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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery - The Enterprise War launches July 30! UPDATED with cover!


Click to order Enterprise War!
Updated (6/1/19): The cover has now been revealed -- and it's a great one, inserting the Enterprise in a motif used for several of the Discover posters.

Updated (6/10/19): And we now have the back cover, too!


The second season of Star Trek: Discovery aired this spring, featuring the return of U.S.S. Enterprise under Christopher Pike — and the story of where he and Spock and Number One and all the other crewmembers were all during the first season is about to be told, too.

I know because I'm the one who's telling it— in Star Trek: Discovery - The Enterprise War, my new novel releasing on July 30 from Gallery Books!

The Enterprise War is a rip-roaring adventure, written in consultation with the folks at CBS behind the TV show, telling where the ship was and what it was doing during the Klingon War — the entire war!

There will be plenty of interviews in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, here's the back-cover description, from Gallery and CBS:

A shattered ship, a divided crew—trapped in the infernal nightmare of conflict!
Hearing of the outbreak of hostilities between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, Captain Christopher Pike attempts to bring the U.S.S. Enterprise home to join in the fight. But in the hellish nebula known as the Pergamum, the stalwart commander instead finds an epic battle of his own, pitting ancient enemies against one another—with not just the Enterprise, but her crew as the spoils of war.
Lost and out of contact with Earth for an entire year, Pike and his trusted first officer, Number One, struggle to find and reunite the ship’s crew, all while Science Officer Spock confronts a mystery that puts even his exceptional skills to the test—with more than their own survival possibly riding on the outcome!

Anson Mount plays Pike in the series, as seen at left, along with Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Spock.

It's both my first full-length novel and my first Star Trek voyage since the Star Trey: Prey trilogy, which is available in stores now. I took some time away from the keyboard after that gigantic project to recharge, and can definitely say it's good to be back in the captain's — er, the writing chair. The Enterprise War will be a book to remember!

Here are the preorder links:

Paperback

eBook

Audiobook (streaming)
Amazon Audible


Audiobook (CDs)
More preorder links will appear as soon as they're available. Live long and prosper!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

New Battlestar Galactica comic launches in October!

 Find this issue at TFAW!
There are those who believe...

So began the opening to Battlestar Galactica, which debuted 40 years ago this month on ABC. I was one of the kids in the audience that night — and every week that followed that season. So I was delighted when Dynamite Comics tapped me to write a comics miniseries for this fall, focusing on the original cast.

What's even cooler is that the first issue is a #0 issue, containing the first chapter to the storyline

 — priced at 35¢, just as the first Marvel comics issue was, way back then. The art is by the wonderful DanielHDR, who's wowed me with his versions of the characters and ships. There are multiple variants of the zero issue, as for #1.

Subtitled Counterstrike, the series brings the Galactica's fleet into contact with something they've never encountered before — another ragtag fugitive fleet, much like theirs. Can they make common cause against the Cylons? 

You can read more about the series here and here — and find the zero issue at your comic shop on October 3. The series then continues monthly thereafter.

I've been tremendously busy writing this summer, hence the relative radio silence here on the blog; but I do have behind-the-scenes notes up for the Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018, released earlier this year.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

At the Ant-Man and the Wasp premiere!

With Meredith and the "Hot Wheels" car
I haven't blogged much at all this year, because I've been busy writing — five different projects at various stages, none of which can be announced — and I've also been traveling, including to another fun Joliet Star Wars Day and a very successful All-Star Comic Con in Tysons Corners, Virginia. But it's the most recent trip that's worth a photo journal!

As I mentioned here last year, Marvel Studios included Sonny Burch, the technology-stealing nemesis of Tony Stark from my Iron Man comics run, as one of the main villains for Ant-Man and The Wasp. This was the second major character to come from that story, as reporter Christine Everhart appeared as the reporter both in the first two Iron Man movies — and also in the teaser material for the original Ant-Man film, where she interviews Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.

Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched?

Actor Walton Goggins puts his own spin on the character, but operating inside the law — as he mostly did in the comics — or outside of it, Burch remains a technology thief, and it's a much more substantial role. So it was that Marvel invited my wife and me to Hollywood to see the World Premiere.

My first one of these, and it was a complete blast. The studio had closed off Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theater and the El Capitan, which simultaneously debuted the film.


Jorge Lucas, Ant-Man, and JJM!
You can see the official footage from outside the premiere here — but some personal highlights included seeing Tony Isabella, whose work I had edited at Comics Buyer's Guide; he'd worked on the Bill Foster character, who was played by Laurence Fishburne, many years earlier. It was good to see Bob Layton, who'd created another movie character, The Ghost, and whose comics with David Michelinie had gotten me into Iron Man in the first place.

And in possibly the biggest surprise, who should sit down beside me in the theater but Jorge Lucas, the artist with whom I had created those Iron Man comics fifteen years ago. We had never met, in all that time, and had not really had a chance to talk since. It was a bit of a surreal experience for both of us to be there, but a fun adventure nonetheless.

A few more photos follow from the trip. Ant-Man and the Wasp was a fun movie, and is definitely worth seeing — and I'm not just saying that because Jorge and I are in the credits. (But that's fun, too!)

Mark Hamill had asked fans on Twitter to clean his star. Mission accomplished!

When you ask for a grande at Starbucks in Hollywood, this is what you get.
On the red carpet, in front of the TCL Chinese Theater.

And at the afterparty. A night to be long remembered!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I return to Star Wars comics in IDW's STAR WARS ADVENTURES ANNUAL 2018!

Jedi are trained diplomats, but farmboys? Not so much! But Luke has to learn in a hurry as he's forced to pinch-hit for Leia on a diplomatic mission of major importance to the protocol-obsessed Sarkans — and even Threepio might not be enough to save him from starting an intergalactic incident! Will Leia have to bail him out?

I share the story in Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018, releasing April 4 from IDW to comics shops everywhere. I'd spoken of my return to Star Wars comics last fall with a story I'd just written; rather than serialize the tale, IDW decided to showcase it by building a special edition around it, with some additional surprises. My story is drawn by Jon Sommariva, who also drew the cover at right. The issue releases April 4. It's got order code FEB180374 when you request it at your comics shop.

It's terrific seeing the Annual happen, and fun to see it announced twelve years to the week after Knights of the Old Republic #1 went on sale. Luke Skywalker was in some ways a template for Zayne Carrick; it's delightful to get to write the character himself. Amazingly, apart from one flash-forward page in KOTOR #25, I'd never written Luke, Leia, or the droids before. And this story is actually a spin on one of the earliest Star Wars ideas I'd ever concocted, but never had the chance to write. I can't wait to see it!

There'll be preorder links here once they're available, but you'll be able to order the book starting in February from your retailer.

Also, I recently announced that I'd be at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle March 1-4, appearing for Del Rey — that's a convention I've never attended before and had always wanted to visit. Well, there's some additional news: I'll be at the charity Worldbuilders Party, a gaming event from 7-11pm on March 2.

There will be games, snacks, and a silent auction, all to raise money for charity. Tickets are available at worldbuildersparty.com. If you've ever wanted to play me in a Pazaak game — as seen in the KOTOR computer game and my own Canto Bight book — now's your chance!

Finally, closer to home, I have a library event Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Little Chute Library in Little Chute, Wis. Click for details!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Deal the cards -- STAR WARS: CANTO BIGHT hits the shelves!

Star Wars: Canto Bight is now on sale, in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook!

Four interconnected novellas describe the casino world from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where the wealthy and powerful go to escape (and ignore) the galaxy's troubles. All stories set the same night! I'm joined by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, and Seanan McGuire (writing as Mira Grant).

The audiobook's great, with my story, "The Ride," read by Jonathan Davis, who previously read Star Wars: Kenobi; Marc Thompson, who read A New Dawn,  reads Rae Carson's "Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing." reads Saladin Ahmed's "The Rules of the Game," and   reads Mira Grant's "The Wine in Dreams."

I should have copies in my store shortly, but in the meantime you can obtain your copy at your local bookstore, or here:


HARDCOVER
Amazon 
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

Indiebound

E-BOOK
Kindle
iTunes

AUDIOBOOK
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

You can also read about the book in my interview now online at the official Star Wars site.

And one more release for January: Halo: Rise of Atriox #5 for Dark Horse ties in with the the leader of the Banished group as seen in the Halo Wars 2 video game.


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