The journey that started back before Christmas 2013, when I said ‘Hey, Laura, I’ve got this cool idea for a new Stargate book!’ ends today with the publication of Stargate SG-1: HostileGround. It’s exciting to see our novel out there, but a little nerve wracking too because it has a lot to live up to. And that got me thinking about what a tremendous privilege - and daunting responsibility - it is to write in the wonderful world of Stargate.
Meeting so many other Stargate fans at Shore Leave 36 earlier this month really brought home to me how important it is that we get it right. Ten seasons and two movies worth of canon have created a set of characters beloved by their smart and loyal fans, characters with complex lives and histories who live in a rich and detailed world, all of which must play into the story for it to feel like Stargate. Getting to pick up and play with those characters and that world is an enormous privilege, and Laura and I have felt the weight of that responsibility in every single word we’ve written.
Of course, our interpretation of the characters can’t possibly mirror the interpretation of every Stargate fan out there. But we’ve done our utmost to be true to the show, true to the creative geniuses behind Stargate SG-1 – both in front of and behind the camera – and, most of all, true to the amazing fans that are keeping the fandom alive.
And, with the news that MGM will be rebooting Stargate in a trilogy of movies that will take the franchise in a new direction, our role in keeping SG-1 and Atlantis alive has become even more significant.
I really hope you enjoy Stargate SG-1: Hostile Ground. I’d love to hear what you think of it – good or bad, all constructive feedback is valuable! And as Laura and I settle down to write book two we’ll be doing so in the knowledge that SG-1 lives on in the hearts of fans and in the words we’re lucky enough to write. That’s a responsibility we take very seriously.
But, hey, this is sci-fi. Who knows what the future will hold for our favourite show? It isn’t the longest running sci-fi show in history for nothing. #StargateForever!