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The Typhon Pact covers!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 2, 2009

Well, no, not really. Sorry. Just more of my Photoshop messing about, I’m afraid.

I was attempting to create a Star Trek novel cover, using the correct dimensions and all (having been able to get hold of the font used on the Destiny series), and I was so impressed with what I managed to achieve, I immediately decided to use it and make up covers for the Typhon Pact miniseries coming next year.

Of course, as so often happens with the stuff I do on Photoshop, the first one was a triumph, but repeating the effects and the style again were more difficult that I imagined. Still, the others look pretty good.

Note that the titles, the assigned authors and the characters present are entirely of my own devising, and in no way represent the work or intentions of Pocket Books – although I won’t complain if my guesses turn out to be correct!

Book I – Galaxy in Flames by Keith R.A. DeCandido


This is the one I started out with, and was very pleased with – all of the composite images work really well with the colouring and the textures, and the Picard image stands out prominently.

I liked it so much that I created a solicitation cover for it as well (those temporary images you get in the Pocket Books catalogues and on Amazon in early pre-orders).

Book II – False Hopes by Christopher L. Bennett

Book II cover

I struggled with this one for a bit – finding the best Martok image took some time. It was at this point, based on my – unintentional – juxtaposition of Picard and the Scimitar hall in Galaxy in Flames, that I decided on a visual theme of the characters being juxtaposed with settings associated with another species.

Book III – Broken Promises by James Swallow


I was running out of ideas as to who to feature on the cover by now – Garak did have a small role in Destiny, and it might be that the limitations on revealing too much about the future of the DS9 relaunch may preclude any major appearances beyond the Aventine crew (of which, more momentarily), but I liked the image. I also went a bit “arty” on the First City panorama, throwing in a Brush Strokes effect that seems to work quite well.

Book IV – All Our Sorrows by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore


And, taking the cue from what Margaret Clark said when the real series was announced, the Aventine appears on a cover :D. This one was the hardest of all – that damned Ki Baratan image just didn’t like the colour washes I chose for this cover, and then I had to modify the Ezri picture to reflect that she’s now command division and ranked Captain… It looks grubbier than the others, and I’m not as satisfied with it as the others, but it’s not bad.

And, finally, a montage of all four covers without titles.


I take no responsibility for people thinking these are the real deal – they’re definitely not! Anyway, hope they were enjoyed.


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Review – “What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth…”

Posted by Michael Warren on August 6, 2008

Imagine a world where the Roman Empire never fell.

Or one where Lenin never made it back to Russia to lead the Revolution.

Even a history where the Cuban Missile Crisis sparked a nuclear exchange that wiped out eight-tenths of Earth’s population.

Alternate history stories have been a part of literature for over a century, and they have been a part of Star Trek fan fiction for some time as well. Now, Pocket Books has begun exploring those “strange new times”, with the launch of the Myriad Universes series. The first volume, Infinity’s Prism, is out now.

This review contains spoilers.

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