As announced at Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary convention, Mission New York, the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series will launch fans into uncharted territory with a series of companion books and comics.
Kirsten Beyer, a writer and producer on Discovery, revealed during a panel that CBS is working with Simon & Schuster and IDW Publishing to publish these works. Also a writer behind the Star Trek: Voyager novels, Beyer said she’ll be working with David Mack of the Star Trek: Destiny books and Mike Johnson, who wrote the Star Trek Beyond sequel comic, Star Trek: Boldly Go.
Details on the stories are still unknown, but their releases will be timed to the show’s premiere this January on the streaming service CBS All Access.
During the Television Critic’s Association press tour, showrunner Bryan Fuller compared Discovery to a “novel over 13 episodes,” and teased the plot will involve “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored.” The series will be set in the Prime Universe about a decade or so before Captain Kirk’s 5-year mission, while the main star will be a lieutenant commander instead of the captain.