Growing up in England, I discovered "Star Trek" in completely the wrong order. My first exposure to it was finding the James Blish book "Star Trek 2" in the bookstore. I had no idea what it was, but it looked interesting, so I bought and read it. Next came the comic strip in "Joe 90" comics (Kirk and crew are captives in an alien zoo!). 

Finally - after the series had already been cancelled in America - the TV show was aired, and I was hooked.

Naturally, as soon as I was offered the chance to write a "Star Trek" novel I jumped at it! To date, I've penned five adventures set in "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space 9". 

Here There Be Dragons, Pocket Books, 1993 
*New York Times Best Seller*
The Enterprise is surveying a stellar cloud when they are attacked. They then discover a hidden world in the heart of the cloud with medieval humans on it - along with roaming dragons.

It seems like everybody pits the Enterprise against overwhelming odds, so I wanted to have them face an underwhelming foe. Picard can beat them without trying - and, as a result, he gets over-confident and makes a rare mistake.

Prisoners Of Peace, Pocket Books, 1994
There's a Cardassian stowaway on Deep Space 9 who causes trouble with the Bajorans - and then her father turns up with a warfleet to demand her safe return - or he'll destroy the station.

It always seemed to me that winning the peace after a war is often harder than winning the war. Here I had a chance to turn that thought into a story.

Field Trip, Pocket Books 1995
The class goes on a supposedly safe trip through the wormhole. They're then attacked by Cardassian raiders and bedeviled by invisible thieves. Can they escape the Cardassians who art hunting them?

Objective: Bajor, Pocket Books, 1996
The Hive has invaded our Galaxy and is heading directly for Bajor. The aliens give the planet three days to be evacuated - or every living being on the world will die as they consume the planet for fuel...

Originally I pitched this to feature the Borg, but my editor suggested using original villains instead. So I created the Hive, where the villains don't actually believe they're doing anything wrong - but could still annihilate worlds anyway. 

The Death Of Princes, Pocket Books, 1997
The crew of the Enterprise has to save two worlds on this mission - one endangered by a lethal plague, the other where the assassination of a head of state might caught a planetary war.

There have been so many stories where the captain has to break the Prime Directive - I thought it was about time for a story where we see the reason why there is a Prime Directive in the first place. Oh, and there are a bunch of A-Team jokes in this one, since Barclay is a member of the team.


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