174: Trending on Twitter

Prime Directive.

There are a few books in the history of Star Trek literature that could be considered "essential reading." Books that capture the essence of Star Trek, and showcase the very best of what makes Star Trek great. The subject of this weeks episode is one such book, and it highlights one of the longest-running philosophical debates in the Star Trek universe.

In this last episode of Literary Treks for host Matthew Rushing, he's joined by Dan Gunter and Bruce Gibson to talk about Prime Directive. We discuss the book's impact, the Enterprise disgrace, the many storylines, McCoy in the middle, catastrophe, the prime directive and our ratings.

In a packed news segment we talk about the latest issues of New Visions and Boldly Go, the covers of The Long Mirage and Mirror Broken as well as some of 2016's best books.

News
One Last Time (00:02:39)
New Visions #13 (00:05:27)
Boldly Go #3 (00:10:26)
The Long Mirage Cover (00:16:07)
Mirror Broken Comic Cover (00:21:34)
Best of 2016 (00:24:06)

Feature: Prime Directive
The Book's Impact (00:31:55)
The Enterprise Disgrace (00:35:28)
The Tropes of Star Trek (00:41:30)
Many Storylines (00:43:16)
McCoy in the Middle (00:49:31)
Catastrophe (00:56:06)
The Prime Directive (01:03:34)
Ratings (01:10:49)
Final Thoughts (01:13:25)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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173: Wack-a-Mole

The Hall of Heroes: John Jackson Miller.

Qapla'! The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is a time for celebration and revelry! And what better way to celebrate than with an epic three-part story featuring the Federation's stalwart allies, the Klingon Empire? The crews of Enterprise, Titan, and Aventine come together to defend the Empire in a battle worthy of story and song!

In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome John Jackson Miller to talk about his wrap up to the Star Trek Prey trilogy, The Hall of Heroes. We discuss the epic story, transformations, ramping up the tension, characters, themes, klingons, truthcrafters, the Federation/Klingon alliance and so much more.

Feature: John Jackson Miller
Epic Story (00:04:13)
Transformations (00:10:26)
Ramping Up the Tension (00:17:04)
Major Characters (00:21:15)
Themes (00:24:14)
The Klingon Heart (00:27:26)
Truthcrafters (00:36:50)
Celebration of the Alliance (00:44:17)
Battles That Matter (00:49:54)
Captain Dax (00:53:24)
What's Next (00:57:18)
John Online (01:01:24)
Final Thoughts (01:04:52)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
John Jackson Miller

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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172: U.S.S. Fixer Upper

Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2.

Shoot first and ask questions later! Blatant disregard for the prime directive! Spock waving to the crew and pretending to be a god! It can only mean one thing: once again we dive deep into the strange alternate reality of the Star Trek Gold Key comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the second part of Gold Key comics Vol. 3. We discuss the issues Day of the Inquisitors, The Cosmic Cavemen and The Highjacked Planet.

In the news section Matthew asks Bruce and Dan a pop question.

News
Pop Question (00:02:08)

Feature: Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2
Day of the Inquisitors (00:10:10)
The Cosmic Cavemen (00:28:12)
The Highjacked Planet (00:39:54)
Final Thoughts (00:53:56)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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171: James T. Jerk

Best Destiny.

Captain James T. Kirk: to many, the quintessential Starfleet hero. Courageous, selfless, and principled, the embodiment of Starfleet and the Federation's ideals. However, he wasn't always the hero we know and love. As a boy, Jimmy Kirk was on a path to a much different destiny. How did this troubled young man grow up to be the legend? Join us as we explore his humble beginnings in a story that inspired elements of Star Trek 2009!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Best Destiny. We discuss it being on the short list, the 09 tie in, the Kirk story, fathers and sons, life's not fair, control of the soul, change and flexibility and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the blurb for Una McCormack's upcoming DS9 book Enigma Tales and then ask a question about the DS9 literature series.

News
Enigma Tales Blurb (00:03:37)
A DS9 Literature Question (00:10:03)

Feature: Best Destiny
Short List (00:20:46)
09 Tie In (00:23:53)
The Kirk Story (00:25:54)
Fathers and Sons (00:32:29)
Life's Not Fair (00:45:58)
Control of His Soul (01:03:14)
Change and Flexibility (01:06:23)
Quick Things (01:12:51)
Ratings (01:13:57)
Final Thoughts (01:18:08)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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170: Game of New Frontiers

New Frontier: Turnaround.

When Admiral Jellico seemingly steals a top-secret Starfleet prototype starship, a comic adventure of epic proportions is kicked off. Captain Calhoun of the Excalibur sets off in pursuit, but can he catch Jellico before destruction rains down on Bravo Station? Everything is not what it seems in this week's graphic novel adventure!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the comic series New Frontier: Turnaround. We discuss the New Frontier timeline, the Kelvin Timeline feel, characterization, the story, if it works for New Frontier fans, any surprises and our ratings.

In new we discuss the blurb for Patterns of Interference and the second issue of the Waypoint comic.

News
Patterns of Interference blurb (00:02:50)
Waypoint #2 (00:07:50)

Feature: Turnaround
New Frontier Timeline (00:20:24)
Kelvin Timeline Feel (00:27:03)
Characterization (00:31:32)
The Story (00:33:46)
Does it Work for New Frontier Fans? (00:37:24)
Any Surprises? (00:41:19)
Ratings (00:47:26)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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169: Delusions of Grandeur

The Jackal’s Trick.

A Klingon usurper, bent on seizing control of the Klingon Empire. A dangerous con artist who uses trickery to control an army of disgraced Klingons. And enough plot twists and turns to make your head spin! All this and more in the second book of John Jackson Miller's epic Star Trek: Prey trilogy!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk The Jackal’s Trick. We discuss how jam-packed it is, Cross, expanding Star Trek, the Discommendated, pulling the strings, because it feels good, things not seen before and our ratings.

In news this week we talk about the upcoming TNG/Aliens comic crossover, Boldly Go #2 and the latest ebook sales.

News
TNG/Aliens Crossover (00:03:28)
Boldly Go #2 (00:06:09)
Book Sales (00:10:50)

Feature: The Jackal’s Trick
Jam-Packed (00:15:33)
Cross Dresser (00:22:02)
Expanding Star Trek (00:26:13)
The Discommendated (00:29:41)
Pulling the Strings (00:34:51)
Because it Feels Good (00:39:19)
Things Never Though of in Star Trek (00:48:59)
One Last Question (00:54:11)
Ratings (00:56:00)
Final Thoughts (00:58:22)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson  

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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168: Intergalactic Tinkerbells

Children of the Storm.

When Kirsten Beyer took over the "Voyager relaunch," she breathed new life into a series that many Trek fans dismissed the first time around. Crafting stories that feature well-developed and fascinating characters and embody the best qualities of Star Trek, Beyer took Voyager and made it amazing, and the subject of this week's episode of Literary Treks is the perfect example.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Children of the Storm. We discuss figuring things out, character relationships, the way to Eden, a crush, the life, anger and mistrust, being Star Trek and ratings.

In the news we talk about the upcoming DTI ebook The Shield of the Gods, Face of the Unknown audio book, upcoming comics and a comic art exhibit.

News
The Shield of the Gods (00:02:56)
Face of the Unknown Audio Book (00:04:49)
Upcoming Comics (00:07:08)
Comic Art Exhibit (00:13:46)

Feature: Children of the Storm
Finally Figuring it Out (00:17:53)
Character Relationships (00:24:16)
The Way to Eden (00:28:20)
A Bit of a Crush (00:34:50)
The Life (00:39:16)
Anger and Mistrust (00:47:52)
It’s Very Star Trek (00:59:45)
Ratings (01:03:39)
Final Thoughts (01:05:23)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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167: A Lot of Weight

The Star Trek Encyclopedia: Michael and Denise Okuda.

When it comes to modern Star Trek, few could dispute the fact that Michael and Denise Okuda are two of the most important figures in the franchise. Among the many contributions they have made to the Star Trek universe, their reference books stand out as essential items for the most die-hard of Trek fans. So when they finally got the chance to update their incredible Star Trek Encyclopedia, fans everywhere rushed to get their hands on this revised masterpiece!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Michael and Denise Okuda to talk about the newly updated Star Trek Encyclopedia. We discuss coming back after all these years, the process, the detail, the Kelvin timeline, animated series, the Roddenberry Vault and more!

This week in news we judge the book covers for Face of the Unknown and Headlong Flight.

News
Judging Books By Their Cover (00:02:29)
Face of the Unknown (00:03:08)
Headlong Flight (00:06:14)

Feature: Michael and Denise Okuda
Back After All These Years (00:11:57)
The Process (00:18:15)
Any Surprises? (00:20:01)
Detail (00:21:41)
Favorite Entries (00:23:01)
The Kelvin Timeline (00:24:40)
Star Trek Beyond (00:28:43)
The Animated Series, Books and Comics (00:30:19)
Updates (00:32:25)
The Roddenberry Vault (00:34:28)
Where to Purchase (00:42:44)
Michael and Denise Online (00:44:00)
Favorite Episodes (00:49:23)
Final Thoughts (00:54:37)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Michael and Denise Okuda

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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166: Wacky Doodle Trek

Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1.

Spock with 5-inch tall ears! Bored megalomaniacs with aspirations of world domination! Huge rocket flames bursting forth from the Enterprise's warp nacelles! It can only mean one thing: that's right, we're diving into the Gold Key Star Trek comics once again!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk the first 3 issues of IDW’s Gold Key Vol. 3. We discuss The Dark Traveler, The Enterprise Mutiny, The Museum at the End of Time as well as make a special announcement.

We have a busy news segment as we talk about the release of the updated Star Trek Encyclopedia, the book cover for Control and the premiere issue of To Boldly Go.

News
New Star Trek Encyclopedia (00:03:41)
Control Book Cover (00:07:23)
To Boldly Go #1 (00:10:20)

Feature: Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1
The Dark Traveler (00:25:28)
The Enterprise Mutiny (00:36:18)
The Museum at the End of Time (00:46:21)
Final Thoughts (00:57:34)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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165: The Wrath of the Phantom Klingon

Hell’s Heart.

When James T. Kirk defeated Kruge on the doomed Genesis Planet, a noble Klingon house was left leaderless. With no heir apparent, the result was a power vacuum. The House of Kruge remained without a leader for a hundred years, until a bitter Klingon named Korgh sets in motion a plan to claim Kruge's house for himself. It's a tale of treachery, deceit, and dishonor a century in the making!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Prey: Hell’s Heart. We discuss the story inspirations, adding to Kruge, Kirk’s pain, relevant themes, Klingon exceptionalism, an illusionist, media and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the latest Strange New Worlds release.

News
Strange New Worlds 2016 (00:03:22)

Feature: Hell’s Heart
Story Inspirations (00:07:42)
Adding to Kruge (00:14:40)
Kirk’s Pain (00:16:47)
Hyperspace Bypass (00:22:58)
Klingon Exceptionalism and Superiority (00:29:10)
The Illusionist (00:36:17)
Media (00:41:46)
Ratings (00:44:11)
Final Thoughts (00:48:18)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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