Four Star Trek futures you may never get to see

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Man, were we looking forward to diving into four new Star Trek futures this summer! The Klingons were going to attack the Enterprise to restore their pride after Nero's escape in last year's J.J. Abrams blockbuster, Adm. Spock (Spock Prime, that is) was going to have his own quest as the result of the new timeline, Capt. Kirk and Ambassador Sarek were going to ...

Oh, we could go on. But the more we tell you, the more you'll start salivating, and the more painful it will be when we explain that you won't get to enjoy these adventures a few months from now after all.

That's because Pocket Books, which had been planning to release four new Star Trek novels set in the recent movie's timeline—and had already listed the books in the Simon & Schuster summer sales brochure—has decided to postpone the books indefinitely. (Check out these preliminary covers prepared for the sales catalog, and remember that the final covers, should the books eventually appear, may look completely different.)

Our friends over at TrekMovie passed on the following statement they received today from a company spokesperson:

With last summer's blockbuster STAR TREK movie, JJ Abrams created a new vibrant, layered version of the Star Trek universe. After careful consideration, we decided to hold off on telling new stories while JJ and his team continue to develop his vision.

The four novels you could have been reading as early as May 25 include:

Star Trek: Refugees, by Alan Dean Foster

Star Trek: Seek a Newer World, by Christopher L. Bennett

Star Trek: The Hazards of Concealing, by Greg Cox

Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death, by David Mack

There's reportedly no information as to whether and when these will now be released.

For more information on the Star Trek summer that might have been—if your heart can stand the disappointment—visit TrekMovie.

For the latest sci-fi news, follow us on Twitter at @scifiwire