New interview with Literary Treks!

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And this time it’s a two-fer!

That’s right! My hetero life mate, Kevin Dilmore, and I join hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther for another episode of Literary Treks, a podcast from the gang at Trek.fm that focuses on the realm of Star Trek books, comics, and other storytelling venues that aren’t tied to the films and television series.

This time around, Kevin and I were invited to join Matthew and Dan for a rousing discussion of our latest assault against the written word, All That’s Left (aka Star Trek: Seekers #4). We discuss the development of this latest novel, the various Seekers topics such as those gorgeous covers and what the future might hold. Along the way, we also bounce off several topics ranging from what Roddenberry might do with Star Trek if he were creating it in 2015 vs. 1964, how the ever-increasing availability of information has made us dumber, and why Kevin should never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt a sports metaphor. Ever.

Give it a listen, whydontcha:

Literary Treks #129: “Spectre Octopus”

Many thanks to Matthew and Dan for having us on the show, and to the rest of the Trek.fm crew for being such great supporters of the Star Trek books and those who write them. I’m pretty sure we’ll be talking again soon. Right?

Hello?

Bueller?

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All That’s Left

seekers-4-coverStar Trek: Seekers

Initially charted by Starfleet probes dispatched to survey the Taurus Reach, the planet Cantrel V now plays host to a budding Federation colony as well as a combined civilian/Starfleet exploration team. Ancient ruins of an unknown civilization scattered around the planet have raised the curiosity of archeologists, anthropologists, historians, and other interested members of the Federation scientific community. Together, they are attempting to shed light on the beings who once called this world home.

After a large, unidentified vessel arrives in orbit and launches a seemingly unprovoked orbital bombardment, the U.S.S. Endeavour responds to the colony’s distress call. As they attempt to render assistance and investigate the mysterious ship, Captain Atish Khatami and her crew begin to unlock the astonishing secrets the planet has harbored for centuries. Does the survival of a newly discovered yet endangered alien race pose a threat not only to Cantrel V but other inhabited worlds throughout the Taurus Reach and beyond?


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Our latest addition to the Star Trek: Seekers series!

Unlike the first two books, David Mack‘s Second Nature and our own Point of Divergence, which launched the series last year, All That’s Left is a largely “standalone” adventure featuring Captain Atish Khatami and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour. Dave gave us an all-new Sagittarius tale earlier this year with the series’ third book, Long Shot.

Will there be more Seekers books in the future? None are scheduled at present, but that’s due mostly to Pocket Books’ already crowded 2016 Star Trek publishing schedule as well as Dave’s present availability for such things as he works on an all-new original contemporary fantasy series, Dark Arts. I suspect Seekers will be a topic of some discussion at some point soon after the holidays.

Meanwhile, here we are.

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this entry also will serve as our book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

So the Book Fairy paid me a visit….

He actually did this yesterday, but I only checked the mail this morning, and lookie what I found waiting for me in the parcel locker, all minty-fresh and whatnot:

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Awwwwwww, yeah.

So, I’ve got mine, which means copies are or shortly will be en route to various retailers here and there. The book’s official publication date is still slated for October 27th, which means it’ll likely start showing up in stores as much as a week ahead of time, all depending on when a particular store’s staff gets around to cataloging and shelving them. Those of you of the e-Book persuasion will of course have to wait until the 27th.

Also, for those wondering what the Book Fairy might look like, I’m picturing something like this, so you should take up any issues you might have with his name directly with him:

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Anyway, I’m thinking we’re about due for a scavenger hunt of sorts, aren’t we? What say you?

Guest blog by Seekers cover artist Rob Caswell on StarTrek.com!

As a follow-up to last Saturday’s reveal of the covers for the next two Star Trek: Seekers novels, StarTrek.com also invited our accidental muse for these books, artist Rob Caswell, to offer his thoughts on his rather important part of the Seekers recipe.

rob-caswell-reading-for-the-articles(He only reads those for the articles.)

Though the focus of the piece is the new covers, Rob still offers up a few tasty nuggets about the process in general, how he came to be associated with myself and my fellow literary hooligans, David Mack and Kevin Dilmore. Go give it a gander, whydontcha, and learn about how Rob has tolerated our antics as he labors to create some truly breathtaking cover art for our little pithy collections of words and stuff:

StarTrek.com: What Goes Into Star Trek Novel Cover Art?

Because let’s face it…those covers are pretty swank, amirite?

Star Trek: Seekers 3 and 4 covers revealed!

Our friends over at StarTrek.com have posted a new article featuring the cover art and back cover descriptions for the next two Star Trek: Seekers novels.

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As with the first two books, the covers were created by talented artist Rob Caswell, who readers of the Seekers novels know provided the initial inspiration for the series. As he did with the covers of the first two books, Rob continues our goal of paying tribute to Star Trek book covers from the 1970s, specifically the adaptations of the original series episodes by James Blish.

Click on the pic or the link below to head over to StarTrek.com and see the covers in all their embiggened glory:

StarTrek.com – FIRST LOOK: New Seekers Novels

Book 3, Long Shot by David Mack, will be out on July 28th, while All That’s Left by myself and Kevin will be in stores on October 27th. So, be sure to…you know…seek them out.

(I know. I’m hopeless.)

Cover blurb for Star Trek: Seekers – All That’s Left!

Now that it’s been spotted in the wild, I’m free to post new info for All That’s Left, the upcoming fourth novel in the still kinda sorta minty fresh Star Trek: Seekers series. After fellow word pusher David Mack comes along this summer and drops Long Shot, the series’ third book that stars the crew of the U.S.S. Sagittarius, on y’all this summer, Kevin and I follow on in October with our latest adventure for the Starship Endeavour.

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So, here’s what you’ll find on the back of the book:

Initially charted by Starfleet probes dispatched to survey the Taurus Reach, the planet Cantrel V now plays host to a budding Federation colony as well as a combined civilian/Starfleet exploration team. Ancient ruins of an unknown civilization scattered around the planet have raised the curiosity of archeologists, anthropologists, historians, and other interested members of the Federation scientific community. Together, they are attempting to shed light on the beings who once called this world home.

After a large, unidentified vessel arrives in orbit and launches a seemingly unprovoked orbital bombardment, the U.S.S. Endeavour responds to the colony’s distress call. As they attempt to render assistance and investigate the mysterious ship, Captain Atish Khatami and her crew begin to unlock the astonishing secrets the planet has harbored for centuries. Does the survival of a newly discovered yet endangered alien race pose a threat not only to Cantrel V but other inhabited worlds throughout the Taurus Reach and beyond?


So, you know…there you go.

The book’s “official” on-sale date is Tuesday, October 27th. You’ve already got yours pre-ordered, right?

Thanks to The Trek Collective for the heads-up!

It’s a Sagittarius model!

Check out what one talented fan is doing. This is insanely cool.

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(Photo: SRS Prototyping, LLC)

From their Facebook page, “SRS Prototyping is a professional prototyping, model making and sculpting company, dedicated to providing exacting detail, excellent quality and total customer satisfaction. Each piece, whether a one of a kind item a model kit or master pattern for mass production, is created with the same painstaking attention to detail and fine craftsmanship that we are known for.”

In terms you and I can understand, these folks make incredible, jaw-dropping models, and make doing so look easy.

I’ve been checking out the photos on their Facebook page off and on this morning, and the stuff they’ve done is a……..wait for it…….mazing. They’ve done stuff like the space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the original Battlestar Galactica, figurines and weapons, and a host of other things. Go on, go follow the link I have up there to their FB page. I’ll wait.

Back yet? Okay, then.

Their work was brought to my attention earlier this morning, when I was tagged in a Facebook post linking to a website that’s chronicling the SRS Prototyping’s latest project: a 1:144 scale model of the U.S.S. Sagittarius, AKA the tough little ship from the Star Trek Vanguard and Star Trek: Seekers novels. If I understand modeling terms correctly and based on the photos provided so far, this scale means that the finished model will be somewhere in the vicinity of a foot or so in length.

Translation: Big enough to hold and drool on. Check it out:

SRS Prototyping: USS Sagittarius pattern for 1:144 scale

Go and give this a look if you haven’t already done so, and if you haven’t…why the hell not?

Many thanks to Dave Lewis on Facebook for providing the heads-up. I love it when fans take charge and just go and do stuff like this. I can’t wait to see the finished product, because based on what I’ve seen so far, this thing is going to kick six or seven kinds of ass.

Listen to Kevin and me babbling about Seekers with Trek.fm!

As is known to happen on occasion and for reasons that continue to surpass understanding, people want to interview us about our books. Go figure.

seekers-2-coverThis time, it’s Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing, our friends from over at Trek.fm, for the latest episode of their Literary Treks podcast, who have us on to talk about the still new car fresh-smelling Star Trek: Seekers novel series and our first contribution to this new line of stories, Point of Divergence. Since it’s Kevin’s first time on the podcast, we also cover some ground about how he got into writing Trek as well as the Wardilmore Secret Origin Story before we get on with talking about how Seekers was developed, the two-book story that kicks off the series, and what you might see in future books.

Have a listen, whydontcha:

Literary Treks 78: The Numbers On the Front Should Help

Many thanks to Christopher and Matthew for having us on their show. I always have a blast talking with them, and we look forward to chatting with those gents again when opportunity arises!

 

 

Ask Dayton #105 on the G and T Show: “Who Dares Talk About Vanguard?”

Hey! We’re back!

Well, to be fair, the G and T Show never really went anywhere. Hosts Nick Minecci, Terry Lynn Shull, and Mike Medeiros kept on keeping on, doing their usual weekly bit of discussing all the various happenings across the “Star Trek Universe.” There was talk of latest movie news and rumors, developments with the ever-evolving Star Trek Online game, and of course some love was thrown toward the Star Trek novels, for which I’m grateful.

Meanwhile, I was busy dealing with wrapping up my employment as well as the manuscript for the latest novel project, so my days and nights were kinda busy there, for a while. Because of that, I asked for the show’s usual “Ask Dayton” segment to take a brief hiatus while I tended to those other items. Now that the decks have been cleared, more or less and for the time being, I was back in the saddle this week with an all new query. What’d we have for our newest question?

Dear Dayton,

When you, Kevin, and Dave were writing the Vanguard series, it seemed that it would be the last time we would be seeing many of the characters aboard the Endeavour and the Sagittarius. Many people died throughout Vanguard as a result of it. Now, with Seekers picking up where Vanguard left off, I wonder if there are any characters you could have saved for use in Seekers?

Thanks

Why the hell are we talking about Vanguard? Don’t we know we’re not supposed to be talking about Vanguard? What’s the First Rule of Vanguard, kids? That’s right. Say it with me: “You Do Not Talk About Vanguard.”

Admiral Nogura’s gonna be pissed at us if he finds out we’ve been talking about Vanguard. You know that, right?

Eh, fuck it. Let’s talk about Vanguard.

For those of you who aren’t dialed into the finer points of Star Trek novel geekery, Vanguard as created by editor Marco Palmieri and author David Mack is a series of books that served as a “literary spin-off” of the original Star Trek television series. No, not David Mack the Kabuki artist, but hey! He really, really loves it when you make that joke, because he’s never, ever heard it. Like ever, at least not in the last five minutes or so.

Anyway, Vanguard was set aboard a space station in a hotly contested area of space called “the Taurus Reach.” After Dave set events into motion with the series’ first book, Harbinger, Kevin Dilmore and I were invited aboard to help continue the story. Over the course of seven novels and a handful of novellas, the series’ cast of characters (and holy shit, were there a lot of them) dug up all sorts of trouble and generally pissed off some very powerful aliens who didn’t much like being dug up and pissed off.

As the story unfolded over those novels and novellas, several characters met tragic ends, and a couple got what they fuckin’ had comin’ to ‘em. At the time, those of us writing Vanguard stories didn’t think much of this, as we were marching to the endgame we more or less had plotted all along. I say “more or less” because while there was a sort of blueprint Dave set up at the beginning, we ended up adding a lot of additional ideas and whatnot as each new book was developed.

Because sometimes, new shit comes along that you like better than the other shit, that’s why.

Then, once Vanguard was over and done, wrapped and topped with a pretty little bow and with us thinking we all would move on to other things, we got the bright idea to take some of the leftover toys back out of the box and see if we couldn’t come up with a new game to play. The results of this freestyle, caffeine and alcohol-driven brainstorming is a little something we like to call Star Trek: Seekers.

So, now that we have our new little corner of the Star Trek sandbox in which to cavort, do we wish we hadn’t been quite so bloodthirsty in the Vanguard books, and perhaps spared some of our favorite characters who didn’t make it to the end of that series?

Speaking only for myself? Nope.

We did what we wanted to do with Star Trek Vanguard: Craft a sweeping tale with a defined beginning, middle, and ending, and once we were done, we wanted to place it on a proverbial shelf and be able to point to it and say, “Yeah, we did that, and we’re damned proud of it.” The characters who died, and those who survived and yet still paid heavy personal costs, did so in service to the story we wanted to tell. I won’t speak for Dave or Kevin, or Marco or Margaret Clark, but while I might think we could have done this or that thing better, I have no regrets about how it all ended up. As far as I’m concerned, the stories of Vanguard’s core cast have been told. Within the fictional construct of the Star Trek universe, their reward—and penance—for what happened over the course of those novels and novellas is to be consigned to obscurity; footnotes to a history about which few people ever will know the complete truth.

Out here in the real world, and while I certainly could come up with ideas for new stories for each of those characters, I have no immediate desire to do so. I know Dave and Kevin feel the same way, and we’ve all agreed to leave those characters be, while pledging to level basketball-sized stink-eyes on anyone else who dares to give it a go. Our self-imposed compromise for this is the crews of the Endeavour and the Sagittarius, who really were only supporting players in the Vanguard saga and now take center stage in Seekers. Any stories we choose to tell which might pull on a dangling Vanguard plot thread can—we believe—be handled by the characters from those ships, so that’s the way it’s going to be, at least so long as we have anything to say about it.

Okay, we’re done here. No more talking about Vanguard, because while I don’t know about you, I sure as shit don’t want Admiral Nogura coming to punch me in the junk.


This question and its answer was read during G&T Show Episode #160 on September 28th, 2014. You can hear Nick read the answers each week by listening live, or check out the replay/download options when the episode is loaded to their website: The G and T Show. Listeners are also encouraged to send in their own questions, one of which will be sent to me each week for a future episode.

And as always, many thanks to Nick, Terry and Mike for continuing to make me a part of the fun.

Star Trek: Seekers contest – We have winners!

I know at least a handful of you have been sitting on pins and needles, waiting to discover the outcome of this legen…….wait for it…….dary contest celebrating the launch of the all-new Star Trek: Seekers novel series, which included the publication of Point of Divergencewhich of course followed the release of Second Nature by our partner in mischief, Mr. David Mack.

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So, what was the deal? Well, we thought it was pretty easy: Kevin and I put together a short trivia test with questions drawn from the first two Seekers books. Readers and fans were encouraged to send their answers to said questions to me, and those who correctly answered all of the questions were eligible to receive one these super awesome posters autographed by David, Kevin, and myself, along with our cover artist and creator of said poster, Rob Caswell:

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First, here are the questions and their answers:

Seekers #1: Second Nature
1. Which member of the U.S.S. Sagittarius crew member sleeps in a sac of regenerative goo?
Answer: Ensign Nizsk

2. What is the name of the Sagittarius‘ land rover used by the landing party on the surface of Nereus II?
Answer: Vixen

3. What is a nickname for the Sagittarius‘ galley? (more than one possible answer)
Answer: “The Unholy Mess” or “Pre-Sickbay”

Seekers #2: Point of Divergence –
4. What Earth food is the young Tomol, Seta, shown enjoying in the U.S.S. Endeavour’s sickbay?
Answer: French fries with ketchup

5. With Starbase 47 no longer in the Taurus Reach, what planet-bound installation serves as an interim port of call for the Sagittarius and the Endeavour, while a new space station is being constructed?
Answer: Starbase 71

6. Per a particular Starfleet admiral, what is the “First Rule of Vanguard?”
Answer: “You do not talk about Vanguard.” (Admiral Nogura)

So, now that we have that out of the way, we need to announce us some winners! A random drawing gives us this list of five lucky folks:

Eli Chapman

Will Combs

Mike Hess

“Johnny Blues”

Alexander Preis

So, hey! Winners! Please email your snail mail address info to me: daytonward AT att DOT net.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks very much to all of you who participated!