157: Redeeming Voyager

Full Circle.

The Voyager series of books had relaunched with the Homecoming and Spirit Walk duologies but then found it’s story continuing in major ways beyond the Voyager books and a few years ahead of where the relaunch had left off - Enter Kirsten Beyer to save the day and fill in the missing pieces of the story as well as reinvigorate the Voyager series by bringing it “full circle”.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Full Circle. We discuss connecting the dots, character growth, dealing with the major plot points, new characters, lingering storylines and our ratings.

In the news we congratulate Dayton Ward for his Scribe Award and talk about he and Kevin Dillmore’s upcoming Waypoint comic.

News
Scribe Awards Winner (0:02:25)
New Gold Key Comic (00:04:05)

Feature: Full Circle
Official Janeway Mug (00:07:34)
Connecting the Dots (00:09:48)
Character Growth (00:13:41)
Klingon Story (00:19:34)
Dealing With Janeway’s Death (00:23:54)
Judging Voyager (00:28:57)
New Characters (00:33:18)
Plot Threads (00:37:55)
Back in the Delta Quadrant (00:40:50)
Other Plots (00:45:45)
Ratings (00:47:31)
Final Thoughts (00:49:31)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and 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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

156: Back in the Saddle Again

Rules of Accusation: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.

Deep Space Nine: for the past few years, the hallmark of this series has been change. Characters have moved on, the setting has changed, and DS9 doesn't quite feel like it used to. However, every once in awhile, it's good to return to familiar territory. In this week's e-book, we do just that as the old gang of Quark, Rom, Leeta, Zek, and even Odo return to some very familiar roles.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts, Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the new ebook, Rules of Accusation. We have a surprise interview with Paula Block and Terry Erdmann from the Shore Leave convention and then we discuss this latest foray into the Ferengi world with some of the best loved characters from DS9.

In the news segment we talk about the upcoming Boldly Go comic, Ongoing’s penultimate issue, New Visions’ take on The Cage and all the latest news from Shore Leave.

News
Boldly Go Comic (00:03:36)
Ongoing #59 (00:06:26)
New Visions: The Cage (00:12:01)
Shore Leave Convention (00:15:03)
Big News (00:17:20)
Shore Leave Interview (00:22:26)

Feature: Rules of Accusation
The Perfect eBook (00:35:36)
Time With Characters (00:37:48)
Feels Like an Episode (00:42:36)
Fun References (00:44:14)
We Need Blueprints (00:46:43)
1000 PADDs (00:49:43)
Morn (00:51:19)
Ratings (00:55:40)
Final Thoughts (00:58:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

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-156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

155: Invisible Scars

Captain to Captain.

Landmark anniversary years are traditionally a big deal in the Star Trek book world. For the 40th anniversary, we got the amazing Crucible trilogy of novels, as well as an epic multi-part e-book story with Mere Anarchy. It makes sense that for this, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we get another mini-series showcasing the Original Series: Legacies, a trilogy of novels featuring a mystery that dates back to the earliest days of the Enterprise under Captain Robert April!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first book in the Legacies trilogy, Captain to Captain. We discuss a brand new series, previously on the Space Ship Enterprise, legacies, slugs, parallels, the transfer key and connections, The Prime Directive, legacy of the Enterprise, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Rules of Accusation has come out!

News
Rules of Accusation (00:02:51)

Feature: Captain to Captain
A Brand New Series (00:08:58)
Previously on the Space Ship Enterprise (00:14:03)
Legacies (00:23:44)
Slugs (00:26:05)
Parallels (00:29:53)
Transfer Key and Connections (00:34:57)
The Prime Directive (00:43:01)
Legacy of the Enterprise (00:49:15)
Ratings (00:54:12)
Final Thoughts (00:58:50)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and 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-155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

154: I Don’t Speak Romulan

The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing.

The Romulan War, for much of the history of Star Trek, this early conflict between Earth and the Romulan Star Empire lay shrouded in mystery. It was hoped that Star Trek: Enterprise might give us a glimpse of that momentous event, but alas, the series ended too soon. As is often the case, the novels came to the rescue! Now, finally, Star Trek fans could find out what exactly happened during the bloody years of the Romulan War!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing. We discuss the expansive scope, Columbia’s disappearance, character work, media in wartime, war - what is it good for?, losing the NXs, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge The Jackel’s Trick by it’s cover and then talk about the blurb for it as well as Headlong Flight, The Long Mirage, Architects of Infinity and Section 31: Control.

News
Another Cover to Judge (00:02:15)
Headlong Flight Blurb (00:07:29)
The Long Mirage Blurb (00:10:19)
Architects of Infinity Blurb (00:14:17)
Section 31: Control Blurb (00:19:01)

Feature: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing
Continuing the Enterprise Relaunch (00:25:01)
Expansive Scope (00:26:13)
Columbia Disappears (00:39:48)
Character Work (00:41:52)
Media in Wartime (00:52:02)
War, What is it Good For? (00:58:39)
Losing the NXs (01:07:52)
Ratings (01:12:11)
Final Thoughts (01:15:37)

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-154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

153: Troi’s Psychic Back-rubs

Star Trek Classics: Beginnings.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Star Trek: The Next Generation comics done in the style of the old Gold Key comics? Well, wonder no more! Crazy, incoherent plots, characters that only sort-of resemble the ones we know and love, and Starfleet officers acting in morally dubious ways abound in the subject of this week’s episode of Literary Treks!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek Classics: Beginnings. We discuss our long tradition, Where No One Has Gone Before, The Spirit in the Sky, mixing up issues, the Q Trilogy, Here Today, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge Purgatory’s Key and Hell’s Heart by their covers, discuss their blurbs and give our reactions to the news about Waypoint, the new anthology comic coming from IDW.

News
Book Covers to Judge (00:02:54)
Purgatory’s Key Cover and Blurb (00:03:36)
Hell’s Heart Cover and Blurb (00:07:45)
Waypoint Comic (00:15:04)

Feature: Star Trek Classics: Beginnings
A Long Tradition (00:23:33)
Where No One Has Gone Before (00:25:45)
The Spirit in the Sky (00:32:42)
Mixing Up Issues (00:3600:)
The Q Trilogy (00:40:44)
Here Today (01:01:34)
Ratings (01:11:21)
Final Thoughts (01:17:17)

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-153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

152: Little Starbase of Horrors

Force and Motion: Jeffrey Lang.

A buddy-buddy cop movie featuring Nog and O’Brien: what more could die-hard fans of Deep Space Nine wish for? Of course, as we all know, trouble finds these two whenever they leave the station together, and this week’s novel adventure is no different! Throw in disgraced former Captain Ben Maxwell, and you have the makings of a fascinating story exploring an interesting corner of the Star Trek universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Jeffrey Lang to talk about his latest Deep Space Nine novel, Force and Motion. We discuss being back in DS9, a unique story, losing a bro, Benjamin Maxwell, the psychology of Star Trek, an eccentric station, flashbacks and what’s next for Jeff. Note, interview does contain a few colorful metaphors.

In the new segment we talk about the finales of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock.

News

Manifest Destiny #4 (00:03:00)
Legacy of Spock #4 (00:08:13)

Feature: Jeffrey Lang
Been a While (00:15:25)
Back to DS9 (00:16:10)
A Unique Story (00:21:25)
Lost His Bro (00:32:46)
Speaking of Maxwell (00:36:18)
The Psychology of Star Trek (00:41:48)
Eccentric Station (00:50:48)
Flashbacks (00:59:40)
Up Next (01:06:36)
Final Thoughts (01:14:49)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Jeffrey Lang

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-152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

151: Borg Recycling Bin

Star Trek: Avenger.

At the end of William Shatner’s The Return, Captain Kirk found himself in dire circumstances. Sacrificing his life once again to save countless others, it looked as though we had again lost the Starfleet legend. However, in 1997, William Shatner (along with collaborators Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), found themselves once again resurrecting galactic hero James T. Kirk!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about William Shatner’s Star Trek: Avenger. We discuss coming back to the book, the Federation’ existential and ecological crisis, a group with questionable policies, Kirk as Sarek’s “Son”, Kirk avenging, the return…again, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we rejoice at the news about Kirsten Beyer’s new writing gig and remind everyone that Jeff Lang’s Force in Motion is out now.

News
KMFB News (00:02:27)
Force in Motion (00:07:29)

Feature: Star Trek: Avenger
Last Time in the Star Trek Universe (00:09:30)
Back to Avenger (00:11:05)
The Federation’s Existential and Ecological Crisis (00:14:01)
A Group With Questionable Policies (00:29:28)
Kirk as Sarek’s “Son” (00:37:38)
Kirk Avenging (00:44:03)
The Return… Again (00:48:18)
Ratings (00:56:47)
Final Thoughts (01:01:30)

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-151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT



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