104: WWKD and WWSD

Dave Galanter: Crisis of Consciousness.

Star Trek books have always been good at filling in the gaps and giving us a deeper understanding for the decisions the characters make on screen, it's one of the joys of Treklit. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Dave Galanter to talk about his newest TOS book, Crisis of Consciousness. We discuss his Star Trek story, coming up with new adventures, his influences, writing the TOS cast and them working together, dovetailing with his first book, the psychology of Star Trek and where to find him online.

In the news segment we take a look at the newest Titan novel cover and talk about the blub.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Dave Galanter

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Book Cover Judging and Blub (00:02:04)

 

Feature: Dave Galanter

Introduction (00:06:07)

Dave's Star Trek Story (00:07:13)

New Adventures (00:10:05)

Influences (00:25:35)

Writing the Cast (00:26:23)

Working Together (00:33:14)

Writing Scotty (00:46:07)

McCoy (00:49:43)

Zhatan's Confusion (00:52:02)

Dovetailing Troublesome Minds (00:56:06)

Psychology of Star Trek (00:58:47)

Star Trek's Special Place (01:08:10)

Finding Dave Online (01:19:15)

Closing (01:24:11)

 

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103: I Can Be Your Hero Baby

Mere Anarchy: Things Fall Apart.

2006 saw the celebration of 40 years of Star Trek and to celebrate Pocket Books put together an ebook series comprising of six books that would span the entire Original Series timeline. Each story would build on the next as Kirk and his crew dealt with the aftermath of a disaster on the planet Mestiko.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the first book in the Mere Anarchy series, Things Fall Apart. We discuss the setting, the dilemma of the people on Mestiko, Kirk's burden, The Prime Directive, and the series long game. 

In our news segment we rave about Rob Caswell's new Seekers book covers for Long Shot and All That's Left.

 

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

Book Covers to Judge (00:02:45)

 

Feature: Things Fall Apart

New Series (00:13:19)

Quick Question (00:14:05)

The Setting (00:14:49)

The Dilemma (00:21:21)

Kirk's Burden (00:26:50)

The Prime Directive (00:33:21)

The Long Game (00:38:49)

Closing (00:43:35)

 

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102: What You Leave Behind

Unity.

In 2001 S.D. Perry kicked off the Deep Space Nine Relaunch and set Star Trek books on a bold new path, continuing the adventures of the crew like more season of the show. As she started the "season" so she would end it, with two books acting as an epic finale, Rising Son and Unity.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss Unity. We talk how it wraps up season 8, how DS9 made another TNG idea better, the path of the Emissary, the impact of the story on The Prophets, time, love and our ratings.

In our news segment we look at some of the books and comics we are excited about that are coming out soon.

 

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

Things We're Excited About (00:03:41)

 

Feature: Unity

I Own the Hardback (00:07:08)

Setting the Stage (00:08:45)

Season 8 Finale (00:11:47)

Making TNG Better (00:21:22)

The Path of the Emissary (00:27:19)

Who are The Prophets? (00:43:59)

Time and Love (00:50:14)

Ratings (00:55:31)

Closing (00:57:51)

 

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101: Rainbow Rings of Terror

Gold Key Comics Vol.1 Part 2.

Starting with issue one, Gold Key created a unique look at what Star Trek might have been without the philosophy Gene Roddenberry and basis in scientific extrapolation. The pulp wackiness of the series has delighted readers for close to 50 years.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther finish their look at the first volume of IDW's reprints. We talk about some of the ways things from the show begin to creep in to the comic, issues 4-6, where we laugh a lot and give our ratings. 

In our news segment we review Ongoing #44. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #44 (00:03:47)

 

Feature

Gold Key Comics (00:11:50)

Back in the Saddle (00:12:02)

The Peril of Planet Quick Change (00:16:19)

The Ghost Planet (00:29:31)

When Planets Collide (00:45:43)

Ratings (00:58:41)

Closing (01:02:53)

 

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100: In the Shadow of the Emissary

Rising Son.

The last time Jake Sisko was seen in the Deep Space Nine relaunch, he had bought a ship from Quark and was headed into the wormhole, in an effort to fulfill a prophecy that seemed to indicate he would be reunited with his father. It would not be till six books later that we would have an answer to the question, "What happened to Jake?".

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Rising Son. We discuss our first impressions, Opaka's escape, Jake's life in his father's shadow, how we live, free will, predestination, responsibility, life's purpose, planting the seeds for the future and our ratings. 

In our news segment we talk about the way the Star Trek books hold up, judge a book by it's cover and then celebrate the 100th episode by talking about some of the favorite books we've covered, interviews and a sincere thank you to all of the listeners for their support as well as to the authors for being so generous with their time.

 

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

How the Books Hold Up (00:02:39)

Judge a Book by it's Cover (00:05:21)

Thanks for 100 Episodes and to 100 More (00:10:53)

 

Feature: Rising Son

First Impressions (00:21:48)

Opaka's Escape? (00:24:49)

In His Father's Shadow (00:27:42)

How Do I live? (00:32:19)

Free Will, Predestination and Responsibility (00:41:03)

Life's Purpose (00:51:23)

Planting the Seeds (00:54:42)

Final Thoughts and Rating (00:57:23)

Closing (01:00:51)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm MST

99: Dr. Suess Trek

Gold Key Comics Vol. 1.

The first company to produce Star Trek comics was Gold Key. Armed in the beginning with only production art and never having seen the show, these comics give fans a picture of what Star Trek might have been without the philosophy and hope for the future Roddenberry instilled in the franchise. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther go back to issues 1 though 3 of the Gold Key comics, collected in IDW's stunning Volume 1. We discuss the impact of creators who had never seen Star Trek beyond publicity stills and how this impacts the look, feel and interpretation of Star Trek, asking the question; "If this was what Star Trek had been, would it have lasted 50 years?". We walk through each issue and conclude with our ratings for the first 3 issues. 

In our news segment we talk about the upcoming Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover as well as take a look at the last issue of the Trek/Apes series. 

 

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

Star Trek/ Green Lantern Coming Soon (00:02:22)

Trek/Apes Conclusion (00:06:43)

 

Feature: Gold Key Vol. 1 Issues 1-3

Reaching All the Way Back (00:16:01)

Not Much to Go On (00:17:13)

K-G, Planet of Death! (00:25:08)

The Devil's Isle of Space (00:37:07)

Automated Destroyer! (00:44:56)

Ratings (00:52:31)

Closing (00:58:46)

 

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98: Vulcan Mandalorians

Uncertain Logic.

There is always a beginning and The Rise of the Federation series is the story of how a fledgling group of planets will become the shining beacon of hope known as the Federation we see in The Original Series and beyond.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther dive into the latest book by Christopher L. Bennett, Uncertain Logic. We talk about the surprise of learning there is another Enterprise in Starfleet, the politics in this period of Federation history, filling in the gaps, the Deltan story line, the power of devaluation, the battle for the Vulcan soul, the price of lies and our ratings.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Introduction (00:02:33)

 

Feature

An Andorian Enterprise? (00:03:21)

Politics of the Prequels (00:04:40)

Filling in the Gaps (00:15:41)

Deltans and the Power of Empathy (00:18:47)

The Power of Devaluation (00:24:31)

The Battle for the Vulcan Soul (00:32:56)

The Price of Lies (00:45:14)

Ratings (00:52:16)

Closing (00:56:09)

 

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97: TOS' "Family" Episode

Shadow of the Machine.

In the aftermath of The Motion Picture the TOS characters were seen supposedly going back to the final frontier but what if they went back to Earth first for repairs and shore leave first? 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss Shadows of the Machine, the latest enovella by Scott Harrison. We talk about the how heroes are real people, some of the continuity issues with other novels, dive into the stories of Kirk, Sulu and Spock, and give our ratings.

In the news segment we judge the covers for the New Frontier novellas, talk about blurbs for the upcoming Titan, Seekers, TOS, and DS9 books, discuss the news of a 50th anniversary trilogy, finishing up by reviewing the new issues of the Trek/Apes crossover and Ongoing #43. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Multiple Covers to Judge (00:02:30)

Titan: Sight Unseen Blurb (00:09:09)

Seekers: All That's Left Blurb (00:12:08)

TOS: Child of Two Worlds (00:14:53)

DS9: Ascendance (00:17:04)

5Oth Anniversary Trilogy (00:24:39)

Trek/Apes 4 (00:27:38)

Ongoing #43 (00:32:39)

 

Feature: Shadows of the Machine

Shadows of the Machine (00:38:01)

Heroes are Real People (00:39:25)

Continuity Issues (00:44:10)

Kirk's Story (00:48:27)

Sulu's Story (00:52:47)

Spock's Story (00:58:14)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:03:30)

Closing (01:06:15)

 

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96: Invited to Sili-Con

Tony Daniel: Savage Trade.

One of the joys of Star Trek literature is what it can add to the series, even the bad  episodes can be improved upon through a well written book or comic. 

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing is joined by author Tony Daniel to talk about his latest novel, Savage Trade that follows up on the classic TOS episode, Savage Curtain. We discuss the genesis of the book, building from what is seen in the show, good and evil, historical characters, expanding on the Vulcans, writing the ensemble, why Tony chose certain figures from history, creating races for the book, his upcoming projects and lastly where to find Tony online.

With Dan on a super-secret, Section 31 mission we are saving news and comic reviews till the next episode. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Tony Daniel 

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Introduction (00:01:16)

 

Feature: Tony Daniel

Savage Trade (00:02:24)

Genesis of the Book (00:02:59)

Spoiler Warning (00:04:51)

Building from TOS (00:04:51)

Good and Evil? (00:08:04)

Historical Characters (00:13:20)

Expanding Vulcans (00:18:16)

Writing as an Ensemble (00:23:59)

Why Those Historical Characters? (00:26:35)

Creating Races for the Book (00:29:55)

Upcoming Projects (00:41:14)

Tony Online (00:48:15)

Closing (00:50:24)

 

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95: The Sith Lords of Star Trek

Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil.

Season 8 of the DS9 relaunch is quickly coming to a close as Mission Gamma comes to an end. On their way home, Elias Vaughn and the crew of the USS Defiant make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Kira Nerys pursues Shakaar Edon's supposed assassin to Trill, while Ro Laren, Admiral Akaar and General Lenaris investigate why Hiziki Gard assassinated the Bajoran leader.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther dive into Lesser Evil, the last book in the Mission Gamma series. We discuss our initial thoughts, how DS9 makes things their own, the hardest part of the book to read, the fast-paced plot and our ratings.

In the news segment we pay our respects to Leonard Nimoy by talking about some of the best Spock books, then move to recent comic issues of the Apes/Trek crossover, Ongoing #42 and New Visions #5.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Remembering Leonard Nimoy through Spock Books (00:02:16)

 

Apes/Trek 3 (00:12:42)

Ongoing #42: Behemoth Part 2 (00:17:46)

New Visions #5 (00:21:45)

Spock's World

Reflections comic

Spock Must Die

Troublesome Minds

Devil's Bargain 

The Fire and the Rose

The Sorrows of Empire

Vulcan's Soul Trilogy

Feature: Mission Gamma

Wrapping up Mission Gamma (00:29:29)

First Thoughts (00:31:06)

DS9 Makes Things Their Own (00:36:37)

Hardest Part of the Book (00:41:19)

Fast-Paced (00:46:13)

Ratings (00:55:37)

Closing (00:59:07)

 

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