Star Trek: New Frontier
New Frontier (1998).jpg
Cover of 1998 omnibus

AuthorPeter David
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
Publisher
Published1997–2015
Media type
No. of books25
Websitestartrekbooks.com

Star Trek: New Frontier is a series of interlinked novels written by Peter David, published by Simon & Schuster imprints, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, and Gallery Books, from 1997 to 2015. New Frontier was the first Star Trek tie-in fiction property not to be based on a television series. The series was created by John J. Ordover.[1]: 332 

The novels explore life aboard the USS Excalibur, commanded by Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun. New Frontier is concurrent with Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager television series and their tie-in book lines.

Production

John J. Ordover said in Voyages of Imagination (2009), "One of the major problems with the novels at the time [the mid-nineties] … was you couldn't put any inherent continuity into them and you couldn’t make any significant changes, so characters couldn’t die, they couldn't change, they couldn't leave. The core characters always had to remain the same. After a few years, that gets frustrating for an editor."[1]: 332  Ordover devised New Frontier to accomplish what he couldn't with the other Star Trek book lines—to create a serialized, internally consistent, series of novels set in the Star Trek universe. According to Peter David, "Paramount's belief was that there would be little to no interest from the fans in a [Star Trek] series that did not stem directly from the [television] shows."[1]: 333  He was given "their blessing", with the caveat a number of characters from the Next Generation were to be included.

“Peter David made up MacKenzie Calhoun on his own," said Ordover. Likewise, David said, "I’m pretty sure John came up with the Excalibur. He told me the characters he wanted to use and I was allowed to run with it."[1]: 332  David then "fleshed out the concept and created the original characters."[2][1]: 333 

Four novels were published in paperback novella format in 1997, similar to the release of The Green Mile by Stephen King.[1]: 333  An omnibus was published in 1998. The novels that followed were published in mass-market paperback format. No Limits (2003), an anthology of short stories edited by David, was published in trade paperback format.[3]

WildStorm published a graphic novel in 2000, written by David, with artists Mike Collins and David Roach. A five-issue comic book miniseries was published by IDW Publishing in 2008, also by David, with artist Stephen Thompson.

In total, twenty four novels, a short story anthology, and two graphic novels, have been published as of 2015, in addition to several short stories, and related works, by other writers. Characters and settings from New Frontier have appeared appear in other Star Trek novels, most of which were written by David. Novels have been included in crossovers with other Star Trek book lines, such as: The Captain's Table (1998), Double Helix (1999) Gateways (2000), The Lost Era (2003), and the Mirror Universe (2007–2009) anthologies. A short story by David was anthologized in the Tales of the Dominion War (2004), edited by Keith DeCandido.

The Returned (2015), the most recent installment of the series, was published as a three-part ebook exclusive by Pocket Star.[4]

Premise

The once-powerful Thallonian Empire has collapsed following a popular uprising, destabilizing a vast region of space known as Sector 221-G. Starfleet has dispatched the USS Excalibur (NCC-26517), under the command of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, to fly the flag, and offer aid to those affected by the political and economic instability of the region.[5]

Characters

Main article: List of Star Trek: New Frontier characters

The characters in New Frontier are an amalgam of characters from the Animated Series, Next Generation, David's trilogy of young adult Starfleet Academy novels, and new characters created for the series. The series is written in an ensemble-cast style, similar to a television series. However, the primary characters are Calhoun, Commander Elizabeth Shelby, and Vulcan medical officer Dr. Selar.

Ships

New Frontier follows the crews of several Starfleet ships:

Reception

Katherine Trendacosta of io9 said New Frontier filled in "a gap in the [Star Trek] universe that you didn’t even realize was there. And it did it all while being fun and smartly written."[6] She said the character Calhoun is "so perfect he feels like a stealth parody of a Mary Sue." Dan Gunther, in his review of Cold Wars (2001), said "David has a solid handle on his characters."[7]

Alison Baumgartner of ScienceFiction.com described New Frontier as having "all the space adventuring" of the Next Generation and Original Series, "mixed with all the political intrigue of Deep Space Nine, making it the best of all possible Star Trek worlds."[8]

Novels

Key:
Hardcover first edition.
Published as an ebook exclusive.
Included in omnibus or collection.
Teal
Book line or flagship series name.
Navy
Miniseries name.
Pink
Crossover series name.
ed.
Omnibus or collection editor(s).
et al.
Multiple authors, see note.

All novels published as paperback editions, except where indicated.

Numbered novels

Novels are inconsistently numbered among primary sources.

No. Title Date ISBN
1 House of Cards July 1997 0-671-01395-5
2 Into the Void 0-671-01396-3
3 The Two-Front War August 1997 0-671-01397-1
4 End Game[a] 0-671-01398-X
5 Martyr March 1998 0-671-02036-6
6 Fire on High April 1998 0-671-02037-4
7 The Quiet Place November 1999 0-671-02079-X
8 Dark Allies 0-671-02080-3
9 Requiem
  (Excalibur, Book 1)
September 2000 0-671-04238-6
10 Renaissance
  (Excalibur, Book 2)
0-671-04239-4
11 Restoration
  (Excalibur, Book 3)
November 2000 0-671-04243-2
12 Being Human October 30, 2001 0-671-04240-8

Original novels

Original and crossover novels written by Peter David.

Title Date ISBN
Once Burned[b]
  (The Captain's Table, Book 5)
October 1998 0-671-02078-1
Cold Wars
  (Gateways, Book 6)
October 2, 2001 0-671-04242-4
Gods Above September 30, 2003 0-7434-1858-1
Stone and Anvil October 28, 2003 0-7434-2957-5
After the Fall November 30, 2004 0-7434-9184-X
Missing in Action February 28, 2006 1-4165-1080-X
Treason April 14, 2009 978-0-7434-2961-0
Blind Man’s Bluff April 26, 2011 978-0-7434-2960-3
The Returned, Part 1 ◊ July 6, 2015 978-1-4767-9092-3
The Returned, Part 2 ◊ August 3, 2015 978-1-4767-9093-0
The Returned, Part 3 ◊ September 7, 2015 978-1-4767-9095-4

Omnibus editions

Published by Simon & Schuster.

Title Date ISBN
New Frontier[c] February 1998 0-671-01978-3
The Captain's Table[d] March 2000 0-671-04052-9

Short fiction

Collections that include New Frontier short fiction. All written by Peter, except those collected in No Limits (2003).

Work Title Editor(s) Date ISBN
"Death After Life" What Lay Beyond
  (Gateways, Book 7)
John J. Ordover[e] October 30, 2001 0-7434-3112-X
"Stone Cold Truths" Tales of the Dominion War Keith DeCandido August 3, 2004 0-7434-9171-8
"Pain Management" Tales from the Captain's Table June 14, 2005 1-4165-0520-2

No Limits (2003)

Star Trek: New Frontier – No Limits (2003) collected stories written by popular Star Trek tie-in fiction writers and friends of Peter David. Each story is presented from the perspective of members of the Excalibur crew. "Making a Difference", by Mary Scott-Wiecek, is a retelling of the Battle of Wolf 359.

Work Title Editor(s) Date ISBN
Contents:
  • "Loose Ends" by Dayton Ward
  • "All That Glisters..." by Loren L. Coleman
  • "Waiting for G'Doh" by David Mack
  • "Lefler's Logs" by Robert Greenberger
  • "Alice, on the Edge of Night" by Ilsa J. Bick
  • "Revelations" by Keith DeCandido
  • "Turning Point" by Josepha Sherman
  • "'Q'uandary" by Terri Osborne
  • "Oil and Water" by Robert T. Jeschonek
  • "Singularity" by Christina F. York
  • "The Road to Edos" by Kevin Dilmore
  • "A Lady of Xenex" by Peg Robinson
  • "Making a Difference" by Mary Scott-Wiecek
  • "Performance Appraisal" by Allyn Gibson
  • "Redemption" by Glenn Hauman and Lisa Sullivan
  • "Out of the Frying Pan" by Susan Shwartz
  • "Through the Looking Glass" by Susan Wright
  • "A Little Getaway" by Peter David
No Limits Peter David and Keith DeCandido October 21, 2003 0-7434-7707-3

Mirror Universe (2007–2009)

Two collected works, written by David, set in the Mirror Universe.

Work Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Cutting Ties (novella) Obsidian Alliances Keith DeCandido, Peter David, and Sara Shaw[f] March 20, 2007 978-1-4165-2471-7
"Homecoming" Shards and Shadows Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark, eds. January 6, 2009 978-1-4165-5850-7

Graphic novels

Double Time (2000)

Star Trek: New Frontier – Double Time (2000) is a single-issue, square bound, graphic novel published by WildStorm.[9] Written by Peter David, with artists Michael Collins and David Roach. The title does not appear on the cover or spine, only the Star Trek: New Frontier word mark.

Issue Date
Star Trek: New Frontier September 27, 2000

Turnaround (2008)

Star Trek: New Frontier – Turnaround is a five-issue miniseries written by Peter David, with artist Stephen Thompson. Published by IDW Publishing.

No. Date Collection Date ISBN
1 March 26, 2008 Turnaround, Vol. 1 October 14, 2008 978-1-60010-266-0
2 April 23, 2008
3 June 4, 2008
4 July 2, 2008
5 July 23, 2008

Related novels

Characters and settings from New Frontier appear in other Star Trek book lines:

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Doors into Chaos
  (Gateways, Book 3)
Robert Greenberger August 28, 2001 0-7434-1856-5
Demons of Air and Darkness
  (Gateways, Book 4)
Keith DeCandido 0-7434-1852-2
Catalyst of Sorrows
  (The Lost Era, Book 6)
Margaret Wander Bonanno December 30, 2003 0-7434-6407-9

The Next Generation (1991–2007)

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels which include characters from New Frontier :

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Vendetta Peter David May 1991 0-671-74145-4
Triangle: Imzadi II November 1998 0-671-02532-5
Double or Nothing
  (Double Helix, Book 5)
August 1999 0-671-03478-2
Diplomatic Implausibility Keith DeCandido January 30, 2001 0-671-78554-0
Q & A September 25, 2007 978-1-4165-2741-1
Before Dishonor Peter David October 30, 2007 978-1-4165-2742-8

Starfleet Academy (1993)

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Starfleet Academy young adult series explores the lives of the USS Enterprise crew as Starfleet Academy cadets. Three novellas written by Peter David tie into New Frontier

No. Title ^ Date ISBN
1 Worf's First Adventure August 1993 0-671-87084-X
2 Line of Fire October 1993 0-671-87085-8
3 Survival December 1993 0-671-87086-6

Science Fiction Book Club

Omnibus editions published exclusively for the Science Fiction Book Club. New Frontier (1998) is very similar to the edition published by Pocket Books the following month. Prometheans (1998) is a book club exclusive.

Title † Date ISBN
New Frontier[c] January 1998 1-56865-502-9
Prometheans[g] July 1998 1-56865-742-0

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Similarly named novels:
    • End Game (1997), a New Frontier novel by Peter David
    • Endgame (2001), a Voyager episode novelization by Diane Carey.
  2. ^ Once Burned (1998) as by Mackenzie Calhoun, in his own words, as recorded by Peter David.
  3. ^ a b Omnibus edition includes New Frontier, Books 1 – 4.
  4. ^ The Captain's Table (2000) edited by Dean Wesley Smith and John J. Ordover, with L.A. Graf, Michael Jan Friedman, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Diane Carey, Peter David, Jerry Oltion.
  5. ^ What Lay Beyond (2001) by John J. Ordover, editor, with Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger, and Susan Wright.
  6. ^ Sara Shaw is pseudonymous with David Mack.
  7. ^ Omnibus edition includes New Frontier, Books 5 and 6.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Ayers, Jeff (November 14, 2006). Voyages of the Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 9781416503491.
  2. ^ David, Peter (October 21, 2003). "WHAT'CHA WANNA KNOW?". PeterDavid.net. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Title: No Limits". ISFDB. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Returned: Out This Summer". StarTrek.com. March 7, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ David, Peter (February 21, 2002). Star Trek: New Frontier. New York: Pocket Books/Star Trek. ISBN 9780743455770.
  6. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (May 4, 2016). "The Star Trek: New Frontier Series Proves How Great Tie-In Books Can Be". io9. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Gunther, Dan (April 13, 2012). "Cold Wars". www.treklit.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Baumgartner, Alison (January 11, 2013). "Should A New Star Trek Television Series Follow Peter David's Vision?". ScienceFiction.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Issue :: Star Trek: The New Frontier -- Double Time #1". Grand Comics Database. September 26, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)