If you can’t get enough “Star Trek” in your life you should be thrilled to find that ‘Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless’ is due out in bookstores and to your favorite e-readers this December! The latest ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ novel is penned by David Galanter and shines a spotlight on Paul Stamets who is played by Anthony Rapp on the series. Stamets is the scientist who is responsible for creating the highly divisive Spore Drive. Seemingly out of canon, the production team was able to shoehorn it into making some kind of sense on the show before this sixth entree into the book series comes out.
As to what ‘Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless’ will be about, here the official synopsis:
The U.S.S. Discovery’s specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?
Honestly, I’m still not sold on the Spore Drive and how it was effectively created for the Discovery and erased from canon. I love the concept of the drive for science fiction, but it feels so entirely out of place in the world of “Star Trek.” That being said, Rapp has turned out to be a fantastic actor, so seeing more of his character could be fun outside of having to be still attached to his greatest and most annoying creation.
Are you looking forward to the next ‘Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless’ novel to be released? Is Paul Stamets the character you want to see fleshed out more in future novel offerings for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!