48: Tell Me a Good Story

Editing Star Trek with Margaret Clark.

When it comes to Star Trek novels, it’s the authors who get all the glory. The covers are emblazoned with their names. They’re the ones fielding the questions in interviews. But there’s a whole other side to the process of dreaming up the stories, finding the people who will write them, and getting them into your hands. Those tasks fall upon the editor, and Star Trek is fortunate enough to have not only an extremely talented woman behind the curtain, but someone who is a lifelong Star Trek fan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Margaret Clark, the guiding force behind the Star Trek books, to talk about the process of planning the publication schedule, choosing the basic paths for the characters of the literally universe, and the challenges of publishing mass-market books in an age of digital media and dwindling storefronts. We also learn more about how The Fall came together, the plans for all of 2014, and even a few titles heading our way in 2015. Lastly, we find out what is in the works for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016. In our news segment we take a look at the cover art and blurb for the second Rise of the Federation novel, Christopher L. Bennett’s Tower of Babel.

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Category:Editing -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

47: Are You Going to Quote Kirk to Me Again?

Dayton Ward: Peaceable Kingdoms.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as Dayton Ward joins us to talk about his entry in the series, the final book, Peaceable Kingdoms. Dayton talks about batting clean-up in an epic five-book series, how collaboration between all the authors helped make The Fall such a seamless story, giving Beverly Crusher a meaningful role, and the future of Picard.

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Category:The Fall -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

46: Drama Droid!

Slings and Arrows: The Oppressor’s Wrong.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the second book in the Slings and Arrows series, The Oppressor’s Wrong, which adds to the DS9 episodes “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost” by shedding light on what was happening aboard the Enterprise-E during those events. As it turns out, Admiral Leyton’s plans for a coup d’état extended far beyond Earth and involved treachery worthy of a four-star badmiral.

In our news segment we learn that IDW does indeed plan to make John Byrne’s photo comic an ongoing series, and we review the fourth issue of the Khan comic series that fills in the back story from Into Darkness.

Direct download: lt-046.mp3
Category:The Next Generation -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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