Way back in April, I posted this entry announcing a special addition to the Star Trek: Vanguard series, Declassified. Short version: Declassified will be a collection of four novellas, published together in a single mass-market paperback and due out next July (well, very late June, anyway).
Since then, work on the project has proceeded apace. Fellow word-slinger David Mack (infinitydog) and I have turned in our novella manuscripts. Our two partners in crime, Kevin Dilmore and Marco Palmieri, are wrapping up their respective efforts as I type this. I’ve already addressed the very few editor’s comments I received on my manuscript. In the next month or two, I expect I’ll be reviewing copyeditor’s notes while waiting for CBS to give its final blessing.
Meanwhile, a few things have cropped up regarding the project, which need to be addressed. The first couple come to me via e-Mail this morning, from “an inquisitive reader,” as the e-Mailer described him/herself:
- The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. Disregard the “352 pages” bit, as there’s no way to know at this point what the actual, final page count will be.
- The Amazon.com blurb is rather generic and uninformative:
“Reyes works to uncovering the truth about the Taurus Reach. As forces aline[sic] against the threat of the Shedai, a wild card returns to change the rules.”
It’s also rather inaccurate. Still, it’s so generic it’s mostly harmless. Mostly.
But, the blurb on the Amazon.co.uk site? Wow:
“Secret operations, sealed orders, high-risk military special operations …such dangerous missions have been at the core of the Star Trek Vanguard series since its inception. Four great Alpha Quadrant superpowers-the Federation, the Klingon Empire, the Tholian Assembly, and the Romulan Star Empire-have all taken tremendous risks in their race to learn and control the ancient technologies of the ancient interstellar hegemons known as the Shedai. Now get ready for four new adventures in the Taurus Reach with the starship crews, undercover agents, civilian colonists, and alien power players of the Vanguard saga. Go back into prehistory and see the reign of the Shedai as it really was; follow journalist Tim Pennington as he investigates the most bizarre story of his career; see how the Cold War of the original Star Trek era plays out between two groups of colonists-one from the Federation, the other from the Klingon Empire-both facing a natural disaster neither is prepared to survive on its own; or get a glimpse of the lighter side of life aboard Starbase 47…”
What this blurb represents is from a very, very preliminary one-page pitch Dave Mack produced one evening in response to a short-fuse request by our editor at the time, Jaime Costas, who needed info on the book to give to the sales force. At the time this was written, all we knew was that we wanted to do a collection of novellas, and that Declassified was its working title. Dave and I weren’t even sure of the key participants at the time he pulled this together, and our later brainstorming efforts took us in directions different from that initial “quick pitch.”
Bottom line? That blurb ain’t right. Not even close. Please disregard. Tell all your friends.
(EDIT TO ADD: This was posted to TrekBBS, too, in one of the Vanguard-related threads, and was debunked by Dave. Crisis there averted. Well, one can hope.)
- We’ve seen Doug Drexler’s proposed cover art for the book. In a word? WHOA! Old-school Trekkies are going to get a pretty intense little fangasm-tingle up their legs upon viewing this puppy. We’re still waiting on approval from CBS, but it’ll be here as soon as I get the green light.
So, there we go. One thing about Star Trek fans: Very little escapes our notice 😀
Stay tuned for more updates as things continue to move forward and it’s appropriate to share. Now, if you’ll excuse me…there’s a football game on somewhere.