I can’t do it, Captain! I don’t have the continuty!
At some point in time, we were supposed to be treated to some new Star Trek books, based on the rebooted universe that was created in JJ Abram’s film. Well kids, if you were looking forward to reading the further adventures of New Spock and Kirk, that’s something you’re going to have to let go. The line has been canceled.
According to the official statement from Simon and Schuster:
“With last summer’s blockbuster Star Trek movie, JJ Abrams created a new, vibrant, layered version of the Star Trek universe. After careful consideration, we decided to hold off on telling new stories while JJ and his team continue to develop his vision.”
Boo. The books are already written! I suspect one or two might come a mite close to the storyline of Star Trek 2. Ooor they’re just holding off. Star Trek buzz is dead now, if you ask me. They might wait until closer to the movie’s release date to maximize sales.
Whatever the reason, we’re not getting any new official Star Trek fiction. Back to the Fan Fic Boards.
If you want to see what you’d be missing, check out some cool synopsis and author comments after the jump.
Book One: “Refugees”
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Official Summary: When a distress call comes in and Kirk orders the Enterprise to answer it, they encounter a large colony ship of refugees under attack. Unable to convince the Dre’kalk to cease fire, Kirk engages them and drives off their ships. The refugees – the Perenores, a race of furry bisymmetrical people – are starving, battered, and many are injured. Their ship wandered off course and their fuel and food is running out, so Kirk and the crew find a place for these displaced refugees. But just two months later, the Barran are threatening the Federation with war for protecting the Perenore menace. But Kirk and Spock are puzzled, the Perenores are peaceful people, what could have happened?
Alan Dean Foster: “I’m big with aliens, and I don’t think they are well served in most filmed science fiction. They don’t act alien. The kind of aliens I’m talking about are truly alien. Obviously they have to be comprehensible to us or you can’t respond. So with Refugees I wanted to introduce some real aliens, which is something Star Trek fans wanted. I’m sure Roddenberry would have done it on the original series if they had the technology and the money to visualize it. Kirk and the crew, of course, wouldn’t be startled by the appearance of the aliens, although the cultures are different. And the motivations are different. Remember, even if it’s a reimgination in this timeline, it’s still the Federation and they still know about other aliens. There’s a lot more to the makeup of the Federation than we get to see in the film. I can’t really say anything too specific about the plot, only that things are not what they seem. Things are never what they seem.”
Book Two: “Seek a Newer World”
Author: Charles L. Bennett
Official Summary: Stung by Nero’s escape, the Klingons are looking to salvage their pride by besting the ship that took him down: Enterprise. A boring expedition becomes a fight for survival as the Klingons attack, outnumber, and outflank the young captain and his Enterprise crew. But just as the Enterprise escapes, the crew comes across an entire civilization of worlds within worlds hidden in a radiation belt of a large planet. A civilization so powerful that they can create all this? Kirk wonders just what are they hiding from and will do whatever it takes to find out.
Charles L. Bennett: “We still know next to nothing about the Klingons in the new timeline, so I pretty much had a blank slate. However, it’s certainly likely that Nero’s destruction of an entire Klingon fleet would make them angry and eager to strike out at someone – and the Federation, which has just lost one of its most important worlds, has got to be looking pretty vulnerable to them right now. Initially, I was thinking of doing a story that arose more directly from the movie’s lingering threads. But I wasn’t sure that was standalone enough to fit the mandate, and the idea I was contemplating didn’t lend itself well to action and spectacle. I decided instead to tell a more self-contained story, a tale focusing on something new and original and spectacular, but something that would resonate thematically and emotionally with where the characters are in the wake of the film. So it’s still a story about the aftermath of the movie, but in an indirect way. In the wake of Vulcan’s destruction, a lot of people in the Federation would probably want to make a priority of defense and caution. But how does that reconcile with Starfleet’s ideals of openness and exploration? That tension informs the novel on multiple levels.
“I also decided to focus the story on a phenomenon that would be unique to the new continuity, something that implicitly was never discovered in the original timeline. That way, it would be a story that could only be told in the Abramverse. Character-wise, I felt there was a bit more to be said about the characters’ journeys. The film implied that by the end, the characters had all achieved their familiar roles and personalities; that they’d grown into the cast we knew from TOS. But I felt there were one or two more steps needed for some of them to credibly reach that stage. So I was able to tell a story that let the characters go through some real growth, but which ends up with them in the same places I expect them to be in the next movie.”
Book Three: “More Beautiful Than Death”
Author: David Mack
Official Summary: Captain Kirk leads the Enterprise on a mission to Akiron, a world known for its rich dilithium deposits and isolationist government. Aboard is Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek, who is hoping to set up a trade agreement for the Federation with the planet. Pleased that the Federation has entrusted him with this mission, Kirk pledges everyone on Enterprise will grant the ambassador their full cooperation. Spock is happy to see his father and his Vulcan staff putting the destruction of their world behind them. Sarek, however, has a secondary agenda while on board Enterprise.
David Mack: “In the original Star Trek timeline, Sarek and Spock had not spoken since Spock rejected the offer of admission to the Vulcan Science Academy, and their relationship was ice-cold until at least 2269 – more than a decade after the events of the new Star Trek film. All that animosity seems to have gone by the wayside the moment Spock’s mother, Amanda, died during the implosion of Vulcan. My personal feeling is that, in the aftermath of such an epic tragedy, neither Spock nor Sarek would see any logical purpose to harboring a grudge over Spock’s choice of career – especially since that choice saved Sarek’s life. However, putting aside an old grudge does not necessarily mean that father and son will suddenly be of like mind. There are still many issues on which they are bound to disagree, and one such conflict underpins a key subplot in More Beautiful Than Death.”
Book Four: “The Hazard of Concealing”
Author: Greg Cox
Official Summary: The events of the recent movie have left one important loose end: the elder Spock from the 24th century. His knowledge of both technology and future events makes him one of the most important strategic assets in the galaxy. Starfleet Command wants Ambassador Spock to rejoin Starfleet and share that information with them, but Spock is reluctant to interfere with the unfolding of the new timeline. Will he be able to escape a sinister plan wrought by the enemies of the Federation, or will their quest to exploit Spock’s wisdom succeed, with disastrous consequences?
Greg Cox: “Ambassador Spock’s advanced knowledge of future events and technology is the warp engine that drives the story. The ways in which that knowledge can be exploited (or abused) is a source of great concern to Spock, Starfleet and various hostile powers. Spock himself is somewhat conflicted as to just how much ‘cheating’ he should indulge in. The basic idea and plot came from my editor, Margaret Clark, who wanted a book that focused on both Ambassador Spock and Scotty. I took her synopsis and fleshed it out into a full-length book. In doing so, my primary goal was to capture the infectious sense of fun that the new movie had restored to the series, while still dealing with the serious issues raised by the premise. Most of all, I wanted this to be a book that felt like the new movie, and that would appeal to both long-time fans and to readers who might have never picked up a Star Trek novel before.”