So, about this new book I’m writing….

Regular readers of this space know that I’ve (allegedly) been hard at work on a new Star Trek novel for Pocket Books. What said readers don’t know is jack all about the thing, as I’ve had to keep mum about it until such time as contracts were signed and I got a green-light to spill some beans.

As it happens, the book in question now is listed at the Simon and Schuster website, and also is available for pre-order at So, I’m thinking now’s as good a time as any to talk a bit about the ol’ work in progress, which currently carries the title Star Trek: From History’s Shadow.

What’s this thing about? Well, for starters, it’s an original series novel, set during Kirk’s fabled five-year mission. In fact, it begins a week or so following the events of the second season’s last episode, “Assignment: Earth.” The Enterprise is on its way to its next mission when it’s discovered that two unknown life forms have transported aboard the ship not just through space but also time. While one of the aliens is from a familiar race (no, he’s not carrying a cat), the other is all but unknown to Kirk and the gang, and the mystery only gets weirder when it’s learned that the unlikely visitors have traveled through time from Earth and the year 1968. But, the real ice breaker comes when this alien from an unknown race tells Kirk that he’s spent the last twenty-odd years on Earth trying to bring about humanity’s destruction.

Say what?

Elsewhere and when, an Air Force captain named James Wainwright (introduced in the Deep Space Nine episode “Little Green Men”) is transferred in September 1947 to a base in Ohio from his previous posting in Roswell, New Mexico. There, he learns he’s now one of the first members of a secret organization, Majestic 12, with a two-fold mission: Seek out any and all evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth, and develop a strategy to combat aliens if they’re proven to pose a threat. It’s a task that will consume Wainwright’s life for the next twenty years, driven by the knowledge that the danger is real, and not just because of those pesky Ferengi and their invasion fleet that never did show up.

What does this have to do with Kirk and his crew? Well, that’s a mighty fine question.

Star Trek: From History’s Shadow, comin’ at ya on or about July 30th, 2013.

More to follow.

EDIT #1, adding a note I made on my Facebook page where this is reported:

If this sounds at all as though this could be enjoyed in a manner similar to Greg Cox’s Eugenics Wars novels, even in the very broadest of senses, go with that feeling.

This isn’t a sequel or prequel to those books, and neither does it tie to them in any direct way. You won’t be required to read or be familiar with them in order to (hopefully) enjoy this one, though I recommend you check them out if you’ve not already done so, because they’re tremendous fun. Being as big ol’ nerdy a fan of the EW books as I am, I consulted with Greg while finalizing my outline, because I wanted very much to remain consistent with anything he may have referenced so far as 20th century shenanigans were concerned.

19 thoughts on “So, about this new book I’m writing….

    1. One point of clarification, after listening to your show this morning: This isn’t really a “time travel novel.” Time travel plays a part in getting certain pieces to various places on the board – so to speak – but it’s not a story filled with lots of jumping around back and forth through time.

      Instead, there are two separate yet interconnected storylines: one set aboard the Enterprise, and the other unfolding over 20-odd years on Earth (1940s – 1960s).


    1. It’s been a lot more work on the research side of things than I’ve ever done for a Trek novel, owing mostly to the scenes set in the 20th century. Lots of easy traps to fall into with respect to technology, language, fashion, social norms, etc. That said, it’s been a lot of fun.


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