Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann: I, The Constable.

Quark is the kind of Ferengi that can smell profit on the wind, and when his tavern-magnate uncle passes away, he detects just such an opportunity! However, in the pursuit of his newfound potential profit, Quark gets caught up in a web of crime and intrigue, and it's up to Odo to don his constable's uniform and save the day. Along the way, he will deal with double-crosses, nasty armed thugs, and gallons of glebbening rain on the mean streets of Ferenginar.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome authors Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann to the show to discuss their recent Deep Space Nine e-novella, I, The Constable. We talk about the inspiration for the story, the research they did to capture the noir feel, changes in the society of Ferenginar, the voices of the characters both old and new, Quark's seemingly newfound generosity, some fun references, and wrap up with where you can find Paula and Terry online.

In the news segment, we judge the cover of the upcoming Discovery novel Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward and review two new comics: Boldly Go #14 and the first issue of a new series: Discovery: The Light of Kahless.

News
Book Cover Judging (00:02:57)
Boldly Go #14 (00:10:10)
Discovery #1 (00:18:54)

Feature: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann
New eBook (00:30:05)
The Story (00:31:27)
Odo Does Noir (00:36:55)
The Plot (00:40:34)
Female Investment (00:47:38)
Quark's Newfound Philanthropy (00:55:24)
Fun References (01:07:17)
What's Next (01:16:00)
Fine Thoughts (01:23:52)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Literary Treks 211: Team Garak!

A Stitch in Time.

One of the things that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is lauded for is the huge variety of compelling secondary characters that the show introduced. Many Niners would agree that the best of these was the enigmatic Cardassian tailor, Garak, brought to life by the supremely talented actor, Andrew J. Robinson. Encouraged to publish the life story of Garak in his own words, Robinson entered the world of Star Trek novels in 2000, adding a wonderful and highly-regarded story to the Trek literature universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss a favorite novel of many Trek fans, A Stitch in Time. We talk about Garak's history, growing up on Cardassia Prime, the reason for his exile on Deep Space Nine, post-war Cardassia, The Oralian Way, the reliability of Garak's account of his life, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we feature an exclusive interview with Zachary Auburn, author of the truly unique book, A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

News: Zachary Auburn
A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation (00:02:21)

Feature: A Stitch in Time
Andrew Robinson's Novel (00:21:14)
First Reading (00:22:14)
Judging it By it's Cover (00:25:28)
In Garak's Voice (00:27:01)
Growing Up (00:38:59)
Why He's on the Station (00:59:56)
Post War (01:09:05)
The Oralian Way (01:20:27)
Is the Source Reliable (01:24:17)
Ratings (01:30:50)
Final Thoughts (01:37:49)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Zachary Auburn
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Echoes.

For every action we take, there are multiple possibilities. And for each of those possibilities, a new universe is born, with each decision branching off into infinite parallel worlds, each of them subtly different from all of the rest. Captain Janeway and the crew of Voyager come across one world where the barriers between these universes are coming down: every two and a half hours, a door is opened between all realities, and every person is shifted to the next reality. And in one of these realities, a horrific holocaust repeats itself as every shift spells the deaths of billions.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge's Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. We talk about the plot of the novel, the unique perspective of the story's events, the dreaded Voyager reset button, Tuvok's role in the story, the crews' doppelgangers, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we discuss Bruce's new comic acquisition and talk about the newly-released Star Trek: The Book of Lists.

News
What Bruce is Reading (00:03:03)
Star Trek: The Book of Lists (00:06:45)

Feature: Echoes
Voyager #15 (00:09:48)
First Reading (00:12:57)
The Plot (00:15:51)
Different Perspectives (00:28:52)
Reset Button (00:38:38)
The Characters (00:46:15)
Is That Work or Tuvok? (00:50:47)
Ratings (00:52:35)
Final Thoughts (00:56:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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David A. Goodman: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard.

Jean-Luc Picard: Son, brother, explorer, captain, negotiator, hero. The public perception of this great figure from future history is certainly well known: both his numerous triumphs and his public tragedies. But what made him the great man that shaped so much of what the Federation is today? From his formative years on the family vineyard in Labarre, France, to his halcyon days as captain of the Federation flagship, hear the story of one of the most inspirational figures in galactic history is his own words!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by David A. Goodman, the "editor" of The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard: The Story of One of Starfleet's Most Inspirational Captains. We talk about Picard's early years, his time aboard the U.S.S. Stargazer, his relationship with numerous figures throughout his life including Beverly and Jack Crusher, the context that this book adds to The Next Generation, a surprising Star Trek: Discovery connection, and wrap up by discussing David Goodman's other role as executive producer of The Orville, including some insights into a future episode of that show.

In the news segment, we talk about the new Waypoint trade paperback, detail IDW's upcoming January releases, and review issue 13 of Boldly Go, the first in a new 6-part storyline, I.D.I.C.!

News
Waypoint Trade (00:03:13)
New Comic Covers (00:05:04)
Boldly Go # 13 (00:08:50)

Feature: David A. Goodman
Picard's Editor (00:17:16)
Snapshots from the Captain's Past (00:18:40)
Important Memories (00:28:15)
More History (00:35:29)
Context (00:41:36)
Surprises (00:53:58)
A Discovery Reference (00:57:25)
Countdown (01:00:49)
What's Next? (01:12:19)
Final Thoughts (01:12:19)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Ethan Siegel: Treknology.

Ever since Star Trek first hit television screens in 1966, audiences have been fascinated by the amazing technologies that are a part of every day life in the 23rd century. Over the past 51 years, Trek fans have imagined what it would be like to transport instantaneously from one place to another, have any kind of food or material replicated with a simple voice command, or travel to the stars aboard a warp-capable starship.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by author and scientist Dr. Ethan Siegel to discuss his new book, Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive. We talk about a number of technologies covered in the book, the process of writing it, the influence Star Trek has had on our collective imaginations and the technology of modern society, where our technologies may go in the future, and wrap up with where you can find Dr. Siegel online.

In our news segment, we reveal the back-cover blurb for Dayton Ward's upcoming Discovery: Drastic Measures, and review two comics: Boldly Go #12 and New Visions #18.

News
Blurb fir Drastic Measures (00:02:35)
Boldly Go #12 (00:06:06)
New Visions # 18 (00:12:41)

Feature: Ethan Siegel
The Science of Star Trek (00:21:48)
The Process (00:23:37)
Warp Drive (00:30:38)
The Spore Drive (00:39:59)
Transporters (00:46:00)
Trans-Warp Beaming (00:50:32)
Writing (00:51:26)
The Holodeck (00:57:27)
The Format (01:03:21)
The Spirit of Star Trek (01:06:55)
Final Thoughts (01:10:18)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Ethan Siegel

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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David R. George III: Original Sin.

Benjamin Sisko has inhabited many roles in his life: husband, Emissary, and Starfleet Captain. But when a terrifying alien force attacks the USS Robinson and abducts 87 children, including Sisko's daughter Rebecca, his role as her father threatens to overwhelm all of the others, especially since this incident mirrors the kidnapping of Rebecca as a toddler six years earlier. Can he remain objective through this crisis and see it to a peaceful end, or will the possibility of the loss of his daughter spell doom for the mission?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David R. George III to talk about his latest book, Deep Space Nine: Gamma: Original Sin. We discuss the two stories told in tandem, the character of Jasmine Tey, crime drama as Star Trek story, the nature of Rebecca Sisko, a completely alien encounter, the possibility of a Gamma series going forward, and where to follow David R. George III online.

In the news segment, we invite Amy Nelson of Earl Grey and The Edge back on the show to discuss issue number four of the Mirror Broken comic series from IDW.

News
Mirror Broken #4 (00:02:42)

Feature: David R. George III
Two Stories (00:19:28)
Jasmine Tey (00:31:12)
Crime Drama (00:35:43)
Spoilers (00:40:28)
What's Going on With Rebecca (00:53:42)
2386 (01:01:44)
Next for Sisko (01:13:44)
Coming Up for David (01:16:57)
Final Thoughts (01:18:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
David R. George III
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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David Mack: Desperate Hours.

A new Star Trek series is a huge deal to Trek fandom. It's a pretty rare occurrence, and what's even rarer is a first novel that looks and feels anything like the actual show! But thanks to Discovery writer and tie-in guru Kirsten Beyer, the novels and the show are linked together like never before, and we as fans get to read about the adventures of Discovery at almost the same instant the show hits screens!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author David Mack to talk about his new Discovery novel, Desperate Hours. We discuss the process of collaboration with Discovery's writers, Captain Pike's devotion to duty, Enterprise vs. Shenzhou, the Shenzhou's bridge crew, comparisons to the Vanguard series, Spock and Burnham, the look and feel of the universe, the book's non-canon status, and finish up with what David Mack has on the horizon.

In the news segment, we judge the covers of the upcoming Titan: Fortune of War, and Deep Space Nine: I, the Constable.

News
Fortune of War Cover (00:04:03)
I, Constable Cover (00:06:55)

Feature: David Mack
Discovery's First Book (00:10:01)
Getting Involved (00:12:37)
The Two Captains (00:18:20)
Saru and Una (00:23:49)
Competition (00:30:36)
Writing from Scripts (00:33:22)
Creative Freedom (00:38:53)
Spock and Burnham (00:52:21)
Media Tie-ins (01:03:29)
Different Styles (01:06:53)
The Story (01:18:37)
Does Discovery Live Up (01:24:37)
Canon (01:29:28)
The Midnight Front and What's Next (01:36:13)
Final Thoughts (01:42:10)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Sarek.

Vulcan Ambassador. Wife to Amanda. Father of Spock and Sybok. Guardian of Michael Burnham. Sarek has been many things during his long life, and few secondary characters have had the impact on the Star Trek universe that he has. But what are the innermost thoughts of this quiet, reserved character? And how will he respond to a crisis that may tear apart one of the founding worlds of the Federation and threaten the cohesion of that great institution?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Justin Oser of Earl Grey to talk about Sarek by A.C. Crispin. We discuss the setting, the bond between Sarek and Amanda, Klingon ambassador Kamarag, a timely topic of xenophobia, Kirk's nephew Peter, how Discovery's depiction of Sarek might compare, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about IDW's upcoming comics in December and review issue #11 of Boldly Go.

News
December Comics (00:02:44)
Boldly Go #11 (00:06:07)

Feature: Sarek
A Classic Trek (00:12:43)
Experiences (00:14:35)
The Time Period (00:15:57)
A Bond (00:20:59)
Kamarag (00:31:33)
A Fringe Group (00:35:39)
Peter Kirk (00:48:56)
To Death Do Us Part (00:58:11)
Mistaken Identities (01:14:09)
Sarek and Discovery (01:20:45)
Ratings (01:25:22)
Final Thoughts (01:32:21)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Mudd In Your Eye.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd: liar, thief, brigand, and frequent thorn in the side of Starfleet captain James T. Kirk. Most who encounter this man would say he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. However, could it be possible that Mudd is now the architect of an unprecedented peace treaty between warring factions who have been fighting for millennia?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge and Melodic Treks' Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss Mudd In Your Eye. We talk about silly reasons for war, transwarp beaming, the nature of death for the Nevisians, another society run by computer, Stella Mudd, how we think Mudd might compare in this novel to his depiction in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the release of David Mack's Desperate Hours and John Byrne's upcoming appearance at NYCC 2017.

News
Happy Discovery Day (00:01:29)
John Byrne at NYCC 2017 (00:05:00)

Feature: Mudd In Your Eye
Numbered Books (00:07:30)
Don't Eat the White Ones (00:10:13)
The Humor and Characters (00:19:57)
Transwarp Beaming (00:23:52)
Death Becomes Her (00:28:47)
Another Computer Run Society (00:35:09)
Stella! (00:44:11)
Mudd and Discovery (00:50:21)
Ratings (00:55:50)
Final Thoughts (01:01:00)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Patterns of Interference.

The Prime Directive: The cornerstone of Federation law when it comes to interacting with other cultures. How did this important directive come into being, and what were the intentions of the original authors of Starfleet's overriding policy? We journey back to the early days of the Federation to find out!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference. We discuss the dictator Maltuvis, the ultimate Prime Directive debate, a strange new world, freedom and truth, Section 31's fatal flaw, what's in store for Trip, and Archer's beagle companion, Porthos.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently revealed (and incorrect) cover for David Mack's upcoming Titan novel, Fortune of War.

News
Cover for Titan: Fortune of War (00:03:33)

Feature: Patterns of Interference
A New Book Release (00:08:44)
The Rise of the Federation (00:11:48)
Maltuvis (00:13:32)
The Ultimate Prime Directive Debate (00:21:25)
Strange New Worlds (00:31:35)
Freedom and Truth (00:42:22)
Section 31 (00:50:04)
Trip's Future (00:58:09)
Porthos (01:01:56)
Ratings (01:06:40)
Final Thoughts (01:17:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer)

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