Paths of Disharmony.

It has been few years since the Borg's final attack, yet planets are still reeling, facing supply problems, struggling to meet the most basic needs in ways they haven't for over a century and on top of all this the Andorian people are dealing with a reproductive crisis that could mean annihilation for their species if they cannot find a cure.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson continue the Typhon Pact series with Paths of Disharmony. We discuss character work, the blame game, saving civilization, connecting to Vanguard, on their heels, leaving the Federation, our ratings and final thoughts.

In the news section we review the 21st issue of the Year 5 series.

News
Year 5, #21 (00:03:01)

Feature: Paths of Disharmony
Character Work (00:11:43)
The Blame Game (00:21:07)
Saving Civilization (00:31:45)
Connecting to Vanguard (00:38:04)
On Their Heels (00:43:03)
Leaving the Federation (00:46:10)
Ratings (00:49:32)
Final Thoughts (00:54:35)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-324.mp3
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Living Memory.

The period is Star Trek history between The Motion Picture and the Wrath of Khan is ripe for exploration, thankfully in Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, that is exactly where the story takes place.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Chris Jones talk about Living Memory. We discuss Uhura's history, connections, the Warborn, more than one book, what is Starfleet?, understanding, progress, our ratings and final thoughts.

Feature: Living Memory
Uhura's History (00:04:23)
Connections (00:15:25)
The Warborn (00:18:22)
More Than One Book (00:27:04)
What is Starfleet? (00:32:13)
Understanding (00:36:50)
Progress (00:40:25)
Ratings (00:45:52)
Final Thoughts (00:49:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-323.mp3
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A Flag Full of Stars.

As the Lost Years series continues, we pick up the story about 8-12 months from where we left off and there have been a lot of changes in the life of James T. Kirk.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about A Flag Full of Stars. We discuss Kirk's life, Riley and Kirk, overcoming prejudice, overcoming fear, the space shuttle, the news, last few things, our ratings and final thoughts.

In the news section we discuss the upcoming IDW comic series Star Trek: The Mirror War.

News
Star Trek: The Mirror War (00:03:13)

Feature: A Flag Full of Stars
Kirk's Life (00:09:08)
Riley and Kirk (00:18:02)
Overcoming Prejudice (00:25:09)
Overcoming Fear (00:32:24)
Space Shuttle (00:37:56)
The News (00:45:05)
Last Few Things (00:48:42)
Ratings (00:50:08)
Final Thoughts (00:54:50)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-322.mp3
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Seize the Fire.

The Gorn have found themselves in a bad way after the Borg attack, one of their biggest fleets decimated and if that wasn't bad enough, their best hatchery planet for their strongest warriors has just been destroyed by a natural disaster.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson continue the Typhon Pact series with Seize the Fire. We discuss the Gorn, to keep or destroy, undercover Starfleet, too much going on?, the Titan crew, diversity, evolution, constructive feedback, our ratings and final thoughts.

Feature: Seize the Fire
The Gorn (00:04:23)
Keep or Destroy (00:15:37)
Undercover Starfleet (00:20:26)
Too Much Going On? (00:24:11)
The Titan Crew (00:28:29)
Diversity (00:31:41)
Evolution (00:39:01)
Constructive Feedback (00:41:26)
Ratings (00:44:46)
Final Thoughts (00:47:35)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-321.mp3
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Rough Beasts of Empire.

The Typhon Pact hammers out their agreement to formalize relations between six interstellar nations, yet one of the member is still divided into two empires, leaving the Romulans feeling inadequate in comparison to their fellow members.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about Rough Beasts of Empire. We discuss creating the Typhon Pact, Romulan reunification, Sisko, flashbacks, our ratings and final thoughts.

Feature: Rough Beasts of Empire
Creating the Typhon Pact (00:04:54)
Romulan Reunification (00:11:02)
Sisko (00:24:29)
Flashbacks (00:39:43)
Ratings (00:46:29)
Final Thoughts (00:49:11)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Lost Years.

The end of the five year mission for the crew of the Enterprise would bring many changes by the time fans saw them again in The Motion Picture and filling in those gaps between the two was a question for years.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about The Lost Years. We discuss our first readings, filling in the gaps, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, crazy Vulcans, our ratings and final thoughts.

In the news section we review the latest issue of Year Five, #20.

News
Issue #20 (00:03:39)

Feature: The Lost Years
Read Before (00:12:41)
Filling in the Gaps (00:15:16)
Kirk (00:18:55)
Spock (00:28:25)
McCoy (00:40:49)
Crazy Vulcans (00:47:37)
Ratings (00:53:54)
Final Thoughts (00:58:05)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Debt of Honor.

James T. Kirk has lost a lot following the events of The Voyage Home and the one that weighs on him is the debt of honor he feels he owes the Enterprise herself, to reclaim her name in the eyes of the Starfleet.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Chris Jones talk about the comic Debt of Honor. We discuss the art, the framing device, the flashbacks, the present story, the Klingon power shift, losing a son but gaining a daughter, the wrap up, our ratings and final thoughts.

Feature: Debt of Honor
The Art (00:02:07)
The Framing Device (00:05:58)
On the Farragut (00:12:31)
After the Doomsday Incident (00:25:54)
After the Motion Picture (00:33:59)
The Present Takes Over (00:41:10)
Klingon Power Shift (00:45:00)
Lost a Son but Gained a Daughter (00:49:10)
The Wrap Up (00:52:05)
Ratings (00:58:52)
Final Thoughts (01:00:33)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-318.mp3
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Zero Sum Game.

In the wake of the Dominion War and the Borg invasion he Romulans, Breen, Tholians, Gorn, Tzenkethi, and the Kinshaya have joined forces in a twisted version of the Federation to combat the latest Khitomer Accords Alliance between United Federation of Planets, Klingon Empire, Cardassian Union, and Ferengi Alliance.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson discuss David Mack's Zero Sum Game. We discuss a cold war, Bashir, Ezri and Sarina, spy morality, the Breen, the Aventine crew, anything we missed, our ratings and final thoughts.

In the new we talk about the big changes to the 2021 release schedule, the Star Trek: Coda trilogy, the last book of the year's blurb and our review of Year Five #19.

News
Release Schedule Change (00:02:49)
Star Trek: Coda Trilogy (00:09:57)
The December Book (00:19:00)
Year Five #19 (00:21:11)

Feature: Zero Sum Game
A Cold War (00:27:28)
Bashir and Ezri (00:34:39)
Bashir and Sarina (00:39:51)
Spy Morality (00:42:58)
The Breen (00:44:59)
The Aventine Crew (00:55:49)
Anything We Missed (01:00:54)
Ratings (01:05:12)
Final Thoughts (01:08:38)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-317.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Synthesis.

The Titan crew find themselves confronting one of their deepest fears which have only been accentuated by their recent experience with the Borg invasion, will they be able to over come and save the universe from extinction?

In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson, who returns to the show to continue the 24th century novels with Synthesis. We discuss where the Titan is, AI, valid points the Sentries, pride and prejudice, unintended consequences, the Null, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news section Chris Jones joins Matthew to wrap up the Seven's Reckoning series with it's fourth and final issue.

News
Seven's Reckoning #4 (00:02:08)

Feature: Synthesis
Welcome Back Bruce (00:13:51)
Where the Titan Is (00:16:12)
AI (00:16:59)
Valid Points (00:25:25)
The Sentries (00:27:11)
Pride and Prejudice (00:36:27)
Unintended Consequences (00:49:04)
The Null (00:53:32)
Ratings (00:58:28)
Final Thoughts (01:00:58)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-316.mp3
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Too Long a Sacrifice.

In the middle of the Dominion War, DS9 suffers a bombing on the Promenade at one of the restaurants, as well as a rash of murders that puts a big trade deal in jeopardy which could have dire consequences on the war effort for Starfleet.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones discuss the comic series Too Long a Sacrifice. We discuss the art for the comic, all four of the issues and give our ratings.

In the news section we talk about the upcoming comic releases and have an announcement you'll want to tune in for!

News
Upcoming Comics (00:03:33)
An Announcement! (00:05:42)

Feature: Too Long a Sacrifice
The Art (00:07:37)
Issue 1 (00:13:14)
Issue 2 (00:23:05)
Issue 3 (00:37:00)
Issue 4 (00:53:21)
Ratings (01:01:13)
Final Thoughts (01:04:31)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

James Swallow: The Dark Veil.

With the end of the first season of Star Trek Picard, there were still a lot of questions about what happened in those years between Star Trek Nemesis and the first episode of the series, especially with regards to Riker and his command of the Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones welcome James Swallow to talk about his new book, The Dark Veil. We discuss the Titan in canon, the Riker, writing Thad, fear, Picard and a different response, twisted truth, the Jazari, AI, learning from the past, a cameo, what's next for James and our final thoughts.

In the news section we review some comics, Seven's Reckoning #3 and Year Five #18.

News
Seven's Reckoning #3 (00:03:08)
Year Five #18 (00:09:51)

Feature: James Swallow
The Titan in Canon (00:16:37)
Troi and Riker (00:24:06)
Writing Thad (00:27:48)
Fear (00:33:05)
Picard's Part and Different Responses (00:38:52)
Twisted Truth (00:47:20)
The Jazari (00:53:04)
AI (01:03:05)
Learning From the Past (01:06:58)
A Cameo (01:14:38)
What's Next for James (01:23:41)
Final Thoughts (01:26:56)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Guest
James Swallow

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-314.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

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