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Tentative cover to STAR TREK: SEEK A NEWER WORLD

Simon & Schuster’s advance solicitation catalog for summer 2010 is out, and it contains preliminary covers and blurbs for the four Star Trek novels set in the new movie’s continuity, including my own Seek a Newer World.  The catalog’s technically meant for book vendors only, not for public distribution, since its contents are often very tentative.  But it always gets out on the Internet anyway.

I’m not going to bother posting the catalog’s blurb, which is far from accurate and far from the final version of the blurb.  But here’s the low-res black-and-white rendering of the preliminary cover art:

Seek a Newer World solicitation cover

Not bad, and it’s along the lines I expected — using photos of the movie cast and ship to make the connection to the movie clear.  It’s a fairly generic image, but that’s understandable.  This early in the game, the most important thing to sell is the fact that this is a new series tied into the movie, as distinct from the other books in the traditional (“Prime”) Trek continuity.

Besides, generic or not, it works.  I like how it almost comes off as a shot of Kirk and Spock on the bridge, even though it’s clearly put together from different images.  And the image has more relevance to the story inside than you might expect.  The choice of characters is fitting, since the tale focuses heavily on Kirk, Spock, and their developing relationship in the wake of the film.  And the bridge setting on the cover dovetails nicely into the opening scene of the novel.  Indeed, this image could almost represent a particular moment in that scene, if they were “standing” on the other side of the bridge.  Moreover, I think there are reasons why a focus on the bridge — and command chair — of the Enterprise is symbolically relevant to the novel.

More on all four covers and the catalogue can be found here:


And of course the book is available for preorder at Amazon.com and elsewhere.

  1. Thierry
    January 10, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I don’t like the Bias of the new Star Trek movie. (And that’s an understatement)
    My point of view is that the world created in it was making fun of the “old way” and not at all paying respect, like many people thought. I guess you can compare the ethic of “balance of terror” (for example) and the one in the movie and easily understand that in this universe people don’t thrive any longer to better themselves (the bias, i think, of all the other Star Trek series and movies)
    Many friends that liked your books so far were disapointed to hear that you would (along with David Mack)wrote novels in the JJverse (like people says)
    As for me i guess i’ll try to read it, and the ONLY reason i would do so is because in your Star Trek books (so far) not only you have always understood the bias of Star Trek but you also made beautiful stories that made my time reading it worth it.
    Anyway for this book I’m sure you’ll do a better work with the story than the material it comes from (the movie) anyway…
    So i guess my question is this : Is this book going to be anything like Star Trek prior to the last movie or are you going to stay in the “fun, not too deep, JJ bias way” ?

    • January 10, 2010 at 9:08 am

      I think the new film was very respectful of what came before. Keep in mind that the dedicated fanbase of any show, even Star Trek, is tiny compared to the audience a tentpole feature film needs to be successful. So the movie had to appeal to a broad audience, to reinvent the franchise in modern blockbuster terms and make it accessible for moviegoers who didn’t have original fans’ nostalgia for the ’60s conventions and style of the original. Within those priorities, the respect and fidelity for the source material were exceptional. It was very important to the filmmakers to get Leonard Nimoy’s blessing and participation, to make it a legitimate passing of the torch, and there’s no way that Mr. Nimoy would’ve agreed to be such a large part of the film — even coming out of a 16-year retirement to do so — if he’d felt it was in any way disrespectful to the Star Trek legacy.

      It’s true that the needs of an “origin story” approach made this film more about establishing the characters and their relationships than about making social commentary (though they’re planning to incorporate more of that in the sequel). But I think the importance of striving to better oneself was present in the film as a thematic point. Pike inspired Kirk to strive to better himself by entering Starfleet and working to make a difference. Everything else Kirk did in the film was in pursuit of that goal. And I think that’s a theme that continues to be explored in Seek a Newer World.

      Will it be like classic Trek or Abrams Trek? Hopefully both. My take is that these are still the same characters we always knew, just in a fresh context. Their experiences have shaped them a bit differently, but at the core they’re still the same. The tone and attitude of the books are meant to evoke that of the film; this is certainly a more action-packed tale than most anything else I’ve written, and there’s a lot of humor and energy to it (I hope). But there’s certainly room in there for depth and introspection, and there’s plenty of that in SaNW. This book’s relationship to the film is similar to Ex Machina‘s relationship to ST:TMP, an exploration of the lasting personal ramifications that film’s events had on the characters.

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