Hey! Come stick these in your ears!
We found out just this morning that Star Trek: Legacies, the trilogy of novels that is part of Pocket Books’ celebration of the original Star Trek series’ 50th anniversary, is going to be released in audiobook format as an “unabridged audio download,” in concert with the usual mass-market paperback and e-Book editions.
All three books will be read for you by actor Robert Petkoff. According to what we were told, Mr. Petkoff begins recording the first book, Captain to Captain by friend and fellow word pusher Greg Cox, tomorrow (May 11th). The process takes a few days, and I presume the recording sessions for Dave Mack’s Book 2 and mine and Kevin’s Book 3 will occur in short order.
This marks the first time Star Trek paperback novels have been adapted for audio since the 1990s. In the years since then, that treatment was reserved almost exclusively for hardcover Trek offerings. Pretty cool, huh?
EDIT #1: The above statement isn’t really true. I remembered that Cross Cult, the publisher that creates German-language translations of various Star Trek novels, has adapted several of those titles for audio, including the Star Trek Vanguard books. Yes, those are in German. 🙂
Is this start of a new trend? Hard to say, at this point, of course, but the obvious indicator that Simon & Shuster should continue with more Star Trek audio offerings is decent sales on the ones they do put out. So, you know…..rest is up to you kind people, amirite? 🙂
Personally, I’m pretty jazzed about this, as Purgatory’s Key will mark the first time a novel of mine or mine & Kevin’s has been adapted for audio. Further, it’ll come just a couple of months after the audio edition of 2113: Stories Inspired By the Music of Rush drops, which is the first time an anthology containing a short story of mine has received such treatment.
EDIT #2: See Edit #1 above.
So, hey! Not a bad year on the writing front…at least to this point.