Back in 1988, my agent asked me if I wanted to write a Star Trek novel.
I had read and enjoyed a few of them — including Ann Crispin’s Yesterday’s Son and Howie Weinstein’s Covenant of the Crown — and of course, I’d been a big fan of the show when it first came out, but it had never occurred to me to write a Trek novel myself. After all, my thing was original fantasy.
Still, it seemed like it would be fun to put dialogue in the mouths of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. “Sure,” I said, “why not?” And I proceeded to devise a plot that had the crew, and Scotty in particular, encountering a planet on which the old Celtic myths still lived. Perhaps needless to say, it didn’t fly. “They’re looking for something more like science fiction,” said my agent. So I came up with another plot — one that cut close to the bone of Trek continuity. That one was accepted and became Double Double, my first Trek book.
Lo these many years later, I’ve written almost every kind of Trek book ever published, on every series the franchise has produced. The glaring exception would be Enterprise, but that’s because I prefer my own version of how Starfleet and the Federation got started, as chronicled in Starfleet: Year One. I even wrote a humor book (with Bob Greenberger) entitled Q’s Guide to the Continuum. Whether you’re into Next Gen, Original Series, or Stargazer, I hope I’ve given you something worthwhile.