Seekers and Star Trek book cover love.

The other day, after finally obtaining my very own copy of Second Nature, the inaugural volume of the Star Trek: Seekers novel series I worked with fellow word pushers David Mack and Kevin Dilmore to create, I decided to embrace a bit of whimsy.

So, here’s a pic of the book alongside one of the titles which serves, in a manner of speaking, as inspiration for the series in the first place: one of the classic collections of adaptations of original Star Trek episodes, written by science fiction author James Blish in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of these books featured stunning, stylish cover art back in the day (the original editions of the second and third volumes had photos instead of artwork). As I’ve babbled before, I really love those old covers, as do Dave and Kevin. With that in mind, here’s what I came up with:


I posted this pic over on Facebook, and fans and readers weren’t content to let me have all the fun. Instead, they started posting Second Nature alongside their favorite volumes in the series, so now those who might be curious can see how artist Rob Caswell was inspired to create his own versions of the classic covers, and then later a set of “imaginary” covers for a hypothetical series of Star Trek books he called The Seekers, which in turn led to Dave, Kevin, and I having a big lightbulb go off over all our heads.

Over on his own blog, Dave posted some of the pics supplied by those aforementioned fans:

The Analog Blog: Seekers & Classic Trek, side by side

The Analog Blog: Classic covers & Star Trek: Seekers

Okay, then. That’s enough links, for one post, I think.

And for those who are asking, “Are you gonna do the same thing when Point of Divergence comes out?” The answer is: “Duh. Of course I am.”

Dave’s put out a call for fans to offer up their own pics and send them to him (info on the entries linked above), and feel free to post your photos here, as well.

Go and yet your Seekers on, yo.


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Where No Ape Has Gone Before?

So, this little comics bombshell was dropped today: Star Trek/Planet Of the Apes Crossover Coming Soon from IDW & BOOM!


According to the article, “IDW will publish the alternate universe crossover, a multi-issue series that will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.”

I think I need a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke. Holy shit, but do I love that cover art.

There was no date in the article, but I figure the series likely will start later this year. I have no idea what mechanism they’ll use to bring the two “universes” together (alternate realities, Q, whatever) but it should prove interesting.

Crossovers are fragile things, and sometimes what sounds good in theory ends up falling short on execution. However, IDW’s had some good outings in this subgenre. I totally dug their Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover, for example, which even though it sounded odd when first announced, ended up being entertaining as hell, all the more so because you could tell the creative team was having a ball with every page. I’m hoping for the same sort of energy here.

Bring it on, you maniacs!

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A new Peaceable Kingdoms review.

So, I received this new review of Peaceable Kingdoms. Short and to the point, right?


This actually is in response to a post made by friend Emmett Plant over on Facebook. He had posted a music sample and solicited feedback, and my comment on the post was, “More cowbell.”

(Sidebar: Are there really people out there who don’t get this reference? Ah, well.)

Anyway, Emmett gave back as good as he got, and posted this picture in response to my comment.

Heh. :D

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Star Trek: Seekers – IT’S FINALLY HERE!

After more than two years of planning, plotting, scheming, conniving, bribing, and even occasional bouts of writing on the part of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and myself, our literary demon spawn is now loosed upon the world. Today is the official launch date for Star Trek: Seekers, in the form of the new series’ first book, Second Nature by the redoubtable Mr. Mack:


Yes, I know the book had already started showing up in some stores as early as last week, but don’t harsh my mellow, man. This is a glorious day!

By now, you’re probably bored of this thing’s origin story, but here’s a link to it again, anyway, as posted around this time last year:

Announcing Star Trek: Seekers!

At the risk of invoking Trekkie ire, it’s been a long road, getting from there to here.

(Yeah, I’m just gonna stop that right there.)

Second Nature is the first half of a two-part story cooked up my Dave, Kevin, and myself, with the second half following on next month with Point of Divergence. As I write this, Dave has already written an outline for what will be the third book, and Kevin and I will soon begin plotting what will be the fourth book. What happens after that, if anything, is up to readers.

So, you know…buy a bunch of these first two books. Start with this one, which is now available (or can be ordered) from your favorite local/indie book seller, or you can order it online:
Kindle e-Book

Barnes &
Paperback and Nook e-Book

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention yet again that we have artist Rob Caswell to thank for setting all of this craziness into motion with his kick-ass art. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to go and check out his art gallery of cover mockups. You’ll be able to see how several of those pieces provided us with our inspiration to develop Seekers as a spin-off of the Star Trek Vanguard novel series.

(Check out his other stuff, too.)

All righty, then. Let the Seeking begin!

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“Houston, Tranquility Base here…”

“The Eagle has landed.”

JULY 1969 A.D.

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The Batcave Podcast, Episode 19!

Hello, Bat fans! Checking the Bat-computer tells me it’s time for yet another scintillating installment of The Batcave Podcast!

Host John S. Drew continues his review of the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, moving on to the show’s second season. For the sophomore year’s first episode, John is joined by none other than my hetero life mate himself, Mr. Kevin Dilmore! Together, this dynamic duo take revisit “Shoot a Crooked Arrow” and “Walk the Straight and Narrow,” the two-part story that introduces a new villain to Batman’s Rogues Gallery, the Archer!

From John’s write-up:

“The second season kicks off with a new villain. The Archer, a self-styled Robin Hood thief is robbing from the rich of Gotham City and distributing to the poor. Although the citizens are returning the money, they can’t help but cheer for his exploits and it’s affecting Batman’s public image. Can he stop this malevolent marksman before it’s too late?”

Tune in to see what John and Kevin thought of these episodes: “Shoot a Crooked Arrow”/”Walk the Straight and Narrow

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Novel Spaces – “Bringing New Toys to Someone Else’s Sandbox.”

Our new Novel Spaces rotation began earlier this month, and I’ve been moved from the 15th to the 16th. Please bear with me during this difficult transition period.

So, while it’s the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, it’s also my turn at bat over at in the rotation over at Novel Spaces. This month’s entry is a bit of shameless self-promotion, given that the brainchild concocted by fellow word pushers David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and myself, Star Trek: Seekers, is getting set to make its debut.

This new series of Star Trek novels has been more than two years in the making, planning, writing, and so on and so forth, and the first book in the series, Second Nature, will be released next week. The book Kevin and I wrote to follow it, Point of Divergence, will bow in late August, so we’re beginning to ramp up our various efforts at pointing and screaming and getting people to pay attention to us. So, I decided to brag a bit:

Novel Spaces – “Bringing New Toys to Someone Else’s Sandbox.”

Star Trek: it really is a wonderful little sandbox in which to play.


My Novel Spaces archive.


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