21: Ethical Quandaries

Shadows On the Sun.

When the Enterprise set course for the second star to the right and sailed straight on 'til morning at the end of The Undiscovered Country, it may have been the end of TOS voyages on the big screen; but it wasn't the end of the story for our characters. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Michael Jan Friedman's 1993 novel Shadows On the Sun, which tells the story of Dr. McCoy's reunion with his ex-wife Jocelyn and his struggle to balance his ethics as a physician with the realities of an alien culture.

In our news segment we look at the Abrams ComicArts Original Topps Star Trek Trading Cards book, hear what Doug Drexler has to say about The Fall and the new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9, also hear from Andy Probert and Douglas E. Graves about the new DS9, discuss EMPIRE Magazine's list of the top Star Trek novel series (and why Star Trek: Titan would make a perfect animated series), see what IDW has in store for collectors in the Red, Blue, and Black Label releases of Star Trek Ongoing, and get Matthew's first impressions of Ongoing 21, which picks up where Into Darkness left off. 

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20: The Bashir-Locken Inversion

Abyss.

"For every Julian Bashir that can be created, there's a Khan Singh waiting in the wings." Those are the words of Starfleet Rear Admiral Bennett, and they highlight why the Federation is skiddish on genetic enhancement. But not everyone is so concerned about the risks—including Section 31. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue their look at the Deep Space Nine relaunch with the third book in the series, Abyss. A worthy continuation of Avatar's aftermath, Abyss challenges Bashir's ideas of who he is as well as our ideas of right, wrong, and strength of faith.

In our news segment we get our first look at the new Deep Space 9 station with the new cover art for Revelation and Dust, find a few new clues about the McCoy-centric Seasons of Light and Darkness, hear Alan Dean Foster's thought on novelising Star Trek Into Darkness, find out what Mike Johnson has planned for After Darkness, see The Best of Klingons, and learn about a John Harrison miniseries. 

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19: A Comic Khan In Hell

Khan Ruling In Hell.

When Khan failed to take over the Enterprise in "Space Seed," he and his people were left behind to start a new life on Ceti Alpha V. The next time we met Khan he was out for vengeance against Kirk, angry over the death of his wife and the hardships he had endured on a world gone wrong. What happened in between has been left a mystery—at least on screen. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by John Tenuto, the foremost expert on "Space Seed" and The Wrath of Khan, for a look at the IDW Khan Ruling In Hell comics. We explore how the story ties into the movie, how it relates to various drafts of the scripts for the TV and movie installments, and how a docile, defeated Khan comes to be the irrational, vengeful man we see in Star Trek II.

In our news segment we look at Spock In a Box—a quirky new book-bust combo from Chronicle Books—along with the Star Trek Into Darkness audiobook and A Very Klingon Christmas. Plus we share our favourite traditions for celebrating the holidays like a warrior. 

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18: Hab SoSlI' Quch!

Emmett Plant.

Planning a trip to Qo’noS? Marrying into a warrior family? If so, you won’t want to miss this episode of Literary Treks in which we’re joined by Emmett Plant to learn how to speak Klingon. Alright, we won’t actually be learning many Klingon phrases—that’s what the book is for—but we will be learning how this new book, How to Speak Klingon: Essential Phrases for the Intergalactic Traveler, came to be and about the production of the audio elements. Along the way Emmett also talks about the state of Star Trek audiobooks in general, the challenges in producing them, and whether or not we might expect more audible Trek in our future.

In our news segment we look at updates on two novels: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett and From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. Cover art for both books has been unveiled along with extended synopses that give us a better picture of what to expect.

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17: Tuvok's Remedial School for Badasses

Voyager Comics.

It’s Kirk, Spock, and Uhura—of the Abrams variety—who get all the Star Trek comic attention these days. But there is a wealth of material out there for fans of other parts of the franchise. If you’re looking for some illustrated adventures of Captain Janeway and her crew, IDW’s collection of four past Wildstorm Voyager titles is a good place to start. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Tristan Riddell to discuss four adventures—“False Colors,” “Avalon Rising,” “Elite Force,” and “Planet Killer.” From a Borg Cube to a medieval village, get set for a fun romp through the Delta Quadrant.

In our news segment we cover the nominations of David Mack and Greg Cox for the IAMTW Scribe Award, Michael A. Martin’s next TOS novel Seasons of Light and Darkness, IDW’s July slate which includes Star Trek Ongoing #23 and the Ongoing Volume 5 omnibus, a special Klingon omnibus, and the Library of American Comics’ search for Star Trek newspaper strips from February 1982 through January 1983. 

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16: Not Just Action-Adventure and Ray Guns

Greg Cox.

A lifelong Star Trek fan and prolific author of franchise tie-in fiction, Greg Cox penned his first Star Trek novel in 1995. Devil In the Sky, a numbered DS9 book written together with John Gregory Betancourt, marked the beginning of a long stream of fan-favourites spanning nearly two decades. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Greg to talk about his new TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, as well as many of his other works including The Q Continuum trilogy, The Eugenics Wars, and some of his non-Trek books, too.

In our news segment we discuss new teasers about "The Fall" from Una McCormack, David R. George III, and David Mack, tell you which books you need to read to prepare for the series, look at a second part to Rise of the Federation titled "Tower of Babel" along with the Star Trek Space-Spanning Treasury Edition from IDW, and we review Countdown to Darkness #4. 

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15: Space-Time Nexus Gateway

James Swallow: The Stuff of Dreams.

It all started years ago with an idea revolving around that unusual spatial anomoly in Generations. It ended with the commissioning of a Next Generation novella called The Stuff of Dreams. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James Swallow to talk about his new story that centers on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and goes a long way—in just 94 pages—toward fleshing out the inner workings of one of Starfleet's greatest captains.

In our news segment we go inside DK's new Star Trek Visual Dictionary for a hands-on review, speculate on IDW's upcoming film sequel After Darkness, and review Star Trek Ongoing #19, the backstory of Montgomery Scott. 

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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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