Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Enterprise1701, Apr 27, 2022.
Any hints about 2024 novels?
Has anyone seen the Cerritos Crew Handbook by Chris Farnell? I'm seeing ads for it on social media today.
Remember when the license was up for other publishers? With the novelverse over, they should do that again and let someone else take a stab.
I would 100% support that. It’s clear Gallery neither wants nor is able to make much use of the Trek license in today’s economy. A new publisher would presumably have a plan to adjust for any difficulties and actually put out some product on at least a semiregular basis.
That's an unwarranted assumption. Gallery's ability to publish Trek fiction is contingent on having an approved license from Paramount, and license renewal is often a slow and complicated process. So don't assume the delay is on Gallery's end.
Gallery is in the midst of a license renewal and can’t commission new novels?
I'm not in a position to give an authoritative answer, but it's not like it hasn't happened before in recent memory. I'm just saying, you have no basis for jumping to the conclusion that it was Gallery's decision not to pursue Trek novels. In the absence of certainty, you should give people the benefit of the doubt, rather than pre-emptively assuming the worst about them.
Wonderful interacting with you as always.
Coming here to say that. Sounds like it will be fun. Due end of October.
"USS Cerritos" Crew Handbook by Ian McLean, on Flickr
In a time when there are multiple ongoing Star Trek series it's very odd to have a year with so few prose releases.
It doesn't matter why. Somewhere the ball was dropped.
Agreed. IDW manage to get approvals for all their different titles.
Or they already had approvals and their license hadn't come up for renewal yet. No reason to assume everybody renews their licenses at the same time.
Still, the general lack of aggressiveness on Simon & Schuster's part since 2017 is baffling, especially since every other licensor (IDW, Modiphius, Titan) has been aggressive in putting out new content.
Titan's more aggressive with Firefly tie-ins than S&S is with Star Trek.
Okay, okay, I exaggerate, but it certainly feels true...
I’ll repeat my assertion above, that for whatever reason Gallery is unable and/or uninterested in making much use of the Trek license in today’s economy. I’m certain many of us would be glad if someone else would be given the chance.
Unable, perhaps, at least currently, and not necessarily because of the economy. I don't believe "unwilling," and it's never wise to speculate about other people's motives.
Just keep in mind that there are always business factors that the public knows nothing about, because they aren't reported. Countless times over the years, I've seen people here try to guess why Paramount/CBS or Pocket made a decision, and they're usually massively wrong, because the people speculating only see the tip of the iceberg.
I never said “unwilling.” Please try to keep up with the conversation. It’s never wise to put words in other’s mouths due to your own sloppy disregard for the details.
@ryan123450 , this is crossing too far over the "post vs. poster" line. Let's please refute/argue the points without resorting to the personal comments.
Perhaps not, but this is the internet, and in absence of facts, people are going to speculate. It's human nature. As long as the speculation doesn't violate board rules, or any applicable laws (libel, etc.), then there's not really an issue here.
When this came up in days gone by, I was in favour of the license remaining with S&S. The main reason being that I didn't want to lose the interconnected post-TNG/DS9/VOY novelverse that had been built up over the years. But now... well, we no longer really have that anyway, so I'm not as against the license changing hands as I once was.
Of course, I know that the grass is not necessarily always greener on the other side, so there's no real guarantee that we'd be better off with another publisher.
One thing I am curious about, though: in the hypothetical situation where the license did move to another publisher, what would that mean for S&S's Star Trek eBook back catalogue? Would they still be able to sell those ebooks in perpetuity? Or would they have to stop, and those ebooks would no longer be available anymore? If it's the latter, than that would be a pretty strong reason for me to want the license to remain where it is.
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