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Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: The Antares Maelstrom By Greg Cox
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Star Trek: The Antares Maelstrom
Star Trek: The Original Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Greg Cox
Publisher: Pocket Books | Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 13, 2019

He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I’ll chase him ‘round the Moons of Nibia and ‘round the Antares Maelstrom and ‘round Perdition’s flames before I give him up! – Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

When Khan said he’d chase Captain James T. Kirk “‘round the Antares Maelstrom” in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, audiences knew nothing about this galactic whirlpool. Presumably, it was a dangerous area to circumnavigate if the genetically enhanced supervillain name-checked it like that, but that’s all anyone has had to go by for the last 37 years. Now, we’re finally getting a look at the famed location in The Antares Maelstrom, a new Star Trek: The Original Series novel from Greg Cox.

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Book Review: The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase By Greg Cox
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The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase
The Librarians Book 2
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
Written by Greg Cox
Tor Books
Release Date: April 25th, 2017

Mother Goose is real. Although that should not surprise Eve Baird and her team of ragtag genius librarians, they are still able to muster some disbelief at some of the cases that the Clippings Book hands them. Three inexplicable events happen in separate areas of the world: a woman gets trapped inside a pumpkin, 3 giant rodents with no eyes attack a woman, and a man gets caught up in a fierce wind which catches him up into the sky, until he lands on a trampoline. What do these three people have in common? They appropriately lived through some real life nursery rhymes, appropriate since they are direct descendants of the real Mother Goose.

Such is the hook that ensnares us in The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase By Greg Cox.

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Book Review: The Librarians and The Lost Lamp By Greg Cox
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The Librarians and The Lost Lamp
The Librarians Book 1
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
Written by Greg Cox
Tor Books
Release Date: October 11, 2016

Aladdin’s lamp and its djinn occupant are real and sought after by The Forty. That’s right… as in Ali Baba. That is the quest our modern day Librarians are sent on, before they really know who or what they are looking for. Their Librarian recruiter, Flynn Carsen, thought he solved this case in 2006, when he ran solo (okay – with a cute little museum lady). The Forty stole the oldest copy of Scheherazade’s Arabian Nights, which held the clue to the location of the lamp. The djinn is no flashy, funny, always-ready-with-a-musical-number type of genie. This one was and is angry and oppressed, and slavering for the day when he will finally be free. Every wish puts a strain on the magical cell, and one day, one good wish will crack it open, freeing the djinn forever. You can expect mayhem and apocalypse to follow.

More below on The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg Cox.

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Winter 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books To Read
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Winter Reading Books Recommendations

The cold is upon us, making it a perfect time to stay in with a few good books, and thankfully there’s plenty to choose from this Winter.

I’ve teamed up with my speed-reading gal pal Olympus Athens and the master of books himself Waerloga69 to bring you a list of cool new science fiction and fantasy books coming this Winter. There’s some new Star Wars and Star Trek selections, along with upcoming releases from China Miéville, Brandon Sanderson, Stan Lee, and many more.

See below for our picks in Winter 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books To Read.

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Titan Books To Publish ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Official Novelization
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The Dark Knight Rises

Last week, Titan Books announced that novelist Greg Cox is set to pen the official novelization of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. You can now pre-order the paperback* edition of the novelization; the book will also be available for the Kindle this July.

One notable piece of information here is that this is the first novelization of the Christopher Nolan Batman films that legendary comics scribe Dennis O’Neil has not written. Fans of these Batman novelizations shouldn’t worry though, because Cox is no stranger to the concept. Cox has previously written novelizations of other comic book-related work such as Infinite Crisis, Countdown, Final Crisis, as well as novels based on properties like Star Trek, Underworld, Warehouse 13, and original tie-in novels based on Terminator: Salvation and CSI, so his work should be at home with the adaptation of The Dark Knight Rises.

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Book Review: Star Trek: The Rings of Time
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Star TrekStar Trek: The Rings of Time
The Original Series
By Greg Cox
Paperback | Kindle
Simon and Schuster | Pocket Books
Release date: January 31, 2012

Star Trek: The Rings of Time brings together several things that I love: the original Star Trek series, the Space Program, and the planet Saturn. The book begins in the year 2020 with the crew of the U.S.S Lewis & Clark preparing to make the first manned mission to the planet Saturn.

Heading up the 21st century mission to Saturn is NASA astronaut Colonel Shaun Christopher aboard the U.S.S. Lewis & Clark. If you’re a fan of the original Trek series, then you might recall that surname as one of importance. Captain John Christopher, Shaun’s father, was a U.S. Air Force pilot who had a brush with the U.S.S. Enterprise after the starship went through a time warp that brought them to the late 1960s in the episode Tomorrow Is Yesterday. In the episode, we learn that John Christopher will father a son who will be part of a future mission to Saturn. The Rings of Time is the story of that famed mission, but we find out there was more to it than what made it into the history books and into Starfleet’s database.

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No New ‘Star Trek’ Books For Summer 2010
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star trek david mack novelPocket Books has indefinitely postponed the release of four planned new Star Trek universe tie-in novels, all of which had storylines that take place just after the events of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek film, so as to not interfere with the film’s sequel plans.

After the huge success of Abrams’ Star Trek movie, which was released in theaters May 2009, Pocket Books had announced their plans to release the four new Trek tie-in novels in Summer 2010. Just last week, TrekMovie posted the summaries and preliminary covers for the planned books.

The novels were written by some big name scifi/Trek authors — Alan Dean Foster, Christopher L. Bennett, David Mack, and Greg Cox — which makes this postponement news even more disappointing for Trek fans [i.e., me].

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