Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is slated to premiere on May 5, 2022 on Paramount+, and the scripted adventures of Captain Christopher Pike, Number One, and Mr. Spock won’t be too far behind. The Gallery Books division of Simon & Schuster has announced that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: The High Country will be available on November 8, 2022 in hardcover, e-book and audio titles.
Written by John Jackson Miller, it will be the first-ever official Strange New Worlds tie-in novel to be beamed into bookstores. The announcement was made on April 8, 2022 at Star Trek: Mission Chicago, an official “Star Trek” event at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. miller was on site for the event.
Miller is a Star Trek and Star Wars veteran
Miller is no stranger to longtime Star Trek readers. The bestselling author’s previous Star Trek stories include Picard: Rogue Elements, Discovery: Die Standing, Discovery: The Enterprise War, trilogy titles Star Trek: Prey, Hell’s Heart, The Jackal’s Trick, The Hall of Heroes, The Next Generation: Takedown, and the Titan: Absent Enemies enovella. Beyond the Final Frontier, he has written several Star Wars books, including A New Dawn, Kenobi, Knight Errant, and Lost Tribe of the Sith – The Collected Stories. an original title of his creation, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, released in 2013.
“In 2019, I told the story of where Captain Pike’s Enterprise was located during the Klingon War,” Miller teased in a Facebook post on April 8, 2022 while visiting Star Trek: Mission Chicago. “Time to get back in the saddle… It was an honor to write the first novel under the #StrangeNewWorlds banner – and lots of fun!” On the same day, in a blog entryHe wrote, “Captain Christopher Pike on a horse – need I say more?” He called the upcoming book “one hell of an adventure,” adding that “the cast now includes Uhura and a lot of new characters. I think you will enjoy the ride.”
Miller referenced his book “Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War.” It was released on July 30, 2019, and answered persistent questions about the whereabouts of Captain Pike, Lieutenant Spock, Number One, and the USS Enterprise during the war between the Klingon Federation that viewers saw in the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” The book was actually released a few weeks after the conclusion of the second season, which ended in April 2019. The second season of Discovery starred Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels”) as Pike, Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”) as Number One, and Ethan Peck (grandson of acting legend Gregory Peck) as Spock, while the Enterprise itself made a cameo appearance in the dwindling seconds of the season one finale, “Will You Take My Hand?” Mount, Romijn, and Peck also reprized their “Discovery” characters in several “Short Treks” episodes that aired in fall 2019 have been, and will do so again, this time as the lead in the highly anticipated Strange New Worlds.
It’s also worth noting the “get back in the saddle” note in Miller’s Facebook post. In February 2022, Paramount+ released the first Strange New Worlds poster, which showed Pike riding a horse in the desert wearing a cowboy hat with the Enterprise hovering overhead. Die-hard Star Trek fans will recall that Captain Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) from The Cage, the first – and dropped – Star Trek: The Original Series pilot owned a horse named Tango. On April 3, 2022, Paramount+ released a full two-minute trailer for Strange New Worlds. At the 1 minute and 30 second mark, a character believed to be Pike rides a horse at full speed while a shuttle blurry zooms past him and the horse.
Back in the saddle
Gallery Books offered the following synopsis of The High Country:
“When an experimental shuttle fails, Captain Christopher Pike suspects a mechanical malfunction – only to discover that the principles on which Starfleet’s technology is based simply no longer work. He and his crew members are forced to abandon ship in a dangerous maneuver that will scatter their party across the strangest new world they have ever encountered.
“First Officer Una struggles to survive in an untamed wilderness where danger lurks at every turn. Young cadet Nyota Uhura fights in a volcanic wasteland where things are not what they seem. Science Officer Spock is completely missing. And Pike gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream: to live the life of a cowboy in a world where the tools of the 23rd century are useless.
“But even in the saddle, Pike is still a starship captain, with all the duties that come with it. While searching for his crew members, he encounters a surprising face from his past – and discovers that one people’s utopia could be another’s purgatory. He must lead an exodus – or risk a catastrophe on a galactic scale that even the Starship Enterprise cannot stop…”
Avid readers of Star Trek novels have been accustomed to seeing the imprint of Pocket Books for several decades, dating back to the first Star Trek: The Motion Picture novel. Gallery Books and Pocket Books are both imprints of Simon & Schuster. Corresponding Memory Alpha, Discovery novels were published under Gallery Books beginning in 2017, while other Pocket titles switched to Gallery Books imprint in May 2019, beginning with The Next Generation: Available Light and The Original Series: The Captain’s Oath. Since then, all of the Star Trek book series previously classified as Pocket Books have been published as Gallery Books, according to the site.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: The High Country is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.
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