Dayton Ward

Star Trek: Discovery‘s first tie-in novel, David Mack’s Desperate Hours, was a big hit with Trek book readers — check out our review here — and now the second chapter in Discovery‘s literary life has been announced for 2018.

We’ve known since the summer that Trek author Dayton Ward would be taking on the next novel in the Discovery, and today Simon and Schuster has announced that Drastic Measures will be the title of the next book in the series.

As many have suspected — given early details about the tale would be set some ten years before the television series — we’re headed to Tarsus IV in the new book, where a young James Kirk barely survived life under the rule of Kodos the Executioner.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It is 2246, ten years prior to the “Battle at the Binary Stars,” and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

NOVEMBER 17: The official cover is here, thanks to


Drastic Measures hits stores February 6, 2018 — and you can preorder here today!

Novel #1:
"Desperate Hours"

Novel #2:
"Drastic Measures"

Novel #3:
"Fear Itself"

  • Gary Smith

    Also, they seem to like titles that begin with a D.
    From Desperate to Drastic.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Damn straight!

      • Keith Melton

        Dammit Jim, I’m a Doctor not a book editor!

  • Spyros Spyrou

    It’s cannibalism.

    • dixonium

      No, it isn’t. It’s mass execution. See TOS “The Conscience of the King.”

  • Partha Mittra

    This sounds very interesting. Lorca with Georgiou ,both searching for Kodos. I wonder how much of Lorca’s hard nosed attitude came from seeing Kodos’ genocide firsthand. That is did he become more authoritarian as he saw what happened when laws break down completely

    • Arkady Vachon

      oh, thats a good point!

  • Eric Cheung

    Interesting that both of the first two novels have similar titles:

    David Mack’s “Desperate Measures”
    Dayton Ward’s “Drastic Measures”

    I wonder if that means there’s some kind of link between the two, if at least thematically. Given the synopses, they’re at least prequels for major characters, “Desperate Measures,” following Burnham and her encounter with Spock (and Pike’s crew), and “Drastic Measures,” encountering Kodos, and possibly a teenage Kirk (and maybe an even younger Kevin Riley?).

    One theme seems to be the DSC characters encountering their counterparts from TOS. But Saru and Stamets seem like their closest parallel characters would also be Spock. Tilly’s might be Chekov, even if he was a navigator and later security (in the movies).

    • Keith Melton

      Chekov would be about 1 year old around the time of this novel. So unless you want a book about teen age Tilly babysitting young Chekov I wouldn’t count on it.
      Chekov also was back up science officer in Spock’s absence in addition to being navigator.

    • Oleg Ryzhikov

      Mack’s book is called “Desperate Hours”.

    • Dwight Williams

      Add in the corpse of Hoshi Sato…

      • Victorinox

        The Hoshi link never made much sense to me. If Kodos decided which people to kill and save based on eugenics, wouldn’t the best human linguist in history make the cut? I thought that was a poor call back to TOS, not only because it doesn’t make sense, but because it is insane than everybody always ends up in the same place. Despite humanity being spread over hundreds of planets, now we will have Sato, Kirk, Georgiou and Lorca all in the same place. That sounds like a pretty claustrophobic universe to me.

        • Dwight Williams

          Because her husband Takashi Kimura wasn’t going to make the cut by Kodos’ rules.

  • Paweł Ausir Dembowski

    According to Memory Beta, Kodos’s first name in previous books was Arnold. I know it’s not canon, but too bad they don’t try to keep it at least a bit consistent.

    • Adam Levine

      Consistent with books that weren’t canon? That makes no sense.

      • Paweł Ausir Dembowski

        For Star Trek, only the TV shows and movies are officially canon, and licensed material such as books, comics or games is non-canon. However, some authors of licensed books have tried to maintain some consistency with previous licensed books by other authors (at least as far as e.g. names are concerned), while others have not.

        • Tuskin38

          ‘Arnold’ came from the ‘Biography of James T. Kirk’ which isn’t set within the Novel’verse continuity. That book ignores all other novels.

          It is also the first time of the actor who played Kodos.

      • Snap

        It makes more sense than you might think. While the novels were originally just “one and done” type of affairs, unless the author made them into a mini-series of sorts, the novels were essentially relaunched following the conclusion of their respective series and feature far more consistency and a much more serialized approach.

        They all also tie into one another so events which happen in the Titan series can have consequences in the TNG series or the DS9 series. There are even callbacks to TOS-era books like Vanguard.

        But while these books pull from Star Trek screen canon, they are not canon to whatever happens on screen, but they are canon within the confines of the novels.

        • Locutus

          That maybe true of more recent novels, less so the Trek novels of yesteryear.

          • Snap

            Yeah, that’s very true. They were even more “reset button” than the episodes themselves were.

          • indranee

            the only yesteryear novels that seem to matter as canon “fodder” were the Diane Carey ones, yes?

  • MattJBoesch

    wonder if we’ll see Robert April make a cameo appearance.

  • Locutus

    These covers are boring photo covers. Oh well, don’t judge a book by its …

    • Karl

      Was about to say the same. Considering some of the great artwork done to promote the show, it’s pretty disappointing to see them reuse publicity photos for the books

  • Eric Watson

    I’m looking forward to more backstory on Lorca. I’m looking forward to this book, the story sounds quite interesting. Also, I think that weapon looks badass. Retro-futuristic.

  • prometheus59650

    It’s so nice that the publisher lets interns put covers together on their lunch hours now.