Even more Corps of Engineers covers from Cross Cult!

Last year, German publisher Cross Cult announced that they were adding the Corps of Engineers e-novella series to their lineup of Star Trek fiction, which they translate for sale in…wait for it…Germany. What? You say you missed that announcement? Well, here’s a couple of links to help with that:

The Corps of Engineers is getting the Cross Cult treatment!

More Corps of Engineers covers from Cross Cult!

“Hey, Dayton,” I can hear someone saying, “those books have different covers than the ones published over here in ‘Murica!”

Yep, it’s true. Cross Cult does often develop new cover art to go with their translations. For example, the Star Trek: Typhon Pact novels got all new covers, whereas the Star Trek Vanguard books used the super sexy artwork created by the one and only Doug Drexler. While I’ve never actually seen any of the Typhon Pact translations, I do have a couple of the Vanguard novels, and the books themselves are simply gorgeous.

As for Corps of Engineers? These will continue as e-book novellas, with each installment getting new “cover” art. As you’ve noted from the links above, mine and Kevin’s first CoE efforts, the 2-part Interphase, have already received this treatment. Yesterday, I was alerted by Jens Deffner over at Unreality-SF that Cross Cult had offered up “drafts” of the first two installments of our CoE trilogy, Foundations, on their Facebook page. Today, the third cover was made available for checking out, so here’s all three:

foundations-1-crosscult foundations-2-crosscult foundations-3-crosscult

(Click each pic to Biggie Size.)

Pretty sweet, right?

According to Cross Cult’s current schedule, Foundations will be released in e-novella format one installment per month beginning in December. For those of you who don’t read German, you can get the info on each installment here, here, and here, and even the collected/”definitive” edition here.

Because I’m just that nice, that’s why.

Thanks to the good folks over at Cross Cult for continuing to make our scribblings look good, and to Jens for tipping me off to this bit o’ news!

 

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13 Responses to Even more Corps of Engineers covers from Cross Cult!

  1. Phil Friel says:

    This is good news. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Corps of Engineers books, which brought me back into the fold after many years away from reading Trek books. I’ve always enjoyed the adventures of Captain Gold, Commander Gomez and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci, as they travel the post-TNG/DS9-era galaxy, “fixing things”.

    As much as I enjoy reading books featuring the original television characters of TOS, TNG, DS9 or any of the others, I’ve always had a particular fascination for series like this, not set on the Enterprise, or featuring her crew. By creating their own completely new and original ship and crew, the authors of S.C.E. and similar original series aren’t burdened with the character limitations that are imposed on them when they write Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Picard, Sisko or any of the other familiar Trek crew members. They can take their own characters (and ships) and do pretty much what they want with them, building upon and expanding the Trek universe. Amen to that, is what I say! 🙂

    My German is extremely rusty (I studied it in school about forty years ago), but I will be definitely looking out for English versions of any new books in this series. And those covers are gorgeous!

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    • Dayton Ward says:

      As I like to tell people, writing stuff like SCE, Vanguard, Seekers, etc. is the best of both worlds when it comes to Star Trek and media tie-in writing in general: You’re allowed to bring your own toys to someone else’s well-established sandbox, and make up your own games. 🙂

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      • Phil Friel says:

        Absolutely. It’s every fanboy’s dream, making up their own original series set in the TrekVerse. Even I created my own, many years ago, although I was never a good enough writer or dedicated enough to actually knuckle down to writing the series. Sure, lots and lots of notes, series and character backgrounds, etc, but no actual stories. Typical!

        I actually have the first ten or so print editions of S.C.E. and I loved it when they switched to trade paperback size and squeeze in even more of the original ebooks. I loved how Foundations gave us a lot of the background history about the creation and early days of the S.C.E.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          Those were particularly fun. Basically, we were asked to write “the secret origin of the SCE,” and we took that as an excuse to write TOS-based stories, which was sort of a recurring theme of sorts for us and that series, anyway. 😀

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        • Phil Friel says:

          Hey, any excuse to write TOS books is a good one. I’m also fond of books set in the pre-TOS era, all those old Daedalus-class ships. One book that was a huge influence on me was the Star Trek Chronology – not the much later Okuda book, but an earlier one, detailing all the classes of spaceship from the space shuttle up until the TOS-era Enterprise. Lots of nice big colour artwork of ships with their details, but I really loved the timeline at the bottom of each page and running the full length of the book, that gave the timeline from the space shuttle onwards, the historical events year by year, and frequent diagrams of spaceships from various time periods. This one book made me a huge fan of exploring Federation history pre-TOS.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          Still one of my all-time favorite Trek books.

          If you can find it, issue #35 of Star Trek magazine has an “unofficial” update to that old book. Our editor let us go a bit nuts on that one 😀

          Edit: The British numbering makes it #162, but it was released in the US as #35:
          http://titanmagazines.com/t/star-trek/uk/162/

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        • Phil Friel says:

          Total agreement. One of the best Trek books, EVER. As I’m in Ireland, I’ll hunt down the British issue of that Star Trek Magazine. I’d really, really like to see that update. Maybe someday you guys will really be allowed to go to town on that book. Who owns the rights to it?

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          CBS owns everything Trek-related, but given how far afield it has drifted from “established continuity,” tackling something like that would probably necessitate starting from scratch.

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        • Phil Friel says:

          Pity. I like it how it is, in a sort of “alt-Trek” way. As the history in the Spaceflight Chronology influenced me at such an early age, and came long before most of the later “established continuity”, I always tend to think of it as being the “true” chronology, at least in my own internal fanboy TrekVerse.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          It’s from a time when there wasn’t the sort of oversight over tie-in works there is now. That’s a big part of what gives the book its charm, but something like that would definitely conform to the “canon” as we now know it.

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        • Phil Friel says:

          I loved the way the old tie-ins could spread their wings further afield and do stuff that modern books can’t do. It was when the clamps started to get put on tie-ins back in the early-90’s (give or take a few years) that I started to lose interest, and drift away from the world of Trek tie-in books for many years. It’s only really in the last five or six years that I started to come back into the fold again.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          By the way, if you’ve not yet read them, the Vanguard novels also feature the Lovell gang.

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        • Phil Friel says:

          The Vanguard novels are definitely on my ever-growing “To Read” list.

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