‘Star Trek: Vanguard’ Adds Anthology
While Pocket Books’ publishing program has to avoid the five year mission era of Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise until 2012 when the second film from J.J. Abrams is released, that doesn’t mean there won’t be stories set in the original universe.
Star Trek: Vanguard, a novel series conceived by former editor Marco Palmieri and writer David Alan Mack in 2005, continues to tell stories during that fertile period for the United Federation of Planets and this week it has been confirmed that the series will continue with the just announced Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassified.
“This is an idea David and I hatched a few months ago, which was eagerly accepted by our editor at Pocket, Jaime Costas,” Dayton Ward wrote on his website.
Vanguard tells of the Taurus Reach, a sector of space near the Tholian border and where powerful alien artifacts speak of a once-powerful race that ruled that portion of the galaxy. The UFP is fully exploring it and has built Starbase 47 as its base of operations but such a large establishment has piqued the curiosity of the Klingons and Romulans. Over the course of the five novels to date, the sprawling story and large cast of characters have learned many secrets and work to preserve the galactic peace.
“The plan is for this collection to be released in mass-market paperback, and indeed count as the sixth book in the current series. Each novella will feature one or more of the series’ rather large cast, with tales spanning the length of Operation Vanguard from inception right up to and perhaps even past the events of the fifth book, Precipice. Further, these aren’t intended to be throwaway tales, but will be considered integral parts of the storyline and may also even set up situations for the series’ next novel-length installments. To be honest, we’re in the midst of figuring out a lot of that as I write this. Any or all of what I just typed could change, depending on where any unhinged brainstorming takes us.
“’Wait,’ I can hear you saying out there in the audience, “who the hell is we?” I’m glad you asked. The four novellas will be written by Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, and me.”
The series to date has included the 2005 inaugural novel, Harbinger (Mack) along with Summon the Thunder (Ward & Dilmore), Reap the Whirlwind (Mack), Open Secrets (Ward) and Precipice (Mack). There was also a prequel of sorts in the eBook Distant Early Warning – Star Trek: SCE. #64 (Ward & Dilmore). Declassified is expected for release sometime in 2011.