I’ve been remiss in my bloggerly duties. I should’ve posted this yesterday, but I got wrapped up in other stuff that was more pressing, though not nearly as cool.
Anyway, yesterday, March 27th, was the official publication date of Storming Heaven, the final novel of the Star Trek: Vanguard series conceived by editor Marco Palmieri and writer David Mack and published by Pocket Books. The seventh novel (and eighth book, overall) in the series brings to a close a story that took the better part of eight years to tell. I know I’m biased, but I think Dave did a wonderful job bringing the whole thing to a rousing conclusion.
As part of the publicity surrounding the book’s release, Dave wrote a piece for StarTrek.com in which he discusses the series, the decision to bring it all home, and what readers can expect to find within the pages of Storming Heaven. Behold, yo: StarTrek.com: David Mack On Vanguard Finale, Storming Heaven
With the release of the book, Dave also presents various goodies from “the Vanguard Files,” including a peek behind the curtain at the series’ genesis with the “bible” he wrote as part of its development. See how things looked at the very start of it all, before he (with an occasional assist from me and Kevin Dilmore) starting mucking up everything.
Also to be found there are other treats, such as technical schematics as well as links to various interviews and podcasts with a heavy Vanguard focus. One other thing to be added very soon will be a special podcast featuring him, Marco, and me and Kevin as we discuss our work on the series.
At some point in the not-too distant future, I plan to read the whole thing all over again. For fun, this time. I’ve only ever read each book in the course of writing our installments (or reviewing Dave’s manuscripts when he sent them to us), so I’ve never had the opportunity to just sit back and read the entire series from start to finish, like…you know…a normal person.
With the final book now available, I look back at our efforts over the past several years with unabashed pride. Make no mistake: Star Trek: Vanguard was Marco and Dave’s playground; their little slice of the Star Trek universe, in which they hoped to provide added context and new appreciation for the era of the original Star Trek television series. They didn’t have to invite us over to play, but they did, much to our delight. While I’d like to think we brought a few things to the table and held up our end when it counted, the series as a whole reflects the ideas and vision developed by Marco and Dave way back in 2004. I’m pretty sure I speak for Kevin when I say we’re honored to have been part of the fun.
So, if you’re a Vanguard fan and you haven’t yet picked up Storming Heaven…what the hell are you waiting for? If you’ve not yet sampled this series, but have a love of the original Star Trek in particular, then I invite you to check out the series’ first novel, Harbinger, and take a gander at what you’ve been missing.