Star Trek Novels in 2016
It has been a while since I wrote an overview of all upcoming Star Trek Novels in 2016. Below is a preview of 14 novels announced for release this year. 7 of those are set in the TOS universe alone.
The Original Trilogy
TOS is getting a lot of love this year with no fewer than 7 novels scheduled for release. Two of those releases are this month, February, with Miasma (Ebook) by Greg Cox and The Latter Fire by James Swallow. In April we see the release of Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward. Then, from June onwards a trilogy of novels will be released entitled Legacies. The second of the trilogy is authored by David Mack. The year ends of The Face of the Unknown authored by the ever reliable Christopher L. Bennett who is having a very busy year. I must say I am curious about that last novel just based on the title alone.
The Next Generation
Fans of TNG will have three novels to look forward to in 2016. It is a trilogy of books entitled Prey. Thus the novels are entitled Prey I, Prey II and Prey III. The novels are written by John Jackson Miller who also wrote Absent Enemies in the Titan series and Takedown in the TNG series. Miller has done some excellent work on Star Wars Knight of the Old Republic. We shall see if he can keep readers invigorated with a whole trilogy. Star Trek: Prey is scheduled to be released on a monthly basis from October onwards. Check out Miller’s blog in the meantime, Faraway Press, or pick up one of his previous Trek novels.
Deep Space Nine
DS9 will see two releases this year. Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang and the ebook Rules of Accusation by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. They scheduled for release in May and July respectively. I must say that I do not follow the DS9 novels that closely anymore, I never quite got over how the series dealt with Sisko. Yet every new novel is a new chance. Both titles do sound interesting. Rules of Accusation will focus on Quark’s Bar. Below is the solicitation blurb for Force and Motion.
In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the starship Phoenix ordered the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, killing more than six hundred crew members. Maxwell believed that the Cardassians were arming for a new attack on the Federation, and though history eventually proved he was probably correct, the Federation had no choice but to court martial and incarcerate him.
Almost twenty years have passed, and now Maxwell is a free man, working as a maintenance engineer on the private science station Robert Hooke, home to crackpots, fringe researchers, and, possibly, something much darker and deadlier. Maxwell’s former crewmate, Chief Miles O’Brien, and O’Brien’s colleague, Lieutenant Commander Nog, have come for a visit. Unfortunately, history has proven that whenever O’Brien and Nog leave Deep Space 9 together, unpredictable forces are set into motion…
Sadly, I could not find a cover for either novel.
Voyager fans will get only one novel this year (as far as we know) and it was already released in January. A Pocket Full of Lies was written by Kirsten Beyer who has since 2009 penned all Voyager novels. The novel got excellent reviews and holds a very respectable 4.4/5 rating on GoodReads. I admit I have not read many of the relaunch novels. Just a few, but Kirsten Beyer has her fans. I will certainly read A Pocket Full of Lies.
Last but not least Enterprise also gets one novel. I guess both Voyager and Enterprise are the step-children of the franchise, but I think only Voyager deserves that status. Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code is written by Christopher L. Bennett. It is the third novel in the series and is scheduled for release next month. With a release cycle of just one novel per year the franchise seems to be on life support. You can visit the author’s homepage Written Worlds. He also comments daily on TrekBBS, so if you have a question or need an insight check it out. The author first came to my attention with his excellent Department of Temporal Investigation series. The first novel made my head spin for weeks, and that is what I want!
It is perhaps sad that not all of the novel franchises will get new entries. The Vanguard series ended in 2012, but Star Trek Titan is still going. The Will Riker spinoff series usually gets around 1 novel per year. The last was Sight Unseen by James Swallow, released last September. The novel got good reviews and was considered an excellent entry into the series for those now unfamiliar with the past novels. Sadly, Star Trek Titan won’t get any new novels this year. Neither will Seekers, the unofficial successor to Vanguard nor will Section 31 or Star Trek: New Frontier. I don’t promise to review all novels. I might to do one from each franchise. With 1, 2, 3…. 14 novels it is hard to keep up. This was my roundup of Star Trek Novels in 2016.