82: It’s All About the Hair, ‘Bout the Hair, ‘Bout the Hair


When it comes to Star Trek books, few fans consider them canon. It’s understandable, especially with novels written during the run of a series on television. But sometimes a book comes along that almost has to be taken as canon because of who wrote it. During Voyager’s third season, series co-creator Jeri Taylor penned the back story of Captain Janeway in Mosaic. As the creator of the character, no one was more qualified to tell us how Kathryn went from a child in Bloomington, Indiana, to captain of a starship lost in the Delta Quadrant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Charlynn Schmiedt of To The Journey to discuss Mosaic, the portrayal of Janeway as a child, student, and young woman, what drives her to help the Ocampa and protect her crew at all costs, and, of course, Jeri Taylor’s obsession with hair.

In our news segment we take a look at new blurbs for Sacraments of Fire and Seekers 3, and we judge John Jackson Miller’s Takedown by its cover.



Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones



Charlynn Schmiedt


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens



Sacraments of Fire blurb revealed (2:37)

Seekers 3: Long Shot blurb revealed (4:52)

Judge a Book by Its Cover: Takedown (6:31)


Feature: Mosaic

Memories and Impressions (9:35)

Structuring the Life of Baby Janeway (20:10)

The Portrayal of Janeway: Good or Bad? (26:42)

Trying to Write a Strong Woman in the ‘90s (33:47)

Everybody’s Got Better Hair Than Me (37:45)

Delving Into the Psyche of Janeway (43:15)

Final Thoughts (53:31)

Closing (58:04)


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75: So THAT'S Why Beverly Hates the EMH?

Slings and Arrows: That Sleep of Death.

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 fourth book in the Slings and Arrows series, That Sleep of Death, which delivers a pinch of First Contact setup with some generous helpings of A Christmas Carol. Join us as we discuss the first diplomatic mission of the new starship, why Beverly Crusher's primary role on the 1701-E is apparently theatre director, the idea of a mutualistic species that combines a humanoid and a coating of living creatures, and find out why Beverly is so rude to the EMH when she activates it in First Contact.


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USS Titan Official Starships Collection Update (2:38)

Feedback on This Grey Spirit (6:00)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (18:02)

Sponsor: Audible (22:41)


Feature: Slings and Arrows: That Sleep of Death

Someone Really Loves A Christmas Carol (25:22)

How Does This Fit Into First Contact? (31:18)

Overly Simplistic Prose and the Road to Nowhere (37:19)

We Have Our First Diplomatic Mission! (40:07)

Any Old Married Couple and Other Character Moments (49:35)

Final Thoughts (55:17)

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Category:Books -- posted at: 4:09am MDT

70: Data = Saffron

Jeffrey Lang: The Light Fantastic.

When Data sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise crew in Nemesis, we all thought it was the end of the beloved android. But in Cold Equations, David Mack gave Data a second chance at life and opened the door to new possibilities. Now, in The Light Fantastic, Jeffrey Lang continues the story—which was in fact started in his own 2002 novel Immortal Coil—as Data and Lal find themselves facing off against a familiar foe from their days aboard the Enterprise-D: Moriarty.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Jeff to talk about the origins of the story, whether or not Sherlock was an inspiration for parts of the concept, the idea that Data may be an android version of a Trill, and how dealing with adolescene plays a key role in Data's new life. We also find out why Data is like saffron and where the story might go next.

In our news segment we learn more about John Jackson Miller's upcoming story Takedown, the forthcoming limited-edition book Return to Tomorrow that will take back to the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture through interviews from the time, and we dress the final frontier.


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Riker prepares to Takedown Picard (1:55)

Making The Motion Picture with Return to Tomorrow (6:21)

Dressing the Final Frontier (10:56)

Sponsor: Audible (15:21)


Feature: The Light Fantastic with Jeffrey Lang

The Origins of The Light Fantastic (18:52)

Like an Episode of Sherlock (24:26)

An Android Version of a Trill? (28:35)

Like Saffron (33:17)

Vic, The Doctor, and Moriarty (36:30)

Written By a Dad (45:32)

Dealing with Adolescence (51:23)

Developing Geordi, Love Life and More (55:44)

Continuity Touchstones (1:01:59)

Where Might the Story Go Next? (1:08:22)

What's Next for Jeff? (1:14:37)

Closing (1:19:36)

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Category:Books -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

69: We Hope Margaret Is Listening

Star Trek Lit Wish List.

From James Blish's first novelizations in 1967 all the way through to Seekers in 2014, the Star Trek content brought to us in written form dwarfs the adventures seen on television and the big screen. No matter what story you're looking for, its out there somewhere. Learn the back history of your favorite character, explore an unknown corner of the Beta Quadrant, travel with new crews you've never met, and learn how the Federation was born. You can do it all in the expanded literary universe. And best of all, after more than 2,000 books, there are still countless stories to be told.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to brainstorm on the future of Star Trek literature. We share with you a list of sixteen things we want to see in the years to come. Is your wish on our list?

In our news segment we find out what's next for the Titan series after the events of The Fall, share the new blurb for Lust's Latinum Lost and Found, and review the first issue of IDW's new doctor-centric Tricorder X-Prize spectacular, Flesh and Stone.



The Titan Story Continues (2:10)

Want Some Lust and Latinum? (4:43)

Review: Flesh and Stone, Part 1 (7:06)

Sponsor: Audible (19:19)


Feature: Star Trek Lit Wish List

Overview (22:12)

Mirror Universe Stories (24:45)

More Movie-Era Books (30:21)

The Second Federation (32:07)

Focus on Pike (36:01)

More Lost Era Stories (39:43)

Rise of the Federation Continues (44:06)

Star Trek: Travis (48:00)

Proper Conclusion to New Frontier (49:20)

More DS9 Focus (52:40)

Star Trek B-Sides (57:30)

More S.C.E. eBooks (1:00:28)

More Big Series (1:03:35)

Bring Back the Audiobooks! (1:07:04)

More Myriad Universes Stories (1:10:48)

Consistant Diversity (1:12:58)

Historical Specials (1:15:54)

Final Thoughts (1:19:28)

Closing (1:22:13)

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Category:Books -- posted at: 1:03am MDT

65: The Night Belongs to the Mugato

Serpents In the Garden.

In the classic episode "A Private Little War," Captain Kirk took it upon himself to balance the power between two factions on a primitive world when it is discovered that the Klingons are backing one side. It was a story that demanded a follow-up, but one never came. Until now. In his new novel Serpents In the Garden, Jeff Mariotte puts now-Admiral Kirk back into battle on Neural when it is learned that the Klingons may once more be interfering in the planet's affairs. Taking matters into his own hands yet again, Kirk embarks on a secret mission to expose the Klingons while trying to minimize the damage that he may have caused decades earlier.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to discuss the book, the use of red shirts, an invicible Kirk, and a more mugatos than you can shake a fire stick at. We also explore the naivity of intervention and how the story both succeeds and fails depending on how you approach it.

In our news segment we share initial thoughts on IDW's graphic adaptation of Harlan Ellison's original script for "The City On the Edge of Forever," learn about Highscore Music's upcoming German audio drama adaptation of Death In Winter, and take a peek at IDW's September Star Trek comics lineup. 

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Category:Books -- posted at: 8:55am MDT

61: John Jacob Jingleheimer Harriman

Serpents Among the Ruins.

The Tomed Incident is a famous event in Star Trek history. But like so many such incidents, it's something we've heard in passing dialogue but never really learned much about. It was mentioned in three episodes of TNG—"The Neutral Zone," "The Defector," and "The Pegasus"—and one episode of Enterprise—"These Are the Voyages…" Okay... so four episodes of TNG. But what actually happened? This is what David R. George III answers in his Lost Era novel, Serpents Among the Ruins.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Drew Stewart and Dan Gunther to discuss the novel, what led to the Treaty of Algeron, why the Romulans retreated from galactic politics before resurfacing on TNG, and to the ban on Federation cloaking technology.

In our news segment we take a look at the final covers for Star Trek: Seekers 1 and 2 and get set for John Byrne's New Visions "The Mirror, Cracked."

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Category:Books -- posted at: 8:50am MDT

59: The Rough Seas of Love

Mission Gamma: Twilight.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the stated goal of the Starfleet presence on the station and the purpose Sisko's mission was to prepare Bajor for Federation membership. As the series went on, this came close to happening once; but a warning from the Emissary put the issue on the backburner. Then the Dominion War happened. With all of that now in the past—and with other loose ends from "What You Leave Behind" either wrapped up or at least addressed—Mission Gamma sets Bajor back on a course for Federation membership and provides DS9 with a new TOS-like initiative to seek out new life and strange new worlds.

In the episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther to continue our look at the DS9 relaunch series and kick off discussion of the four-part Mission Gamma. We discuss the character stories involving Bashir and Ezri, Vaughn and Prynn, how Kira is dealing with the Attainder, and what the future holds for Bajor and the United Federation of Planets.

In our news segment we get an update on Keith R.A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, a New Frontier for Peter David, Dayton Ward's new TNG book Armageddon's Arrow, and we review the second issue of IDW's I, Enterprise comic.

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Category:Books -- posted at: 1:27am MDT

58: You're a Baby Daddy, Sulu!

The Captain's Daughter.

Star Trek Generations brought us a number of shocking moments—the death of Captain Kirk, the destruction of the Enterprise-D—but one with less severe consequences was the revelation that Hikaru Sulu had a daughter. It was just a nod to the passage of time and a nice tidbit for fans that created a connection between the Enterprise-A and Enterprise-B. But did it really make sense? Kirk certainly seemed surprised by it.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Peter David's solution to the Demora Conundrum, which came in the form of the 1995 novel The Captain's Daughter. We discuss each of the story's five main points—Death, First Date, Memorial, Parenthood, and Life After Death—and whether or not the solution adequately and believably fills in the backstory of that moment in Generations.

In our news segment we take a first look at the upcoming Ships of the Line art book, an attempt to reach younger fans with pop-ups, IDW's plans to bring Q to the Abramsverse, and the Starfleet Medical Officers special comics collaboration between IDW and the Tricorder X-Prize called Flesh and Stone.

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Category:Books -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

57: Semi-United and It Feels So Good

Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel.

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. Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series tells the story of those early years of unity—or semi-unity—and the first book, A Choice of Futures, explored the struggles faced by the Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they began to work together.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther or Trek Lit Reviews to discuss the second book in the series, Tower of Babel. We explore the internal debate over what form the Federation should take, as well as the external challenges that threaten to destroy the young union before it can spread its wings. We also find out what course Bennett has charted for familiar faces from Enterprise's television run, especially for Archer.

In our news segment we judge The Light Fantastic by its cover, find out what new stories may be set for Seekers, and drool over some very pricey, but very beautiful limited edition Star Trek / Doctor Who crossover sets from IDW. 

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Category:Books -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

54: We Never Use the B Word

Greg Cox: No Time Like the Past.

Star Trek characters from different eras meeting is nothing new. Picard met Spock. Scotty met Geordi. Julian met a stunning 23rd-century lieutenant that made him think he might be his own great-grandfather. But two characters we never thought would cross paths are Captain James T. Kirk and Seven of Nine. Yet that's exactly what happens in Greg Cox's new book No Time Like the Past. Presenting herself as Annika Seven, Voyager's former Borg drone finds herself in the presence of the man she's come to know as a legend through the tales of her own captain. But don't worry… the story doesn't follow the path you might first think.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Greg Cox to discuss No Time Like the Past, what it was like writing Seven for the first time, blending the flavors of The Original Series and Voyager, and the steps that Annika must take to never use the B word—BORG.

In our news segment we bring you the book trailer for Kirsten Beyer's Acts of Contrition, sneak a peek at artwork from IDW's rendition of "The City On the Edge of Forever," John Byrne's New Visions, and the remastered Gold Key comics, and we glimpse the contents of the Stardate Collection, Volume 2.

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Category:Books -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT




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