150: Come to Janeway Moment

The Last Will Be First: Tristan Riddell.

On November 17th, 2012 a new show was added to the Trek.fm network that was dedicated to the books and comics of Star Trek and that would also allow the authors a place to come and talk about their work, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to the stories. With Strange New Worlds winner and Star Trek author Dayton Ward as the first show guest, Literary Treks boldly went.

In this very special episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson and Strange New Worlds contestant Tristan Riddell to talk about his DS9 story The Last Will Be First. Then as a special treat and for the first time ever, we present the audiobook version of his story to the world.

Interview: Tristan Riddell
Thank You (00:01:25)
A Trek.fm Author (00:03:48)
Tristan’s Star Trek Story (00:06:57)
Kept Him Going (00:08:38)
Entering the Contest (00:11:48)
Two Weeks to Write Something (00:14:30)
The Process of Strange New Worlds (00:23:23)
Tristan’s Book Picks (00:28:43)
Creating the Audio Book Version (00:31:54)

Feature: The Last Will Be First
Read by Tristan Riddell and The Girl (00:34:14)
Final Thoughts (01:26:09)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Tristan Riddell

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

Direct download: lt-150.mp3
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149: Dayton’s Prime Directive

Elusive Salvation: Dayton Ward.

In 2013, the novel From History’s Shadow was released, in which author Dayton Ward linked together all of the disparate 20th century Star Trek time travel events in a fun and unique story. It was very well-received, and many readers asked one question over and over: when do we get a follow-up? Well, three years later, Dayton has delivered!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about his latest book Elusive Salvation. We discuss the title, continuing in history’s shadow, new aliens, where to go, the timey-whimy, Roberta Lincoln, cheekiness, SPOILERS, the importance of hope, a pop question, what’s next for Dayton and where to find him online.

For the news segment we talk though third issues of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock as well as take a look at the cover for Best Defense and discuss the blurb.

News
Manifest Destiny #3 (00:02:52)
Legacy of Spock #3 (00:06:29)
Best Defense Cover and Blurb (00:10:14)

Feature: Elusive Salvation
The Title (00:16:08)
Continuing in History’s Shadow (00:17:18)
New Aliens (00:19:57)
Where to Go (00:19:57)
Timey-Whimey (00:26:51)
Roberta Lincoln (00:31:57)
Cheekiness (00:33:40)
SPOILERS (00:38:27)
The Importance of Hope (00:49:24)
Pop Question (00:51:29)
What’s Next (01:03:01)
Dayton Online (01:10:34)
Final Thoughts (01:12:03)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Dayton Ward

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

Direct download: lt-149.mp3
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148: Ultimate Evil Universe

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1.

Superheroes in Star Trek? Star Trek has attempted a number of ambitious crossovers in the comic world in recent years. The universes of Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, and Green Lantern have all been visited by our intrepid Starfleet heroes. These are always a fun diversion from the main storylines of the comics, giving a whole new meaning to exploring “strange new worlds.”

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Legion hero Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1. We discuss our familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes, bridging the universes, immortal issues, trapped in a purple orb, characterization, art and our ratings.

In the news segment we look inside the new travel guide to Vulcan and discuss the latest issues of New Visions and Manifest Destiny.

News
Inside Look and the Vulcan Travel Guide (00:02:22)
Eaglemoss Comics Collection (00:07:45)
New Visions #11 (00:13:29)
Manifest Destiny #2 (00:17:23)

Feature: Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1
Familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes (00:24:08)
Bridging the Universes (00:28:37)
Immortal Issues (00:39:33)
Trapped in a Purple Orb (00:45:39)
Characterization (00:48:43)
Art (00:54:18)
Ratings (00:58:51)
Final Thoughts (01:01:43)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-148.mp3
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147: The Phantom Menace

Kobayashi Maru.

One of the things that disappointed fans the most when Enterprise was canceled was the loss of seeing the Romulan War play out, so as the relaunch hit it’s stride it continued the series’ build into that storyline.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson are joined by Section 31 agent Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Star Trek Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru. We discuss Archer coming into his own, wrong things for the wrong reasons, a shadowy man, a shadowy problem, overly long and not a lot of plot points, the Kobayashi Maru, historical connections and our ratings.

In the news segment we look at the upcoming release of The Star Trek Book as well as something for free.

News
The Star Trek Book (00:02:15)
Something for Free (00:06:48)

Feature: Kobayashi Maru
Dan’s Still Missing (00:10:31)
Archer Coming Into His Own (00:12:54)
Wrong Things for the Wrong Reasons (00:18:36)
Shadowy Man (00:32:56)
Shadowy Problem (00:42:09)
Overly Long, Not Enough Plot (00:46:50)
The Kobayashi Maru (00:52:47)
Historical Connections (01:01:54)
Ratings (01:06:22)
Final Thoughts (01:10:04)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: lt-147.mp3
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146: A Mess of Thompsons

Burden of Knowledge.

The Original Series is an era of Star Trek that lends itself to being depicted in the pages of a comic book: bright colors and outlandish plots all make for entertaining comic stories! However, what makes these stories quintessential Star Trek is the fact that on top of being entertaining, they give us the opportunity to think about issues in a way that other forms of entertainment don’t.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about the Star Trek comics Burden of Knowledge. We discuss the artwork, Uncertain Perceptions, A Failure to Communicate, A Matter of Perspective, The Burden of Knowledge and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the last issue of Starfleet Academy and the first issue of Manifest Destiny.

News
Starfleet Acadamy #5 (00:02:18)
Manifest Destiny #1 (00:07:35)

Feature: Burden of Knowledge
TOS Comics (00:12:02)
The Artwork (00:14:05)
Uncertain Perceptions (00:17:08)
A Failure to Communicate (00:29:16)
A Matter of Perspective (00:38:16)
The Burden of Knowledge (00:44:33)
Ratings (00:54:29)
Final Thoughts (01:00:19)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

145: A Skynet Brain-sucker

Live By the Code.

In his Rise of the Federation series, Christopher L. Bennett has attempted an ambitious project: telling the story of the early days of the Federation, and showing how we got from there to here (to coin a phrase). Brain-sucking computers, smooth-headed Klingons, and interplanetary bigotry and conflict are just a few of the challenges that the young United Federation of Planets faces during this turbulent time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Live By the Code. We discuss the interesting series, the greater good, Trip’s soul and Section 31, Klingon connections, interference, fanatical racism, a full plate, the problem of dependency and our ratings.

In our news segment we discuss the latest comic in the Legacy of Spock series, Ongoing #56.

News
Ongoing #56 (00:01:48)

Feature: Live By the Code
Continuing Enterprise (00:08:19)
Interesting Stories (00:10:11)
The Greater Good (00:11:19)
Trip’s Soul and Section 31 (00:17:31)
Klingon Connection (00:21:45)
Interference (00:27:13)
Fanatical Racism (00:41:15)
A Full Plate (00:48:21)
The Problem of Dependency (00:53:02)
Ratings (00:58:55)
Final Thoughts (01:03:38)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: lt-145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

144: Evil James Bond

Star Trek: Mirror Images.

The Mirror Universe: there are many familiar faces there, but the reality is very different from our own. Rather than the kind, benevolent Federation we know and love, Earth is at the center of a vast empire, ruled by dark passions and the desire for conquest. There have been many stories set in this dark reality in the 50 years Star Trek has existed, each featuring familiar characters, but with a barbaric twist.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series Mirror Images. We discuss the fun, characterizations, a focused story, something’s missing, more points, how it wraps up, an interesting interlude and our ratings.

In the news segment we discuss the news of DRM free Star Trek books being available.

News
DRM Free Star Trek Books (00:01:59)

Feature: Mirror Images
Something Fun (00:10:05)
Characterization (00:14:22)
Very Focused (00:16:13)
Something’s Missing (00:20:54)
More Story Points (00:25:08)
How it Wraps Up (00:30:37)
Interesting Interlude (00:32:47)
Ratings (00:36:29)
Final Ratings (00:39:34)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

Direct download: lt-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

143: Borg Kryptonite

The Return.

Shortly after Star Trek: Generations was released, William Shatner pitched a story featuring the return of Captain Kirk to the land of the living. Paramount passed on the story, but undeterred, Shatner sold the idea as a novel. The Return would prove to be a great seller, with many fans wanting to read the story of the resurrection of a Star Trek legend.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner’s The Return. We discuss bringing back Kirk, maniacal Borg, V’ger and the Borg, an empty grave, Kirk worship and our ratings.

In the new segment we discuss the cover and blurb for Force and Motion as well as the penultimate issue of Starfleet Academy and Ongoing #55, the Legacy of Spock.

News
Force and Motion: Cover and Blurb (00:01:44)
Starfleet Acadamy #4 (00:06:34)
Ongoing #55 (00:11:16)

Feature: The Return
Critical Mass (00:17:07)
Bringing Back Kirk (00:18:02)
Maniacal Borg (00:24:48)
V’gee and the Borg (00:30:44)
An Empty Grave (00:38:08)
Kirk Worship (00:47:50)
Ratings (00:58:02)
Final Thoughts (01:02:28)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

Direct download: lt-143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

142: Star Trek Vs. Godzilla

The Latter Fire: James Swallow.

Star Trek has always featured outlandish ideas such as huge space creatures and other pretty out-there science fiction concepts. However, at its core, Star Trek is really about the struggles that we all face in overcoming negative forces such as violence and fear to come together to build a better world. No one understands that basic idea more than renowned Trek author James Swallow!

In this episode off Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his latest book The Latter Fire. We discuss the genesis of the story, world-building, fear, prejudice and preconceptions, a romantic foil, stretching the Prime Directive, a cosmozoan, everyone has something to do, what’s next for James and where to find him.

News
Welcome (00:01:34)

Feature: James Swallow
James First Time in TOS (00:04:40)
Genesis of the Story (00:05:26)
Wonderful World-building (00:11:30)
Fear (00:17:47)
Prejudice and Preconceptions (00:24:05)
Romantic Foil (00:27:27)
Stretching the Prime Directive (00:30:00)
The Idea for the Cosmozoan (00:37:00)
Everyone Has Something to Do (00:42:45)
What’s Next for James (00:54:18)
Finding James Online (00:57:32)
Final Thoughts (00:59:22)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
James Swallow

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

Direct download: lt-142.mp3
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141: Plastic Cage of Emotion

Gold Key: Vol. 2: Part 2.

The Gold Key comics: The Star Trek that might have been. Though the stories may be somewhat ridiculous and the artwork might not quite look like the Star Trek we know and love, there is still a lot to enjoy about these stories from Star Trek’s early days. Giant space genies, disembodied Vulcan boogeymen, and swashbuckling pirates are the subject of this week’s episode!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the second half of Gold Key Comics Vol. 2. We discuss Spectre of the Sun, The Brain Shockers, The Flight of the Buccaneer and give our rankings.

In the news segment we talk about the latest book news from Margaret Clark.

News
Book News from Margaret Clark (00:02:01)

Feature: Gold Key Vol.2: Part 2
Love These Nights (00:07:21)
Spectre of the Sun (00:07:53)
The Brain Shockers (00:21:53)
The Flight of the Buccaneer (00:32:38)
Rankings (00:39:49)
Final Thoughts (00:42:54)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

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

Direct download: lt-141.mp3
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