TekWar is a series of science fiction novels created by Canadian actor William Shatner and ghost-written by American writer Ron Goulart, published by Putnam. The novels gave rise to a comic book series, video game, and later television movies and a series, both of the latter featuring Shatner.
|Created by||William Shatner|
|Original work||TekWar (1989)|
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||See TekWar (TV series)|
|Television series||See above|
|Video game(s)||William Shatner's TekWar|
The 22nd century universe is centered on "tek"—an illegal, addictive, mind-altering digital drug in the form of a microchip. The drug has the effect of simulated reality (as shown in the films and series), and taps into "the matrix" hyperspace. The protagonist, Jake Cardigan, is a former police officer who is framed for dealing in the drug four years before the start of the story. Having been sentenced to 15 years' cryo-imprisonment, he is released early. After discovering that Walt Bascom, the powerful head of a private security firm, arranged for the early release, Jake goes to work for Bascom as an investigator dedicated to tracking down the real Tek lords.
Shatner began to write notes that would become the novels on the set of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and has been quoted as saying that the original book was an attempt to blend elements from Star Trek and T. J. Hooker.
In 1992, Tekwar was adapted in to a comic book series.
A new Tekwar comic book adaptation, entitled Tek War Chronicles, by Shatner and comic book writer Scott Davis was released by Bluewater Productions on June 24, 2009. As of 2010, Tek War Chronicles is available digitally exclusively through Devil's Due Digital.
The Tekwar novels became a television franchise with TV movies in 1994 then a series.
|Title||USA Release||Running Time|
|TekWar||January 17, 1994||97 minutes|
|TekLords||20 February 1994||96 minutes|
|TekWar: TekLab||27 February 1994||105 minutes|
|TekWar: TekJustice||14 May 1994||100 minutes|
The first three were adaptations of the books, while TekJustice was an original movie.
|TekWar TV series|
|Episode||Episode Title||USA Release|
|1||Sellout||22 December 1994|
|2||Unknown Soldier||29 December 1994|
|3||Tek Posse||5 January 1995|
|4||Promises to Keep||12 January 1995|
|5||Stay of Execution||19 January 1995|
|6||Alter Ego||2 March 1995|
|7||Killer Instinct||9 March 1995|
|8||Chill Factor||30 March 1995|
|9||Deadline||6 April 1995|
|10||Carlotta's Room||13 April 1995|
|11||Deep Cover||10 June 1995|
|12||Cyberhunt||17 June 1995|
|13||Zero Tolerance||24 June 1995|
|14||Forget Me Not||1 July 1995|
|15||The Gate||20 January 1996|
|16||Skin Deep||27 January 1996|
|17||Redemption||2 February 1996|
|18||Betrayal||19 February 1996|