On Grand Designs

Grand Designs, the Star Trek: Corps of Engineers compilation containing my novella Ring Around the Sky, will be published by Pocket Books in July of 2007. The cover for it was unveiled today:

The cover image is of the world Kharzh’ulla IV, seen in my story, as rendered by artist Chris Moore. Kharzh’ulla boasts of an orbital ring connected to the surface by space elevators built by an ancient race. In the 24th-century, the Ring faces collapse and the crew of the USS da Vinci is called in to consult and, perhaps, repair the Ring.

The stories in Grand Designs are:

  • #37: Ring Around the Sky by Allyn Gibson
  • #38: Orphans by Kevin Killiany
  • #39: Grand Designs by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
  • #40: Failsafe by David Mack
  • #41: Bitter Medicine by Dave Galanter
  • #42: Sargasso Sector by Paul Kupperberg

This isn’t the first time Kharzh’ulla has been depicted. Michael Collins’ cover of the 2004 eBook publication of Ring Around the Sky was simply breathtaking:

I’ve felt incredibly blessed to have artwork as sensational as these two pieces representing my story. Blessed. 🙂

For those who haven’t read Ring Around the Sky, perhaps because of the eBook format, come July you’ll have your chance. The super-spiffy cover by Chris Moore should certainly be enticing enough. 😀

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

6 thoughts on “On Grand Designs

  1. I’ve felt incredibly blessed to have artwork as sensational as these two pieces representing my story. Blessed…

    I agree with you about the stunning artwork, and I shall certainly look forward to reading this story, but I do have one tiny question:

    Blessed by whom?

  2. Wow! I always thought you had one of the best of the SCE covers and this new one may just top it. Very nice work.

  3. Michael Collins’ work on SCE/CoE doesn’t get enough praise, in my opinion. He’s a magnificent talent, and I’d like to see, perhaps in a future CoE reprint, a collection of Collin’s covers bound in the center, much as novelizations sometimes have stills from the film to bring his superlative artwork to the wider audience it deserves.

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