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
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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

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