Those of you who weren’t around here back on Wednesday may have missed the announcement that Pocket Books has officially renewed its license to publish Star Trek novels, and the first of the books covered by that new agreement will start hitting shelves in early 2019.
Una McCormack is our lead-off hitter, and her Sylvia Tilly-focused Star Trek: Discovery novel The Way to the Stars will be out in January. Next up will be Greg Cox and his Original Series novel The Antares Maelstrom, out in March.
Then, there’s me, comin’ at ya in April with Available Light, in which I pick up Captain Picard and the rest of the Star Trek: The Next Generation gang from where I left things last summer with my previous TNG novel, Hearts and Minds.
In the wake of the announcement, now I can offer you Available Light‘s official, actual back cover copy, as well as a few pre-order links…because I know you’ll want to get on this as soon as possible, amirite?
Anyway, here we go:
The past comes back to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard in this brand new thriller set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Section 31, the covert organization which has operated without accountability in the shadows for more than two centuries, has been exposed. Throughout the Federation, the rogue group’s agents and leaders are being taken into custody as the sheer scope of its misdeeds comes to light. Now Starfleet Command must decide the consequences for numerous officers caught up in the scandal—including Admirals William Ross, Edward Jellico, Alynna Nechayev, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard who, along with many others, are implicated in the forced removal of a Federation president.
Meanwhile, deep in the distant, unexplored region of space known as the Odyssean Pass, Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must put aside personal feelings and political concerns as they investigate a massive mysterious spacecraft. Adrift for centuries in the void, the ship is vital to the survival of an endangered civilization which has spent generations searching for a world to sustain what remains of its people. Complicating matters is a band of marauders who have their own designs on the ancient ship, with only the Enterprise standing in their way….
So, you know…just another day at the office for our merry band of enterprising voyagers.
“Stop with the jokes, Dayton,” I can hear someone saying. “Make with the pre-order links and stuff.”
At present, there only seems to be a lonely Amazon link for the physical print/trade paperback edition, though I fully expect links for the other major retailers as well as for e-Book versions to be coming soon. What I don’t know at this time is whether there will be an audiobook edition, but I’m not going to rule it out, because hey! I’m told audio versions of these things are doing very well, sales-wise. For now, though, we have this:
EDIT: August 7th – Amazon is now showing a link for their Kindle edition eBook, and I’ve also found links for Barnes & Noble as well as Kobo. I’ve also added a link to the book’s page at the Simon & Schuster website:
Stay tuned for updates with other links and, down the road a bit, info on the possible audiobook edition, cover art, yadda yadda yadda.