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21 December 2010 @ 04:04 pm
Moving Shadows (and other changes)  

As the year comes to an end, things shift and alter. In my case, it's my publishing schedule.

As well as recent announcements that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is being put back (don't worry, it's still going to be "early 2011"), my next Warhammer 40,000 novel Hammer & Anvil has dropped a few months to a release date around this time next year, so consider yourself well warned about it. Incidentally, Black Library have now confirmed they'll be reprinting my first Sisters of Battle novel Faith & Fire around the same time; and before that arrives, there will be Red & Black in October, an audiobook prequel. It's going to be a bumper Xmas for nuns with guns next year.

But as some things move back, others move forward. Cast No Shadow, the Star Trek novel I've been working on, will now be out in August 2011 rather than October, and with that in mind, here's the newly released solicitation blurb from Simon & Schuster's catalog....

The year is 2300, and seven years have passed since the events of the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. A space station orbiting the Klingon colony Da'Kel is being used as a staging area to undo the disastrous fallout from the destruction of Praxis. With the help of aid supplies from the United Federation of Planets, reconstruction is in progress–but the peace process begun by the Khitomer Accords is still fragile.

Unknown to either the Federation or Klingon representatives warily watching one another over Da'Kel's skies, a third group is plotting. Unnoticed by security, a civilian transport ship with a skeleton crew docks at the station. The ship transmits an ancient Klingon proverb–"Traitors cast no shadow"–before destroying itself in a massive blast of subspace energy that obliterates the space station.

Meanwhile, light years away in a Starfleet penal complex, former officer Valeris is in counselling with her Betazoid therapist. But the process is proving difficult, as Valeris refuses to let down her defenses. She has little hope of ever regaining her freedom or returning to her native Vulcan; guilty of murder and treason against the Federation, she believes she will never be able to go home again. An observer has also been watching - none other than Spock himself, recently retired from Starfleet service and now a representative of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. Spock has come to Jaros II to see Valeris because he believes he is to blame for failing to prevent her attack. He is as marked by that incident as Valeris, carrying the guilt of what he was forced to do...

As blurbs go, it's fairly correct... although it doesn't mention the lead role for Elias Vaughn of the Deep Space Nine novel series and overplays Spock's guest-star status somewhat...

Here's some links; Red & Black; Faith & Fire; Hammer & Anvil; Cast No Shadow. More on all these stories to come in the New Year...


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dewline on December 31st, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Looking forward to Cast No Shadow in particular...
shannon j.l.shanejayell on December 31st, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Oooh, I'm very much looking forward to the Star Trek novel.

(Followed a link here from Star Trek Facebook)

Is it going out under the 'Lost Era' banner?
jmswallowjmswallow on December 31st, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
I don't believe that it will be branded as a "Lost Era" book, but I guess you could consider it to fit in that category...
shannon j.l.shanejayell on December 31st, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's close to the cut off. *lol*

I'm looking forward to more Elias too. I find he's a interesting character.