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)

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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
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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
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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)

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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
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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)

Direct download: lt-217.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-216.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-215.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-214.mp3
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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)

Direct download: lt-213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am MDT



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