45: Out of Your Comfort Zone

James Swallow: The Poisoned Chalice.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as James Swallow joins us to discuss the fourth book in the series, The Poisoned Chalice. James is returning to the world of Titan for the first time since Synthesis to get Riker and his crew out of their comfort zone. We learn about the real-world politics behind The Poisoned Chalice, how the world view of Federation citizens and leaders has changed in the aftermath of war, and what it was like to write the first ever meeting between two onscreen favorites—Tuvok and Nog. We also find out what James has in store for us on the Star Trek front in 2014.

In our news segment we get a first look at the cover art for Greg Cox’s No Time Like the Past, find out more about David R. George III’s John Harriman-Demora Sulu novel One Constant Star, and also check in on Jeffrey Lang’s Light Fantastic. In comics we take a peek at IDW’s early-2014 slate, which includes Ongoing #31—the first part of I, Enterprise—and a reissue of the first six classic Gold Key comics. And to top it all off, we close out the year with a review of Ongoing #28, the final chapter of The Khitomer Conflict.

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44: I’ll Have the Truffles She’s Having

Slings and Arrows: A Sea of Troubles.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the first book in the Slings and Arrows series, A Sea of Troubles, and find out what happens with Picard comes face-to-face with the Changeling threat during the lead-up to the Dominion War. We also learn more about Lt. Hawk and how he became part of the crew before he turned up at the helm in First Contact.

In our news segment we bring you two comic reviews as we share our thoughts on the John Byrne photo comic “Strange New Worlds” and go in-depth into IDW’s Khan #3.

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43: Fifty Shades of Q

Q and Trelane Comics.

Is Trelane a Q? Certainly this was never the intent when Paul Schneider penned the TOS episode “The Squire of Gothos.” But in the years since, the literary world of Star Trek has retconned the good general (retired), endowing him with the powers of the Continuum and a backstory to go with it. But a year before Peter David made Trelane a renegade Q in Q-Squared, Steven Wilson essentially merged him with the Continuum in a comic called “A Little Man-to-Man Talk.” In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore this DC comic along with Marvel’s 1998 “An Infinite Jest,” which brings the two omnipotent characters face-to-face. In news we check in on the cover art for Kirsten Beyer’s upcoming Voyager novel Protectors and we review the third part of The Khitomer Conflict comic from IDW.

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42: Beset by Serpents

David Mack: A Ceremony of Losses.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as David Mack joins us to talk about his entry in the series, A Ceremony of Losses, which falls right in the middle of the saga and centers around the Andorian reproductive crisis. We learn about the genesis of his part of the story, the challenges in bringing DS9 characters back into the fold, the real-world historical bases for may aspects of the story, and a bit more about David’s upcoming books Seekers and Section 31: Disavowed. In news we get an update on Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, Protectors, and we have some Fun with Kirk and Spock.

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41: How Kirk Kept Screwing Up Our Family

The Best of Klingons.

Continuing their trend of bringing older comics to today’s audience, IDW has combined the original DC Comics Klingons #1-4 with their own five-part Klingon saga from 2007, Blood Will Tell. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones jump into the fray with everyone’s favorite warriors to find out why the galaxy is yet again on the verge of war, debate the merits of the Gorkon Initiative, and find out why Kirk keeps screwing up one specific Klingon family. In news we take a look at a wealth of new imagery from Doug Drexler that gives insight into the new Deep Space 9, and we review the second installment of IDW’s KHAN backstory.

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40: It’s a Coup d’Yacht!

Ill Wind.

Did you know the Federation has a bi-annual solar sailing race? Neither did we. But they do, and it’s the job of Starfleet’s flagship to oversee event and make sure no one cheats. It’s all part of Ill Wind, a four-part DC comic series from 1995 penned by Diane Duane that not only delivers the fun of TNG but also a message about growing older, past regrets, and new horizons.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the race as we go through Ill Wind to find out about one of Picard’s favorite hobbies, locate the areas of the 1701-D with the best sensor resolution, and ask why Troi is so sleepy all the time.

In news we find out who will be writing the Data-centric follow up to Cold Equations, learn why the books in the upcoming Seekers series suddenly have titles, check in on the full 2014 slate from Pocket Books, and get an update on IDW’s plans for John Byrne’s photo comic series. 

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39: Never Misplace Your TARDIS

Horn and Ivory.

When we last left Kira she was faced with a choice of paths on a distant world in the Delta Quadrant. Two Iconian gateways offered very different escape routes from a seemingly hopeless situation. Which did she choose? Demons of Air and Darkness left a huge thread dangling—but it was by design.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the Deep Space Nine entry in the final Gateways book, What Lay Beyond, which tells the story of what happened to Kira after Taran’atar returned to the station. We explore what this short story, “Horn and Ivory,” adds to the richness of Bajor and how it helps Kira stop living in the shadow of the baseball. In news we find out what the coming year has in store for fans of The Lost Era and Section 31, and we delve into Mike Johnson’s new StarTrek.com series “Writer’s Log.” 

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38: Beyond the Apocalypse

Una McCormack: The Crimson Shadow.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as Una McCormack joins us to talk about her entry in the series, The Crimson Shadow. As the second book in The Fall, The Crimson Shadow continues the overall story but also brings together two fan favorites—Picard and Garak—to further the story of a post-war Cardassia. Una talks to us about the genesis of her novel, the political undertones, and what she wanted to accomplish in writing Picard and Garak. In news we steer clear of a super-spoilery blurb for Peaceable Kingdoms, preview Star Trek Ongoing #29 and Khan #4, and bring you our review of the second installment in The Khitomer Conflict. 

 

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37: Commander Is the Sweet Spot

Demons of Air and Darkness.

The two-part Avatar kicked off the relaunch of Deep Space Nine in the novels and, along with Abyss, introduced new faces and moved familiar ones beyond "What You Leave Behind." In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue their look at the DS9 relaunch with the fourth book, Demons of Air and Darkness. Unlike the first three novels, this instalment doubles as DS9's entry in the seven-part Gateways series rather than being purely the next chapter in the relaunch. As such, Keith R. A. DeCandido had to balance the tone between the special series and the continuation of Deep Space Nine. How well did that work? We find out as we discuss the concept, the Iconian gateways, the spiritual questions with which Kira and Taran'atar are faced, the growth of Ezri, and more.

 

Plus, in our news segment we find out that there's more to come for the resurrected Data and we review the first issue of IDW's new Khan series.

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36: An Archduke Ferdinand Moment

David R. George III: Revelation and Dust.

The Star Trek universe as you know it is about to change. Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones kick off The Fall with special guest David R. George III, whose DS9 novel Revelation and Dust sets the stage for the series. We discuss the incredible new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9 station, how Doug Drexler, Andy Probert, and Douglas E. Graves helped shape the visual design, the continuation of Kira's journey and the broader DS9 story, the challenges of writing a book that builds upon so many past novels while making the story accessible to new readers, and how Revelation and Dust not only sets up The Fall but also pays tribute to Deep Space Nine on its 20th anniversary. Plus, in news, we take a close look inside Larry Nemecek's Stellar Cartography. 

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35: The Hiki Room

The Khitomer Conflict Begins.

Star Trek Into Darkness was built around the belief that war with the Klingons was inevitable—at least in the eyes of Admiral Marcus. The prospect itself served a plot focused on the inner workings of Starfleet. And while the film didn't deliver this galactic conflict, IDW's Star Trek Ongoing series will. The big-screen story was continued in the uninspiring After Darkness and now, with that out of the way, a new four-part story titled "The Khitomer Conflict" begins in Ongoing #25. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first part of this war story to find out just what is going on between the Klingons and Romulans, how the Federation and Section 31 are involved, and why this story should have been After Darkness in the first place.

In our news segment we look at a flood of books and comics news including John Jackson Miller's upcoming Titan novella Absent Enemies, Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness, Scott Harrison's Shadow of the Machine, and two yet-to-be-titled books coming from Scott Pearson and the writing team of Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. We also talk cover art for Dayton Ward's Peaceable Kingdoms and the rest of The Fall, IDW's Stardate Collection Volume 2, and we discuss Dayton's recent Ten For Ward post about Star Trek novels for the new reader. 

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34: Your Father Is a Very Lucky Man

Assignment Earth Comics.

At the end of its second season, the return of The Original Series was in doubt and creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to find something to replace his imperilled show. In 1966 he pitched a pilot script to Desilu studios entitled “Assignment: Earth,” hoping that this would be his next project. But the studio passed, and so he slipped lead characters Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln—along with their cat Isis—into an episode of TOS in hopes that Kirk and Spock would give the extra push needed to get the new series on the air. It failed, but nearly 40 years later comic legend John Byrne resurrected the idea. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a close look at Byrne's five-part series that delivers (mostly) all-new adventures for Seven, Lincoln, and Isis, and how these stories do more justice to Roddenberry's concept than "Assignment: Earth" ever did.

In our news segment we take cover as Kor wields his bat'leth in new art from Keith R. A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, look at the beautiful cover for James Swallow's The Poisoned Chalice, and get another peek at John Byrne's upcoming photo comic. Plus, Chris becomes confused about a classic TV sitcom. 

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33: The Hurt Ball

Mission's End.

The Original Series tells the story of the Enterprise's first five-year mission under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. But where did that mission really begin and where did it really end? In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones find out as they overcome a case of arachnophobia to join Kirk's crew on a trip to Archernar IV. Filling in many of the blanks left by the premature end of TOS, IDW's Mission's End comic series sets Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the paths that lead to where we see them in The Motion Picture

In our news segment we learn about The Klingon Art of War, tell you what you need to read in order to jump into Revelation and Dust and the start of The Fall, and take a look at Madefire's Star Trek motion comic in action. Plus, we play a game of Klingonity, drink up the autumn beers, and recount the history of targ fighting.

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32: From Velcro's Shadow

Dayton Ward: From History's Shadow.

The various crews of Star Trek have taken more than their fair share of journeys through time. Kirk, Spock, Archer, Quark, Janeway... the list goes on and on. But if you look very closely, you might just find that they're all part of a bigger puzzle that is intertwined with our own history—the one we're familar with from outside of Star Trek that is. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new book From History's Shadow and how even recent revelations about the Roswell incident may not be the true story after all.

In our news segment we check in on TrekCore's interview with Kirsten Beyer, look at some new preview pages from Volume 2 of Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, take a peek at IDW's Khan #2, Star Trek Ongoing #27, and the After Darkness omnibus, plus we reveal the identity of the traitor aboard J.J.'s Enterprise—and it's someone you'd never expect. 

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31: The Saliva Incident

Nero Comics.

Following the release of the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film in 2009, IDW released a four-part series that told the backstory of the movie's villain, Nero. Comprised of bits cut from the film along with original elements, the series provides motivation to the actions Nero takes in the film and fills in some of the technological blanks as well. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a flight from Rura Penthe to the edge of the Delta Quadrant and back to Delta Vega to find out why Nero is so hellbent on destroying Spock and the Federation—and how he gains the ability to do it.

In our news segment we give you our review of Star Trek Ongoing #24, which marks the return of the Gorn and builds upon 2013's Star Trek video game as the Enterprise crew continues their post adventures. Plus, we solve the financial crisis that has stumped the galaxy for ages—how to differentiate Breen currency. 

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30: A Centerfold Pullout

Star Trek Reference Books.

When faced with an overwhelming number of Star Trek stories, sometimes we need to step back and look at the nuts and bolts of the universe. What we need is a reference book. Fortunately, many studious and brave men and women have toiled over the years to provide us with just that—resources that offer details of the Star Trek world that are far too vast for our limited human brains to store. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Trek.fm feature writer Phillip Gilfus to explore some of our favourite reference books and to dream about those we hope to one day find on our shelves. Did we include your go-to sources of Trek goodness?

In our news segment we learn that Rob Caswell's once-imaginary Trek series "Seekers" will become books for real, thank to the Vanguard team of David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore, and we glimpse the newly revealed cover of A Very Klingon Khristmas to find out just what happens to naughty little Klingon children. 

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29: Tripper John, M.D.

Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures.

The premature cancellation of Enterprise left fans in the dark about two key events in Star Trek history. The first was the Romulan War, which has since had light shone upon it by Michael A. Martin. The second is the founding of the Federation, a pivotal time that we still know almost nothing about. Until now that is. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first book in Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series, A Choice of Futures. We explore the early struggles faced by the Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they work to establish the United Federation of Planets, the combined Starfleet, and the very identity of what these organizations will be. The challenges are many as external threats work to undermine the fledgling union, incompatible technologies are pushed together, internal political debates rage, and old rivalries linger. Even Section 31 gets in on the act as our old friend Trip Tucker continues down a path far from the one he once shared with Archer.

In our news segment we take a first look at Kirsten Beyer's Voyager novel Protectors, Greg Cox's TOS-Voyager crossover tale No Time Like The Past, and get a quick peek at the next installment of Rise of the Federation, Tower of Babel. 

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28: Tastes Great, Less Filling

The Next Generation: Ghosts.

Picard and the Enterprise crew spent a lot of time mediating disputes, conducting diplomatic missions, and responding to distress calls during the seven-year run of TNG. Those three pastimes come together in Zander Cannon's five-part comic series Ghosts. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the crew of the 1701-D as they explore a political and scientific mystery on Allios IV that almost results in the loss of Picard and Worf. They even get to play TNG's favourite game, "Narrow Down."

In our news segment we take a first look at the cover art for David Mack's A Ceremony of Losses, part of the upcoming series "The Fall," find out about Scott Harrison's Shadow of the Machine—a follow-up to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, jump into action with IDW and Madefire as they put Comics in Motion, and are share our thought on the conclusion of the After Darkness series. 

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27: Star Trek Treasure Rivals

Deep Space Nine: Fool's Gold.

Some comics read like, well, comics. Short reads that leave you wanting more. On the other hand, some comics read like episodes and make you wish the story had been put on the screen. Such is the case with IDW's first DS9 miniseries "Fool's Gold." This story of Cardassian deceit, hidden treasure, and a map the size of the station itself pulls you into the world of fourth-season Deep Space Nine and takes you on a fascinating adventure. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones go along for the ride as Sisko and his crew try to unravel the mystery of a station overrun with "sightseers" and get help from unlikely sources.

In our news segment we learn that Star Wars author John Jackson Miller plans to cross over to the Trek Side for some Titan-sized fun, get details about Una McCormack's entry in The Fall series, The Crimson Shadow, scream "KHAAAN!!!" with IDW, find out what is Ongoing for the Romulans and Klingons, and explore a new collection of comic adventures from the many authors and publishers who have had their hands in Trek over the years. 

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26: Cardassia Is In the Caribbean

Larry Nemecek's Stellar Cartography.

It's been more than a decade since the last update to the Star Charts reference book, but thanks to Larry Nemecek and 47North fans will soon be able to get around the galaxy more efficiently than ever. In this episode of Literary Treks, Christopher Jones is joined by Larry to learn about the genesis of his new book Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, the process of creating it, and how Larry's career in mapping stars dates back to the 1980s. We also make sense of the Delphic Expanse and choreograph the Dominion War.

In our news segment we find out what Jeff Mariotte has to say about his forthcoming TOS novel Serpents In the Garden, what hints Greg Cox has dropped about No Time Like the Past, and IDW's latest Ongoing omnibus, Star Trek Volume 5, which collects Ongoing 17 through 20. 

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25: Shatnercado

Before and After Darkness.

The four-part Countdown to Darkness comic set up the big screen story of Star Trek Into Darkness, and now the comics are continuing the adventure in a four-part sequel. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dig into the first two issues of After Darkness as well as look back at the prequel series, how well it set up the film, and how the various pieces of the Abramsverse are working together to create a bigger story.

In our news segment we examine Christopher L. Bennett's uniform concept that bridges the Enterprise and TOS time periods, find out about Larry Nemecek's new stellar cartography book, learn the name of Kirsten Beyer's next Voyager novel, and take a peek at a unique new comic concept from John Byrne.

 

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24: The Heroes Of Their Own Story

William Leisner and The Shocks of Adversity.

The Federation is usually in the position of "good" pitted against clear foes such as the Klingons, the Romulans, or the Dominion. But what if it encountered a group that looked very much like itself? How would the Federation react and how far can you trust someone after glimpsing only the surface? In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author William Leisner to talk about his new TOS novel The Shocks of Adversity, the inspiration for the Federation's seeming reflection in the Goeg Domain, and the issue of cultural tolerance. We also find out how William original got into Star Trek and how he found himself writing for the franchise.

In our news segment we check in on Star Trek Ongoing #22 and #25 and the progress on Volume Two of the collected newspaper strips, which will cover October 1981 through December 1983.

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23: Mindmelding with an Obelisk

The Enterprise Experiment.

As series finales go "Turnabout Intruder" wasn't much of one. But that's because it wasn't at all the end of the journey. Sadly the five-year mission of the Enterprise got cut short for those of us watching on the tube. But certainly there were more missions that followed Kirk's little body-switching adventure. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore the five-part comic series Star Trek: Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment and one such mission. Penned by TOS writer D.C. Fontana, The Enterprise Experiment pulls together elements from three famous Original Series episodes and mixes it with more modern Star Trek legends to create a story worthy of the big screen.

In our news segment we check in on Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Star Trek Ongoing #22, and IDW's plans for a second release of the Black, Blue, and Red Label editions of Ongoing. 

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22: A Walking Space Country Song

Captain's Log Comics.

There are those captains about whom we know so much that they’re like members of our family. Then there are those captains with whom we spent only a short time, leaving their command shrouded in mystery. In 2010 IDW set out to shed light on those leaders, and while the original project got trimmed down we still got a look at four of Starfleet’s leaders. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones examine this four-part comic series in which we find untold chapters from the lives of Hikaru Sulu, John Harriman, Christopher Pike, and Edward Jellico.

In our news segment we look at one fan's challenge to read every Star Trek book every written—in chronological order—as well as the release of The Shocks of Adversity, IDW's Star Trek-Legion of Super-Heroes crossover omnibus, Jordan Hoffman's list of ten awesome things about the Ongoing comics, and an update on Chris's journey to see Star Trek Into August... we mean Darkness. 

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21: Ethical Quandaries

Shadows On the Sun.

When the Enterprise set course for the second star to the right and sailed straight on 'til morning at the end of The Undiscovered Country, it may have been the end of TOS voyages on the big screen; but it wasn't the end of the story for our characters. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Michael Jan Friedman's 1993 novel Shadows On the Sun, which tells the story of Dr. McCoy's reunion with his ex-wife Jocelyn and his struggle to balance his ethics as a physician with the realities of an alien culture.

In our news segment we look at the Abrams ComicArts Original Topps Star Trek Trading Cards book, hear what Doug Drexler has to say about The Fall and the new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9, also hear from Andy Probert and Douglas E. Graves about the new DS9, discuss EMPIRE Magazine's list of the top Star Trek novel series (and why Star Trek: Titan would make a perfect animated series), see what IDW has in store for collectors in the Red, Blue, and Black Label releases of Star Trek Ongoing, and get Matthew's first impressions of Ongoing 21, which picks up where Into Darkness left off. 

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20: The Bashir-Locken Inversion

Abyss.

"For every Julian Bashir that can be created, there's a Khan Singh waiting in the wings." Those are the words of Starfleet Rear Admiral Bennett, and they highlight why the Federation is skiddish on genetic enhancement. But not everyone is so concerned about the risks—including Section 31. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue their look at the Deep Space Nine relaunch with the third book in the series, Abyss. A worthy continuation of Avatar's aftermath, Abyss challenges Bashir's ideas of who he is as well as our ideas of right, wrong, and strength of faith.

In our news segment we get our first look at the new Deep Space 9 station with the new cover art for Revelation and Dust, find a few new clues about the McCoy-centric Seasons of Light and Darkness, hear Alan Dean Foster's thought on novelising Star Trek Into Darkness, find out what Mike Johnson has planned for After Darkness, see The Best of Klingons, and learn about a John Harrison miniseries. 

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19: A Comic Khan In Hell

Khan Ruling In Hell.

When Khan failed to take over the Enterprise in "Space Seed," he and his people were left behind to start a new life on Ceti Alpha V. The next time we met Khan he was out for vengeance against Kirk, angry over the death of his wife and the hardships he had endured on a world gone wrong. What happened in between has been left a mystery—at least on screen. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by John Tenuto, the foremost expert on "Space Seed" and The Wrath of Khan, for a look at the IDW Khan Ruling In Hell comics. We explore how the story ties into the movie, how it relates to various drafts of the scripts for the TV and movie installments, and how a docile, defeated Khan comes to be the irrational, vengeful man we see in Star Trek II.

In our news segment we look at Spock In a Box—a quirky new book-bust combo from Chronicle Books—along with the Star Trek Into Darkness audiobook and A Very Klingon Christmas. Plus we share our favourite traditions for celebrating the holidays like a warrior. 

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18: Hab SoSlI' Quch!

Emmett Plant.

Planning a trip to Qo’noS? Marrying into a warrior family? If so, you won’t want to miss this episode of Literary Treks in which we’re joined by Emmett Plant to learn how to speak Klingon. Alright, we won’t actually be learning many Klingon phrases—that’s what the book is for—but we will be learning how this new book, How to Speak Klingon: Essential Phrases for the Intergalactic Traveler, came to be and about the production of the audio elements. Along the way Emmett also talks about the state of Star Trek audiobooks in general, the challenges in producing them, and whether or not we might expect more audible Trek in our future.

In our news segment we look at updates on two novels: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett and From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. Cover art for both books has been unveiled along with extended synopses that give us a better picture of what to expect.

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17: Tuvok's Remedial School for Badasses

Voyager Comics.

It’s Kirk, Spock, and Uhura—of the Abrams variety—who get all the Star Trek comic attention these days. But there is a wealth of material out there for fans of other parts of the franchise. If you’re looking for some illustrated adventures of Captain Janeway and her crew, IDW’s collection of four past Wildstorm Voyager titles is a good place to start. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Tristan Riddell to discuss four adventures—“False Colors,” “Avalon Rising,” “Elite Force,” and “Planet Killer.” From a Borg Cube to a medieval village, get set for a fun romp through the Delta Quadrant.

In our news segment we cover the nominations of David Mack and Greg Cox for the IAMTW Scribe Award, Michael A. Martin’s next TOS novel Seasons of Light and Darkness, IDW’s July slate which includes Star Trek Ongoing #23 and the Ongoing Volume 5 omnibus, a special Klingon omnibus, and the Library of American Comics’ search for Star Trek newspaper strips from February 1982 through January 1983. 

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16: Not Just Action-Adventure and Ray Guns

Greg Cox.

A lifelong Star Trek fan and prolific author of franchise tie-in fiction, Greg Cox penned his first Star Trek novel in 1995. Devil In the Sky, a numbered DS9 book written together with John Gregory Betancourt, marked the beginning of a long stream of fan-favourites spanning nearly two decades. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Greg to talk about his new TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, as well as many of his other works including The Q Continuum trilogy, The Eugenics Wars, and some of his non-Trek books, too.

In our news segment we discuss new teasers about "The Fall" from Una McCormack, David R. George III, and David Mack, tell you which books you need to read to prepare for the series, look at a second part to Rise of the Federation titled "Tower of Babel" along with the Star Trek Space-Spanning Treasury Edition from IDW, and we review Countdown to Darkness #4. 

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15: Space-Time Nexus Gateway

James Swallow: The Stuff of Dreams.

It all started years ago with an idea revolving around that unusual spatial anomoly in Generations. It ended with the commissioning of a Next Generation novella called The Stuff of Dreams. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James Swallow to talk about his new story that centers on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and goes a long way—in just 94 pages—toward fleshing out the inner workings of one of Starfleet's greatest captains.

In our news segment we go inside DK's new Star Trek Visual Dictionary for a hands-on review, speculate on IDW's upcoming film sequel After Darkness, and review Star Trek Ongoing #19, the backstory of Montgomery Scott. 

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14: Bargaining with the Devil

Tony Daniel: Devil's Bargain.

With the complexity of today's expanded universe, it's refreshing to pick up a standalone TOS novel from time to time; and that's just what renowned SF author Tony Daniel has given us in his new book Devil's Bargain. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Tony to talk about his first venture into writing Star Trek, the unique story he set out to tell, and why you really can't ever have too many Hortas.

In our news segment we check in on this week's big release slate that includes both James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams and Greg Cox's The Weight of Worlds, IDW's upcoming June comics, and we dig into the third installment of Countdown to Darkness. 

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13: Shedding the Shackles of the Past

Avatar, Book Two.

S.D. Perry set up the continuation of Deep Space Nine beautifully in the first part of the Avatar duology, but the real payoff comes in book two. On the final pages of the first half we were left with a cliffhanger that threatened to renew hostilities between the Federation and the Dominion. In this episode of Literary Treks we conclude our look at the start of Pocket Books' relaunch of DS9 and how S.D. Perry may have not only captured the pure essence of Deep Space Nine but actually elevated it.

In our news segment we look inside Mike and Denise Okuda's new book On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise, get an update on Willain Leisner's upcoming TOS novel The Shocks of Adversity, learn how to speak Klingon, and check in on the release schedule for IDW's Star Trek Ongoing #19 and the Ongoing Volume 4 omnibus. 

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12: Worms with a Long Con

Divided We Fall.

The idea of a crossover between different Star Trek series is something that appeals to many fans. But to make it work it has to feel natural, and that's just what John D. Ordover and David Mack did in their 2001 comic crossover series Divided We Fall. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take an in-depth look at the four-part series from Wildstorm that combines characters from TNG and DS9 to tell the story of a Trill coup d'état.

In our news segment we look at new cover art for James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams, find out about a far more economical hardcover printing of Federation: The First 150 Years, check in on the release of Tony Daniel's Devil's Bargain, and find out what IDW has in store for us come May. We also dive into a lengthy discussion of HIVE #4, the conclusion to Brannon Braga's Borg comic. 

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11: When You're Part Prophet...

David R. George III.

Beginning with the Voyager episode "Prime Factors," David R. George III has become a key contributor to Star Trek lore over the course of nearly two decades. His first literary foray also had a TV connection as he penned the DS9 novel The 34th Rule together with Armin Shimerman in 1999. Since then David has come to play a pivotal role in Trek's literary world with more than a dozen novels. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David for an extensive look at his work on the relaunch of Deep Space Nine, his new TOS novel Allegiance in Exile, and how he got into Star Trek in the first place. 

In our news segment we get an update on Hive #4 and discuss our thoughts after reading Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2.

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10: Deep Space Nine Season Eight

Avatar, Book One.

In the final scene of DS9 we saw Jake Sisko peering out of a window at the wormhole. As we pulled away from the station, so much had been resolved yet so much was left undone. The TV series had signed off, but the story didn't end there. In an unprecedented experiment, Pocket Books decided to continue a Star Trek series in book form with what is essentially the Deep Space Nine Season Eight premiere, Avatar. Penned by S.D. Perry, this two-part story opens with Jake and propels us into the next stage of the story surrounding Bajor, the Dominion, and the Prophets. In this episode of Literary Treks we take a close look at the first half of this story, the new and familiar faces that make up the new DS9 crew, the cyclical nature of events, and the search for new directions. 

In our news segment we check in on Dayton Ward's entry in "The Fall" series, Peaceable Kingdoms, discuss our expectations for Star Trek Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2, and talk about how comics could be the perfect format for launching Enterprise Season Five. 

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9: Galactic Doctors Without Borders

Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

When we first saw Dr. McCoy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, he was rocking an amazing beard and an awesome medallion that left us wondering what he’d been up to since we last saw him in “Turnabout Intruder.” In this episode of Literary Treks we reel in those missing years as we explore all four issues of John Byrne’s comic series Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

In our news segment we explore strange new worlds of crafting with the Star Trek Cross-Stitch book, remember our favourite TNG moments with the upcoming Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation edition, and speculate on HIVE #4. We also delve into Star Trek Ongoing #17 and discuss the newly revealed backstory to the Abramsverse incarnation of Dr. McCoy.

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8: Making Federation History

David A. Goodman.

Despite more than 700 hours of television and films, there is still so much we don't know about how the Federation came to be. That's why CBS asked David A. Goodman to write the records that future historians will rely upon when tracing mankind's long road to the stars. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to talk about the genesis of the project and what went into creating Federation: The First 150 Years. Along the way we also talk about his famous Star Trek episode of Futurama and get an insider's look at the second and third seasons of Enterprise.

In our news segment we look at some new information about David R. George III's Allegiance In Exile, Christopher L. Bennett's upcoming Enterprise book Rise of the Federation, Roberto Orci and Michael Johnson talking to StarTrek.com about Countdown to Darkness, and a bit about Star Trek Ongoing 17's exploration of Dr. McCoy's backstory.

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7: An Homage Or Something More?

Countdown to Darkness #1 and Star Trek Ongoing.

As with the 2009 film, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot—together with IDW—are utilizing the comics to deliver the background to what will take place on the big screen. After months of speculation, the first issue of Countdown to Darkness brings us a well-written story that starts to make a small bit of sense out of what we've seen in the trailers. And then it throws a wicked curveball at us. In this episode of Literary Treks we discuss Countdown to Darkness #1 and what it could mean for the movie. We also discuss the first six issues of Star Trek Ongoing—"Where No Man Has Gone Before," "The Galileo Seven," and "Operation: Annihilate"—and speculate on what clues about the movie may be hidden there.

In our news segment we look at the surprising reveal of Klingons on the cover of Countdown to Darkness #4, the special limited edition Enterprise cover for Countdown to Darkness #1, and the Countdown to Darkness Collection that will bring together all four issues in one volume in April. We also talk about the rest of IDW's 2013 comic lineup, which includes the John Byrne collection, back stories for Sulu and Chekov, and the Space-Spanning Treasury.

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6: Cold Equations and Destinies

David Mack.

No one has shaken up the Star Trek universe quite like David Mack. His contributions to the miniseries "A Time to..." helped bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis, his Destiny series revealed the Alpha and the Omega of the Borg, and his latest work—Cold Equations—resurrects Data and sees the continuing transformation of Picard. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to discuss the evolving nature of the post-television Star Trek universe, the genesis of Destiny, why the Borg had to go, why Picard is no longer the man Beverly remembers, and we learn the real story behind the naming of the upcoming series "The Fall."

In our news segment we look at Greg Cox's upcoming TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, a new book that helps you learn How To Speak Klingon like a warrior, and David R. George III's Allegiance in Exile. We also speculate on what Countdown to Darkness will bring us, share our thoughts on the Mirror Universe of Ongoing #15 and #16, and reveal how a theme from Chris's own life has been stolen and used as a sinister plot device. 

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5: Vipers, Shadows, and Deadly Sins

James Swallow.

From Terok Nor to the Myriad Universe, from the bridge of the Titan to the aftermath of The Undiscovered Country, author James Swallow has played in many corners of the Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James to discuss what it's like to tell stories from the lost era of Deep Space Nine, why it's difficult to write Picard, what it takes to redeem Valeris, and many more topics from across Star Trek literature.

In our news segment we look at the five books that will make up the new miniseries "The Fall," Tony Daniel's TOS novel Devil's Bargain, William Leisner's The Shocks of Adversity, the sticker book Stuck On Star Trek, some of the first interior views of The Star Trek Visual Dictionary, Countdown to Darkness #3, Star Trek Ongoing #19, and the Ongoing Volume 4 compendium. We also lament the lack of Star Trek audiobooks at a time when the spoken format is more popular than ever.

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4: Brinkmanship, Cardassia, and Beyond

Una McCormack.

The complex storylines of Deep Space Nine are the perfect playground for Una McCormack, an author who carries a PhD in sociology into her approach to Star Trek. Beginning with the short story “Face Value” in the collection Prophecy and Change, Una has explored Cardassia, the repurcussions of “In the Pale Moonlight,” and even played with Ezri Dax in the continuing Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Una to discuss why Deep Space Nine is her favourite series, how she got involved in writing Star Trek, bringing female characters to the forefront, and the intricacies of freedom and how we are all interconnected.

In our news segment we look at three new omnibuses coming from Pocket Books: Typhon Pact: The Khitomer AccordsThe Original Series: The Continuing Missions; and Destiny: The Complete Saga. We also cover IDW’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Omnibus and Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Volume 1, the covers for Countdown to Darkness, the Star Trek 100-page Winter Spectacular comic, and we talk in-depth about the first three issues of Brannon Braga’s HIVE.

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