Vendetta.

The Borg: the Federation's most lethal adversary. A force of nature, nearly unstoppable, and the harbinger of doom for any civilization unfortunate enough to come to the attention of this cybernetic menace. The crew of the Enterprise thwarted their attack on the Federation once; but now, when this relentless enemy comes again in force, can the Federation once again be saved?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the TNG novel Vendetta by Peter David. We talk about Picard's mysterious connection to a woman with a vendetta, the horrors of a Borg attack, Geordi's quixotic role in the novel, new types of Borg, Picard's rival, the Doomsday Machine, the theme of Vendetta, how this book compares to its sequel, Before Dishonor, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about a number of new releases: issue #2 of Star Trek: Aftermath, the 40th anniversary edition of the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage by David Mack. We also review issue #6 of Star Trek: Year Five, and respond to listener feedback from the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 281: The Next Evolutionary Step of the Borg.

News
New Releases (00:03:24)
ST: Year Five #6 Comic Review (00:05:53)
Listener Feedback (00:16:46)

Feature: Vendetta
Picard's Long Lost Love (00:28:43)
The Borg Attack! (00:34:09)
Geordi "Don Quixote LaForge (00:38:49)
The First Female Borg (00:43:32)
A Ferengi Borg (00:48:39)
Capt. Korsmo and Cmdr. Shelby (00:51:34)
Guinan's Sister (00:58:02)
Striving to Achieve (01:03:18)
A Prequel to Before Dishonor (01:12:54)
Ratings (01:15:46)
Final Thoughts (01:19:43)

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-283.mp3
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Aaron Harvey: The Official Guide to the Animated Series.

An often-overlooked corner of the Star Trek universe, the animated Star Trek series of 1973-'74 was the first time Trek would make a comeback. Utilizing most of the original voice talent, TAS approached storytelling in much the same way as its predecessor. A comprehensive guide to this groundbreaking series has never been made available... until now!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Aaron Harvey, Trek.fm host and co-author of Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series. We discuss his passion for the animated adventures of Star Trek, how he and co-author Rich Schepis got the job of creating this guide, the process of putting the book together, the layout of the book, some interesting surprises that were revealed about the series, and wrap up by talking about where Aaron can be found online.

In the news section, we talk about the release of issue #1 of Star Trek: Discovery: Aftermath from IDW, get a sneak peek of Dayton Ward's upcoming Kirk Fu manual, and judge the cover of the upcoming novel Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless by Dave Galanter. We also respond to your Babel Conference feedback for Literary Treks 280: The Rigellians are Psycho.

News
Discovery Aftermath #1 Comic Releases (00:02:57)
Preview Pages from Kirk Fu (00:04:43)
DSC: Dead Endless Cover (00:06:53)
Listener Feedback (00:09:12)

Feature: Aaron Harvey
Passion for TAS (00:15:44)
Getting the Gig (00:22:00)
Canon or Not Canon (00:27:10)
Crafting the Book (00:33:14)
Found Artifacts (00:37:56)
Deep Messages (00:49:17)
The Art in the Book (00:58:31)
Fun Detective Investigations (01:01:55)
Colors, Ships, and Bloopers (01:08:05)
More from Aaron (01:16:02)
Final Thoughts (01:18:20)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Aaron Harvey

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-282.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm MST

Before Dishonor.

The Enterprise has fought a costly battle with the Borg. Now, the massive cube they faced seems to be dormant, and Starfleet sends a team led by Admiral Kathryn Janeway to investigate. However, the Borg ship comes alive without warning and captures the admiral, using her to lead a direct attack on the heart of the Federation. Now, it's up to the crew of the Enterprise, along with Spock and Seven of Nine, to counter the renewed Borg threat.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss Before Dishonor by Peter David. We talk about the newly-evolved Borg, Seven of Nine's role in the story, Ambassador Spock, unexpected actions taken by Picard's crew, the Doomsday Machine, Admiral Janeway's fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we review Star Trek: Year Five #5 from IDW and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 279: The Young, Rash, Impetuous Russian.

News
Star Trek: Year Five #5 Review (00:03:26)
Listener Feedback (00:18:05)

Feature: Before Dishonor
The Borg Again (00:24:16)
Feels Like a Comic Book (00:33:01)
Seven of Nine and Vargo (00:36:30)
Picard is Doomed! (00:41:49)
Spock Boards the Enterprise (00:46:49)
Mutiny (00:53:27)
The Doomsday Machine (01:01:11)
The Battle (01:03:56)
Death Becomes Her (01:08:54)
Some Interesting Notes (01:14:15)
Ratings (01:19:04)
Final Thoughts (01:26:20)

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-281.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Early Voyages #1-4.

Captain Christopher Pike has played a large role in the Star Trek universe over the past year, and we have made a concerted effort to take a look at the books that chronicle the adventures of this captain of the Enterprise. So it only makes sense to cast our gaze back to the late '90s, when Marvel Comics briefly held the licence to print Star Trek comic books, and released a series based on the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Chris Pike.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Shahank Avaaru and Barry DeFord of the Trek Geeks podcast Poli-Treks to discuss the first four issues of Star Trek: Early Voyages. We talk about the crew's introduction in "Flesh of My Flesh," a face-off with the Klingons in "The Fires of Pharos," the crisis on Rigel VII in "Our Dearest Blood," and revisit Talos IV from a new perspective in "Nor Iron Bars a Cage." We wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings and where Barry and Shashank can be found online.

At the top of the show, we respond to your feedback on the Babel Conference for Literary Treks 278: His Losses Continue to "Mount."

News
Brief Updates (00:04:19)
Listener Feedback (00:05:59)

Feature: Early Voyages #1-4
Welcoming the PoliTreks Guys (00:12:31)
Flesh of My Flesh (00:17:29)
The Fires of Pharos (00:32:12)
Our Dearest Blood (00:43:07)
Nor Iron Bars a Cage (00:58:22)
Ratings (01:15:29)
Final Thoughts (01:26:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Shahank Avaaru
Barry DeFord

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-280.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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