New Star Trek novels -- including a Tilly-centric Discovery adventure -- are on the way in 2019 from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, it was announced today by Simon & Schuster's Star Trek editor, Ed Schlesinger, during the Inside Trek: Star Trek Authors & Their Books panel at Star Trek Las Vegas. Schlesinger -- who was joined on stage by authors Kevin Dilmore and Robb Pearlman, as well as moderator John Van Citters of CBS -- revealed the first three titles in the S&S slate of Trek novels for 2019, and StarTrek.com is pleased to share the details with readers.
The January 2019 title will be Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars, by Una McCormack. Here's the official synopsis:
Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the U.S.S. Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.
It’s not easy being sixteen, especially when everyone expects great things from Tilly. It’s even harder when her mother and father are Federation luminaries, not to mention pressing her to attend one of the best schools that the Federation has to offer. Tilly wants to achieve great things — even though she hasn’t quite worked out how to do that or what it is she wants to do. But this year, everything will change for Tilly, as she about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime — an adventure that will take her ever closer to the stars…
Up next, and due for release as the March 2019 title will be Star Trek: The Original Series: The Antares Maelstrom, by Greg Cox. The synopsis reads as follows: Baldur-3 is an obscure planet just beyond the outer fringes of Federation space, until a group of struggling colonists discover vast quantities of the energy source pergium beneath the planet’s surface. An old-fashioned “gold rush” is now underway—a chaotic situation, as neighboring planets and space stations are vastly ill-equipped to deal with the flood of vessels and aliens competing to get to the planet in time to stake their claims. Although Baldur-3 isn’t technically under Federation jurisdiction, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are soon diverted to deal with the crisis . . . one which lies on the other side of the dangerous area of space known as the Antares Maelstrom.
And, in April 2019, fans will be treated to Star Trek: The Next Generation: Available Light, by Dayton Ward. Per the publisher: As fallout from the exposure of the “Control” AI security program and the unchecked crimes of Section 31 spans the entire Alpha Quadrant and ultimately reaches the halls of Starfleet Command, the admiralty must decide what the consequences will be for their own… including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who helped bring down a Federation president and violated the principles of his oath. Meanwhile, deep in the unexplored section of space known as the Odyssean Pass, Picard and the Enterprise crew must put aside personal feelings on the matter and distant political concerns as they investigate the mystery a centuries-old massive spacecraft adrift in the void and under attack from marauders looking to claim the ship for themselves—and armed with weapons that are evenly matched with Starfleet’s finest…
Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about Simon & Schuster's upcoming Star Trek books for 2019.