First announced back in September at the Mission New York convention, David Mack’s first Star Trek: Discovery tie-in novel finally has a title: “Desperate Hours.” The author released the title on his personal website earlier this week.

What this title signifies for Discovery has yet to be revealed, but Mack has been hard at work at this in-progress story for several months, as – unlike previous Trek novels – his books will be connected to the ongoing Discovery storyline, something confirmed by fellow novelist (and Discovery series writer) Kirsten Beyer back at the NY convention.

The eBook edition of this first Star Trek: Discovery novel can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, but while Mack’s website indicates availability in January 2018, the release date is still uncertain until CBS locks down a launch date for the television series’ debut.

Speaking of scheduling, while Star Trek: Discovery doesn’t currently have an official release date, we know from CBS president Les Moonves that the studio is targeting a “late summer, early fall” debut on CBS All Access (and Netflix outside of the US/Canada market).

Early this morning, semi-official Discovery Twitter account @StarTrekDog – supposedly operated by writer/producer Nick Meyer’s dog Stella – tweeted the following:

That tweet has since been deleted (screenshot above from one of our quick-acting readers) – and the account has never been an official news release outlet for CBS – but it may be another hint as to where on the calendar the studio is targeting for Discovery to leave spacedock.

Once CBS has made an official release date announcement – one that we all hope sticks this time! – we’ll be sure to update you here at TrekCore with the news.

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  • DangerousDac

    If it really is August then thats waaay better than the late September/early October I was expecting.

    • Roger Birks

      The pilot in August and launch the main series in September. September makes a great deal of sense too me because that is traditionally the start of the new tv calendar as it were.

      • Tuskin38

        Or Perhaps August is the first trailer.

        • Daniel Ireland

          Hinting at a trailer five months in advance is torture! I hope you’re wrong haha.

          • Tuskin38

            Ah good point. I’m going to go with Roger’s then, Pilot launch.

  • Northstar Deplorable

    I just wish we could get tie-in novels expanding on the Alternate Timeline as established in the movies. I happen to be one of those who likes most of this timeline and am of the opinion that we could have some great stories to fill in the five-year mission. The comic books do some good storylines, but I’m not a huge fan of comics. The character development we could have in novels would be welcomed.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Bad Robot put a complete halt on Kelvin novels in 2009. There were actually 4 Trek 2009 tie-in novels written that were commissioned and written that to this day have never seen the publishing light of day, including one by Alan Dean Foster. I believe that Roberto Orci is largely the person responsible for this, as he wanted to have more control over the stories, and preferred comics over the novels as well.

      I think this was a huge mistake, as tie-in novels could have kept excitement up between the movies. The comics are kind of lame, to be kind.

      • Northstar Deplorable

        I appreciate that insight. I agree: huge mistake. If Orci is completely out of the picture, that particular embargo should be lifted because, as you say, comics are certainly not as good as novels.

        • TUP

          Orci has teased the idea of turning his unused Trek 3 idea into a novel.

          But if Bad Robot really pulled the plug on novels, that was another goof. I think their issue was wanting to own and control everything. If they couldnt own it and control it, then they didnt want it out there.

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    August is a horrible idea. Need to wait until after Labor Day, when you have people geared up for fall premieres, back from vacations, back to school, etc.

  • MISTA_JEFF

    I’m taking the “AUGUST” news as maybe something big happening at the Vegas convention. Perhaps the debut of the first episode, or an big panel with the cast & crew.

  • TUP

    Wasnt Meyer critical of the extra that tweeted a pic? And then he tweets something that ends up requiring he delete it? lol

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      If only the extra would have had his cat tweet it…live and learn. 😉

  • SpaceCadet

    Now that we know when the new Game of Thrones season premieres, I think it would be a good idea to premiere Discovery after the former’s run of episodes is up, namely after Aug. 27. Less genre competition that way!

    • Fctiger

      To be honest I don’t think this really matters since Discovery will be on a streaming site. The only way this would really matter if it was on a TV station running at the same hour as that show. There isn’t really much competition which is another plus for streaming sites. They really have little to compete with, if anything, like broadcast shows.

      • SpaceCadet

        Oh, I know they are not literally airing at the same time on broadcast channels since DSC is streaming and GoT you can watch on cable or stream. I just meant in terms of the latter show hogging all of the media/social media buzz while it’s still running new episodes and DSC being the new fix for genre fans once the other show ends its run. Of course they can run concurrently with no problems, I just like the idea of DSC getting the most attention out there without having to share the spotlight.

        • Fctiger

          OK I get your point but I still think it will be fine either way. Especially with Discovery being new, its going to get tons of media buzz one way or the other. I just don’t think thats a big issue personally though. Star Trek fans will be on boards talking about it like crazy when it premieres.

          • SpaceCadet

            Yes, I can’t wait for it to premiere already! I’ve been avoiding reading spoilers as much as possible or treating them with a grain of salt.