Patterns of Interference.

The Prime Directive: The cornerstone of Federation law when it comes to interacting with other cultures. How did this important directive come into being, and what were the intentions of the original authors of Starfleet's overriding policy? We journey back to the early days of the Federation to find out!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference. We discuss the dictator Maltuvis, the ultimate Prime Directive debate, a strange new world, freedom and truth, Section 31's fatal flaw, what's in store for Trip, and Archer's beagle companion, Porthos.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently revealed (and incorrect) cover for David Mack's upcoming Titan novel, Fortune of War.

News
Cover for Titan: Fortune of War (00:03:33)

Feature: Patterns of Interference
A New Book Release (00:08:44)
The Rise of the Federation (00:11:48)
Maltuvis (00:13:32)
The Ultimate Prime Directive Debate (00:21:25)
Strange New Worlds (00:31:35)
Freedom and Truth (00:42:22)
Section 31 (00:50:04)
Trip's Future (00:58:09)
Porthos (01:01:56)
Ratings (01:06:40)
Final Thoughts (01:17:24)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Justin Oser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-203.mp3
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Scott Mantz: Star Trek Fotonovels.

Before VCRs, DVRs and Netflix, viewers had to watch Star Trek as it appeared on TV. There were no options to record. You couldn't buy the episodes on Blu-ray or download them online. To relive favorite episodes, fans were at the mercy of watching reruns on their local TV station. The only way to enjoy certain episodes over and over again on your own time was to open a book filled with full-color photographs and dialogue directly from the series.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz to talk about Star Trek Fotonovels from the 1970s. We discuss our fond memories of the '70s, Scott's favorite episode of all time, his collection of all twelve fotonovels, their influence on John Byrne's New Visions comics, and the interviews and glossaries found in the back of the books.

In the news segment, we talk about new comics from IDW Publishing coming in November and the latest issue of Star Trek New Visions #17: "All the Ages Frozen."

News
November Comics (00:04:08)
New Visions #17 (00:11:03)

Feature: Scott Mantz
A Special Guest (00:29:40)
What Are They? (00:30:57)
Episodes Adapted (00:34:12)
John Byrne's Photo-comics (00:44:55)
New Fotonovels (00:47:04)
Why You Should Get Them (00:49:47)
Coming Next For Scott (00:59:18)
Final Thoughts (01:03:50)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Scott Mantz

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Q-Strike.

A powerful force has been unleashed on an unsuspecting galaxy: a dangerous being who once tested the might of the entire Q Continuum. Now, it's up to Picard and his crew, along with Q and his family, to thwart this enemy and keep the galaxy as we know it from complete and utter destruction.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are again joined by The Edge and Earl Grey host Amy Nelson to talk about the final novel in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Strike by Greg Cox. We discuss the plot of the novel, a sad end to a family crisis, the Q family dynamic, the ending of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for both this novel and the Q Continuum trilogy as a whole.

In the news segment, we review two comics: the final issue of the Waypoint series, and issue #3 of the Mirror Broken miniseries.

News
Waypoint #6 (00:03:26)
Mirror Broken #3 (0017:06:)

Feature: Q-Strike
Book Three (00:30:45)
The Plot (00:34:46)
Lem Faal and His Kids (00:46:47)
The Q Family Dynamic (00:56:03)
End of the Book (01:02:43)
Ratings (01:08:05)
Final Thoughts (01:15:15)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: LT-201.mp3
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Dayton Ward: Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Klingon Empire.

Sunscreen? Check. Klingon etiquette guide? Check. Marc Okrand's Klingon Dictionary? Check. You're all set for your ultimate vacation to the Klingon homeworld! There's just one more book you should remember to bring in order to make your holiday an honorable one...

In this milestone episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about his latest work, the Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire! We discuss the research that went into the book, where Dayton got his ideas, the connections to the Star Trek novelverse, some great places for food and drink on Kronos, dos and don'ts while traveling in the Klingon Empire, and wrap up with what Dayton is currently working on.

In the news, Dayton joins us to discuss his upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel, highlights from the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, and we end up having a bit of surprise wordplay fun with a book release from 2016 that we forgot to cover in a previous episode!

News
A Special Welcome (00:01:28)
Dayton's Special Introduction (00:11:04)
More Book News (00:16:34)
Star Trek Mad Libs (00:26:14)

Feature: Dayton Ward
The Process (00:31:25)
References (00:40:50)
The Art (00:45:11)
World-building (00:49:00)
Coming Up for Dayton (01:06:07)
Final Thoughts (01:15:23)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Preserver.

What if our actions are not our own? What if all of us are merely pawns in a universe-spanning game, controlled by vastly older races with agendas and motivations that remain obscured? How would we know? And, most importantly, how would the mighty Captain Kirk deal with them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Shatnerverse novel Preserver. We discuss the nature of the Preservers, fate versus free will, duplicate Earths, secret groups within the Federation, the two Kirks, Teilani, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Star Trek comic news from SDCC and review issue #10 of Boldly Go.

News
IDW Publishing Update From SDCC (00:05:02)
Boldly Go #10 (00:10:36)

Feature: Preserver
The William Shatnerverse (00:20:16)
The Preservers (00:23:53)
Fate/Predestination (00:31:50)
Duplicate Earths (00:47:36)
Section 31? (00:51:55)
Two Kirks (01:04:08)
No Happy Ending (01:07:13)
Ratings (01:14:13)
Final Thoughts (01:18:17)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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Q-Zone.

As the Enterprise holds her own against a swarm of energy creatures determined to keep the crew from completing their mission, Q leads Picard on a journey through his past, where a force even greater than Q and with an even wider cruel streak wreaks havoc on the galaxy.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the second book of the Q Continuum series, Q-Zone. We talk about stardate snafus, peer pressure, bad parenting, 0's gang of evil-doers, the end of the TKon Empire, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the upcoming e-book release, I, The Constable by Paula Block and Terry Erdmann, a new activity book called Search for Spock by Robb Pearlman, a resolution to the issue with Discovery novel pre-orders at Amazon UK, and we talk about the IDW comic releases for October, including some news about the Star Trek: Discovery comics.

News
I, the Constable (00:06:36)
Search for Spock (00:09:02)
Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours paperback in UK (00:13:33)
Comic News (00:15:20)

Feature: Q-Zone
The Middle Book (00:22:21)
Peer Pressure (00:26:53)
Bad Parenting (00:41:26)
0's Band of Not-So-Merry Men (00:47:19)
Here Comes the Sun (00:52:36)
Ratings (01:10:08)
Final Thoughts (01:14:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-198.mp3
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Enigma Tales: Una McCormack.

Garak has gone from spy to revolutionary to ambassador to castellan of the Cardassian Union in just a few short years. In that time, Cardassia has changed immensely. But the people of Cardassia still share a lot of guilt, and ghosts of the past may be rising again to ruin the lives of some of Cardassia's finest. Now, it is up to Dr. Kate Pulaski to discover the truth before it is too late!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack to talk about her new novel, DS9: Enigma Tales. We discuss the plot, the characters, some historical touchstones that the story parallels, the nature of Cardassian enigma tales, the state of Dr. Bashir, and wrap up with Una's upcoming projects and where you can find her online. Please note: the first part of the feature is spoiler-free, and we get into spoilers for the second half.

In the news segment, we have a link to a short supplemental to Dayton Ward's Klingon Travel Guide: "7 Common Offworlder Questions Klingons Are Tired of Hearing."

News
Something Different (00:02:28)
Questions about the Klingon Travel Guide (00:03:36)

Feature: Una McCormack
Special Guest (00:06:06)
Una and Garak (00:06:41)
The Plot (00:08:03)
Character Rundown (00:11:11)
Married to Each Other (00:23:26)
Historical Touchstones (00:26:52)
A Funny Book (00:32:09)
Garak's Relationships (00:38:21)
Leading Cardassia (00:39:41)
Enigma Tales (00:42:01)
The State of Bashir (00:46:56)
What's Next for Una (00:52:29)
Final Thoughts (00:55:59)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Una McCormack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-197.mp3
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Shield of the Gods.

The Department of Temporal Investigations is responsible for maintaining the timeline, preventing galaxy-ending paradoxes, and stopping temporal criminals. Their track record for meeting these goals has been put in jeopardy by a criminal named Daiyar who intends to use an item stolen from the DTI's vault to change history, and it's up to the agents to put an end to her scheme.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the latest DTI e-novella, Shield of the Gods. We talk about Daiyar's scheme, character vs. plot, the Aegis Prime Directive, the Deltan concept of love, Ranjea's ultimate fate, the meaning of the title, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we mention the imminent releases of Eaglemoss's Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection volume 2 and Dayton Ward's Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire.

News
Eaglemoss: The Graphic Novel Collection Volume 2 (00:03:07)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide (00:04:33)

Feature: Shield of the Gods
New Ebook (00:06:20)
The Plot (00:09:16)
Character vs. Plot (00:16:26)
Aegis (00:19:15)
Protect Those You Love (00:34:50)
Are You Lonely Tonight? (00:42:36)
Ranjea's Fate (00:45:20)
The Title (00:51:48)
Ratings (00:55:13)
Final Thoughts (00:56:55)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-196.mp3
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Q-Space.

When Q appears on the bridge of the Enterprise-E to stop a scientific experiment, Picard is understandably annoyed. Defying Q, the Enterprise presses on in its attempt to breach the galactic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way. However, they may be in over their heads as cosmic forces collide that may spell doom for the crew of the Enterprise and the rest of the galaxy!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the first book in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Space by Greg Cox. We talk about the Enterprise's mission to the galactic barrier, Q's vulnerability, the cliffhanger ending of the novel, some fun bits in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the recently announced release date for David Mack's Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, and we review the latest comic, issue #2 of Mirror Broken.

News
Desperate Hours Release Date (00:03:13)
Mirror Broken #2 (00:11:53)

Feature: Q-Space
More TNG (00:19:28)
The Galactic Barrier (00:25:33)
Q's Vulnerability (00:32:31)
Cliffhanger (00:43:10)
Some Minor Points (00:51:43)
Ratings (00:58:52)
Final Thoughts (01:02:56)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-195.mp3
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Ghost Ship.

On Literary Treks, we have reviewed the first original novel of each of the Star Trek series. Now it's time for our attention to turn to The Next Generation, and a very unique novel that shows us a take on TNG that was written with very little of the actual show to work with. Is the story representative of what we would come to know from the crew of the Enterprise-D, or is it a pale reflection that is nearly unrecognizable?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about TNG #1: Ghost Ship by Diane Carey. We discuss our first experiences with the book, the plot of the novel, how closely the characters match their on-screen counterparts, our thoughts on the main conflict, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we judge the cover of the upcoming DS9: Original Sin, discuss the upcoming books Star Trek Beyond – The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline, and the second volumes of Dark Horse's Star Trek Adult Coloring Books. We also review two comics: New Visions #16 and Boldly Go #9.

News
Original Sin Cover and Blurb (00:02:11)
Kelvin Timeline Books (00:09:29)
Star Trek Coloring Books (00:16:11)
New Visions #16 (00:27:14)
Boldly Go #9 (00:27:14)

Feature: Ghost Ship
First Original TNG Novel (00:31:37)
Experiences (00:32:58)
The Plot (00:37:22)
The Characters (00:43:29)
Riker (00:59:44)
Yar (01:11:33)
Rest of the Characters (01:18:43)
The Creature (01:24:08)
Life and Death (01:28:25)
Ratings (01:32:27)
Final Thoughts (01:38:14)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and 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) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-194.mp3
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