Dayton Ward and David R. George III: How to Write Star Trek Novels.

For almost the entire history of Star Trek, novels have played a part in many people's experience of the fandom. They are a way to go beyond what we see on the screen, and Star Trek fiction novels now account for scores more adventures than the television shows and films. But how does a Star Trek novel come to be, and what goes into the writing of a Star Trek adventure in book form?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by veteran Star Trek authors Dayton Ward and David R. George III to discuss how to write Star Trek novels. We talk about how they got their start in writing, the process of how a Trek novel is published, how writing tie-in fiction differs from writing original fiction, how they approach writing the established characters, working with CBS licensing, and what is required for someone to become a Star Trek author. We wrap up by talking about what projects they currently have on the go, and where they can be found online.

In the news segment, we report on a new Discovery novel coming in December, a schedule change for The Autobiography of Mr. Spock, and a new Voyager Mirror Universe comic coming from IDW. We also review the sixth and final issue of The Q Conflict, as well as respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 274: An Old Man in the Park Feeding Pigeons.

News
DSC: Dead Endless Announced (00:02:37)
Autobiography of Mr. Spock in 2020 (00:05:57)
Voyager Mirror Universe Comic Announced (00:08:29)
The Q Conflict #6 Comic Review (00:11:30)
Listener Feedback (00:26:17)

Feature: Dayton Ward and David R. George III
Getting Started (00:30:48)
Star Trek Books Process (00:39:37)
Keeping Up with Continuity (00:45:20)
Painting a Star Trek Picture (00:54:32)
Writing Characters (01:01:25)
Pushing the Envelope (01:06:31)
Working with CBS Licensing (01:12:09)
How to Get Published (01:18:37)
What's in the Works (01:38:14)
Final Thoughts (01:43:47)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Dayton Ward
David R. George III

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

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Q & A.

The supposedly-omnipotent Q has long been a thorn in the side of Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise. From the very beginning of the Enterprise-D's mission to Farpoint, Picard has been put through his paces dealing with the seemingly-childish entity. However, is there more to Q's visitations than meets the eye? Picard and his crew will soon find the answer to that question, with the fate of the entire universe at stake!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the TNG novel Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCandido. We talk about the new crewmembers of the Enterprise, the strange planet at the heart of the novel, the ultimate Q story, the link to "Parallels," Worf's new outlook on life, a particular cover quandary, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we congratulate David Mack on his new role behind the scenes in a couple of upcoming Star Trek television shows, and respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 273: Unintended Consequences.

News
David Mack and Lower Decks (00:02:24)
Listener Feedback (00:05:03)

Feature: Q & A
The New Crew (00:14:06)
Gorsach IX (00:23:44)
Them with a capital T (00:26:10)
The Ultimate Q Story (00:30:53)
Parallels (00:42:20)
Speaking of Worf... (00:47:37)
Who is that on the cover? (00:52:07)
Ratings (00:54:16)
Final Thoughts (00:59:45)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-275.mp3
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The Children of Kings.

Before Kirk's historic five-year mission, the mighty U.S.S. Enterprise was commanded by Captain Christopher Pike. In response to an apparent Klingon attack on a Federation starbase, Pike takes the Enterprise to the Borderlands, a lawless region of space controlled by the Orions. Hoping to strike an alliance with elements of the Orion syndicate, Pike soon discovers that not all is as it seems with this mysterious and ancient race.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Justin Oser to discuss The Children of Kings. We talk about the time period in Star Trek history, some confusion about which timeline the book takes place in, Dr. Philip Boyce, Orion history, Number One, other characters in the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review issue #3 of IDW's Star Trek: Year Five and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference on Literary Treks 272: A Fun Borg Romp?.

News
Star Trek: Year Five #3 Comic Review (00:03:09)
Listener Feedback (00:16:55)

Feature: The Children of Kings
The Setting (00:25:07)
Kelvin or Prime? (00:31:55)
Dr. Philip Boyce (00:42:16)
The Orions (00:47:18)
The Tallith (00:51:59)
How We Visualize Things (00:57:26)
Kritos and Pike (00:59:21)
Number One (01:04:49)
Captain Dmitri Vlasidovich (01:10:54)
Starfleet Intelligence (01:14:05)
Ratings (01:18:08)
Final Thoughts (01:25:20)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Jeffery Harlan (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-274.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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