114: An Overabundance of Colons

Trill: Unjoined.

The Deep Space Nine book Unity left the Trill people shaken to their very core with the revelation that the parasites were actually somehow related the symbionts. With the planet in turmoil, Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax travel to Trill in hopes of unraveling the mystery of the parasites and bringing peace to a planet on the brink of civil war. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther navigate the deep philosophical waters of Trill: Unjoined. We discuss the world building, a society of secrets, Star Trek genetics gone wrong, the universe being grey, class warfare, history, Julian and Ezri and wrap up with our ratings. 

In the news we remind everyone that David Mack's Seekers 3: Long Shot is now available. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Seekers 3 is Out! (00:02:50)

 

Feature: Trill: Unjoined

Worlds of DS9 (00:04:33)

The World Building (00:06:11)

A Society of Secrets (00:12:13)

Star Trek Genetics Gone Wrong (00:20:22)

The Universe is Grey (00:24:05)

Class Warfare (00:28:16)

History (00:37:55)

Julian and Ezri (00:43:15)

Ratings (00:49:58)

Wrapping Up (00:52:16)

 

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113: The Dark Knight Deception

Mere Anarchy: The Centre Cannot Hold.

The Original Series is often seen as an anthology show since the Enterprise hops from planet to planet with no real connection to what came before. The literary universe gives the authors the opportunity to show that just because a specific mission is over that does not mean the the crew never returns to further the relationship that has begun.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the book The Centre Cannot Hold, the second part of the Mere Anarchy series. We talk about being back on Mestiko, the cold war era, spanning TOS, the Federation V Klingons, the long game, the dangerous game and give our ratings.

In the news segment we wrap up the Tholian Webs comic arc with Ongoing number 47. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #47 (00:02:26)

 

Feature: The Centre Cannot Hold

Meanwhile Back on Mestiko (00:10:31)

Cold War Era (00:12:21)

Spanning the Entire Series (00:15:55)

Federation V Klingons (00:17:00)

The Long Game (00:20:54)

Dangerous Game (00:26:23)

Ratings (00:31:33)

Wrap Up (00:34:16)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

112: A Bajoran Copernican Revolution

David R. George III: Sacraments of Fire.

When The Soul Key ended in 2009, Star Trek fans were left with a massive cliffhanger as Illiana Ghemor stood in front of the Ascendants and proclaimed; " I am the Fire." Unfortunately the story of the Ascendants arc was lost as the DS9 books caught up with the rest of the 24th century in the Typhon Pact series. that is, until now. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome author David R. George III back to discuss is latest DS9 novel, Sacraments of Fire which begins the final arc of the Ascendants story. We talk about stitching together the DS9 quilt, what goes where, the different faces of faith, Ro's growth, a place for Sisko, the many plot threads, the new DS9, tidbits about Ascendance and where to find David online.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

David R. George III

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Comic News from ComicCon (00:01:57)

 

Feature: David R. George III

David at ComicCon (00:08:28)

Stitching Together the Quilt (00:11:15)

What Goes Where (00:21:05)

Ro Grows (00:35:23)

A Place for Sisko (00:45:27)

So Many Plots (00:53:22)

Time on the New DS9 (00:58:16)

Tidbits About Ascendance (01:06:18)

Closing (01:17:26)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm MST

111: A Pocket Universe of the 24th Century

New Frontier: The Returned, Part 1.

When the New Frontier series began in 1997 it was a bold experiment for Pocket Books, a series without lead characters from on of the Star Trek series. Over the years it's popularity has grown and has a loyal following which has lead to a new three part ebook series. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss The Returned, Part 1. We talk about New Frontiers return, working for a resolution, jumping in late, popcorn Trek, the legacy of New Frontier, a demigod, 3 instead of 1, if this is the end and why people should read the series.

For the news segment we look at New Visions issue 7 as well as the beginning of The Spectrum War, Star Trek's crossover with Green Lantern.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Visions 7 (00:02:21)

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War (00:08:39)

 

Feature

New Frontier is Back (00:12:38)

working for the Resolution (00:14:09)

Jumping in Late (00:15:43)

Popcorn Trek (00:18:11)

New Frontier's Legacy (00:24:54)

A Demigod as Deus Ex Machina (00:29:05)

3 Instead of 1 (00:30:19)

If This is the End (00:33:01)

Why People Should Read New Frontier (00:35:31)

Closing (00:38:09)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

110: It's All About Soul

Ex Machina.

The Motion Picture left Star Trek fans with as many questions as it answered and when the story picked up in The Wrath of Khan, a lot of them did not truly get adressed leaving the audience to wonder, what happened to the crew after Kirk said, "Out there..... thataway."

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss Christopher L. Bennett's, Ex Machina. Well talk about what happens after The Motion Picture, the profound changes, the questions the book raises, the McCoy problem, fallout from TMP, true freedom, bad sales and our ratings.

In the news segment we have new blubs for upcoming, Voyager, Original Series and Enterprise books to discuss. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Blubs for VOY, TOS and ENT books (00:03:23)

 

Feature: Ex Machina

After the Motion Picture (00:13:05)

Profoundly Changed (00:16:27)

The Questions (00:27:20)

The McCoy Problem (00:29:55)

Fallout from The Motion Picture (00:39:02)

True Freedom (00:41:20)

Bad Sales (00:50:02)

Ratings (00:52:41)

Closing (00:55:43)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

109: Andorian High School Musical

Andor: Paradigm.

The Andorians have always been one of Star Trek's best looking races, yet even by the time the DS9 relaunch started, they had been little more than window dressing. The relaunch team set out to change that by bringing on a new character to the station, allowing the authors to create a vivid culture for the Andorians. It is no surprise that when the Worlds of DS9 series started that Andor was one of the planets visited. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther wrap up the first book in the Worlds of DS9 series with Andor: Paradigm. We discuss the differences Enterprise created, the Andorian culture, alien races being alien, science and biology, Prynn and Shar, the Prynn problem, where things end and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about Dayton Ward's newest book In History's Shadow II: Temporal Boogaloo and the possibilities for cover art as well as look at Christopher Jones' new monthly column on StarTrek.com 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

In History's Shadow II (00:01:58)

 

New StarTrek.com Column (00:05:20)

 

Feature: Andor

Paradigm (00:07:52)

Difference With Enterprise (00:08:40)

The Andorians (00:11:53)

Alien Races Being Alien (00:17:55)

Science and Biology (00:24:20)

Shar and Prynn (00:30:40)

The Prynn Problem (00:32:35)

Wrapping it Up (00:36:14)

Ratings (00:40:47)

Closing (00:44:50)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm MST

108: Star Trek Beyond the Thunderdome

Cardassia: The Lotus Flower. 

The Dominion War left Cardassia ravaged. The planet is on the edge of a knife, as it's people scrounge for food, power and answers, trying to rebuild a once proud civilization. The question becomes, do they look to the past for answers or forge something new?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Una McCormack's book Cardassia: The Lotus Flower which kicks off the Worlds of DS9 series. We discuss a broken world, faith and belief, rehabilitating a vedek, being out of Mile's shadow, science's purity and give our ratings. 

In our news segment we look at the new Ongoing #46 as it starts a new story The Tholian Webs. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #46 (00:01:48)

 

Feature: Cardassia

Continuing the DS9 Relaunch (00:09:48)

The Lotus Flower Blurb (00:10:35)

Right Off the Bat (00:11:12)

A Broken World (00:13:00)

Faith and Belief (00:19:08)

Rehabilitation of a Vedek (00:27:33)

Out of Mile's Shadow (00:34:55)

Science Purity (00:41:15)

Ratings (00:48:34)

Closing (00:51:02)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am MST

107: Death Star DeLorean

Armageddon's Arrow. 

It has been a long road of recovery for the Federation since the events of Destiny. Captain Picard once asked during a previous war, "Does anyone remember when we use to be explorers?". Now the time has come for the Enterprise to once again boldly go and author Dayton Ward has given us a front row seat in Armageddon's Arrow. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about this latest adventure for the TNG crew. We discuss changing course in the 24th century, the new crew with the old, Picard's changes, creating races and technology, being careful what you wish for, literary on ramp, balancing resources, how things circle back, section 1701, what Taurik saw, the ending, trying to surprise readers and upcoming things from Dayton. 

In the news section we find out exactly what Dan was doing for Section 31 in Iceland and talk about the soon release of The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Dayton Ward

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Dan is Back! (00:02:06)

The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek (00:05:16)

 

Feature: Dayton Ward

Back to the First (00:07:07)

Changing Course (00:08:33)

New With the Old (00:17:01)

Picard's Changes (00:18:41)

Creating Technology and Races (00:27:43)

Be Careful What You Wish For (00:32:02)

Literary On-Ramp (00:33:43)

Balancing Resources (00:37:45)

As Much as Things Change (00:40:18)

Section 1701 (00:45:14)

What Did Taurik See? (00:47:08)

The Ending (00:54:20)

Trying to Surprise Us (00:56:34)

Upcoming for Dayton and Finding Him Online (00:58:52)

Closing (01:06:19)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

106: Completely Incomplete

Born With Teeth.

Kate Mulgrew burst on to the scene for Star Trek fans in the winter of 1995 and became the first female lead in the franchise, but Kate's life did not start there. She had a full life way before Trek came around. 

In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by To The Journey's own Charlynn Schmiedt to talk about Kate Mulgrew's new memoir Born With Teeth. We discuss our expectations going in to the book, literally being born with teeth, Kate's eccentric upbringing, a haunting, the menagerie of men, the book end and how to rate a memoir. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

A Guest Host (00:01:53)

 

Feature: Born With Teeth

A Different Literary Treks (00:04:09)

Expectations (00:04:38)

Literally Born With Teeth (00:07:25)

Eccentric Upbringing (00:13:08)

A Haunting (00:20:02)

Menagerie of Men (00:28:24)

The Book End (00:35:08)

Rating ? (00:41:51)

Closing (00:44:29)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am MST

105: And Now For Something Completely Different

AssimilationĀ².

In 1963 a BBC production by the name of Doctor Who premiered and just four years later Star Trek would premiere on NBC. Little did anyone know that these two shows would continue for so long or become such a part of the cultural zeitgeist. Yet the two franchises would not be brought together till 2012 in the form of a comic crossover. 

In this episode of Literary Trek hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who crossover comic, AssimilationĀ². We discuss the post Wolf 359 Federation, the timeline of the story, being a Doctor Who fan verses a novice, whether Guinan is part Time Lord, the art, crossovers and give our ratings. 

For our news segment we judge the covers for Atonement, Star Trek Costumes and Child of Two Worlds, then review Ongoing #45 and New Visions Resistance. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Atonement Cover (00:02:07)

Star Trek Costumes Cover (00:05:34)

Child of Two Worlds Cover (00:10:01)

Ongoing #45 (00:15:00)

New Visions Resistance (00:19:25)

 

Feature

Challenge Accepted (00:24:44)

Post Wolf 359 Federation (00:26:42)

Timeline (00:31:03)

Fan vs Novice (00:37:54)

Guinan, Time Lord? (00:42:02)

Wrapping it Up (00:44:38)

The Art (00:47:43)

Crossovers (00:50:00)

Ratings (00:52:34)

Closing (00:53:56)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am MST



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