30: A Centerfold Pullout

Star Trek Reference Books.

When faced with an overwhelming number of Star Trek stories, sometimes we need to step back and look at the nuts and bolts of the universe. What we need is a reference book. Fortunately, many studious and brave men and women have toiled over the years to provide us with just that—resources that offer details of the Star Trek world that are far too vast for our limited human brains to store. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Trek.fm feature writer Phillip Gilfus to explore some of our favourite reference books and to dream about those we hope to one day find on our shelves. Did we include your go-to sources of Trek goodness?

In our news segment we learn that Rob Caswell's once-imaginary Trek series "Seekers" will become books for real, thank to the Vanguard team of David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore, and we glimpse the newly revealed cover of A Very Klingon Khristmas to find out just what happens to naughty little Klingon children. 

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29: Tripper John, M.D.

Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures.

The premature cancellation of Enterprise left fans in the dark about two key events in Star Trek history. The first was the Romulan War, which has since had light shone upon it by Michael A. Martin. The second is the founding of the Federation, a pivotal time that we still know almost nothing about. Until now that is. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first book in Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation series, A Choice of Futures. We explore the early struggles faced by the Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they work to establish the United Federation of Planets, the combined Starfleet, and the very identity of what these organizations will be. The challenges are many as external threats work to undermine the fledgling union, incompatible technologies are pushed together, internal political debates rage, and old rivalries linger. Even Section 31 gets in on the act as our old friend Trip Tucker continues down a path far from the one he once shared with Archer.

In our news segment we take a first look at Kirsten Beyer's Voyager novel Protectors, Greg Cox's TOS-Voyager crossover tale No Time Like The Past, and get a quick peek at the next installment of Rise of the Federation, Tower of Babel. 

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28: Tastes Great, Less Filling

The Next Generation: Ghosts.

Picard and the Enterprise crew spent a lot of time mediating disputes, conducting diplomatic missions, and responding to distress calls during the seven-year run of TNG. Those three pastimes come together in Zander Cannon's five-part comic series Ghosts. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the crew of the 1701-D as they explore a political and scientific mystery on Allios IV that almost results in the loss of Picard and Worf. They even get to play TNG's favourite game, "Narrow Down."

In our news segment we take a first look at the cover art for David Mack's A Ceremony of Losses, part of the upcoming series "The Fall," find out about Scott Harrison's Shadow of the Machine—a follow-up to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, jump into action with IDW and Madefire as they put Comics in Motion, and are share our thought on the conclusion of the After Darkness series. 

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27: Star Trek Treasure Rivals

Deep Space Nine: Fool's Gold.

Some comics read like, well, comics. Short reads that leave you wanting more. On the other hand, some comics read like episodes and make you wish the story had been put on the screen. Such is the case with IDW's first DS9 miniseries "Fool's Gold." This story of Cardassian deceit, hidden treasure, and a map the size of the station itself pulls you into the world of fourth-season Deep Space Nine and takes you on a fascinating adventure. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones go along for the ride as Sisko and his crew try to unravel the mystery of a station overrun with "sightseers" and get help from unlikely sources.

In our news segment we learn that Star Wars author John Jackson Miller plans to cross over to the Trek Side for some Titan-sized fun, get details about Una McCormack's entry in The Fall series, The Crimson Shadow, scream "KHAAAN!!!" with IDW, find out what is Ongoing for the Romulans and Klingons, and explore a new collection of comic adventures from the many authors and publishers who have had their hands in Trek over the years. 

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26: Cardassia Is In the Caribbean

Larry Nemecek's Stellar Cartography.

It's been more than a decade since the last update to the Star Charts reference book, but thanks to Larry Nemecek and 47North fans will soon be able to get around the galaxy more efficiently than ever. In this episode of Literary Treks, Christopher Jones is joined by Larry to learn about the genesis of his new book Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, the process of creating it, and how Larry's career in mapping stars dates back to the 1980s. We also make sense of the Delphic Expanse and choreograph the Dominion War.

In our news segment we find out what Jeff Mariotte has to say about his forthcoming TOS novel Serpents In the Garden, what hints Greg Cox has dropped about No Time Like the Past, and IDW's latest Ongoing omnibus, Star Trek Volume 5, which collects Ongoing 17 through 20. 

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25: Shatnercado

Before and After Darkness.

The four-part Countdown to Darkness comic set up the big screen story of Star Trek Into Darkness, and now the comics are continuing the adventure in a four-part sequel. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dig into the first two issues of After Darkness as well as look back at the prequel series, how well it set up the film, and how the various pieces of the Abramsverse are working together to create a bigger story.

In our news segment we examine Christopher L. Bennett's uniform concept that bridges the Enterprise and TOS time periods, find out about Larry Nemecek's new stellar cartography book, learn the name of Kirsten Beyer's next Voyager novel, and take a peek at a unique new comic concept from John Byrne.


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24: The Heroes Of Their Own Story

William Leisner and The Shocks of Adversity.

The Federation is usually in the position of "good" pitted against clear foes such as the Klingons, the Romulans, or the Dominion. But what if it encountered a group that looked very much like itself? How would the Federation react and how far can you trust someone after glimpsing only the surface? In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by author William Leisner to talk about his new TOS novel The Shocks of Adversity, the inspiration for the Federation's seeming reflection in the Goeg Domain, and the issue of cultural tolerance. We also find out how William original got into Star Trek and how he found himself writing for the franchise.

In our news segment we check in on Star Trek Ongoing #22 and #25 and the progress on Volume Two of the collected newspaper strips, which will cover October 1981 through December 1983.

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23: Mindmelding with an Obelisk

The Enterprise Experiment.

As series finales go "Turnabout Intruder" wasn't much of one. But that's because it wasn't at all the end of the journey. Sadly the five-year mission of the Enterprise got cut short for those of us watching on the tube. But certainly there were more missions that followed Kirk's little body-switching adventure. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore the five-part comic series Star Trek: Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment and one such mission. Penned by TOS writer D.C. Fontana, The Enterprise Experiment pulls together elements from three famous Original Series episodes and mixes it with more modern Star Trek legends to create a story worthy of the big screen.

In our news segment we check in on Christopher L. Bennett's Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Star Trek Ongoing #22, and IDW's plans for a second release of the Black, Blue, and Red Label editions of Ongoing. 

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22: A Walking Space Country Song

Captain's Log Comics.

There are those captains about whom we know so much that they’re like members of our family. Then there are those captains with whom we spent only a short time, leaving their command shrouded in mystery. In 2010 IDW set out to shed light on those leaders, and while the original project got trimmed down we still got a look at four of Starfleet’s leaders. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones examine this four-part comic series in which we find untold chapters from the lives of Hikaru Sulu, John Harriman, Christopher Pike, and Edward Jellico.

In our news segment we look at one fan's challenge to read every Star Trek book every written—in chronological order—as well as the release of The Shocks of Adversity, IDW's Star Trek-Legion of Super-Heroes crossover omnibus, Jordan Hoffman's list of ten awesome things about the Ongoing comics, and an update on Chris's journey to see Star Trek Into August... we mean Darkness. 

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21: Ethical Quandaries

Shadows On the Sun.

When the Enterprise set course for the second star to the right and sailed straight on 'til morning at the end of The Undiscovered Country, it may have been the end of TOS voyages on the big screen; but it wasn't the end of the story for our characters. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss Michael Jan Friedman's 1993 novel Shadows On the Sun, which tells the story of Dr. McCoy's reunion with his ex-wife Jocelyn and his struggle to balance his ethics as a physician with the realities of an alien culture.

In our news segment we look at the Abrams ComicArts Original Topps Star Trek Trading Cards book, hear what Doug Drexler has to say about The Fall and the new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9, also hear from Andy Probert and Douglas E. Graves about the new DS9, discuss EMPIRE Magazine's list of the top Star Trek novel series (and why Star Trek: Titan would make a perfect animated series), see what IDW has in store for collectors in the Red, Blue, and Black Label releases of Star Trek Ongoing, and get Matthew's first impressions of Ongoing 21, which picks up where Into Darkness left off. 

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