What? A second Star Trek books post in as many days? What the hell?
Well, it’s sort of what I do around here, you know.
Simon and Schuster, my esteemed publisher and caretaker of the various Star Trek novel lines and other assorted shenanigans, has seen fit to release to their website and digital catalog the back cover copy for Star Trek: Legacies, a trilogy of novels coming next year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series.
Would you like to know more? BOOM! Here you go:
Legacies, Book 1 – Captain to Captain, by Greg Cox:
An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!
Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…
Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!
Legacies, Book 2 – Best Defense, by David Mack:
Just in time for the milestone 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, an epic new trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another!
A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.
A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.
An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.
Legacies, Book 3 – Purgatory’s Key, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
The conclusion to the epic trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another—just in time for the milestone 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series!
Eighteen years ago, the Starship Enterprise thwarted an alien invasion from another universe, and Captain Robert April took possession of the interdimensional transfer device that made it possible. Since then, each captain of the Enterprise, from Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk, has guarded this secret with his life.
Now, Romulan agents have succeeded in stealing the device and using it to banish Ambassador Sarek and Councillor Gorkon to an unknown realm in the midst of their groundbreaking Federation-Klingon peace negotiations. With time running out as interstellar war looms in one universe—and alien forces marshal in another—can Captain Kirk and his crew preserve the tenuous peace and reclaim the key between dimensions?
And there you have it.
The Star Trek: Legacies trilogy will be published one book per month, beginning in July 2016 in the run-up to the original series’ 50th birthday on September 8th.
You know, it doesn’t really feel like it’s been ten years since Kevin and I were asked to write a short story that was just one of twelve collected into Star Trek: Constellations the series’ 40th anniversary. That book was one of several Pocket published as part of those festivities, but other, more grown-up writers were doing the epic trilogies and whatnot.
I guess I’ve been having too much fun to really notice how time’s been flying. And now here we are, ten years later, and I’m helping to celebrate the golden anniversary of my all-time favorite show. If you’d told me fifteen years ago that I’d be doing something like this, I’d have looked at you like you had a third eye in the middle of your forehead.
My job is weird, some days. Rewarding, but weird.