Welcome to the home page of Christopher L. Bennett, author of original and tie-in science fiction.
At the age of five and a half, I saw my first episode of Star Trek, believing it to be a show about a strange airplane that only flew at night. As I continued watching, I discovered what those points of light in the sky really were. This awakened a lifelong fascination with space, science and speculative fiction. I devoured Asimov, Clarke, and books on astronomy and physics. I often made up Trek-universe stories set a century after Kirk’s adventures (an idea years ahead of its time), but soon shifted to creating my own original universe. I eventually realized I did this pretty well, and deluded myself into thinking I could make a career out of it. So far, that delusion has been working out for me.
Star Trek: The Face of the Unknown
An Original Series novel set during the five-year mission.
Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!
Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation’s leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!
An experienced interstellar diplomat faces her most challenging crisis as a tense hostage situation, created and complicated by a fundamental clash of human and alien values, threatens to spark an interstellar war.
- Analog home page
- Magzter (single issue)
- Kobo (single issue)
- Amazon (print subscription)
- Amazon (single-issue Kindle)
- Google Play
Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations — Time Lock
A second eBook novella continuing the DTI series.
The dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations have their work cut out for them protecting the course of history from the dangers of time travel. But the galaxy is littered with artifacts that, in the wrong hands, could threaten reality. One of the DTI’s most crucial jobs is to track down these objects and lock them safely away in the Federation’s most secret and secure facility. As it happens, Agent Gariff Lucsly and his supervisor, DTI director Laarin Andos, are charged with handling a mysterious space-time portal device discovered by Starfleet. But this device turns out to be a Trojan horse, linking to a pocket dimension and a dangerous group of raiders determined to steal some of the most powerful temporal artifacts ever known…
The Hub is the most important place in the galaxy — the single point through which all interstellar travel must pass. Yet no one in the galaxy understands how it works. David LaMacchia, an unimportant man from an unimportant planet called Earth, is determined to change that. He’s got no qualifications and no skills. His only friends are a cynical, sharp-tongued space pilot named Nashira Wing and a smugly philanthropic alien named Rynyan, and they both think he’s crazy. On top of that, the powers that profit from the Hub might just be trying to kill him. Still… that won’t stop David from trying to prove that humanity can make a difference to the greater galaxy.
Now the tales of the Hub from the pages of Analog are collected for the first time in one volume, newly revised and expanded! Includes “The Hub of the Matter,” “Home is Where the Hub Is,” and “Make Hub, Not War,” plus exclusive bonus material!
An e-book exclusive available at:
Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations — Shield of the Gods: The third DTI e-novella, continuing from Time Lock.
Star Trek: Enterprise — Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference: The fifth ROTF novel, continuing from Live by the Code.
“Abductive Reasoning”: An original short story to be published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Fiction by Christopher L. Bennett
News and Interviews
- 3/29/14: Interview on WBAI radio’s Equal Time for Freethought, covering Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel and Only Superhuman.
- 8/29/13: Interview on GraphicAudio’s All in Your Mind podcast, covering Only Superhuman and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder.
- 1/29/13: Interview on TrekMovie.
- 1/13/13: Interview with blogger Cody L. Martin.
- 1/11/13: Radio/podcast interview on Cincinnati Edition.
- 12/6/12: Podcast interview on The Chronic Rift.
- 11/3/12: Interview about Only Superhuman at The Qwillery.
- 10/16/12: Interview about Only Superhuman at My Bookish Ways.
- 4/24/12: I talk about DTI: Forgotten History on StarTrek.com at this link.
- 12/22/11: I talk about my favorite Star Trek gift at StarTrek.com (scroll down).
- 10/4/11: Interview on StarTrek.com at this link.
- 4/17/11: I’ve been interviewed on the NDB Media “Internet talk radio” service. The hourlong audio stream can be heard at this link.
- My first novel, Star Trek: Ex Machina, has been mentioned on the LA Times Hero Complex blog as one of the top four favorite Trek novels of Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriters for the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie. I’m extremely flattered to be on the list.
- 10/14/08: Another interview with me has been posted at the German TrekZone site, and can be read in English here: http://www.trekzone.de/sys/frontend/index.php?id=2714
- I’ve been interviewed for the new Unreality SF website. The interview can be read here: http://unreality-sf.net/interviews/bennett.html
- I’ve also been interviewed for issue #4 (Spring 2008) of A Thousand Faces, The Quarterly Journal of Superhuman Fiction. The interview can be read here: http://www.thousand-faces.com/bennett.htm