Through the Mirror.

In the dreaded Mirror Universe, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew aboard the fearsome I.S.S. Enterprise plot to raid our universe for valuable plunder to fuel the ever-expanding war machine of the Terran Empire. Unbeknownst to the Enterprise crew in the Prime Universe, infiltration of Starfleet by Mirror-Picard and his crew has already begun...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Trek.fm's own Amy Nelson to talk about the five-part IDW Comics miniseries Through the Mirror. We discuss each issue of the series, which features two stories running in tandem: story A, in which our heroes must thwart an attempt by the mirror crew to steal resources from our universe, and story B, in which the mirror Commander Data attempts to track down former Emperor Spock and learn the secrets of the prime universe.

In the news segment, Dan and Bruce review the second issue of the Star Trek: Discovery: Succession comic miniseries.

News
Succession #2 (00:03:05)

Feature: Through the Mirror
Something New (00:11:08)
Issue #1 (00:13:09)
Issue #2 (00:37:23)
Issue #3 (00:53:47)
Issue #4 (01:06:57)
Issue #5 (01:20:03)
Ratings (01:37:32)
Final Thoughts (01:45:51)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-232.mp3
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A Time to Die.

Captain Picard relieved of command and under psychiatric care. The Enterprise in mortal danger. A "Traveler," scared to use his power, but knowing that he must in order to save his friends from another life. And a strange, other-worldly threat prowls the site of the deadliest battle of the Dominion War, with seemingly nothing able to stop it. Can Wesley Crusher once again do what he does best: save the U.S.S. Enterprise and everyone aboard her?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss A Time to Die, part two of a duology by John Vornholt and the second novel in the nine-part A Time To series. We talk about Wesley's abilities as a Traveler, the character of Colleen Cabot and her relationship with Wesley, Picard's role in the story, the "Demon Flyer" that threatens our heroes, the Ontailians, answer some questions from our listeners, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

News
The Good Old Days (00:02:16)

Feature: A Time to Die
More of "A Time To" (00:06:23)
Wesley (00:08:47)
Giddy (00:15:04)
Colleen Cabot (00:19:44)
Goodreads Questions (00:34:24)
Fish Out of Water (00:43:27)
The Ghost Ship (00:50:27)
The Ontailians (00:55:02)
Fristan (00:57:38)
More Goodreads Questions (00:59:31)
Ratings (01:09:27)
Final Thoughts (01:16:10)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am MDT

How Much for Just the Planet?

Star Trek is no stranger to absurdity. "The Trouble with Tribbles," "I, Mudd," and "A Piece of the Action" are probably the most notable instances, however, it's fair to say that Star Trek has never been quite this off-the-wall! With characters bursting into song at the drop of a hat and over-the-top physical gags including an epic pie fight and a Klingon captain getting his foot stuck in a toilet, the subject of this week's episode isn't your typical Trek!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the highly polarizing classic novel How Much for Just the Planet? We discuss the plot of the novel, the instances of very broad comedy, the characters who populate this colorful tale, artistic flourishes by the author including some surprise cameo appearances, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the TNG: Through the Mirror comic series, which is currently being released. We will do a complete review of the entire miniseries in an upcoming episode of Literary Treks!

News
Through the Mirror (00:02:33)

Feature: How Much for Just the Planet?
A Polarizing Novel (00:06:21)
The Cover (00:10:53)
The Plot (00:14:21)
Broad Comedy (00:19:22)
The Klingons (00:31:05)
Artistic Flourishes (00:36:10)
The Very, Very Beginning (00:48:23)
The Jefferson Randolph Smith (00:55:11)
Ratings (01:05:12)
Final Thoughts (01:09:13)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am MDT

Fallen Heroes.

Deep Space Nine under siege! A seemingly indestructible and implacable foe is tearing through DS9 deck-by-deck, destroying everyone in their path. Salvation will come from an unlikely place, however, and it is up to Quark and Odo to work together to solve the mystery and save the station!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by guest host Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the Deep Space Nine novel Fallen Heroes by Dafydd ab Hugh. We talk about when the novel was written, a Quark and Odo team-up, whether the author captured the voices of characters adequately, time travel shenanigans, the alien of the week, the resolution of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we review issue #18 of Boldly Go, which is sadly the final issue of the series.

Direct download: lt-229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

A Time to Be Born.

In 2004, Pocket Books undertook an ambitious project: a nine-book series that bridged the gap between the films Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. Dubbed the "A Time To..." series, the nine novels have titles that will be familiar to readers of the Ecclesiastes book of the Old Testament, or those who know the pop hit by The Byrds, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Good luck getting that one out of your head!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first book in the series, A Time to Be Born. We discuss Wesley Crusher's surprise return, the dangers of the Rashanar battle site, the damage to Picard's reputation, Data's role in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we review the first issue of the new Star Trek: Discovery: Succession miniseries.

News
Succession #1 (00:02:49)

Feature: A Time to Be Born
A Time To Series (00:20:00)
Wesley Crusher (00:24:08)
Rashanar (00:33:05)
Insight Into Data (00:49:01)
Picard Brought Low (00:51:37)
Ensign Brewster (01:03:27)
The Fall Android Guy (01:07:24)
Ratings (01:14:11)
Final Thoughts (01:18:43)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-228.mp3
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Collision Course.

James T. Kirk. He has crossed the galaxy, fought Klingons, Romulans, and Borg, and lived through more than anyone ever thought possible. But how did this remarkable Starfleet captain get his start? While the story of his academy years has been told in a number of different stories, never before have we seen his young life from the perspective of the man who played him: William Shatner.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the final Shatnerverse novel, Academy: Collision Course. We talk about this novel's relationship with Star Trek 2009, Jim Kirk's relationship with Starfleet, his family dynamic, Spock in his youth, another perspective on Tarsus IV, how Collision Course fits in with Trek canon, why the Academy book series was cancelled, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge the upcoming Discovery novel Fear Itself by its cover and review the latest New Visions comic, The Enemy of My Enemy.

News
Fear Itself REAL cover (00:03:33)
New Visions #21 (00:05:41)

Feature: Collision Course
Alternate Academy Years (00:17:08)
No Love for Starfleet (00:20:28)
Kirk (00:22:03)
The Kirk Family (00:28:22)
Spock (00:38:33)
Vulcan for Sale (0046:30:)
Another Conscience of the King (00:53:04)
Fitting In (01:01:28)
The Last Page (01:06:26)
Ratings (01:12:09)
Final Thoughts (01:15:33)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am MDT

Dark Mirror.

In the year 2267, four Starfleet officers found themselves trapped in a strange alternate universe, a dark and deadly mirror of their own reality. There, a brutal empire ruled in place of the Federation, and advancement came through deceit and murder. Now, a century later, the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves pulled into that same mirror reality, and this time they must work to prevent a full scale invasion of the prime universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the TNG novel Dark Mirror by Diane Duane. We discuss how the novel compares to other stories set in the mirror universe, a dolphin scientist named Hwii, his theory of hyperstrings, the evil and powerful Counselor Troi, the origins and nature of the mirror universe, Diane Duane's particular brand of technobabble, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about the upcoming Autobiography of Mr. Spock, judge the cover of James Swallow's novel Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself, and discuss the news of the new comic miniseries, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita, coming later this year.

News
The Autobiography of Spock (00:03:38)
Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself (00:08:27)
Terra Incognita Announcement (00:11:47)

Feature: Dark Mirror
Back to the Mirror (00:15:36)
How it Fits (00:18:28)
Sea World in Space (00:30:26)
Good Vibrations (00:35:08)
The Counselor (00:37:28)
Comparing Universes (00:49:10)
Possible Origins (00:57:02)
Master of Technobabble (01:01:37)
Ratings (01:10:19)
Final Thoughts (01:11:06)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-226.mp3
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Kirsten Beyer: Architects of Infinity.

A strange planet with an enticing mystery is also the perfect destination for shore leave for the Full Circle fleet led by the U.S.S. Voyager. However, the mission to investigate this mysterious world may uncover a force that has the power to completely overwhelm the crews of the four Federation starships that comprise the fleet. Will the unintended consequences of the fleet's actions ultimately destroy them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by guest host Matthew Rushing and New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer to talk about her newest novel, Architects of Infinity. We discuss a medical situation that has ethical concerns for all involved, the nature of Kriosians and Ensign Aytar Gwyn's choices, Icheb's budding relationship, the plight of the junior officers aboard Voyager, a mystery that is way above the heads of even the brightest Starfleet officers, and an ending that left us all shocked. We also briefly touch on Kirsten's role as the media tie-in guru in the Star Trek: Discovery writers' room.

In the news segment, we talk about an April Fools' gag that briefly tricked us, the upcoming Incredibuilds Star Trek 3D wooden model kits with accompanying books written by author Dayton Ward, and review the first issue of the new Star Trek: Discovery Annual series written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson.

News
Mission to Gamma VI??? (00:03:02)
IncrediBuilds (00:06:29)
Star Trek Discovery Annual (00:08:38)

Feature: Kirsten Beyer
Infinity Stones? (00:16:11)
Expectations (00:17:41)
Conlon and Kim (00:20:27)
Gwyn and Metamorphosis (00:36:27)
Coming Together (00:43:14)
The Bonding (00:46:27)
It's All About Relationships (00:49:35)
New Directions (00:55:39)
Possibile Sacrifice (01:00:51)
In the Shadow (01:03:49)
Indistinguishable From Magic (01:10:45)
Dat End Tho! (01:19:22)
The Audiobooks (01:24:27)
Wrapping Up the Book (01:26:00)
Acknowledgements (01:27:18)
Her Discovery Role (01:30:23)
Biggest Lesson (01:34:53)
What's Next (01:38:24)
TrekBBS (01:41:09)
Final Thoughts (01:46:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Kirsten Beyer
Matthew Rushing

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)

Direct download: lt-225.mp3
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Last Full Measure.

In the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, fans were faced with a tragedy: the death of Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker, a fan-favorite character. However, because the episode took place as a holodeck simulation, there was some leeway to interpret those events differently. Enter authors Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, who took that idea and ran with it, seeding the hints of Trip's ultimate fate in a novel set during Enterprise's third season.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Warp 5's Brandi Jackola to talk about the Enterprise novel Last Full Measure. We discuss the plot of the novel, the conflict between the 'squids' and 'sharks,' a story of differing perspectives, Archer's ethical issues, Trip's ultimate fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the impending end to John Byrne's New Visions series and review the latest Star Trek: Discovery comic, issue #3 of The Light of Kahless.

News
Comic News (00:05:06)
Star Trek Discovery #3 (00:06:52)

Feature: Last Full Measure
Back in Time (00:14:58)
Reading Time (00:17:21)
The Story (00:19:26)
Squids vs. Sharks (00:27:06)
Differing Perspectives (00:39:02)
Do As I Say... (00:44:47)
Women in the Military (00:57:23)
The Mission (01:03:24)
Continuity Issues (01:12:33)
He's Alive! (01:17:13)
Ratings (01:27:46)
Final Thoughts (01:36:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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)

Direct download: lt-224.mp3
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Captain's Glory.

Since his resurrection thanks to the Borg in the novel The Return, James T. Kirk has embarked on many adventures in the 24th century, often alongside Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise. However, all good things must come to an end. Kirk faces his most dangerous enemy yet and fights for all he holds dear: his family.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the Shatnerverse novel Captain's Glory. We discuss Kirk's tendency to go it alone, the plot against Starfleet, Kirk vs. Picard, the nature of the Totality, the connection to the galactic barrier, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we talk about the book Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats and review the comic Boldly Go #17, issue 5 of the I.D.I.C. miniseries.

News
Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats (00:03:34)
Boldly Go #17 (00:09:24)

Feature: Captain's Glory
Another Shatnerverse Novel (00:15:32)
The Search For Spock, Again (00:16:49)
Lost and Found (00:20:18)
Crew Relationships (00:29:21)
Dark Matter (00:35:29)
What Does God Needs With a Starship (00:47:05)
There's Something About Kirk (00:51:54)
Close to Destruction (00:55:44)
Delta Vega (01:00:38)
Ratings (01:03:31)
Final Thoughts (01:07:21)

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) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT



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