Friday, September 30, 2022

Simon Spotlight To Release 'Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova' Novel On Jan. 17, 2023

Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and Paramount Consumer Products are teaming up to release Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova, a brand new middle-grade novel based on the Star Trek: Prodigy videogame, which itself is based on the hit Paramount+ and Nickelodeon animated series, on January 17, 2023!

Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova is written by New York Times bestselling author Robb Pearlman, and will be released in both hardcover and paperback formats. Both formats are available to pre-order now, including on Barnes & Noble, with the hardcover edition priced at $17.99 and the paperback edition priced at $6.99.

Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova marks Pearlman’s first foray into middle-grade fiction.

In this middle grade adventure based on the Star Trek: Prodigy video game, Dal and Gwyn must rescue their missing crewmates. When the Protostar crash-lands in a peculiar star system, the crew ends up separated and Dal and Gwyn must work together to find their missing crewmates. They don’t have much time, though: the nearby star is destabilized and in danger of creating a supernova. Then Dal and Gwyn discover evil droids patrolling the area, and they look just like the Watchers back in Tars Lamora. How will Dal and Gwyn confront this nightmare from their past...and prevent an explosion in their near future?

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781665925426
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Publication date: 01/17/2023
Series: Star Trek: Prodigy
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Outright Games will release the Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova video game, developed by Tessera Studio, on consoles and PC on October 14.

Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova is in fact just one of a raft of new Star Trek books for younger Trekkies Paramount and Pearlman have been working on.

On October 4, Smart Pop, an imprint of BenBella Books, is publishing two Star Trek board books, Star Trek: My First Book of Colors and Star Trek: My First Book of Space, under license from Paramount Consumer Products. For author Robb Pearlman, who came up with the idea for both books and wrote My First Book of Colors, this is just the beginning. He has four Star Trek books, with four publishers, coming out this year and another in January 2023 (the aforementioned Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova).

My First Book of Colors introduces the very young to the multilayered hues of the franchise, along with icons from across the different Star Trek series. “It’s not just green, it’s a mysterious green hand, an iridescent jellyfish, a pinkish purplish quantum singularity,” Pearlman told Publisher's Weekly.

He enlisted friend Erin Macdonald, an astrophysicist and science consultant for the Star Trek franchise, to write My First Book of Space. The book features illustrations of Star Trek ships set on NASA photography of space phenomena like a nebula or the sun. The ships and their position within the spatial photos tie back to specific episodes, a fun bonus for the fans. The combination of photos and illustrations also helps kids understand that “even though the Enterprise is real to us, it’s not really a working spaceship,” Pearlman said.

Together, the two books teach STEAM concepts to the youngest readers, with plenty of Easter eggs for adults.

Pearlman’s other Star Trek books in 2022 include The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend, written with Jordan Hoffman (Smart Pop, May). “I noticed that people who would never ordinarily meet will become lifelong friends because of Star Trek,” Pearlman said. “They start talking about episodes and it evolves into meaningful friendships.” The hardcover book celebrates friendships from all of the series and includes a forward from two of the actors in Star Trek: Voyager.

A picture book, Star Trek Discovery: Girl Who Made the Stars (Running Press Kids, Aug.), written by Brandon Schultz and adapted by Pearlman, is based on an episode of Star Trek: Short Treks, an anthology series that ran for two seasons starting in 2018, centered on the character Michael Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek: Trek the Halls (Little, Brown, Oct.) is a riff on the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls” for fans of all ages, starring characters from all the TV series as they sport their ugly Christmas sweaters.

As mentioned above, Star Trek: Prodigy: Supernova marks Pearlman’s first foray into middle-grade fiction. “It’s very different from a board book,” he says. “I’m always interested in flexing my writers’ muscles, and I’m a huge fan of the show.

Pearlman describes himself as a pop culturalist. He has written more than 60 books for children and adults, including 10 Star Trek titles. His recent titles have been skewing toward true children’s books, albeit typically with plenty of content for the adult fans. But much of his work has been meant to appeal mostly to adults or to adults and kids equally, while housed in a children’s book format.

That is true of Pearlman’s first Star Trek book, Fun with Kirk and Spock (Cider Mill Press, 2014), a parody of Fun with Dick and Jane. “I was at a Comic Con and I realized there’s a huge overlap in the Venn diagram of the people who love children’s books and the people who love Star Trek and remember watching it with their families,” he said. “Fun with Kirk and Spock was really for adults, but it found a huge audience with people who were reading it with their kids.”

Other Star Trek titles by Pearlman over the years include the Where’s Waldo?-like Search for Spock: A Star Trek Book of Exploration (Cider Mill, 2017), Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom (Insight Editions, 2016); and Star Trek: Body by Starfleet: A Fitness Guide (Running Press, 2019).

Pearlman’s pop culture writing is not limited to Star Trek. His diverse list of titles ranges from The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary (Little, Brown, 2020), to Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel (Running Press Kids, 2019), to Rick & Morty: Book of Gadgets and Inventions (Running Press, 2019), to name just a few.

Pearlman has also had a parallel career in publishing, including a 14-year stay at Rizzoli, where he served as associate publisher for Universe books, calendars, and licensing. He has also had stints at Simon & Schuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Smart Pop.

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Originally published: September 30, 2022.

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