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Old June 30 2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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News about early 2014 schedule

As 8of5 reports on thetrekcollective.com Amazon has added a couple of new Star TRek books for 2014 to their catalog (FWIW they are also mentioned under author updates on the respective authors' S&S pages with the links leading to an error message):

February: Voyager:Protectors by Kirsten Beyer
March: TOS: No Time like the Past by Greg Cox
April: Enterprise - Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett
May: TOS: Serpents in the Garden by Jeff Mariotte

Also finally listed on Amazon is Michel A. Martin's eBook exclusive TOS novella Seasons of Light and Darkness, with a release date of April 28th 2014, which is almost a year later than the June/July 2013 date Martin originally mentioned.

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Old June 30 2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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I really hope those aren't 5YM books. I don't anticipate getting my wish.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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I do think it's nicer to mix things up a little rather than partition the year into TOS and the-rest-of-it halves. It makes it easier to be interested in the individual books.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Yeah, the novels will probably be 5YM stories.

But MAM said on the G&T show that his novella is set during The Wrath of Khan:

It's centered around Doctor McCoy, and the bulk of it actually takes place interstitially early during Wrath of Khan; sort of between scenes. There's an entire story that I teased out of a brief sequence at the beginning of the film.
(Thankfully 8of5 has transcribed that part since I couldn't remember where I heard it at first.)

Not sure how I feel about another Mariotte TOS novel since I wasn't very fond of his The Folded World.

If it has to be more TOS I would rather like to see another Mollmann/Schuster book to be honest. I really liked their A Choice of Catastrophes and would have thought that we would have seen more books by them by now.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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If it has to be TOS stuff why can't it be something interesting? A Arex novel? A M'Ress novel? Something continuing Christopher's post TMP storyline? Captain Spock before TWOK? Something with the crew of the Enterprise-A?

Not the 500th adventure of the five year mission.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Just to be clear: so far we don't know what the two novels are about and when they're set. They could just as well be set in another time-frame, but ...

If it has to be TOS stuff why can't it be something interesting? A Arex novel? A M'Ress novel? Something continuing Christopher's post TMP storyline? Captain Spock before TWOK? Something with the crew of the Enterprise-A?

Not the 500th adventure of the five year mission.
The easy answer? 5YM novels sell. I would like if they would throw in more out there TOS concepts from time to time, but quite frankly I wouldn't be too surprised if the TOS 5YM sales supplement some of the 24th ongoing stuff.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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I really hope those aren't 5YM books. I don't anticipate getting my wish.
Mine is definitely a 5YM book, but I doubt the Voyager and Enterprise books are!
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Old June 30 2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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I don't mind TOS stuff set during the 5YM.

Although, I am beginnng to think there is no way that the 79 TOS episodes, the 22 TAS episodes AND the hundreds of TOS novels could ALL happen in only 5 years.

I woud also enjoy some of the stuff suggested up-thread. Especialially an Arex/Edoan centric novel.
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Old June 30 2013, 06:43 PM   #9
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I don't mind TOS stuff set during the 5YM.

Although, I am beginnng to think there is no way that the 79 TOS episodes, the 22 TAS episodes AND the hundreds of TOS novels could ALL happen in only 5 years.
The way I see it, that's just a necessary conceit of series fiction.

I mean, how many mysteries could Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys really have solved in their teen years? And is it realistic that any lawyer, even Perry Mason, could represent that many innocent clients falsely accused of murder? Or that Carl Kolchak would accidentally stumble onto monsters everywhere he went?

A certain suspension of disbelief comes with the territory . . .
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Old June 30 2013, 07:08 PM   #10
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Although, I am beginnng to think there is no way that the 79 TOS episodes, the 22 TAS episodes AND the hundreds of TOS novels could ALL happen in only 5 years.
Alternate timelines!

Although there's always the interpretation Roddenberry hinted at in his TMP novelization prologue, that the episodes and stories we see are dramatizations based on the real experiences of Kirk and his crew. So while many of them may be adaptations of actual events, others may be fictional accounts. Kind of like how Desilu Playhouse did an adaptation of the book The Untouchables which was supposedly based on the historical account of Elliot Ness and his role in bringing down Al Capone (although it's now known that book was mostly fictionalized), and then Desilu spun it off into a weekly television series about Ness and the Untouchables having completely fictitious adventures.
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Old June 30 2013, 07:19 PM   #11
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Mine is definitely a 5YM book, but I doubt the Voyager and Enterprise books are!
Now there's an idea for a crossover...
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Old June 30 2013, 07:24 PM   #12
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I really hope those aren't 5YM books. I don't anticipate getting my wish.
Mine is definitely a 5YM book, but I doubt the Voyager and Enterprise books are!
You never know, what with time travel. It'll be eighteen years since "Flashback"; Voyager could go back to that well again.
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Old June 30 2013, 07:34 PM   #13
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To me, TOS is it - so the more the better. However, I'm in no way opposed to movie era, or TAS-related original series adventures. Yes there have been hundreds of adventures detailed in the novels, and some are vocal in saying there have been too many, but as our favorite Vulcan would say, 'there are always possibilities'.
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Old June 30 2013, 07:35 PM   #14
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Very excited for non-5YM books. Not a fan of the the whole 1/2 a year on TOS and 1/2 on the rest. Mixing it up is better
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Old June 30 2013, 07:54 PM   #15
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If it has to be TOS stuff why can't it be something interesting? A Arex novel? A M'Ress novel? Something continuing Christopher's post TMP storyline? Captain Spock before TWOK? Something with the crew of the Enterprise-A?

Not the 500th adventure of the five year mission.
Because Five Year Mission novels are the ones that sell the best. The marketing of supporting the type of novels that pull in the most money is pretty obvious, no?

Besides, I don't get all the complaints about "yet another 5YM book." In all honesty, I greatly enjoy them, and found with the ones released this year to be some of the finest Trek novels I've read in awhile. I agree it was probably a bit overkill for the first half of the year to pretty much be exclusively TOS, but I suspect that was partially due to STID's release and partially related to the plans for The Fall series in the second half. But it is a good idea, IMO to split the various releases up next year like they seem to be doing.
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