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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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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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Category:Novellas -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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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