65: The Night Belongs to the Mugato

Serpents In the Garden.

In the classic episode "A Private Little War," Captain Kirk took it upon himself to balance the power between two factions on a primitive world when it is discovered that the Klingons are backing one side. It was a story that demanded a follow-up, but one never came. Until now. In his new novel Serpents In the Garden, Jeff Mariotte puts now-Admiral Kirk back into battle on Neural when it is learned that the Klingons may once more be interfering in the planet's affairs. Taking matters into his own hands yet again, Kirk embarks on a secret mission to expose the Klingons while trying to minimize the damage that he may have caused decades earlier.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to discuss the book, the use of red shirts, an invicible Kirk, and a more mugatos than you can shake a fire stick at. We also explore the naivity of intervention and how the story both succeeds and fails depending on how you approach it.

In our news segment we share initial thoughts on IDW's graphic adaptation of Harlan Ellison's original script for "The City On the Edge of Forever," learn about Highscore Music's upcoming German audio drama adaptation of Death In Winter, and take a peek at IDW's September Star Trek comics lineup. 

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64: A Sense of Isolation

David R. George III: One Constant Star.

Many fans know Demora Sulu merely as the daughter of Hikaru and helmsman of the Enterprise-B. We only catch a glimpse of her in Generations, but as the literary universe has evolved we've come to know her through novels like The Captain's Daughter and Serpents Among the Ruins. For David R. George III, Demora has been an important character and the relationship between her and Captain John Harriman has been central to his view of the Lost Era—the time period between 2293 and 2369. Returning to the Lost Era for the first time in nine years, David's new novel brings us back to Demora, who is now captain of the Enterprise-B.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther of TrekLit Reviews sits in for Matthew as we're joined by David to discuss the genesis of the novel, his goals in exploring the relationship between Demora, Hikaru, and Harriman, what it was like returning to the Lost Era after writing so much 24th-century political fatigue, the sense of isolation that pervades Demora's life, and the sense of responsibility that friends and colleagues have for one another. In our news segment we look Cross Cult's covers for a new German edition of Greg Cox's Eugenics Wars duology.

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63: Worfan the Barbarian

The Killing Shadows.

What do you get when you cross Star Trek with G.I. Joe, Xena Warrior Princess, and ancient Japanese culture? Easy. You get WildStorm's four-part comic series The Killing Shadows. Published between November 2000 and February 2001, The Killing Shadows is a story about a mysterious alien invasion force, free will, and fighting. But mostly fighting. It was the second and final dedicated TNG comic series published by WildStorm, and features the return of an unlikely ally.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by the crew of Earl Grey—Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx—to discuss this unusual adventure, the telepathic capabilities of Vulcan, Romulans, and Betazoids, questionable Klingon fashion sense, and why you should be careful not to let comic stunt doubles wander into the frame.

In news we find out about Scott Pearson's upcoming TOS eNovella The More Things Change, and take a quick first look at Star Trek Ongoing #33, "Lost Apollo, Part 1."

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62: From the Time of Kahless

Keith R.A. DeCandido talks The Klingon Art of War.

Every Star Trek fans knows the Klingons, and every fan of TNG onward has heard of Kahless. We know that Klingons are warriors, but what has shaped their society into one that lives for the battle? Passed down from the time of Kahless, ten precepts have shaped Klingon culture and indoctrinated Klingons in the way of the warrior. Unfortunately, we don't all read Klingon; and so these precepts have eluded us. No longer.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author Keith DeCandido to discuss his new translation that allows people from all walks of life—and all worlds—to harness ancient Klingon wisdom and learn to embody courage, discipline, and honor.

In our news segment we also bring you a review of John Byrne's new photo comic, "The Mirror, Cracked," which follow up on the classic TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror."

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61: John Jacob Jingleheimer Harriman

Serpents Among the Ruins.

The Tomed Incident is a famous event in Star Trek history. But like so many such incidents, it's something we've heard in passing dialogue but never really learned much about. It was mentioned in three episodes of TNG—"The Neutral Zone," "The Defector," and "The Pegasus"—and one episode of Enterprise—"These Are the Voyages…" Okay... so four episodes of TNG. But what actually happened? This is what David R. George III answers in his Lost Era novel, Serpents Among the Ruins.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Drew Stewart and Dan Gunther to discuss the novel, what led to the Treaty of Algeron, why the Romulans retreated from galactic politics before resurfacing on TNG, and to the ban on Federation cloaking technology.

In our news segment we take a look at the final covers for Star Trek: Seekers 1 and 2 and get set for John Byrne's New Visions "The Mirror, Cracked."

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Category:Books -- posted at: 8:50am MST

60: Hierarchy Over Hippocrates

Seasons of Light and Darkness.

Early in The Wrath of Khan, Doctor McCoy visits Admiral Kirk bearing gifts in honor of his birthday. The conversation isn't the most cheerful, and Bones asks why everyone is treating Kirk's birthday like a funeral. It was a telling moment between two close friends, but did you ever wonder happened next? In his novella Seasons of Light and Darkness, Michael A. Martin gives us a missing scene from The Wrath of Khan, one that explains why McCoy is such a curmudgeon, and why he is so concerned about his friend's state of mind.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Seasons of Light and Darkness, how it adds to the McCoy mythos, when it is acceptable to cast aside our own rules and ethics in the name of the greater good, and why, if you plan to appear on The Bachelor, you should make sure it isn't the Capellan edition.

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Category:Novellas -- posted at: 2:30am MST

59: The Rough Seas of Love

Mission Gamma: Twilight.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the stated goal of the Starfleet presence on the station and the purpose Sisko's mission was to prepare Bajor for Federation membership. As the series went on, this came close to happening once; but a warning from the Emissary put the issue on the backburner. Then the Dominion War happened. With all of that now in the past—and with other loose ends from "What You Leave Behind" either wrapped up or at least addressed—Mission Gamma sets Bajor back on a course for Federation membership and provides DS9 with a new TOS-like initiative to seek out new life and strange new worlds.

In the episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther to continue our look at the DS9 relaunch series and kick off discussion of the four-part Mission Gamma. We discuss the character stories involving Bashir and Ezri, Vaughn and Prynn, how Kira is dealing with the Attainder, and what the future holds for Bajor and the United Federation of Planets.

In our news segment we get an update on Keith R.A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, a New Frontier for Peter David, Dayton Ward's new TNG book Armageddon's Arrow, and we review the second issue of IDW's I, Enterprise comic.

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58: You're a Baby Daddy, Sulu!

The Captain's Daughter.

Star Trek Generations brought us a number of shocking moments—the death of Captain Kirk, the destruction of the Enterprise-D—but one with less severe consequences was the revelation that Hikaru Sulu had a daughter. It was just a nod to the passage of time and a nice tidbit for fans that created a connection between the Enterprise-A and Enterprise-B. But did it really make sense? Kirk certainly seemed surprised by it.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Peter David's solution to the Demora Conundrum, which came in the form of the 1995 novel The Captain's Daughter. We discuss each of the story's five main points—Death, First Date, Memorial, Parenthood, and Life After Death—and whether or not the solution adequately and believably fills in the backstory of that moment in Generations.

In our news segment we take a first look at the upcoming Ships of the Line art book, an attempt to reach younger fans with pop-ups, IDW's plans to bring Q to the Abramsverse, and the Starfleet Medical Officers special comics collaboration between IDW and the Tricorder X-Prize called Flesh and Stone.

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57: Semi-United and It Feels So Good

Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel.

The premature cancellation of Enterprise left fans in the dark about two key events in Star Trek history. The first was the Romulan War, which has since had light shone upon it by Michael A. Martin. The second is the founding of the Federation, a pivotal time that we still know almost nothing about. Until now that is. Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series tells the story of those early years of unity—or semi-unity—and the first book, A Choice of Futures, explored the struggles faced by the Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they began to work together.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther or Trek Lit Reviews to discuss the second book in the series, Tower of Babel. We explore the internal debate over what form the Federation should take, as well as the external challenges that threaten to destroy the young union before it can spread its wings. We also find out what course Bennett has charted for familiar faces from Enterprise's television run, especially for Archer.

In our news segment we judge The Light Fantastic by its cover, find out what new stories may be set for Seekers, and drool over some very pricey, but very beautiful limited edition Star Trek / Doctor Who crossover sets from IDW. 

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Category:Books -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

56: An Orion West Side Story

Alien Spotlight, Part II.

Have Andorian fight scenes lost their luster? Want an Orion fight scene instead? How about a Romulan troubled by war? We all have our favorite alien races, and in 2007 IDW turned the spotlight on some of Star Trek's most famous aliens with a series of comics that told stories unique to each. In the episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude our look at the first Alien Spotlight series with four more stories about Orions, Vulcans, Romulans, and Gorn. Where do you hide something when you have no pockets? How do you react when a Gorn wants to help you, not eat you? We find out.

In our news segment we discuss new blurbs for Una McCormack's The Missing and Greg Cox's Foul Deeds Will Rise, and find out more about Data's role in Jeffrey Lang's The Light Fantastic.

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