Waiting On Wednesday - Willful Child by Steven Erikson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Willful Child by Steven Erikson
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: November 4th 2014 by Tor Books

From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new SF novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.’

The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it.

I'm a huge Erikson fan, so when I heard he was coming out with his own take on the Star Trek parody/homage genre that really only Galaxy Quest and John Scalzi's Redshirts have properly nailed, I knew it'd be going on my must-read list. November seems so far away, but with a killer cover to share, it seems a bit closer.


  1. Wait wait wait, he's gonna do his own Star Trek parady/homage novel? Yeah, I'm so in. I liked Redshirts, but something tells me Erikson's take is gonna be better and more my thing. Thanks for the heads up about this, totally adding this to my list of books to watch.


  2. Nice! That's a new to me one! Looks exciting!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Star Trek parodies are usually fun!

  4. Looks like a Bujold book in some ways. May have to check it out, never read his other works though.

  5. Great pick! I can't wait to get my hands on this and if the actual book is as good as that spectacular cover we're in for a treat :) Note to self, finish Redshirts soon...


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