STAR TREK: TITAN BOOKS 1 & 2
Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin debuted the first two exciting novels
featuring Captain Will Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan!
STAR TREK: TITAN Book 1 Taking Wing
TITAN Book 1 was a USA Today best-seller!
TITAN Book 1: Taking Wing in stores April 2005.
Following their previous best-selling and spectacularly-reviewed Star Trek work, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin wrote two new novels and one short story, featuring the hitherto-unseen adventures of Captain Riker's new command ship, the U.S.S. Titan (as mentioned at the end of the feature film Star Trek: Nemesis)!
An excerpt from an early chapter of Titan: Book 1 was included in the October 2004 TNG book, A Time for War, A Time For Peace by Keith R.A. DeCandido. This excerpt included the introduction of several new characters, chiefly among them Dr. Shenti Yisec Eres Ree, the ship's new doctor!
A prequel story to Titan: Book 1 is included in Tales from the Captain's Table. Written by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, the story tells about Riker and Troi's ill-fated honeymoon. . . and it's nothing like you'd ever expect.
Back Cover Copy Book 1:
After almost a decade of strife again foes such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U.S.S. Titan, commanded by Captain William T. Riker and manned by the most biologically varied and culturally diverse crew in Starfleet history.
But their mission does not begin according to plan.
In the wake of Star Trek Nemesis, Praetor Shinzon, slayer of the Romulan Senate, is dead. The power vacuum created by his demise has put the Romulan Star Empire, enemy of the Federation, at the brink of civil war. Competing factions now vie for control of their fragmenting civilization, and if the empire should fall, that entire area of the galaxy could destabilize.
To restore order to the region, Titan's long-anticipated mission of exploration is delayed as Starfleet assigns Riker to set up power-sharing talks among the Romulan factions. But even as the first tentative steps are taken toward building a new Romulus, the remnants of the Tal Shiar, the dreaded Romulan intelligence service, are regrouping behind the scenes for a power play of their own. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew become the last hope to prevent the quadrant from falling into chaos.
Back Cover Copy Book 2:
Investigating the disappearance of a secret Romulan fleet, the U.S.S. Titan, commanded by Captain William Riker, is unexpectedly propelled more than 200,000 light-years into the Small Magellanic Cloud. One of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies, the Cloud is also home to the Neyel, the long-sundered offshoots of Terran humanity, with whom the Federation has had no contact in over eighty years.
Nearby, Riker's uncertain ally, Commander Donatra of the Romulan Warbird Valdore, rescues a young Neyel, the survivor of a mysterious cosmic upheaval that seems at times to be both unraveling and reweaving the very fabric of space... the fulfillment of an apocalyptic vision that has already claimed millions of lives. Titan's science team soon finds evidence that the ravaging of Neyel space is the work of a vast and powerful intelligence: the stirrings of a dormant consciousness that is maintaining the existence of the Small Magellanic Cloud--and all life within it--from one moment to the next. And if it should awaken, the consequences are unimaginable.
As Riker considers his options, his new crew struggles with the scientific and philosophical implications of what they've discovered... while the young Neyel in their midst forges a bond with the captain, conjuring old ghosts Riker has yet to lay to rest.
INTERVIEWS & RESOURCES
An interview with Andy and Mike about the Titan series is up at TrekBBS
"Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels are two authors who have taken the world of Star Trek to new heights in the past few years... Taking Wing goes to show exactly why this pair is the best writing duo in Star Trek books today...This novel is more than solid, more than surprising; it is an utter treat for fans of Will Riker and the Romulans."
Below is a look at Mark (the person Ranul Keru was physically modelled after), author Andy Mangels, and Scot Bishop-Walker, the person who Titan's bartender was based upon.
Below are some of Sean Tourangeau's winning ship designs for Titan.
Below are some of Geoffrey Thorne's designs of a fantasy animated version of Titan.
The Trois: Captain William T. Riker & Deanna Troi
Chief Diplomatic Officer/Counselor: Commander Deanna Troi (Half-human, half-Betazoid)
First Officer: Commander Christine Vale (Human)
Second Officer/Chief Tactical Officer: Commander Tuvok (Vulcan)
Chief of Security: Commander Ranul Keru (Trill)
Chief Engineer: Commander/Dr. Xin Ra-Havreii (Efrosian)
Cadet Zurin Dakal (Ops) (Cardassian)
Lieutenant Pava Ek’Noor sh’Aqabaa (Security) (Andorian)
Ensign Aili Lavena (Alpha Shift Conn) (Pacifican)
Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Shenti Yisec Eres Ree (Pahkwa-thanh)
Dr. Se’al Cethente Qas (Astrophysics) (Syrath)
Dr. Huilan Sen’kara (Counselor) (S’ti’ach)
Lieutenant Melora Pazlar (Stellar Cartography) (Elaysian)
Lieutenant Hsuuri (Stellar Cartography) (Caitian)
Ensign Y'Lira Modan (Communications) (Selenean)
Cadet Orilly Malar (Exobiology) (Irriol)
Chief Petty Officer Bralik (Geology) (Ferengi)