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Exclusive Interview: “Star Trek: Discovery: Somewhere To Belong” Author Dayton Ward

 

While Star Trek Discovery will soon be going into its fifth and final season, the adventures of Captain Burnham and her crew in the 32nd century are far from over. Assuming, of course, you like to read. Which brings me to Star Trek: Discovery: Somewhere To Belong (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), the latest Star Trek novel by Dayton Ward.

In the following email interview, Ward discusses what inspired and influenced this sci-fi space opera novel, as well as how it fits in with the show and his previous Discovery novel, Drastic Measures.

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Exclusive Interview: “Star Trek: The Original Series: Harm’s Way” Author David Mack

 

Canon can sometimes be a tricky thing, especially when it crosses multiple forms of media, numerous decades, and a wide variety of contributors. Unless, of course, you’re an expert like Star Trek author and show consultant David Mack.

In the following email interview about his newest Trek novel, Star Trek: The Original Series: Harm’s Way (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), Mack not only explains what inspired and influenced this story, but also how it does and does not connect to the Vanguard series he co-created in 2005.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Star Trek Cookbook” Writer Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

 

While a lot of food in Star Trek comes from the replicators, there’s plenty of fresh food where no one has eaten before. And no, I don’t just mean gagh.

But you don’t have to visit the promenade on Deep Space 9 or the galley on the U.S.S. Voyager to enjoy them; you can make them at home thanks to Chelsea Monroe-Cassel’s new cookbook, The Star Trek Cookbook (hardcover, Kindle), the origin of which she discusses in the following email interview.

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Exclusive Interview: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Revenant” Author Alex White

 

Having twice explored the Alien universe, and created one of their own in their Salvagers trilogy, writer Alex White is going where they’ve never gone before with their new Star Trek novel, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Revenant (paperback, Kindle, audiobook).

In the following email interview, White explains how this novel came together, when in the show’s chronology it takes place, and what non-Trek stuff influenced this noir-flavored sci-fi space opera story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Star Trek: Coda, Book III: Oblivion’s Gate” Author David Mack

 

With Star Trek: Coda, Book III: Oblivion’s Gate (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), writer David Mack is ending the Coda trilogy that launched in September with Book I: Moments Asunder and continued in October with Book II: The Ashes Of Tomorrow. Except unlike most trilogies, Star Trek and otherwise, David Mack didn’t write all three. Or even come up with the idea for this saga on his own; Moments Asunder and The Ashes Of Tomorrow come courtesy of fellow Trek scribes Dayton Ward and James Swallow, respectfully. Though in the following email interview, it’s Mr. Mack who gets stuck answering my questions about how this all came together, and how this trilogy earned the title of Coda.

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“Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1” Blu-ray, DVD Review

 

Nearly twenty years after William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the rest of the Enterprise crew played Star Trek for laughs in the Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before,” Starfleet is getting colorfully comedic again with Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated comedy that’s also the newest addition to the Star Trek cannon. And while it takes more than one episode to really get good, watching all ten on the Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1 Blu-ray, DVD, or limited-edition Blu-Ray steelbook is the best way to see it happen.

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“Star Trek: Picard: Season One” Blu-ray, DVD Review

 

There was a time when seeing an actor return to the role that made them famous meant their career had stalled and they needed the money, and what they did with this return usually reflected this. But no more. Just as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill made triumphant returns in the recent Star Wars movies, so too did Patrick Stewart when he again took up the mantle of Jean-Luc Picard for the streaming show Star Trek: Picard, which has just been released on Blu-ray, DVD, and limited edition Blu-ray steelbook, all of which do this show justice.

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“Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two” Blu-ray, DVD Review

 

As some people who’ve purchased video games and eBooks have discovered the hard way, digital is not necessarily forever. Or available if your Internet goes out (which is sadly more of a problem than you might expect). Which is why I applaud the good people at Paramount Home Video and CBS Home Entertainment who’ve seen fit to release seasonal sets for the premiere show of CBS Access, Star Trek: Discovery, the latest of which, Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two, is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Exclusive Interview: “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Available Light” Author Dayton Ward

 

While the Star Trek novels have always adhered to the canon created by the TV shows and movies, they’re not canonical themselves. But they do, ironically, have their own canon, complete with their own ongoing storylines. In the following email interview about his new Trek tale, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Available Light (paperback, Kindle), science fiction writer Dayton Ward not only discusses the inspirations and influences on his sci-fi space opera story, but also how it serves to connects David Mack’s Star Trek: Section 31: Control and Mack’s upcoming Star Trek story, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage (due out October 8).