A Time to Reflect
What I do know is that I don’t mind tripping down memory lane now and then, especially when it regards successful projects. I’ve certainly been mining a lot of memories about the Suicide Squad given the collected editions and excitement over the 2016 movie.
As a novelist, though, I haven’t had too many chances to talk about some of the stronger projects. A year or so back, though, I did participate in a lengthy interview about the A Time To… series of nine Star Trek novels for the Unreality SF website. Jens Dennfer corralled most of the authors involved to look back at the decade-old event series.
Finally, the story began running this past week in three parts here, here, and here. Depending upon which reader or website you check out, I note that most dismiss the first two duologies and are split over whether or not mine should be as well but there is universal acclaim for the final three novels, two from David Mack and the finale from Keith DeCandido. Me, I take a lot of pride in my two works, A Time Love and A Time to Hate but I also recognize some weaknesses that could have been tightened up during the editing process but unfortunately, Ordover left Pocket at that time and the successors were so busy playing catch up, we didn’t have the opportunity to make the duology stronger.
Looking back on this series has been interesting since it really was the starting point for a lot of the novel continuity that has propelled the Pocket Book line of novels. Under Editor John Ordover, the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager novels began to grow more cohesive, allowing addition prose series, such as the Titan, S.C.E. (Starfleet Corps of Engineers) and even the New Frontier projects enrich the universe no longer being explored by the filmed franchises. Indeed, the film series seemed over and no one could imagine a few years later the Gene Roddenberry dream would be reimagined – for better or worse, you decide – by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
Anyway, the interviews make for good reading and if you liked the series at all, it’s worth a look.