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New Star Trek projects: DTI: The Collectors and two more Rise of the Federation novels!

Now that the contracts have gone through (after some delay), I’m finally able to announce my next three Star Trek projects.

DTItentativeFirst, probably sometime later in 2014, is my return to the Department of Temporal Investigations series, in an e-novella exclusive entitled The Collectors. That’s right, it’s not a full-length novel and it won’t be on paper, but at 35,000 words it’s a pretty hefty novella. And it’s a story I had a great deal of fun writing, delving deeper into two elements from Watching the Clock that I’ve been eager to explore in more depth: The Eridian Vault, where the DTI stores dangerous temporal artifacts (sort of a Warehouse 13 for time travel), and the mysterious Agent Jena Noi of the 31st-century Federation Temporal Agency. Unlike WTC or Forgotten HistoryThe Collectors isn’t about weaving together time-travel episodes from the TV shows, although it does feature one significant onscreen guest star in addition to established DTI characters like Lucsly and Dulmur. Instead, this was my chance to tell an original story driven by the DTI characters and concepts themselves, to just cut loose with them and play with the potentials of a time-travel narrative unfettered by the need to fill in the blanks of this episode or that movie. It was enormously fun to write, and I hope it’s as much fun to read.

Tower of Babel coverMy other, probably less surprising, announcement is that I’ve been signed for two more Enterprise — Rise of the Federation novels to follow this April’s second installment in the series, Tower of Babel. Book 3, tentatively titled Uncertain Logic, will be out in early 2015, and Book 4 will probably arrive in early 2016 (there’s a 10-month gap between the due dates for the two manuscripts, so the interval between publication dates may be about the same). The two books will each stand on their own but have a common story arc connecting them, with the latter story arising from the consequences of the former. (That’s why I got contracted for the two books together. I thought I’d have to talk my editor into that, but she was just, “Sure, I’ll start the paperwork.”) And both books will continue to flesh out ideas from Enterprise, reveal the origins of elements from The Original Series and beyond, and feature original worldbuilding and exploration as well.

In this case, I haven’t started the manuscript yet; indeed, I turned in the outline for Book 3 just last night, and the outline for Book 4 is in more skeletal form, to be fleshed out more once Book 3 is written. But I feel pretty confident about where I’m going with the storyline, which will continue to challenge, deepen, and evolve the characters and hopefully bring some surprises. Oh, and the good news is that I’ll have more room for it. The first two RotF books were in the 80 to 85,000-word range, but these will be heftier tomes; I’m free to go up to 100,000 words. (Which means I should be able to include a subplot I had to cut out of Book 2 for length. Technically I’ve already got 4000 words of Book 3 written!)

  1. January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Excelent news! I love the D.T.I. novels, and Rise of the Federation has started off really well.

  2. OverlordSpock
    January 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent news! My only complaint is that I’ll have to wait so long! I don’t suppose you could arrange for Agent Noi to bring us some advanced copies?

  3. Byron Bailey (bbailey861)
    January 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I am really pleased to hear this news – especially the great news that you’re free to write up to 100K words. I look forward to getting all these, Christopher.

  4. January 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Good news! I think the Watching the Clock is a masterpiece and these ideas with the vault and Jena sounds exciting. I hope there will be some kissing again.

  5. Gene
    June 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I absolutely love the DTI series. WTC was the best. Looking forward to more and more!

  6. October 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    You are awesome, Christopher. The DTI series is one of the TOP ST book series ever and I can’t wait to see the new one. 🙂

  7. Kat Hoover
    July 29, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Reading The Collectors on my Kindle tonight…. Just a few pages in it’s revealed that the Ferengi Grand Nagus Rom purchased an “ancient yet functional VORTEX MANIPULATOR” which he offered to the DTI for safe keeping. Wonder which dashing time agent it belonged to? Maybe Captain Jack? Or could it have belonged to River Song? I’m loving all the DTI books, this little nugget surprised me! You just never know when two of your fandoms will crossover…Star Trek and Doctor Who! Must sleep now, will finish it tomorrow!

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