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Archive for August, 2008

Off the grid…

Posted by Michael Warren on August 26, 2008

Hello, folks.

I am now offline for an unknown period of time. I am moving to another part of the country, and so will lack internet access until I can get it set up at my new place.

I was hoping to get a couple more posts in before I had to shut down, but circumstances did not permit it. So, once we come back, look out for a review of Kobayashi Maru, that reappraisal of Dr. Horrible Act 3, and a post about Star Trek Magazine, amongst others…

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Star Trek: Destiny – A primer…

Posted by Michael Warren on August 24, 2008

With this eagerly anticipated trilogy due to hit the bookshelves in about a month’s time, it can be tough to figure out exactly what you need to know in order to follow the story. Whilst it isn’t necessary to go into Gods of Night with any knowledge of what has come before – any notes of importance with regards to continuity or history will almost certainly be included where needed by David Mack – here is a brief explanation of some of the most recent events in the Star Trek universe, with particular relevance to factors and characters that may play a role in Destiny

Note that this primer will contain spoilers for numerous novels, including minor “casting” spoilers for Destiny itself. External links to Memory Alpha and Memory Beta may also contain spoilers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Myriad Universes 3 – a wishlist…

Posted by Michael Warren on August 21, 2008

As mentioned in my post on Pocket Books’ schedule for 2009, and in my review of Echoes and Refractions, a third volume of the Myriad Universes series has already been commissioned (expected for release in November 2009). In this post, I consider some of my wishes for this next edition of the “what-if” strand…

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Extract of Destiny!

Posted by Michael Warren on August 19, 2008

Yes, I’m going to milk this “…of Destiny” thing for as long as possible…

An extract from the first Star Trek: Destiny novel, Gods of Night, has been released by Pocket Books. You can read it at the Pocket Books website, or at TrekMovie.com.

I haven’t read it yet – I’m doing my best to resist and wait for the novel itself, which should be out in one month’s time (Kobayashi Maru, the September release, has just started showing up for purchase online – my copy is on its way as we speak…).

Another extract (or possibly the same one) will be in the next issue of Star Trek Magazine (140/US #13, out this week in the US, and 18th September in the UK), with an introduction from author David Mack. An extract from the third volume, Mere Mortals, will be released with issue 141 in late October/early November.

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Column – IDW Month-to-Month Sales July 2008

Posted by Michael Warren on August 19, 2008

One of the (many) things I do over at Memory Alpha is update the sales figures for IDW’s Star Trek line each month, when the estimated numbers are released. Taking my cue from the work of Paul O’Brien and Marc-Oliver Frisch over at the comics blog The Beat, I thought it might be interesting to cover them here, as well. I also decided to follow the format they have established for similar articles covering Marvel, DC and other publishers (because IDW releases usually fall outside the top 100, they don’t typically cover those).

So, here we go. Each release will contain the estimated sales figures from ICv2 and Diamond Comic Distributors, along with the percentage drop from the previous issue, as well as some commentary on the figures, and the title, from myself. The number(s) before the series titles represent their position on the ICv2 chart, which catalogues the top 300 comics each month.

In July, with three of the four ongoing series receiving two issue releases this month, it was a pretty full pull list for Trek comic readers. As is now typically the case, one series comes to an end, with another starting up on its tail.

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New Star Trek trailer incoming…?

Posted by Michael Warren on August 14, 2008

This weekend, the British movie magazine Empire and the British Film Institute are hosting the first ever Movie-Con in London – a movie preview event. The material being shown is described as ‘highly exclusive’ and ‘footage that you won’t be able to see elsewhere’.

The schedule of events was posted earlier today – and one item in particular caught my eye…

Sunday – August 17th

4.15pm – 5.45pm

A number of items, including:

  • Paramount sizzle reel including Ghost Town, Eagle Eye, How to Lose Friends And Alienate People, Madagascar 2, Friday The 13th, and Star Trek trailers.

Now, based on the quotes above – is this the teaser we’ve all seen, or is it something new…?

(The full schedule can be seen here.)

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Cover of Destiny!

Posted by Michael Warren on August 14, 2008

Finally released (via TrekMovie.com), here’s the Lost Souls cover – the final volume in the Destiny trilogy:

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Review – “A tatter of shadows peaked to white…”

Posted by Michael Warren on August 13, 2008

So, after my praise for the first volume of the Myriad Universes series, the second arrives through my letterbox this morning.

How does it compare to the first, and what intriguing scenarios have the three authors behind Echoes and Refractions created? Find out now.

This review contains spoilers.

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Blurbs of Destiny!

Posted by Michael Warren on August 11, 2008

David Mack, author of the forthcoming Star Trek: Destiny trilogy, has revealed the official book jacket blurbs for all three books in the series on his website. Previously, all we had to go on were the solicitation blurbs from the Pocket Books catalogue – cover copy Mack described as utterly inaccurate. Of course, people fell on them like a pack of starving hyenas, and a large amount of outcry developed based on these flawed summaries. Fortunately, these summaries are much more detailed, and show that Destiny will be about more than the Borg invasion – not that I doubted they wouldn’t be, mind you (is that a triple negative? :D). And so, I present them to you now. It gives me an excuse to display the brilliant cover art again, as well…

(The cover for book three has still to be released – apparently, a miscommunication has led to a delay.) EDIT: The cover for Lost Souls has now been released.

Gods of Night

Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy’s greatest scourge returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation — and this time its goal is nothing less than total annihilation.

Elsewhere, deep in the Gamma Quadrant, an ancient mystery is solved. One of Earth’s first generation of starships, lost for centuries, has been found dead and empty on a desolate planet. But its discovery so far from home has raised disturbing questions, and the answers harken back to a struggle for survival that once tested a captain and her crew to the limits of their humanity.

From that terrifying flashpoint begins an apocalyptic odyssey that will reach across time and space to reveal the past, define the future, and show three captains — Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, William Riker of the U.S.S. Titan, and Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine — that some destinies are inescapable.

 

Mere Mortals

On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective’s route to the Alpha Quadrant.

Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar — survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the structure of space and time, creating a loop of inevitability and consigning another captain and crew to a purgatory from which they could never escape.

Now the supremely advanced Caeliar will brook no further intrusion upon their isolation, or against the sanctity of their Great Work… For the small, finite lives of mere mortals carry little weight in the calculations of gods.

But even gods may come to understand that they underestimate humans at their peril.

Lost Souls

The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal — and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suffered.

For Captain William Riker, that choice has already been made. Haunted by the memories of those he was forced to leave behind, he must jeopardize all that he has left in a desperate bid to save the Federation.

For Captain Ezri Dax, whose impetuous youth is balanced by the wisdom of many lifetimes, the choice is a simple one: there is no going back — only forward to whatever future awaits them.

But for those who, millennia ago, had no choice… this is the hour of their final, inescapable destiny.

Only about a month and a half to go to the release of Gods of Night – and I, for one, can hardly wait…

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Review – “Computer, define ‘dancing’.”

Posted by Michael Warren on August 9, 2008

The most eagerly-awaited (by me) movie of the summer has arrived.

No. It’s not The Dark Knight.

It’s WALL-E. Yes, I know you ‘Muricans got to see it weeks ago, but over here in the backwoods of the United Kingdom of… yadda-yadda-yadda…, it wasn’t released until mid-July. And yours truly was at one of the first showings. So, I review it. As is my right.

Spoilers within.

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