162: The Lukewarm War

To Brave the Storm. John Jackson Miller in News.

The Romulan War: a pivotal conflict in the history of the Star Trek universe. This clash of civilizations would bring humanity to the brink of destruction and lay the groundwork for the formation of the Federation. This week, we look at the definitive chronicle of that momentous event and discover how the crew of the NX-01 faced down the existential threat of the Romulan Star Empire.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Enterprise: To Brave the Storm. We discuss if the book covers enough, the pacing, Mayweather returning, T’Pau’s change of heart, Romulans, Trip and T’Pol, what might have been and ratings.

In a very special news segment we are joined by John Jackson Miller to preview his new trilogy Star Trek Prey as well as the news that Kirsten Beyer is shepherding the Star Trek Discovery books and comics.

News: John Jackson Miller
Very Special Guest (00:02:18)
Previewing Prey (00:03:16)
The Book Cover (00:19:25)
Things’s He’s Excited For (00:22:49)
Release Dates (00:24:50)
Find John Online (00:30:30)
Discovery Books and Comics (00:32:14)

Feature: To Brave the Storm
Does This Cover Enough (00:47:34)
Strange Pacing (00:54:31)
Mayweather Returns (00:57:23)
T’Pau Goes to War (00:59:58)
Slow Motion (01:05:05)
The Romulans (01:09:28)
Trip and T’Pol (01:12:21)
What Might Have Been (01:19:06)
Ratings (01:19:06)
Final Thoughts (01:22:25)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
John Jackson Miller

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

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161: The Stardates of Our Lives

Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David.

Peter David’s prolific writing career in Star Trek began in DC Comics in 1988 and would continue in comics though 2008. With such a plethora of material, IDW has begun curating collections for fans so they can experience them all over again or for the first time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David. We discuss the issues Retrospect, A Rude Awakening, Great Expectations, Tomorrow Never Knows and Once a Hero, then give our ratings.

In the new we talk about the upcoming Hidden Travel Guide for Qo’noS and The Klingon Empire.

News
Hidden Travel Guide: Qo’noS And The Klingon Empire (00:02:35)

Feature: The Best of Peter David
A Little Trepidatious (00:12:44)
Retrospect (00:14:45)
A Rude Awakening (00:32:14)
Great Expectations (00:39:25)
Tomorrow Never Knows (00:44:01)
Once a Hero (00:48:47)
Ratings (00:52:50)
Final Thoughts (00:56:18)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

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160: Archangel Seven of Nine

Unworthy.

When the crew of Voyager finally returned to the Alpha Quadrant after seven years on the far side of the galaxy, they never thought they would have to return. Now, on a long-term mission of exploration, they find themselves back in uncharted space, confronting not only familiar faces, but new life and new civilizations, as well as something they have long been unfamiliar with: character development!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Unworthy. We discuss Kirsten’s writing of Voyager, the books mysteries, playing god, Tom and Harry, how well we know our friends, identity and ratings.

In the news this week we judge the book covers for Time Lock and Hall of Heroes plus discuss the blurb for the last Prey novel.

News
Time Lock Cover (00:02:25)
Prey: Hall of Heroes Cover and Blurb (00:07:32)

Feature: Unworthy
Continuing With Kirsten Beyer Voyager (00:14:55)
Writing Voyager (00:15:22)
Mysteries (00:26:18)
Playing God (00:35:51)
Tom and Harry (00:42:37)
Do You Know Your Friends? (00:51:51)
Identity (00:55:41)
Ratings (00:59:39)
Final Thoughts (01:03:12)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

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

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159: The Twilight Zone

Best Defense: David Mack.

A dangerous rescue mission into a confusing alternate reality. A critical peace conference between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is threatened. The Enterprise and her crew up against impossible odds. And for Leonard McCoy, the stakes are far more personal than he could possibly imagine. The epic Star Trek 50th anniversary trilogy continues!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome David Mack to talk about his latest book Star Trek Legacies: Best Defense. We discuss writing TOS, the transfer key, the story, characters, new dimensions and aliens, plus what’s coming up next for David.

For news we celebrate the last issue of Star Trek Ongoing and look at the 50th anniversary cover special.

News
The Last Issue of Ongoing (00:02:17)
50th Anniversary Cover Special (00:08:29)

Feature: David Mack
Legacies Two (00:14:05)
Writing TOS (00:14:41)
Mining TOS (00:19:00)
The Transfer Key (00:20:44)
Organian Peace Treaty Talks (00:24:13)
Intersting Diplomats (00:29:32)
Multifaceted People (00:33:36)
Great Character Moments (00:35:04)
Development for Bones (00:37:44)
Facets of Kirk (00:42:22)
New Dimensions (00:46:54)
Slugs (00:56:22)
Making it Personal (00:58:21)
Recommendations (00:59:45)
Up Next for David (01:04:56)
Final Thoughts (01:12:26)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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)

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158: Captain John Tesh

Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine.

Writers and artists often struggle to properly emulate the style of a show when adapting Star Trek to comics, especially in the early days of a series. We've recently seen examples of comics wildly missing the mark! However, when it is done well, the results can be impressive. Such is the case with the Deep Space Nine tales we are looking at this week!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine. We discuss it being so much fun, Stowaway part I and II, Old Wounds, Emancipation part I and II, Hostage Situation and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the announcement of another Star Trek/Green Lantern Crossover.

News
More Star Trek/Green Lantern (00:03:50)

Feature: Best of Deep Space Nine
So Much Fun (00:08:05)
An Admission (00:10:51)
Stowaway Part I & II (00:10:51)
Old Wounds (00:21:26)
Emancipation Part I & II (00:30:17)
Hostage Situation (00:40:01)
Ratings (00:44:17)
Final Thoughts (00:48:20)

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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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)

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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)

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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
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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)

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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
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