The Captain's Oath.

Captain James T. Kirk: one of the true legends of Starfleet. Awarded command of the U.S.S. Enterprise at a very young age, Kirk made his mark on the galaxy with an impressive career commanding one of Starfleet's most prestigious vessels. But what made him the captain he would become? And how did his experience commanding smaller starships prepare him for the years spent commanding the Enterprise?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about Christopher L. Bennett's new TOS novel The Captain's Oath. As a special bonus, the author shared his thoughts with us about aspects of the novel which we will share with you! We discuss the different time periods covered in the novel, Kirk's early years as commander of the U.S.S. Sacagawea, the fascinating cast of original characters, the mysterious threat posed by the Agni, Kirk's first mission as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the disparate parts of continuity referenced in The Captain's Oath, and wrap up with our final thoughts and what Christopher L. Bennett has coming soon as well as where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, we review issue #2 of Star Trek: Year Five and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 269: Kellogg's Spock 'n' Krisp.

News
Star Trek: Year Five #2 Comic Review (00:02:51)
Listener Feedback (00:12:57)

Feature: The Captain's Oath
Different Time Periods (00:22:02)
Kirk's Early Command (00:30:55)
The First Officers (00:44:25)
Dr. Sherev (00:50:31)
Ensign Diaz (00:54:41)
The Agni (00:56:18)
The Enterprise at Karabos II (01:04:09)
Dr. "Bones" McCoy (01:08:18)
Continuity Nods (01:09:50)
Ratings (01:12:39)
The Author's Upcoming Works (01:16:28)
Final Thoughts (01:18:19)

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-271.mp3
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The Gold Key Archives, Vol. 5: Part 2.

Weird volcano-dwelling shapeshifters! Sentient stars! The return of Lt. Uhuru! A room that makes you crazy! And Starfleet Admiral... Kahn?!? All this and more in the latest installment of our look at the wackiest corner of the Star Trek universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson finish their look back at Star Trek: The Gold Key Archives, Volume 5 with the final three stories in the collection: issue 28, "The Mimicking Menace"; issue 30, "Death of a Star"; and issue 31, "The Final Truth."

At the top of the show, we review issue #4 of The Q Conflict from IDW, and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 268: Andy Does the Consonants, I Do the Vowels.

News
The Q Conflict #4 Comic Review (00:03:19)
Listener Feedback (00:11:01)

Feature: Gold Key Archives, Vol. 5, Part 2
The Mimicking Menace (00:15:13)
Death of a Star (00:34:08)
The Final Truth (00:57:49)
Ratings (01:14:02)
Final Thoughts (01:21:32)

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-270.mp3
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The Gold Key Archives, Vol. 5: Part 1.

It's been awhile, but it's once again time to dive into the hilarity and ridiculousness that is the Star Trek Gold Key comics! Incredible shrinking people, Japanese Samurais, and chilly red turtle people await you as we take on another round with the strangest corner of the *Star Trek* literary universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther take a look at Star Trek: The Gold Key Archives Volume 5, Part 1, which includes issues 25, 26, and 27: "Dwarf Planet," "The Perfect Dream," and "Ice Journey." Make sure to pack your heat-stabilizer tablets, it's gonna be a crazy journey!

At the top of the show, we respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 267: That Word "Sacrifice" Keeps Coming Up.

News
Listener Feedback (00:04:16)

Feature: Gold Key Archives, Vol. 5, Part 1
Gold Key Getting Better? (00:10:09)
Dwarf Planet (00:12:41)
The Perfect Dream (00:28:48)
Ice Journey (00:46:13)
Ratings (01:09:12)
Final Thoughts (01:12:57)

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-269.mp3
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Michael A. Martin: The Red King.

Searching for a lost Romulan fleet, Captain Riker and the Titan are swept out of the galaxy along with Commander Donatra and the Valdore. They find themselves in the Small Magellanic Cloud, an area of space visited nearly a century earlier by another Federation starship. An long-sundered offshoot of humanity has claimed this area of space, and when reality itself is threatened by an encroaching anomaly, Riker and his crew must save these lost children of Earth before the entire region is consigned to non-existence.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome author Michael A. Martin to the show to discuss Titan: The Red King, which he co-wrote with Andy Mangels. We talk about their experience in launching the Titan series, the origin of the Neyel, Tuvok and Akaar's troubled past, Donatra and the Romulans, religious belief vs. scientific fact, where Titan goes from here, and wrap up with what Michael is working on now and where you can find him online.

At the top of the show, we review the latest Star Trek: Waypoint special issue and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 266: Bringing the Truth Out of the Shadows

News
Star Trek Waypoint 2019 Comic Review (00:03:46)
Listener Feedback (00:26:19)

Feature: Michael A. Martin
Launching Titan (00:31:32)
The Neyel (00:42:49)
Tuvok and Akaar (00:53:15)
Klingons and Romulans (00:58:42)
Religion is Reality (01:05:15)
The Sleeper Consequences (01:11:50)
Frane Talks to Akaar (01:16:51)
Author Collaboration (01:17:51)
A New Project and Being a Fan (01:20:48)
Final Thoughts (01:24:04)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Michael A. Martin

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-268.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am MDT

Burning Dreams.

Captain Christopher Pike: until recently, there has not been much canonically revealed about the predecessor of James T. Kirk. That has all changed with season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. However, years before Anson Mount brought the character back to life, the definitive Christopher Pike novel was written, chronicling the life of the brave Starfleet captain from his earliest years as a boy to his life spent on Talos IV with Vina under the care of the mysterious Talosians.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the novel Burning Dreams. We talk about Christopher Pike's early years on the colony world Elysium, his relationships with his mother and the father figures in his life, the unique role that fire plays in Pike's history, his embodiment of the ideals of Starfleet and the Federation, how Pike in this novel compares to the Pike of Discovery, the epilogue of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we review the first issue of Star Trek: Year Five from IDW, and respond to your feedback from the Babel Conference about Literary Treks 265: The Music of Big Pink.

News
Star Trek: Year Five #1 Comic Review (00:03:25)
Listener Feedback (00:18:35)

Feature: Burning Dreams
Pike's Early Years (00:22:22)
The Neworlders (00:30:57)
Charlie's Relationship with Chris (00:36:40)
The Motif of Fire in Pike's Life (00:48:34)
"The Best of Us" (00:55:56)
Comparing to 'Discovery' (01:00:33)
Is Life a Dream? (01:07:27)
Vina's Backstory (01:09:38)
Pike's Love Interests (01:12:06)
The Epilogue with Spock (01:15:15)
Ratings (01:19:52)
Final Thoughts (01:22:46)

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-267.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am MDT

Dayton Ward: Available Light.

For the past couple of years, the post-Nemesis novels have been in a sort of limbo. Contract negotiations dragged on, and at times it felt like the next chapter of the story would never come. Thankfully, that is all behind us with the release of the newest TNG novel, picking up on plot points from Section 31: Control, the previous TNG novel Hearts and Minds, and even going as far back as the Tezwa incident in the A Time To series!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome author Dayton Ward back to the show to discuss his newest Next Generation novel, Available Light. We talk about the fallout from the end of Section 31, Picard's actions in the ousting of disgraced Federation President Min Zife, a mysterious apparent derelict hiding a technological marvel, the Jirol Salvage Guild, the importance of truth, Picard's decision at the end of the novel, the origin of the title Available Light, and wrap up with what Dayton is working on now and where you can find him online.

In the news segment, we talk about the upcoming Star Trek: Year Five series and Star Trek: Discovery: Aftermath miniseries, both from IDW. We also review issue #3 of The Q Conflict and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 264: No Member Berries.

News
Star Trek: Year Five Update (00:03:56)
Star Trek Discovery - Aftermath Announcement (00:07:15)
The Q Conflict #3 Comic Review (00:09:16)
Listener Feedback (00:15:24)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Writing New Star Trek (00:25:09)
The Bigger They Are... (00:30:22)
Innocent Until Proven Guilty (00:37:12)
The A Storyline (00:41:30)
The Osijemal Ship (00:45:32)
The Jirol Salvage Guild (00:56:34)
Admiral William Ross (01:02:48)
The Truth (01:08:31)
Meaning of the Title (01:17:13)
Currently Working On (01:21:16)
Final Thoughts (01:26:42)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

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-266.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Keith DeCandido: Articles of the Federation.

In Star Trek, we are used to seeing mighty Federation starships exploring space and boldly going where no one has gone before. However, there is more to Federation society in the 24th century than the men and women of Starfleet: newly-elected Federation President Nan Bacco finds herself embroiled in one crisis after another as she and her administration deal with the fallout from the Tezwa affair and the surprise resignation of her predecessor. The first year of her tenure as president will be her trial by fire, and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the United Federation of Planets.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author Keith DeCandido back to the show to discuss his landmark novel, Articles of the Federation. We talk about The West Wing of the 24th century, linking this novel to the other novels in the literary universe, the huge cast of characters, various issues that the Bacco administration has to deal with, answer some questions listeners posted in The Babel Conference, and wrap up with what Keith is working on now and where you can find him online.

In the news segment, we announce the upcoming Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series co-written by Trek.fm's very own Aaron Harvey, and report on the tragic loss of a Star Trek literary legend, author Vonda McIntyre. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference about Literary Treks 263: Traveling at the Speed of Plot.

News
Star Trek: The Animated Series Book Revealed (00:02:50)
Remembering Vonda McIntyre (00:06:21)
Listener Feedback (00:08:49)

Feature: Keith DeCandido
The West Wing of the 24th Century (00:13:29)
Writing Federation Politics (00:22:36)
Links to the Wider Fiction (00:27:28)
Trinni/ek Food Fight (00:32:43)
A Huge Cast of Characters (00:34:20)
If 'Articles' Were Written Today (00:38:45)
Freedom of the Press Consequences (00:42:11)
Civilian Point of View (00:45:31)
Aligar Trade Renewal (00:49:47)
Ideological Differences (00:52:09)
Nan Bacco Character Influences (00:55:37)
Commencement Address (01:06:02)
Democracy is a Conversation (01:08:06)
Answering Listeners' Questions (01:09:23)
Other Projects (01:18:31)
Final Thoughts (01:29:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Keith DeCandido

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-265.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Taking Wing.

A new ship, a new crew, and a new mission! Captain William Riker takes command of the brand new U.S.S. Titan, and along with the most diverse crew in Starfleet history, undertakes a mission to Romulus for negotiations that will shape the future of the quadrant. A number of dangerous factions are vying for control of the Romulan Empire, and Riker and his crew are caught in the middle!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the first novel in the Star Trek: Titan series, Taking Wing. We discuss the new ship and her diverse crew, a potential Romulan civil war, Spock's role in the novel, a surprise appearance by Tuvok, Riker's unorthodox solution to the crisis, the cliffhanger ending, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we respond to listener feedback to Literary Treks 262: We Almost Had a Spit Take from our Facebook group, The Babel Conference.

News
Listener Feedback (00:03:15)

Feature: Taking Wing
Commander Christine Vale (00:12:45)
Starfleet's Most Diverse Crew (00:20:03)
Romulan Civil War (00:36:53)
Ambassador Spock's Unification (00:42:41)
Undercover Operative (00:50:38)
Captain Riker's Solution (00:56:31)
The Cliffhanger (01:01:15)
Ratings (01:09:40)
Final Thoughts (01:13:19)

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-264.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Enemy of My Enemy.

A rogue Changeling on the loose, having replaced Captain Chakotay, threatens the crew of Voyager, while the Cardassian war criminal Crell Moset performs dangerous experiments on Chakotay and his sister, Sekaya. It's up to Dr. Kaz, Harry Kim, and some help from Admiral Janeway and Tom Paris to free Voyager from the grip of forces determined to tear the crew apart.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are once again joined by Brandi Jackola to discuss Enemy of My Enemy. We talk about the Changeling's plan, Jarem vs. Gradik Kaz, "Super Chakotay," Tom Paris's role in the story, B'Elanna's continuing search for answers on Boreth, the conclusion to the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, Bruce and Dan announce the release date for TNG: Collateral Damage by David Mack. We also review the special Star Trek: Discovery comic Captain Saru, and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 261: A Gem of a Novel.

News
TNG: Collateral Damage Comic Release (00:03:37)
DSC: Captain Saru Comic Review (00:06:54)
Listener Feedback (00:15:59)

Feature: Enemy of My Enemy
The Changeling's Plan (00:22:56)
A Sense of Time (00:35:12)
A Bumbling Idiot (00:39:13)
Jarem and Gradek Kaz (00:47:03)
Super Chakotay (00:53:31)
Paris Steps In (01:08:11)
B'Elanna's Search Continues (01:15:17)
Secession from the Federation (01:19:22)
Ratings (01:25:47)
Final Thoughts (01:36:01)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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-263.mp3
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Old Wounds.

Voyager is back in the alpha quadrant and ready to take on new missions for the Federation! Under the command of newly-promoted Captain Chakotay, Voyager sets off with a group of former colonists to make contact with Loran II, their home and a former Maquis colony that has gone silent. Accompanying them on the journey is Chakotay's sister, Sekaya, who's spiritual guidance is sorely needed by the former inhabitants of Loran II, who aren't sure what Voyager will find when they reach their old home: their loved ones, safe and sound, or more bodies to add to the toll that the Dominion War took on the Alpha Quadrant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined Brandi Jackola to discuss Old Wounds by Christie Golden. We talk about new tensions among the Voyager crew, Torres and Paris taking a side quest on Boreth, Harry and Libby's tumultuous relationship, what the rest of the old crew is up to in the Alpha Quadrant, Voyager's mission to Loran II, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review issue #2 of IDW's Star Trek: The Q Conflict, and respond to your feedback from the Babel Conference on Literary Treks 260: Sorry to All the Sela Fans.

News
The Q Conflict #2 Review (00:02:49)
Listener Feedback (00:16:55)

Feature: Old Wounds
New Tensions Among the Crew (00:26:07)
Torres and Paris on Boreth (00:36:10)
Libby and Harry (00:46:07)
The Other Former Crew Members (00:51:57)
The Trill Host of Kaz (00:56:47)
The Huanni Counselor (01:08:12)
Chakotay's Sister, Sekaya (01:11:07)
The Sky Spirits (01:17:26)
Sexualization Problem (01:21:02)
Ratings (01:28:01)
Final Thoughts (01:33:44)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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-262.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Vulcan's Glory.

With the exception of the glimpses we see in "The Cage" and "The Menagerie," not much is known about Spock's early days aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, or the crew that he served: Captain Christopher Pike and his stalwart first officer Number One. Now that Star Trek: Discovery is exploring this time period and these characters, we feel the time has come to look at some of the books that chronicled Pike's captaincy, starting with one authored by a true veteran of Star Trek writing.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about Vulcan's Glory, written by Original Series writer Dorothy "D.C." Fontana. We discuss the references to past Star Trek such as The Animated Series, the crew of the Enterprise under Pike's command, how well we feel this connects to Star Trek: Discovery, the historical artifact known as "Vulcan's Glory," Pike's mission to the devastated planet Areta, a mysterious murder plot aboard the Enterprise, Scotty and his engine room hooch, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan review the final issue of IDW's Star Trek vs. Transformers and respond to feedback from The Babel Conference about Literary Treks 259: He's Gotta Grow Some and Just Do It.

News
Star Trek vs. Transformers #5 review (00:03:39)
Listener Feedback (00:16:09)

Feature: Vulcan's Glory
30th Anniversary (00:22:37)
Yesteryear (00:28:02)
First Pike Novel (00:33:15)
Number One of Illyria (00:36:16)
Picturing TOS and DSC (00:43:22)
Historical Artifact (00:49:01)
Family Squabbles on Areta (00:53:35)
The Hunt for Glory (01:01:59)
Spock's Love Interest (01:09:44)
Engine Room Hooch (01:14:04)
Ratings (01:18:33)
Final Thoughts (01:23:24)

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-261.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Death in Winter.

Following the film Star Trek Nemesis, novels in the Star Trek literary universe were given more of a free reign to play with the familiar characters and situations, creating what has been termed the "novelverse." Without any more televised or filmed adventures for the crew of the Enterprise-E on the horizon, authors could take the story in new and exciting directions. One of these directions involved the culmination of the "will they/won't they" romance of Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, as well as a new source of turmoil for the Romulan Empire.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss Death in Winter. We talk about Beverly's transfer off the Enterprise, the state of the Romulan Star Empire, an undercover mission into Romulan space, Worf and Geordi's role in the story, the love between Picard and Crusher, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we discuss your feedback from the Babel Conference on Literary Treks 258: Inaccurate Operas Will Be Performed of This Day!

News
Listener Feedback (00:03:36)

Feature: Death in Winter
Post-Nemesis Novels (00:10:13)
Beverly's First Assignment (00:13:34)
Sela Strikes Again (00:20:54)
The State of the Romulan Empire (00:24:34)
A Stargazer Reunion (00:31:56)
Worf and Geordi's Role (00:40:56)
Love Comes Around (00:45:45)
Ratings (00:53:22)
Final Thoughts (00:59:03)

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-260.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am MDT

Triangle: Imzadi II.

As Star Trek: The Next Generation drew to a close, an unlikely romance emerged: that of Worf and Deanna Troi. A Klingon warrior with a strict code of honor and a peaceful empath in touch with her feelings do not make the most obvious couple, but Worf and Troi made a go of it before the relationship ultimately disappeared. What happened between the two of them, and how did Will Riker feel about his Imzadi becoming involved with his friend and comrade?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are once again joined by Amy Nelson to discuss Triangle: Imzadi II. We talk about Worf's lack of luck in love, the triangle between Worf, Troi, and Riker, Romulan Commander Sela and her convoluted plan, Riker's inability to make progress with Troi, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan review the first issue of The Q Conflict, a new comic miniseries from IDW, and respond to your Babel Conference feedback from Literary Treks 257: Lots of Bits of Me.

News
The Q Conflict #1 Review (00:03:29)
Listener Feedback (00:11:49)

Feature: Triangle: Imzadi II
The Sequel (00:17:20)
Worf's Lost Loves (00:20:20)
That Triangle Moment (00:30:40)
Deanna Troi's Perspective (00:40:47)
Tom Riker's Motivation (00:45:10)
It's So Peter David (00:51:31)
Sela's Series of Bungles (00:53:40)
Alexander, Jellico, and Shelby (01:01:43)
Taking His Time (01:07:09)
The Head of Worf's House (01:15:23)
Ratings (01:18:49)
Final Thoughts (01:26:59)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

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-259.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

A Burning House.

The voyages of the I.K.S. Gorkon have come to an end, far sooner than they should have! As the Gorkon puts into port at Qo'noS, the officers and crew return home. For some, that means a harvest festival with friends and family, and for others, it means intrigue, revelations, and deception. It's just another day in the life of a citizen of the Klingon Empire!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss A Burning House. We talk about life on a Klingon farm during yopta' yupma', Toq's tale of intrigue when he returns to his birthplace of Carraya IV, Rodek coming to terms with revelations about his past, B'Oraq and her attempts to bring modern medicine to the Empire, G'Joth and an opera that bears little resemblance to the truth, other bits we liked about the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review Star Trek: IDW 20/20, featuring Picard's first mission as captain of the Stargazer, and respond to your Babel Conference feedback on Literary Treks 256: I Would Need More Than a Paragraph.

News
Star Trek IDW 20/20 Review (00:02:29)
Listener Feedback (00:10:24)

Feature: A Burning House
Klingon Empire Series? (00:18:32)
Wol, Kagak, Goran, and yobta' yupma' (00:22:13)
Toq - Secret Hideout (00:32:11)
Rodek - Memories of Kurn (00:38:22)
B'Oraq and the Klingon Physician (00:48:04)
G'Joth and Kennia (00:57:13)
Klingon Enclave Poetry (01:03:46)
Captain Klag (01:11:21)
Other Bits (01:15:52)
Ratings (01:23:27)
Final Thoughts (01:33:12)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

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)

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Una McCormack: The Way to the Stars.

Sylvia Tilly has turned into a breakout character on the newest Star Trek series, Discovery. Sometimes awkward, sometimes silly, but always brilliant, Tilly brought a lot of humanity to Discovery's first season. But what was she like before becoming a Starfleet cadet, and what choices led her to joining Starfleet?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author Una McCormack back to the show to discuss her latest novel, The Way to the Stars. We talk about the process of writing this novel, Tilly's relationship with her mother, her experiences in school, Tilly as a runaway, her impressions of Starfleet, the poor communication she experiences, and wrap up the discussion with where you can find Una online and what she is working on now.

In the news section, we talk about the upcoming Discovery novel The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller, and judge the covers of two upcoming novels: The Captain's Oath by Christopher L. Bennett and The Antares Maelstrom by Greg Cox. We also talk about an upcoming comic series from IDW: TOS: Year Five, review issue #4 of Star Trek vs. Transformers, and take a look at some Babel Conference feedback on Literary Treks 255: The Hammock Planet: They Don't Have Butts.

News
Discovery: The Enterprise War (00:02:48)
TOS: The Captain's Chair Cover (00:06:00)
TOS: The Antares Maelstrom Cover (00:08:42)
TOS: Year Five from IDW in April (00:10:18)
Star Trek vs. Transformers #4 Review (00:12:49)
Listener Feedback (00:19:36)

Feature: Una McCormack
Getting Started (00:24:58)
Mothers and Daughters (00:31:17)
Keeping Friends (00:39:19)
Being a High Achiever (00:43:26)
A Runaway Tilly (00:50:28)
Your Name Matters (00:55:06)
A Starfleet Career Path (00:59:32)
Captain Yindi Holden (01:04:54)
Poor Communications (01:08:02)
Una's Favorite Novels (01:14:05)
Other Projects (01:16:16)
Final Thoughts (01:18:46)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Una McCormack

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)

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Imzadi.

Will Riker and Deanna Troi: throughout the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was clear there was a deep connection between these two characters. However, they never truly "got together" until 2002's Star Trek Nemesis. What is the history between Will and Deanna? What drew them together and made them "Imzadi"? At last we look at the story that tells the tale of TNG's greatest romance!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Amy Nelson of Earl Grey and The Edge to talk about Imzadi by Peter David. We discuss how we first read Imzadi, Riker's life without Deanna, Will's behavior as a young man, how Will and Deanna first got together, the Guardian of Forever, temporal shenanigans, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review the final issue in the TNG: Terra Incognita comic series and discuss your Babel Conference feedback on Literary Treks 254: A Likely Victim.

News
Terra Incognita #6 (00:03:46)
Listener Feedback (00:11:04)

Feature: Imzadi
First Time? (00:15:03)
A Life Without Deanna (00:22:18)
Impetuous Youth (00:29:37)
When They First Met (00:37:28)
Lwaxana, the Mother (00:45:42)
Jungle Love (00:53:24)
Riker Saving the Past (00:56:47)
A Touching Data (01:04:11)
The Changing Future (01:05:53)
All of the Emotions (01:10:52)
Ratings (00:16:52)
Final Thoughts (01:22:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

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-256.mp3
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Enemy Territory.

The voyages of the I.K.S. Gorkon continue! Following the events at San-Tarah, the Gorkon must now investigate the disappearance of her brother ship, the I.K.S. Kravokh. The Kravokh had encountered a ship from a newly-discovered warp-capable species, a strange alien race that believes themselves to be the only sentient life in the universe. Now, Klag must take the Gorkon to their homeworld to confront this new threat, all while dealing with a possible uprising among his own ranks!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about I.K.S. Gorkon, Book Three: Enemy Territory by Keith R.A. DeCandido. We discuss the Elabrej Hegemony, Kurak's crippling alcoholism, a mutiny forming aboard the Gorkon, Leader Wol, Rodek's identity crisis, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about a new upcoming Star Trek: Waypoint special comic and another Little Golden Book: Too Many Tribbles!

News
Waypoint Special #2 in March (00:02:52)
Too Many Tribbles! in July (00:05:16)
Listener Feedback (00:08:49)

Feature: Enemy Territory
The Elabrej Hegemony (00:12:10)
Their Society (00:21:11)
The Separatists (00:23:03)
Kurak (00:25:35)
Mutiny on the Gorkon (00:31:39)
Wol (00:43:48)
Rodek (00:50:09)
Leskit on the Cover? (00:54:51)
Ratings (00:59:28)
Final Thoughts (01:09:51)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

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-255.mp3
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Michael Jan Friedman.

Michael Jan Friedman is one of Star Trek's most prolific authors. Over the course of his association with Star Trek, Mr. Friedman has written or co-written 35 novels, a list that includes original adventures, novelizations, young adult novels, and more. Additionally, he has written 5 Star Trek short stories, 4 reference books, and close to 100 comic adventures for the various Trek crews. When it comes to Star Trek on the page, Michael Jan Friedman is a dynamo.

In this episode of Literary Treks, special correspondent Brandon Shea-Mutala catches up with Michael Jan Friedman at the Northeast Trek Con in Albany. They discuss Friedman's start in writing, how he got involved in writing Star Trek novels, the Star Trek: The Next Generation / X-Men crossover, his experience in writing Star Trek comics, the Star Trek: Stargazer series, and wrap up with what he is working on now and where listeners can find him online.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review the Star Trek: Waypoint special issue and respond to your Babel Conference feedback for Literary Treks 252: Continuity Cop.

News
Waypoint Special #1 (00:02:55)
Listener Feedback (00:30:51)

Feature: Michael Jan Friedman
Getting into Writing (00:36:25)
Leading into Tie-in Fiction (00:41:51)
Collaborating with Authors (00:44:34)
Crossovers (00:45:59)
Writing Comics (00:51:37)
Novelization Challenges (00:54:32)
Stargazer Series (00:57:40)
New Writings (01:04:03)
Final Thoughts (01:06:17)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Michael Jan Friedman

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)

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Christian Humberg: In the Heart of Chaos.

In 2016, a new experiment in the world of Trek lit was attempted: for the first time, Star Trek novels would be published outside the United States in a language other than English. German publisher Cross Cult, the company that provides German-translated editions of Pocket Books' Trek novels, published its own Star Trek series: Star Trek: Prometheus, a trilogy of novels that tells the story of the Federation confronting radical terrorism, a story that is very relevant to today's world.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Star Trek: Prometheus author Christian Humberg to talk about the final book in the Prometheus trilogy: In the Heart of Chaos, co-written with fellow author Bernd Perplies. We discuss the origin of their Trek fandom, how the Prometheus series came about, the ship and crew at the heart of the story, the Son of the Ancient Reds, innocent lives affected by the events of the novel, Raspin and the crew of the I.K.S. Bortas, the Old Ones and their role in ending the crisis, and wrap up with what the authors are currently working on and where you can find them online.

At the top of the show, we review issue #3 of IDW's Star Trek vs. Transformers and respond to your Babel Conference feedback for Literary Treks 251: 5 Missions of Elton John.

News
Star Trek vs. Transformers #3 (00:03:24)
Listener Feedback (00:14:13)

Feature: Christian Humberg
Getting into Star Trek (00:17:16)
Starting the Prometheus Trilogy (00:19:28)
The Crew (00:25:14)
A Parable for Modern Times (00:28:13)
Brossal's Story (00:31:44)
Raspin and the IKS Bortas (00:33:59)
The Old Ones (00:37:37)
Jassat ak Namur (00:39:10)
Star Trek Publishing in Germany (00:43:42)
Other Projects (00:48:52)
Final Thoughts (00:51:33)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Christian Humberg

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-253.mp3
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Keith R.A. DeCandido: A Time for War, A Time for Peace.

Following the multiple crises of the past year, the Enterprise crew has nearly been vindicated; all that stands in their way is an inspection by Starfleet. Meanwhile, however, the Klingon Emperor has gone missing, Klingon terrorists have attacked the Federation Embassy on Qo'noS, and a surprise Federation presidential election has threatened to turn nasty. After nine books and nearly 3000 pages, the A Time To series is coming to an end!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by renowned Trek author Keith R.A. DeCandido to talk about his novel A Time for War, A Time for Peace. We discuss the series as a whole, Die Hard at the Federation embassy, Worf's son Alexander, Nan Bacco, the politics of the Federation, linking this story to Star Trek Nemesis, the theme of moving on, and wrap up by discussing what's coming up from Keith as well as where you can find him online.

At the top of the show, we review issue 5 of the TNG: Terra Incognita comic miniseries and respond to your Babel Conference feedback about Literary Treks 250: Tom Clancy Without Technobabble.

News
TNG: Terra Incognita #5 (00:04:19)
Listener Feedback (00:13:26)

Feature: Keith R.A. DeCandido
A Time To Start (00:22:36)
Kahless and Alexander (00:33:53)
President Nan Bacco (00:40:23)
Federation Politics (00:48:28)
Linking to Nemesis (00:51:51)
The New Picard Series (01:08:04)
The Family Moves On (01:11:47)
Other Works (01:18:28)
Final Thoughts (01:32:05)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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-252.mp3
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Honor Bound.

The Children of San-Tarah have emerged victorious over Klag and the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon, and Klag has promised that the Klingon Empire will leave their planet in peace. However, General Talak, Klag's superior, has different ideas and orders the conquest of San-Tarah. Now, Klag must put out the call to The Order of the Bat'leth and defend both the Children of San-Tarah and Klingon honor itself!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by Justin Oser to discuss I.K.S. Gorkon, Book Two: Honor Bound by Keith R.A. DeCandido. We talk about The Order of the Bat'leth, Leader Wol, Klag as the Klingon Kirk, Klingon duplicity, the San-Tarah and their role in the Empire, some hanging threads for future novels, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, Bruce and Dan are joined by Larry Nemecek to discuss his updated version of Star Trek: Stellar Cartography. In the feedback segment, Bruce and Dan discuss your thoughts on Literary Treks 249: A Fun Labor of Love.

News
Star Trek Stellar Cartography Updated (00:02:17)
Listener Feedback (00:26:42)

Feature: Honor Bound
Battle of the Bat'leth (00:30:32)
Wol (00:40:02)
Is Klag a Klingon Kirk? (00:44:16)
Who Can You Trust? (00:52:38)
Joining the Empire (00:59:50)
Kurn/Rodek (01:07:37)
Kurak (01:10:55)
Back to Wol (01:14:29)
Ratings (01:18:19)
Final Thoughts (01:24:48)

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)

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David Mack: A Time to Heal.

Federation forces, led by Picard and the Enterprise, have captured Tezwa, a world that threatened to become a flashpoint in a devastating war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. However, as difficult as the attack itself was, the occupation of Tezwa will prove even more difficult, costly, and bloody. And the price that Picard's crew pays in lives may be in the service of a cover-up that reaches to the very highest levels of the Federation...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome back author David Mack to talk about his novel A Time to Heal. We discuss the difference between this book and A Time to Kill, what Starfleet at war is really like, the effect of war on the people involved, Troi's anger, Riker's experiences as a prisoner of Kinchawn, and wrap up with a surprise announcement from David Mack about an upcoming project, as well as where you can find him online!

At the top of the show, we respond to viewer comments about episode 248, all about DS9: Millennium, Book III: Inferno by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens.

News
DS9 Millennium Inferno Responses (00:03:44)

Feature: David Mack
David's First Two Novels (00:13:24)
Utter Despair (00:23:54)
Black Hawk Down (00:29:48)
War Changes You (00:34:11)
Conspiracy Between Worlds (00:37:04)
The Snowball Down the Mountainside (00:47:15)
Tiger Cruise (00:53:14)
Riker Needs To Be More (00:58:28)
Peart and Perim (01:06:17)
The Flavor of Star Trek (01:10:28)
Future Books (01:14:10)
Chapter 25 (01:21:29)
Final Thoughts (01:25:45)

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)

Direct download: lt-250.mp3
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David Tilotta and Curt McAloney: Lost Scenes.

Since its debut in September of 1966, Star Trek has held a cherished place in the hearts of fans the world over. This beloved show has been covered so extensively in books, documentaries, and retrospectives that we must have learned everything there is to know about it by now, right? Wrong! If you think you've seen everything there is to see about the series that started it all, I challenge you to pick up the subject of this week's show!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther speak with David Tilotta and Curt McAloney, authors of Star Trek: Lost Scenes. We discuss how they became fans of Star Trek, the origin of the book, their website startrekhistory.com, the process of researching the material, behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and bloopers from The Original Series, and wrap up with what they have planned for the future and where you can find them online.

At the top of the show, we review the latest comic from IDW, issue #2 of Star Trek vs. Transformers.

News
Star Trek vs. Transformers #2

Feature: David Tilotta and Curt McAloney
Their Fandom (00:03:01)
The Start (00:16:55)
The Process (00:19:21)
History (00:28:30)
Behind The Scenes (00:30:38)
Deleted Scenes (00:38:29)
Bloopers (00:44:17)
Surprises (00:49:53)
More To Come? (00:53:49)
What Surprised Us (00:57:43)
Final Thoughts (01:02:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
David Tilotta and Curt McAloney

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-249.mp3
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Inferno.

The unthinkable has happened: the red and blue wormholes have come together to signal the annihilation of the universe as we know it. However, in a pocket reality, the crew of Deep Space Nine must work to return to their station at one of two points in history. The first: The Day of Withdrawal, when the Cardassians left DS9 at the end of the occupation, and the second: the moment when the red wormhole destroyed the station. Can Sisko and his crew change history and possibly prevent Armageddon?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the conclusion to the Deep Space Nine: Millennium trilogy: Inferno by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. We talk about the crew's individual personal hells, a paradox-filled time-twisting storyline, some lingering mysteries in the story, Arla Ries's surprising arc, Sisko's role as the Emissary, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about an upcoming Discovery comic from IDW: Captain Saru, set for release in February 2019.

News
Star Trek: Discovery - Captain Saru (00:03:09))

Feature: Inferno
Personal Hells (00:05:42)
Being Prepared (00:17:40)
Timey-Wimey (00:20:24)
Vic Fontaine Walks the Promenade (00:34:33)
Arla Rees Finds Religion (00:47:34)
Sisko is the Emissary (00:58:24)
Ratings (01:06:03)
Final Thoughts (01:10:51)

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-248.mp3
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A Time to Kill.

An explosive situation is brewing on the planet Tezwa. An unhinged leader in control of devastating weapons which were covertly provided by the Federation wants to seize a nearby Klingon planet, throwing the sector into chaos. The origin of the weapons on Tezwa, if revealed, may spark war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It falls to Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to destroy these weapons before they ignite an interstellar conflict that would rival even the height of the Dominion War!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss A Time to Kill, the seventh novel in the A Time To series and the first full-length Trek novel by author David Mack. We talk about the fast-paced nature of the novel, conspiracies in the Tezwan and Federation governments, the special ops mission to destroy the weapons, Ambassador Worf's role in the story, a cliffhanger ending, a tragic tale of an android and his emotions, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we report on a new addition to the 2019 release schedule: The Original Series: The Captain's Oath by Christopher L. Bennett, as well as review issue number four in the TNG: Terra Incognita series from IDW.

News
The Captain's Oath Release (00:02:48)
TNG: Terra Incognita #4 (00:05:40)

Feature: A Time to Kill
Fast-Paced Political Thriller (00:23:28)
L'Haan (00:28:44)
Secret Plans (00:31:07)
Cannonball Run (00:34:49)
Strike Teams (00:39:57)
Ambassador Worf Attacks (00:43:32)
To Be Continued (00:51:34)
The Tragedy of Data (00:55:30)
Ratings (01:01:57)
Final Thoughts (01:05:24)

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-247.mp3
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A Good Day to Die.

For honor... for glory... for the Empire! The brave officers and crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon embark on a new mission to seek out new life and new civilizations... and to boldly conquer them for the greater glory of the Klingon Empire! But what lines must be crossed when Klingon lust for expansion comes face-to-face with Klingon honor?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss I.K.S. Gorkon: Book One: A Good Day to Die by Keith R.A. DeCandido. We talk about what makes this book different from other Star Trek novels, cultures in transition, lower decks crewmembers, strong female Klingon characters, an enemy worthy of respect, the dilemma faced by Captain Klag at the end of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about next year's upcoming Star Trek: The Q Conflict crossover comic from IDW.

News
Star Trek: The Q Conflict (00:02:53)

Feature: A Good Day to Die
A Different Trek Novel (00:09:32)
Klingon Attitudes in Transition (00:15:56)
The Plot & Challenges (00:24:01)
Klingon Lower Decks (00:29:14)
Klingon Female Characters (00:36:57)
Enemies Worthy of Respect (00:44:15)
The Dilemma (00:54:59)
Ratings (01:06:17)
Final Thoughts (01:13:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

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-246.mp3
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The War of the Prophets.

Trapped 25 years in the future, the crew of the U.S.S. Defiant is faced with a future that is nearly unrecognizable. Only days away from Armageddon, the galaxy stands on a knife's edge. On one side, the Bajoran Ascendancy: a cult-like theocracy led by the Emissary of the "True Prophets": Weyoun. On the other, the remnants of a Federation nearly brought to its knees. In the middle: Captain Benjamin Sisko, who must decide once and for all the outcome of "The War of the Prophets."

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the second book of the DS9: Millennium trilogy: The War of the Prophets by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. We talk about the events that led us to this point, an alternate future, Weyoun and the Pah-Wraiths, the mysterious Grigari, the mirror universe tactic, Starfleet's desperate "Project Phoenix," and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we judge the cover of the upcoming TNG: Available Light by Dayton Ward, talk about the new Picard Stargazer one-shot comic coming from IDW, and review the first issue of Star Trek vs. Transformers. issue of the Star Trek: Discovery: Succession miniseries.

News
Available Light Cover (00:02:35)
Picard Stargazer Comic (00:11:14)
Star Trek vs. Transformers #1 (00:15:41)

Feature: The War of the Prophets
How We Got Here (00:21:10)
The Future (00:27:39)
Kai Weyoun? (00:36:40)
Grigari (00:48:31)
The Mirror Universe Tactic (00:51:54)
Project Phoenix (00:58:41)
Ratings (01:07:48)
Final Thoughts (01:13:04)

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-245.mp3
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Robert Greenberger: A Time to Hate.

The situation on Delta Sigma IV continues to deteriorate. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E must find a way to stop the violence and introduce a cure that will set the warring people back on the path of peace. Meanwhile, Riker tracks down his father and learns the terrible truth behind the problems facing the once-peaceful world. Is the Federation truly to blame?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson review A Time to Hate before being joined by author Robert Greenberger to talk about both of his books in the A Time To series. We discuss the situation on Delta Sigma IV, the supposed cure, bridging the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis, Riker and Troi's relationship, Riker's relationship with his father, a dark secret revealed at the end of the novel, and we wrap up with what Bob is currently working on and where you can find him online.

In the news, we talk about the upcoming Star Trek: Epic Episodes from Titan publishing, as well as speculate about an upcoming project from IDW for which artist J.K. Woodward has been dropping hints about on Instagram.

News
Star Trek: Epic Episodes (00:04:02)
J.K. Woodward Secret (00:06:10)

Feature: Robert Greenberger
Quagmire (00:10:02)
The "Cure" (00:17:15)
The Chase (00:25:18)
Will and Deanna (00:29:22)
Army on Demand (00:34:19)
Ratings (00:36:19)
Bob Greenberger's First Time (00:39:42)
Bickering Binkleys (00:44:38)
A Time to Write (00:47:19)
Bridging the Gap (00:53:55)
Warring Races (00:58:12)
Anh Hoang (01:00:36)
Passing the Baton (01:04:08)
Other Franchises (01:05:11)
Final Thoughts (01:08:07)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Robert Greenberger

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-244.mp3
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The Fall of Terok Nor.

Mysterious events are taking place on Deep Space Nine: Quark is accused of murdering a visiting Andorian, Jake and Nog reveal a mysterious, hidden holosuite deep in the bowels of the station, and a fearsome Cardassian scientist arrives for sinister purposes. All of these events relate to a mystery that has lain dormant since the withdrawal of the Cardassian forces from DS9 following the end of the Occupation of Bajor: a lost set of orbs that may have the ability to set the apocalypse in motion!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the first book in the Deep Space Nine: Millennium trilogy: The Fall of Terok Nor by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. We talk about the periods of time the book covers, a somewhat confusing but compelling plot, some fun elements of the story, the varied cast of villains, questions we're left with at the end of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk a bit about Star Trek: Discovery: The Making of Season One, available now from Titan books!

News
Discovery Special Edition (00:03:22)

Feature: The Fall of Terok Nor
Periods of Time (00:07:36)
A Confusing Good Plot (00:14:07)
Other Story Points (00:21:37)
The Rogues Gallery (00:38:50)
Questions We're Left With (00:49:52)
Ratings (01:07:06)
Final Thoughts (01:10:02)

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-243.mp3
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Diplomatic Implausibility.

At the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Worf traded his life as a Starfleet officer for a career as a Federation diplomat. While some aspects of that life are similar to the years he spent in service to Starfleet, there are many new challenges and attitudes to overcome. When a rebellion on a Klingon-controlled planet threatens to involve the Federation, it's up to Worf to sort out the issue, facing a difficult challenge in diplomacy on his first assignment as Ambassador to the Klingon Empire!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the TNG novel Diplomatic Implausibility by Keith R.A. DeCandido. We talk about Worf's new role, the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon, the aliens of the week, Federation/Klingon relations, the oddity of this being a TNG novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we review the newly-released third issue of TNG: Terra Incognita.

News
Terra Incognita #3 (00:02:49)

Feature: Diplomatic Implausibility
Worf's New Role (00:14:38)
IKS Gorkon Crew (00:21:22)
Federation/Klingon Relations (00:38:22)
Relocating Aliens (00:48:34)
Hand Wavy Resolution (00:56:42)
TNG Numbered Book? (00:59:50)
Ratings (01:02:50)
Final Thoughts (01:16:14)

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-242.mp3
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A Time to Love.

As Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise continue to deal with the fallout from their disastrous mission at the Rashanar battle site, a new crisis threatens to unravel the civilization on an alien colony. A murder has been committed in a society that has known nothing but peace for a century, and at the center of it all: Kyle Riker, Commander William Riker's father!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss A Time to Love, the fifth novel in the A Time To series and the first part of a duology by Robert Greenberger. We talk about the Enterprise's damaged reputation, Troi's efforts to deal with a despondent crew, Kyle Riker's role in a unfolding planetary crisis, a particularly bad case of gas, changes on the horizon for the command crew of the Enterprise, a strange b-plot that has Geordi trading with the Ferengi, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

News
A Gift for Dan (00:02:25)

Feature: A Time to Love
Mediocre Voyage (00:06:20)
Troi's Duty (00:15:49)
The Crisis (00:18:13)
A Bad Case of Gas (00:29:23)
Building Families (00:36:19)
Trade Amongst Yourselves (00:42:02)
River Catches Up (00:50:57)
Janeway Dates Riker (00:56:07)
Ratings (01:02:03)
Final Thoughts (01:05:14)

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-241.mp3
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The Farther Shore.

A Borg virus slowly spreads all around the Earth. A full-scale holographic rebellion is bringing the service industry to its knees. And in the middle of it all: Admiral Kathryn Janeway and the former crew of the U.S.S. Voyager. With Seven of Nine, Icheb, and The Doctor incarcerated by Starfleet, it's up to their former shipmates to set them free and get to the bottom of the mystery facing them before the entire planet is assimilated!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are once again joined by Warp 5's Brandi Jackola to discuss The Farther Shore by Christie Golden, book two of the Homecoming duology. We talk about B'Elanna's quest to find her mother, the ultimate badmiral Brenna Covington, Oliver Baines and his holographic revolution, Data's role in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for the novel.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review the latest comic from IDW: the second issue of the TNG: Terra Incognita miniseries!

News
Terra Incognita #2 (00:02:35)

Feature: The Farther Shore
The Klingon Path (00:09:50)
The Ultimate Badmiral (00:15:21)
HoloSlaves (00:29:29)
Data's Role (00:43:25)
Secret Agent Libby (00:53:34)
Ratings (00:57:47)
Final Thoughts (01:03:57)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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-240.mp3
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Homecoming.

In May of 2001, the Starship Voyager took her final on-screen voyage as Captain Janeway ordered her crew to "set a course... for home." Voyager had finally made it back to Earth after seven seasons in the Delta Quadrant, cut off from the Federation and their families. However, many viewers felt that the ending to Voyager was too abrupt. What about family reunions? What would happen to the Maquis crewmembers? And how would Voyager and her crew fit in to a Starfleet they had been separated from for so many years?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by Warp Five's Brandi Jackola to talk about the Voyager relaunch novel Homecoming by Christie Golden. We discuss a troubling account of abuse, fixing "Endgame," wrapping things up too quickly, a holographic uprising, the return of the Borg, and finish by sharing our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news this week, Bruce and Dan discuss the implications of the newly-announced Jean-Luc Picard television series on the lit-verse, the return of the Star Trek: Waypoint comic from IDW this November, and review the final issue of the Star Trek: Discovery: Succession miniseries.

News
Captain Picard Series (00:05:41)
Waypoint (00:14:46)
Secession #4 (00:17:41)

Feature: Homecoming
Starting the Book (00:27:00)
Child Abuse (00:29:26)
Fixing Endgame (00:31:59)
Everything Happens Fast (00:43:20)
Harry and Libby (00:47:41)
Icheb and Starfleet Academy (00:51:12)
Transporters and Mark's Dog (00:53:35)
Holostriking (00:57:59)
Return of the Borg (01:07:27)
B'Elanna and Tom (01:14:02)
Ratings (01:15:28)
Final Thoughts (01:23:04)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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-239.mp3
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A Time to Harvest.

The situation in the Dokallan system is deteriorating rapidly. As Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise attempt to normalize relations with the Dokallans, sinister forces are working behind the scenes to undermine their efforts and subvert the Dokallans' terraforming operations to their own purposes. It will take all of the effort of Picard and his crew to turn the tables on their mysterious enemy, who have the power to hide in plain sight!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about A Time to Harvest by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, the fourth novel in the A Time To series. We discuss the situation so far, an ill-advised plan to help the Dokallans, the familiar enemy the crew faces, Starfleet and Federation principles, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we have some long-awaited and extremely exciting news from Star Trek Las Vegas about upcoming Star Trek novels from Simon & Schuster!

News
News from STLV (00:01:29)

Feature: A Time to Harvest
Last Time on A Time To (00:15:08)
Who's Behind Things (00:19:13)
Let's Fire Torpedoes at Ijuuka (00:27:07)
The Satarrans (00:39:14)
Characterizations (00:47:13)
Starfleet and Federation Principles (00:52:49)
Further Story Points (00:59:04)
Ratings (01:04:26)
Final Thoughts (01:08:06)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-238.mp3
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Surak's Soul.

Subcommander T'Pol, on a landing party to the planet Oan whose population has almost completely been wiped out, inadvertently causes the death of the last survivor of the Oani race. Disturbed by her actions, she decides to adopt a strict interpretation of Surak's doctrine of complete non-violence, refusing to wear a sidearm or use the ship's weaponry, even in defense. But when the ship is threatened by the same menace that ravaged the Oani, can T'Pol afford to stick with her convictions, or will she be forced to kill again?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss the Enterprise novel Surak's Soul. We talk about medical mysteries, T'Pol's dilemma, similarities to the Enterprise episode "The Seventh," T'Pol's youth on Vulcan, the mysterious Wanderer, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, Bruce and Dan review the first issue of IDW's Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita miniseries.

News
Terra Incognita #1 (00:02:33)

Feature: Surak's Soul
Special Guest (00:14:29)
Medical Mystery (00:21:19)
T'Pol Kills (00:28:48)
"The Seventh" (00:42:07)
Wondering About the Wanderer (00:48:39)
Young T'Pol (00:53:01)
Wrapping Up (01:01:27)
Ratings (01:07:45)
Final Thoughts (01:16:41)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-237.mp3
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Phil Farrand: The Nitpicker's Guides.

Many people think of nitpicking as a disrespectful act. If you enjoy a show, why pick it apart? I, however, would contend that if you love someone, it is actually a compassionate act to tell them about the dab of mustard on their upper lip! Such is the idea behind the Nitpicker's Guides, books that attempted to catalog and describe each and every error in a number of Star Trek series, be they continuity errors, equipment oddities, changed premises, or just general goofs.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson sit down with Phil Farrand, author of The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers volumes one and two, The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers, and The Nitpicker's Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers. We discuss the origin of the guides, the process of writing them, the community of nitpickers called The Nitpicker's Guild, positive nitpicking versus negativity and toxic fandom, and what Phil is currently working on and where you can find him online.

In the news segment, we talk about Big Finish and their Prometheus audiobooks, and review two new comics: what looks to be the final issue of New Visions, and Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #3.

News
Prometheus Audiobooks (00:03:31)
New Visions #22 (00:06:21)
Succession #3 (00:23:27)

Feature: Phil Farrand
Origin of the Guides (00:28:39)
Fan Reaction (00:37:13)
Nitpicking In Good Cheer (00:38:32)
Fostering the Nitpickers Guild (00:41:10)
Fine Line Between Fun and Complaining (00:47:26)
Hollywood Double Standards (00:52:35)
Publishing More Guides (00:59:18)
Becoming A Writer (01:20:09)
Final Thoughts (01:33:03)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Phil Farrand

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-236.mp3
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A Time to Sow.

Morale aboard the Enterprise has been dealt a serious blow. The incident at the Rashanar battle site has left a definite stain on the career of Jean-Luc Picard, and he and his crew can't help but feel that their latest assignment is designed to get them off the radar for the time being. However, their mission to investigate a centuries-old distress call may be more intriguing than Starfleet intended. When a new civilization is found to be thriving against all odds, Picard and his crew must get to the bottom of a mystery that threatens to tear that civilization apart.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss A Time to Sow, the third book in the nine-part A Time To series, and the first book in a duology by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. We talk about a surprise visit to the time period of Star Trek: Enterprise, Starfleet "milk runs," Data's emotions (or lack thereof), an act of sabotage, the Dokallan civilization, an outside threat, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we discuss the upcoming Star Trek vs. Transformers comic miniseries coming soon from IDW, The Art of John Eaves by Joe Nazzaro coming later this year, and I Am Captain Kirk, a new Little Golden Book for the tiny Trekkies out there!

News
Star Trek vs. Transformers (00:03:27)
The Art of John Eaves (00:08:39)
I Am Captain Kirk (00:10:19)

Feature: A Time to Sow
The Third Book (00:13:54)
Too Little, Too Late (00:17:43)
Low Priority Missions (00:23:01)
Don't Get "Sow" Emotional (00:33:35)
An Act of Sabotage (00:39:46)
The Dokallans (00:43:09)
Another Force at Work (00:49:42)
Other Cliffhangers (00:57:40)
Ratings (01:00:13)
Final Thoughts (01:03:05)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

James Swallow: Fear Itself.

For many fans, the breakout character of Star Trek: Discovery has been Saru, the Kelpien science officer aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Kelpiens are a prey species, driven by instinct to heed their natural fear response and be hyper-alert to any danger present in their surroundings. Saru is no exception to this, and when a rescue mission begins to spiral out of control, he must learn to temper his fear if he has any hope of getting himself and his team out alive.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by James Swallow, author of the new Discovery novel, Fear Itself. We discuss the process of writing the novel, getting inside Saru's head, the various species involved in the story, Saru and Burnham's relationship, Captain Georgiou's leadership style, overcoming fear, and what other projects James has on the horizon. We also briefly talk about the current troubled state of Pocket Books' Star Trek line, and what might be in store for its future.

In the news section, we preview a new book coming next year from Dayton Ward: Kirk Fu Manual: An Introduction to the Final Frontier's Most Feared Martial Art!

News
Kirk Fu Manual (00:02:39)

Feature: James Swallow
The Latest Discovery (00:05:47)
The Process (00:06:22)
Inside Saru's Head (00:13:04)
Two Races (00:17:18)
The Tholians (00:21:25)
The Gorlans (00:25:07)
The Hub (00:29:10)
Burnham and Saru (00:31:51)
A Novel About Fear (00:40:28)
Beginning and the End (00:42:21)
The Return of Trek Novels? (00:55:22)
James Upcoming and Online (01:02:19)
Final Thoughts (01:06:49)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
James Swallow

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Root of All Rage.

Across the Alpha Quadrant, opinion is turning against the Renao. A terrorist group, The Purifying Flame, is responsible for the destruction of starbases and colonies in the Federation and the Klingon Empire, and now the Empire screams for blood. It's up to the crews of the U.S.S. Prometheus and the I.K.S. Bortas to investigate and bring The Purifying Flame to justice, but can they complete their mission before the calls for vengeance overwhelm the situation, or will cooler heads ultimately prevail?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the second book in the Star Trek: Prometheus trilogy, The Root of All Rage. We talk about the delicate relationship between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, bigotry and hate, mistreatment of people who are different, the situation back on Earth, Lwaxana Troi's role, Renao mythology, a surprise tie to a TOS episode, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, Bruce and Dan review the fourth and final issue of IDW's Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless.

News
The Light of Kahless #4 (00:03:48)

Feature: The Root of All Rage
Back to Prometheus (00:14:07)
Federation/Klingon Relations (00:15:48)
Prejudice, Hate, and Bigotry (00:24:57)
Abusing Others Because They Are Different (00:32:40)
The Situation Back Home (00:39:21)
The Mythology (00:47:35)
I Knew It! (00:54:30)
Lwaxana Troi (00:59:52)
Ratings (01:02:12)
Final Thoughts (01:06:40)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Through the Mirror.

In the dreaded Mirror Universe, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew aboard the fearsome I.S.S. Enterprise plot to raid our universe for valuable plunder to fuel the ever-expanding war machine of the Terran Empire. Unbeknownst to the Enterprise crew in the Prime Universe, infiltration of Starfleet by Mirror-Picard and his crew has already begun...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Trek.fm's own Amy Nelson to talk about the five-part IDW Comics miniseries Through the Mirror. We discuss each issue of the series, which features two stories running in tandem: story A, in which our heroes must thwart an attempt by the mirror crew to steal resources from our universe, and story B, in which the mirror Commander Data attempts to track down former Emperor Spock and learn the secrets of the prime universe.

In the news segment, Dan and Bruce review the second issue of the Star Trek: Discovery: Succession comic miniseries.

News
Succession #2 (00:03:05)

Feature: Through the Mirror
Something New (00:11:08)
Issue #1 (00:13:09)
Issue #2 (00:37:23)
Issue #3 (00:53:47)
Issue #4 (01:06:57)
Issue #5 (01:20:03)
Ratings (01:37:32)
Final Thoughts (01:45:51)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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A Time to Die.

Captain Picard relieved of command and under psychiatric care. The Enterprise in mortal danger. A "Traveler," scared to use his power, but knowing that he must in order to save his friends from another life. And a strange, other-worldly threat prowls the site of the deadliest battle of the Dominion War, with seemingly nothing able to stop it. Can Wesley Crusher once again do what he does best: save the U.S.S. Enterprise and everyone aboard her?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss A Time to Die, part two of a duology by John Vornholt and the second novel in the nine-part A Time To series. We talk about Wesley's abilities as a Traveler, the character of Colleen Cabot and her relationship with Wesley, Picard's role in the story, the "Demon Flyer" that threatens our heroes, the Ontailians, answer some questions from our listeners, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

News
The Good Old Days (00:02:16)

Feature: A Time to Die
More of "A Time To" (00:06:23)
Wesley (00:08:47)
Giddy (00:15:04)
Colleen Cabot (00:19:44)
Goodreads Questions (00:34:24)
Fish Out of Water (00:43:27)
The Ghost Ship (00:50:27)
The Ontailians (00:55:02)
Fristan (00:57:38)
More Goodreads Questions (00:59:31)
Ratings (01:09:27)
Final Thoughts (01:16:10)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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How Much for Just the Planet?

Star Trek is no stranger to absurdity. "The Trouble with Tribbles," "I, Mudd," and "A Piece of the Action" are probably the most notable instances, however, it's fair to say that Star Trek has never been quite this off-the-wall! With characters bursting into song at the drop of a hat and over-the-top physical gags including an epic pie fight and a Klingon captain getting his foot stuck in a toilet, the subject of this week's episode isn't your typical Trek!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the highly polarizing classic novel How Much for Just the Planet? We discuss the plot of the novel, the instances of very broad comedy, the characters who populate this colorful tale, artistic flourishes by the author including some surprise cameo appearances, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the TNG: Through the Mirror comic series, which is currently being released. We will do a complete review of the entire miniseries in an upcoming episode of Literary Treks!

News
Through the Mirror (00:02:33)

Feature: How Much for Just the Planet?
A Polarizing Novel (00:06:21)
The Cover (00:10:53)
The Plot (00:14:21)
Broad Comedy (00:19:22)
The Klingons (00:31:05)
Artistic Flourishes (00:36:10)
The Very, Very Beginning (00:48:23)
The Jefferson Randolph Smith (00:55:11)
Ratings (01:05:12)
Final Thoughts (01:09:13)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am MDT

Fallen Heroes.

Deep Space Nine under siege! A seemingly indestructible and implacable foe is tearing through DS9 deck-by-deck, destroying everyone in their path. Salvation will come from an unlikely place, however, and it is up to Quark and Odo to work together to solve the mystery and save the station!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by guest host Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the Deep Space Nine novel Fallen Heroes by Dafydd ab Hugh. We talk about when the novel was written, a Quark and Odo team-up, whether the author captured the voices of characters adequately, time travel shenanigans, the alien of the week, the resolution of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we review issue #18 of Boldly Go, which is sadly the final issue of the series.

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A Time to Be Born.

In 2004, Pocket Books undertook an ambitious project: a nine-book series that bridged the gap between the films Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. Dubbed the "A Time To..." series, the nine novels have titles that will be familiar to readers of the Ecclesiastes book of the Old Testament, or those who know the pop hit by The Byrds, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Good luck getting that one out of your head!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first book in the series, A Time to Be Born. We discuss Wesley Crusher's surprise return, the dangers of the Rashanar battle site, the damage to Picard's reputation, Data's role in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we review the first issue of the new Star Trek: Discovery: Succession miniseries.

News
Succession #1 (00:02:49)

Feature: A Time to Be Born
A Time To Series (00:20:00)
Wesley Crusher (00:24:08)
Rashanar (00:33:05)
Insight Into Data (00:49:01)
Picard Brought Low (00:51:37)
Ensign Brewster (01:03:27)
The Fall Android Guy (01:07:24)
Ratings (01:14:11)
Final Thoughts (01:18:43)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Collision Course.

James T. Kirk. He has crossed the galaxy, fought Klingons, Romulans, and Borg, and lived through more than anyone ever thought possible. But how did this remarkable Starfleet captain get his start? While the story of his academy years has been told in a number of different stories, never before have we seen his young life from the perspective of the man who played him: William Shatner.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the final Shatnerverse novel, Academy: Collision Course. We talk about this novel's relationship with Star Trek 2009, Jim Kirk's relationship with Starfleet, his family dynamic, Spock in his youth, another perspective on Tarsus IV, how Collision Course fits in with Trek canon, why the Academy book series was cancelled, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge the upcoming Discovery novel Fear Itself by its cover and review the latest New Visions comic, The Enemy of My Enemy.

News
Fear Itself REAL cover (00:03:33)
New Visions #21 (00:05:41)

Feature: Collision Course
Alternate Academy Years (00:17:08)
No Love for Starfleet (00:20:28)
Kirk (00:22:03)
The Kirk Family (00:28:22)
Spock (00:38:33)
Vulcan for Sale (0046:30:)
Another Conscience of the King (00:53:04)
Fitting In (01:01:28)
The Last Page (01:06:26)
Ratings (01:12:09)
Final Thoughts (01:15:33)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Dark Mirror.

In the year 2267, four Starfleet officers found themselves trapped in a strange alternate universe, a dark and deadly mirror of their own reality. There, a brutal empire ruled in place of the Federation, and advancement came through deceit and murder. Now, a century later, the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves pulled into that same mirror reality, and this time they must work to prevent a full scale invasion of the prime universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the TNG novel Dark Mirror by Diane Duane. We discuss how the novel compares to other stories set in the mirror universe, a dolphin scientist named Hwii, his theory of hyperstrings, the evil and powerful Counselor Troi, the origins and nature of the mirror universe, Diane Duane's particular brand of technobabble, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about the upcoming Autobiography of Mr. Spock, judge the cover of James Swallow's novel Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself, and discuss the news of the new comic miniseries, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita, coming later this year.

News
The Autobiography of Spock (00:03:38)
Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself (00:08:27)
Terra Incognita Announcement (00:11:47)

Feature: Dark Mirror
Back to the Mirror (00:15:36)
How it Fits (00:18:28)
Sea World in Space (00:30:26)
Good Vibrations (00:35:08)
The Counselor (00:37:28)
Comparing Universes (00:49:10)
Possible Origins (00:57:02)
Master of Technobabble (01:01:37)
Ratings (01:10:19)
Final Thoughts (01:11:06)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Kirsten Beyer: Architects of Infinity.

A strange planet with an enticing mystery is also the perfect destination for shore leave for the Full Circle fleet led by the U.S.S. Voyager. However, the mission to investigate this mysterious world may uncover a force that has the power to completely overwhelm the crews of the four Federation starships that comprise the fleet. Will the unintended consequences of the fleet's actions ultimately destroy them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by guest host Matthew Rushing and New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer to talk about her newest novel, Architects of Infinity. We discuss a medical situation that has ethical concerns for all involved, the nature of Kriosians and Ensign Aytar Gwyn's choices, Icheb's budding relationship, the plight of the junior officers aboard Voyager, a mystery that is way above the heads of even the brightest Starfleet officers, and an ending that left us all shocked. We also briefly touch on Kirsten's role as the media tie-in guru in the Star Trek: Discovery writers' room.

In the news segment, we talk about an April Fools' gag that briefly tricked us, the upcoming Incredibuilds Star Trek 3D wooden model kits with accompanying books written by author Dayton Ward, and review the first issue of the new Star Trek: Discovery Annual series written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson.

News
Mission to Gamma VI??? (00:03:02)
IncrediBuilds (00:06:29)
Star Trek Discovery Annual (00:08:38)

Feature: Kirsten Beyer
Infinity Stones? (00:16:11)
Expectations (00:17:41)
Conlon and Kim (00:20:27)
Gwyn and Metamorphosis (00:36:27)
Coming Together (00:43:14)
The Bonding (00:46:27)
It's All About Relationships (00:49:35)
New Directions (00:55:39)
Possibile Sacrifice (01:00:51)
In the Shadow (01:03:49)
Indistinguishable From Magic (01:10:45)
Dat End Tho! (01:19:22)
The Audiobooks (01:24:27)
Wrapping Up the Book (01:26:00)
Acknowledgements (01:27:18)
Her Discovery Role (01:30:23)
Biggest Lesson (01:34:53)
What's Next (01:38:24)
TrekBBS (01:41:09)
Final Thoughts (01:46:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Kirsten Beyer
Matthew Rushing

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Last Full Measure.

In the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, fans were faced with a tragedy: the death of Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker, a fan-favorite character. However, because the episode took place as a holodeck simulation, there was some leeway to interpret those events differently. Enter authors Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, who took that idea and ran with it, seeding the hints of Trip's ultimate fate in a novel set during Enterprise's third season.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Warp 5's Brandi Jackola to talk about the Enterprise novel Last Full Measure. We discuss the plot of the novel, the conflict between the 'squids' and 'sharks,' a story of differing perspectives, Archer's ethical issues, Trip's ultimate fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the impending end to John Byrne's New Visions series and review the latest Star Trek: Discovery comic, issue #3 of The Light of Kahless.

News
Comic News (00:05:06)
Star Trek Discovery #3 (00:06:52)

Feature: Last Full Measure
Back in Time (00:14:58)
Reading Time (00:17:21)
The Story (00:19:26)
Squids vs. Sharks (00:27:06)
Differing Perspectives (00:39:02)
Do As I Say... (00:44:47)
Women in the Military (00:57:23)
The Mission (01:03:24)
Continuity Issues (01:12:33)
He's Alive! (01:17:13)
Ratings (01:27:46)
Final Thoughts (01:36:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Captain's Glory.

Since his resurrection thanks to the Borg in the novel The Return, James T. Kirk has embarked on many adventures in the 24th century, often alongside Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise. However, all good things must come to an end. Kirk faces his most dangerous enemy yet and fights for all he holds dear: his family.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the Shatnerverse novel Captain's Glory. We discuss Kirk's tendency to go it alone, the plot against Starfleet, Kirk vs. Picard, the nature of the Totality, the connection to the galactic barrier, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we talk about the book Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats and review the comic Boldly Go #17, issue 5 of the I.D.I.C. miniseries.

News
Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats (00:03:34)
Boldly Go #17 (00:09:24)

Feature: Captain's Glory
Another Shatnerverse Novel (00:15:32)
The Search For Spock, Again (00:16:49)
Lost and Found (00:20:18)
Crew Relationships (00:29:21)
Dark Matter (00:35:29)
What Does God Needs With a Starship (00:47:05)
There's Something About Kirk (00:51:54)
Close to Destruction (00:55:44)
Delta Vega (01:00:38)
Ratings (01:03:31)
Final Thoughts (01:07:21)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-223.mp3
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Dayton Ward: Drastic Measures.

Tarsus IV: A name that will live in infamy throughout the Federation. The site of a horrific crime perpetrated on its population: the cold-blooded killing of four thousand colonists, fully half of the population of that distant world. For Lt. Commander Gabriel Lorca, this event has a deeply personal connection, and he will not rest until he has brought the criminal Kodos the Executioner to justice.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his latest Star Trek novel, Discovery: Drastic Measures. We talk about the Tarsus IV massacre, mirror Lorca vs. prime Lorca, the fate of Governor Kodos, other characters who were at Tarsus IV, the book within the book, a surprise "after the credits" chapter you might have missed, and wrap up with what Dayton is working on now and where to find him online.

In our news section, we talk about an incredible deal if you're interested in catching up on the Vanguard novels!

News
Vanguard Sale (00:05:05)

Feature: Dayton Ward
More Discovery (00:08:46)
Why This Story (00:09:48)
Lorca vs Lorca (00:14:22)
Tarsus IV History (00:19:04)
The Fate of Kodos (00:21:37)
The Title (00:25:06)
Kodos' Plan (00:26:42)
Cameos (00:31:14)
Uniforms (00:35:20)
Book Within a Book (00:36:37)
Georgiou and Lorca (00:40:45)
Original Characters (00:45:32)
That Elsewhere Section (00:49:04)
One More Cameo (00:54:30)
What's Next for Dayton (01:02:22)
Final Thoughts (01:05:18)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-222.mp3
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Spock's World.

Vulcan: more than any other fictional world within the Star Trek universe, this desert planet has captured the imaginations of Trek fans since we caught our first glimpse of it in the Original Series episode "Amok Time." We know a lot about Vulcans through Spock, Sarek, and the handful of other Vulcans we have met in Trek over the years, but what are the people of that world really like? What is the history of that alien world, and how do they view us, the illogical, emotional neighbors that might threaten their logical view of the universe?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about a beloved classic Trek novel, Spock's World. We discuss the two tracks the story follows, the nature of Vulcans, a series of Vulcan TED talks, the diversity of the Enterprise crew, the Enterprise's BBS, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the recent announcement of a new TNG mirror universe comic that follows up on last year's Mirror Broken series.

News
Through the Mirror Announcement (00:03:53)

Feature: Spock's World
30 Years (00:06:24)
2 Books in 1 (00:09:52)
Vulcan: 1 Through 7 (00:19:05)
Vulcan TED Talkas (01:00:23)
Enterprise Online (01:23:50)
Ratings (01:29:55)
Final Thoughts (01:29:55)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Captain's Blood.

In front of a crowd of thousands of Romulans, Ambassador Spock is apparently killed in a terrorist bombing. Captain James T. Kirk, retired, is enlisted by Starfleet to lead a team to Romulus to investigate. However, not all may be as it seems, and this particular mission will have consequences that stretch throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, and with a very personal connection to Kirk's own family!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the Shatnerverse novel Captain's Blood, the second book in the Totality trilogy. We talk about Spock's apparent death, Reman society, Kirk's son Joseph, the threat of the Totality, crews of different generations coming together, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news this week, we discuss the release of the latest Discovery novel, Desperate Measures by Dayton Ward, and review the most recent New Visions comic, "Isolation."

News
Drastic Measures Release (00:02:53)
New Visions #20 (00:05:25)

Feature: Captain's Blood
Shatnerverse Totality (00:25:48)
Murder Most Foul (00:31:17)
About Janeway (00:42:44)
Nemesis Cues (00:46:45)
Joseph (00:51:34)
Norinda and Totality (00:59:48)
One Big Happy Fleet (01:11:35)
Ratings (01:16:23)
Final Thoughts (01:19:40)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

David R. George III: The 34th Rule.

Deep Space Nine was known for, among other things, the quality of its writing and the depth of its characters. The care that the writers put into developing each character along with the obvious passion the actors themselves had for the roles made the character development on DS9 second to none. With that in mind, what better way could there be to explore a character in novel form than to turn the reigns over to a prolific writer and a talented actor who knows his own character inside and out?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author David R. George III back to the show to discuss The 34th Rule, a novel he co-wrote with DS9's Armin Shimerman, whom you may know as Quark! We talk about the genesis of the story, the Ferengi belief system, politics, racism towards the Ferengi, the cycle of violence, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings and where you can find David R. George III online.

In our news segment, we review issue 16 of Boldly Go, the fourth part of the "I.D.I.C." miniseries.

News
Boldly Go #16 (00:03:00)

Feature: David R. George III
An Oldie But a Goodie (00:13:10)
Coming Together (00:15:04)
The Title (00:19:38)
Business is Religion (00:20:47)
Fear Leads to Anger... (00:31:38)
Racism is All Ears (00:41:40)
Character Voices and Comedy (00:50:43)
The Cycle of Violence (00:53:50)
Good Men Do Nothing (01:03:54)
Ratings (01:05:45)
David Online (01:10:35)
Final Thoughts (01:13:13)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David R. George III

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-219.mp3
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The Gold Key Archives Vol. 4, Part 2.

The voyages of the Starship Enterprise continue as the valiant crew faces off against exotic stellar phenomena, emotionally-stunted geniuses, and corrupt Starfleet officials who aim to ruin Kirk's career! That's right: it's a return to the bizarre other-world of the Gold Key comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson review the three remaining issues in the Gold Key Archives, Volume 4. We discuss the mysterious "black hole" phenomenon in "Siege in Superspace," a planet full of kids playing a deadly game in "Child's Play," and Kirk's shocking transformation in "The Trial of Captain Kirk!"

In the news section we take a look at the Architects of Infinity cover and read the blurb, discuss the news of the new Star Trek: Discovery: Succession comic and review Star Trek Discovery #2.

News
Architects of Infinity Cover (00:02:23)
Star Trek: Discovery: Succession (00:08:34)
Star Trek Discovery #2 (00:13:25)

Feature: The Gold Key Archives Vol. 4, Part 2
More Gold Key (00:30:03)
Siege in Superspace (00:30:47)
Child's Play (00:50:12)
The Trial of Captain Kirk (01:08:54)
Ratings (01:34:16)
Final Thoughts (01:37:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Captain's Peril.

Saving the galaxy on a regular basis is pretty tiring work, and for Starfleet's finest, rest and relaxation is important. But when two legendary Starfleet captains decide to take a vacation on Bajor, it isn't long before another crisis arises, and it's up to Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard to once again save the day.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the Shatnerverse novel Captain's Peril, the first book in the Totality trilogy. We talk about the murder mystery plot, philosophical differences between Kirk, Spock, and Picard, different ideas about risk, the Prime Directive debate, the huge left turn the story takes at the end, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss a poll in our Goodreads group about where our listeners get their Star Trek novels.

News
Goodreads Poll (00:06:11)

Feature: Captain's Peril
More Shatnerverse (00:11:50)
The Prologue (00:14:41)
Murder, He Worte (00:17:39)
Kirk and Picard Dynamic (00:26:45)
A B-Story (00:29:00)
"Risk is Our Business" (00:37:44)
More Than One Murder (00:45:56)
Paternalism (00:50:02)
The Totality (01:01:25)
Ratings (01:04:20)
Final Thoughts (01:10:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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The Final Reflection.

The Klingons: No other species in Star Trek has gone through so many changes over the years as this race of warriors. In 1984, author John M. Ford set out to write the definitive book about Klingon society, and while Trek canon has gone in a completely different direction since, The Final Reflection still strikes a chord with many Trek fans with its close examination of an alien culture that is the antithesis of the Federation.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss The Final Reflection. We talk about a truly alien culture, the differences between the Klingons in The Final Reflection and Trek canon since, the Perpetual Game, the Federation's duplicity, the novel within the novel, the inspiration that The Final Reflection provided to the creators of Star Trek: Discovery, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we review two new comics: Boldly Go #15 and New Visions #19. We also discuss the apparent lack of new releases from Simon and Schuster in 2018.

News
Boldly Go #15 (00:01:18)
New Visions #19 (00:15:51)
Upcoming Schedule (00:24:43)

Feature: The Final Reflection
Going Way Back (00:30:40)
So Much Packed In (00:33:23)
Truly Alien (00:37:04)
Time and Timeframe (00:47:56)
Admiral Whitetree (00:59:10)
The "Perpetual Game" (01:00:38)
Society is Society; War is War (01:08:21)
Who Killed Who (01:14:28)
A Novel Within a Novel (01:21:36)
Influences (01:22:23)
Ratings (01:35:08)
Final Ratings (01:39:04)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Gold Key Archives Vol. 4, Part 1.

From haunted asteroids to weird cyborg mummies, the Star Trek Gold Key comics are certainly very different from your normal, everyday Trek. However, these oddball comics are loved by many fans, and it can be a lot of fun to take a peek back at the Trek that might have been, as envisioned by comic book writers and artists in the 60s and 70s.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the first three stories in The Gold Key Archives Volume 4. We talk about troubling behavior by Kirk in "The Haunted Asteroid," a spoiled rotten prince whom everyone wants to murder in "A World Gone MAD," and an ancient mystery that threatens to turn the Enterprise crew into cyborgs in "The Mummies of Heitius VII!"

In the news segment, we welcome Ben Greet, author of one of the contributions to Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek TNG Stories by 174 Writers.

News
Outside In Makes It So (00:03:34)

Feature: Gold Key Archives Vol. 4
A Little Outside the Norm (00:20:19)
The Haunted Asteroid (00:22:35)
A World Gone Mad (00:44:09)
The Mummies of Heitus VII (01:00:49)
Final Thoughts (01:24:49)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Ben Greet

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Prometheus: Fire with Fire.

Terrorist attacks are rocking the Federation and the Klingon Empire, and the U.S.S. Prometheus teams up with the I.K.S. Bortas to investigate. However, as the investigation progresses, not all is as it seems. Are the attacks the actions of a small, militant religious group, the result of covert actions by the Typhon Pact, or something even more sinister and deadly?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first novel in the Prometheus series, Fire with Fire. We discuss the first original German language Star Trek novel and its translation, the Prometheus and its unique abilities, the terrorism allegory, the book's relation to the on-going Pocket Books novel continuity, the role of the Klingons, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the upcoming third Discovery novel, Fear Itself, and discuss some exciting news from the world of IDW Trek comics!

News
Discovery: Fear Itself (00:02:54)
IDW Comic News (00:08:02)

Feature: Fire With Fire
Universal Translator (00:15:07)
Expectations (00:18:55)
Three-parter (00:27:40)
The Crew (00:29:40)
The Story (00:35:25)
The Klingons (00:44:57)
A Kirk (00:54:24)
Familiar Faces (00:56:19)
Ratings (01:01:22)
Final Thoughts (01:03:45)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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David Mack: Fortune of War.

The Husnock: described as beings of "hideous intelligence," this sprawling empire represented a surprise threat to the United Federation of Planets in the 24th century. However, the inevitable invasion never arrived due to the fact that the entire species was wiped out by an incredibly powerful and enraged entity, a Douwd who went by the name of Kevin Uxbridge. Now, all of the ships, weapons, and machines of war of the Husnock sit empty and unclaimed, awaiting the opportunistic clutches of Nausicaans, Ferengi, Pakleds, and more.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by author David Mack to discuss his latest Titan novel, Fortune of War. We talk about the links to TNG's "The Survivors," the Husnock, Admiral Riker's new role, the characters of Titan, "The Chase" on speed, and wrap up with what David Mack has on the go for future novels and where you can find him online.

In our news segment, we are once again joined by Earl Grey and The Edge host Amy Nelson to talk about the final issue of the TNG: Mirror Broken comic from IDW.

News
Mirror Broken # 5 (00:04:25)

Feature: David Mack
Titan #10 (00:26:47)
Where Things Kick Off (00:29:30)
Power Hungry (00:38:43)
The Breen (00:41:03)
Admiral Riker's New Role (00:47:49)
Sarai (00:55:13)
Troi (01:04:15)
Dr. Ra-Havreii (01:05:43)
Process for the Chase (01:16:15)
Last Tidbits (01:25:48)
What's Next for David (01:28:36)
David on Discovery (01:35:24)
Final Thoughts (01:39:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann: I, The Constable.

Quark is the kind of Ferengi that can smell profit on the wind, and when his tavern-magnate uncle passes away, he detects just such an opportunity! However, in the pursuit of his newfound potential profit, Quark gets caught up in a web of crime and intrigue, and it's up to Odo to don his constable's uniform and save the day. Along the way, he will deal with double-crosses, nasty armed thugs, and gallons of glebbening rain on the mean streets of Ferenginar.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome authors Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann to the show to discuss their recent Deep Space Nine e-novella, I, The Constable. We talk about the inspiration for the story, the research they did to capture the noir feel, changes in the society of Ferenginar, the voices of the characters both old and new, Quark's seemingly newfound generosity, some fun references, and wrap up with where you can find Paula and Terry online.

In the news segment, we judge the cover of the upcoming Discovery novel Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward and review two new comics: Boldly Go #14 and the first issue of a new series: Discovery: The Light of Kahless.

News
Book Cover Judging (00:02:57)
Boldly Go #14 (00:10:10)
Discovery #1 (00:18:54)

Feature: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann
New eBook (00:30:05)
The Story (00:31:27)
Odo Does Noir (00:36:55)
The Plot (00:40:34)
Female Investment (00:47:38)
Quark's Newfound Philanthropy (00:55:24)
Fun References (01:07:17)
What's Next (01:16:00)
Fine Thoughts (01:23:52)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Literary Treks 211: Team Garak!

A Stitch in Time.

One of the things that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is lauded for is the huge variety of compelling secondary characters that the show introduced. Many Niners would agree that the best of these was the enigmatic Cardassian tailor, Garak, brought to life by the supremely talented actor, Andrew J. Robinson. Encouraged to publish the life story of Garak in his own words, Robinson entered the world of Star Trek novels in 2000, adding a wonderful and highly-regarded story to the Trek literature universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss a favorite novel of many Trek fans, A Stitch in Time. We talk about Garak's history, growing up on Cardassia Prime, the reason for his exile on Deep Space Nine, post-war Cardassia, The Oralian Way, the reliability of Garak's account of his life, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we feature an exclusive interview with Zachary Auburn, author of the truly unique book, A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

News: Zachary Auburn
A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation (00:02:21)

Feature: A Stitch in Time
Andrew Robinson's Novel (00:21:14)
First Reading (00:22:14)
Judging it By it's Cover (00:25:28)
In Garak's Voice (00:27:01)
Growing Up (00:38:59)
Why He's on the Station (00:59:56)
Post War (01:09:05)
The Oralian Way (01:20:27)
Is the Source Reliable (01:24:17)
Ratings (01:30:50)
Final Thoughts (01:37:49)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Zachary Auburn
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-211.mp3
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Echoes.

For every action we take, there are multiple possibilities. And for each of those possibilities, a new universe is born, with each decision branching off into infinite parallel worlds, each of them subtly different from all of the rest. Captain Janeway and the crew of Voyager come across one world where the barriers between these universes are coming down: every two and a half hours, a door is opened between all realities, and every person is shifted to the next reality. And in one of these realities, a horrific holocaust repeats itself as every shift spells the deaths of billions.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge's Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. We talk about the plot of the novel, the unique perspective of the story's events, the dreaded Voyager reset button, Tuvok's role in the story, the crews' doppelgangers, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we discuss Bruce's new comic acquisition and talk about the newly-released Star Trek: The Book of Lists.

News
What Bruce is Reading (00:03:03)
Star Trek: The Book of Lists (00:06:45)

Feature: Echoes
Voyager #15 (00:09:48)
First Reading (00:12:57)
The Plot (00:15:51)
Different Perspectives (00:28:52)
Reset Button (00:38:38)
The Characters (00:46:15)
Is That Work or Tuvok? (00:50:47)
Ratings (00:52:35)
Final Thoughts (00:56:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-210.mp3
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David A. Goodman: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard.

Jean-Luc Picard: Son, brother, explorer, captain, negotiator, hero. The public perception of this great figure from future history is certainly well known: both his numerous triumphs and his public tragedies. But what made him the great man that shaped so much of what the Federation is today? From his formative years on the family vineyard in Labarre, France, to his halcyon days as captain of the Federation flagship, hear the story of one of the most inspirational figures in galactic history is his own words!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by David A. Goodman, the "editor" of The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard: The Story of One of Starfleet's Most Inspirational Captains. We talk about Picard's early years, his time aboard the U.S.S. Stargazer, his relationship with numerous figures throughout his life including Beverly and Jack Crusher, the context that this book adds to The Next Generation, a surprising Star Trek: Discovery connection, and wrap up by discussing David Goodman's other role as executive producer of The Orville, including some insights into a future episode of that show.

In the news segment, we talk about the new Waypoint trade paperback, detail IDW's upcoming January releases, and review issue 13 of Boldly Go, the first in a new 6-part storyline, I.D.I.C.!

News
Waypoint Trade (00:03:13)
New Comic Covers (00:05:04)
Boldly Go # 13 (00:08:50)

Feature: David A. Goodman
Picard's Editor (00:17:16)
Snapshots from the Captain's Past (00:18:40)
Important Memories (00:28:15)
More History (00:35:29)
Context (00:41:36)
Surprises (00:53:58)
A Discovery Reference (00:57:25)
Countdown (01:00:49)
What's Next? (01:12:19)
Final Thoughts (01:12:19)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-209.mp3
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Ethan Siegel: Treknology.

Ever since Star Trek first hit television screens in 1966, audiences have been fascinated by the amazing technologies that are a part of every day life in the 23rd century. Over the past 51 years, Trek fans have imagined what it would be like to transport instantaneously from one place to another, have any kind of food or material replicated with a simple voice command, or travel to the stars aboard a warp-capable starship.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by author and scientist Dr. Ethan Siegel to discuss his new book, Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive. We talk about a number of technologies covered in the book, the process of writing it, the influence Star Trek has had on our collective imaginations and the technology of modern society, where our technologies may go in the future, and wrap up with where you can find Dr. Siegel online.

In our news segment, we reveal the back-cover blurb for Dayton Ward's upcoming Discovery: Drastic Measures, and review two comics: Boldly Go #12 and New Visions #18.

News
Blurb fir Drastic Measures (00:02:35)
Boldly Go #12 (00:06:06)
New Visions # 18 (00:12:41)

Feature: Ethan Siegel
The Science of Star Trek (00:21:48)
The Process (00:23:37)
Warp Drive (00:30:38)
The Spore Drive (00:39:59)
Transporters (00:46:00)
Trans-Warp Beaming (00:50:32)
Writing (00:51:26)
The Holodeck (00:57:27)
The Format (01:03:21)
The Spirit of Star Trek (01:06:55)
Final Thoughts (01:10:18)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Ethan Siegel

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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David R. George III: Original Sin.

Benjamin Sisko has inhabited many roles in his life: husband, Emissary, and Starfleet Captain. But when a terrifying alien force attacks the USS Robinson and abducts 87 children, including Sisko's daughter Rebecca, his role as her father threatens to overwhelm all of the others, especially since this incident mirrors the kidnapping of Rebecca as a toddler six years earlier. Can he remain objective through this crisis and see it to a peaceful end, or will the possibility of the loss of his daughter spell doom for the mission?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David R. George III to talk about his latest book, Deep Space Nine: Gamma: Original Sin. We discuss the two stories told in tandem, the character of Jasmine Tey, crime drama as Star Trek story, the nature of Rebecca Sisko, a completely alien encounter, the possibility of a Gamma series going forward, and where to follow David R. George III online.

In the news segment, we invite Amy Nelson of Earl Grey and The Edge back on the show to discuss issue number four of the Mirror Broken comic series from IDW.

News
Mirror Broken #4 (00:02:42)

Feature: David R. George III
Two Stories (00:19:28)
Jasmine Tey (00:31:12)
Crime Drama (00:35:43)
Spoilers (00:40:28)
What's Going on With Rebecca (00:53:42)
2386 (01:01:44)
Next for Sisko (01:13:44)
Coming Up for David (01:16:57)
Final Thoughts (01:18:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
David R. George III
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-207.mp3
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David Mack: Desperate Hours.

A new Star Trek series is a huge deal to Trek fandom. It's a pretty rare occurrence, and what's even rarer is a first novel that looks and feels anything like the actual show! But thanks to Discovery writer and tie-in guru Kirsten Beyer, the novels and the show are linked together like never before, and we as fans get to read about the adventures of Discovery at almost the same instant the show hits screens!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author David Mack to talk about his new Discovery novel, Desperate Hours. We discuss the process of collaboration with Discovery's writers, Captain Pike's devotion to duty, Enterprise vs. Shenzhou, the Shenzhou's bridge crew, comparisons to the Vanguard series, Spock and Burnham, the look and feel of the universe, the book's non-canon status, and finish up with what David Mack has on the horizon.

In the news segment, we judge the covers of the upcoming Titan: Fortune of War, and Deep Space Nine: I, the Constable.

News
Fortune of War Cover (00:04:03)
I, Constable Cover (00:06:55)

Feature: David Mack
Discovery's First Book (00:10:01)
Getting Involved (00:12:37)
The Two Captains (00:18:20)
Saru and Una (00:23:49)
Competition (00:30:36)
Writing from Scripts (00:33:22)
Creative Freedom (00:38:53)
Spock and Burnham (00:52:21)
Media Tie-ins (01:03:29)
Different Styles (01:06:53)
The Story (01:18:37)
Does Discovery Live Up (01:24:37)
Canon (01:29:28)
The Midnight Front and What's Next (01:36:13)
Final Thoughts (01:42:10)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Sarek.

Vulcan Ambassador. Wife to Amanda. Father of Spock and Sybok. Guardian of Michael Burnham. Sarek has been many things during his long life, and few secondary characters have had the impact on the Star Trek universe that he has. But what are the innermost thoughts of this quiet, reserved character? And how will he respond to a crisis that may tear apart one of the founding worlds of the Federation and threaten the cohesion of that great institution?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Justin Oser of Earl Grey to talk about Sarek by A.C. Crispin. We discuss the setting, the bond between Sarek and Amanda, Klingon ambassador Kamarag, a timely topic of xenophobia, Kirk's nephew Peter, how Discovery's depiction of Sarek might compare, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about IDW's upcoming comics in December and review issue #11 of Boldly Go.

News
December Comics (00:02:44)
Boldly Go #11 (00:06:07)

Feature: Sarek
A Classic Trek (00:12:43)
Experiences (00:14:35)
The Time Period (00:15:57)
A Bond (00:20:59)
Kamarag (00:31:33)
A Fringe Group (00:35:39)
Peter Kirk (00:48:56)
To Death Do Us Part (00:58:11)
Mistaken Identities (01:14:09)
Sarek and Discovery (01:20:45)
Ratings (01:25:22)
Final Thoughts (01:32:21)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-205.mp3
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Mudd In Your Eye.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd: liar, thief, brigand, and frequent thorn in the side of Starfleet captain James T. Kirk. Most who encounter this man would say he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. However, could it be possible that Mudd is now the architect of an unprecedented peace treaty between warring factions who have been fighting for millennia?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge and Melodic Treks' Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss Mudd In Your Eye. We talk about silly reasons for war, transwarp beaming, the nature of death for the Nevisians, another society run by computer, Stella Mudd, how we think Mudd might compare in this novel to his depiction in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the release of David Mack's Desperate Hours and John Byrne's upcoming appearance at NYCC 2017.

News
Happy Discovery Day (00:01:29)
John Byrne at NYCC 2017 (00:05:00)

Feature: Mudd In Your Eye
Numbered Books (00:07:30)
Don't Eat the White Ones (00:10:13)
The Humor and Characters (00:19:57)
Transwarp Beaming (00:23:52)
Death Becomes Her (00:28:47)
Another Computer Run Society (00:35:09)
Stella! (00:44:11)
Mudd and Discovery (00:50:21)
Ratings (00:55:50)
Final Thoughts (01:01:00)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Patterns of Interference.

The Prime Directive: The cornerstone of Federation law when it comes to interacting with other cultures. How did this important directive come into being, and what were the intentions of the original authors of Starfleet's overriding policy? We journey back to the early days of the Federation to find out!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference. We discuss the dictator Maltuvis, the ultimate Prime Directive debate, a strange new world, freedom and truth, Section 31's fatal flaw, what's in store for Trip, and Archer's beagle companion, Porthos.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently revealed (and incorrect) cover for David Mack's upcoming Titan novel, Fortune of War.

News
Cover for Titan: Fortune of War (00:03:33)

Feature: Patterns of Interference
A New Book Release (00:08:44)
The Rise of the Federation (00:11:48)
Maltuvis (00:13:32)
The Ultimate Prime Directive Debate (00:21:25)
Strange New Worlds (00:31:35)
Freedom and Truth (00:42:22)
Section 31 (00:50:04)
Trip's Future (00:58:09)
Porthos (01:01:56)
Ratings (01:06:40)
Final Thoughts (01:17:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer)

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Scott Mantz: Star Trek Fotonovels.

Before VCRs, DVRs and Netflix, viewers had to watch Star Trek as it appeared on TV. There were no options to record. You couldn't buy the episodes on Blu-ray or download them online. To relive favorite episodes, fans were at the mercy of watching reruns on their local TV station. The only way to enjoy certain episodes over and over again on your own time was to open a book filled with full-color photographs and dialogue directly from the series.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz to talk about Star Trek Fotonovels from the 1970s. We discuss our fond memories of the '70s, Scott's favorite episode of all time, his collection of all twelve fotonovels, their influence on John Byrne's New Visions comics, and the interviews and glossaries found in the back of the books.

In the news segment, we talk about new comics from IDW Publishing coming in November and the latest issue of Star Trek New Visions #17: "All the Ages Frozen."

News
November Comics (00:04:08)
New Visions #17 (00:11:03)

Feature: Scott Mantz
A Special Guest (00:29:40)
What Are They? (00:30:57)
Episodes Adapted (00:34:12)
John Byrne's Photo-comics (00:44:55)
New Fotonovels (00:47:04)
Why You Should Get Them (00:49:47)
Coming Next For Scott (00:59:18)
Final Thoughts (01:03:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Scott Mantz

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Q-Strike.

A powerful force has been unleashed on an unsuspecting galaxy: a dangerous being who once tested the might of the entire Q Continuum. Now, it's up to Picard and his crew, along with Q and his family, to thwart this enemy and keep the galaxy as we know it from complete and utter destruction.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are again joined by The Edge and Earl Grey host Amy Nelson to talk about the final novel in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Strike by Greg Cox. We discuss the plot of the novel, a sad end to a family crisis, the Q family dynamic, the ending of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for both this novel and the Q Continuum trilogy as a whole.

In the news segment, we review two comics: the final issue of the Waypoint series, and issue #3 of the Mirror Broken miniseries.

News
Waypoint #6 (00:03:26)
Mirror Broken #3 (0017:06:)

Feature: Q-Strike
Book Three (00:30:45)
The Plot (00:34:46)
Lem Faal and His Kids (00:46:47)
The Q Family Dynamic (00:56:03)
End of the Book (01:02:43)
Ratings (01:08:05)
Final Thoughts (01:15:15)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Dayton Ward: Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Klingon Empire.

Sunscreen? Check. Klingon etiquette guide? Check. Marc Okrand's Klingon Dictionary? Check. You're all set for your ultimate vacation to the Klingon homeworld! There's just one more book you should remember to bring in order to make your holiday an honorable one...

In this milestone episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about his latest work, the Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire! We discuss the research that went into the book, where Dayton got his ideas, the connections to the Star Trek novelverse, some great places for food and drink on Kronos, dos and don'ts while traveling in the Klingon Empire, and wrap up with what Dayton is currently working on.

In the news, Dayton joins us to discuss his upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel, highlights from the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, and we end up having a bit of surprise wordplay fun with a book release from 2016 that we forgot to cover in a previous episode!

News
A Special Welcome (00:01:28)
Dayton's Special Introduction (00:11:04)
More Book News (00:16:34)
Star Trek Mad Libs (00:26:14)

Feature: Dayton Ward
The Process (00:31:25)
References (00:40:50)
The Art (00:45:11)
World-building (00:49:00)
Coming Up for Dayton (01:06:07)
Final Thoughts (01:15:23)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Preserver.

What if our actions are not our own? What if all of us are merely pawns in a universe-spanning game, controlled by vastly older races with agendas and motivations that remain obscured? How would we know? And, most importantly, how would the mighty Captain Kirk deal with them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Shatnerverse novel Preserver. We discuss the nature of the Preservers, fate versus free will, duplicate Earths, secret groups within the Federation, the two Kirks, Teilani, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Star Trek comic news from SDCC and review issue #10 of Boldly Go.

News
IDW Publishing Update From SDCC (00:05:02)
Boldly Go #10 (00:10:36)

Feature: Preserver
The William Shatnerverse (00:20:16)
The Preservers (00:23:53)
Fate/Predestination (00:31:50)
Duplicate Earths (00:47:36)
Section 31? (00:51:55)
Two Kirks (01:04:08)
No Happy Ending (01:07:13)
Ratings (01:14:13)
Final Thoughts (01:18:17)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Q-Zone.

As the Enterprise holds her own against a swarm of energy creatures determined to keep the crew from completing their mission, Q leads Picard on a journey through his past, where a force even greater than Q and with an even wider cruel streak wreaks havoc on the galaxy.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the second book of the Q Continuum series, Q-Zone. We talk about stardate snafus, peer pressure, bad parenting, 0's gang of evil-doers, the end of the TKon Empire, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the upcoming e-book release, I, The Constable by Paula Block and Terry Erdmann, a new activity book called Search for Spock by Robb Pearlman, a resolution to the issue with Discovery novel pre-orders at Amazon UK, and we talk about the IDW comic releases for October, including some news about the Star Trek: Discovery comics.

News
I, the Constable (00:06:36)
Search for Spock (00:09:02)
Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours paperback in UK (00:13:33)
Comic News (00:15:20)

Feature: Q-Zone
The Middle Book (00:22:21)
Peer Pressure (00:26:53)
Bad Parenting (00:41:26)
0's Band of Not-So-Merry Men (00:47:19)
Here Comes the Sun (00:52:36)
Ratings (01:10:08)
Final Thoughts (01:14:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Enigma Tales: Una McCormack.

Garak has gone from spy to revolutionary to ambassador to castellan of the Cardassian Union in just a few short years. In that time, Cardassia has changed immensely. But the people of Cardassia still share a lot of guilt, and ghosts of the past may be rising again to ruin the lives of some of Cardassia's finest. Now, it is up to Dr. Kate Pulaski to discover the truth before it is too late!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack to talk about her new novel, DS9: Enigma Tales. We discuss the plot, the characters, some historical touchstones that the story parallels, the nature of Cardassian enigma tales, the state of Dr. Bashir, and wrap up with Una's upcoming projects and where you can find her online. Please note: the first part of the feature is spoiler-free, and we get into spoilers for the second half.

In the news segment, we have a link to a short supplemental to Dayton Ward's Klingon Travel Guide: "7 Common Offworlder Questions Klingons Are Tired of Hearing."

News
Something Different (00:02:28)
Questions about the Klingon Travel Guide (00:03:36)

Feature: Una McCormack
Special Guest (00:06:06)
Una and Garak (00:06:41)
The Plot (00:08:03)
Character Rundown (00:11:11)
Married to Each Other (00:23:26)
Historical Touchstones (00:26:52)
A Funny Book (00:32:09)
Garak's Relationships (00:38:21)
Leading Cardassia (00:39:41)
Enigma Tales (00:42:01)
The State of Bashir (00:46:56)
What's Next for Una (00:52:29)
Final Thoughts (00:55:59)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Una McCormack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Shield of the Gods.

The Department of Temporal Investigations is responsible for maintaining the timeline, preventing galaxy-ending paradoxes, and stopping temporal criminals. Their track record for meeting these goals has been put in jeopardy by a criminal named Daiyar who intends to use an item stolen from the DTI's vault to change history, and it's up to the agents to put an end to her scheme.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the latest DTI e-novella, Shield of the Gods. We talk about Daiyar's scheme, character vs. plot, the Aegis Prime Directive, the Deltan concept of love, Ranjea's ultimate fate, the meaning of the title, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we mention the imminent releases of Eaglemoss's Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection volume 2 and Dayton Ward's Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire.

News
Eaglemoss: The Graphic Novel Collection Volume 2 (00:03:07)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide (00:04:33)

Feature: Shield of the Gods
New Ebook (00:06:20)
The Plot (00:09:16)
Character vs. Plot (00:16:26)
Aegis (00:19:15)
Protect Those You Love (00:34:50)
Are You Lonely Tonight? (00:42:36)
Ranjea's Fate (00:45:20)
The Title (00:51:48)
Ratings (00:55:13)
Final Thoughts (00:56:55)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Q-Space.

When Q appears on the bridge of the Enterprise-E to stop a scientific experiment, Picard is understandably annoyed. Defying Q, the Enterprise presses on in its attempt to breach the galactic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way. However, they may be in over their heads as cosmic forces collide that may spell doom for the crew of the Enterprise and the rest of the galaxy!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the first book in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Space by Greg Cox. We talk about the Enterprise's mission to the galactic barrier, Q's vulnerability, the cliffhanger ending of the novel, some fun bits in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the recently announced release date for David Mack's Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, and we review the latest comic, issue #2 of Mirror Broken.

News
Desperate Hours Release Date (00:03:13)
Mirror Broken #2 (00:11:53)

Feature: Q-Space
More TNG (00:19:28)
The Galactic Barrier (00:25:33)
Q's Vulnerability (00:32:31)
Cliffhanger (00:43:10)
Some Minor Points (00:51:43)
Ratings (00:58:52)
Final Thoughts (01:02:56)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Ghost Ship.

On Literary Treks, we have reviewed the first original novel of each of the Star Trek series. Now it's time for our attention to turn to The Next Generation, and a very unique novel that shows us a take on TNG that was written with very little of the actual show to work with. Is the story representative of what we would come to know from the crew of the Enterprise-D, or is it a pale reflection that is nearly unrecognizable?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about TNG #1: Ghost Ship by Diane Carey. We discuss our first experiences with the book, the plot of the novel, how closely the characters match their on-screen counterparts, our thoughts on the main conflict, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge the cover of the upcoming DS9: Original Sin, discuss the upcoming books Star Trek Beyond – The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline, and the second volumes of Dark Horse's Star Trek Adult Coloring Books. We also review two comics: New Visions #16 and Boldly Go #9.

News
Original Sin Cover and Blurb (00:02:11)
Kelvin Timeline Books (00:09:29)
Star Trek Coloring Books (00:16:11)
New Visions #16 (00:27:14)
Boldly Go #9 (00:27:14)

Feature: Ghost Ship
First Original TNG Novel (00:31:37)
Experiences (00:32:58)
The Plot (00:37:22)
The Characters (00:43:29)
Riker (00:59:44)
Yar (01:11:33)
Rest of the Characters (01:18:43)
The Creature (01:24:08)
Life and Death (01:28:25)
Ratings (01:32:27)
Final Thoughts (01:38:14)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Hearts and Minds.

Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien world with a dark link to Earth's past. When the captain and his away team are arrested for crimes supposedly committed by a sinister agency in the 21st century, it's up to them to discover the truth about what happened. Did travellers from Earth cause millions of deaths on a planet hundreds of light-years away?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new novel, Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, Taurik and Admiral Akaar, alt-fact history, Dayton's research methods, Captain Picard's future in Starfleet, ask some questions posed by listeners, and end with Dayton's upcoming projects.

In the news segment, Dayton Ward talks about his upcoming Klingon Travel Guide, reveals that both it and the Vulcan guide will soon be available in e-book format as well, and talk about the upcoming Star Trek Adventures table-top RPG.

News
Klingon Travel Guide (00:02:49)
Star Trek Adventures RPG (00:12:37)

Feature: Hearts and Minds
A Sequel (00:18:13)
Tattletale (00:20:14)
Picard's Actions (00:26:57)
Alt-fact History (00:32:27)
References (00:45:19)
Jean-Luc's Futures (00:51:08)
Questions From the Fans (01:02:42)
Coming Up Next (01:13:31)
Final Thoughts (01:16:35)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Doctor's Orders.

For a ship's surgeon, Dr. McCoy tends to spend an awful lot of time on the bridge of the Enterprise, usually grousing to Captain Kirk about his command decisions. The tables are turned on the good doctor when Kirk decides to leave him in command while visiting an alien world. However, when Captain Kirk disappears, McCoy must remain in command until he is found. Will the doctor find himself in over his head?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the classic Diane Duane novel Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species of the planet Flyspeck, when the story is set, Diane Duane's fascination with starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Christopher L. Bennett's annotations for his novel The Face of the Unknown and review two comics: Boldly Go #8 and Waypoint #5.

News
The Face of the Unknown Annotations (00:02:54)
Boldly Go #8 (00:06:35)
Waypoint #5 (00:14:50)

Feature: Doctor's Orders
Oldie but a Goodie (00:24:46)
Doctor on the Bridge (00:28:58)
Three Species (00:38:38)
When Does This Story Take Place? (00:59:52)
Intricate Maneuvers (01:05:14)
Where We Belong (01:10:31)
Ratings (01:16:26)
Final Thoughts (01:19:30)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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The Entropy Effect.

When Captain Kirk is killed in a vicious attack, Spock must navigate his way through an impossible time-bending paradox to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened. However, it is not only Captain Kirk's life that hangs in the balance, but the fate of the entire universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the first Pocket Books original Star Trek novel, The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre. We talk about our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the Star Trek authors who have been nominated for this year's Scribe awards, judge the cover of the upcoming Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, and review two comics: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6 and TNG: Mirror Broken #1.

News
Scribe Award Nominees (00:02:51)
Patterns of Interference Cover (00:05:13)
Stranger Worlds #6 (00:08:07)
Broken Mirror #1 (00:15:31)

Feature: The Entropy Effect
Star Trek #2 (00:21:52)
First Time (00:23:09)
The Setting (00:26:28)
Sulu Bond (00:31:19)
Hunter and Her Squadron (00:37:16)
Spider Links (00:48:31)
Time, Time, and More Time (00:55:54)
Ratings (01:02:17)
Final Thoughts (01:06:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-191.mp3
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Q-Squared.

During the original five-year mission, Captain Kirk and his crew found themselves at the mercy of a seemingly-omnipotent being: Trelane. Discovering that he was merely an out-of-control child, Trelane was corralled by his parents, members of the Q Continuum. However, he has now returned to exact vengeance on a new generation...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Amy Nelson to talk about Peter David's novel Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news segment, we review Mirror Broken #0, talk about the upcoming Juan Ortiz artbook featuring his TNG works, and rate the cover for the Klingon Empire Travel Guide by Dayton Ward.

News
Free Comic Book Day (00:03:37)
The Art of Juan Ortiz (00:21:37)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide Cover (00:23:35)

Feature: Q-Squared
Original Experiences (00:26:47)
Trelane a Q? (00:30:14)
The Love Triangle (00:36:40)
The Galactic Nonentity (00:51:05)
Tracks A, B and C (00:59:01)
Funny Moments (01:09:15)
He's Only a Child (01:12:10)
Ratings (01:17:41)
Final Thoughts (01:22:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-190.mp3
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Enemy Unseen, Part 2.

100 years earlier, a malevolent entity that feeds on fear threatened the crew of the Enterprise under Captain Kirk and framed Scotty for murder. At the time, Redjac, also known as Jack the Ripper, was thought to have been banished for all eternity. However, he has returned to terrorize the crew of another Enterprise!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson present part two of our discussion about the Star Trek comics collection, Enemy Unseen, which includes the story Embrace the Wolf. We talk about a sequel to "Wolf in the Fold," Redjac, the unorthodox method used to defeat him, overcoming our fears, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss a pair of interviews with the creators of the TNG mirror universe comic story Mirror Broken, announce that the UK Comics collection #3 is available for pre-order, judge the cover of the new DTI novella Shield of the Gods, and talk about David Mack's upcoming original novel The Midnight Front.

News
Interview with J.K. Woodward (00:05:19)
Interview with the Tipton Brothers (00:08:45)
Classic UK Comics Vol. 3 (00:11:12)
DTI: Sheild of the Gods Cover (00:13:41)
The Midnight Front (00:16:03)

Feature: Enemy Unseen, Part 2
Embrace the Wolf (00:22:13)
The Art (00:24:19)
The Story (00:25:54)
Worf on the Holodeck (00:33:52)
Defeating Red Jack (00:35:37)
The Killing Shadows (00:39:36)
Ratings (00:45:04)
Final Thoughts (00:47:30)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-189.mp3
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Dark Victory.

James T. Kirk has faced many enemies over the course of his life: Klingons, Khan, Romulans, and countless others. However, none of them will prove as worthy an opponent as his most dreaded enemy: himself! The mirror universe shows us dark reflections of ourselves, and Kirk's counterpart, Tiberius, is the deadliest of them all!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the William Shatner novel, Dark Victory, book two in his Mirror Universe trilogy. We talk about the plot, Project Sign, the pacing, a lack of trust, the legend of the Preservers, Kirk trying to outrun death, and our ratings.

In the news, we review two comics: New Visions 15: The Traveler, and Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6.

News
New Visions #15 (00:04:25)
Stranger Worlds #5 (00:12:52)

Feature: Dark Victory
The Shatnerverse (00:19:32)
The Story (00:21:55)
Project Sign (00:29:49)
Pacing (00:37:48)
Secrets Among Friends (00:48:43)
The Preservers (00:51:55)
Nonstop Kirk (00:55:49)
Ratings (01:00:40)
Final Thoughts (01:04:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-188.mp3
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The Escape.

Time travel has been covered a lot in Star Trek. Starfleet characters often find themselves thrown about the space-time continuum, usually in some sort of unintended accident. But what if there was a society out there whose entire civilization was based on controlled and regulated time travel? Torres, Neelix, and Kim find themselves at the mercy of just such a society, having inadvertently broken their highest law. The punishment? Death.

This week on Literary Treks, Brandon Shea-Mutala joins hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson to help continue our look at the first original novels of each Star Trek series by going back to the very beginning of Voyager with The Escape. We discuss why this book, how well the authors capture the tone of Voyager and its characters, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters of Kjanders and Drickel, some impractical shoes, and end with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we discuss the current Pocket Books release schedule, reveal some upcoming DS9 titles, rate the cover for Enigma Tales, and review issue #7 of Boldly Go.

News
Changes in the Book Schedule (00:03:44)
Enigma Tales Cover (00:11:17)
Boldly Go #7 (00:15:27)

Feature: The Escape
Voyager #2 (00:24:58)
The Title (00:29:37)
Capturing Voyager (00:33:49)
The Plot (00:40:17)
Inflexible Bureaucracies (00:52:10)
Kjanders and Drickel (00:58:52)
Impractical Shoes (01:02:52)
Ratings (01:04:49)
Final Thoughts (01:08:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Section 31: Control: David Mack.

Section 31: The Federation's dirty little secret. Amoral, operating in the shadows, and accountable to no one, the secretive group has become a cancer in the body of the Federation. But what are Section 31's true origins? And can Julian Bashir finally succeed in bringing them down once and for all?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David Mack to talk about his latest novel, Section 31: Control. We discuss the origins of the story, the surveillance state, a chapter written in computer code, the nature of the intelligence behind Section 31, the roles of Data and his daughter Lal, Sarina's part in the story, what's next for the Federation, and wrap up with some hints for future Trek novels as well as some upcoming convention appearances for David Mack.

In the news segment, we preview an upcoming George Takei project with IDW comics and review issue number six of Boldly Go.

News
George Takei Graphic Novel (00:02:36)
Boldly Go #6 (00:04:29)
Listener Email (00:15:58)

Feature: David Mack
A Few Years (00:21:50)
The Story Idea (00:23:05)
The Surveillance State (00:32:02)
The Origins of Section 31 (00:43:26)
Uraei's Perspective (00:48:16)
"Aren't You God?" (00:52:43)
Data and Lal (01:04:46)
Fatal Attraction (01:12:58)
Upcoming Works (01:22:38)
Convention Appearances (01:33:34)
Final Thoughts (01:41:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream.

Captain Picard and the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise must stop a political assassination by extremists on a newly-admitted Federation world, all while battling their own inner demons thanks to a terrifying telepathic weapon. And the key to defeating that weapon can be found in the most unlikely place: the mind of Jean-Luc Picard!

In this week's episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss "Perchance to Dream" by Keith R.A. Decandido, the first part in IDW's comic collection Enemy Unseen. We talk about Data's dreams, how the Damiano scandal mirrors our own society, Worf's security shortcomings, the crew's inner fears, Picard's multiple personalities, and finish with our ratings.

In the news segment, we preview new comics coming in June from IDW and review issue #4 of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover series, Stranger Worlds.

News
June Comics (00:02:15)
Stranger Worlds #4 (00:09:50)

Feature: Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream
Back Catalogue (00:15:44)
The Artwork (00:16:37)
Issue 1 (00:19:39)
Issue 2 (00:35:19)
Issue 3 (00:48:28)
Picard's Multiple Personalities (00:57:59)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:33)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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By the Book.

Season one of Enterprise was a unique time in Star Trek history: for the first time, humans were setting out to explore the galaxy and make first contact with new alien species. Would they jump in with both feet, introducing themselves and their technology with little regard for the consequences, or would they take the slow, measured approach favored by the Vulcans?

In this week's episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss the first original Enterprise novel, By the Book. We talk about the crew's RPG game, Archer's first contact style, how well the novel portrays the series in its early days, the two alien races, Vulcan logic vs. Human impulsiveness, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news, we have a new Hearts and Minds cover to judge and a new Waypoint comic to discuss.

News
Hearts and Minds Cover (00:04:34)
Waypoint #4 (00:10:31)

Feature: By the Book
Enterprise's First Novel (00:32:34)
Star Trek Adventure RPG (00:36:27)
I Told You So (00:42:42)
Early Novel (00:49:16)
The Aliens (00:51:42)
Vulcan Logic vs. Human Impulsiveness (00:56:59)
"A" Story vs "B" Story (01:00:15)
Ratings (01:02:47)
Final Thoughts (01:05:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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The Long Mirage: David R. George III.

We once again return to everyone's favorite space station, Deep Space Nine! Kira has returned from her time in the celestial temple, Morn is still missing, and Nog wants his friend Vic Fontaine back. All of these stories end up tied together in ways you couldn't possibly imagine!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David R. George III to talk about his latest DS9 adventure, The Long Mirage. We discuss where the characters are now, the possible sentience of Vic Fontaine, Quark's relationships, Ro's choices, Sisko's absence, tying the Vic Fontaine and Morn stories together, faith and belief, and the meaning behind the title.

In the news segment, we preview the Jean-Luc Picard autobiography, anticipate the release of Section 31: Control, review the new Star Trek Deviations comic, and announce the title of David Mack's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel!

News
Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard (00:02:04)
Section 31: Control (00:05:16)
Star Trek Deviations #1 (00:07:30)
Desperate Hours (00:12:18)

Feature: David R. George III
Back on DS9 (00:18:30)
Setting Up (00:19:41)
The Importance of Vic Fontaine (00:28:52)
Morn (00:34:34)
Quark and Ro (00:39:32)
Kira's Perspective (00:49:22)
Sisko (00:52:52)
Tying it All Together (00:56:41)
Faith and Belief (01:09:02)
Meaning of the Title (01:22:21)
On the Horizon (01:25:51)
Final Thoughts (01:30:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David R. George III

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Star Trek: Countdown.

When the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek film hit theaters in 2009, audiences were left with a lot of questions: who is this Nero guy? Why does he have a super-powerful mining ship? And what exactly happened before he and Spock travelled to the 23rd century via black hole? Thankfully, those questions and more were answered if you were fortunate enough to read some well-timed IDW Star Trek comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the four-issue comic miniseries Countdown. We discuss each of the issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and conclude with our ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about upcoming comics for May, a special preview of issue number one of Mirror Broken, and an exciting sale on Star Trek comics at Comixology!

News
Comics Coming in May (00:03:39)
Comixology Sale (00:15:10)

Feature: Countdown
In 2009 (00:20:59)
Issue 1 (00:24:23)
Differences From the Book (00:32:51)
Issue 2 (00:38:13)
Issue 3 (00:46:02)
Issue 4 (00:59:39)
Ratings (01:06:52)
Final Thoughts (01:09:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-182.mp3
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The Siege.

In 1993, a new Star Trek series hit the airwaves: Deep Space Nine, a darker, grittier Trek set aboard space station. Like every new Star Trek series, a line of original novels was produced by Pocket Books, and the first book in that series would be penned by none other than Trek literary legend, Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and special guest Brandon Shea-Mutala discuss the first original Deep Space Nine novel, The Siege. We talk about the links to season one of DS9, how well Peter David captures the voices of the characters, the violence of the story, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.

In the news segment, we share our thoughts on the new comics Boldly Go issue 5, and Stranger Worlds issue 3.

News
Boldly Go #5 (00:04:33)
Stranger Worlds #3 (00:07:37)

Feature: The Siege
Classic Deep Space Nine (00:18:00)
References to Season One (00:19:38)
Character Match (00:23:08)
A Violent Station (00:31:06)
Babylon 5 - "Believers" (00:35:22)
It's a Good Law (00:43:56)
The Villain (00:48:13)
Ratings (00:54:49)
Final Thoughts (00:58:11)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: lt-181.mp3
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180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep

Headlong Flight: Dayton Ward.

A long term mission of exploration far beyond the boundaries of the Federation has yielded many surprising discoveries, but none more surprising than the crew of the Enterprise-E crossing not only temporal boundaries, but dimensional ones as well. In the latest TNG novel, generations and realities collide as the crew of the Enterprise-E meets the crew of an alternate timeline's Enterprise-D!

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and Matthew Rushing are joined by renowned Trek author Dayton Ward about his latest book in The Next Generation, Headlong Flight. We ask him about alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.

For the news we review the latest New Visions issues, #14.

News
New Visions #14 (00:02:44)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Yet Again (00:11:36)
A Synopsis (00:12:59)
Spoilers (00:15:00)
An Alternate Take (00:18:53)
Wanting Data Back (00:22:34)
Captain's Shadow (00:26:53)
Wesley Crusher (00:30:19)
Chen (00:34:13)
The Romulans (00:38:18)
One Big Decision (00:44:41)
Easter Eggs (00:51:10)
Hints for the Future (00:52:31)
A Sly Reference (00:54:13)
Coming Next (00:56:11)
Final Thoughts (01:02:41)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Dayton Ward
Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: lt-180.mp3
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179: Space Cats

Star Trek IDW Comics: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson.

As fans, we get our Star Trek fix in many different forms: television, film, novels, and comics. And no comic publisher has been quite so prolific as IDW when it comes to publishing Star Trek stories! Waypoint, Ongoing, Boldly Go, New Visions, and Stranger Worlds are just a few of the titles that IDW publishes on a regular basis.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson from IDW to the show! We ask them about their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and then ask some questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.

In the news segment we discuss how the delay of Star Trek: Discovery will affect the book and comic release schedule and share our thoughts on the newest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic.

News
Delayed Discovery Book (00:02:10)
Stranger Worlds #2 (00:06:54)

Feature: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson
Comic Creators (00:12:31)
Coming to Star Trek (00:13:37)
Working Together (00:18:23)
Boldly Go (00:24:10)
Crossovers (00:28:43)
Waypoint (00:32:24)
New Comics Coming Up (00:36:02)
Listener Questions (00:37:50)
Final Thoughts (00:52:31)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Sarah Gaydos
Mike Johnson

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

Direct download: lt-179.mp3
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178: James Kirk into James Bond

Spectre.

Captain James T. Kirk: a name that has blazed across the quadrant for over a hundred years, shaping political events and influencing hundreds of worlds. However, his influence is not limited merely to our universe. During his first five-year mission, Kirk convinced Spock from the Mirror Universe to rebel against the evil Terran Empire, and the consequences of that action have now caught up with the Starfleet legend in the 24th century!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Matthew Rushing to talk about William Shatner's Spectre. We discuss the Shatnerverse, Kirk in the 24th century, responsibility, Kirk and Scotty, looking in the mirror, Janeway, a mirror imposter, the prime directive and our ratings.

In the news we review Waypoint #3.

News
Waypoint # 3 (00:04:33)

Feature: Spectre
The Shatnerverse (00:23:07)
Kirk in the 24th Century (00:28:13)
Weight of Responsibility (00:35:49)
Kirk and Scotty (00:40:19)
Looking in the Mirror (00:43:23)
Kate Janeway (00:51:58)
Mirror Imposter (00:56:44)
The Prime Directive (01:00:26)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: lt-178.mp3
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177: Threatening Facial Hair

The Mirror Universe Saga.

The mirror universe: an alternate reality where humans value treachery, personal gain, and avarice over friendship, community, and shared triumph. A place where history has crafted a very different Starfleet made up of vicious, brutal barbarians bent on galactic conquest. Can our heroes overcome an all-out war with their evil counterparts from this horrific universe?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Archives Volume 6: The Mirror Universe Saga. We discuss the story, continuity errors, lower decks characters, mirror Spock, pity, deviations, wrapping up and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the upcoming Star Trek Deviations comic, comic covers in March, the Classic UK Comics Vol, 2 release and the Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection from Eaglemoss.

News
Star Trek Deviations (00:02:12)
March Comic Covers (00:05:08)
Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 2 (00:10:02)
Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection (00:12:10)

Feature: The Mirror Universe Saga
Experiences With the Comic (00:17:53)
The Story (00:21:13)
Continuity Errors (00:29:42)
Lower Decks Characters (00:31:47)
Mirror Spock (00:41:36)
Mirror History (00:44:01)
Pity for the Mirror Universe (00:51:32)
Deviations (00:54:15)
Back in the Prime Universe (00:59:11)
Ratings (01:02:01)
Final Thoughts (01:03:46)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-177.mp3
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176: Trek Archeologists

The Roddenberry Vault: Micheal and Denise Okuda.

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek has been a year of celebration of the franchise we all love. What better way to celebrate our favorite science fiction universe than to get glimpses of it that have never been seen before? The discovery of long-lost footage of Star Trek: The Original Series by Trek veterans Michael and Denise Okuda has made this possible!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome back Matthew Rushing as well as Michael and Denise Okuda to talk about The Roddenberry Vault. We discuss 50 year of TOS, the beginning of the project, the holy grail, timeline, the thrill, the James Blish connection, what's in the set, new scenes and the gift.

News
Be Our Guest (00:02:08)

Feature: Micheal and Denise Okuda
50 Years of The Original Series (00:08:32)
The Beginning (00:09:26)
The Holy Grail (00:16:56)
Timeline (00:24:49)
The Thrill (00:27:41)
The James Blish Connection (00:30:20)
What's in the Set (00:32:50)
New Scenes (00:37:55)
A Gift (00:47:48)
The Future (00:50:47)
Final Thoughts (00:54:42)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Matthew Rushing, Michael and Denise Okuda

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

Direct download: lt-176.mp3
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175: The Boogyman

The Face of the Unknown.

When "The Corbomite Maneuver" first aired in 1966, it introduced a number of concepts that became inextricably linked with Star Trek: the wonder of exploration, courage in the face of fear, and the idea that not everything is as it seems. Someone who appears to be an implacable enemy might just turn out to be a friend. This week, we look at a new novel that serves as a sequel to that much-loved classic episode.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the new TOS novel The Face of the Unknown. We discuss the "puppet", global warming, fear-mongering speculation, Spock's future, the moment in time for the book and ratings.

In the news segment we look at the first issue of Stranger Worlds, Boldly Go #4, the Boldly Go #5 cover and Treklit's 50th anniversary.

News
Stranger Worlds #1 (00:02:26)
Boldly Go #4 (00:08:46)
Boldly Go #5 Cover (00:13:36)
Treklit's 50th Anniversary(00:14:27)

Feature: The Face of the Unknown
New TOS Novel (00:18:41)
The "Puppet" (00:22:26)
Global Warming (00:28:55)
Fear-mongering Speculation (00:37:59)
Spock's Future (00:46:55)
This Moment in Time (00:52:15)
Ratings (00:55:41)
Final Thoughts (00:57:40)

Hosts
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) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-175.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-174.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT



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