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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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171: James T. Jerk

Best Destiny.

Captain James T. Kirk: to many, the quintessential Starfleet hero. Courageous, selfless, and principled, the embodiment of Starfleet and the Federation's ideals. However, he wasn't always the hero we know and love. As a boy, Jimmy Kirk was on a path to a much different destiny. How did this troubled young man grow up to be the legend? Join us as we explore his humble beginnings in a story that inspired elements of Star Trek 2009!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Best Destiny. We discuss it being on the short list, the 09 tie in, the Kirk story, fathers and sons, life's not fair, control of the soul, change and flexibility and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the blurb for Una McCormack's upcoming DS9 book Enigma Tales and then ask a question about the DS9 literature series.

News
Enigma Tales Blurb (00:03:37)
A DS9 Literature Question (00:10:03)

Feature: Best Destiny
Short List (00:20:46)
09 Tie In (00:23:53)
The Kirk Story (00:25:54)
Fathers and Sons (00:32:29)
Life's Not Fair (00:45:58)
Control of His Soul (01:03:14)
Change and Flexibility (01:06:23)
Quick Things (01:12:51)
Ratings (01:13:57)
Final Thoughts (01:18:08)

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)

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170: Game of New Frontiers

New Frontier: Turnaround.

When Admiral Jellico seemingly steals a top-secret Starfleet prototype starship, a comic adventure of epic proportions is kicked off. Captain Calhoun of the Excalibur sets off in pursuit, but can he catch Jellico before destruction rains down on Bravo Station? Everything is not what it seems in this week's graphic novel adventure!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the comic series New Frontier: Turnaround. We discuss the New Frontier timeline, the Kelvin Timeline feel, characterization, the story, if it works for New Frontier fans, any surprises and our ratings.

In new we discuss the blurb for Patterns of Interference and the second issue of the Waypoint comic.

News
Patterns of Interference blurb (00:02:50)
Waypoint #2 (00:07:50)

Feature: Turnaround
New Frontier Timeline (00:20:24)
Kelvin Timeline Feel (00:27:03)
Characterization (00:31:32)
The Story (00:33:46)
Does it Work for New Frontier Fans? (00:37:24)
Any Surprises? (00:41:19)
Ratings (00:47:26)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

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)

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169: Delusions of Grandeur

The Jackal’s Trick.

A Klingon usurper, bent on seizing control of the Klingon Empire. A dangerous con artist who uses trickery to control an army of disgraced Klingons. And enough plot twists and turns to make your head spin! All this and more in the second book of John Jackson Miller's epic Star Trek: Prey trilogy!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk The Jackal’s Trick. We discuss how jam-packed it is, Cross, expanding Star Trek, the Discommendated, pulling the strings, because it feels good, things not seen before and our ratings.

In news this week we talk about the upcoming TNG/Aliens comic crossover, Boldly Go #2 and the latest ebook sales.

News
TNG/Aliens Crossover (00:03:28)
Boldly Go #2 (00:06:09)
Book Sales (00:10:50)

Feature: The Jackal’s Trick
Jam-Packed (00:15:33)
Cross Dresser (00:22:02)
Expanding Star Trek (00:26:13)
The Discommendated (00:29:41)
Pulling the Strings (00:34:51)
Because it Feels Good (00:39:19)
Things Never Though of in Star Trek (00:48:59)
One Last Question (00:54:11)
Ratings (00:56:00)
Final Thoughts (00:58:22)

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)

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168: Intergalactic Tinkerbells

Children of the Storm.

When Kirsten Beyer took over the "Voyager relaunch," she breathed new life into a series that many Trek fans dismissed the first time around. Crafting stories that feature well-developed and fascinating characters and embody the best qualities of Star Trek, Beyer took Voyager and made it amazing, and the subject of this week's episode of Literary Treks is the perfect example.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Children of the Storm. We discuss figuring things out, character relationships, the way to Eden, a crush, the life, anger and mistrust, being Star Trek and ratings.

In the news we talk about the upcoming DTI ebook The Shield of the Gods, Face of the Unknown audio book, upcoming comics and a comic art exhibit.

News
The Shield of the Gods (00:02:56)
Face of the Unknown Audio Book (00:04:49)
Upcoming Comics (00:07:08)
Comic Art Exhibit (00:13:46)

Feature: Children of the Storm
Finally Figuring it Out (00:17:53)
Character Relationships (00:24:16)
The Way to Eden (00:28:20)
A Bit of a Crush (00:34:50)
The Life (00:39:16)
Anger and Mistrust (00:47:52)
It’s Very Star Trek (00:59:45)
Ratings (01:03:39)
Final Thoughts (01:05:23)

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-168.mp3
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