134: Are We on the Millennium Falcon?

Child of Two Worlds.

2015 has been a banner year for Star Trek literature. With just one more book to talk about, we go back to where it all began: The Space Ship Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. An incident involving a young woman torn between two worlds may lead to open conflict with the Klingon Empire!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last new book of the year, Child of Two Worlds. We discuss exploring Spock, another child of two worlds, The Cage era, media, mobs and violence and our ratings.

In the news section we announce some news about the upcoming year and look back at our favorite books of 2015.

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
Show News (00:02:35)
Our Favorite Books of the Year (00:07:13)

Feature: Child of Two Worlds
End of the Year (00:14:43)
Exploring Spock (00:16:03)
Another Child of Two Worlds (00:27:42)
The Cage Era (00:33:42)
Media, Mobs and Violence (00:37:31)
Ratings (00:44:27)
Final Thoughts of the Year (00:45:55)

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133: Brother From Another Mother

Mere Anarchy: Its Hour Come Round.

The film Star Trek: Generations saw the loss of a legend: Captain James T. Kirk, presumed dead during the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B. The loss is a devastating one, especially for his former crew and the lives he has touched over the many years of his Starfleet career, including the people of the ravaged planet Mestiko. As the people of that world debate joining the Federation, the former crew of the Enterprise come together one last time to usher in a new era for the Payav.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last book in the Mere Anarchy series It’s Hour Come Round. We discuss another end, the loss of Kirk, Bones, family, parallels, adversity bringing people together, an ambiguous ending and our ratings.

In the news segment we take a look the brand new comic Starlet Academy issue #1

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
Funny Story (00:01:50)
Starfleet Acadamy #1 (00:02:26)

Feature: It’s Hour Come Round
Another End (00:09:58)
The Loss of Kirk (00:10:53)
Bones (00:16:54)
Family (00:18:47)
Parallels (00:20:49)
Adversity Bring People Together (00:23:34)
Ambiguous Ending (00:29:28)
Ratings (00:34:05)
Final Thoughts (00:36:22)

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132: It Smells Like Burning

When the Deep Space Nine relaunch began in 2001, readers were treated to a great series of stories that laid the groundwork for the shared continuity of the 24th century novels. Unfortunately, the ongoing story of DS9 under Captain Kira came to an unexpected halt with The Soul Key, the final novel before the narrative was jumped forward to catch up with the rest of the shared universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Soul Key. We discuss the end, a convoluted plot, Ghemor and her plot, characters we know and love, forgotten characters, comparisons, the cover and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about Ongoing #52 and Star Trek/Green Lantern #6.

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
Wrap-Up Podcast (00:03:00)
Ongoing #52 (00:04:08)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 (00:07:11)

Feature: The Soul Key
The End (00:14:04)
Convoluted Plot (00:18:41)
Ghemor and Her Plot (00:21:56)
Characters We Know and Love (00:24:35)
Forgotten Characters (00:28:55)
Comparisons (00:33:07)
The Cover (00:36:41)
Ratings (00:38:34)
Final Thoughts (00:41:13)

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131: Moron Saves the Day

Who Killed Captain Kirk?

Comics have been an integral part of Star Trek, from the first Gold Key Comics in 1967 to Marvel Comics which picked up the license in 1979 and ran until 1982, after which DC Comics continued the adventures of the Enterprise with writers like Diane Duane and Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Peter David’s Who Killed Captain Kirk?. We discuss old comic series, Aspiring to Angels, taking a turn, confusion, a Kirk question, what does Bearclaw do?, an interesting conversation, a wedding, Dante’s Inferno, You’re Dead, Jim, another shift, it’s Finnegan, ratings and final thoughts.

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 Weather Report (00:01:35)

Feature: Who Killed Captain Kirk?
Old Comic Series (00:05:09)
Aspiring to Angels (00:07:12)
Takes a Turn (00:16:16)
Confusion (00:20:54)
Kirk Question (00:26:12)
What Does Bearclaw Do? (00:29:16)
Interesting Conversation (00:31:00)
A Wedding (00:35:26)
Dante’s Inferno (00:36:42)
You’re Dead, Jim (00:43:43)
Another Shift (00:48:12)
It’s Finnegan (00:51:59)
Ratings (00:58:04)
Final Thoughts (01:00:21)

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130: Mestiko’s Tomorrowland

Mere Anarchy: The Blood-Dimmed Tide.

Journeying thought The Original Series timeline the Mere Anarchy series have given fans a taste of what was happening in every period of the characters lives as well as the important events they were apart of and the penultimate book in the series is no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Blood-Dimmed Tide. We discuss Mestiko becoming a focal point, the oversight issue, bureaucracy, setting up the milieu of The Undiscovered Country, the Klingon Empire as a metaphor, Kirk’s prejudice, frustration acting out and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the new covers and blurbs for Elusive Salvation and Live by the Code, the German Prometheus trilogy and Doug Drexler’s upcoming covers for the Prey trilogy.

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
Elusive Salvation Cover and Blurb (00:02:27)
Live by the Code Cover and Blurb (00:06:21)
German Prometheus Trilogy (00:10:18)
Prey Covers (00:13:08)

Feature: The Blood-Dimmed Tide
Crazy to Think (00:15:38)
Mestiko Becoming a Focus (00:16:42)
The Oversight Issue (00:20:22)
Bureaucracy (00:24:49)
Setting Up the Milieu of The Undiscovered Country (00:26:19)
The Klingon Empire as a Metaphor (00:34:54)
Kirk’s Prejudice (00:39:11)
Frustration Acting Out (00:46:17)
Ratings (00:52:22)
Final Thoughts (00:54:24)

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129: SPECTRE Octopus

Seekers 4: All That’s Left.

Seeking out strange new worlds and new civilizations was not just the mission of the Enterprise, there were many other ships in Starlet who boldly went forth to do just that and the crew of the Endeavor was no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore to talk about their latest book in the Seekers series, All That’s Left. We discuss continuing Seekers, a new spin on an old idea, character work, the title, technology, progress and information, artwork, the future of Seekers and what’s next for these gentlemen.

In the news segment we discuss Ongoing #52 and the penultimate Star Trek/Green Lantern issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Dayton Ward
Kevin Dilmore

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
We’ll Let Dayton Tell You (00:02:35)
Ongoing #51 (00:03:00)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #5 (00:07:14)

Feature: All That’s Left
Introduction (00:12:13)
Continuing Seekers (00:12:56)
New Spin on an Old Idea (00:17:56)
Character Work (00:23:40)
The Title (00:33:38)
Technology, Progress and Information (00:36:21)
Artwork (00:50:45)
The Future of Seekers (00:56:43)
What’s Next? (01:00:02)
Final Thoughts (01:14:46)

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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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am MDT

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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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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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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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

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