2268: Following their encounter with the mysterious Gary Seven in the twentieth century, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is startled by two intruders who have transported through space and time from Earth circa 1968. Incredibly, one of the infiltrators is a Vulcan, who asserts that he’s lived among Earth’s population for over a decade. The other represents a little-known race, and reveals to Captain James T. Kirk that she has spent the last twenty years working to bring about humanity’s destruction. It is then that Gary Seven’s young protégé, Roberta Lincoln, arrives seeking Kirk’s help….
1947: In the wake of the infamous “Roswell Incident” involving a crashed alien craft and beings from another world, Captain James Wainwright finds himself recruited as one of the first members of Majestic 12, a secret organization with two goals: Collect evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth, and develop strategies to combat alien invaders. And it is this very mission that will consume Wainwright’s life for the next two decades, driven by the knowledge that the danger is as real as the aliens living among us….
Man, but this one traveled a long, winding road in order to end up in your hands or on your e-Reader du jour.
The seeds of this novel are contained in a story called “The Aliens Are Coming,” which I wrote for the third Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology. For a long time after that book was published, I often wondered what more I could have done with the basic premise I’d put forth in the story, which features James Wainwright as a member of the Air Force’s Project Blue Book confronting Captain John Christopher about the “UFO” he saw in the original Star Trek episode “Tomorrow Is Yesterday.” Over time, a larger tale weaving bits and chunks of “Star Trek history” in and around the Cold War, the Space Race of the 1960s and the whole “UFO/alien sighting phenomenon” of the 50s and 60s began to take shape.
My original version of this idea, which I was calling Aliens Among Us at the time, still featured Wainwright and his tenure with the Air Force investigating UFOs, but the “wraparound story” featured the characters from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine rather than the original series. I submitted an outline to Pocket Books several years ago, thinking it might make a decent companion piece to Greg Cox’s two-part Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, but it was rejected. Then I moved on to other things and pretty much forgot about it.
Then, as I was closing in on finishing up That Which Divides, my editor at Pocket asked if I was interested in writing another novel for 2013 and set in the original series time frame. When an idea for a story didn’t immediately present itself, I went into my files/archives of unused and dormant story notes and pulled up the file for Aliens Among Us. I rewrote the framing story to be more appropriate for the original series rather than DS9, added some new kinks to the parts set on 20th century Earth, and did a few other things in order to keep the story consistent with other novels and stories which had come along since I’d first written the thing, and sent it off. My editor gave me the green light, and that’s how Aliens Among Us became From History’s Shadow.
So, here we are. Happy reading. 🙂
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