Star Trek: The Fall – A Look at the New Novel Series

Fans of 24th-Century Star Trek brace yourself! Next month, Simon & Schuster will launch a brand new series of novels connecting the universes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine in epic fashion. "Star Trek: The Fall" is a five-book story arc that takes place over a sixty-day period involving "all aspects of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine universes". We've got all the information on the five books with cover art and synopses where available!

Book I: Revelation and Dust

The Fall: Revelation and Dust - CoverRevelation and Dust comes from the accomplished pen of David R. George III. David is no stranger to 24th Century Star Trek literature with a hefty number of works under his belt including three novels in the critically acclaimed Typhon Pact series: Rough Beasts of Empire, Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn. We've got a look at the publisher's description for Revelation and Dust:

Welcome to the new Deep Space 9
After the destruction of the original space station by a rogue faction of the Typhon Pact, Miles O’Brien and Nog have led the Starfleet Corps of Engineers in designing and constructing a larger, more advanced starbase in the Bajoran system. Now, as familiar faces such as Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates, Ezri Dax, Odo, and Quark arrive at the new station, Captain Ro Laren will host various heads of state to an impressive dedication ceremony. The dignitaries include not only the leaders of allies—such as Klingon Chancellor Martok, Ferengi Grand Nagus Rom, the Cardassian castellan, and the Bajoran first minister—but also those of rival powers, such as the Romulan praetor and the Gorn imperator. But as Ro’s crew prepares to open DS9 to the entire Bajor Sector and beyond, disaster looms. A faction has already set in action a shocking plan that, if successful, will shake the Alpha and Beta Quadrants to the core.

And what of Kira Nerys, lost aboard a runabout when the Bajoran wormhole collapsed? In the two years that have passed during construction of the new Deep Space 9, there have been no indications that the Celestial Temple, the Prophets, or Kira have survived. But since Ben Sisko once learned that the wormhole aliens exist nonlinearly in time, what does that mean with respect to their fate, or that of the wormhole...or of Kira herself?

Revelation and Dust is released around August 27 by Simon & Schuster. You can pre-order the title from Amazon using the links below:

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Book II: The Crimson Shadow

Star Trek The Fall: Crimson Shadow - Cover ArtThe Crimson Shadow picks up where Revelation and Dust left off but this time from the well known Deep Space Nine author Una McCormack. Niners will be no stranger to McCormack's previous forays into the Deep Space Nine universe, with such titles as Hollow Men, the Cardassian-themed The Never-Ending Sacrifice and the TNG styled entry into the Typhon Pact series, Brinkmanship which features Captain Ezri Dax. Again, Simon & Schuster have made available a description of the second novel:

Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced either by fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets—put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.

To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet’s personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory,” and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal...

The Crimson Shadow is released around September 24 by Simon & Schuster. You can pre-order the title from Amazon using the links below:

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Book III: A Ceremony of Losses

Star Trek The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses - Cover ArtThe third book in the series - A Ceremony of Losses - comes from one of our favorite authors, David Mack. Mack's hugely popular Cold Equations novel series went down a storm with fans last year and his previous works (including the acclaimed Destiny trilogy and Mirror Universe novels) speak for themselves in terms of quality. We have a look at the blurb to A Ceremony of Losses below:

Despite heroic efforts, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return. With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain – at any price. Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost...

A Ceremony of Losses is released around October 29 by Simon & Schuster. You can pre-order the title from Amazon using the links below:

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Book IV: The Poisoned Chalice

poisoned-chalice-coverAuthor James Swallow takes on the fourth book in The Fall series, The Poisoned Chalice. The novel is centered around the crew of the U.S.S. Titan, a subject Swallow is no stranger to having previous penned Synthesis in 2009 for the Star Trek: Titan novel series. Here's this book's synopsis:

One simple act, and the troubles of the United Federation of Planets have grown darker overnight. The mystery behind the heinous terrorist attack that has rocked the Federation to its core grows ever deeper, and William Riker finds himself beset by rumors and half-truths as the U.S.S. Titan is ordered back to Earth on emergency orders from the admiralty.

Soon, Riker finds himself drawn into a game of political intrigue, bearing witness to members of Starfleet being detained—including people he considered friends—pending an investigation at the highest levels. And while Riker tries to navigate the corridors of power, Titan’s tactical officer, Tuvok, is given a series of clandestine orders that lead him into a gray world of secrets, lies, and deniable operations.

Who can be trusted when the law falls silent and justice becomes a quest for revenge? For the crew of the U.S.S. Titan, the search for answers will become a battle for every ideal the Federation stands for. . . .

The Poisoned Chalice is released around November 26 by Simon & Schuster and you can pre-order the title from Amazon using the links below:

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Book V: Peaceable Kingdoms

kingdoms-coverThe five-book series wraps up in style with Peaceable Kingdoms from the pen of familiar Star Trek literary name Dayton Ward. Dayton's contributions to the Trek-lit universe go all the way back to the Strange New World anthologies however he's recently authored titles including the Vanguard novels What Judgments Come and In Tempest's Wake - not to mention this month's new Star Trek: The Original Series release From History's Shadow.

Following the resolution of the fertility crisis that nearly caused their extinction, the Andorian people now stand ready to rejoin the United Federation of Planets. The return of one of its founding member worlds is viewed by many as the first hopeful step beyond the uncertainty and tragedy that have overshadowed recent events in the Alpha Quadrant.

But as the Federation looks to the future and the special election to name President Bacco’s permanent successor, time is running out to apprehend those responsible for the respected leader’s brutal assassination. Even as elements of the Typhon Pact are implicated for the murder, Admiral William Riker holds key knowledge of the true assassins— a revelation that could threaten the fragile Federation-Cardassian alliance.

Questions and concerns also continue to swell around Bacco’s interim successor, Ishan Anjar, who uses the recent bloodshed to further a belligerent, hawkish political agenda against the Typhon Pact. With the election looming, Riker dispatches his closest friend, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth.

But as Picard and the Enterprise crew pursue the few remaining clues, Riker must act on growing suspicions that someone within Ishan’s inner circle has been in league with the assassins from the very beginning . . . .

Peaceable Kingdoms is released around December 31 by Simon & Schuster and you can pre-order the title from Amazon using the links below:

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  • Jamie

    They say you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but I’m afraid the say the CGI cover for Revelation and Dust is pretty bad, everything looks kind of plastic and fake, not at all like the well lit models (ironically plastic construction) used throughout TNG and stock shots for DS9.

    • Platitude

      Yeah that was my first thought as well. Those covers are both pretty terrible.

      • James

        Sad to say that I agree with you guys – those covers are very poor – amateurish even. I miss the hand drawn/painted covers from the older books. Still, I have enjoyed previous novels written by David Mack, so fingers crossed that the stories are good :)

        • Michael

          I must also agree: These CGI covers are rather ugly. Why not at least try to give it a painted look? Also, the typography on those is really amateurish. The looks like some sort of fan creation.

  • Frontier

    I’m still not sure if I can accept the destruction of Deep Space 9. It’s just… it’s too far down the rabbit hole, IMHO.

  • GulDukat

    Sorry, but the new design of Ds9 looks like cra….

  • JohnS

    Does anyone remember when we used to be explorers…

    • Knowles2

      The titan series have been about exploration and so has the new voyager books. Hopefully this is the sort of end for the Typhon pact alliance or at least the two powers final building up a workable relationship and we can move some of the other series back to exploration

  • RetroWarbird

    I’ve only a sort of tepid relationship with post-series Trek novels, but the ambition of this series has sold me immediately. It looked like a sprawling epic, co-written by the sort of ‘top writers of the present’ in an almost “writer’s room” style collaboration, and it’s pretty brassy to incorporate as much of TNG and DS9 as possible (and if I recall articles and reviews, there’s a fair bit of VOY already incorporated into some of their individual series as well).

    As for the DS9 2.0 design, 24th Century Trek lost some of the sheer style of TOS, and there’s a bit of NASA 1970s “future space” art to that design. It’s not my favorite ever, but it at least evokes Terok Nor (only way freakin’ bigger) and looks Federation as all get out.

    Plus, Andorians are my favorite. Yeah, this looks like it’ll finally get me into the Trek novels, which means I’ll have to go back and read all their solo series like Typhon Pact and USS Titan and get the scoop.

  • Matthias Currat

    Captain Ro Laren, Captain Ezri Dax … wow, that was quick. I hope Donatra is the new Remulan (Romulan & Reman combined) Prätor. Would be cute, because she was a cutie.

    • Jim Shearer

      Sorry Matthias, but Donatra didn’t last very long. The Romulan Empire split under two powers, with Donatra controlling one, and basically siding with the Federation. She was killed and the empire reunified under a new Praetor, who is also seeking peace/alliance with the Federation…and causing rifts within the Typhon Pact.

      • Matthias Currat

        Aww, that’s bad. Sorry about not noticing your reply earlier, lol. Anyway, if I was Picard, I would have taken Donatra as my new wife. :)

  • Vwguy16

    If you haven’t read the post movie tng books… Start with the Destint trilogy…an amazing story that shows these writers are willing to shake things up, and go from there… The stories mainly tie together with some great stand alone books on the way..ending recently as you now with the destruction of ds9… It was a great ride to get to this point…. Can’t wait for The Fall.

    • chris

      Yes! Look at these amazing stories in black and white print compared to the absolute TRASH that JJ has spewed forth. That shit he puts out is not star trek but star drek! And as for the people who like his star garbage he explains it quite well himself when he says he never liked star trek because he wasn’t SMART ENOUGH TO FOLLOW IT….so he “DUMBED IT DOWN TO APPEAL TO A WIDER AUDIENCE!!!!” . And dumb it is!!! Cold fusion bomb freezing a volcanoe anyone ?

    • Jim Shearer

      The Destiny Trilogy was fantastic!

  • Ben

    I’m still confused since JJ abrams new movies is this still canon? or did the original timeline survive in an alternate universe or are the new movies non canon?