Holiday shopping is in full swing, and plenty of writerly and other creative folks are advertising their respective wares. I’ve gotten a few emails or other messages from people here and there, asking for suggestions about which of my books might make for good gift-giving and whatnot.
Setting aside my kneejerk initial answer (“Um, all of them? Get one of each, and make a nice gift basket.”), I’ve pondered this a bit over the last couple of days, and settled on a handful of titles I think might have broad(er) appeal to the Trekkie on your shopping list. Also? You’ll be helping me to do things like pay my mortgage and put food in my kids’ faces. Everybody wins!
Here, have a look:
Yes, these first ones are pretty easy. Hidden Universe Travel Guides – Star Trek: Vulcanand its counterpart for the Klingon Empire would seem to be a decent choice for the Star Trek fan in your life, who’s perhaps into the various shows and films but otherwise doesn’t wade too deeply into the “expanded universe” pool of books, comics, and such. After all, it’s meant to appeal to casual and hardcore fans alike.
I contributed short stories to these two anthologies which were published in 2017, and I’m particularly proud of how both turned out. Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone and Predator: If It Bleeds feature all-star author line-ups, with each writer bringing total passion to the source material. It’s the kind of enthusiasm you can’t fake, as fans of these properties (and Star Trek, obviously) will see right through that sort of thing.
For the Trek fan who’s also into comics, we’ve got Star Trek: Waypoint. The six-issue mini-series published by IDW in 2016 and early 2017 as a celebration of Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary is now collected into a swank trade paperback. Each of the twelve stories are standalone tales from different corners of the Star Trek universe. Kevin and I join a stellar roster of writer and artistic talent for this, our very first foray into comics.
Another project I was happy see come to fruition this year is Maximum Velocity: The Best of Full-Throttle Space Tales. I worked with friends and colleagues David Lee Summers, Carol Hightshoe, Jennifer Brozek, and Bryan Thomas Schmidt to select the top stories from each of the original six Full-Throttle Space Tales anthologies, after which WordFire Press took us in and provided a publishing platform for the new book. Whether this “Best of” from the series’ original run begets future Full-Throttle Space Tales, remains to be seen, but here’s hoping!
I didn’t originally set out to write a trilogy, but that’s what happened. Three of my Star Trek novels became something of a loose trio of tales orbiting a shared premise. Funny how those things work. Anyway, From History’s Shadow, Elusive Salvation, and Hearts and Minds are three books I’m rather pleased with. I don’t know if I’ll ever revisit what I’ve set up here, but……I’ve learned never to rule out anything.
Okay, then. Does that help a little with the shopping dilemma?