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Old Today, 01:31 AM   #1
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Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread Spoilers!




This is the Star Trek novel for December 2014. http://books.simonandschuster.biz/St.../9781476750255

An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—a direct sequel to the New York Times bestselling story arc, The Fall!

The entire sector is waiting to see what the newly reopened Bajoran wormhole will mean for the shifting political landscape in the Alpha Quadrant. On Deep Space 9, Captain Ro Laren is suddenly drawn into the affairs of the People of the Open Sky, who have come to the station in search of sanctuary. Despite the opposition of the station's security officer, Jefferson Blackmer, Ro Laren and Deep Space 9's new CMO, Doctor Beverly Crusher, offer the People aid. But when Dr. Crusher’s highly secure files are accessed without permission—the same files that hold the secrets of the Shedai, a race whose powerful but half-understood scientific secrets solved the Andorian catastrophe—the People seem the likeliest suspects.

As tensions rise on the station, the science vessel Athene Donald arrives as part of its journey of exploration. The brainchild of Doctor Katherine Pulaski, this ship is crewed by different species from the Khitomer Accords and the Typhon Pact. Pulaski’s hope is that science will do what diplomacy has not: help the great powers put aside their hostilities and work together. But when the Athene Donald is summarily stopped in her voyage by the powerful vessel of a hitherto unknown species, Pulaski begins to wonder—will this first contact bring her crew together or tear them all apart?
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Re: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack

You're jumping the gun a little on this one; the release date isn't until December 30th. The December book (releasing, as usual, at the end of November) is actually Foul Deeds Will Rise, which has a review thread already. Might be worth deleting this one and making it again in a month.
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Re: DS9: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I don't mind it hanging around, the end of December isn't that far away!
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Re: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread Spoile

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This is the Star Trek novel for December 2014. http://books.simonandschuster.biz/St.../9781476750255
Actually, that's the Star Trek novel for January 2015. As Thrawn pointed out, December's novel is The Original Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise, the street date for which hasn't even arrived yet!
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Re: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread Spoile

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This is the Star Trek novel for December 2014. http://books.simonandschuster.biz/St.../9781476750255
Actually, that's the Star Trek novel for January 2015. As Thrawn pointed out, December's novel is The Original Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise, the street date for which hasn't even arrived yet!
As Foul Deeds Will Rise comes out November 25 while The Missing comes out December 30, I generally consider them to be November and December novels, respectively.

Say, does anyone know why it is that so many books, Star Trek novels included, have publisher-given electronic and supposed brick and mortar release dates in the ending days of a month, but half the time in catalogs, etc they are designated as being novels for the following month? Whatever is the point of this practice?
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Re: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread Spoile

Their publication month is technically the month following the day of their release, thus the month that they enjoy their time on the shelves of your local bookstore and the month in which it is most likely to be picked up by the book-reading public. Therefore, Foul Deeds Will Rise is the December book, and The Missing is the January book.

As for the purpose of the early street dates? My guess would be to get a jump on the sales for their respective months. I would think one of the authors would have a much better idea of the marketing side of things than I, however. Perhaps one of them could weigh in?
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Re: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack Review Thread Spoile

I know that for magazines, the cover date is essentially a "display until" date. A November issue will stay on the stands through November, even though it comes out in August. So it's sort of like the "Sell by" date on groceries. Not quite the same for books, since theoretically they can stay on the shelf indefinitely, but I guess it's similar in that the listed date isn't really a release date.

Perhaps it's a holdover from the early days of publishing when shipping took longer?
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