I miss the days when every big movie and TV show got accompanying novelizations, and countless spin-off books. For those of us not satisfied with what we saw on screen, this gave us an outlet for further adventures featuring our favorite characters. More so than any other genre, science fiction is keeping this trend alive. The Star Wars universe is one example where the scope has been greatly increased by numerous novels, and for those of us who say two seasons of Dark Angel isn’t nearly enough, we have those three tertiary novels to keep us warm at night.
With the release of Star Trek Into Darkness looming on the horizon, all things Trek are at the forefront of our minds. And with that, the franchise is about to get four new novels from Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, beginning this month. Three of the new additions will touch on the classic series, with one set in the Enterprise era.
First up is The Folded World by Jeff Mariotte. Set in the world of classic Trek, the Enterprise receives a distress call while en route to a diplomatic mission. On their way to rescue the U.S.S McRaven, the crew encounters an anomaly that seems to warp space. As if that isn’t enough, there’s a giant, mysterious ship to contend with.
June will see the release of The Shocks of Adversity by Will Leisner. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise think they’ve found a friend in the Goeg Domain, but what initially appears to be a friendly cooperation may turn out to be something much more sinister.
Christopher L. Bennett’s Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures drops in July. The Enterprise-centered story finds the fledgling United Federation of Planets rising from the ruins of the Romulan War. When the opportunity arises for them to flex their muscles, it creates tension among their ranks. What some view as an opportunity to cement their reputation as an intergalactic power, others see as an unnecessary war. Add to that outside forces that want to see the Federation crushed, and you have the makings of an epic adventure.
Finally, coming in August, we’ll see From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. The action bounces back and forth between the year 2268 and 1947. In one time the Enterprise encounters mysterious, Earth-based space travelers from 1968, and in the other, they deal with the aftermath of the infamous “Roswell Incident.”