128: The Picard Finger Wave

Assimilation²: Volume 2.

Doctor Who and Star Trek both continue to delight fans and create new converts even though they have both been around for 50 years and as each new generation finds them, the inevitable question becomes, “What would happen if the two shows crossed over?”. Luckily there are comics to answer that question!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation²: Volume 2. We discuss Dan’s progression through Doctor Who, a shift in the comic series, fun things, negotiating with the Borg, the ending and some things we liked and didn’t.

In the news segment we mention a few interesting celebrations.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Celebrations (00:01:33)

Feature: Assimilation²: Volume 2
Where Dan is in Doctor Who (00:05:23)
Shift in the Series (00:09:45)
Fun Things (00:24:54)
Negotiating With the Borg (00:31:50)
The Ending (00:34:46)
Liked or Didn’t (00:36:32)
Final Thoughts (00:39:35)

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127: Cardassian Out of the Bag

Fearful Symmetry.

Deep Space Nine was the first Star Trek series since the original to make use of the Mirror Universe and as the relaunch series worked it’s way to telling the showdown with the Ascendents, a wrinkle was thrown in as Iliana Ghemmor from the prime universe was revealed to be the one behind Taran’atar’s recent madness and that was only the beginning of her diabolical plan to become the only Kira in the multiverse.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Fearful Symmetry. We discuss a couple quick notes, the gimmick, the “present day” story, the backstory, fanning the flames of fanaticism, the Sisko, our ratings and how the new series might affect the books.

In the news segment we look at Star Trek: Hollow Man, the latest photo comic.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Star Trek: Hollow Man (00:02:25)

Feature: Fearful Symmetry
A Couple of Notes (00:13:09)
An Interesting Gimmick (00:15:43)
“Present Day” Side (00:25:55)
Backstory (00:29:35)
Fanning the Flames of Fanaticism (00:35:10)
The Sisko (00:39:45)
Ratings (00:46:49)
New Star Trek Series and the Books (00:50:35)

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126: From a Certain Point of View

Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again.

The film era of TOS is rife with story possibilities since there is so much time between The Motion Picture and The Undiscovered Country and the films only give us a small percentage of the story, leaving space for the authors to fill in the details.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again. We discuss the interesting era and character growth, self-determination, the world not revolving around our world, honesty and government, the media and the truth, wrapping up with our ratings.

In our news segment we remind everyone Seekers 4 is out and talk about the latest information on books coming out next year, Force and Motion and Miasma.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Seekers 4 is Out (00:02:48)
Force and Motion (00:04:17)
Miasma (00:07:07)

Feature: The Darkness Drops Again
Interesting Era and Character Growth (00:16:36)
Self-Determination (00:22:44)
The World Does Not Revolve Around Your World (00:31:58)
Honestly and Government (00:35:45)
The Media and Truth (00:43:35)
Ratings (00:51:48)
Final Thoughts (00:53:33)

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125: The Prophets' Dynamic Duo

Warpath.

Deep Space Nine was the one Star Trek series that was not afraid to show the darker side of the universe, so it should come as no surprise to readers of the relaunch novels that the books continued that tradition as the story continued to unfold.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about David Mack’s book Warpath. We discuss going from bad to worse, lack of direction, main characters that aren’t main, Prynn and Vaughn, setup syndrome, a trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith, person and our ratings.

In the news segment we judge the cover to James Swallow’s upcoming book The Latter Fire, talk about the latest issue of Star Trek/Green Lantern and Ongoing’s 50th issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
The Latter Fire Cover (00:01:55)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #4 (00:07:58)
Star Trek Ongoing #50 (00:10:16)

Feature: Warpath
Mirror Universe Series (00:17:03)
From Bad to Worse (00:18:32)
Lack of Direction (00:22:08)
Main Characters That Aren’t Main (00:29:25)
Prynn and Vaughn (00:31:25)
Setup Syndrome (00:35:16)
Trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith (00:38:34)
Personhood (00:43:26)
Ratings (00:46:59)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

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124: Insert a Shudder Here

The Dominion: Olympus Descending.

As Deep Space Nine ended, The Dominion was left in disarray, they had lost the war and found themselves without clear direction. As Odo rejoins the Link he works to influence it, sharing his experiences among the solids with the changeling community, with the hope of fostering change, but something else has captivated the Link and it’s nothing Odo could have ever predicted.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the last Worlds of DS9 book Olympus Descending. We discuss Great Link confusion, Changeling culture, some long awaited resolution, a really hard time, what we place our faith in, massive disappointments and our ratings.

No news this week as Dan is in the infirmary.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
A Quick Message (00:01:15)

Feature: Olympus Descending
Worlds of DS9 (00:03:32)
Great Link Confusion (00:04:45)
Changeling Course (00:06:30)
Long Awaited Resolution (00:18:38)
A Really Hard Time (00:26:06)
What We Place Our Faith In (00:29:52)
Massive Disappointments (00:37:38)
Ratings (00:42:35)
Final Thoughts (00:45:16)

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123: The Line is a Dot to You

James Swallow: Sight Unseen.

The Fall series brought about massive changes for the crew of the Titan as the ship was recalled from the Gum Nebula region and Riker was promoted to Admiral, but the changes continue as the ship receives a new mission and some new crew members.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his book Sight Unseen. We discuss Titan’s new course, Riker and Vale, the new characters, juxtaposition, survival, horror Trek, bringing things back, personal moments, new elements, James’ other projects and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge the cover of Pocket Full of Lies.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
James Swallow

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Judging the “Pocket Full of Lies” Cover (00:02:27)

Feature: James Swallow
Introduction (00:11:19)
Titan’s New Course (00:12:09)
River and Vale (00:17:25)
The New Characters (00:24:41)
Juxtaposition (00:36:05)
Survival (00:43:40)
Horror Trek (00:47:04)
Bringing Things Back (00:52:42)
Personal Moments (00:55:33)
New Elements (00:58:19)
James’ Other Projects (00:59:57)
Final Thoughts (01:11:56)

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122: Foibles of Human Nature

David A. Goodman: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk.

There are very few characters from television, film or literature that loom as large as Captain Kirk, he’s become a part of the cultural zeitgeist alongside Bond, Superman and Darth Vader, but never before has he been presented to the world in his own words.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by David A. Goodman, the editor of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. We discuss where the idea came from for the book, the small clues, merging canon, Star Trek V, the people Kirk bumps into, more books, the artwork and footnotes, wrapping up with our final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Sight Unseen is out.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
David A. Goodman

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Sight Unseen is Out (00:02:35)

Feature: David A. Goodman
A Treat (00:06:00)
The Idea (00:07:19)
Small Clues (00:18:56)
Merging Canon (00:27:49)
Star Trek V (00:33:00)
People Kirk Meets (00:38:07)
Other Books? (00:43:30)
Coming Up and Online (00:51:10)
The Art (00:53:02)
Footnotes (00:54:34)
Final Thoughts (00:58:21)

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121: Wall Street of the '80s

Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed.

The world of Ferenginar was first seen on Star Trek in the Deep Space Nine episode, Family Business and would only be seen one other time in the series yet the planet was home to some of the show’s most beloved characters so it was an obvious choice to visit again in the Worlds of DS9 books.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther brave the weather on Ferenginar to talk about Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed. We discuss this being a “Ferengi Episode”, how it fits with the rest of the book series, an outsider’s look, rounding out Quark, cleaning up the Ferengi, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news we take a look at the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing, #49.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Star Trek Ongoing #49 (00:02:41)

Feature: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed
Ferenginar (00:11:35)
The “Ferengi Episode” (00:12:03)
Does it Fit? (00:22:05)
Outside Looking In (00:26:39)
Rounding Out Quark (00:31:53)
Cleaning Up the Ferengi (00:36:26)
Ratings (00:45:50)
Final Thoughts (00:47:10)

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120: Kathy and Coco are a Beach Boys Song

Kirsten Beyer: Atonement 

The relaunch of Voyager under the direction of Kirsten Beyer has seen the return of the crew and the Full Circle fleet to the Delta Quadrant as well Kathryn Janeway back from the “dead” with the trilogy that began in Protectors coming to a rapid conclusion.  

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Kirsten Beyer to talk about Atonement. We discuss the puzzle pieces coming together, creation, neat cameos, character arcs, B’Elanna, Chakotay and Janeway, downtime, the truth, At-Onement, some of her favorite things and what’s coming next.

In the news segment we talk about the latest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover #3.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Kirsten Beyer

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen

Brandon-Shea Mutala 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek/Green Lantern #3 (00:02:19)

 

Feature: Kirsten Beyer

Thinking Back (00:12:18)

Puzzle Pieces (00:13:56)

Some Creation (00:19:28)

Neat Cameo Appearances (00:28:21)

Talking About Characters (00:31:48)

Back to B’Elanna (00:38:01)

Chakotay and Janeway (00:44:23)

Downtime (00:49:45)

The Truth Will Set You Free (00:51:34)

At-Onement (00:59:58)

Some of Her Favorite Things (01:03:55)

Coming Up Next and Kirsten Online (01:07:11)

Final Thoughts (01:19:11)

 

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119: Unique Opportunity

Peter David: The Returned 

There are very few authors out there that can say they have worked for Dc Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics and have written almost every major comic book character at some point in their career and to top it all off have gotten to play in the Star Trek universe, creating completely new characters and working with the established to build his own Trek playground.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome Peter David to talk about The Returned series. We discuss his favorite working experiences and characters, the genesis of New Frontier, creating original characters, the tone of New Frontier, The Returned, writing Calhoun, The return of Q, The Dayan, what’s next for New Frontier, where to find Peter online and our final thoughts.    

In the news segment we talk about New Visions #8 as well are the release of the new James T. Kirk book. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Peter David

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

Brandon-Shea Mutala

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Visions #8 (00:02:49)

James T. Kirk Book is Out (00:08:06)

 

Feature: Peter David

Introduction (00:12:11)

Favorite Working Experience (00:13:02)

Favorite Character to Write (00:14:25)

New Frontier’s Genesis (00:16:13)

Creating Original Characters (00:19:29)

The Tone of New Frontier (00:22:37)

The Returned (00:24:37)

Writing Calhoun (00:27:49)

The Return of Q (00:29:28)

The Dayan (00:30:17)

Next for New Frontier (00:33:02)

Peter Online (00:35:03)

Final Thoughts (00:37:04)

 

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118: Footie Pajamas

Shadows of the Indigent.

There are very few times in The Original Series where the trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy is not apart of an episode, but during the years between TOS and TMP the characters had taken different paths, Kirk was an admiral, McCoy a country doctor and Spock was on Vulcan attending to a private matter. With the Mere Anarchy series spanning the entirety of TOS, it gives the writers an opportunity to do something a little different with the characters. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Shadows of the Indigent. We discuss the ebook series, the Motion Picture era, dissatisfaction, a buddy cop feel, strange bedfellows, greed and our ratings.

In our news segment we remind everyone that Atonement is out now!

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Atonement is Out! (00:02:13)

 

Feature: Shadow of the Indigent 

Ebook Series (00:09:43)

The Motion Picture Era (00:11:11)

Dissatisfaction (00:18:00)

Buddy Cop Movie (00:21:14)

Strange Bedfellows (00:26:04)

Greed (00:29:55)

Ratings (00:33:48)

 

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117: Read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

David Mack: Seekers 3: Long Shot.

What if the laws of probability were no longer a factor and the most improbable and nigh unthinkable things began to happen? This is exactly what the crew of the Sagittarius runs into in the latest Seekers novel and the solution may just cost them more than they bargained for.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome back author David Mack to discuss his latest book Seekers 3: Long Shot. We talk about it’s creation, being villainless, illustrating the Prime Directive, scientific research, crew interactions, personal connections, life to the fullest, what’s next for David and where to find him online.

In the news section we talk about TNG: Warped and it’s humorous ideas for a season 8 of The Next Generation.    

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

David Mack

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

TNG: Warped (00:02:16)

 

Feature: David Mack

Introduction (00:05:12)

Creation (00:06:34)

Villianless (00:15:03)

Illustration the Prime Directive (00:18:32)

Scientific Race (00:24:44)

Crew Interaction (00:29:46)

Personal Connection (00:37:21)

Life to the Full (00:42:14)

Up Next for David (00:54:02)

Finding David Online (01:02:01)

 

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116: Bajor’s John Hughes Story

Bajor: Fragments and Omens.

Unity saw Bajor finally make it into the Federation as a member world, fulfilling one the biggest storylines of the Deep Space Nine television series. Transition is never easy and Bajor now finds itself experiencing the growing pains of integrating itself into the interstellar community.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Worlds of DS9 story Bajor: Fragments and Omens. We discuss the different pace, the changing times, Jake Sisko, Bajoran conspiracy theories, the endgame, theology and science, people making the place and our ratings.

In the news segment we rejoice at the announcement of a new Star Trek encyclopedia, the Star Trek: Prey trilogy, new books from Christopher L. Bennett and review Star Trek/Green Lantern #2.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Star Trek Encyclopedia (00:04:07)

Star Trek: Prey Trilogy (00:07:01)

New From Christopher L. Bennett (00:10:00)

Star Trek/Green Lantern #2 (00:11:54)

 

Chapters: Bajor: Fragments and Omens

Worlds of DS9 (00:17:50)

A Different Pace (00:19:13)

Times They Are A Changin’ (00:23:19)

Jake Sisko Appears in This Book (00:29:03)

Baron Conspiracy Theories (00:34:57)

Endgame (00:36:08)

Theology and Science (00:43:04)

People Make the Place (00:45:46)

Ratings (00:49:10)

 

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115: Maybe He's Not An 80's Fan

New Frontier: The Returned Part 2.

Part one of The Returned left us with a classic cliffhanger as Calhoun and his crew had traveled to a pocket universe in hot pursuit of the aliens responsible for the genocide of the Xenexians and to rescue the Starfleet personnel they had taken hostage.   

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss The Returned Part 2. We talk about as the universe turns, how the story is for a long-time reader, it's a trap, a captain on the edge, a lively universe, a surprising guest, being in middle book purgatory, permanent political classes, the fight for survival and the good that men don't do.

In the new segment we discuss the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing #48

 

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 #48 (00:02:06)

 

Feature: The Returned Part 2

As the Universe Turns (00:10:45)

How is the Story? (00:11:26)

It's a Trap! (00:14:11)

Captain on the Edge (00:18:31)

A Lively Universe (00:23:02)

A Surprise Guest Star (00:25:52)

Middle Book Purgatory (00:29:49)

Permanent Political Class (00:31:19)

Fight for Survival (00:35:18)

The Good That Men Don't Do (00:39:09)

Wrapping Up (00:43:15)

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 MDT

105: And Now For Something Completely Different

Assimilation².

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, Assimilation². 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 MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm MDT

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 MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm MDT

94: I'm Getting Too Old For This Bleep

Keith DeCandido: Slings and Arrows: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment.

From the moment First Contact hit the screens and Geordi mentioned the Enterprise-E had been in space for a year, fans wondered what transpired that year. With huge events on DS9, fans knew the crew of the Enterprise had to be involved somehow. Luckily Treklit came to the rescue with the Sings and Arrows series. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunter are joined by author Keith DeCandido to talk about the last book in Slings and Arrows, Enterprises of Great Pitch and Movement as well as the series. We discuss the conclusion, the genesis of the series, choosing the writers, Keith's installment, Sisko and Picard, tying it all together, favorite moments, Keith's future in Treklit, his work outside Star Trek and where to find him online.

In the news we talk about a new book and cover to judge, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek and one more thing from Dayton Ward.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Keith DeCandido

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Book and Book Cover Judging (00:01:59)

The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek (00:05:22)

Dayton Has One More Thing (00:06:58)

 

Feature: Keith DeCandido

Slings and Arrows Conclusion (00:09:34)

Keith Shares About the Genesis of the Project (00:12:13)

Choosing the Writers (00:20:12)

Enterprises of Great Pitch and Movement (00:23:24)

Sisko and Picard (00:26:34)

Tying it All Together (00:32:46)

Favorite Moments from the Series (00:44:53)

Hope for More Star Trek? (00:48:26)

Outside Star Trek (00:49:51)

Keith Online (00:57:15)

Closing (00:59:12)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am MDT

93: Riker Goes Full Fabio

The Gorn Crisis.

The Original Series of Star Trek gave us many aliens that became iconic, even though they may have only been seen once or twice. Andoians, Tellarites, Tholians and of course, the Gorn. Seen only two times in Star Trek, the Gorn have become fan favorites.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series, The Gorn Crisis. We discuss the story, if the comic captures the TNG characters, the art work, the impact this comic has on the novels and our ratings. 

In the news segment we talk about the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing: Behemoth and the upcoming May comics. 

 

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

Star Trek Ongoing Behemoth (00:02:27)

May Comics (00:09:33)

 

Feature: The Gorn Crisis

The Gorn Crisis (00:15:12)

The Story (00:16:33)

Characterization (00:41:11)

The Art (00:45:13)

The Impact (00:49:03)

Ratings (00:50:42)

Closing (00:52:57)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am MDT

92: Good Thing Riker Doesn't Listen to Amy Winehouse

John Jackson Miller: Takedown.

Star Trek fans have been pitting captains against each other since Picard came on the scene in 1987. The debate on whether Kirk or Picard is better still rages on internet message boards or any given weekend, in any city hosting a sci-fi convention. But what if Picard went up against his protege, William Riker, who would be the victor?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk to John Jackson Miller about his first full length Star Trek novel Takedown where Picard and Riker do go head to head. We discuss John catching up with the continuity, inspirations for the story, being concurrent with The Missing, humor in the book, major spoilers as well as writing Admiral Riker and Captain Dax.

In the news we talk about the new Almighty Flow Chart on The Trek Collective as well as Gary Seven's upcoming appearance in John Byrne's New Vision comics in issue, you guessed it, seven. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

John Jackson Miller

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Almighty Flow Chart (00:02:02)

Gary Seven is Coming (00:05:34)

 

Feature: John Jackson Miller

Takedown (00:08:19)

Catching Up With Continuity (00:09:00)

First Full Length Trek Book (00:11:15)

Inspirations for the Story (00:15:49)

Being Concurrent with The Missing (00:25:24)

Humor and Tone (00:30:07)

Spoilers! (00:32:40)

The Mystery Revealed (00:33:37)

The Mira Romaine Center (00:46:26)

Back to Admiral Riker (00:47:43)

Writing Captain Dax (00:52:55)

What is Next for John (01:04:21)

Closing (01:11:01)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm MDT

91: Pulaski Fights Crime

Una McCormack: The Missing.

The end of "The Fall" left the Star Trek universe in a little more hopeful place than it was when the series began. There is a new focus on exploration in the Federation and even with all that the characters have experienced there is still the drive to boldly go.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Una McCormack to talk about her lastest book The Missing. She talks about following up The Fall, writing a "day in the life" of DS9, the fun of exploring the new station, writing the character of Pulaski, as well as featuring the women of Star Trek, deepening the Tzenkethi, the themes of preconceived notions about people and atonement, all while remaining us that DS9 is truly a home for the homeless. 

In the news segment we discuss Mike Johnson's interview on what coming up for the Star Trek Ongoing comic as well as some well known villains that may make an appearance soon. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Una McCormack

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Mike Johnson Talks Star Trek Ongoing (00:02:24)

 

Feature

Ideas for following up The Fall (00:11:05)

Day in the Life of DS9 (00:12:51)

Exploring the New DS9 (00:14:49)

Writing Pulaski (00:19:19)

The Women of Star Trek (00:24:07)

Marriage Advice (00:27:39)

Deepening the Tzenkethi (00:30:06)

Judging People by Their Cover (00:40:29)

Atonement (00:43:35)

The War Generation (00:46:07)

The Missing (00:50:17)

Picard's Logs (00:52:54)

Struggles to Understand (00:56:53)

DS9 - A Home for the Homeless (01:02:01)

Una's Upcoming Work (01:03:36)

One Last Question (01:05:02)

Una Online (01:08:10)

Closing (01:09:28)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

90: Through the Brita Filter

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection

When the lights went down in the theater in 1998, we all sat there with trepidation. We hoped that the new Star Trek movie would live up to it's predecessor First Contact and when it didn't, many of us wondered what had gone wrong. Jonathan Frakes had directed and Michael Piller had written the script, this should have been a dynamic duo.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunter are joined by Larry Nemecek and Daniel Proulx to discuss Michael Piller's unpublished book Fade In. We wonder why Trek is always trying to relive it's glory days, talk about the first story idea Star Trek: Stardust, what happens after Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart see the script, the stripping away of the Star Trekness, Ira Steven Behr's thoughts, what the studio wanted, as well as ask the questions of whether fans really know what's best and if this book helps us feel better about the movie.

In the news segment we judge a book by it's cover as well as look forward to James Swallow's newly announced Five Year Mission novel.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Daniel Proulx

Larry Nemecek

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Judging a Book By It's Cover (00:02:27)

James Swallow's New Book (00:06:06)

  

Feature: Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection

Fade In (00:07:79)

Trek Trying to Trek Itself (00:10:12)

Star Trek: Stardust (00:22:16)

Berman Gets the Story (00:31:57)

Stewart Gets the Story (00:35:13)

Stripping Away the Star Trek (00:52:42)

Ira's Response (00:55:07)

What the Studio Wants (00:57:55)

Do Fans Really Know Best? (01:01:15)

Better Feeling for the Movie? (01:10:55)

Ratings (01:16:00)

Closing (01:29:28)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am MDT

89: Elephant in the Room

Slings and Arrows: A Weary Life.

The TNG episode Second Chances gave us a duplicate of William Riker and the DS9 episode Defiant left that duplicate, Tom in a Cardassian prison. What we never got a chance to see was the effect all of these things had on Will until the Slings and Arrows' entry, A Weary Life. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about this penultimate book in the Slings and Arrows ebook series. We ask the question of where Tom is, discuss the trio of Riker, LaForge and Daniels, the genuine emotion of Riker, the news media and Maquis problem as well as our ratings. 

In our news segment we remind everyone Takedown by John Jackson Miller is out, discuss the Axanar announcement of an anthology collection that's on the way, as well as celebrate 20 years of Star Trek Voyager by discussing our favorite Voyager books. 

 

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

TakeDown is Out! (00:03:08)

Axanar Anthology (00:05:48)

Celebrating 20 Years of Voyager (00:09:42)

 

Feature: Slings and Arrows: A Weary Life

Dan Shares His Thoughts on the Series (00:16:38)

Where's Tom? (00:18:33)

Genuine Emotion (00:20:29)

Tom on DS9 or Killing Will (00:28:43)

An Interesting Trio (00:31:05)

The Federation News Service and the Maquis Problem (00:34:45)

Ratings (00:42:47)

Closing (00:45:51)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm MDT

88: The Q Cardassian

The Q Gambit.

Star Trek Ongoing has finally made it to the five year mission and their first experience is completely unexpected when an "Old Friend" from the prime universe shows up and it's Q. What happens next sends the Enterprise to Terok Nor and mixes the crew with some of our favorite characters from Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Q Gambit series, walking through each issue, discussing the plot and whether or not this crossover works. 

In the news segment we ponder the news from Margaret Clark about this year's novel releases and the light she shed on them. We then move to the new issue of the Trek/Apes event to see if the story line has improved, rounding out with a look at John Byrne's latest New Visions comic staring everyone's favorite scoundrel, Harry Mudd. 

 

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

Margaret Clark Shares Book News (00:01:58)

Trek/Apes 2 (00:14:25)

Made Out Of Mudd (00:19:48)

 

Feature: The Q Gambit

Issue 1 (00:28:32)

Issue 2 (00:38:27)

Issue 3 (00:49:13)

Issue 4 (01:01:11)

Issue 5 (01:07:28)

Issue 6 (01:15:11)

Ratings (01:23:17)

Closing (01:25:38)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm MDT

87: Like The Godfather Part III

Mission Gamma: Cathedral.

Things on Deep Space Nine and in the Gamma Quadrant are heating up. Bajor looks to finally join the Federation while at the same time talks with Cardassia about formal relations have stalled. On the Defiant Bashir, Nog and Ezri all face issues that may radically alter their lives forever after an encounter with an alien object in space. 

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the pivotal third book in the Mission Gamma Series, Cathedral. We look at the pace of the series, the importance of pain, the role of faith, Kira's place in the Bajoran reformation and the character growth that has continued from Deep Space Nine through the novels.

In the news segment we talk about the first issue of Star Trek's crossover with The Planet of the Apes as well as get Dan's thoughts on John Byrne's New Vision series.

 

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

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Issue One (00:02:15)

New Visions Discussion (00:08:26)

 

Feature: Mission Gamma

Cathedral (00:13:58)

Pace of the Series (00:15:35N

Need Our Pain (00:23:05)

You Gotta Have Faith (00:25:35)

Kira is John Wycliffe (00:34:18)

It's the Characters Stupid (00:40:27)

Rating (00:49:22)

Closing (00:52:15)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm MDT

86: So Much Janice Rand

Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever.

Since 1967 fans have loved The City on the Edge of Forever yet from the beginning there was controversy with writer Harlan Ellison over rewrites and was not resolved till 2009 when Ellison's lawsuit was finalized to his satisfaction. 

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by TOS expert Drew Stewart from Trek.fm's Standard Orbit. We discuss all five issues, diving into what we like and what we don't with this version of the story, then wrap up by evaluating the ending of the comic, it's impact as well as the artwork. 

In the new segment we walk through StarTrek.com's list of 2015 novels and nonfiction books, do some book cover judging and remind everyone that the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover is out. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Drew Stewart

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen, Lisa Stevens and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

StarTrek.com's 2015 Book Schedule (00:01:57)

Judging Book Covers (00:12:37)

One Last Thing (00:18:13)

 

Feature: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever

Ellison's Version (00:19:29)

Something Kinda Newish (00:21:04)

Issue 1 (00:21:40)

An Actual City (00:33:44)

Issue 2 (00:35:40)

Issue 3 (00:48:06)

Issue 4 (01:06:02)

Issue 5 (01:12:09)

Wrapping Up (01:17:56)

The Differences (01:21:42)

Artwork (01:24:21)

Our Ratings (01:24:21)

Closing (01:31:51)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am MDT

85: Jurassic Park of the Billionth Century

Department of Temporal Investigations: The Collectors.

The first time we met agents Lucsly and Dulmer in Trials and Tribble-ations no one expected them to star in their own novel series, yet that's exactly what Christopher L. Bennett did. He took these dull, funny men and created some of Treklit's most memorable adventures in Watching The Clock and Forgotten History.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the latest book in the DTI series, The Collectors. We discuss Dan's thoughts on the first two books, how DTI could work as ebooks moving forward, the themes of change and letting go as well as timelines we'd love to see explored.

In the news section, we remind everyone about the Q Gambit's penultimate issue release, Una McCormack's upcoming DS9 book The Missing and lastly wish everyone a Happy Holiday's.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

The Penultimate Q Gambit is out (00:03:17)

The Missing (00:04:11)

Happy Holidays and the New Year (00:08:30)

 

Feature: The Collectors

The Collectors (00:11:02)  

The First Two DTI Books (00:11:24)  

DTI as an Ebook Series? (00:13:14)  

Always a Bigger Fish (00:19:22)  

The Future Ain't What it Use to Be (00:24:05)  

Time to Change or to Let Go (00:30:44)  

And Now For Something Completely Different (00:37:21)  

Different Timelines (00:40:03)  

Closing (00:44:25)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

84: The Maroon Jacket Era

Greg Cox: Foul Deeds Will Rise

The last time Lenore Karidian was seen, Dr. McCoy was promising that she would receive the best medical care the Federation could provide. This makes her the last person that Captain Kirk would think he'd run into, 20 years later on a peace keeping mission. Yet he does and she again becomes embroiled in a murder investigation aboard the Enterprise.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Greg Cox to talk about his latest book Foul Deeds Will Rise. We find out the genesis behind the story, the difference of writing in the movie era, how crafting Star Trek murder mysteries is different from normal mysteries, some of the important themes that run though the book and Greg's upcoming projects.

In the news segment we talk to our new host Dan and ask him for some of his favorite Star Trek books, then remind everyone that The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett is out and discuss the new blurb for the upcoming ebook, Shadows of the Machine. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Greg Cox

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

A New Co-Host (00:01:42)  

Some of Dan's Favorite Books (00:03:25)  

The Collectors is Out (00:05:49)  

Shadow of the Machine Blurb (00:06:39)  

Feature: Foul Deeds Will Rise  

Genesis of the Story (00:09:42)  

A Little Older, A Little Wiser (00:16:43)  

Writing Movie Era Kirk (00:22:17)  

The Past Becomes the Present (00:24:25)  

Faith of the Heart (00:29:58)  

Star Trek Murder Plots (00:34:24)  

The Maroon Jacket Era (00:38:34)  

What's Next for Greg (00:42:21)  

Closing (00:47:00)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

83: Walter Bishop’s Quantum Window

David Mack: Section 31: Disavowed.

Doctor Bashir’s entanglement with the Federation’s secretive rogue agency has not turned out well for him over the years, and  he even sacrificed his career for a chance to infiltrate the group and destroy it from within. Now, in a direct follow-up to the events of The Fall, Section 31 is back to take Bashir on one more ride to save not only the Federation but the entire galaxy. And to do so will mean crossing over into the Mirror Universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author David Mack to discuss his latest entry in the Star Trek saga, Disavowed. We find out how he set up Bashir’s story and moved it forward, how he approaches working in the Mirror Universe, the influences he draws upon in writing the spy game, where he sees Bashir going in the future, and more. We also get a first-hand account of how the cover art came together, and learn about the original cover design that was even a few notches higher on the Scale of Sufficient Excitement.

In our news segment we judge Christopher L. Bennett’s The Collectors by its cover, find out a bit more about Kirsten Beyer’s Atonement, speculate on just how John Byrne is going to bring the Borg to the 23rd century in New Visions, and review the fourth part of The Q Gambit.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guest

David Mack

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

News

Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Collectors (00:02:53)

Blurb revealed for Kirsten Beyer’s Atonement (00:07:07)

John Byrne bringing the Borg to TOS in New Visions (00:10:09)

Review: The Q Gambit, Part 4 (00:16:11)

 

Feature: Section 31: Disavowed

Designing the Cover (00:32:01)

Crafting Disavowed and the Life of Bashir (00:40:03)

Researching and Remembering the Past (00:50:17)

Working in the Mirror Universe (00:57:16)

Charting Bashir’s Future (01:09:28)

Influencing the Spy Game (01:20:12)

Section 31 Didn’t Know WHAT?! (01:23:34)

Principles Betrayed and a More Interesting Conflict (01:29:59)

What’s Next for David? (01:36:59)

Closing (01:43:32)

 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:09am MDT

82: It’s All About the Hair, ‘Bout the Hair, ‘Bout the Hair

Mosaic.

When it comes to Star Trek books, few fans consider them canon. It’s understandable, especially with novels written during the run of a series on television. But sometimes a book comes along that almost has to be taken as canon because of who wrote it. During Voyager’s third season, series co-creator Jeri Taylor penned the back story of Captain Janeway in Mosaic. As the creator of the character, no one was more qualified to tell us how Kathryn went from a child in Bloomington, Indiana, to captain of a starship lost in the Delta Quadrant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Charlynn Schmiedt of To The Journey to discuss Mosaic, the portrayal of Janeway as a child, student, and young woman, what drives her to help the Ocampa and protect her crew at all costs, and, of course, Jeri Taylor’s obsession with hair.

In our news segment we take a look at new blurbs for Sacraments of Fire and Seekers 3, and we judge John Jackson Miller’s Takedown by its cover.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

News

Sacraments of Fire blurb revealed (2:37)

Seekers 3: Long Shot blurb revealed (4:52)

Judge a Book by Its Cover: Takedown (6:31)

 

Feature: Mosaic

Memories and Impressions (9:35)

Structuring the Life of Baby Janeway (20:10)

The Portrayal of Janeway: Good or Bad? (26:42)

Trying to Write a Strong Woman in the ‘90s (33:47)

Everybody’s Got Better Hair Than Me (37:45)

Delving Into the Psyche of Janeway (43:15)

Final Thoughts (53:31)

Closing (58:04)

 

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Category:Books -- posted at: 1:57am MDT

81: Set the Cloaking Device to Flicker

Romulans: Schism

What started as a simple Romulan entry in IDW’s Alien Spotlight series led to one of the most epic Star Trek comic storylines. With direct ties to one of the great onscreen mysteries—the sharing of ship designs by the Romulans and the Klingons—John Byrne’s yarn enriches the Star Trek universe, delivers engaging storytelling, and wraps it all in great art.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude their journey that began with Alien Spotlight: Romulans and continued with The Hollow Crown. Now, in Schism, we follow the endgame of the Klingon attempt to bypass the Organian Treaty by using the Romulans to fight a proxy war with the Federation… and get sexy along the way.

In our news segment we review the John Byrne New Visions comic that includes two stories: Robot and Cry Vengeance!

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

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News

Review: John Byrne’s Cry Vengeance! (2:14)

Review: John Byrne’s Robot (17:21)

 

Feature: Romulans: Schism

Issue 1 (31:27)

Issue 2 (49:18)

Issue 3 (57:30)

Closing (1:08:41)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 6:12pm MDT

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.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

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News

Ongoing 41 to (Finally) start the Five Year Mission (2:18)

Feedback: Doctor Who Crossover + Enterprise Novels (9:06)

Sponsor: Audible (12:02)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (13:54)

 

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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Category:Novellas -- posted at: 4:25am MDT

79: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Kirsten Beyer: Acts of Contrition.

When we last left the Full Circle Fleet, Admiral Janeway had just assumed control. Her first order of business is to open diplomatic negotiations with The Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, a potential ally for the Federation in the Delta Quadrant. At the same time, Seven is back on Earth to assist Starfleet Medical with the catomic plague while Tom Paris is engaged in the fight of his life as his mother questions his fitness to be a father.

In this episode of Literary Treks, author Kirsten Beyer joins hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones to discuss her latest book, Acts of Contrition, including the social issues represented in The Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, the liberation of Tom Paris as a character, and Seven's continued journey to adulthood. Plus, Kirsten teases what is to come in the final installment, Atonement.

In our news segment, we learn that legendary author Harlan Ellison has suffered a stroke, find out a bit about Sacraments of Fire from David R. George III, and judge The Missing by its cover.
 
Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones
 
Guest
Kirsten Beyer
 
Editor and Producer
Christopher Jones
 
Associate Producers
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News
Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Missing (4:03)
David R. George III teases Sacraments of Fire (7:38)
Harlan Ellison suffers stroke (9:43)
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Feature: Kirsten Beyer: Acts of Contrition
Continuing the Voyager Story (14:19)
Finding Social Commentary (22:38)
A Fearful Federation (25:51)
Rampant Consumerism (31:14)
Powers of Belief (32:21)
Building the Confederacy (37:49)
Moving Kathy Forward (44:58)
Tom’s Story (49:29)
The Influence of Technology (1:01:11)
Atonement Teasers (1:07:34)
Writing Tamarian (1:20:43)
Future Voyager Books (1:23:17)
What’s Next for Kirsten (1:27:01)
Closing (1:31:47)
 
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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

78: The Numbers On the Front Should Help

Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward: Seekers 2: Point of Divergence.

The writing trio of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and Dayton Ward brought us some of the most memorable 23rd-century adventures with their Vanguard series. While the story of Starbase 47 has concluded, the exploratory missions of the Endeavour and the Sagittarius continue on in the new series Star Trek: Seekers. Capturing the fun and wonder of The Original Series with a modern sensibility, Seekers returns readers to the strange new worlds that made Star Trek so popular from the start.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Kevin and Dayton, the duo behind the second book, to learn more about the Endeavour and how its crew and role differ from what we saw in Vanguard. We also learn how the two writers met and began working together, why Kang is their choice of Klingon, the future role of the Shedai metagenome and other Vanguard elements in Seekers, and much more.

In our news segment we find out how John Byrne may be bringing back Gary Seven, judge volume three of the Gold Key Archives by its cover, and review part three of The Q Gambit.

 

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Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guests

Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

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Is John Byrne bringing Gary Seven back? (2:06)

Judge a Book By Its Cover: Gold Key Archives Volume 3 (5:07)

City On the Edge of Forever, Part 4 now available (6:56)

Comic Review: The Q Gambit, Part 3 (8:06)

Sponsor: Audible (22:14)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (25:37)

 

Feature: Seekers 2: Point of Divergence

Initial Thoughts (26:35)

Kevin Meets Star Trek (30:36)

Becoming a Writing Duo (39:42)

Divying the Seekers Story (45:39)

Endeavour Changes from Vanguard (53:10)

Morals, Meanings, and Messages (1:06:24)

Khatami and Kang (1:09:34)

The Shedai Metagenome (1:16:40)

What's Next for Kevin and Dayton? (1:26:07)

Closing (1:34:42)

 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:35am MDT

77: Some Sort of Erotic Milliways

Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found).

Ladies and gentlemen, Vulcan Love Slave as we know it has now been in existence for three versions, and a fourth will be added just as soon as Quark can figured out to get his hands on it. Yes, when business at Quark's Bar, Grill, Gaming House and Holosuite Arcade began to dry up, a big move was needed to get things back on track. Something bold, something exciting, something… exclusive. The holosuite program Vulcan Love Slave has become a bit of a legend within Star Trek, but we've never learned much about it. It's just been mentioned in episodes like "The Ascent," "Doctor Bashir, I Presume," and "The Emperor's New Cloak." So what better topic for a fun adventure set aboard DS9—with a quick trip to Wrigley's Pleasure Planet?

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by the mastermind behind The Trek Collective, James Edwards, to discuss Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block's new eNovella Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found). Few people know more about Deep Space Nine than Terry and Paula, and they deliver a delightful romp that slips in some meaningful messages about empowerment and equality.

James also joins us for our news segment as we take a look at IDW's Star Trek: New Adventures collection of the first twelve issues of Star Trek Ongoing, judge some apes by their covers, and find out how John Byrne plan to bring back Harry Mudd.

 

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Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guest

James Edwards

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

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Getting to Know James (2:06)

IDW's Star Trek: New Adventures collects Ongoing comics (9:39)

Planet of the Apes and Star Trek set to meet (14:31)

John Byrne brings back Harry Mudd in "Made of Mudd" (19:32)

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Feature: Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)

Initial Thoughts (24:43)

Of Expos and Empowerment (and Swag) (31:26)

A Sense of Adventure (43:00)

The Future of DS9 Books (48:27)

Final Thoughts (56:10)

Closing (1:01:16)

 

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Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

76: Praetor’s Gonna Be Your New Daddy!

Romulans: The Hollow Crown.

In Alien Spotlight: Romulans, John Byrne explored the aftermath of the events seen in the TOS episode "Balance of Terror." It was an interesting take, but it left us wanting more. Later that year (2008), Byrne expanded the tale with The Hollow Crown. This two-parter continues the story of the Klingon-Romulan alliance, which explains, among other things, why Klingon ship designs are used by Romulans later in The Original Series. But this isn't all that's covered and political intrigue runs rampant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss The Hollow Crown, how the Klingons take an uncharacteristic approach to achieve their goals, why it may be an insult on Romulus to be called a son of a friend, and why Byrne's story is amongst the best you'll find in Star Trek comics.

In our news segment we judge Greg Cox's Foul Deeds Will Rise by its cover, find out about a campaign to get the British Star Trek newspaper strips restored, field a listener question about the DS9 relaunch series and Unity, and help Chris recover from Slings and Arrows Amnesia.

 

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Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Chapters

 

News

Judge a Book By Its Cover: Foul Deeds Will Rise (2:49)

Chris's Slings and Arrows Amnesia (10:02)

British Star Trek Comic Strips Campaign (11:19)

Listener Feedback: Unity (17:40)

Sponsor: Audible (20:39)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (23:17)

 

Feature: Romulans:  The Hollow Crown

Initial Thoughts (24:08)

That Crazy Praetor (28:51)

You Little Son of a Friend! (38:27)

Heading Home to Romulus (45:34)

Taking Down the Praetor, Or the Kiss of Death (50:37)

Final Thoughts (1:05:05)

Closing (1:09:14)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 3:49am MDT

75: So THAT'S Why Beverly Hates the EMH?

Slings and Arrows: That Sleep of Death.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the fourth book in the Slings and Arrows series, That Sleep of Death, which delivers a pinch of First Contact setup with some generous helpings of A Christmas Carol. Join us as we discuss the first diplomatic mission of the new starship, why Beverly Crusher's primary role on the 1701-E is apparently theatre director, the idea of a mutualistic species that combines a humanoid and a coating of living creatures, and find out why Beverly is so rude to the EMH when she activates it in First Contact.

 

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USS Titan Official Starships Collection Update (2:38)

Feedback on This Grey Spirit (6:00)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (18:02)

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Feature: Slings and Arrows: That Sleep of Death

Someone Really Loves A Christmas Carol (25:22)

How Does This Fit Into First Contact? (31:18)

Overly Simplistic Prose and the Road to Nowhere (37:19)

We Have Our First Diplomatic Mission! (40:07)

Any Old Married Couple and Other Character Moments (49:35)

Final Thoughts (55:17)

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Category:Books -- posted at: 4:09am MDT

74: Kelp Cakes In the Morning

Mission Gamma: This Gray Spirit.

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 continue our look at Mission Gamma with the second book, This Gray Spirit. We discuss Ezri's search for her place in the line of Dax hosts, Shar's continued struggle with his place in the unique Andorian reproductive crisis, and how the Yrythyan society of the Gamma Quadrant could hold the keys for solutions to both. We also explore the legacy of Ziyal, the intricacies of Bajoran-Cardassian-Federation politicals, and what it means to be part of the Federation. Plus, we decide whether kelp cakes are a good choice for breakfast and find out why much of the book feels like it takes place inside a Gaylord hotel.

In our news segment we judge Lust's Latinum Lost and Found by its cover, check in on The Trek Collective's interview with Star Trek: Seekers artist Rob Caswell, and state the case for the USS Titan being part of the Official Starships Collection.

 

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Lust's Latinum Lost and Found cover revealed (3:04)

The Trek Collective interviews Seekers artist Rob Caswell (9:47)

Help get the USS Titan into the Official Starships Collection (11:20)

Support Trek.fm by becoming a Patron on Patreon (19:05)

Sponsor: Audible (20:56)

 

Feature: Mission Gamma: This Gray Spirit

Initial Thoughts (23:20)

Do We Want Strange New Worlds from DS9? (29:07)

The Yrythny Caste System and the Defiant Visita Costco (36:07)

Political Games of Bajor, Cardassia, and the Federation (43:32)

What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Federation? (55:32)

Finding Ezri Dax (59:34)

An Andorian Soap Opera? (1:04:48)

Final Thoughts (1:10:14)

Closing (1:14:24)

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Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 8:16am MDT

73: Like Red Lantern Sith

David Mack: Seekers 1: Second Nature.

The writing trio of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and Dayton Ward brought us some of the most memorable 23rd-century adventures with their Vanguard series. While the story of Starbase 47 has concluded, the exploratory missions of the Endeavour and the Sagittarius continue on in the new series Star Trek: Seekers. Capturing the fun and wonder of The Original Series with a modern sensibility, Seekers returns readers to the strange new worlds that made Star Trek so popular from the start.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David Mack to learn more about the first book, Second Nature, along with the background story of how Seekers was born. We find out how the new series differs from Vanguard, how he and the team of Dilmore and Ward decided who would write which ship, how the first story turns TOS on its head, and more. We also discuss matters of faith and the challenges of writing captains that are not simply pseudo-Kirks.

In our news segment we judge the upcoming Ships of the Line book by its cover, debate digital versus print for the second volume of the Gold Key comics restoration, and even take some Hot Wheels for a spin.

 

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New Ships of the Line book cover revelead (2:52)

IDW's Gold Key Archives, Volume 2 due out in October (8:09)

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Feature: David Mack: Seekers 1: Second Nature

Based On an Imaginary TV Shows (16:18)

How Does Seekers Differ from Vanguard? (28:53)

Divvying Up Ships and Storylines (34:36)

Turning TOS On Its Head (41:30)

The Needs of the Many and Matters of Faith (47:15)

Writing Captains (52:37)

Bringing Together Different Writing Styles (57:28)

Evolving Klingons in the 23rd Century (59:48)

The Future of Seekers (1:03:00)

What's Next for David? (1:09:44)

Closing (1:15:33)

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:40am MDT

72: Deanna's Flaming Dragon Punch

Intelligence Gathering, Part 2.

On the timeline of The Next Generation, "The Next Phase" took place on Stardate 45892.4 and "The Inner Light" on 45944.1. So what happened during the days and weeks in between? As we learned in the first part of Intelligence Gathering, there's another dam story to be told. But not all of it takes place at an actual dam. Once that labor dispute was put to rest, the Enterprise headed off on yet another unexpected journey that turned out to be part of a very convoluted whole.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our walk through Scott & David Tipton's five-part series to learn why you should always listen to a seasoned old engineer, avoid kickboxing with Ro, seek out Riker if you've fallen under mind control, and why Romulans really need to work on their communication skills.

In our news segment we judge David Mack's upcoming Section 31 novel Disavowed by its cover, get an update on the future of Star Trek: Seekers, and learn that a sequel to From History's Shadow may be on the way. We also dig into more comics as we review both the second part of IDW's The Q Gambit and John Byrne's latest New Visions photo comic, "Time's Echo."

 

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News

First look at the cover of David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed (6:07)

Star Trek: Seekers confirmed for two more books (10:21)

Dayton Ward says a sequel to From History's Shadow in the works (11:45)

Comic Review: The Q Gambit, Part 2 (14:09)

Comic Review: New Visions "Time's Echo" (25:14)

Preston Neal Jones talks to Dan Gunther about Return to Tomorrow (32:48)

 

Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 2

Previously on Star Trek: The Next Generation (37:53)

That's No Moon… It's Spacedock! (39:23)

Geordi and O'Brien Meet an Olde Tyme Engineer (42:51)

Rockin' Over to the USS Jackson (44:59)

Pestering Possessed Pakleds (53:50)

Sweet Talking Deanna (57:40)

Those Mysterious, Obvious Romulans (1:01:33)

Gateway to Hell (1:07:16)

Closing (1:15:20)

Direct download: lt-072.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

71: Another Dam Mission

Intelligence Gathering, Part 1.

While each season gave us a glimpse at numerous missions of the Enterprise-D, there were no doubt many more eventful days for the crew that we never heard about. Set between the fifth-season episodes "The Next Phase" and "The Inner Light," IDW's Intelligence Gathering fills in some of the blanks from mid-to-late TNG. Penned by the writing duo of Scott & David Tipton with art by David Messina, these five issues show us an untold entanglement between the Enterprise and the Romulans as we are taken through several seemingly distinct stories.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones walk through the first two issues of the five-part series to learn more about the Federation's follow-up to Memory Alpha, why jet skis aren't just for water anymore, and how much of Worf's character growth on The Next Generation wasn't seen on the screen, but rather in comics. We also discuss why Data is the Master of PowerPoint, why privacy doors were installed on later versions of the holodeck, and why the Federation flagship is being sent to resolve a labor dispute involving a dam.

In our news segment we try to figure out why Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are a perfect match that's long overdue, get some more tidbits from Peter David about a new New Frontier, and touch on the second part of The City on the Edge of Forever from IDW and John Byrne's latest photo comic, Time's Echo.

 

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Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes (3:29)

Peter David confirms new New Frontier (8:03)

The City on the Edge of Forever Part 2 now available (9:20)

John Byrne's Time's Echo now available (11:42)

Sponsor: Audible (14:16)

 

Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 1

Lost Stories from TNG Season Five (16:29)

Daystrom One Is ALIVE! (22:32)

Mystery Attackers (32:19)

Another Dam Mission (40:42)

Diplomatic Worf (44:31)

Final Thoughts (53:46)

Closing (56:46)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:26pm MDT

70: Data = Saffron

Jeffrey Lang: The Light Fantastic.

When Data sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise crew in Nemesis, we all thought it was the end of the beloved android. But in Cold Equations, David Mack gave Data a second chance at life and opened the door to new possibilities. Now, in The Light Fantastic, Jeffrey Lang continues the story—which was in fact started in his own 2002 novel Immortal Coil—as Data and Lal find themselves facing off against a familiar foe from their days aboard the Enterprise-D: Moriarty.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Jeff to talk about the origins of the story, whether or not Sherlock was an inspiration for parts of the concept, the idea that Data may be an android version of a Trill, and how dealing with adolescene plays a key role in Data's new life. We also find out why Data is like saffron and where the story might go next.

In our news segment we learn more about John Jackson Miller's upcoming story Takedown, the forthcoming limited-edition book Return to Tomorrow that will take back to the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture through interviews from the time, and we dress the final frontier.

 

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News

Riker prepares to Takedown Picard (1:55)

Making The Motion Picture with Return to Tomorrow (6:21)

Dressing the Final Frontier (10:56)

Sponsor: Audible (15:21)

 

Feature: The Light Fantastic with Jeffrey Lang

The Origins of The Light Fantastic (18:52)

Like an Episode of Sherlock (24:26)

An Android Version of a Trill? (28:35)

Like Saffron (33:17)

Vic, The Doctor, and Moriarty (36:30)

Written By a Dad (45:32)

Dealing with Adolescence (51:23)

Developing Geordi, Love Life and More (55:44)

Continuity Touchstones (1:01:59)

Where Might the Story Go Next? (1:08:22)

What's Next for Jeff? (1:14:37)

Closing (1:19:36)

Direct download: lt-070.mp3
Category:Books -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

69: We Hope Margaret Is Listening

Star Trek Lit Wish List.

From James Blish's first novelizations in 1967 all the way through to Seekers in 2014, the Star Trek content brought to us in written form dwarfs the adventures seen on television and the big screen. No matter what story you're looking for, its out there somewhere. Learn the back history of your favorite character, explore an unknown corner of the Beta Quadrant, travel with new crews you've never met, and learn how the Federation was born. You can do it all in the expanded literary universe. And best of all, after more than 2,000 books, there are still countless stories to be told.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to brainstorm on the future of Star Trek literature. We share with you a list of sixteen things we want to see in the years to come. Is your wish on our list?

In our news segment we find out what's next for the Titan series after the events of The Fall, share the new blurb for Lust's Latinum Lost and Found, and review the first issue of IDW's new doctor-centric Tricorder X-Prize spectacular, Flesh and Stone.

 

News

The Titan Story Continues (2:10)

Want Some Lust and Latinum? (4:43)

Review: Flesh and Stone, Part 1 (7:06)

Sponsor: Audible (19:19)

 

Feature: Star Trek Lit Wish List

Overview (22:12)

Mirror Universe Stories (24:45)

More Movie-Era Books (30:21)

The Second Federation (32:07)

Focus on Pike (36:01)

More Lost Era Stories (39:43)

Rise of the Federation Continues (44:06)

Star Trek: Travis (48:00)

Proper Conclusion to New Frontier (49:20)

More DS9 Focus (52:40)

Star Trek B-Sides (57:30)

More S.C.E. eBooks (1:00:28)

More Big Series (1:03:35)

Bring Back the Audiobooks! (1:07:04)

More Myriad Universes Stories (1:10:48)

Consistant Diversity (1:12:58)

Historical Specials (1:15:54)

Final Thoughts (1:19:28)

Closing (1:22:13)

Direct download: lt-069.mp3
Category:Books -- posted at: 1:03am 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

67: Beasts and Butterflies Dot Com

Lost Apollo.

With the five-year mission finally underway, IDW's Star Trek Ongoing comics are set to deliver strange new worlds that harken back to the true flavor of The Original Series. Lost Apollo tells the story of an American astronaut from NASA's Apollo program who the Enterprise crew discovers on an alien world nearly 300 years after he lifted off from the moon. (Yes, from the moon… turns out NASA was up to more than the public knew.)

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take you through the two-parter, penned by Mike Johnson with art by Erfan Fajar, and discuss how it captures the spirit of the original television series so well that it can almost be read as part of the Prime Universe, not just the Abramsverse. We also share our thoughts on the story, imagine the tourism campaign for this distant and colorful world, and try to avoid the details of what Captain Kirk and Carol Marcus are doing in the decon chamber.

In our news segment we run down the 2015 Star Trek books release schedule, ponder why we aren't getting more dedicated Deep Space Nine novels, and take a sneak peak at Fun with Kirk and Spock.

 

News

2015 Star Trek Books Release Schedule (3:35)

Sneak Peak at Fun with Kirk and Spock (21:08)

Sponsor: Audible (26:43)

 

Feature: Lost Apollo

Part 1 (29:53)

Part 2 (50:06)

Closing (1:08:57)

Direct download: lt-067.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

66: No Longer Pinocchio

Jeffrey Lang: Immortal Coil.

For most of Data's existence he was a subculture of one. He was alone in the universe as a unique being with a unique future. Over the course of his life he went from being the son to being the caretaker in a sense. Once Data gained emotions, he had to come to terms with the understanding that he would outlive everyone around him. His life would, potentially, go on forever. In his 2002 novel Immortal Coil, Jeffrey Lang tackled this reality as Data deals with the death of his "mother," Julianna Tainer, and learns the astonishing secret of artificial intelligence that stretches far back into the galaxy's past.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Jeffrey Lang to discuss the book, what he wanted to achieve in moving Data forward beyond Generations and First Contact (the latest film at the the novel was written), and how the concept of responsibility is dealt with in the Star Trek universe. In our news segment we check in on Jeffrey's new book, The Light Fantastic, and Scott Pearson's The More Things Change.

Direct download: lt-066.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

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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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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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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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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55: We Are Bleeding Blue Tonight

Alien Spotlight, Part I.

Is assimilation your thing? How about a nice fight to the death with ice cleavers? Maybe you prefer a tall glass of kanar? 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 take you through three of these stories and discuss a Borg plot to assimilate every life form in the galaxy at birth, Andoria's secessionist movement, and possibly Kira and Garak involved in some Cardassian plot… it's kind of hard to tell.

In our news segment we judge Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness by its cover, unveil yet another cover for IDW's version of "The City On the Edge of Forever," find out more about David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed, and do a beauty pass of Cross Cult's USS Voyager refit. Plus, we try to figure out if Batman is actually working for Section 31.

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54: We Never Use the B Word

Greg Cox: No Time Like the Past.

Star Trek characters from different eras meeting is nothing new. Picard met Spock. Scotty met Geordi. Julian met a stunning 23rd-century lieutenant that made him think he might be his own great-grandfather. But two characters we never thought would cross paths are Captain James T. Kirk and Seven of Nine. Yet that's exactly what happens in Greg Cox's new book No Time Like the Past. Presenting herself as Annika Seven, Voyager's former Borg drone finds herself in the presence of the man she's come to know as a legend through the tales of her own captain. But don't worry… the story doesn't follow the path you might first think.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Greg Cox to discuss No Time Like the Past, what it was like writing Seven for the first time, blending the flavors of The Original Series and Voyager, and the steps that Annika must take to never use the B word—BORG.

In our news segment we bring you the book trailer for Kirsten Beyer's Acts of Contrition, sneak a peek at artwork from IDW's rendition of "The City On the Edge of Forever," John Byrne's New Visions, and the remastered Gold Key comics, and we glimpse the contents of the Stardate Collection, Volume 2.

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53: More Like an Episode of Flying Circus

The Return of the Serpent.

During The Original Series, Kirk made many life-shattering decisions for civilizations he'd just met. In "The Apple," the discovery of naive humanoids living in a Garden of Eden-like setting on Gamma Trianguli VI was too much for the Captain to take. The people were happy, but they worshipped a god who turned out be a machine named Vaal. And when this machine saw Kirk as a threat, he destroyed it—leaving the People of Vaal in chaos. "Well, there goes paradise," quipped McCoy. End of story.

Or was it? In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Standard Orbit's Drew Stewart to discuss the three-part DC Comics story from 1987 called The Return of the Serpent. The comics tell the story of Kirk's return to Gamma Trianguli VI two decades later and the consequences of his actions in "The Apple"—and does so with the help of a dinosaur.

In our news segment we check in on Una McCormack's upcoming TNG book Home Again, which has been rebranded as a DS9 novel called The Missing, Greg Cox's TOS movie-era novel Foul Deeds Will Rise, and Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann's Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found). We also dig into the collaboration between IDW and Harlan Ellison to bring the original script for "The City On the Edge of Forever" to comics, check out Ryan Williams's Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Guide, and review Star Trek Ongoing #31, I, Enterprise, Part I.

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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.

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51: The VISOR of Danger

Slings and Arrows: The Insolence of Office.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the third book in the Slings and Arrows series, The Insolence of Office, which reveals the events that led to Geordi's replacement of his VISOR with the ocular implants that we see him sporting in First Contact. The novella also continues the story that began in the DS9 episode "The Muse" as Lwaxana Troi returns to Betazed for the birth of her half-Tavnian child. We discuss how DS9 serves as the bridge for movie-era TNG, how leaders in wartime struggle to balance utopian ideals with security, and whether or not Starfleet is within its rights to ask Geordi to undergo what amounts to medically unnecessary surgery.

In our news segment we take a look at the cover art for David R. George III's One Constant Star and review Star Trek Ongoing #30 (Parallel Lives, Part 2) and Khan #5.

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50: I'll Never Get Used to a Vulcan Scolding

Spock Reflections.

By the time The Undiscovered Country rolled around, Spock was a wise "old" man who had learned to balanced logic with emotion and intuition. We saw a further evolution of this on The Next Generation in "Unification." And by the time we met Spock in an icy cave the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek, well, he was very wise indeed. But how did he get there when we've seen so many other Vulcans never come close? The explanation might just lie in comic form.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore IDW's four-part Spock Reflections series by Scott & David Tipton to find out what events not shown onscreen influenced Spock's understanding of human friendship and illogical problem solving. Unseen moments from his childhood on Vulcan, post-Amok Time encounters with T'Pring, mentoring Saavik, and secret missions with Pike all played a roll in getting Spock to where we eventually find him. And it all centers around a touching coda to Star Trek Generations.

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49: Deconstructing Kathy

Kirsten Beyer: Protectors.

Since leaving television, Star Trek: Voyager has grown into the rich story that it always had the potential to deliver. Through the deft pen of author Kirsten Beyer, the characters have evolved, the stakes have been raised, and the overall depth of Voyager's world has grown. Her latest novel, Protectors, picks up after the destruction of four fleet vessels at the hands of the Omega Continuum. In the story, the U.S.S. Voyager and the U.S.S. Demeter set course for a region of the Delta Quadrant far beyond anything previously explored. But it isn't just space that is explored. Upon her return from the dead, Janeway must face the consequences of her past actions.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Kirsten to discuss the writing of Protectors, the process of tearing down Janeway and building her back up, the evolution of Chakotay and Paris, and what it is like to write Star Trek stories that are displaced in time from the rest of the 24th-century literature. Plus, in our news segment, we learn about a new Department of Temporal Investigations story and two new Enterprise novels—all coming to us from Christopher L. Bennett—and we review Star Trek Ongoing #29, Parallel Lives, Part I.

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48: Tell Me a Good Story

Editing Star Trek with Margaret Clark.

When it comes to Star Trek novels, it’s the authors who get all the glory. The covers are emblazoned with their names. They’re the ones fielding the questions in interviews. But there’s a whole other side to the process of dreaming up the stories, finding the people who will write them, and getting them into your hands. Those tasks fall upon the editor, and Star Trek is fortunate enough to have not only an extremely talented woman behind the curtain, but someone who is a lifelong Star Trek fan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Margaret Clark, the guiding force behind the Star Trek books, to talk about the process of planning the publication schedule, choosing the basic paths for the characters of the literally universe, and the challenges of publishing mass-market books in an age of digital media and dwindling storefronts. We also learn more about how The Fall came together, the plans for all of 2014, and even a few titles heading our way in 2015. Lastly, we find out what is in the works for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016. In our news segment we take a look at the cover art and blurb for the second Rise of the Federation novel, Christopher L. Bennett’s Tower of Babel.

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47: Are You Going to Quote Kirk to Me Again?

Dayton Ward: Peaceable Kingdoms.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as Dayton Ward joins us to talk about his entry in the series, the final book, Peaceable Kingdoms. Dayton talks about batting clean-up in an epic five-book series, how collaboration between all the authors helped make The Fall such a seamless story, giving Beverly Crusher a meaningful role, and the future of Picard.

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46: Drama Droid!

Slings and Arrows: The Oppressor’s Wrong.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the second book in the Slings and Arrows series, The Oppressor’s Wrong, which adds to the DS9 episodes “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost” by shedding light on what was happening aboard the Enterprise-E during those events. As it turns out, Admiral Leyton’s plans for a coup d’état extended far beyond Earth and involved treachery worthy of a four-star badmiral.

In our news segment we learn that IDW does indeed plan to make John Byrne’s photo comic an ongoing series, and we review the fourth issue of the Khan comic series that fills in the back story from Into Darkness.

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45: Out of Your Comfort Zone

James Swallow: The Poisoned Chalice.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as James Swallow joins us to discuss the fourth book in the series, The Poisoned Chalice. James is returning to the world of Titan for the first time since Synthesis to get Riker and his crew out of their comfort zone. We learn about the real-world politics behind The Poisoned Chalice, how the world view of Federation citizens and leaders has changed in the aftermath of war, and what it was like to write the first ever meeting between two onscreen favorites—Tuvok and Nog. We also find out what James has in store for us on the Star Trek front in 2014.

In our news segment we get a first look at the cover art for Greg Cox’s No Time Like the Past, find out more about David R. George III’s John Harriman-Demora Sulu novel One Constant Star, and also check in on Jeffrey Lang’s Light Fantastic. In comics we take a peek at IDW’s early-2014 slate, which includes Ongoing #31—the first part of I, Enterprise—and a reissue of the first six classic Gold Key comics. And to top it all off, we close out the year with a review of Ongoing #28, the final chapter of The Khitomer Conflict.

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44: I’ll Have the Truffles She’s Having

Slings and Arrows: A Sea of Troubles.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the first book in the Slings and Arrows series, A Sea of Troubles, and find out what happens with Picard comes face-to-face with the Changeling threat during the lead-up to the Dominion War. We also learn more about Lt. Hawk and how he became part of the crew before he turned up at the helm in First Contact.

In our news segment we bring you two comic reviews as we share our thoughts on the John Byrne photo comic “Strange New Worlds” and go in-depth into IDW’s Khan #3.

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43: Fifty Shades of Q

Q and Trelane Comics.

Is Trelane a Q? Certainly this was never the intent when Paul Schneider penned the TOS episode “The Squire of Gothos.” But in the years since, the literary world of Star Trek has retconned the good general (retired), endowing him with the powers of the Continuum and a backstory to go with it. But a year before Peter David made Trelane a renegade Q in Q-Squared, Steven Wilson essentially merged him with the Continuum in a comic called “A Little Man-to-Man Talk.” In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore this DC comic along with Marvel’s 1998 “An Infinite Jest,” which brings the two omnipotent characters face-to-face. In news we check in on the cover art for Kirsten Beyer’s upcoming Voyager novel Protectors and we review the third part of The Khitomer Conflict comic from IDW.

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42: Beset by Serpents

David Mack: A Ceremony of Losses.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as David Mack joins us to talk about his entry in the series, A Ceremony of Losses, which falls right in the middle of the saga and centers around the Andorian reproductive crisis. We learn about the genesis of his part of the story, the challenges in bringing DS9 characters back into the fold, the real-world historical bases for may aspects of the story, and a bit more about David’s upcoming books Seekers and Section 31: Disavowed. In news we get an update on Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, Protectors, and we have some Fun with Kirk and Spock.

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41: How Kirk Kept Screwing Up Our Family

The Best of Klingons.

Continuing their trend of bringing older comics to today’s audience, IDW has combined the original DC Comics Klingons #1-4 with their own five-part Klingon saga from 2007, Blood Will Tell. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones jump into the fray with everyone’s favorite warriors to find out why the galaxy is yet again on the verge of war, debate the merits of the Gorkon Initiative, and find out why Kirk keeps screwing up one specific Klingon family. In news we take a look at a wealth of new imagery from Doug Drexler that gives insight into the new Deep Space 9, and we review the second installment of IDW’s KHAN backstory.

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40: It’s a Coup d’Yacht!

Ill Wind.

Did you know the Federation has a bi-annual solar sailing race? Neither did we. But they do, and it’s the job of Starfleet’s flagship to oversee event and make sure no one cheats. It’s all part of Ill Wind, a four-part DC comic series from 1995 penned by Diane Duane that not only delivers the fun of TNG but also a message about growing older, past regrets, and new horizons.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the race as we go through Ill Wind to find out about one of Picard’s favorite hobbies, locate the areas of the 1701-D with the best sensor resolution, and ask why Troi is so sleepy all the time.

In news we find out who will be writing the Data-centric follow up to Cold Equations, learn why the books in the upcoming Seekers series suddenly have titles, check in on the full 2014 slate from Pocket Books, and get an update on IDW’s plans for John Byrne’s photo comic series. 

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39: Never Misplace Your TARDIS

Horn and Ivory.

When we last left Kira she was faced with a choice of paths on a distant world in the Delta Quadrant. Two Iconian gateways offered very different escape routes from a seemingly hopeless situation. Which did she choose? Demons of Air and Darkness left a huge thread dangling—but it was by design.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the Deep Space Nine entry in the final Gateways book, What Lay Beyond, which tells the story of what happened to Kira after Taran’atar returned to the station. We explore what this short story, “Horn and Ivory,” adds to the richness of Bajor and how it helps Kira stop living in the shadow of the baseball. In news we find out what the coming year has in store for fans of The Lost Era and Section 31, and we delve into Mike Johnson’s new StarTrek.com series “Writer’s Log.” 

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38: Beyond the Apocalypse

Una McCormack: The Crimson Shadow.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as Una McCormack joins us to talk about her entry in the series, The Crimson Shadow. As the second book in The Fall, The Crimson Shadow continues the overall story but also brings together two fan favorites—Picard and Garak—to further the story of a post-war Cardassia. Una talks to us about the genesis of her novel, the political undertones, and what she wanted to accomplish in writing Picard and Garak. In news we steer clear of a super-spoilery blurb for Peaceable Kingdoms, preview Star Trek Ongoing #29 and Khan #4, and bring you our review of the second installment in The Khitomer Conflict. 

 

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37: Commander Is the Sweet Spot

Demons of Air and Darkness.

The two-part Avatar kicked off the relaunch of Deep Space Nine in the novels and, along with Abyss, introduced new faces and moved familiar ones beyond "What You Leave Behind." In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue their look at the DS9 relaunch with the fourth book, Demons of Air and Darkness. Unlike the first three novels, this instalment doubles as DS9's entry in the seven-part Gateways series rather than being purely the next chapter in the relaunch. As such, Keith R. A. DeCandido had to balance the tone between the special series and the continuation of Deep Space Nine. How well did that work? We find out as we discuss the concept, the Iconian gateways, the spiritual questions with which Kira and Taran'atar are faced, the growth of Ezri, and more.

 

Plus, in our news segment we find out that there's more to come for the resurrected Data and we review the first issue of IDW's new Khan series.

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36: An Archduke Ferdinand Moment

David R. George III: Revelation and Dust.

The Star Trek universe as you know it is about to change. Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones kick off The Fall with special guest David R. George III, whose DS9 novel Revelation and Dust sets the stage for the series. We discuss the incredible new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9 station, how Doug Drexler, Andy Probert, and Douglas E. Graves helped shape the visual design, the continuation of Kira's journey and the broader DS9 story, the challenges of writing a book that builds upon so many past novels while making the story accessible to new readers, and how Revelation and Dust not only sets up The Fall but also pays tribute to Deep Space Nine on its 20th anniversary. Plus, in news, we take a close look inside Larry Nemecek's Stellar Cartography. 

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35: The Hiki Room

The Khitomer Conflict Begins.

Star Trek Into Darkness was built around the belief that war with the Klingons was inevitable—at least in the eyes of Admiral Marcus. The prospect itself served a plot focused on the inner workings of Starfleet. And while the film didn't deliver this galactic conflict, IDW's Star Trek Ongoing series will. The big-screen story was continued in the uninspiring After Darkness and now, with that out of the way, a new four-part story titled "The Khitomer Conflict" begins in Ongoing #25. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first part of this war story to find out just what is going on between the Klingons and Romulans, how the Federation and Section 31 are involved, and why this story should have been After Darkness in the first place.

In our news segment we look at a flood of books and comics news including John Jackson Miller's upcoming Titan novella Absent Enemies, Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness, Scott Harrison's Shadow of the Machine, and two yet-to-be-titled books coming from Scott Pearson and the writing team of Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. We also talk cover art for Dayton Ward's Peaceable Kingdoms and the rest of The Fall, IDW's Stardate Collection Volume 2, and we discuss Dayton's recent Ten For Ward post about Star Trek novels for the new reader. 

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34: Your Father Is a Very Lucky Man

Assignment Earth Comics.

At the end of its second season, the return of The Original Series was in doubt and creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to find something to replace his imperilled show. In 1966 he pitched a pilot script to Desilu studios entitled “Assignment: Earth,” hoping that this would be his next project. But the studio passed, and so he slipped lead characters Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln—along with their cat Isis—into an episode of TOS in hopes that Kirk and Spock would give the extra push needed to get the new series on the air. It failed, but nearly 40 years later comic legend John Byrne resurrected the idea. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a close look at Byrne's five-part series that delivers (mostly) all-new adventures for Seven, Lincoln, and Isis, and how these stories do more justice to Roddenberry's concept than "Assignment: Earth" ever did.

In our news segment we take cover as Kor wields his bat'leth in new art from Keith R. A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, look at the beautiful cover for James Swallow's The Poisoned Chalice, and get another peek at John Byrne's upcoming photo comic. Plus, Chris becomes confused about a classic TV sitcom. 

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33: The Hurt Ball

Mission's End.

The Original Series tells the story of the Enterprise's first five-year mission under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. But where did that mission really begin and where did it really end? In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones find out as they overcome a case of arachnophobia to join Kirk's crew on a trip to Archernar IV. Filling in many of the blanks left by the premature end of TOS, IDW's Mission's End comic series sets Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the paths that lead to where we see them in The Motion Picture

In our news segment we learn about The Klingon Art of War, tell you what you need to read in order to jump into Revelation and Dust and the start of The Fall, and take a look at Madefire's Star Trek motion comic in action. Plus, we play a game of Klingonity, drink up the autumn beers, and recount the history of targ fighting.

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32: From Velcro's Shadow

Dayton Ward: From History's Shadow.

The various crews of Star Trek have taken more than their fair share of journeys through time. Kirk, Spock, Archer, Quark, Janeway... the list goes on and on. But if you look very closely, you might just find that they're all part of a bigger puzzle that is intertwined with our own history—the one we're familar with from outside of Star Trek that is. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new book From History's Shadow and how even recent revelations about the Roswell incident may not be the true story after all.

In our news segment we check in on TrekCore's interview with Kirsten Beyer, look at some new preview pages from Volume 2 of Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, take a peek at IDW's Khan #2, Star Trek Ongoing #27, and the After Darkness omnibus, plus we reveal the identity of the traitor aboard J.J.'s Enterprise—and it's someone you'd never expect. 

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31: The Saliva Incident

Nero Comics.

Following the release of the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film in 2009, IDW released a four-part series that told the backstory of the movie's villain, Nero. Comprised of bits cut from the film along with original elements, the series provides motivation to the actions Nero takes in the film and fills in some of the technological blanks as well. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a flight from Rura Penthe to the edge of the Delta Quadrant and back to Delta Vega to find out why Nero is so hellbent on destroying Spock and the Federation—and how he gains the ability to do it.

In our news segment we give you our review of Star Trek Ongoing #24, which marks the return of the Gorn and builds upon 2013's Star Trek video game as the Enterprise crew continues their post adventures. Plus, we solve the financial crisis that has stumped the galaxy for ages—how to differentiate Breen currency. 

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30: A Centerfold Pullout

Star Trek Reference Books.

When faced with an overwhelming number of Star Trek stories, sometimes we need to step back and look at the nuts and bolts of the universe. What we need is a reference book. Fortunately, many studious and brave men and women have toiled over the years to provide us with just that—resources that offer details of the Star Trek world that are far too vast for our limited human brains to store. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Trek.fm feature writer Phillip Gilfus to explore some of our favourite reference books and to dream about those we hope to one day find on our shelves. Did we include your go-to sources of Trek goodness?

In our news segment we learn that Rob Caswell's once-imaginary Trek series "Seekers" will become books for real, thank to the Vanguard team of David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore, and we glimpse the newly revealed cover of A Very Klingon Khristmas to find out just what happens to naughty little Klingon children. 

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29: Tripper John, M.D.

Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures.

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. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first book in Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series, A Choice of Futures. We explore the early struggles faced by the Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they work to establish the United Federation of Planets, the combined Starfleet, and the very identity of what these organizations will be. The challenges are many as external threats work to undermine the fledgling union, incompatible technologies are pushed together, internal political debates rage, and old rivalries linger. Even Section 31 gets in on the act as our old friend Trip Tucker continues down a path far from the one he once shared with Archer.

In our news segment we take a first look at Kirsten Beyer's Voyager novel Protectors, Greg Cox's TOS-Voyager crossover tale No Time Like The Past, and get a quick peek at the next installment of Rise of the Federation, Tower of Babel. 

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