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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