14: Bargaining with the Devil

Tony Daniel: Devil's Bargain.

With the complexity of today's expanded universe, it's refreshing to pick up a standalone TOS novel from time to time; and that's just what renowned SF author Tony Daniel has given us in his new book Devil's Bargain. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Tony to talk about his first venture into writing Star Trek, the unique story he set out to tell, and why you really can't ever have too many Hortas.

In our news segment we check in on this week's big release slate that includes both James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams and Greg Cox's The Weight of Worlds, IDW's upcoming June comics, and we dig into the third installment of Countdown to Darkness. 

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13: Shedding the Shackles of the Past

Avatar, Book Two.

S.D. Perry set up the continuation of Deep Space Nine beautifully in the first part of the Avatar duology, but the real payoff comes in book two. On the final pages of the first half we were left with a cliffhanger that threatened to renew hostilities between the Federation and the Dominion. In this episode of Literary Treks we conclude our look at the start of Pocket Books' relaunch of DS9 and how S.D. Perry may have not only captured the pure essence of Deep Space Nine but actually elevated it.

In our news segment we look inside Mike and Denise Okuda's new book On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise, get an update on Willain Leisner's upcoming TOS novel The Shocks of Adversity, learn how to speak Klingon, and check in on the release schedule for IDW's Star Trek Ongoing #19 and the Ongoing Volume 4 omnibus. 

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12: Worms with a Long Con

Divided We Fall.

The idea of a crossover between different Star Trek series is something that appeals to many fans. But to make it work it has to feel natural, and that's just what John D. Ordover and David Mack did in their 2001 comic crossover series Divided We Fall. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take an in-depth look at the four-part series from Wildstorm that combines characters from TNG and DS9 to tell the story of a Trill coup d'état.

In our news segment we look at new cover art for James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams, find out about a far more economical hardcover printing of Federation: The First 150 Years, check in on the release of Tony Daniel's Devil's Bargain, and find out what IDW has in store for us come May. We also dive into a lengthy discussion of HIVE #4, the conclusion to Brannon Braga's Borg comic. 

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11: When You're Part Prophet...

David R. George III.

Beginning with the Voyager episode "Prime Factors," David R. George III has become a key contributor to Star Trek lore over the course of nearly two decades. His first literary foray also had a TV connection as he penned the DS9 novel The 34th Rule together with Armin Shimerman in 1999. Since then David has come to play a pivotal role in Trek's literary world with more than a dozen novels. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David for an extensive look at his work on the relaunch of Deep Space Nine, his new TOS novel Allegiance in Exile, and how he got into Star Trek in the first place. 

In our news segment we get an update on Hive #4 and discuss our thoughts after reading Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2.

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10: Deep Space Nine Season Eight

Avatar, Book One.

In the final scene of DS9 we saw Jake Sisko peering out of a window at the wormhole. As we pulled away from the station, so much had been resolved yet so much was left undone. The TV series had signed off, but the story didn't end there. In an unprecedented experiment, Pocket Books decided to continue a Star Trek series in book form with what is essentially the Deep Space Nine Season Eight premiere, Avatar. Penned by S.D. Perry, this two-part story opens with Jake and propels us into the next stage of the story surrounding Bajor, the Dominion, and the Prophets. In this episode of Literary Treks we take a close look at the first half of this story, the new and familiar faces that make up the new DS9 crew, the cyclical nature of events, and the search for new directions. 

In our news segment we check in on Dayton Ward's entry in "The Fall" series, Peaceable Kingdoms, discuss our expectations for Star Trek Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2, and talk about how comics could be the perfect format for launching Enterprise Season Five. 

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9: Galactic Doctors Without Borders

Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

When we first saw Dr. McCoy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, he was rocking an amazing beard and an awesome medallion that left us wondering what he’d been up to since we last saw him in “Turnabout Intruder.” In this episode of Literary Treks we reel in those missing years as we explore all four issues of John Byrne’s comic series Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

In our news segment we explore strange new worlds of crafting with the Star Trek Cross-Stitch book, remember our favourite TNG moments with the upcoming Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation edition, and speculate on HIVE #4. We also delve into Star Trek Ongoing #17 and discuss the newly revealed backstory to the Abramsverse incarnation of Dr. McCoy.

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8: Making Federation History

David A. Goodman.

Despite more than 700 hours of television and films, there is still so much we don't know about how the Federation came to be. That's why CBS asked David A. Goodman to write the records that future historians will rely upon when tracing mankind's long road to the stars. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to talk about the genesis of the project and what went into creating Federation: The First 150 Years. Along the way we also talk about his famous Star Trek episode of Futurama and get an insider's look at the second and third seasons of Enterprise.

In our news segment we look at some new information about David R. George III's Allegiance In Exile, Christopher L. Bennett's upcoming Enterprise book Rise of the Federation, Roberto Orci and Michael Johnson talking to StarTrek.com about Countdown to Darkness, and a bit about Star Trek Ongoing 17's exploration of Dr. McCoy's backstory.

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6: Cold Equations and Destinies

David Mack.

No one has shaken up the Star Trek universe quite like David Mack. His contributions to the miniseries "A Time to..." helped bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis, his Destiny series revealed the Alpha and the Omega of the Borg, and his latest work—Cold Equations—resurrects Data and sees the continuing transformation of Picard. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to discuss the evolving nature of the post-television Star Trek universe, the genesis of Destiny, why the Borg had to go, why Picard is no longer the man Beverly remembers, and we learn the real story behind the naming of the upcoming series "The Fall."

In our news segment we look at Greg Cox's upcoming TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, a new book that helps you learn How To Speak Klingon like a warrior, and David R. George III's Allegiance in Exile. We also speculate on what Countdown to Darkness will bring us, share our thoughts on the Mirror Universe of Ongoing #15 and #16, and reveal how a theme from Chris's own life has been stolen and used as a sinister plot device. 

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5: Vipers, Shadows, and Deadly Sins

James Swallow.

From Terok Nor to the Myriad Universe, from the bridge of the Titan to the aftermath of The Undiscovered Country, author James Swallow has played in many corners of the Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James to discuss what it's like to tell stories from the lost era of Deep Space Nine, why it's difficult to write Picard, what it takes to redeem Valeris, and many more topics from across Star Trek literature.

In our news segment we look at the five books that will make up the new miniseries "The Fall," Tony Daniel's TOS novel Devil's Bargain, William Leisner's The Shocks of Adversity, the sticker book Stuck On Star Trek, some of the first interior views of The Star Trek Visual Dictionary, Countdown to Darkness #3, Star Trek Ongoing #19, and the Ongoing Volume 4 compendium. We also lament the lack of Star Trek audiobooks at a time when the spoken format is more popular than ever.

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4: Brinkmanship, Cardassia, and Beyond

Una McCormack.

The complex storylines of Deep Space Nine are the perfect playground for Una McCormack, an author who carries a PhD in sociology into her approach to Star Trek. Beginning with the short story “Face Value” in the collection Prophecy and Change, Una has explored Cardassia, the repurcussions of “In the Pale Moonlight,” and even played with Ezri Dax in the continuing Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Una to discuss why Deep Space Nine is her favourite series, how she got involved in writing Star Trek, bringing female characters to the forefront, and the intricacies of freedom and how we are all interconnected.

In our news segment we look at three new omnibuses coming from Pocket Books: Typhon Pact: The Khitomer AccordsThe Original Series: The Continuing Missions; and Destiny: The Complete Saga. We also cover IDW’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Omnibus and Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Volume 1, the covers for Countdown to Darkness, the Star Trek 100-page Winter Spectacular comic, and we talk in-depth about the first three issues of Brannon Braga’s HIVE.

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