December Picard Novel

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  1. jamiebattell

    jamiebattell Ensign Newbie

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    Is the Picard novel still coming out in December?

    I noticed that it is no longer listed on Amazon or Barnes And Noble.
     
  2. Precious Tritium

    Precious Tritium Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Just checked and it’s still up on the UK Amazon store with a December 15th release date. No guarantee it won’t disappear in the next few days though.
     
  3. DGCatAniSiri

    DGCatAniSiri Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Well, seeing as how we don’t have a name or author for it to the best of my knowledge, it could very well be having some kind of delay. Given current events, I’d expect all sorts of delays to hit any number of things, honestly.

    But it could also just be that until there is an announcement of author and/or title, the sites in question withdrew the listing and, once either or both materialize, the listing will return.
     
  4. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Another possibility is maybe the book was supposed to be a sort of tie-in with the second season premiere. IIRC, before Corona screwed the world over, season 2 of Picard was scheduled to begin filming in April, meaning it could have made a January 2021 premiere date (season 1 began filming April 2019 and premiered January 2020). A January premiere could easily have a tie-in novel in December, the better to take advantage of Christmas sales.

    With a January premiere not happening now since season 2 has not begun filming, maybe they're just going to withhold the novel until whenever it does premiere? Kind of like how Desperate Hours was constantly rescheduled because Disco's premiere date kept moving around.
     
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  6. Jinn

    Jinn Mistress of the Chaotic Energies Rear Admiral

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    Did we ever know who the author was supposed to be?
     
  7. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

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    I thought Una Mc. had confirmed on her Facebook page she was slated to do more.
     
  8. The Wormhole

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    I loved 'The Last Best Hope'. The Countdown comic was also very good. I was so pumped for more Picard content... I really hope the new book will materialize!
     
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  10. Reanok

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    I hope we'll get some more news about this new Picard book sometime.
     
  11. DS9forever

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    I hope it's by DRG III.
     
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  12. David cgc

    David cgc Admiral Premium Member

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    I was wondering if it might’ve been a mislisting of this book, since I first saw it announced around the time I noticed my preorder for Untitled STP vanished.
     
  13. BillJ

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    I really liked “The Last Best Hope”, but season one of the show turned me off of any more Picard content.
     
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  14. Brefugee

    Brefugee Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

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    No.

    There are far better writers than him on the books right now, plus some new blood would be better.
     
  15. JD

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    Yeah, I'm kind of hoping having new shows might inspire Gallery to bring in some new writers for the books.
    As much as I enjoy our current writers' stuff, seeing some new voices added to the mix would be nice.
     
  16. DS9forever

    DS9forever Commodore Commodore

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    Why would DRG III NOT write for the series? He's friends with Beyer and pitched to Kurtzman.
     
  17. Jinn

    Jinn Mistress of the Chaotic Energies Rear Admiral

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    That actually explains a lot, for me.
     
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  18. Allyn Gibson

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    The Doctor Who critic Elizabeth Sandifer raised the same issue in one of her Capaldi-era TARDIS Eruditorum essays -- why are the same tie-in writers getting commissions from BBC Books, Titan Comics, Big Finish? Where are the new voices? It's all to do with business. It's the reality of publishing in general and tie-in publishing in particular -- editors tend to commission work from the same people because 1) they have a relationship with the writer, 2) they know they can work with the writer, 3) they know the writer can produce the work on time and with minimal fuss for themselves and the property owner, and 4) they know the writer is willing to work on the project under the conditions and terms. Tie-in fiction doesn't have a slush pile and unsolicited agented submissions like other fiction where new voices can emerge. What that means for Star Trek books, for good or ill, is that with fewer than a dozen slots a year Margaret and Ed can fill all of them, easily, with the stable of writers S&S has turned to over the past decade. That doesn't leave much, if any, room on the schedule for a new voice. I grew up with the long ago status quo where almost every month the author of the new Star Trek book was new and different and a returning author was a rare treat, but that kind of schedule is long dead and gone.
     
  19. Brefugee

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    I don't feel he is a very good writer, he hasn't written a Trek novel I've liked in nearly 20 years.
     
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  20. JD

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    Wow, for once you and I agree, to a degree. I loved his stuff for a long time, but Revelation and Dust was one of the most boring books I have ever read, and I haven't read them, but from the reactions I've seen to his books since then, it sounds like they weren't much better.
     
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