If you weren’t around in 1987, when Star Trek: The Next Generation made its debut on TV, it can’t be easy for you to imagine how cool it was. Certainly, the show had some rough edges, which would take at least a season to smooth out. But it was a renewal of the Trek mythos with a whole new set of characters, and it fired the imaginations of even the most casual Trek fans.
After I wrote Double Double, my first Trek novel, Pocket Editor Dave Stern asked me what I wanted to do next. I told him I’d like to try my hand at a Next Gen story. I was far from confident, having only published five novels in total. Dave and the Trek reading audience had liked Double Double, but for all I knew my success with that book was a fluke. Maybe I’d bomb when it came to Next Gen. Maybe Dave would lose his lunch trying to read my manuscript. Maybe I’d be banned from the corridors of Pockets Books forever.
I wrote a Next Gen book anyway. It was called A Call to Darkness, and it came out in November 1989.
P.S. — Dave didn’t lose his lunch.