Dayton Ward has handily saved me a bit of image fiddling by already stitching all four covers together, and what a magnificent image they create! Someone needs to give Star Trek Magazine a poke to get this released as a centerfold!
Cross Cult have started to release cover art for their versions of the Typhon Pact books. UnrealitySF's Jens Defner (who regularly fills me one Cross Cult's activities) has pointed me to a post on the Facebook page which reveals the first four novels’ cover will join up to form one larger image. The first two have been released: Zero Sum Game, with the delightfully joined up title in German as Nullsummenspiel. And Seize the Fire, which doesn’t seem to have it’s German name yet. At first I thought it might have a new image of the Titan; although at closer inspection it appears to be a reissue of one of the Titan images first seen in the Star Trek Magazine a few years ago (good for it to get a wider viewing I guess).
Plagues of Night picks up the arc of the Typhon Pact after all the events of the first four TP novels. In particular, it focuses on the continuing antipathy and distrust that some within the Pact feel for the Federation, and their concern that the UFP’s quantum slipstream drive is a genuine threat. Other factions within the Typhon Pact, though, see opportunity in peace with the Federation. This sets up an internal tension inside the Pact, which provides even more dramatic conflict.
Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn are strongly linked, with the former leading directly into the latter. The novels include elements from the original Star Trek, The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. In particular, though, Ben Sisko, Ro Laren, and Kira Nerys play significant roles, along with Captain Picard, President Bacco and Praetor Kamemor.
He also revealed a new title for his forthcoming TOS novel, and hinted at more DS9 in the future:
I am indeed working on another Star Trek project, one set aboard James T. Kirk’s Enterprise. A combination of factors led to this novel being known as The Red Ensign, but that never even really served as a tentative title. It came about when an editor needed to call the book something on my contract. It used to be the case that something like Untitled David R. George IIINovel would suffice, but because schedules are completed well in advance of publication, and because dates and titles are now routinely propagated to online catalogues, the preference is to come up with something better than that. In this case, based on the merest wisp of a theme I suggested I might explore in the book, an editor came up with The Red Ensign.
Since then, I have written an outline for the novel, which has already received editorial approval. Now that I have my story and themes laid out, I am calling the book Allegiance in Exile. I caution readers that this should be considered a working title and could yet change as I make my way deeper into the novel.
Since the book is set in the Twenty-Third Century, it’s a safe bet that it will not pick up where Raise the Dawn leaves off. It is my belief, though, that other works will continue the Deep Space Nine story, especially since 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the show’s premiere. It’s also entirely possible that I’ll be the one to do that.