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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164: Timebabble

Time Lock.

Defending the fabric of time itself from criminal elements, protecting the Federation from all manner of temporal distortions and time-related technologies, and ensuring that overzealous Starfleet officers don't muck about in time: it's just another day at the office for the agents of the Federation's Department of Temporal Investigations. But when soldiers of a foreign government attempt to steal dangerous temporal artifacts, it's up to the DTI to stop them at any cost!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the new Department of Temporal Investigations ebook, Time Lock. We discuss the confusing nature of time in the story, technobabble, the character, dangerous power, wanting more and our ratings.

In the news we take a look at the premiere issue of the Waypoint comic and remind everyone that Prey: Hell’s Heart is out now!

News
WayPoint #1 (00:03:06)
Daylily (00:08:21)
Prey: Hell’s Heart (00:15:28)

Feature: Time Lock
Another DTI Adventure (00:18:38)
Very Confusing (00:19:33)
Technobabble Run Amuck (00:22:40)
The Characters (00:24:17)
Dangerous Power (00:31:11)
Left Hanging (00:35:03)
Ratings (00:37:52)
Final Thoughts (00:40:27)

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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163: Pinochle Buddies

Purgatory’s Key: Dayton Ward.

In the 50th anniversary, it is important to remember Star Trek's roots. Morality plays that take place against the backdrop of high-minded science fiction concepts were the backbone of Star Trek's Original television series. It is fitting, then, that an epic 50th anniversary book trilogy closes out on a classic-style Trek adventure by the ever-talented Dayton Ward and Kevin Dillmore!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about Star Trek Legacies: Purgatory’s Key. We discuss celebrating the 50th, keeping the TOS feel, monolithic cultures, new dimensions, characters and all that Dayton is working on now.

In the news segment we talk through New Visions #12, the flow chart update and the newest ships joining the Starship collection from Eaglemoss.

News
New Visions #12 (00:02:15)
Flow Chart Update (00:07:17)
Titan and Aventine News (00:09:25)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Legacies End (00:13:17)
Celebrating the 50th (00:14:49)
Keeping the Feel (00:19:24)
Monolithic Cultures (00:21:24)
Someone Dies? (00:28:12)
Inception Matrix (00:29:43)
The Crew Interactions (00:38:07)
Dimension (00:41:57)
Building on Enterprise (00:49:14)
Discovery (00:52:46)
Joanna (00:55:20)
Travel Guides (00:57:18)
Waypoint Comic (01:05:28)
TNG Era Books (01:12:31)
Dayton Online (01:17:35)
Final Thoughts (01:21:29)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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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162: The Lukewarm War

To Brave the Storm. John Jackson Miller in News.

The Romulan War: a pivotal conflict in the history of the Star Trek universe. This clash of civilizations would bring humanity to the brink of destruction and lay the groundwork for the formation of the Federation. This week, we look at the definitive chronicle of that momentous event and discover how the crew of the NX-01 faced down the existential threat of the Romulan Star Empire.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Enterprise: To Brave the Storm. We discuss if the book covers enough, the pacing, Mayweather returning, T’Pau’s change of heart, Romulans, Trip and T’Pol, what might have been and ratings.

In a very special news segment we are joined by John Jackson Miller to preview his new trilogy Star Trek Prey as well as the news that Kirsten Beyer is shepherding the Star Trek Discovery books and comics.

News: John Jackson Miller
Very Special Guest (00:02:18)
Previewing Prey (00:03:16)
The Book Cover (00:19:25)
Things’s He’s Excited For (00:22:49)
Release Dates (00:24:50)
Find John Online (00:30:30)
Discovery Books and Comics (00:32:14)

Feature: To Brave the Storm
Does This Cover Enough (00:47:34)
Strange Pacing (00:54:31)
Mayweather Returns (00:57:23)
T’Pau Goes to War (00:59:58)
Slow Motion (01:05:05)
The Romulans (01:09:28)
Trip and T’Pol (01:12:21)
What Might Have Been (01:19:06)
Ratings (01:19:06)
Final Thoughts (01:22:25)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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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161: The Stardates of Our Lives

Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David.

Peter David’s prolific writing career in Star Trek began in DC Comics in 1988 and would continue in comics though 2008. With such a plethora of material, IDW has begun curating collections for fans so they can experience them all over again or for the first time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David. We discuss the issues Retrospect, A Rude Awakening, Great Expectations, Tomorrow Never Knows and Once a Hero, then give our ratings.

In the new we talk about the upcoming Hidden Travel Guide for Qo’noS and The Klingon Empire.

News
Hidden Travel Guide: Qo’noS And The Klingon Empire (00:02:35)

Feature: The Best of Peter David
A Little Trepidatious (00:12:44)
Retrospect (00:14:45)
A Rude Awakening (00:32:14)
Great Expectations (00:39:25)
Tomorrow Never Knows (00:44:01)
Once a Hero (00:48:47)
Ratings (00:52:50)
Final Thoughts (00:56:18)

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)

Direct download: lt-161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am MDT

160: Archangel Seven of Nine

Unworthy.

When the crew of Voyager finally returned to the Alpha Quadrant after seven years on the far side of the galaxy, they never thought they would have to return. Now, on a long-term mission of exploration, they find themselves back in uncharted space, confronting not only familiar faces, but new life and new civilizations, as well as something they have long been unfamiliar with: character development!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Unworthy. We discuss Kirsten’s writing of Voyager, the books mysteries, playing god, Tom and Harry, how well we know our friends, identity and ratings.

In the news this week we judge the book covers for Time Lock and Hall of Heroes plus discuss the blurb for the last Prey novel.

News
Time Lock Cover (00:02:25)
Prey: Hall of Heroes Cover and Blurb (00:07:32)

Feature: Unworthy
Continuing With Kirsten Beyer Voyager (00:14:55)
Writing Voyager (00:15:22)
Mysteries (00:26:18)
Playing God (00:35:51)
Tom and Harry (00:42:37)
Do You Know Your Friends? (00:51:51)
Identity (00:55:41)
Ratings (00:59:39)
Final Thoughts (01:03:12)

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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159: The Twilight Zone

Best Defense: David Mack.

A dangerous rescue mission into a confusing alternate reality. A critical peace conference between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is threatened. The Enterprise and her crew up against impossible odds. And for Leonard McCoy, the stakes are far more personal than he could possibly imagine. The epic Star Trek 50th anniversary trilogy continues!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome David Mack to talk about his latest book Star Trek Legacies: Best Defense. We discuss writing TOS, the transfer key, the story, characters, new dimensions and aliens, plus what’s coming up next for David.

For news we celebrate the last issue of Star Trek Ongoing and look at the 50th anniversary cover special.

News
The Last Issue of Ongoing (00:02:17)
50th Anniversary Cover Special (00:08:29)

Feature: David Mack
Legacies Two (00:14:05)
Writing TOS (00:14:41)
Mining TOS (00:19:00)
The Transfer Key (00:20:44)
Organian Peace Treaty Talks (00:24:13)
Intersting Diplomats (00:29:32)
Multifaceted People (00:33:36)
Great Character Moments (00:35:04)
Development for Bones (00:37:44)
Facets of Kirk (00:42:22)
New Dimensions (00:46:54)
Slugs (00:56:22)
Making it Personal (00:58:21)
Recommendations (00:59:45)
Up Next for David (01:04:56)
Final Thoughts (01:12:26)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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

Direct download: lt-159.mp3
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158: Captain John Tesh

Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine.

Writers and artists often struggle to properly emulate the style of a show when adapting Star Trek to comics, especially in the early days of a series. We've recently seen examples of comics wildly missing the mark! However, when it is done well, the results can be impressive. Such is the case with the Deep Space Nine tales we are looking at this week!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine. We discuss it being so much fun, Stowaway part I and II, Old Wounds, Emancipation part I and II, Hostage Situation and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the announcement of another Star Trek/Green Lantern Crossover.

News
More Star Trek/Green Lantern (00:03:50)

Feature: Best of Deep Space Nine
So Much Fun (00:08:05)
An Admission (00:10:51)
Stowaway Part I & II (00:10:51)
Old Wounds (00:21:26)
Emancipation Part I & II (00:30:17)
Hostage Situation (00:40:01)
Ratings (00:44:17)
Final Thoughts (00:48:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-158.mp3
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157: Redeeming Voyager

Full Circle.

The Voyager series of books had relaunched with the Homecoming and Spirit Walk duologies but then found it’s story continuing in major ways beyond the Voyager books and a few years ahead of where the relaunch had left off - Enter Kirsten Beyer to save the day and fill in the missing pieces of the story as well as reinvigorate the Voyager series by bringing it “full circle”.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Full Circle. We discuss connecting the dots, character growth, dealing with the major plot points, new characters, lingering storylines and our ratings.

In the news we congratulate Dayton Ward for his Scribe Award and talk about he and Kevin Dillmore’s upcoming Waypoint comic.

News
Scribe Awards Winner (0:02:25)
New Gold Key Comic (00:04:05)

Feature: Full Circle
Official Janeway Mug (00:07:34)
Connecting the Dots (00:09:48)
Character Growth (00:13:41)
Klingon Story (00:19:34)
Dealing With Janeway’s Death (00:23:54)
Judging Voyager (00:28:57)
New Characters (00:33:18)
Plot Threads (00:37:55)
Back in the Delta Quadrant (00:40:50)
Other Plots (00:45:45)
Ratings (00:47:31)
Final Thoughts (00:49:31)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

156: Back in the Saddle Again

Rules of Accusation: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.

Deep Space Nine: for the past few years, the hallmark of this series has been change. Characters have moved on, the setting has changed, and DS9 doesn't quite feel like it used to. However, every once in awhile, it's good to return to familiar territory. In this week's e-book, we do just that as the old gang of Quark, Rom, Leeta, Zek, and even Odo return to some very familiar roles.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts, Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the new ebook, Rules of Accusation. We have a surprise interview with Paula Block and Terry Erdmann from the Shore Leave convention and then we discuss this latest foray into the Ferengi world with some of the best loved characters from DS9.

In the news segment we talk about the upcoming Boldly Go comic, Ongoing’s penultimate issue, New Visions’ take on The Cage and all the latest news from Shore Leave.

News
Boldly Go Comic (00:03:36)
Ongoing #59 (00:06:26)
New Visions: The Cage (00:12:01)
Shore Leave Convention (00:15:03)
Big News (00:17:20)
Shore Leave Interview (00:22:26)

Feature: Rules of Accusation
The Perfect eBook (00:35:36)
Time With Characters (00:37:48)
Feels Like an Episode (00:42:36)
Fun References (00:44:14)
We Need Blueprints (00:46:43)
1000 PADDs (00:49:43)
Morn (00:51:19)
Ratings (00:55:40)
Final Thoughts (00:58:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

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

Direct download: lt-156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

155: Invisible Scars

Captain to Captain.

Landmark anniversary years are traditionally a big deal in the Star Trek book world. For the 40th anniversary, we got the amazing Crucible trilogy of novels, as well as an epic multi-part e-book story with Mere Anarchy. It makes sense that for this, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we get another mini-series showcasing the Original Series: Legacies, a trilogy of novels featuring a mystery that dates back to the earliest days of the Enterprise under Captain Robert April!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first book in the Legacies trilogy, Captain to Captain. We discuss a brand new series, previously on the Space Ship Enterprise, legacies, slugs, parallels, the transfer key and connections, The Prime Directive, legacy of the Enterprise, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Rules of Accusation has come out!

News
Rules of Accusation (00:02:51)

Feature: Captain to Captain
A Brand New Series (00:08:58)
Previously on the Space Ship Enterprise (00:14:03)
Legacies (00:23:44)
Slugs (00:26:05)
Parallels (00:29:53)
Transfer Key and Connections (00:34:57)
The Prime Directive (00:43:01)
Legacy of the Enterprise (00:49:15)
Ratings (00:54:12)
Final Thoughts (00:58:50)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

154: I Don’t Speak Romulan

The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing.

The Romulan War, for much of the history of Star Trek, this early conflict between Earth and the Romulan Star Empire lay shrouded in mystery. It was hoped that Star Trek: Enterprise might give us a glimpse of that momentous event, but alas, the series ended too soon. As is often the case, the novels came to the rescue! Now, finally, Star Trek fans could find out what exactly happened during the bloody years of the Romulan War!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing. We discuss the expansive scope, Columbia’s disappearance, character work, media in wartime, war - what is it good for?, losing the NXs, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge The Jackel’s Trick by it’s cover and then talk about the blurb for it as well as Headlong Flight, The Long Mirage, Architects of Infinity and Section 31: Control.

News
Another Cover to Judge (00:02:15)
Headlong Flight Blurb (00:07:29)
The Long Mirage Blurb (00:10:19)
Architects of Infinity Blurb (00:14:17)
Section 31: Control Blurb (00:19:01)

Feature: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing
Continuing the Enterprise Relaunch (00:25:01)
Expansive Scope (00:26:13)
Columbia Disappears (00:39:48)
Character Work (00:41:52)
Media in Wartime (00:52:02)
War, What is it Good For? (00:58:39)
Losing the NXs (01:07:52)
Ratings (01:12:11)
Final Thoughts (01:15:37)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

153: Troi’s Psychic Back-rubs

Star Trek Classics: Beginnings.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Star Trek: The Next Generation comics done in the style of the old Gold Key comics? Well, wonder no more! Crazy, incoherent plots, characters that only sort-of resemble the ones we know and love, and Starfleet officers acting in morally dubious ways abound in the subject of this week’s episode of Literary Treks!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek Classics: Beginnings. We discuss our long tradition, Where No One Has Gone Before, The Spirit in the Sky, mixing up issues, the Q Trilogy, Here Today, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge Purgatory’s Key and Hell’s Heart by their covers, discuss their blurbs and give our reactions to the news about Waypoint, the new anthology comic coming from IDW.

News
Book Covers to Judge (00:02:54)
Purgatory’s Key Cover and Blurb (00:03:36)
Hell’s Heart Cover and Blurb (00:07:45)
Waypoint Comic (00:15:04)

Feature: Star Trek Classics: Beginnings
A Long Tradition (00:23:33)
Where No One Has Gone Before (00:25:45)
The Spirit in the Sky (00:32:42)
Mixing Up Issues (00:3600:)
The Q Trilogy (00:40:44)
Here Today (01:01:34)
Ratings (01:11:21)
Final Thoughts (01:17:17)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-153.mp3
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152: Little Starbase of Horrors

Force and Motion: Jeffrey Lang.

A buddy-buddy cop movie featuring Nog and O’Brien: what more could die-hard fans of Deep Space Nine wish for? Of course, as we all know, trouble finds these two whenever they leave the station together, and this week’s novel adventure is no different! Throw in disgraced former Captain Ben Maxwell, and you have the makings of a fascinating story exploring an interesting corner of the Star Trek universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Jeffrey Lang to talk about his latest Deep Space Nine novel, Force and Motion. We discuss being back in DS9, a unique story, losing a bro, Benjamin Maxwell, the psychology of Star Trek, an eccentric station, flashbacks and what’s next for Jeff. Note, interview does contain a few colorful metaphors.

In the new segment we talk about the finales of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock.

News

Manifest Destiny #4 (00:03:00)
Legacy of Spock #4 (00:08:13)

Feature: Jeffrey Lang
Been a While (00:15:25)
Back to DS9 (00:16:10)
A Unique Story (00:21:25)
Lost His Bro (00:32:46)
Speaking of Maxwell (00:36:18)
The Psychology of Star Trek (00:41:48)
Eccentric Station (00:50:48)
Flashbacks (00:59:40)
Up Next (01:06:36)
Final Thoughts (01:14:49)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Jeffrey Lang

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

Direct download: lt-152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

151: Borg Recycling Bin

Star Trek: Avenger.

At the end of William Shatner’s The Return, Captain Kirk found himself in dire circumstances. Sacrificing his life once again to save countless others, it looked as though we had again lost the Starfleet legend. However, in 1997, William Shatner (along with collaborators Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), found themselves once again resurrecting galactic hero James T. Kirk!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about William Shatner’s Star Trek: Avenger. We discuss coming back to the book, the Federation’ existential and ecological crisis, a group with questionable policies, Kirk as Sarek’s “Son”, Kirk avenging, the return…again, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we rejoice at the news about Kirsten Beyer’s new writing gig and remind everyone that Jeff Lang’s Force in Motion is out now.

News
KMFB News (00:02:27)
Force in Motion (00:07:29)

Feature: Star Trek: Avenger
Last Time in the Star Trek Universe (00:09:30)
Back to Avenger (00:11:05)
The Federation’s Existential and Ecological Crisis (00:14:01)
A Group With Questionable Policies (00:29:28)
Kirk as Sarek’s “Son” (00:37:38)
Kirk Avenging (00:44:03)
The Return… Again (00:48:18)
Ratings (00:56:47)
Final Thoughts (01:01:30)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

150: Come to Janeway Moment

The Last Will Be First: Tristan Riddell.

On November 17th, 2012 a new show was added to the Trek.fm network that was dedicated to the books and comics of Star Trek and that would also allow the authors a place to come and talk about their work, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to the stories. With Strange New Worlds winner and Star Trek author Dayton Ward as the first show guest, Literary Treks boldly went.

In this very special episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson and Strange New Worlds contestant Tristan Riddell to talk about his DS9 story The Last Will Be First. Then as a special treat and for the first time ever, we present the audiobook version of his story to the world.

Interview: Tristan Riddell
Thank You (00:01:25)
A Trek.fm Author (00:03:48)
Tristan’s Star Trek Story (00:06:57)
Kept Him Going (00:08:38)
Entering the Contest (00:11:48)
Two Weeks to Write Something (00:14:30)
The Process of Strange New Worlds (00:23:23)
Tristan’s Book Picks (00:28:43)
Creating the Audio Book Version (00:31:54)

Feature: The Last Will Be First
Read by Tristan Riddell and The Girl (00:34:14)
Final Thoughts (01:26:09)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Tristan Riddell

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

Direct download: lt-150.mp3
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149: Dayton’s Prime Directive

Elusive Salvation: Dayton Ward.

In 2013, the novel From History’s Shadow was released, in which author Dayton Ward linked together all of the disparate 20th century Star Trek time travel events in a fun and unique story. It was very well-received, and many readers asked one question over and over: when do we get a follow-up? Well, three years later, Dayton has delivered!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about his latest book Elusive Salvation. We discuss the title, continuing in history’s shadow, new aliens, where to go, the timey-whimy, Roberta Lincoln, cheekiness, SPOILERS, the importance of hope, a pop question, what’s next for Dayton and where to find him online.

For the news segment we talk though third issues of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock as well as take a look at the cover for Best Defense and discuss the blurb.

News
Manifest Destiny #3 (00:02:52)
Legacy of Spock #3 (00:06:29)
Best Defense Cover and Blurb (00:10:14)

Feature: Elusive Salvation
The Title (00:16:08)
Continuing in History’s Shadow (00:17:18)
New Aliens (00:19:57)
Where to Go (00:19:57)
Timey-Whimey (00:26:51)
Roberta Lincoln (00:31:57)
Cheekiness (00:33:40)
SPOILERS (00:38:27)
The Importance of Hope (00:49:24)
Pop Question (00:51:29)
What’s Next (01:03:01)
Dayton Online (01:10:34)
Final Thoughts (01:12:03)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Dayton Ward

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

Direct download: lt-149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

148: Ultimate Evil Universe

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1.

Superheroes in Star Trek? Star Trek has attempted a number of ambitious crossovers in the comic world in recent years. The universes of Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, and Green Lantern have all been visited by our intrepid Starfleet heroes. These are always a fun diversion from the main storylines of the comics, giving a whole new meaning to exploring “strange new worlds.”

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Legion hero Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1. We discuss our familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes, bridging the universes, immortal issues, trapped in a purple orb, characterization, art and our ratings.

In the news segment we look inside the new travel guide to Vulcan and discuss the latest issues of New Visions and Manifest Destiny.

News
Inside Look and the Vulcan Travel Guide (00:02:22)
Eaglemoss Comics Collection (00:07:45)
New Visions #11 (00:13:29)
Manifest Destiny #2 (00:17:23)

Feature: Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1
Familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes (00:24:08)
Bridging the Universes (00:28:37)
Immortal Issues (00:39:33)
Trapped in a Purple Orb (00:45:39)
Characterization (00:48:43)
Art (00:54:18)
Ratings (00:58:51)
Final Thoughts (01:01:43)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

147: The Phantom Menace

Kobayashi Maru.

One of the things that disappointed fans the most when Enterprise was canceled was the loss of seeing the Romulan War play out, so as the relaunch hit it’s stride it continued the series’ build into that storyline.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson are joined by Section 31 agent Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Star Trek Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru. We discuss Archer coming into his own, wrong things for the wrong reasons, a shadowy man, a shadowy problem, overly long and not a lot of plot points, the Kobayashi Maru, historical connections and our ratings.

In the news segment we look at the upcoming release of The Star Trek Book as well as something for free.

News
The Star Trek Book (00:02:15)
Something for Free (00:06:48)

Feature: Kobayashi Maru
Dan’s Still Missing (00:10:31)
Archer Coming Into His Own (00:12:54)
Wrong Things for the Wrong Reasons (00:18:36)
Shadowy Man (00:32:56)
Shadowy Problem (00:42:09)
Overly Long, Not Enough Plot (00:46:50)
The Kobayashi Maru (00:52:47)
Historical Connections (01:01:54)
Ratings (01:06:22)
Final Thoughts (01:10:04)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: lt-147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

146: A Mess of Thompsons

Burden of Knowledge.

The Original Series is an era of Star Trek that lends itself to being depicted in the pages of a comic book: bright colors and outlandish plots all make for entertaining comic stories! However, what makes these stories quintessential Star Trek is the fact that on top of being entertaining, they give us the opportunity to think about issues in a way that other forms of entertainment don’t.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about the Star Trek comics Burden of Knowledge. We discuss the artwork, Uncertain Perceptions, A Failure to Communicate, A Matter of Perspective, The Burden of Knowledge and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the last issue of Starfleet Academy and the first issue of Manifest Destiny.

News
Starfleet Acadamy #5 (00:02:18)
Manifest Destiny #1 (00:07:35)

Feature: Burden of Knowledge
TOS Comics (00:12:02)
The Artwork (00:14:05)
Uncertain Perceptions (00:17:08)
A Failure to Communicate (00:29:16)
A Matter of Perspective (00:38:16)
The Burden of Knowledge (00:44:33)
Ratings (00:54:29)
Final Thoughts (01:00:19)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

145: A Skynet Brain-sucker

Live By the Code.

In his Rise of the Federation series, Christopher L. Bennett has attempted an ambitious project: telling the story of the early days of the Federation, and showing how we got from there to here (to coin a phrase). Brain-sucking computers, smooth-headed Klingons, and interplanetary bigotry and conflict are just a few of the challenges that the young United Federation of Planets faces during this turbulent time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Live By the Code. We discuss the interesting series, the greater good, Trip’s soul and Section 31, Klingon connections, interference, fanatical racism, a full plate, the problem of dependency and our ratings.

In our news segment we discuss the latest comic in the Legacy of Spock series, Ongoing #56.

News
Ongoing #56 (00:01:48)

Feature: Live By the Code
Continuing Enterprise (00:08:19)
Interesting Stories (00:10:11)
The Greater Good (00:11:19)
Trip’s Soul and Section 31 (00:17:31)
Klingon Connection (00:21:45)
Interference (00:27:13)
Fanatical Racism (00:41:15)
A Full Plate (00:48:21)
The Problem of Dependency (00:53:02)
Ratings (00:58:55)
Final Thoughts (01:03:38)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

144: Evil James Bond

Star Trek: Mirror Images.

The Mirror Universe: there are many familiar faces there, but the reality is very different from our own. Rather than the kind, benevolent Federation we know and love, Earth is at the center of a vast empire, ruled by dark passions and the desire for conquest. There have been many stories set in this dark reality in the 50 years Star Trek has existed, each featuring familiar characters, but with a barbaric twist.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series Mirror Images. We discuss the fun, characterizations, a focused story, something’s missing, more points, how it wraps up, an interesting interlude and our ratings.

In the news segment we discuss the news of DRM free Star Trek books being available.

News
DRM Free Star Trek Books (00:01:59)

Feature: Mirror Images
Something Fun (00:10:05)
Characterization (00:14:22)
Very Focused (00:16:13)
Something’s Missing (00:20:54)
More Story Points (00:25:08)
How it Wraps Up (00:30:37)
Interesting Interlude (00:32:47)
Ratings (00:36:29)
Final Ratings (00:39:34)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

Direct download: lt-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

143: Borg Kryptonite

The Return.

Shortly after Star Trek: Generations was released, William Shatner pitched a story featuring the return of Captain Kirk to the land of the living. Paramount passed on the story, but undeterred, Shatner sold the idea as a novel. The Return would prove to be a great seller, with many fans wanting to read the story of the resurrection of a Star Trek legend.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner’s The Return. We discuss bringing back Kirk, maniacal Borg, V’ger and the Borg, an empty grave, Kirk worship and our ratings.

In the new segment we discuss the cover and blurb for Force and Motion as well as the penultimate issue of Starfleet Academy and Ongoing #55, the Legacy of Spock.

News
Force and Motion: Cover and Blurb (00:01:44)
Starfleet Acadamy #4 (00:06:34)
Ongoing #55 (00:11:16)

Feature: The Return
Critical Mass (00:17:07)
Bringing Back Kirk (00:18:02)
Maniacal Borg (00:24:48)
V’gee and the Borg (00:30:44)
An Empty Grave (00:38:08)
Kirk Worship (00:47:50)
Ratings (00:58:02)
Final Thoughts (01:02:28)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

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142: Star Trek Vs. Godzilla

The Latter Fire: James Swallow.

Star Trek has always featured outlandish ideas such as huge space creatures and other pretty out-there science fiction concepts. However, at its core, Star Trek is really about the struggles that we all face in overcoming negative forces such as violence and fear to come together to build a better world. No one understands that basic idea more than renowned Trek author James Swallow!

In this episode off Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his latest book The Latter Fire. We discuss the genesis of the story, world-building, fear, prejudice and preconceptions, a romantic foil, stretching the Prime Directive, a cosmozoan, everyone has something to do, what’s next for James and where to find him.

News
Welcome (00:01:34)

Feature: James Swallow
James First Time in TOS (00:04:40)
Genesis of the Story (00:05:26)
Wonderful World-building (00:11:30)
Fear (00:17:47)
Prejudice and Preconceptions (00:24:05)
Romantic Foil (00:27:27)
Stretching the Prime Directive (00:30:00)
The Idea for the Cosmozoan (00:37:00)
Everyone Has Something to Do (00:42:45)
What’s Next for James (00:54:18)
Finding James Online (00:57:32)
Final Thoughts (00:59:22)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
James Swallow

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

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141: Plastic Cage of Emotion

Gold Key: Vol. 2: Part 2.

The Gold Key comics: The Star Trek that might have been. Though the stories may be somewhat ridiculous and the artwork might not quite look like the Star Trek we know and love, there is still a lot to enjoy about these stories from Star Trek’s early days. Giant space genies, disembodied Vulcan boogeymen, and swashbuckling pirates are the subject of this week’s episode!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the second half of Gold Key Comics Vol. 2. We discuss Spectre of the Sun, The Brain Shockers, The Flight of the Buccaneer and give our rankings.

In the news segment we talk about the latest book news from Margaret Clark.

News
Book News from Margaret Clark (00:02:01)

Feature: Gold Key Vol.2: Part 2
Love These Nights (00:07:21)
Spectre of the Sun (00:07:53)
The Brain Shockers (00:21:53)
The Flight of the Buccaneer (00:32:38)
Rankings (00:39:49)
Final Thoughts (00:42:54)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

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140: Landed in Yoda’s Swamp

Miasma.

The TOS movie era is a period of Star Trek history rife with story possibilities. Kirk’s crew aboard the Enterprise-A has been through a lot together, and that experience has molded them into some of Starfleet’s most valuable officers. Imagine if a television series had been set in this period. The episodes of that imaginary series might have been very much like the e-novella we are discussing this week.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the newest enovella Miasma. We talk about it feeling like an episode, the setting, growth for the characters, Spock and Saavik, logic vs. compassion and our ratings.

In the news we take a look at Ongoing #54.

News
Star Trek Ongoing #54 (00:03:40)

Feature: Miasma
Feels Like an Episode (00:15:11)
The Setting (00:19:12)
Growth for Characters (00:23:16)
Spock and Saavik (00:28:02)
Logic Vs. Compassion (00:34:15)
Ratings (00:41:14)
Final Thoughts (00:42:48)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

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139: Feels Like Star Trek VII

The Ashes of Eden.

In 1995, the first novel of what came to be known as the “Shatner-verse” hit bookshelves. This book spawned a series that would last for ten books and twelve years, featuring all-new adventures about James T. Kirk, penned by William Shatner himself. Journey with us back in time as we take a look at where it all began!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner’s The Ashes of Eden. We discuss opinions on the Shatnerverse, getting older, when fantasies become reality, interesting villains, The Heart of Darkness and Insurrection, the crew reunited and our ratings.

In the new segment we discuss the latest issue of Starfleet Academy #3

News
Starfleet Acadamy #3 (00:02:39)

Feature:
Back in 1995 (00:14:27)
Opinions on the Shatnerverse (00:16:51)
Getting Older (00:20:57)
When Fantasies Become Reality (00:23:31)
Interesting Villains (00:30:52)
The Heart of Darkness and Insurrection (00:42:44)
Reunited and it Feels so Good (00:48:00)
Ratings (00:54:20)
Final Thoughts (00:59:24)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

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138: AKA KMFB

A Pocket Full of Lies: Kirsten Beyer.

Ever since Full Circle hit bookshelves in 2009, the Voyager relaunch novels under Kirsten Beyer have become a highlight of the Star Trek novel line. In this, the 50th anniversary year of Star Trek, the bar is raised once again as another stellar Voyager novel continues the story of the Full Circle fleet’s exploration of the Delta Quadrant.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Kirsten Beyer to talk about her latest Star Trek Voyager book “A Pocket Full of Lies”. We discuss planning this story, wrapping up with a bow, using episodes, home is where the heart is, despair and depression, Tuvok, the Obi-Wan thing, forgiveness, the Denzit’s end, a new Janeway, juggling, reader interaction, coming up next and hints.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Kirsten Beyer

 

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

News
An Awesome Author (00:01:29)

Feature: Kirsten Beyer
Finally Here (00:05:44)
Kinda the Plan (00:07:42)
Wrapping with a Bow (00:17:07)
Things From Episodes (00:21:18)
Home Is Where the Heart Is (00:25:16)
Despair and Depression (00:29:09)
Tuvok (00:36:33)
The Obi-Wan Thing (00:45:00)
Forgiveness (00:50:25)
The Denzit’s End (00:52:36)
A New Janeway (00:58:49)
Juggling (01:03:31)
Reader Interaction (01:09:37)
Coming Up Next (01:19:01)
Little Hints (01:21:58)
Final Thoughts (01:26:53)

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137: Retcon Love Letter

The Good That Men Do.

When the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise aired, it was promoted as a “valentine” to the fans. However, it’s reception left much to be desired. Featuring a nonsensical plot and laughable villains, “These Are the Voyages” was not well-loved. Therefore, when it was announced that an Enterprise “relaunch” story would undo some of the worst parts of that episode, many Enterprise fans rejoiced!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk the Enterprise novel The Good That Men Do. We discuss the last episode of Enterprise, the audacity to rewrite canon, the set up, bringing Trip back, lack of vision, prequels are interesting, a tight story, swiss cheese, head canon, Trip and T’Pol, foundation of the Romulan War and our ratings.

In the news we remind everyone that A Pocket Full of Lies is out!

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

News
A Pocket Full of Lies (00:03:03)

Feature: The Good That Men Do
The Last Episode of Enterprise (00:05:49)
The Audacity to Rewrite Canon (00:08:17)
The Set Up (00:12:40)
Bringing Back Trip (00:17:16)
Lack of Vision (00:21:59)
Prequels are Really Interesting (00:27:09)
A Tight Story (00:30:55)
Swiss Cheese (00:33:20)
Head Canon (00:36:23)
Trip and T’Pol (00:37:51)
Foundations of the Romulan War (00:42:27)
Ratings (00:45:58)

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136: Temporal Mechanics Chess Game

Ascendance: David R. George III.

The Deep Space Nine relaunch had been building to a showdown with the Ascendants and The Soul Key left fans with a massive cliffhanger but with Star Trek Destiny bringing all the crews together, the Ascendants story line was dropped in order to align the DS9 books with the rest of the 24th century. Fans have long wondered what transpired with the Ascendants and how it spurred major changes for many of the DS9 characters, luckily the answers have finally arrived.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author David R. George III to talk his latest Deep Space Nine book Ascendance. We discuss weaving the tapestry, research, what to tell and what not to tell, prophesies, character arcs, Sisko, faith and belief, working things in, what’s next and where to find David online.

In the news segment we let everyone know that we are covering The Good That Men Do next week.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

News
Next Week (00:01:39)

Feature: David R. George III
First Interview of the Year (00:03:58)
Weaving the Tapestry (00:05:05)
Research (00:09:08)
What to Tell and What Not to Tell (00:12:20)
Prophesies (00:15:51)
Character Arcs (00:18:29)
Sisko (00:23:42)
Faith and Belief (00:31:11)
Working Things In (00:38:01)
Coming Up (00:43:48)
David Online (00:48:22)
Final Thoughts (00:50:32)

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135: Spock’s Vulcan Occult Library

Gold Key Comics Vol. 2, Part 1.

If the writers and artist in Far Beyond the Stars who worked with Benny wrote and illustrated a comic that imagined the universe of Star Trek, what they would have produced would have surely looked and felt like the Gold Key Comics.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Gold Key Comics Volume 2. We discuss the evolution of the comics, Voodoo Planet, The Youth Trap, The Legacy of Lazarus and our final thoughts.

In the news section we look at the newest comics, Starfleet Academy #2, Ongoing #53 and New Visions #10.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

News
Starfleet Academy #2 (00:03:43)
New Visions #10 (00:09:19)
Ongoing #53 (00:12:22)

Feature: Gold Key Vol. 2
Evolution of the Comics (00:19:35)
Voodoo Planet (00:21:19)
The Youth Trap (00:29:24)
The Legacy of Lazarus (00:36:22)
Final Thoughts (00:46:23)

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