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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television and radio, and scripted nearly 200 comic books, including his original DC superhero series, the Darkstars.


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Michael Jan Friedman Thanks for the question, Andrew. An idea can come from almost anywhere--an experience, the newspaper, a book you're reading, a picture, etc. The key…moreThanks for the question, Andrew. An idea can come from almost anywhere--an experience, the newspaper, a book you're reading, a picture, etc. The key is to know what to do with it. I once saw a news story about a guy who had been killed in the polar bear habitat at a zoo. I wondered who he was, and how he had gotten into the habitat, and why. Once you figure those things out, you have a character and you know what his problem (or conflict) is. And when you know that, you go on to elements like theme and setting. Take my latest book, for which I'm running a Kickstarter campaign even as we speak: I was reading about the ten days Pope Gregory eliminated in 1582 when he switched to the new (Gregorian) calendar. "Eliminated ten days..." I thought. "Did something happen in those ten days that compelled him to eliminate them?" And away I went. (less)
Michael Jan Friedman The book I'm working on now is Lost Days. It's about the ten days eliminated by Pope Gregory when he instituted the Gregorian calendar in 1582, what…moreThe book I'm working on now is Lost Days. It's about the ten days eliminated by Pope Gregory when he instituted the Gregorian calendar in 1582, what really happened during those days, and what a teenaged boy has to do about it. The idea came to me while I was researching something else and found out about the ten-day gap. Naturally, I was intrigued. To me, it wasn't just a logistical move on the part of the pope--it was an opportunity for me to play out a supernatural fantasy in a place where it had never been done before.
If you're interested, I'm in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for Lost Days. Here's the link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...
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Congratulate Mike on his Staff Pick Kickstarter Campaign! Veteran author Michael Jan Friedman is writing a historical fantasy for reluctant readers based on the advent of the Gregorian Calendar in 1582. “I know,” Friedman said. “Who in his right mind would want to write a book about a calendar? Especially one that’s been around for […]
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“The Romulans may rip this base in half, pal. They may even kill me. But I'll be damned if they're going to keep me from enjoying a refreshing beverage.”
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“The scientific name for an animal that doesn’t either run from or fight its own enemies is lunch. ”
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“No matter who won this battle, a race would be wiped out.”
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For June 2015, we venture into the far reaches of the galaxy and go where no book club has gone before. This month, we read STAR TREK!!

Star Trek Stargazer:
Gauntlet by Michael Jan Friedman
Gauntlet (Star Trek  Stargazer, #1) by Michael Jan Friedman
Before he came aboard the Enterprise-D, Captain Picard's first ship was Stargazer. Meet his first crew aboard his first ship. This takes place before Next Generation.
 
  3 votes, 42.9%

Star Trek Q Continuum:
Q-Space by Greg Cox
Q-Space (Star Trek  The Next Generation #47; The Q Continuum, #1) by Greg Cox
Little is known of the unearthly realm from which Q hails. Now Picard must learn Q's secrets -- or all of reality may perish!
 
  2 votes, 28.6%

I don't care
 
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Star Trek: Double Helix
Infection by John Gregory Betancourt
Infection (Star Trek  Double Helix, #1) by John Gregory Betancourt
This series follows an insidious disease infecting the Alpha Quadrant of the Galaxy beginning when Picard takes command of the Enterprise D.
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Star Trek New Frontier:
House of Cards by Peter David
House of Cards (Star Trek  New Frontier, #1) by Peter David
Takes place aboard the U.S.S. Excalibur, a newly refit Ambassador-class starship commanded by Captain Mackenzie Calhoun. New adventures await!
 
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