I’ve just finished a binge of tie-in fiction across three universes, as it were. First up was Molten Heart, a Thirteenth Doctor novel from Una McCormack. Una has written Doctor Who before, as well as a bunch of Star Trek, the latter of which led to my meeting her years ago at Shore Leave, a con at which we were both writer guests. Eventually, she was the first guest I had on Generations Geek, the podcast I do with my daughter, wherein we spoke nearly endlessly about Who, Trek, and Middle-earth, filling two episodes!
Molten Heart was a fun book that perfectly captured the new Doctor, all the joy and wonder and determination that Jodie Whittaker brings to the role. The characterizations of the companions were also spot on, which had to be a challenge when working on something new, when you haven’t already seen dozens of episodes over the years. And it also has a spiffy sci-fi setting: a hollow world inhabited by rock people!
Next up was Road of Bones, a Wolverine novel by David Mack. Logan ends up on a globetrotting spy thriller adventure to save the world, kicking ass and taking names. It has all the gut-punching action you expect from Mack, and is a bit of a cross between James Bond and the X-Men. I have to admit, I’m not a huge comic book reader in general, and haven’t read any X-Men titles, so the deeper continuity references eluded me, but you don’t need to know all that stuff to enjoy the story. And as a movies-only guy, Mack’s Wolverine sounded exactly like Hugh Jackman to me, a big plus. Sidenote: Mack has also been a guest on Generations Geek, another two parter.
Finally, I just finished the Star Trek: Prometheus trilogy from Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg. The series was originally published in German, a first for the franchise. Thankfully for this monolingual Trek fan, they were eventually translated into English. The story follows the starship Prometheus—which was introduced in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Message in a Bottle”—as it pursues a group of interstellar terrorists. The authors put a Trek spin on a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story, and intertwine many cameos of characters big and small while nestling the action into current novel continuity. It was fun for me to just sit back and read some Trek like a regular fan for a change, something I haven’t done in the four years I’ve been copyediting the regular novels from Simon & Schuster.
On a related note, I’m looking forward to reading the Trek autobiography series of books by David A. Goodman soon, as well as the Hidden Universe Travel Guides to Vulcan and the Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward.