Catching up – Star Trek: Coda interviews!

Previously, on The Fog of Ward:

So, yeah. It’s been a minute since my last update. A confluence of events – work, volunteer stuff, kid stuff, other stuff – saw to it that the tree fort here was left neglected for a bit. That leaves me with a few housekeeping tasks to take care of. Namely, a whole bunch of interviews!

With the release of any new book, I’m asked for a varying number of interviews. These usually take the form of answering questions via email, or a phone interview transcribed for publication, and/or something done live via Zoom or recorded for later dispersal online. The release of Moments Asunder, the first book of the Star Trek: Coda trilogy on which I shared writing duties with friends and fellow word slingers James Swallow and David Mack, has attracted a greater degree of attention than I’m used to experiencing. It makes sense, of course, given the nature of this “Star Trek literary event.” As I, along with Jim and Dave, are grateful for this increased interest, we’re more than happy to “have a sit-down” with anyone who invites us into their space to talk Star Trek and our work.

So far, I’m pretty sure I’ve managed to avoid spoiling anything in any of the books, as a few of these were conducted before my book even came out. I’m obviously not looking to undercut anyone’s ability to enjoy the books due to my having given away anything, in particular for Books 2 and 3 as there’s still just so much coming after Book 1. Jim and Dave more than deserve their chance in the spotlight and to talk about the project without my having mucked things up beforehand. As I write this, the following interviews with me have been posted:

First, I talked via Zoom with Alex Perry from TrekCore.com and he somehow managed to translate my ramblings into something resembling coherence. That interview appears here, published the day before the book officially went on sale.

Timed to post the same day the book went live is an interview with David Powell and the Daily Star Trek News website. I carried out this one via email, which allowed me to consider more detailed answers than when I’m asked during a live Q&A. Read all about it here.

My first “live” interview was with the Beyond Trek podcast. Lots of fun questions and discussion, all while I tried (and sometimes failed) to ignore the football game unfolding on the TV in my office. You can watch/listen to that on YouTube, and be sure to check out their other episodes.

Friends Darrell Taylor and J.K. Woodward had me back for yet another episode of their Go Trek Yourself podcast. We talked about a lot of things, and somehow even managed to talk about Coda and Moments Asunder. Stick that in your ears here.

It’s been a while since I’ve talked with Matt Rushing, host of Trek.fm‘s Literary Treks podcast, and Coda gives us a reason to rectify that oversight. Check out our discussion here.

For a change of pace? I was interviewed back in August during Planet Comicon here in Kansas City. Multiverse Tonight podcast host Thomas Townley caught me at by exhibitor table and hit me with a special edition of his “5 Questions” challenge. Check it out here.

And hey! Some of the most interesting discussions about the book and the trilogy don’t involve me at all! For example, there’s this extended discussion about Moments Asunder with Chrissie De Clerck, Brandon Mutala, and Justin Oser on their Infinite Diversity podcast. Check it all out here.

As I write this, I have (at least) two more interviews about Coda coming over the next week or so, and I’ve had discussions about a couple of others. So, you know…keeping busy, but hopefully not so busy that I won’t forget to let folks know about them.

I probably just jinxed all of that, didn’t I?

September writing wrap-up.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand just like that, here we are: the last quarter mile of 2021.

I mean, I understand that time has had no real meaning for the better part of 18 months, dating all the way back to March 2020 when so very many of us were thrown into a form of suspended animation and forced to (largely) remain at or near our respective domeciles. I was already used to ignoring most of the world around me, hunkered as I was in my office while my fingers tap-tap-tapped away at the keyboard. The big difference last year when all of this started was that now, everyone else who lived with me was home all the time, too.

ANYway….

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Moments Asunder

Star Trek: Coda

STARFLEET’S FINEST
FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

TOMORROW IS DOOMED
Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy.

WANDERER, ORACLE, ALLY
Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating temporal disaster while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it, an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their future, but might the cause lie in their past?

EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE
Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined?


At long last, we’re finally here.

I’ve already written at length about the journey to this book and the trilogy of which it’s just the first part, so I’m not going to rehash it here. What I will tell you is that it is my 23rd Star Trek novel and the 19th I’ve written under the editorial guidance of Margaret Clark and Ed Schlesinger, representing Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint. I’ve been working with either or both of these folks for more than fifteen years. They don’t get nearly enough of the credit and thanks they so richly deserve, and that is most certainly true with Moments Asunder and indeed the entire Star Trek: Coda trilogy.

This is also the seventh Star Trek novel of mine to receive an audiobook adaptation. As with the previous titles, this new book benefits from the vocal stylings of the wonderful Robert Petkoff. A self-professed Star Trek fan himself, Mr. Petkoff always brings enthusiasm and passion to these projects, and I simply love listening to him breathe life into my pithy little words.

Moments Asunder is now available at bookstores everywhere, in trade paperback, e-Book, and both digital and CD audiobook editions. If you’re still one of those folks who loves going to an actual store for your reading material, I humbly suggest patronizing your local independent bookseller. If that sort of thing isn’t feasible for whatever reason, then of course we have other options:

Simon & Schuster
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
IndieBound

Star Trek: Coda will continue on October 26th with Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow by James Swallow, and conclude on October 30th with Book III: Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack.

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this blog entry also will serve as the 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 SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

Before all the moments go asunder…..

So, here we are. The eve of the official release date for Moments Asunder, the first book in the Star Trek: Coda trilogy.

Along with its two companions – James Swallow’s The Ashes of Tomorrow and Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack – this is the culmination of more than two years of planning, plotting, scheming, writing, sweating, agonizing, doubting, cursing, and maybe even a bit of crying. It was a difficult path to navigate for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the sense of responsibility and obligation the three of us felt as we developed the story and then went to our corners to write our books, reconvening as necessary to discuss some plot point or weird idea one of us conjured late some evening. Then came the reading each of our respective manuscripts, poring over page after page to ensure consistency. I’m abolutely certain there’s something in there somewhere missed by at least one of us, but I promise you it wasn’t for lack of trying.

All of that’s done, now, with nothing for us along with our editors to do but wait.

Oh, and perhaps also offer links to where you can pre-order each of the books: Follow the links below for each book in trade paperback, e-Book, and audiobook editions:

Book I: Moments Asunder by moi
Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow by James Swallow
Book III: Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack

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Star Trek Adventures: Shackleton Expanse Campaign Guide out now!

If you’re into Star Trek and roleplaying games and you haven’t yet sampled the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game, we need to have a chat about that because I think you’re missing out on some kickass gaming potential.

Those of you who follow my ramblings are (hopefully) aware that I make occasional contributions to the game. My association with Modiphius Entertainment began waaaaaaay back in 2016 when friend, fellow word pusher, and STA’s project manager, Jim Johnson, invited me to work with him and Scott Pearson on some early story development. This resulted in the “Living Campaign,” something of a juiced up testbed where players took the then-new game’s rules out for a spin and offered feedback to the developers while (hopefully having a good time).

Working with direction from Jim and the rest of the game’s core team of developers, Scott and I created “the Shackleton Expanse,” a region of space ripe for exploration within the game’s setting, as well as the “Tilikaal,” a mysterious alien race which along with the Expanse itself was to be the main driver for the living playtest. We laid down some basic info on the area and the aliens, provided some story springboards as to how a proper campaign might evolve over time with additional adventure scenarios thrown into the mix – those offered by Modiphius as well as anything a gamemaster might devise for their group of players – sat back, and watched what happened.

Wow. Did stuff happen.

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August writing wrap-up.

How about that August, huh?

Well, that month certainly cruised on by in a blur. Family-wise, the big thing was THE KIDS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL.

After spending last year in a “virtual learning environment” as we kept them home during the 2020/early 2021 stretch of the pandemic–during which they both made the Principal’s Honor Roll on all but the first quarter grading period…and really only missed that one by –> <– that much–they were excited to head back for in-person classes. Did I mention I have a kid in high school, now? And another who will join her next year? Yeah, that happened. When, I don’t know, but it totally happened.

In related news, Kevin and I attended Planet Comicon, our first in-person convention as guests in nearly two years. With shows moving online or being outright canceled throughout last year and into mid-2021, this also was a welcome change. Masks were the order of the day, of course, but that didn’t appear to deter a huge crowd from descending upon the con throughout the event’s three days. I haven’t yet heard an official or even unofficial tally so far as attendance, but the traffic seemed to be good all weekend. Hopefully this was just the first such show we’ll be attending in the months ahead.

“Pssst,” I hear someone whispering. “What about the writing, Dayton? Did you do any of that in August?”

Oh. There’s that.

It was a bit of an odd month, as I’m currently between major projects, but that didn’t stop me (or Kevin and me, as the case may be) from pushing a few words around last month. Here’s the August rundown:

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And of course there was the consulting and the writing. What happened in August?

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July writing wrap-up.

So, July was here for a minute.

It was a busy month on multiple fronts. We had the second half of our neigborhood swim league which consumed the first three Wednesday evenings (and one final Saturday for championships). There were also volleyball practices and matches, music lessons, and another family excursion. I’m also still doing my volunteer thing at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and now that we’re back from vacation I’m eyeing my August schedule with some anticipation, as there are some fun things happening this month.

Elsewhere, there were a couple of interviews and this year’s virtual edition of the annual Shore Leave convention. Here’s hoping we get to do that in person next summer.

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And of course there was the consulting and the writing. What happened in July?

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Talking Trek writing and other things with the Divine Treasury podcast!

So, hey! It’s been a minute since the last time I babbled incoherently on somebody’s podcast, and we all know I can’t go too long without falling into that particular sort of trap.

A couple of months ago, I sat down with Mike Bovia and Jamie Rogers, hosts of The Divine Treasury podcast, to talk about my lifelong affection for Star Trek and the collectibles I’ve acquired over the years. As I explained during that interview, my interests have always leaned toward the books (both fiction and non-fiction/references tomes), comics, and other forms of storytelling we’ve been given over the years. That might include computer games, roleplaying games, and so on.

As you might imagine, all of that certainly played a part in helping me along to where I am now, a writer of Star Trek stories of my own as well as someone who helps other Star Trek stories get from writers to readers.

Yeah, it’s quite a fun job, and all of that is what Mike and I talk about about on this follow-up installment of the podcast. We actually recorded this segment the same evening as the other interview, but it’s only now making its way to your ears through the wonder that is recorded media. Have a listen:

The Divine Treasury Podcast, Episode 18: “Paperback Writer, Part Deux”

Thanks again to Mike and Jamie for having me on the show!

Star Trek: Coda – Moments Asunder back cover description!

Was it really just yesterday that I finally was able to share the cover for Moments Asunder, the first book the epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy, on which I’ve been working with friends and fellow word pushers James Swallow and David Mack for pretty much two years, now?

Why, yes. Yes, indeed, it really was just yesterday, but for those who don’t feel like clicking the link up there, here’s the cover again because why not?

(Click to Biggie Size.)

For today, however, I now can add other treats, like this tasty morsel of back cover description:

STARFLEET’S FINEST
FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

TOMORROW IS DOOMED
Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are
under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left
unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy.

WANDERER, ORACLE, ALLY
Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating
temporal disaster while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it,
an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew
of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their
future, but might the cause lie in their past?

EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE
Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but
early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve
final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined?

MOMENTS ASUNDER

The book is due in stores on September 28th and is available for pre-order from all of the usual haunts in trade paperback and eBook editions, as well as a digital audiobook download version. Star Trek: Coda continues on October 26th with James Swallow’s Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow, and the senses-shattering conclusion arrives on November 30th with David Mack’s Book III: Oblivion’s Gate.

Come, join in our reindeer games.

Star Trek: Coda – Moments Asunder cover!

Awwwwwwwwww Yissssssssss.

At long last, we have the cover for Moments Asunder, the first book of the forthcoming Star Trek: Coda trilogy on which I’ve been collaborating with friends and fellow wordsmiths James Swallow and David Mack. It’s been a long road these past two years – getting from there to here, as the song goes – but we’re finally nearing the end of our writing journey and preparing to unleash this epic and dare I say unprecedented adventure not just for Star Trek but indeed media tie-in writing in general.

It’s one thing to be granted such wide latitude for Star Trek novels and comics to go boldly in all sorts of directions over lo these many years while there was little to no “new” Star Trek appearing on television or movie screens. But it’s something else entirely for those same publishing ventures, once Star Trek “woke up” and started producing new TV episodes (and, if rumors are true, more movies) to be given the chance to “re-align” themselves in what we consider rather grand fashion to better conform with those new stories in this ever-expanding universe. On behalf of Jim and Dave, I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our editors at Gallery Books and the good folks at ViacomCBS Consumer Products for affording us this rather unique opportunity.

(Here’s hoping we don’t screw it up.)

Okay, enough of that, because I know you’re here to see the cover, a creation of acclaimed and award-winning science fiction artist Stefan Martiniere. Check this out:

Cover for Star Trek: Coda Book I
Moments Asunder
(Click to Biggie Size)

As some folks have asked and others have suspected, this image is designed to work in concert with what will grace the covers for Books II and III, forming a triptych that’s gonna melt your brain. So, you’ve got that going for you…which is nice.

Moments Asunder is due in stores on September 28th and is available for pre-order from all of the usual haunts in trade paperback and eBook editions, as well as a digital audio download version which as of this writing I’m fairly certain will be read by frequent Star Trek audiobook narrator and all-around cool guy Robert Petkoff.

And in case this bit of trivia has somehow escaped you to this point, Star Trek: Coda continues on October 26th with James Swallow’s Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow, and the senses-shattering conclusion arrives on November 30th with David Mack’s Book III: Oblivion’s Gate.

As always and if you are at all able to do so, I hope you’ll consider purchasing your copies through your favorite independent bookseller. You can find one close to you by utilizing the “Indie Bookstore Finder” feature of IndieBound.com. This includes features for supporting your favorite indie bookseller even if you opt to buy eBook or digital audiobook editions of new titles.

Welp. There you have it. All that’s left to do at this point is wait for September 28th, and awaaaaaaaaaaay we go!