129: SPECTRE Octopus

Seekers 4: All That’s Left.

Seeking out strange new worlds and new civilizations was not just the mission of the Enterprise, there were many other ships in Starlet who boldly went forth to do just that and the crew of the Endeavor was no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore to talk about their latest book in the Seekers series, All That’s Left. We discuss continuing Seekers, a new spin on an old idea, character work, the title, technology, progress and information, artwork, the future of Seekers and what’s next for these gentlemen.

In the news segment we discuss Ongoing #52 and the penultimate Star Trek/Green Lantern issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Dayton Ward
Kevin Dilmore

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)

News
We’ll Let Dayton Tell You (00:02:35)
Ongoing #51 (00:03:00)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #5 (00:07:14)

Feature: All That’s Left
Introduction (00:12:13)
Continuing Seekers (00:12:56)
New Spin on an Old Idea (00:17:56)
Character Work (00:23:40)
The Title (00:33:38)
Technology, Progress and Information (00:36:21)
Artwork (00:50:45)
The Future of Seekers (00:56:43)
What’s Next? (01:00:02)
Final Thoughts (01:14:46)

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128: The Picard Finger Wave

Assimilation²: Volume 2.

Doctor Who and Star Trek both continue to delight fans and create new converts even though they have both been around for 50 years and as each new generation finds them, the inevitable question becomes, “What would happen if the two shows crossed over?”. Luckily there are comics to answer that question!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation²: Volume 2. We discuss Dan’s progression through Doctor Who, a shift in the comic series, fun things, negotiating with the Borg, the ending and some things we liked and didn’t.

In the news segment we mention a few interesting celebrations.

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)

News
Celebrations (00:01:33)

Feature: Assimilation²: Volume 2
Where Dan is in Doctor Who (00:05:23)
Shift in the Series (00:09:45)
Fun Things (00:24:54)
Negotiating With the Borg (00:31:50)
The Ending (00:34:46)
Liked or Didn’t (00:36:32)
Final Thoughts (00:39:35)

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127: Cardassian Out of the Bag

Fearful Symmetry.

Deep Space Nine was the first Star Trek series since the original to make use of the Mirror Universe and as the relaunch series worked it’s way to telling the showdown with the Ascendents, a wrinkle was thrown in as Iliana Ghemmor from the prime universe was revealed to be the one behind Taran’atar’s recent madness and that was only the beginning of her diabolical plan to become the only Kira in the multiverse.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Fearful Symmetry. We discuss a couple quick notes, the gimmick, the “present day” story, the backstory, fanning the flames of fanaticism, the Sisko, our ratings and how the new series might affect the books.

In the news segment we look at Star Trek: Hollow Man, the latest photo comic.

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)

News
Star Trek: Hollow Man (00:02:25)

Feature: Fearful Symmetry
A Couple of Notes (00:13:09)
An Interesting Gimmick (00:15:43)
“Present Day” Side (00:25:55)
Backstory (00:29:35)
Fanning the Flames of Fanaticism (00:35:10)
The Sisko (00:39:45)
Ratings (00:46:49)
New Star Trek Series and the Books (00:50:35)

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126: From a Certain Point of View

Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again.

The film era of TOS is rife with story possibilities since there is so much time between The Motion Picture and The Undiscovered Country and the films only give us a small percentage of the story, leaving space for the authors to fill in the details.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again. We discuss the interesting era and character growth, self-determination, the world not revolving around our world, honesty and government, the media and the truth, wrapping up with our ratings.

In our news segment we remind everyone Seekers 4 is out and talk about the latest information on books coming out next year, Force and Motion and Miasma.

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)

News
Seekers 4 is Out (00:02:48)
Force and Motion (00:04:17)
Miasma (00:07:07)

Feature: The Darkness Drops Again
Interesting Era and Character Growth (00:16:36)
Self-Determination (00:22:44)
The World Does Not Revolve Around Your World (00:31:58)
Honestly and Government (00:35:45)
The Media and Truth (00:43:35)
Ratings (00:51:48)
Final Thoughts (00:53:33)

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125: The Prophets' Dynamic Duo

Warpath.

Deep Space Nine was the one Star Trek series that was not afraid to show the darker side of the universe, so it should come as no surprise to readers of the relaunch novels that the books continued that tradition as the story continued to unfold.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about David Mack’s book Warpath. We discuss going from bad to worse, lack of direction, main characters that aren’t main, Prynn and Vaughn, setup syndrome, a trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith, person and our ratings.

In the news segment we judge the cover to James Swallow’s upcoming book The Latter Fire, talk about the latest issue of Star Trek/Green Lantern and Ongoing’s 50th issue.

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)

News
The Latter Fire Cover (00:01:55)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #4 (00:07:58)
Star Trek Ongoing #50 (00:10:16)

Feature: Warpath
Mirror Universe Series (00:17:03)
From Bad to Worse (00:18:32)
Lack of Direction (00:22:08)
Main Characters That Aren’t Main (00:29:25)
Prynn and Vaughn (00:31:25)
Setup Syndrome (00:35:16)
Trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith (00:38:34)
Personhood (00:43:26)
Ratings (00:46:59)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

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124: Insert a Shudder Here

The Dominion: Olympus Descending.

As Deep Space Nine ended, The Dominion was left in disarray, they had lost the war and found themselves without clear direction. As Odo rejoins the Link he works to influence it, sharing his experiences among the solids with the changeling community, with the hope of fostering change, but something else has captivated the Link and it’s nothing Odo could have ever predicted.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the last Worlds of DS9 book Olympus Descending. We discuss Great Link confusion, Changeling culture, some long awaited resolution, a really hard time, what we place our faith in, massive disappointments and our ratings.

No news this week as Dan is in the infirmary.

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)

News
A Quick Message (00:01:15)

Feature: Olympus Descending
Worlds of DS9 (00:03:32)
Great Link Confusion (00:04:45)
Changeling Course (00:06:30)
Long Awaited Resolution (00:18:38)
A Really Hard Time (00:26:06)
What We Place Our Faith In (00:29:52)
Massive Disappointments (00:37:38)
Ratings (00:42:35)
Final Thoughts (00:45:16)

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123: The Line is a Dot to You

James Swallow: Sight Unseen.

The Fall series brought about massive changes for the crew of the Titan as the ship was recalled from the Gum Nebula region and Riker was promoted to Admiral, but the changes continue as the ship receives a new mission and some new crew members.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his book Sight Unseen. We discuss Titan’s new course, Riker and Vale, the new characters, juxtaposition, survival, horror Trek, bringing things back, personal moments, new elements, James’ other projects and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge the cover of Pocket Full of Lies.

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)

News
Judging the “Pocket Full of Lies” Cover (00:02:27)

Feature: James Swallow
Introduction (00:11:19)
Titan’s New Course (00:12:09)
River and Vale (00:17:25)
The New Characters (00:24:41)
Juxtaposition (00:36:05)
Survival (00:43:40)
Horror Trek (00:47:04)
Bringing Things Back (00:52:42)
Personal Moments (00:55:33)
New Elements (00:58:19)
James’ Other Projects (00:59:57)
Final Thoughts (01:11:56)

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122: Foibles of Human Nature

David A. Goodman: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk.

There are very few characters from television, film or literature that loom as large as Captain Kirk, he’s become a part of the cultural zeitgeist alongside Bond, Superman and Darth Vader, but never before has he been presented to the world in his own words.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by David A. Goodman, the editor of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. We discuss where the idea came from for the book, the small clues, merging canon, Star Trek V, the people Kirk bumps into, more books, the artwork and footnotes, wrapping up with our final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Sight Unseen is out.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
David A. Goodman

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)

News
Sight Unseen is Out (00:02:35)

Feature: David A. Goodman
A Treat (00:06:00)
The Idea (00:07:19)
Small Clues (00:18:56)
Merging Canon (00:27:49)
Star Trek V (00:33:00)
People Kirk Meets (00:38:07)
Other Books? (00:43:30)
Coming Up and Online (00:51:10)
The Art (00:53:02)
Footnotes (00:54:34)
Final Thoughts (00:58:21)

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121: Wall Street of the '80s

Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed.

The world of Ferenginar was first seen on Star Trek in the Deep Space Nine episode, Family Business and would only be seen one other time in the series yet the planet was home to some of the show’s most beloved characters so it was an obvious choice to visit again in the Worlds of DS9 books.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther brave the weather on Ferenginar to talk about Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed. We discuss this being a “Ferengi Episode”, how it fits with the rest of the book series, an outsider’s look, rounding out Quark, cleaning up the Ferengi, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news we take a look at the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing, #49.

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)

News
Star Trek Ongoing #49 (00:02:41)

Feature: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed
Ferenginar (00:11:35)
The “Ferengi Episode” (00:12:03)
Does it Fit? (00:22:05)
Outside Looking In (00:26:39)
Rounding Out Quark (00:31:53)
Cleaning Up the Ferengi (00:36:26)
Ratings (00:45:50)
Final Thoughts (00:47:10)

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120: Kathy and Coco are a Beach Boys Song

Kirsten Beyer: Atonement 

The relaunch of Voyager under the direction of Kirsten Beyer has seen the return of the crew and the Full Circle fleet to the Delta Quadrant as well Kathryn Janeway back from the “dead” with the trilogy that began in Protectors coming to a rapid conclusion.  

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Kirsten Beyer to talk about Atonement. We discuss the puzzle pieces coming together, creation, neat cameos, character arcs, B’Elanna, Chakotay and Janeway, downtime, the truth, At-Onement, some of her favorite things and what’s coming next.

In the news segment we talk about the latest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover #3.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Kirsten Beyer

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen

Brandon-Shea Mutala 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek/Green Lantern #3 (00:02:19)

 

Feature: Kirsten Beyer

Thinking Back (00:12:18)

Puzzle Pieces (00:13:56)

Some Creation (00:19:28)

Neat Cameo Appearances (00:28:21)

Talking About Characters (00:31:48)

Back to B’Elanna (00:38:01)

Chakotay and Janeway (00:44:23)

Downtime (00:49:45)

The Truth Will Set You Free (00:51:34)

At-Onement (00:59:58)

Some of Her Favorite Things (01:03:55)

Coming Up Next and Kirsten Online (01:07:11)

Final Thoughts (01:19:11)

 

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