Last week, I snake-charmed my way into your inner reading soul and convinced you that media tie-ins are worth a look. This week, I've rounded up some recent media tie-in titles to check out. These are just some of the very recent releases. Media tie-in books are being released every month—more than any one reader can reasonably keep up with—so there are plenty more to discover beyond even this tasty selection.
Since I salivated all over Warhammer 40K last week, that seems like a suitable place to start. New Warhammer books are being released every month by Black Library, the literary offshoot Games Workshop, who develops the role playing game. Several recent nail-biting adventures are worth noting. For example, The Last Phoenix by Graham McNeill is a 1,000+ omnibus edition of two novels plus several related short fiction stories set in the Horus Heresy storyline. The omnibus Adeptus Mechanicus by Rob Sanders collects the novels Skitarius and Tech-Priest, stories which revolve around the technical and scientific experts of mankind. The Last Phoenix chronicles the fall of one of Warhammer 40K's most infamous daemonic villains and delivers on the franchise's promise of non-stop action.
Many of the WH40K books are parts of ongoing storylines. Pyres of Armageddon by David Annandale, the second book in the Yarrick series, sees Commissar Yarrick returning to action to defend the hive world of Armageddon from an impossibly overwhelming horde of attacking orks. Straight Silver by Dan Abnett is the latest novel in the Gaunt's Ghosts storyline. It features another deadly battle between the Imperial forces (led by Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his regiment, the Tanith First and Only) and the dark armies of Chaos in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. The Beast Arises is a fairly epic publishing endeavor within the Warhammer 40K book line. It reveals previously unexplored eras in Imperial history and tells a two-year-long story that spans twelve books. The latest books are Throneworld by Guy Haley and The Hunt for Vulkan by David Annandale. In Throneworld, Earth itself is in danger from an "ork attack moon". I'm not sure what that is, but I'm anxious to find out. In The Hunt for Vulkan, the Adeptus Astartes (they're the good guys) carry the battle back to the orks' home world. Bad news for the orks.
Star Trek is still proving itself to be a fertile world for telling fascinating stories even decades after it first hit the airwaves. In fact, the crew members from the original 1960s series are still going on missions in the pages of Star Trek books. The Latter Fire by James Swallow features Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew visiting the planet Syhaar Prime in the Beta Quadrant as its citizens prepare to become a galactic race. But their very rapid advancement raises aquestion: Did Kirk, in direct violation of the Prime Directive, give them technology far beyond their means? There's also Dayton Ward's Elusive Salvation, in which an alien race visits Earth in the 23rd century, looking for their brothers and sisters who crash-landed in the Arctic Circle 4 centuries earlier. Meanwhile in 1970—classic series nerd alert!—a young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven gets a call for help from the future. Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox begins a new trilogy of novels in which Kirk and crew face a moral dilemma when a secret, passed down from prior captains of the Enterprise, is revealed.
Fans of the other Trek shows shouldn't feel slighted. For Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans, Jeffrey Lang's Force and Motion features Chief Miles O’Brien meeting a former starship captain newly released after being imprisoned for ordering the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, thus killing more than six hundred crew members. And trouble is brewing again. Meanwhile, fans of the short-lived series Enterprise can look forward to Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett. It features Admiral Jonathan Archer trying to maintain the peace amidst the proliferation of Ware technology, which is being used by renegade Klingons to start a civil war.
For Star Wars fans, there's Bloodline by Claudia Gray, in which readers get to witness the birth of the resistance to Imperial oppression. Taking place after Star Wars episode II, Return of the Jedi, it features Leia Organa and the formation of a new Senate. But can the daughter of Darth Vader overcome her dark heritage and lead the people to an era of peace, especially when there is a new threat emerging from the shadows?
You may have noticed that there's a new Independence Day sequel coming to theaters (finally). Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes is a prequel novel to that sequel. It takes place years after the original film, but shortly before the new one. It tells of the story of how one remaining alien invading ship survived their destruction and unleashed a horde of alien attackers on Earth. It also features David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum in the films) and his task of harnessing the alien technology to prepare Earth for the impending return attack.
Fans of Doctor Who are legion. One of the favorite characters from the new series, River Song, is the subject of a new, themed anthology of short fiction set in the Doctor Who universe. Doctor Who: The Legends of River Song features a handful of fun stories focusing on River Song herself. It's quite surprising what a time-traveling archaeologist can get herself into.