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

 

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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

 

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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.
 
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Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones
 
Guest
Kirsten Beyer
 
Editor and Producer
Christopher Jones
 
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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)
Sponsor: Audible (10:51)
 
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.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guests

Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

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News

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.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Guest

James Edwards

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

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News

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)

Sponsor: Audible (23:24)

 

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.

 

Hosts

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



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