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Nominations now open for Unreality SF Story of the Year award

The Unreality SF blog, which concentrates on SF/fantasy media tie-in fiction, is taking nominations for its annual Story of the Year award.  As they put it:

 Starting today, you can nominate three stories. At the end of the week, we’ll count up the suggestions to find the ten that are most popular.

Next Monday, we’ll post that final shortlist and give you seven days to pick one absolute favourite.

And then the authors of the first- and second-placed stories each get a block of glass with their name engraved in it.

This is for any licensed work of prose or comics tie-in fiction published between the start of March 2011 and the end of February 2012.  Two of my own works are eligible:

  • Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock, Pocket Books (May 2011).
  • Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within (eBook), Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc. (October 2011).

And if you need suggestions on how to fill that third nominating slot (or, heck, the first and second as well if you prefer), here are links to some of my fellow tie-in authors’ posts listing their eligible titles:

Keith R. A. DeCandido

David Mack

Dayton Ward

So go and do as you will with this information. votes THE STRUGGLE WITHIN best Trek story of 2011 has put up several “Best of 2011” posts lately, and in their “TrekIn2011: Best Star Trek Books & Comics” post, they gave top honors to my e-novella Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within, calling it “[t]he clear winner for short stories and novellas (and in fact for all Star Trek fiction in 2011).”

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Now, even getting just the short-fiction nod would be an honor, because the other candidates would’ve been the four novellas comprising Vanguard: Declassified, and that’s mighty tough competition.  But best of all Trek fiction of the year?  That’s rather mindboggling — and heartening, because frankly I wasn’t too happy with The Struggle Within and feared it wouldn’t work at all.  Personally, my vote for the best of 2011 would’ve been Voyager: Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer.  But I’m gratified that TSW has been so well-received, and I thank the TrekMovie staff for the recognition.

TrekMovie reviews STRUGGLE WITHIN, and new ST MAGAZINE article now out!

Two bits of Star Trek news that I’m happy about:

One,’s reviewer Robert Lyons has posted a review of my e-novella Star Trek Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within, and he has some very nice things to say.  My favorite bits:

 Bennett provides a timely story, inspired by very recent real world events, combined with an accessible yet still alien background (in both the A and B story!), that completely engages the reader.

While “Zero Sum Game” may be the best novel in the series, “The Struggle Within” is truly the best story of the five… and an outstanding conclusion to the series….

Very flattering.

Also, Star Trek Magazine #38 is now out, and it contains my entry in the ongoing Star Trek 45s series, examining every 45th aired episode of ST one by one.  My piece is on one of my favorite Voyager episodes, “Concerning Flight,” and it has an absolutely gorgeous title-page illustration of Janeway and Leonardo da Vinci which you can see a small version of here.  My thanks to the magazine’s designer, Philip White, for giving my article such a great accompanying image.

STRUGGLE WITHIN annotations are up

Like the title says, the spoiler discussion and annotations for Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within are up on my website now.  I won’t post a direct link, because of spoilers, but they can be accessed from the main discussion page here:

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My Star Trek e-novella Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within is now on sale.


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Information and ordering links are on my website here:

The fact that it’s electronic (and short) means I can get pretty quick feedback, and the comments about the story are pretty positive so far, which is reassuring because I was unsure whether it really worked.


The cover to my upcoming e-novella Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within has been released by Simon &

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Despite being an e-book, the cover design here is in keeping with the design used for the previous four novels in the Typhon Pact series.

I can understand the marketing reasons for focusing exclusively on the novella’s Enterprise-centric plot in the cover art and blurb, since the other, parallel plotline focuses on two book-only characters (Jasminder Choudhury and T’Ryssa Chen) and a book-only species (the Kinshaya). Still, it would’ve been nice to see a rendering of Jasminder or T’Ryssa. And getting to see a Kinshaya would’ve been really cool too.

Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within goes on sale on or around October 4.  That’s only about six weeks from now!

Good news for the publishing industry!

According to The New York Times, the publishing industry is recovering from the economic crisis of a few years ago:

Publishing Gives Hints of Revival, Data Show

BookStats, a comprehensive survey conducted by two major trade groups that was released early Tuesday, revealed that in 2010 publishers generated net revenue of $27.9 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over 2008. Publishers sold 2.57 billion books in all formats in 2010, a 4.1 percent increase since 2008.

One of the strongest growth areas was adult fiction, which had a revenue increase of 8.8 percent over three years.

E-books were another bright spot, thanks to the proliferation and declining cost of e-reading devices like the Nook by Barnes & Noble and Amazon’s Kindle, and the rush by publishers to digitize older books.

In 2008 e-books were 0.6 percent of the total trade market; in 2010, they were 6.4 percent. Publishers have seen especially robust e-book sales in genre fiction like romance, mystery and thrillers, as well as literary fiction. In 2010, 114 million e-books were sold, the report said.

This doesn’t come as a complete surprise to me.  After all, not only did I just sell my first original novel to Tor, but my former Star Trek editor Marco Palmieri, who was laid off from Pocket due to the economic crisis, has recently been hired by Tor.  The fact that publishers are hiring new staff at all is a sign that things are getting better.

And the news about the rise in e-book sales, while not too surprising, is heartening, since I’m currently looking at the first-pass galleys for Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within, the first new ST e-book since March 2008, which goes on sale in October.  Hopefully it will do well and be the first of many more.

Shore Leave stuff

I’m home!  I was going to make a second Shore Leave-related post on Saturday evening, but I still had three panels that day, and since I had pretty low turnout at my solo panel, I figured my news about Only Superhuman and my Trek projects would still be new information for a lot of people there, so I wanted to wait until I’d “debuted” the news a second time before posting it here.  And after I left on Sunday, I went to Cousin Barb’s in the DC area to stay overnight, and we went over to her friend’s house for dinner and a movie (the same friend who cooked us Thanksgiving dinner last year), and then I went to bed early and set out early the next morning and spent the whole lonnnnnngggg day driving home, so I didn’t get to post until now.

Here’s what I had in draft on Saturday night:

Well, my day feels like it’s been more eventful than it looks when I review my activity.  I didn’t go to that many panels — I sat in the audience on a writing-advice panel at 11 and a Star Trek Magazine panel at 1, then had lunch in my room and rested up, then spent half an hour or so talking to Paul Simpson about my 4 PM panel, as well as to Scott Pearson and Marco Palmieri when they showed up.  Then I rehearsed how I planned to talk about Only Superhuman a bit (and I fumbled it in the actual talk), then came the big event, my panel.  Well, big for me.  The audience was fairly small, maybe 8 people or so.  Still, it was fun to get to talk about OS at last, and I even did a dramatic reading of a scene from the book.  (Maybe I should’ve announced that in advance, but I wasn’t sure I’d go through with it.  I should’ve remembered that I’m an inveterate ham given the chance.)  I also revealed some exclusive info about my upcoming Trek projects.

The Only Superhuman news will be in a separate post following this one.  Here’s the Trek news:

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within has two parallel plotlines, dealing with the least-explored species on both sides of the current political divide in the Trek Lit universe: on the Typhon Pact side, the Kinshaya (a species introduced in passing references in John M. Ford’s classic novel The Final Reflection and only seen to date in Keith R.A. DeCandido’s A Singular Destiny, the novel that introduced the Typhon Pact) and on the side of the expanded Khitomer Alliance, the Talarians from TNG’s “Suddenly Human.”  Most of the other Pact member species will also be featured to some extent.

Star Trek: Forgotten History (or Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History, as it’s still being billed on the Simon & Schuster sites) is the “origin story” of the Department of Temporal Investigations, a group whose founding date was established in earlier works as 2270.  Naturally, the time-travel exploits of Kirk and the Enterprise are heavily involved in those foundational events.  The main body of the novel begins in 2267, exploring the Starfleet/Federation response to Kirk’s time-travel discoveries, but the bulk of it takes place in the era following Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Yes, I’m finally getting to revisit the post-TMP timeframe I’ve previously explored in Ex Machina and Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again, and I’m very pleased about it.  Additionally, the novel has a frame story featuring the 24th-century DTI characters from Watching the Clock — and several of the DTI’s older members, the characters established as having been alive at the time, will play at least small roles in the main body of the story as well.

So to some extent, Forgotten History is both a prequel and a sequel to Watching the Clock, and both a prequel and a sequel to Ex Machina.   Yet I’m taking care to write it as a self-contained tale, something you can follow without having read either prior work.

I didn’t mention this at the con, since I didn’t know it yet, but Simon & Schuster’s site now has publication dates listed for both of these: The Struggle Within is listed for October 4, 2011 (eBook only), and Forgotten History is listed for April 24, 2012 (making it the May book for next year).

Typhon Pact title change

There’s been a title change to my e-novella that was going to be called Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Courage of Conscience.  The new title is Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within.

Announcing my new STAR TREK projects!

The contracts are signed, so I can now announce the two, yes, two Star Trek tie-in projects I have in the works.

First up is Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Courage of Conscience.  This is an eBook-exclusive, novella-length epilogue of sorts to the recent Typhon Pact miniseries, focusing on the Next Generation cast.  Among other things, it will feature the Kinshaya, the one member of the Typhon Pact that was not featured in any of the four TP novels (though they were featured in A Singular Destiny, the novel that depicted the birth of the Pact).  This is already listed on under the title Typhon Pact: Civil Disobedience, which was its working title for about a day, but long enough to get into the system, I guess.  Amazon lists an October 2011 publication date, and I can neither confirm nor deny that at this point.

I also have a Trek novel in the works for sometime in 2012 which I think is going to be pretty interesting.  Its working title is Forgotten History, and it’s an original-series novel about Kirk and the Enterprise crew, but it also deals with the origins of the Department of Temporal Investigations.  It’s likely to show up on as Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History, but I don’t know yet whether it will be released under the DTI subtitle or just as a straight-up TOS book.  It’s still being outlined, so I can’t offer any more details yet.

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