I swear that author Keith R. A. DeCandido and his fellow Star Trek authors are conspiring against me. A long time ago, I used to collect a great deal of genre goods, including action figures, video games, music, and books. It’s to the point now that I’m paring down my collections. Part of that is finally reading those books and casting out the ones I don’t enjoy or will likely never read again. Don’t worry, Keith, I haven’t jettisoned one of yours yet.
So, what does he do? Over Labor Day, whilst I’m away, he publishes a post on his LiveJournal account by fellow writer David Ward explaining how Star Trek: Vanguard is one of the best Trek series in a long while, including mention that it’s more gritty and realistic than the rest of the franchise’s novels.
I already had the post-Nemesis books in the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager series to look for. Now I have another series to read as well. Insert overly-hyperbolic but no less dramatic sigh here.
No, in all seriousness, thank you for continuing to add some much needed depth to the Trek tie-in novels. There are some true jewels in the ranks, but a lot of your predecessors didn’t quite speak to me in the same language as the on-screen characters. If we’re getting some great work — as I’m sure we are — then I may have no choice but to tune back in for the continuing adventures.