David Alan Mack

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This article is about the novelist. For the comic book artist, see David W. Mack.
David Alan Mack
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Mack at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, April 22, 2010.
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
Period 1995 – present
Genre science fiction
Notable works Star Trek: Divided We Fall
Starfleet Corps of Engineers
Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits

David Alan Mack is a writer best known for his freelance Star Trek novels. Mack also has had a Star Trek script produced, and worked on a Star Trek comic book.

Early career[edit]

Mack attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as an undergraduate, from 1987 to 1991. There he majored in film and television production and screenwriting as well as writing for the student-run comedy magazine, The Plague.[1][2]

After receiving several rejections on early spec-script submissions to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Mack teamed up with John J. Ordover, then an editor in Pocket Books' Star Trek Department. Working together, the pair combined Ordover's ability to arrange pitch meetings with the shows' producers with Mack's training in screenwriting.[3]

In 1995, the pair made their first story sale, to Star Trek: Voyager, though the project was never produced. A few weeks later they made another sale, this time to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, for the fourth-season episode "Starship Down". Another story pitched by the pair during that same meeting was bought three years later, as the basis for the seventh-season episode "It's Only a Paper Moon", for which the pair received a "story by" credit.[3]

During the 1990s, Mack performed freelance editorial work for Pocket Books. That work led to Mack being invited to draft a 5,000-word supplement for John Vornholt's novel The Genesis Wave, Book One, which in turn earned Mack an invitation in 2000 to write his own first full-length Star Trek book.[3]

Mack and Ordover wrote the four-part Deep Space Nine/Next Generation comic book miniseries Divided We Fall for WildStorm. With Keith R.A. DeCandido, Mack co-wrote the two-part Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) e-book story Invincible.

Solo work[edit]

(From left to right:) Mack, Will Sliney and Keith DeCandido at a signing at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, April 22, 2010.

Mack's first solo project was the two-part SCE e-book novel Wildfire. His other SCE e-books are Failsafe and Small World. He next wrote the short stories "Waiting for G'Doh, or, How I Learned to Stop Moving and Hate People" for the anthology Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits; and "Twilight's Wrath" for the anthology Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War.

Mack's first direct-to-paperback novels were a Star Trek: The Next Generation duology: A Time To Kill and A Time To Heal. Mack also wrote Harbinger, the first volume of the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series, which he co-developed with editor Marco Palmieri.

His first non-Star Trek novel was the Wolverine spy-thriller Road of Bones, published in October 2006 by Pocket Books. His first original novel, The Calling, which he described as "a modern-day fantasy-thriller," was published in July 2009.

Other work includes the Star Trek: New Frontier minipedia, the Starfleet Survival Guide, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine post-finale novel Warpath, the Mirror Universe short novel The Sorrows of Empire (first published in 2007, with an expanded version scheduled for release in 2010), and the multi-series crossover trilogy Star Trek: Destiny.

Upcoming projects by Mack include More Beautiful Than Death, one of four novels based on the film Star Trek, and Zero Sum Game, a part of the Star Trek: Typhon Pact series following Star Trek: Destiny.

Bibliography[edit]

Print[edit]

  • Star Trek: Divided We Fall (July-October 2001), four-issue comic-book miniseries, written with John J. Ordover. Published by WildStorm. Features characters from two television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Invincible, Book 1 (September 2001). An e-book, co-written with Keith R. A. DeCandido. Part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
  • Invincible, Book 2 (October 2001). An e-book, co-written with Keith R. A. DeCandido. Part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
  • Star Trek: SCE, Book Two — Miracle Workers (February 2002), mass-market paperback collection, contains the novella "Invincible," written with Keith R.A. DeCandido, which was originally published as an eBook in 2001.
  • Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide (September 2002)(trade paperback). One of the Star Trek reference books.
  • Wildfire, Book 1 and Book 2 (January 2003). An e-book in two parts, part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
  • Star Trek: New Frontier — No Limits (October 2003), trade paperback anthology. It contains the short story Waiting for G'Doh, or, How I Learned to Stop Moving and Hate People, featuring Zak Kebron.
  • Failsafe (May 2004). An e-book, part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
  • Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War (August 2004), trade paperback anthology. Contains the short story Twilight's Wrat, featuring Shinzon.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — A Time to Kill (July 2004) (mass-market paperback).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — A Time to Heal (August 2004) (mass-market paperback).
  • Star Trek: SCE, Book Six — Wildfire(November 2004), mass-market paperback collection. Contains the short novel Wildfire (originally published as an eBook, 2003). Part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
  • Star Trek: Vanguard — Harbinger (2005) (mass-market paperback)
  • Wolverine — Road of Bones (2006) (mass-market paperback)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Warpath (2006) (mass-market paperback)
  • Star Trek: Corps of Engineers — Creative Couplings (2007), trade paperback collection, contains novella "Small World" (originally published as an eBook, 2005)
  • Star Trek: Vanguard — Reap the Whirlwind (May 2007)(mass-market paperback)
  • Star Trek: Corps of Engineers — Grand Designs (2007), trade paperback collection, contains the novella "Failsafe" (originally published as an eBook, 2004)
  • Star Trek: Mirror Universe — Glass Empires (2007), trade paperback anthology, contains the short novel "The Sorrows of Empire"
  • Star Trek Destiny, Book One: — Gods of Night (October 2008) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek Destiny, Book Two: — Mere Mortals (November 2008) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek Destiny, Book Three: — Lost Souls (December 2008) mass-market paperback
  • The 4400: Promises Broken (2009) (mass-market paperback)
  • The Calling (2009) (trade paperback)
  • Star Trek: Vanguard — Precipice (November 2009) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: Typhon Pact — Zero Sum Game (October 2010) mass-market paperback
  • No Turning Back (November 2011) non-fiction, hardcover
  • Star Trek: Mirror Universe — Rise Like Lions (December 2011) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: Vanguard — Storming Heaven (April 2012) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations Book One: Persistence of Memory (October 2012) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations Book Two: Silent Weapons (November 2012) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations Book Three: The Body Electric (December 2012) mass-market paperback
  • Star Trek: The Fall — Book Three: A Ceremony of Losses (November 2013) mass-market paperback

Television[edit]

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — "It's Only a Paper Moon" (1999), with John Ordover and Ronald D. Moore
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — "Starship Down" (1995), with John Ordover

Interactive media[edit]

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Dominion Wars (2001), CD-ROM game (voiceover scripts)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — The Fallen (2000), CD-ROM game (interactive dialogue scripts, dialogue polishing)
  • Star Trek — Starship Creator (1998), CD-ROM Simulator (character development)

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Mack website, accessed March 31, 2009.
  2. ^ ‘Star Trek Destiny’ author David Mack’s Borg epic comes full cube Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2012
  3. ^ a b c TrekNation interview with David Mack by Jacqueline Bundy, July 12, 2004, accessed March 31, 2009.

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