The Battle of Betazed.

At the height of the Dominion War, the peaceful world of Betazed was invaded by the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians in pursuit of their goal of control over the Alpha Quadrant. With Starfleet stretched thin, the Betazoid Resistance comes up with a desperate plan to turn their power of telepathy against the occupying forces. However, the use of their talents in the goal of killing may change the face of the peace-loving Betazoid culture forever...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the TNG novel The Battle of Betazed by Charlotte Douglas & Susan Kearney. We talk about the criminal Hent Tevren, killing with telepathy, Dr. Crell Moset, DS9's contributions to the mission, Troi's command abilities, the fateful choice facing the people of Betazed, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we report on four new upcoming novels from Simon & Schuster. We also review the Star Trek: Year 5 Valentine's Day special issue and respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 294: Walls Behind Walls Behind Walls.

News
Agents of Influence Blurb (00:03:07)
Other New Releases (00:05:08)
ST: Year Five Valentine's Special (00:08:12)
Listener Feedback (00:22:18)

Feature: The Battle of Betazed
Initial Thoughts (00:24:47)
Hent Tevren (00:33:06)
Killing Me Softly (00:40:32)
Crell Moset (00:51:02)
Lemec and Luaran (00:57:50)
DS9 Representation (01:00:27)
Deanna Troi's Mission (01:07:50)
Violations on Troi (01:12:56)
Amy's Math Moment (01:20:00)
Ratings (01:23:49)
Final Thoughts (01:34:44)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) 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) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-296.mp3
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Mike Johnson: Picard: Countdown.

With an unspeakable tragedy about to strike the homeworld of the Romulan Empire, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard undertakes a daring mission: leading a rescue armada to evacuate millions of Romulan citizens. However, not everyone is supportive of this mission, and the admiral faces some unexpected resistance when he tries to save everyone in danger, not just the Romulans.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome Mike Johnson, co-writer of Star Trek: Picard: Countdown, back to the show. We discuss how the comic trilogy came about, the inclusion of characters from TNG, Picard's new first officer, Tal Shiar operatives Laris and Zhaban, Admiral Picard during this time, the natives of Yuyat Beta, Romulan diversity, the machinations of the Tal Shiar, and wrap up with what Mike is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show we review Star Trek: Year Five #9 and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 294: Pulling the Strings.

News
Star Trek Year Five #9 Comic Review (00:02:25)
Listener Feedback (00:14:24)

Feature: Mike Johnson
Getting Started (00:20:11)
TNG Characters (00:27:21)
Commander Raffi Musiker (00:32:12)
Laris and Zhaban (00:35:36)
Who is Admiral Picard? (00:38:01)
Yuyat Beta Natives (00:41:58)
Making It All Fit (00:46:00)
Romulan Diversity (00:51:33)
The Tal Shiar (00:55:42)
More To Come (01:01:18)
Final Thoughts (01:07:17)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Mike Johnson

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) 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) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-295.mp3
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Hollow Men.

Deep Space Nine has always tended towards the darker side of Star Trek, and there is no greater example than the sixth season episode "In the Pale Moonlight." In order to bring the Romulans into the war on the side of the Federation, Sisko enlists the aid of Garak to produce fake evidence of a Dominion invasion plan for Romulus. Of course, things go sideways, and the result is murder. But what was the fallout from these events?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the Deep Space Nine novel Hollow Men by Una McCormack. We talk about how the novel follows up on "In the Pale Moonlight," the guilt that Sisko is wrestling with, the enigma of Tomas Roeder, former Starfleet officer turned peace activist, the strange crew of the freighter Ariadne, Odo's suspicions about a theft on the station, how all these storylines tie together in the end, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge Alan Dean Foster's upcoming Trek novel The Unsettling Stars by its cover, and we respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 293: And Then What Happened?.

News
The Unsettling Stars Cover (00:02:43)
Listener Feedback (00:06:08)

Feature: Hollow Men
Following "In the Pale Moonlight" (00:11:09)
Sisko's Guilt (00:17:37)
Garak in a Deep, Dark Hole (00:28:40)
Tomas Roeder (00:34:45)
The Crew of the Ariadne (00:37:50)
Suspicious Activities (00:42:58)
Putting the Pieces Together (00:49:20)
Ratings (01:10:31)
Final Thoughts (01:16:18)

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) 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) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-294.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Keith R.A. DeCandido: A Singular Destiny.

The galaxy has been changed forever. The Borg, once the Federation's most fearsome enemy, has been eliminated once and for all thanks to the efforts of four courageous Starfleet captains. But now, the Federation and the rest of the powers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants are left to pick up the pieces after the devastating invasion that left billions dead. New challenges and mysteries are on the horizon, however, and the long-term consequences of the Borg invasion are only now beginning to be felt.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by Keith R.A. DeCandido to discuss his novel A Singular Destiny. We talk about following up Destiny, the interstitial chapters which give us a glimpse into hidden corners of Federation society, Sonek Pran and his uniqueness in the Star Trek universe, President Nan Bacco, the Typhon Pact, A Singular Destiny's legacy, and wrap up with what Keith is working on now and where he can be found online.

In the news segment, we report on four upcoming titles: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack, Picard: Official Collector's Edition behind-the-scenes book from Titan, The Original Series: The Higher Frontier by Chrisopher L. Bennett, and Hell's Mirror, a Khan/Mirror Universe comic coming from IDW! We also respond to Babel Conference feedback for Literary Treks 291: Get People Laughing While They're Squatting and Literary Treks 292: More of a Culmets Book.

News
Picard: The Last Best Hope Cover (00:03:21)
ST: Picard Official Collector's Edition (00:05:48)
TOS: The Higher Frontier Cover (00:07:58)
TOS: Hell's Mirror Comic Announced (00:10:52)
Listener Feedback (00:13:12)

Feature: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Post-Destiny (00:21:53)
Interstitial Bits Between Chapters (00:28:26)
Sonak Pran (00:33:27)
Articles of the Federation (00:46:25)
Typhon Pact (00:50:41)
A Singular Destiny's Legacy (00:57:16)
The Cover Art (01:07:17)
More From Keith (01:09:42)
Final Thoughts (01:19:25)
Bonus Tidbit From Keith (01:27:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Keith R.A. DeCandido

Production
Bruce Gibson (Editor and Producer) Dan Gunther (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) 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) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-293.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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