Here's the synopsis: A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers. The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged. With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?
George, in a quick interview, noted that there are several aspects of Allegiance in Exile that he's particularly excited about, and that he believes readers will enjoy. "For one thing, the tale takes place in what I think is a really interesting time period, namely the final year of Enterprise's five-year mission under Captain Kirk," he said. "In fact, the story actually begins on the fourth anniversary of Kirk taking command of the ship, which of course makes him pensive and anxious about what is to come after he and his crew complete the mission. The first Star Trek film alluded to some of that transition, as did Gene Roddenberry's novelization, both of which I try to be faithful to.
"Another element I like is that Lieutenant Sulu plays a large role in the novel. He only had limited treatment during the series, and so it was fun to get inside him, explore his motivations, and add some details to his personal life that hew to the series and yet expand on the character—and even set up some of what came later for him in some of the Trek literature. Finally, but definitely not least, I'm quite excited that Allegiance in Exile features some strong links to the later incarnations of Star Trek, in ways that I hope readers will find both unexpected and fun."
And what else, Trek-wise, is George working on at the moment?
"Right now, I am finishing up a Star Trek novel that will be published in September," he replied. "While it returns to Deep Space 9, it is also the first entry in a five-volume series called The Fall. The other four novels will be published in successive months, and feature some of the best talent penning Trek fiction today: Una McCormack, David Mack, James Swallow, and Dayton Ward. After that, well…I'm actually talking with Simon & Schuster about a couple of possible future Trek projects, but we'll have to see how that goes.
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