80: The Dog of Mystery

Q Are Cordially Uninvited.

If you’ve been reading the post-Nemesis world of Star Trek, you know that Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher are married. And we mean for real—none of that “All Good Things…” alternate future stuff. But the wedding itself has gone missing as the story has unfolded. Just what happened on their wedding night? It seems Worf and Geordi really want to know, and in Rudy Josephs’s new eNovella Picard and Beverly fill them in on all the details.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take you through Q Are Cordially Uninvited, the questionable framework, the intriguing adventure that spans time and space, why Admiral Janeway’s logs are apparently required reading in the Picards’ bed, and try to figure out just how the brown dachshund plays into the story.

In our news segment we preview Star Trek Ongoing 41, which will drop in January 2015, and field some listener questions about the Doctor Who-TNG crossover and the Enterprise novels.



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Feature: Q Are Cordially Uninvited

Initial Thoughts (14:33)

The Setup and Storyline (18:12)

A Wedding Hijacked (24:03)

Something In the Cake (30:16)

Galactic Treasure Hunters (34:05)

Closing (46:21)


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Direct download: lt-080.mp3
Category:Novellas -- posted at: 4:25am MDT

68: Did I Just Say Pshaw?

The More Things Change.

Spock's encounter with V'ger in Star Trek: The Motion Picture had a profound impact on the Vulcan and his interactions with those around him. We didn't get to see this effect on screen, but Scott Pearson's new eNovella The More Things Change gives us a glimpse of Spock's life six months after TMP. With an ailing Audrid Dax in need of medical treatment from Trill doctors, Spock and Doctor Christine Chapel must transport the mysterious alien commissioner to a rendezvous with a Trill medical ship. The journey is not an easy one, however, and an alien attack puts the relationship between Spock and Chapel to the test, while at the same time forcing Christine to violate another culture's rules and uncover a shocking truth about the Trill—they are a joined species.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to discuss The More Things Change, whether the eNovella format gives Pearson enough room to explore his concept, why Dax is in the story, and whether the real purpose is to explore Spock and Chapel or merely Chapel herself.

In our news segment we take a look at the Star Trek Pop-ups book and review the first issue of The Q Gambit, IDW's crossover of Q and the Abramsverse.

Direct download: lt-068.mp3
Category:Novellas -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

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 MDT

52: That Cold War Feeling

John Jackson Miller: Absent Enemies.

The Fall set the Star Trek universe on a new course, and what better way to usher in this brave new world than with the addition of a new face to the roster of renowned authors? John Jackson Miller may be new to Star Trek, but he's no stranger to those who love tie-in fiction. His work on Iron Man, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is loved by comic readers worldwide, as are his Star Wars novels, including Kenobi. For his debut in the Star Trek universe, John brings us a Titan novella, Absent Enemies, that follows up on the events of The Fall. But as you'll find out, Absent Enemies is not the first time he's written Star Trek. Not even close.

In the episode of Literary Treks, John Jackson Miller joins us to talk about Absent Enemies, about writing both comic and fiction, both Star Wars and Star Trek, and his approach to capturing the source material and getting into character. We also discuss some of the inspirations for his stories, including his background in Soviet studies. There's even an unexpected connection to Literary Treks!

In our news segment we judge Fun with Kirk and Spock by its cover, take a peek at Dayton Ward's Pale Blue Dot, find out what's next for James Swallow, learn about John Byrne's Star Trek New Visions, and examine the latest update to the Trek Collective's Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Order flow chart.

Direct download: lt-052.mp3
Category:Novellas -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT





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