new character: Sonek Pran is an outsider, a man who can go places and get things done that no one else can. When events threatening to undermine the galaxy’s attempts to heal itself become increasingly widespread, Sonek’s investigation leads him to uncover a challenge to the Federation and its allies utterly unlike anything they have faced before.
This sounds like a proper Jason Bourne-like thriller, Trek-style. I am most definitely looking forward to it.

Over A Torrent Sea:
In the aftermath of the shocking crossover trilogy Destiny, Titan’s return to its mission of exploration leads to the discovery of an astounding new world with a complex ecosystem unlike anything Captain Riker and his crew have encountered before. At the same time, while one father mourns the tragic loss of a child, another looks for hope as a longawaited birth draws near.
I'm guessing that the death referred to is the younger of the two children on Titan, tragic but an interesting story to tell against the backdrop of a true pelagic world.

Full Circle:
Following the events of Destiny, the broken and weary crew of the starship Voyager is reunited to spearhead a mission they are uniquely qualified to undertake. But even the efforts of its new Captain to revitalize this wounded crew may not be enough see the mission through, for the journey is paved with blood and deep scars that will not fade...and populated with ghosts from the past.
This sounds so bland and I think we'll find that this is total BS by the time real blurb comes out.

Treason:

Jumping ahead three years from the events depicted in Missing in Action, tensions within the New Thallonian Protectorate are at a fever pitch following the murder of Prime Minister Si Cwan. The sudden power vacuum will have far-reaching ramifications for Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, the crew of the USS Excalibur, and all of Sector 221-G itself....
This is nonsense and says nothing to entice me. Feels like the same thing that was on the pre-blurb for the last book with a few words moved around. But I'll get the book anyway, I'm trekkie

Open Secrets:

Following the events of Reap the Whirlwind, this new novel takes the ongoing saga to a whole new level as a new commander assumes control of Starbase 47—while the old one stands trial for treason. Meanwhile, the station’s intelligence officer fights for her life and her very mind, as tensions with the Klingons escalate into all-out war.
This does sound cool though.
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Old September 25 2008, 11:25 PM   #6
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Over A Torrent Sea:
In the aftermath of the shocking crossover trilogy Destiny, Titan’s return to its mission of exploration leads to the discovery of an astounding new world with a complex ecosystem unlike anything Captain Riker and his crew have encountered before. At the same time, while one father mourns the tragic loss of a child, another looks for hope as a longawaited birth draws near.
I'm guessing that the death referred to is the younger of the two children on Titan, tragic but an interesting story to tell against the backdrop of a true pelagic world.
No way. I'm not killing any babies.
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Old September 25 2008, 11:33 PM   #7
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

Damn, I hope the Treason blurb is completely off. Another three-year jump seems completely unnecessary.
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Old September 26 2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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And it seems odd that tensions would be at a 'fever-pitch' over Cwan's death when Cwan died three years prior.

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Old September 26 2008, 12:35 AM   #9
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

In regards to Full Circle, not so much really. It sounds like it was written long before the story or novel were anywhere near a final form. I would join Marco in encouraging everyone to chill until the actual cover copy becomes available.

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Old September 26 2008, 01:01 AM   #10
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

Too late. I've already written my one and two-star Amazon reviews just based on this info.
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Old September 26 2008, 02:19 AM   #11
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Re: New Trek Descriptions in PB Spring '09 Catalog Desiny/Post De Spoi

I had posted these on Memory Beta too, but I'm thinking I might go pull them down, so the people who don't know what's going on won't think they're official descriptions.
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I had posted these on Memory Beta too, but I'm thinking I might go pull them down, so the people who don't know what's going on won't think they're official descriptions.
You knew they weren't accurate, you said so in your original post, yet you re-posted them to Memory Beta anyway?
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Too late. I've already written my one and two-star Amazon reviews just based on this info.
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This sounds like a proper Jason Bourne-like thriller, Trek-style. I am most definitely looking forward to it.
If it is, it's wholly unintentional, as I've never read any Robert Ludlum in my life.

I will say that the book was influenced in part by two Tom Clancy novels: The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, but even there, it's a mild influence. Probably a better analogy would be my own The Art of the Impossible, except only covering a couple of weeks instead of 18 years, and actually, y'know, having a protagonist.
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In regards to Full Circle, not so much really. It sounds like it was written long before the story or novel were anywhere near a final form. I would join Marco in encouraging everyone to chill until the actual cover copy becomes available.

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