Greg Cox: The Antares Maelstrom.

A 23rd century gold rush kicks off when a rare element is discovered on planet Baldur III, and it's up to the crew of the Enterprise to maintain order when the small colony world is overrun by pioneers hoping to strike it rich. Complicating matters is the nearby Antares Maelstrom, a treacherous area of space that has claimed the lives of many explorers over the years. With his crew stretched thin, can Kirk manage to prevent tragedy?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author Greg Cox to the show to discuss his The Antares Maelstrom. We talk about the pergium discovery that starts things off, an old-fashioned western set in space, Sulu's mystery woman and the role they play, a side quest for Spock and Chekov, a major crisis the colony faces, the mysteries of the Antares Maelstrom, and wrap up with projects that Greg is currently working on and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, we review issue #4 of Star Trek: Year Five from IDW, and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 277: You're Meant to Be Confused.

News
Star Trek: Year Five #4 Review (00:02:49)
Listener Feedback (00:11:37)

Feature: Greg Cox
Una in the Legacies Trilogy (00:19:01)
There's Pergium in Them Hills (00:25:32)
Khan's Antares Maelstrom (00:30:11)
An Old Fashion Western (00:33:07)
Sulu's Old Flame and Mystery (00:40:24)
A Shady Character (00:48:37)
Uhura's Dance Hall (00:51:03)
Spock and Chekov's Tea Mission (00:52:48)
Yurnos (00:55:39)
Thunderbird Power Plant (01:00:36)
Getting Through the Maelstrom (01:02:35)
More From Greg (01:14:52)
Final Thoughts (01:19:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Greg Cox

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-279.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

John Jackson Miller: The Enterprise War.

At the end of Star Trek: Discovery's first season, we encounter the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. A long and costly war with the Klingons has taken its toll on Starfleet, but the Enterprise was kept out of the fray. What was this storied starship up to for the duration of the war, and why was she out of contact with Starfleet for so long? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the subject of this week's episode!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by John Jackson Miller to talk about his latest book, The Enterprise War. We discuss how the novel ties into seasons one and two of Discovery, the Lurians and the atypical Baladon, Enterprise's revolving door of engineers, the mysterious Boundless, Lt. Evan Connolly, this novel's links to the wider Trek litverse, the final shocking reveal, and wrap up with what Miller is currently working on and where he can be found online.

In the news segment, we break down the 2020 book schedule as revealed at STLV, as well as news of an upcoming comic prequel to Star Trek: Picard. We also respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 276: There's a Line We Can't Cross.

News
2020 New Book Releases (00:04:19)
Star Trek: Picard Countdown Comic (00:09:41)
Listener Feedback (00:12:22)

Feature: John Jackson Miller
Tying It All Together (00:17:50)
Baladon and the Lurians (00:26:01)
Chief Engineer Galadjian (00:32:32)
Kormagan and the Boundless (00:38:38)
Centuries of War (00:45:24)
Pike's Losses (00:51:01)
Powering the Enterprise (00:52:21)
Lt. Evan Connolly (00:56:37)
Links to Continuity (01:04:27)
The Final Reveal (01:10:36)
More From John (01:23:27)
Final Thoughts (01:32:29)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
John Jackson Miller

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-278.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Sword of Damocles.

The Starship Titan continues its mission of exploration in the Gum Nebula, encountering a strange phenomenon that stops the vessel dead in its tracks. Tracing the cause back to a planet called Orisha, an away from Titan encounters a strange anomaly that has wreaked devastation on the Orishans for millennia, and will cause one member of Titan's crew to come face to face with his destiny...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss Star Trek: Titan: Sword of Damocles by Geoffrey Thorne. We talk about the non-linear nature of the novel, the planet Orisha and its inhabitants, the risky mission to save the Titan, the fate of Jaza Najem, the unorthodox solution that saves the ship, the design of the U.S.S. Titan by Sean Tourangeau, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the fate of the post-Nemesis novelverse following the news from SDCC. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for episode 275: Q is a YouTube Comment Troll.

News
ST: Picard vs. Treklit (00:02:19)
Listener Feedback (00:09:17)

Feature: Sword of Damocles
Non-Linear Storytelling (00:21:46)
Orisha (00:26:54)
Titan's Mission (00:33:57)
Fate and Destiny (00:49:24)
The Solution (00:57:11)
Warp Pulse Theory (01:03:28)
Puzzling Over the Last Chapter (01:05:40)
Character Relationships (01:12:00)
U.S.S. Titan Diagrams (01:14:18)
Ratings (01:17:15)
Final Thoughts (01:19:56)

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-277.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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