David Mack: Collateral Damage.

Eight years ago, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was party to events that led to the ouster and eventual assassination of disgraced Federation President Min Zife. Now, he must return to Earth to face the music in a hearing called to determine his culpability in those events. Meanwhile, the Enterprise, under the command of Worf, must deal with a determined enemy in possession of a weapon capable of inflicting unimaginable damage on the Federation.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are once again joined by author David Mack to discuss his most recent novel Collateral Damage. We talk about wrapping up the loose ends of Tezwa, the inspiration for the Nausicaans' plight, the unique literary devices used in this novel, a Starfleet Intelligence spin-off, Worf's development as a character, Lieutenant Aneta Šmrhová, Picard's hearing and eventual fate, and wrap up with where David can be found online and what he is working on now.

At the top of the show, we respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference with your thoughts on Literary Treks 284: Smoothing Over the Rough Edges of Canon.

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Listener Feedback (00:02:29)

Feature: David Mack
There Is A Plan (00:08:24)
Tying Up Loose Ends (00:12:07)
The Forgotten Nausicaans (00:24:54)
First-Person Narratives (00:39:29)
Agent Thadiun Okona (00:45:12)
Worf and Aneta Šmrhová (00:54:21)
The Hearing of Picard (01:07:13)
Star Trek: Picard (01:22:41)
More from David (01:26:37)
Final Thoughts (01:35:13)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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

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The Motion Picture: 40th Anniversary Edition.

A destructive menace is heading directly towards Earth, and the Enterprise is the only starship in interception range. Admiral James T. Kirk must once again assume command to take on this threat and solve the mystery of "Veejur" before it destroys all life on Earth. The film that launched the Star Trek movie series has mixed reviews, but the novelization of that movie offers us a glimpse into the mind of the creator of Star Trek!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by "Dr. Trek" himself, Larry Nemecek, to discuss the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry. We talk about differences between the film and the novel, the persistent "Alan Dean Foster myth," Kirk's subtextual relationship with Spock, the story from Veejur's perspective, Decker's ultimate fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we report on the announcement of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Inside the Art & Visual Effects by Jeff Bond & Gene Kozicki, coming in March of 2020. We also respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 283: Everyone's Tilting at Windmills.

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ST:TMP Inside The Art & Visual Effects (00:03:40)
Listener Feedback (00:04:40)

Feature: The Motion Picture: 40th Anniversary Edition
The Motion Picture (00:10:39)
Different Iterations (00:20:53)
The "Alan Dean Foster" Myth (00:24:24)
T'hy'la and New Humans (00:31:32)
Mining TMP for Future Star Trek (00:46:48)
Canon Has Evolved (00:55:09)
"In Thy Image" (01:01:55)
V'Ger's Perspective (01:08:26)
Additional Scenes (01:12:42)
Epsilon Nine or IX (01:20:46)
Marriage Contracts (01:24:06)
Ratings (01:28:17)
Final Thoughts (01:37:58)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Larry Nemecek

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

Direct download: lt-285.mp3
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Greater Than the Sum.

In recent months, the Borg have returned again and again to threaten the peace of the Federation. Now, Picard and his crew must team up with unexpected allies to prevent the Borg from acquiring quantum slipstream technology, an advancement that would give the Borg unprecedented power to assimilate the Federation. Along with a new and untested crewmember, the men and women under Captain Picard's command face incredible odds in their latest round with the Borg.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the TNG novel Greater Than the Sum by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen, Christopher Bennett's amazing ability to "fix" glitches in Star Trek continuity, a star cluster filled with strange new worlds, an old friend named Hugh, a plan to destroy the Borg once and for all, the ending that leads into David Mack's Destiny trilogy, how this story jives with what we know about Star Trek: Picard, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 282: And Then Wonder Woman Shows Up!

News
Listener Feedback (00:03:43)

Feature: Greater Than the Sum
More of the Borg (00:11:41)
Introducing T'Ryssa Chen (00:14:52)
The Mystery of This Novel (00:21:12)
Bringing It All Together (00:25:49)
Star Cluster NGC 6281 (00:32:18)
Picard and Crusher (00:38:03)
Jasminder Choudhury (00:44:30)
Hugh and the Liberated (00:47:53)
The Plan (00:56:32)
The Epilogue (01:05:22)
Compatibility with Star Trek: Picard (01:09:13)
Ratings (01:12:56)
Final Thoughts (01:16:29)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-284.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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