David Mack: More Beautiful Than Death.

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek came out of the gate like a race horse, giving us a new take on the Original Series characters, in a new universe that allowed the creative team at Bad Robot the freedom to take them where they wanted. It was also meant to be a time to forge new boundaries for the literary treks, yet sadly it would take ten years for the books to see publication.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones welcome David Mack back to the show to talk about his book More Beautiful Than Death. We discuss the long publication history, changes to the book, the audiobook market, writing the Kelvin Timeline, themes from the book, the Akiron, disasters, fear and where to find David online and what he has coming up next.

In the news section we look at the new Voyager comic Seven's Reckoning that is coming from IDW and our plans for covering the DS9 comic, Too Long A Sacrifice.

News
Seven's Reckoning Comic (00:01:42)
Too Long A Sacrifice Plan (00:05:19)

Feature: David Mack
It's Been a Long Road (00:06:48)
Changes to the Book (00:09:53)
The Audiobook Market (00:14:53)
Writing the Kelvin Timeline (00:20:44)
Doing What is Right (00:32:25)
Belief (00:37:24)
The Needs of the Many (00:47:09)
The Twist (00:54:21)
The Akiron (01:00:31)
Cultural Impact of Disaster (01:02:07)
The Things Fear Causes (01:08:39)
What is Next and Where to Find David (01:15:58)
Final Thoughts (01:19:31)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Direct download: li-309.mp3
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Over a Torrent Sea.

In the aftermath of the devastating events of the Destiny trilogy, the Starship Titan is once again assigned to deep space exploration beyond the farthest borders of the Federation. Investigating an oceanic world of abundant and mysterious life, the crew unwittingly causes distress to the ecosystem and to the lives of the inhabitants of the world, nicknamed Droplet. Now, Captain Riker and Ensign Lavena, cut off from the rest of the crew, must convince their captors of their sincere desire to help the people of Droplet before the damage becomes irreparable.

In their final episode as hosts of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the Star Trek: Titan novel Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L. Bennett. They talk about Titan's new mission, the Squales of Droplet, Ensign Aili Lavena and her past, a difficult maternal situation for Deanna Troi, the unintended consequences of the crew's decisions, atonement for past mistakes, and wrap up with their final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan review the first issue in IDW's new Deep Space Nine miniseries, Too Long a Sacrifice.

News
DS9: Too Long A Sacrifice Comic Review (00:06:03)

Feature: Over a Torrent Sea
Deep Space Mission (00:19:57)
Droplet and the Squales (00:24:36)
Aili Lavena (00:28:16)
Sexual Rendezvous (00:32:06)
Far Off Delivery Ward (00:38:22)
Unintended Consequences (00:48:06)
Atonement (00:53:53)
Ratings (01:04:56)
Final Thoughts (01:16:36)

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-308.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

John Jackson Miller: Die Standing.

Philippa Georgiou, former Emperor of the Terran Empire in the Mirror Universe, has found herself in our universe and under the watchful eye of Section 31. Believing that she has knowledge and skills useful to the organization, she is recruited to take on a mission into a mysterious region of space known as the Troika. However, she has her own agenda. Will Georgiou make good on her desire to rebuild all she has lost in our universe?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller to talk about his most recent Discovery novel, Die Standing. We talk about Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius, Section 31, a familiar face from The Original Series, a Trill gymnast named Emony Dax, a vampiric cloud creature, the mysterious Troika and the three species that comprise it, and wrap up with what John is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review issue #12 of Star Trek: Year Five, and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere.

News
Star Trek Year Five #12 Review (00:03:05)
Listener Feedback (00:18:04))

Feature: John Jackson Miller
Emperor Philippa Georgiou (00:23:57)
Section 31 (00:46:03)
Finnegan (00:50:06)
Emony Dax (00:54:55)
Quintilian and the Cloud (01:00:57)
Completely Alien Aliens (01:13:31)
Captain Eagan (01:19:20)
The Cascade (01:20:16)
The Final Journey (01:24:30)
Discovery Season 3 Trailer (01:31:51)
The Book Title (01:36:36)
Kenobi (01:39:44)
Evolving Star Trek (01:42:54)
More From JJM (01:45:45)
Final Thoughts (01:50:24)

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) 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-307.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Dayton Ward: Agents of Influence.

When the extraction of undercover agents from the Klingon Empire goes disastrously wrong, it’s up to Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to come to the rescue. The U.S.S. Endeavour, crashed on the surface of an asteroid, must hold out against Klingon reprisal and Orion attacks long enough to ensure they deliver their valuable passengers safely back to Federation space.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by author Dayton Ward to discuss his newest Original Series novel, Agents of Influence. We talk about the undercover agents at the center of this story, the U.S.S. Endeavour and her crew, the Klingon/Orion alliance, an unorthodox “ground assault” on a starship, Klingons and Humans coming to an understanding, a spy among Starfleet’s ranks, and wrap up with what Dayton is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan talk about their decision to move on from Literary Treks and where they will be continuing the Star Trek book and comics discussion in the future. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for the previous episode, Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes.

News
Changes to Literary Treks (00:03:12)
Listener Feedback (00:08:55)

Feature: Dayton Ward
The Premise (00:13:17)
Secret Agents (00:16:53)
U.S.S. Endeavour (00:23:01)
The Lirin (00:31:00)
Orions and the Klingons (00:33:32)
Bridging the Gap (00:35:57)
Ground Assault (00:43:13)
Dampening Field (00:46:35)
The Dreamline (00:47:59)
Who Done It (00:50:16)
The Original Crew (00:54:59)
More From Dayton (01:01:24)
Final Thoughts (01:03:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

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-306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

String Theory, Book 3: Evolution.

After incalculable losses, the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager continue to battle against the forces of "Phoebe Janeway" and her army of exiles, determined to re-enter Exosia. The effects of the conflict among the Nacene threaten to spill beyond the boundaries of the Monorhan system. The very underpinning of the universe threatens to unravel thanks to the actions of the exiled Nacene, and only Voyager stands in their way!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the third and final book in the String Theory trilogy: Evolution by Heather Jarman. We talk about Tom & Harry's adventure in the Q Continuum, The Doctor's mission to Ocampa's past, the final showdown on Voyager, Janeway's absence in this novel, the plot elements that set us up for Voyager's future, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we judge the upcoming More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack by its cover, review issue #11 of Star Trek: Year Five, and respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 304: Vulcans Do Not Cry.

News
'More Beautiful Than Death' Details (00:02:20)
New Star Trek Comics Schedule (00:10:39)
Star Trek Year Five #11 Review (00:12:17)
Listener Feedback (00:23:59)

Feature: String Theory: Evolution
Tom and Harry’s Big Adventure (00:27:14)
The Doctor's Quantum Leap (00:39:11)
Showdown on Voyager (00:49:38)
Lack of Janeway (00:54:49)
Setting up for Season 5 (01:02:42)
Ratings (01:09:08)
Final Thoughts (01:14:29)

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-305.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

String Theory: Fusion.

As Voyager continues her exploration of the Monorhan star system, they encounter a vast array orbiting a black home. Tuvok, having been compelled to board the array, has come under the influence of a mysterious alien lifeform. Meanwhile, a powerful being in the guise of Captain Janeway's sister, Phoebe, carries out her sinister agenda aboard Voyager.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the second book in the String Theory trilogy, Fusion by Kirsten Beyer. We talk about Tuvok's journey, the mysterious array, the fourteenth tribe of Monorha and their role in the events unfolding, Phoebe Janeway, and the cliffhanger ending, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we discuss the results of a recent poll in our Goodreads group, review the classic DS9 comic Blood & Honor written by Mark Lenard, and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 303: A Pair of Legs in Sickbay.

News
Post-Series Novels Poll (00:04:08)
DS9 - Blood & Honor Comic Review (00:06:31)
Listener Feedback (00:22:27)

Feature: String Theory: Fusion
Tuvok’s Music (00:29:16)
The Array (00:32:47)
The Fourteenth Tribe (00:36:23)
Phoebe Janeway (00:39:00)
Kol-ut-shan for Tuvok (00:46:09)
Exosia (00:54:22)
Cliffhanger Ending (00:58:11)
Ratings (01:01:38)
Final Thoughts (01:06:59)

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-304.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

String Theory: Cohesion.

During its seven-year journey through the Delta Quadrant, the U.S.S. Voyager has encountered many strange phenomena and spatial anomalies. Among the strangest turns out to be an impossible binary star system, home to a people who should not be able to survive there. When the crew comes to the aid of the Monorhans, they discover that their desire to help may be outweighed by the terrible risks presented by this strange region of space.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss String Theory: Cohesion by Jeffrey Lang. We talk about the unique setting of the novel, the strange star system, the Monorhans, the effects of the strange radiation in the system, Seven and B'Elanna Torres's contentious relationship, the Key to Gramadia, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the upcoming Voyager: To Lose the Earth by Kirsten Beyer. We also respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 302: What If A.I. Becomes Mommy?

News
VGR: 'To Lose the Earth' Cover (00:04:42)
Listener Feedback (00:10:47)

Feature: String Theory: Cohesion
The Setting (00:15:52)
An Odd System... (00:21:55)
A Refugee Ship (00:25:02)
The Monorhans (00:33:30)
Radiation Craziness (00:38:13)
Sem's Motivation (00:42:12)
The Seven-B’Elanna Collective (00:47:40)
The Key to Gremadia (00:59:26)
Next Time on Voyager… (01:04:55)
Ratings (01:07:55)
Final Thoughts (01:10:47)

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-303.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Alan Dean Foster: The Unsettling Stars.

The J.J. Abrams film Star Trek was released over a decade ago now, and as expected, novels featuring the new "Kelvin Timeline" crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise were solicited. Four novels were originally scheduled, but none of them were released... until now! Newly-minted Captain James T. Kirk leads the Enterprise on a rescue mission to save a ship of refugees. Settling them on a nearby planet, all seems well. However, the refugees and their new neighbors are soon at odds for what seems to be the strangest of reasons.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson & Dan Gunther welcome legendary author Alan Dean Foster to the show to discuss his new novel, The Unsettling Stars. We talk about the long path to publication for this novel, the experience of writing the alternate Trek characters, the two major alien races in the novel, the unique problem presented by the Perenoreans, Alan Dean Foster's contributions to the legacy of Star Trek, and wrap up with what he is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, we report on the newly-released cover for the newest Star Trek Little Golden Book. We also review a DS9 comic, "The Rules of Diplomacy," written by Aron Eisenberg, Nog himself! And finally, we discuss listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 301: Sing a Song of Sixpence.

News
Star Trek Alphabet Book Cover (00:03:23)
DS9: The Rules of Diplomacy Comic Review (00:06:04)
Listener Feedback (00:15:32)

Feature: Alan Dean Foster
Kicking Off the Kelvin Timeline (00:18:56)
Writing the Alternate Characters (00:24:14)
The Perenoreans and the SiBor (00:30:36)
Being Too Helpful (00:36:25)
No Flaws, Then No Drama (00:39:19)
Making People Think (00:44:09)
Identifying With Aliens (00:47:22)
Contributions to Star Trek (00:51:45)
More From Alan (01:00:09)
Final Thoughts (01:03:08)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Alan Dean Foster

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-302.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Seven of Nine.

In Star Trek: Voyager's fourth season, a new character was introduced: Seven of Nine, a former Borg drone liberated from the Collective by Captain Janeway and her crew. Played by Jeri Ryan, the character was an immediate hit, so it only makes sense that the character would eventually be introduced into the Voyager tie-in novels being published at the time.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Suzanne Williamson to the show to discuss the Voyager novel Seven of Nine by Christie Golden. We talk about capitalizing on a new character, Annika Hansen and Seven's memories, the significance of the ravens, the Skedans and their vendetta against Emperor Beytek, ties to the wider lit-verse, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the delays in the publication of Trek comics thanks to COVID-19. We also respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 300: Miss Cleo's Just a Spectre!

News
IDW Comics COVID-19 (00:02:56)
Listener Feedback (00:08:19)

Feature: Seven of Nine
First Time Read? (00:13:33)
Capitalizing on a New Character (00:17:05)
Insights into Seven of Nine (00:20:14)
Her Memories and Pathways (00:25:38)
The Black Birds (00:36:28)
The Skedans' Weapon (00:42:48)
Poor Harry and Chakotay (00:49:10)
Tom and B'Elanna (00:54:49)
Ties to the Wider Lit-verse (00:56:52)
Emperor Beytek and Xanarit (00:58:57)
Ratings (01:01:21)
Final Thoughts (01:07:47)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Suzanne Williamson

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-301.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Higher Frontier.

Mysterious armored warriors have reduced the Aenar population to nearly zero. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise must investigate this brutal and seemingly unprovoked attack with the help of Miranda Jones and the Medusan ambassador, Kollos. However, the situation escalates when the targets of the mysterious attackers expands to include other telepaths, including members of the Enterprise crew. Can the mystery surrounding these dangerous warriors be solved before more lives are lost?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the new TOS novel The Higher Frontier by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about Commander Thelin and the Aenar, the "New Humans," a sequel to "Is There in Truth No Beauty?," the war between the Spectres and the Lords, parallels to hate groups here on Earth, ending the novel on a hopeful note, some fun references from the author, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently announced TOS novel, A Contest of Principles by Greg Cox. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 299: We Need a Kick in Our Complacency.

News
TOS: A Contest of Principles Synopsis (00:05:45)
Listener Feedback (00:09:23)

Feature: The Higher Frontier
The Aenar and Thelin (00:16:19)
New Humans (00:24:16)
Is There in Truth No Beauty? (00:30:16)
The Spectres and Lords (00:34:53)
V'Ger (00:41:22)
Hate Groups (00:44:15)
T'Nalae and the V'tosh ka'tur (00:51:53)
Ending on a Hopeful Note (00:54:53)
Admiral Morrow (00:57:35)
Starfleet: The Enterprise Chronicles (00:59:37)
Ratings (01:05:37)
The Crew's New Positions (01:09:44)
Final Thoughts (01:13:08)

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-300.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Losing the Peace.

The Federation has won the war. The Borg, once humanity's most lethal enemy, are gone forever. However, new challenges arise as the people of the Federation deal with the aftermath of the greatest, most unimaginable loss of life, leading to the displacement of countless Federation citizens. Will Starfleet have won the war only to lose the peace they've struggled so valiantly for?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge's Brandi Jackola to talk about Losing the Peace by William Leisner. We talk about Crusher's role in the story including flashbacks to her past, the refugee situation on Pacifica, Chen and Taurik's grief, Choudhury's journey, the grim reminder to listen to our better angels, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we discuss the newly-revealed cover of *Agents of Influence* by Dayton Ward and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 298: Utopia is a Series of Choices.

News
Agents of Influence Cover (00:02:16)
Listener Feedback (00:07:08)

Feature: Losing the Peace
Having Not Read the Books Before (00:13:47)
Starting at Chateau Picard (00:18:58)
Beverly Helping Others Selflessly (00:23:52)
Refugees on Pacifica (00:31:27)
Chen and Taurik’s Grief (00:40:25)
Choudhury Coming to Terms (00:45:55)
Listen to our Better Angels (00:51:45)
Kadohata and Her Family (00:56:55)
Captain Hernandez Reference (00:59:54)
Ratings (01:01:02)
Final Thoughts (01:09:30)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandi Jackola

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-299.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Una McCormack: The Last Best Hope.

Since the debut of Star Trek: Picard earlier this year, fans have been enjoying the continued adventures of Jean-Luc Picard as he delves into the mystery of Dahj and Soji, the android daughters of his former shipmate, Lt. Commander Data. However, many things have changed since Star Trek Nemesis and the year in which Picard is set. How did we get from there to here?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Una McCormack, author of Picard: The Last Best Hope to the show. We discuss the process of writing the novel, the social issues it deals with, the threat of the breakup of the Federation, the research led by Dr. Amal Safadi, the crew of Picard's new ship, the Verity, the revenge of the synths, a melancholy ending, and wrap up with what Una is currently working on and where she can be found online.

In the news segment, we judge the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing by its cover and back-cover blurb, and report on the pending sale of Simon & Schuster. We also respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 297: A Palm Punch with No Follow Through.

News
DIS: Die Standing Cover (00:02:57)
ViacomCBS Selling Simon & Schuster (00:06:39)
Listener Feedback (00:10:09)

Feature: Una McCormack
The Process (00:12:21)
Social Issues (00:21:30)
Federation Secession (00:26:21)
Critical Findings Remain Secret (00:32:10)
Admiral Picard (00:41:37)
A Melancholy Ending (00:46:27)
U.S.S. Verity Crew (00:52:40)
Revenge of the Synths (00:57:03)
Close to Canon (01:02:51)
Hollow Men and More (01:04:57)
Final Thoughts (01:08:17)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Una McCormack

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-298.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Dayton Ward: Kirk Fu Manual.

Starfleet has always been an organization dedicated to the peaceful exploration of space. However, Starfleet officers have to be able to defend themselves against the threats that the final frontier throws at them. To that end, Starfleet trains its officers in a variety of hand-to-hand combat skills. An expert wielder of these martial arts is Captain James T. Kirk, who has not only mastered these skills, but also has developed some of his own unique techniques of dealing with aggressive alien threats!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome Dayton Ward back to the show to talk about his book Kirk Fu Manual: A Guide to Starfleet's Most Feared Martial Art. We discuss where the idea for the book came from, Dayton's process of writing it, the fantastic artwork, Dayton's favorite Kirk Fu moves, where our listeners can find the book, and wrap up with where Dayton can be found online and what he is currently working on.

At the top of the show, we talk about the recently announced DS9 comic miniseries Too Long a Sacrifice from IDW and review Star Trek: Year Five #10.

News
DS9: Too Long a Sacrifice Miniseries (00:03:50)
Star Trek Year Five #10 Comic Review (00:06:31)

Feature: Dayton Ward
The Book Idea (00:19:49)
Writing the Book (00:24:39)
Favorite Kirk Moves (00:27:31)
The Artwork (00:31:18)
Promoting the Book (00:38:11)
Where Available (00:41:48)
More From Dayton (00:44:21)
Star Trek Never Ends (00:48:34)
Final Thoughts (00:57:52)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

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-297.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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