The Escape.

Time travel has been covered a lot in Star Trek. Starfleet characters often find themselves thrown about the space-time continuum, usually in some sort of unintended accident. But what if there was a society out there whose entire civilization was based on controlled and regulated time travel? Torres, Neelix, and Kim find themselves at the mercy of just such a society, having inadvertently broken their highest law. The punishment? Death.

This week on Literary Treks, Brandon Shea-Mutala joins hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson to help continue our look at the first original novels of each Star Trek series by going back to the very beginning of Voyager with The Escape. We discuss why this book, how well the authors capture the tone of Voyager and its characters, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters of Kjanders and Drickel, some impractical shoes, and end with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we discuss the current Pocket Books release schedule, reveal some upcoming DS9 titles, rate the cover for Enigma Tales, and review issue #7 of Boldly Go.

News
Changes in the Book Schedule (00:03:44)
Enigma Tales Cover (00:11:17)
Boldly Go #7 (00:15:27)

Feature: The Escape
Voyager #2 (00:24:58)
The Title (00:29:37)
Capturing Voyager (00:33:49)
The Plot (00:40:17)
Inflexible Bureaucracies (00:52:10)
Kjanders and Drickel (00:58:52)
Impractical Shoes (01:02:52)
Ratings (01:04:49)
Final Thoughts (01:08:37)

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-187.mp3
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Section 31: Control: David Mack.

Section 31: The Federation's dirty little secret. Amoral, operating in the shadows, and accountable to no one, the secretive group has become a cancer in the body of the Federation. But what are Section 31's true origins? And can Julian Bashir finally succeed in bringing them down once and for all?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David Mack to talk about his latest novel, Section 31: Control. We discuss the origins of the story, the surveillance state, a chapter written in computer code, the nature of the intelligence behind Section 31, the roles of Data and his daughter Lal, Sarina's part in the story, what's next for the Federation, and wrap up with some hints for future Trek novels as well as some upcoming convention appearances for David Mack.

In the news segment, we preview an upcoming George Takei project with IDW comics and review issue number six of Boldly Go.

News
George Takei Graphic Novel (00:02:36)
Boldly Go #6 (00:04:29)
Listener Email (00:15:58)

Feature: David Mack
A Few Years (00:21:50)
The Story Idea (00:23:05)
The Surveillance State (00:32:02)
The Origins of Section 31 (00:43:26)
Uraei's Perspective (00:48:16)
"Aren't You God?" (00:52:43)
Data and Lal (01:04:46)
Fatal Attraction (01:12:58)
Upcoming Works (01:22:38)
Convention Appearances (01:33:34)
Final Thoughts (01:41:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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-186.mp3
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Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream.

Captain Picard and the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise must stop a political assassination by extremists on a newly-admitted Federation world, all while battling their own inner demons thanks to a terrifying telepathic weapon. And the key to defeating that weapon can be found in the most unlikely place: the mind of Jean-Luc Picard!

In this week's episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss "Perchance to Dream" by Keith R.A. Decandido, the first part in IDW's comic collection Enemy Unseen. We talk about Data's dreams, how the Damiano scandal mirrors our own society, Worf's security shortcomings, the crew's inner fears, Picard's multiple personalities, and finish with our ratings.

In the news segment, we preview new comics coming in June from IDW and review issue #4 of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover series, Stranger Worlds.

News
June Comics (00:02:15)
Stranger Worlds #4 (00:09:50)

Feature: Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream
Back Catalogue (00:15:44)
The Artwork (00:16:37)
Issue 1 (00:19:39)
Issue 2 (00:35:19)
Issue 3 (00:48:28)
Picard's Multiple Personalities (00:57:59)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:33)

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-185.mp3
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By the Book.

Season one of Enterprise was a unique time in Star Trek history: for the first time, humans were setting out to explore the galaxy and make first contact with new alien species. Would they jump in with both feet, introducing themselves and their technology with little regard for the consequences, or would they take the slow, measured approach favored by the Vulcans?

In this week's episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss the first original Enterprise novel, By the Book. We talk about the crew's RPG game, Archer's first contact style, how well the novel portrays the series in its early days, the two alien races, Vulcan logic vs. Human impulsiveness, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news, we have a new Hearts and Minds cover to judge and a new Waypoint comic to discuss.

News
Hearts and Minds Cover (00:04:34)
Waypoint #4 (00:10:31)

Feature: By the Book
Enterprise's First Novel (00:32:34)
Star Trek Adventure RPG (00:36:27)
I Told You So (00:42:42)
Early Novel (00:49:16)
The Aliens (00:51:42)
Vulcan Logic vs. Human Impulsiveness (00:56:59)
"A" Story vs "B" Story (01:00:15)
Ratings (01:02:47)
Final Thoughts (01:05:32)

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-184.mp3
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The Long Mirage: David R. George III.

We once again return to everyone's favorite space station, Deep Space Nine! Kira has returned from her time in the celestial temple, Morn is still missing, and Nog wants his friend Vic Fontaine back. All of these stories end up tied together in ways you couldn't possibly imagine!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David R. George III to talk about his latest DS9 adventure, The Long Mirage. We discuss where the characters are now, the possible sentience of Vic Fontaine, Quark's relationships, Ro's choices, Sisko's absence, tying the Vic Fontaine and Morn stories together, faith and belief, and the meaning behind the title.

In the news segment, we preview the Jean-Luc Picard autobiography, anticipate the release of Section 31: Control, review the new Star Trek Deviations comic, and announce the title of David Mack's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel!

News
Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard (00:02:04)
Section 31: Control (00:05:16)
Star Trek Deviations #1 (00:07:30)
Desperate Hours (00:12:18)

Feature: David R. George III
Back on DS9 (00:18:30)
Setting Up (00:19:41)
The Importance of Vic Fontaine (00:28:52)
Morn (00:34:34)
Quark and Ro (00:39:32)
Kira's Perspective (00:49:22)
Sisko (00:52:52)
Tying it All Together (00:56:41)
Faith and Belief (01:09:02)
Meaning of the Title (01:22:21)
On the Horizon (01:25:51)
Final Thoughts (01:30:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David R. George III

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-183.mp3
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Star Trek: Countdown.

When the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek film hit theaters in 2009, audiences were left with a lot of questions: who is this Nero guy? Why does he have a super-powerful mining ship? And what exactly happened before he and Spock travelled to the 23rd century via black hole? Thankfully, those questions and more were answered if you were fortunate enough to read some well-timed IDW Star Trek comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the four-issue comic miniseries Countdown. We discuss each of the issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and conclude with our ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about upcoming comics for May, a special preview of issue number one of Mirror Broken, and an exciting sale on Star Trek comics at Comixology!

News
Comics Coming in May (00:03:39)
Comixology Sale (00:15:10)

Feature: Countdown
In 2009 (00:20:59)
Issue 1 (00:24:23)
Differences From the Book (00:32:51)
Issue 2 (00:38:13)
Issue 3 (00:46:02)
Issue 4 (00:59:39)
Ratings (01:06:52)
Final Thoughts (01:09:50)

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-182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Siege.

In 1993, a new Star Trek series hit the airwaves: Deep Space Nine, a darker, grittier Trek set aboard space station. Like every new Star Trek series, a line of original novels was produced by Pocket Books, and the first book in that series would be penned by none other than Trek literary legend, Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and special guest Brandon Shea-Mutala discuss the first original Deep Space Nine novel, The Siege. We talk about the links to season one of DS9, how well Peter David captures the voices of the characters, the violence of the story, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.

In the news segment, we share our thoughts on the new comics Boldly Go issue 5, and Stranger Worlds issue 3.

News
Boldly Go #5 (00:04:33)
Stranger Worlds #3 (00:07:37)

Feature: The Siege
Classic Deep Space Nine (00:18:00)
References to Season One (00:19:38)
Character Match (00:23:08)
A Violent Station (00:31:06)
Babylon 5 - "Believers" (00:35:22)
It's a Good Law (00:43:56)
The Villain (00:48:13)
Ratings (00:54:49)
Final Thoughts (00:58:11)

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-181.mp3
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180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep

Headlong Flight: Dayton Ward.

A long term mission of exploration far beyond the boundaries of the Federation has yielded many surprising discoveries, but none more surprising than the crew of the Enterprise-E crossing not only temporal boundaries, but dimensional ones as well. In the latest TNG novel, generations and realities collide as the crew of the Enterprise-E meets the crew of an alternate timeline's Enterprise-D!

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and Matthew Rushing are joined by renowned Trek author Dayton Ward about his latest book in The Next Generation, Headlong Flight. We ask him about alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.

For the news we review the latest New Visions issues, #14.

News
New Visions #14 (00:02:44)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Yet Again (00:11:36)
A Synopsis (00:12:59)
Spoilers (00:15:00)
An Alternate Take (00:18:53)
Wanting Data Back (00:22:34)
Captain's Shadow (00:26:53)
Wesley Crusher (00:30:19)
Chen (00:34:13)
The Romulans (00:38:18)
One Big Decision (00:44:41)
Easter Eggs (00:51:10)
Hints for the Future (00:52:31)
A Sly Reference (00:54:13)
Coming Next (00:56:11)
Final Thoughts (01:02:41)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Dayton Ward
Matthew Rushing

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)

Direct download: lt-180.mp3
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179: Space Cats

Star Trek IDW Comics: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson.

As fans, we get our Star Trek fix in many different forms: television, film, novels, and comics. And no comic publisher has been quite so prolific as IDW when it comes to publishing Star Trek stories! Waypoint, Ongoing, Boldly Go, New Visions, and Stranger Worlds are just a few of the titles that IDW publishes on a regular basis.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson from IDW to the show! We ask them about their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and then ask some questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.

In the news segment we discuss how the delay of Star Trek: Discovery will affect the book and comic release schedule and share our thoughts on the newest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic.

News
Delayed Discovery Book (00:02:10)
Stranger Worlds #2 (00:06:54)

Feature: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson
Comic Creators (00:12:31)
Coming to Star Trek (00:13:37)
Working Together (00:18:23)
Boldly Go (00:24:10)
Crossovers (00:28:43)
Waypoint (00:32:24)
New Comics Coming Up (00:36:02)
Listener Questions (00:37:50)
Final Thoughts (00:52:31)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Sarah Gaydos
Mike Johnson

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)

Direct download: lt-179.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

178: James Kirk into James Bond

Spectre.

Captain James T. Kirk: a name that has blazed across the quadrant for over a hundred years, shaping political events and influencing hundreds of worlds. However, his influence is not limited merely to our universe. During his first five-year mission, Kirk convinced Spock from the Mirror Universe to rebel against the evil Terran Empire, and the consequences of that action have now caught up with the Starfleet legend in the 24th century!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Matthew Rushing to talk about William Shatner's Spectre. We discuss the Shatnerverse, Kirk in the 24th century, responsibility, Kirk and Scotty, looking in the mirror, Janeway, a mirror imposter, the prime directive and our ratings.

In the news we review Waypoint #3.

News
Waypoint # 3 (00:04:33)

Feature: Spectre
The Shatnerverse (00:23:07)
Kirk in the 24th Century (00:28:13)
Weight of Responsibility (00:35:49)
Kirk and Scotty (00:40:19)
Looking in the Mirror (00:43:23)
Kate Janeway (00:51:58)
Mirror Imposter (00:56:44)
The Prime Directive (01:00:26)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Matthew Rushing

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)

Direct download: lt-178.mp3
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