Today at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, we got our first look at the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery tie-in novel and comic releases, coming in the next few weeks to coincide with the launch of the new series!

First up is Desperate Hours, David Mack’s novel set as a prequel to the series – Mack’s book is set in approximately 2255, which is described as a year prior to the events of the Discovery first episode, and a year after the classic Trek episode “The Cage.”

Desperate Hours hits stores on September 26, two days after the debut of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS and CBS All Access – and you can preorder it now from Amazon. Here’s the official back-cover blurb on the story:

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea. As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life — until now.

In addition, the second Discovery novel is due to arrive from author Dayton Ward in early 2018, and is expected to be set approximately 10 years prior to the events of the television series.

Also revealed is IDW’s first Discovery comic release, which is a four-issue miniseries focusing on T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) and the Klingons, coming from longtime Trek comic writer Mike Johnson and debuting in October.

As of yet, IDW has not decided on plans for a second Discovery comic series, but we’d be surprised if it’s not something announced later in 2017.

Stay tune for more Star Trek: Discovery news as it breaks here at TrekCore!

  • prometheus59650

    That novel cover is really pretty generic and kind of awful.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      David Mack wrote it — that is a huge positive!

      • Vger64

        If you ask me David Mack is the Star Trek God of novels….

      • prometheus59650


        Still can’t save that 10-minute photoshop cover

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      You said it.

  • M33

    Finally someone is teaching these folks how to hold a firearm properly!
    Finger is not on the trigger!
    Good job, producers!
    Seriously… bugs the heck out of me when they get it wrong… which is most of the time.

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    • Ace Stephens

      But uh…uh…in the future one holds firearms like an idiot! It’s science!

  • LeVar Lopez

    I keep seeing images of that dude and think “wait, the fiend Krall from A Trek Beyond is in this Discovery show?” And then I remember it’s Anubis, the god of Klingon mummification.

    • Rass

      I presume that was intended to be humorous.

      It wasn’t.

  • David Lund

    There’s been no word on Titan’s Discovery book that was announced along time ago, I presume this has been dropped now?

  • Alex Huffman

    Are these considered canon?

    • Rass

      Why do people always ask that? Who cares? Only people on the spectrum give a shit about that sort of thing.

      • You’ve answered your own question, then: some people care. You’re welcome to not care.

    • Quintillion Tesla

      Does it really matter all that much? We can still enjoy it if it’s a good story.
      Canon only matters if they intend to reference the novel onscreen ( which they probably won’t ).

    • M33

      Generally, no. Novels are not considered canon. It is as if they are their own separate alternate timelines, unconnected to the TV and Movie canon. Even the graphic novels made for the before and afters of the movies are not canon, but most of them will give you an idea of what the intended backstory was supposed to be. If something onscreen contradicts it, the TV/Movie information takes precedent.

      Perhaps the best graphic novel tie-in that really gave Into Darkness substance was Star Trek Khan. Gave a really interesting reason why Khan didn’t look like Khan, and gave a good background on the 1990s Eugenics Wars.

      • TIG1701

        But wasn’t the Orci comics considered canon? The ones that were made as prequel stories to the movies?

        And they may be going the direction Star Wars is doing now. That whole EU thing was never considered canon but since Disney took over they pushed all that aside and started with new books and comics and say it all ties in. Thats pretty cool. But maybe they are thinking the same idea with Discovery now.

        • M33

          TIG, that may very well be, but I have yet to see it being officially announced.
          Plus, even those Orci-approved-canon comics did contradict what eventually appeared in the movie, so I think there is still an ambiguity going on there.

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      Is this show canon?

    • Victorinox

      What exactly is canon anyway? There is no such thing as canon in Star Trek. And that’s probably a good thing.

      Some people will say “Whatever made it to the screen”. Then you ask about The Animated Series, and they respond “that doesn’t count”. Huh?

      But then you ask about the TAS episode “Yesteryear”, and they respond “yes, that one IS canon”. What?

      Some people will say “the books don’t count”. Then you ask about the novels “Mosaic” and “Pathways”, and they will respond “Yes, those ARE canon”. WTF??

      Canon schmanon… there is no such thing as Star Trek canon. Pick and chose whatever you like and enjoy!

      On the plus side, this book is being written with absolute coordination with the TV show’s writers, and its content are being coordinated not only with the TV show but also with the comic book series. This by itself is a great plus, and will surely give it a “canon feel” for whoever is into that canon nonsense.

  • Matineer

    Wouldn’t another angle on Michael Burnham be more dignified for that novel cover? She has a nice figure, but… without mincing words this one seems to showcase her rear.

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      Sassy facial expression too, like “oh no honey”.

    • TIG1701

      Yeah….loving that butt shot. This will definitely increase sales. 😉

  • Fiery Little One

    IDW probably wants to see what saes of this series are like before they do any others.