Enigma Tales: Una McCormack.

Garak has gone from spy to revolutionary to ambassador to castellan of the Cardassian Union in just a few short years. In that time, Cardassia has changed immensely. But the people of Cardassia still share a lot of guilt, and ghosts of the past may be rising again to ruin the lives of some of Cardassia's finest. Now, it is up to Dr. Kate Pulaski to discover the truth before it is too late!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack to talk about her new novel, DS9: Enigma Tales. We discuss the plot, the characters, some historical touchstones that the story parallels, the nature of Cardassian enigma tales, the state of Dr. Bashir, and wrap up with Una's upcoming projects and where you can find her online. Please note: the first part of the feature is spoiler-free, and we get into spoilers for the second half.

In the news segment, we have a link to a short supplemental to Dayton Ward's Klingon Travel Guide: "7 Common Offworlder Questions Klingons Are Tired of Hearing."

News
Something Different (00:02:28)
Questions about the Klingon Travel Guide (00:03:36)

Feature: Una McCormack
Special Guest (00:06:06)
Una and Garak (00:06:41)
The Plot (00:08:03)
Character Rundown (00:11:11)
Married to Each Other (00:23:26)
Historical Touchstones (00:26:52)
A Funny Book (00:32:09)
Garak's Relationships (00:38:21)
Leading Cardassia (00:39:41)
Enigma Tales (00:42:01)
The State of Bashir (00:46:56)
What's Next for Una (00:52:29)
Final Thoughts (00:55:59)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Una McCormack

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)

Direct download: lt-197.mp3
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Shield of the Gods.

The Department of Temporal Investigations is responsible for maintaining the timeline, preventing galaxy-ending paradoxes, and stopping temporal criminals. Their track record for meeting these goals has been put in jeopardy by a criminal named Daiyar who intends to use an item stolen from the DTI's vault to change history, and it's up to the agents to put an end to her scheme.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the latest DTI e-novella, Shield of the Gods. We talk about Daiyar's scheme, character vs. plot, the Aegis Prime Directive, the Deltan concept of love, Ranjea's ultimate fate, the meaning of the title, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we mention the imminent releases of Eaglemoss's Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection volume 2 and Dayton Ward's Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire.

News
Eaglemoss: The Graphic Novel Collection Volume 2 (00:03:07)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide (00:04:33)

Feature: Shield of the Gods
New Ebook (00:06:20)
The Plot (00:09:16)
Character vs. Plot (00:16:26)
Aegis (00:19:15)
Protect Those You Love (00:34:50)
Are You Lonely Tonight? (00:42:36)
Ranjea's Fate (00:45:20)
The Title (00:51:48)
Ratings (00:55:13)
Final Thoughts (00:56:55)

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)

Direct download: lt-196.mp3
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Q-Space.

When Q appears on the bridge of the Enterprise-E to stop a scientific experiment, Picard is understandably annoyed. Defying Q, the Enterprise presses on in its attempt to breach the galactic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way. However, they may be in over their heads as cosmic forces collide that may spell doom for the crew of the Enterprise and the rest of the galaxy!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the first book in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Space by Greg Cox. We talk about the Enterprise's mission to the galactic barrier, Q's vulnerability, the cliffhanger ending of the novel, some fun bits in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the recently announced release date for David Mack's Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, and we review the latest comic, issue #2 of Mirror Broken.

News
Desperate Hours Release Date (00:03:13)
Mirror Broken #2 (00:11:53)

Feature: Q-Space
More TNG (00:19:28)
The Galactic Barrier (00:25:33)
Q's Vulnerability (00:32:31)
Cliffhanger (00:43:10)
Some Minor Points (00:51:43)
Ratings (00:58:52)
Final Thoughts (01:02:56)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

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)

Direct download: lt-195.mp3
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Ghost Ship.

On Literary Treks, we have reviewed the first original novel of each of the Star Trek series. Now it's time for our attention to turn to The Next Generation, and a very unique novel that shows us a take on TNG that was written with very little of the actual show to work with. Is the story representative of what we would come to know from the crew of the Enterprise-D, or is it a pale reflection that is nearly unrecognizable?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about TNG #1: Ghost Ship by Diane Carey. We discuss our first experiences with the book, the plot of the novel, how closely the characters match their on-screen counterparts, our thoughts on the main conflict, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge the cover of the upcoming DS9: Original Sin, discuss the upcoming books Star Trek Beyond – The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline, and the second volumes of Dark Horse's Star Trek Adult Coloring Books. We also review two comics: New Visions #16 and Boldly Go #9.

News
Original Sin Cover and Blurb (00:02:11)
Kelvin Timeline Books (00:09:29)
Star Trek Coloring Books (00:16:11)
New Visions #16 (00:27:14)
Boldly Go #9 (00:27:14)

Feature: Ghost Ship
First Original TNG Novel (00:31:37)
Experiences (00:32:58)
The Plot (00:37:22)
The Characters (00:43:29)
Riker (00:59:44)
Yar (01:11:33)
Rest of the Characters (01:18:43)
The Creature (01:24:08)
Life and Death (01:28:25)
Ratings (01:32:27)
Final Thoughts (01:38:14)

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)

Direct download: lt-194.mp3
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Hearts and Minds.

Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien world with a dark link to Earth's past. When the captain and his away team are arrested for crimes supposedly committed by a sinister agency in the 21st century, it's up to them to discover the truth about what happened. Did travellers from Earth cause millions of deaths on a planet hundreds of light-years away?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new novel, Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, Taurik and Admiral Akaar, alt-fact history, Dayton's research methods, Captain Picard's future in Starfleet, ask some questions posed by listeners, and end with Dayton's upcoming projects.

In the news segment, Dayton Ward talks about his upcoming Klingon Travel Guide, reveals that both it and the Vulcan guide will soon be available in e-book format as well, and talk about the upcoming Star Trek Adventures table-top RPG.

News
Klingon Travel Guide (00:02:49)
Star Trek Adventures RPG (00:12:37)

Feature: Hearts and Minds
A Sequel (00:18:13)
Tattletale (00:20:14)
Picard's Actions (00:26:57)
Alt-fact History (00:32:27)
References (00:45:19)
Jean-Luc's Futures (00:51:08)
Questions From the Fans (01:02:42)
Coming Up Next (01:13:31)
Final Thoughts (01:16:35)

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)

Direct download: lt-193.mp3
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Doctor's Orders.

For a ship's surgeon, Dr. McCoy tends to spend an awful lot of time on the bridge of the Enterprise, usually grousing to Captain Kirk about his command decisions. The tables are turned on the good doctor when Kirk decides to leave him in command while visiting an alien world. However, when Captain Kirk disappears, McCoy must remain in command until he is found. Will the doctor find himself in over his head?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the classic Diane Duane novel Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species of the planet Flyspeck, when the story is set, Diane Duane's fascination with starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Christopher L. Bennett's annotations for his novel The Face of the Unknown and review two comics: Boldly Go #8 and Waypoint #5.

News
The Face of the Unknown Annotations (00:02:54)
Boldly Go #8 (00:06:35)
Waypoint #5 (00:14:50)

Feature: Doctor's Orders
Oldie but a Goodie (00:24:46)
Doctor on the Bridge (00:28:58)
Three Species (00:38:38)
When Does This Story Take Place? (00:59:52)
Intricate Maneuvers (01:05:14)
Where We Belong (01:10:31)
Ratings (01:16:26)
Final Thoughts (01:19:30)

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)

Direct download: lt-192.mp3
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The Entropy Effect.

When Captain Kirk is killed in a vicious attack, Spock must navigate his way through an impossible time-bending paradox to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened. However, it is not only Captain Kirk's life that hangs in the balance, but the fate of the entire universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the first Pocket Books original Star Trek novel, The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre. We talk about our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the Star Trek authors who have been nominated for this year's Scribe awards, judge the cover of the upcoming Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, and review two comics: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6 and TNG: Mirror Broken #1.

News
Scribe Award Nominees (00:02:51)
Patterns of Interference Cover (00:05:13)
Stranger Worlds #6 (00:08:07)
Broken Mirror #1 (00:15:31)

Feature: The Entropy Effect
Star Trek #2 (00:21:52)
First Time (00:23:09)
The Setting (00:26:28)
Sulu Bond (00:31:19)
Hunter and Her Squadron (00:37:16)
Spider Links (00:48:31)
Time, Time, and More Time (00:55:54)
Ratings (01:02:17)
Final Thoughts (01:06:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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)

Direct download: lt-191.mp3
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Q-Squared.

During the original five-year mission, Captain Kirk and his crew found themselves at the mercy of a seemingly-omnipotent being: Trelane. Discovering that he was merely an out-of-control child, Trelane was corralled by his parents, members of the Q Continuum. However, he has now returned to exact vengeance on a new generation...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Amy Nelson to talk about Peter David's novel Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news segment, we review Mirror Broken #0, talk about the upcoming Juan Ortiz artbook featuring his TNG works, and rate the cover for the Klingon Empire Travel Guide by Dayton Ward.

News
Free Comic Book Day (00:03:37)
The Art of Juan Ortiz (00:21:37)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide Cover (00:23:35)

Feature: Q-Squared
Original Experiences (00:26:47)
Trelane a Q? (00:30:14)
The Love Triangle (00:36:40)
The Galactic Nonentity (00:51:05)
Tracks A, B and C (00:59:01)
Funny Moments (01:09:15)
He's Only a Child (01:12:10)
Ratings (01:17:41)
Final Thoughts (01:22:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

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)

Direct download: lt-190.mp3
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Enemy Unseen, Part 2.

100 years earlier, a malevolent entity that feeds on fear threatened the crew of the Enterprise under Captain Kirk and framed Scotty for murder. At the time, Redjac, also known as Jack the Ripper, was thought to have been banished for all eternity. However, he has returned to terrorize the crew of another Enterprise!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson present part two of our discussion about the Star Trek comics collection, Enemy Unseen, which includes the story Embrace the Wolf. We talk about a sequel to "Wolf in the Fold," Redjac, the unorthodox method used to defeat him, overcoming our fears, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss a pair of interviews with the creators of the TNG mirror universe comic story Mirror Broken, announce that the UK Comics collection #3 is available for pre-order, judge the cover of the new DTI novella Shield of the Gods, and talk about David Mack's upcoming original novel The Midnight Front.

News
Interview with J.K. Woodward (00:05:19)
Interview with the Tipton Brothers (00:08:45)
Classic UK Comics Vol. 3 (00:11:12)
DTI: Sheild of the Gods Cover (00:13:41)
The Midnight Front (00:16:03)

Feature: Enemy Unseen, Part 2
Embrace the Wolf (00:22:13)
The Art (00:24:19)
The Story (00:25:54)
Worf on the Holodeck (00:33:52)
Defeating Red Jack (00:35:37)
The Killing Shadows (00:39:36)
Ratings (00:45:04)
Final Thoughts (00:47:30)

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)

Direct download: lt-189.mp3
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Dark Victory.

James T. Kirk has faced many enemies over the course of his life: Klingons, Khan, Romulans, and countless others. However, none of them will prove as worthy an opponent as his most dreaded enemy: himself! The mirror universe shows us dark reflections of ourselves, and Kirk's counterpart, Tiberius, is the deadliest of them all!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the William Shatner novel, Dark Victory, book two in his Mirror Universe trilogy. We talk about the plot, Project Sign, the pacing, a lack of trust, the legend of the Preservers, Kirk trying to outrun death, and our ratings.

In the news, we review two comics: New Visions 15: The Traveler, and Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6.

News
New Visions #15 (00:04:25)
Stranger Worlds #5 (00:12:52)

Feature: Dark Victory
The Shatnerverse (00:19:32)
The Story (00:21:55)
Project Sign (00:29:49)
Pacing (00:37:48)
Secrets Among Friends (00:48:43)
The Preservers (00:51:55)
Nonstop Kirk (00:55:49)
Ratings (01:00:40)
Final Thoughts (01:04:37)

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)

Direct download: lt-188.mp3
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