The covers for the third and fourth book in the Star Trek Seekers series can now be seen.
Created by Rob Caswell, the covers were inspired by the 1970s James Blish book covers.
The third book, Long Shot, was written by David Mack, and it will arrive in August. In Long Shot, “Science [has] gone mad. Bizarre sensor readings lead the Starfleet scout ship Sagittarius to an alien world where efforts to harness a dangerous and unstable technology have thrown the laws of probability out of balance. Now, events that might have occurred only one time in a trillion are happening constantly—to deadly and dazzling effect.”
A planet in peril…as disasters and miracles multiply globally at an ever-increasing rate, it’s up to Captain Clark Terrell and his crew to shut down the experiment-gone-wrong before its storm of chaos causes the planet’s destruction. But the odds against their success—and their survival—might be too great to overcome.”
All That’s Left is the fourth Seekers book. Written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, it will be released in November. In All That’s Left, “Initially charted by Starfleet probes dispatched to survey the Taurus Reach, the planet Cantrel V now plays host to a budding Federation colony as well as a combined civilian/Starfleet exploration team. Ancient ruins of an unknown civilization scattered around the planet have raised the curiosity of archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and other interested members of the Federation scientific community. Together, they are attempting to shed light on the beings that once called this world home.
“After a large, unidentified vessel arrives in orbit and launches a seemingly unprovoked orbital bombardment, the U.S.S. Endeavour responds to the colony’s distress call. As they attempt to render assistance and investigate the mysterious ship, Captain Atish Khatami and her crew begin to unlock the astonishing secrets the planet has harbored for centuries. Does the survival of a newly discovered yet endangered alien race pose a threat not only to Cantrel V, but to other inhabited worlds throughout the Taurus Reach and beyond?”
Caswell spoke about creating the covers, and what influenced him. “I’m a long-time Trekkie, having been first meaningfully exposed to the series when it began to be syndicated on Boston TV stations in the 70’s,” he said. “[The covers were] also inspired by a set of faux-Trek book covers I’d created for fun a few years before, harkening back to the 70’s era James Blish novelizations. The series’ objective is to return to a lighter and more episodic format than the Vanguard books – to be, in many ways, a homage to the look and feel of the original series: exploring strange new worlds, each week. The goal of capturing that nostalgic flavor extends to the writing, the art, and even the cover graphics.
“The goal of the first two covers in the Seekers series was to introduce our ‘vehicular heroes,’ so we wanted create compositions that clearly showed the class of ship, name, and registry number. Doing the cover for Long Shot was fun because I could finally take off the ‘kid gloves’ and start exploring more action themes without those introductory restraints.”
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