93: Riker Goes Full Fabio

The Gorn Crisis.

The Original Series of Star Trek gave us many aliens that became iconic, even though they may have only been seen once or twice. Andoians, Tellarites, Tholians and of course, the Gorn. Seen only two times in Star Trek, the Gorn have become fan favorites.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series, The Gorn Crisis. We discuss the story, if the comic captures the TNG characters, the art work, the impact this comic has on the novels and our ratings. 

In the news segment we talk about the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing: Behemoth and the upcoming May comics. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek Ongoing Behemoth (00:02:27)

May Comics (00:09:33)

 

Feature: The Gorn Crisis

The Gorn Crisis (00:15:12)

The Story (00:16:33)

Characterization (00:41:11)

The Art (00:45:13)

The Impact (00:49:03)

Ratings (00:50:42)

Closing (00:52:57)

 

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92: Good Thing Riker Doesn't Listen to Amy Winehouse

John Jackson Miller: Takedown.

Star Trek fans have been pitting captains against each other since Picard came on the scene in 1987. The debate on whether Kirk or Picard is better still rages on internet message boards or any given weekend, in any city hosting a sci-fi convention. But what if Picard went up against his protege, William Riker, who would be the victor?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk to John Jackson Miller about his first full length Star Trek novel Takedown where Picard and Riker do go head to head. We discuss John catching up with the continuity, inspirations for the story, being concurrent with The Missing, humor in the book, major spoilers as well as writing Admiral Riker and Captain Dax.

In the news we talk about the new Almighty Flow Chart on The Trek Collective as well as Gary Seven's upcoming appearance in John Byrne's New Vision comics in issue, you guessed it, seven. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

John Jackson Miller

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Almighty Flow Chart (00:02:02)

Gary Seven is Coming (00:05:34)

 

Feature: John Jackson Miller

Takedown (00:08:19)

Catching Up With Continuity (00:09:00)

First Full Length Trek Book (00:11:15)

Inspirations for the Story (00:15:49)

Being Concurrent with The Missing (00:25:24)

Humor and Tone (00:30:07)

Spoilers! (00:32:40)

The Mystery Revealed (00:33:37)

The Mira Romaine Center (00:46:26)

Back to Admiral Riker (00:47:43)

Writing Captain Dax (00:52:55)

What is Next for John (01:04:21)

Closing (01:11:01)

 

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91: Pulaski Fights Crime

Una McCormack: The Missing.

The end of "The Fall" left the Star Trek universe in a little more hopeful place than it was when the series began. There is a new focus on exploration in the Federation and even with all that the characters have experienced there is still the drive to boldly go.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Una McCormack to talk about her lastest book The Missing. She talks about following up The Fall, writing a "day in the life" of DS9, the fun of exploring the new station, writing the character of Pulaski, as well as featuring the women of Star Trek, deepening the Tzenkethi, the themes of preconceived notions about people and atonement, all while remaining us that DS9 is truly a home for the homeless. 

In the news segment we discuss Mike Johnson's interview on what coming up for the Star Trek Ongoing comic as well as some well known villains that may make an appearance soon. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Una McCormack

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Mike Johnson Talks Star Trek Ongoing (00:02:24)

 

Feature

Ideas for following up The Fall (00:11:05)

Day in the Life of DS9 (00:12:51)

Exploring the New DS9 (00:14:49)

Writing Pulaski (00:19:19)

The Women of Star Trek (00:24:07)

Marriage Advice (00:27:39)

Deepening the Tzenkethi (00:30:06)

Judging People by Their Cover (00:40:29)

Atonement (00:43:35)

The War Generation (00:46:07)

The Missing (00:50:17)

Picard's Logs (00:52:54)

Struggles to Understand (00:56:53)

DS9 - A Home for the Homeless (01:02:01)

Una's Upcoming Work (01:03:36)

One Last Question (01:05:02)

Una Online (01:08:10)

Closing (01:09:28)

 

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90: Through the Brita Filter

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection

When the lights went down in the theater in 1998, we all sat there with trepidation. We hoped that the new Star Trek movie would live up to it's predecessor First Contact and when it didn't, many of us wondered what had gone wrong. Jonathan Frakes had directed and Michael Piller had written the script, this should have been a dynamic duo.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunter are joined by Larry Nemecek and Daniel Proulx to discuss Michael Piller's unpublished book Fade In. We wonder why Trek is always trying to relive it's glory days, talk about the first story idea Star Trek: Stardust, what happens after Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart see the script, the stripping away of the Star Trekness, Ira Steven Behr's thoughts, what the studio wanted, as well as ask the questions of whether fans really know what's best and if this book helps us feel better about the movie.

In the news segment we judge a book by it's cover as well as look forward to James Swallow's newly announced Five Year Mission novel.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Daniel Proulx

Larry Nemecek

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Judging a Book By It's Cover (00:02:27)

James Swallow's New Book (00:06:06)

  

Feature: Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection

Fade In (00:07:79)

Trek Trying to Trek Itself (00:10:12)

Star Trek: Stardust (00:22:16)

Berman Gets the Story (00:31:57)

Stewart Gets the Story (00:35:13)

Stripping Away the Star Trek (00:52:42)

Ira's Response (00:55:07)

What the Studio Wants (00:57:55)

Do Fans Really Know Best? (01:01:15)

Better Feeling for the Movie? (01:10:55)

Ratings (01:16:00)

Closing (01:29:28)

 

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89: Elephant in the Room

Slings and Arrows: A Weary Life.

The TNG episode Second Chances gave us a duplicate of William Riker and the DS9 episode Defiant left that duplicate, Tom in a Cardassian prison. What we never got a chance to see was the effect all of these things had on Will until the Slings and Arrows' entry, A Weary Life. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about this penultimate book in the Slings and Arrows ebook series. We ask the question of where Tom is, discuss the trio of Riker, LaForge and Daniels, the genuine emotion of Riker, the news media and Maquis problem as well as our ratings. 

In our news segment we remind everyone Takedown by John Jackson Miller is out, discuss the Axanar announcement of an anthology collection that's on the way, as well as celebrate 20 years of Star Trek Voyager by discussing our favorite Voyager books. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

TakeDown is Out! (00:03:08)

Axanar Anthology (00:05:48)

Celebrating 20 Years of Voyager (00:09:42)

 

Feature: Slings and Arrows: A Weary Life

Dan Shares His Thoughts on the Series (00:16:38)

Where's Tom? (00:18:33)

Genuine Emotion (00:20:29)

Tom on DS9 or Killing Will (00:28:43)

An Interesting Trio (00:31:05)

The Federation News Service and the Maquis Problem (00:34:45)

Ratings (00:42:47)

Closing (00:45:51)

 

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88: The Q Cardassian

The Q Gambit.

Star Trek Ongoing has finally made it to the five year mission and their first experience is completely unexpected when an "Old Friend" from the prime universe shows up and it's Q. What happens next sends the Enterprise to Terok Nor and mixes the crew with some of our favorite characters from Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Q Gambit series, walking through each issue, discussing the plot and whether or not this crossover works. 

In the news segment we ponder the news from Margaret Clark about this year's novel releases and the light she shed on them. We then move to the new issue of the Trek/Apes event to see if the story line has improved, rounding out with a look at John Byrne's latest New Visions comic staring everyone's favorite scoundrel, Harry Mudd. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Margaret Clark Shares Book News (00:01:58)

Trek/Apes 2 (00:14:25)

Made Out Of Mudd (00:19:48)

 

Feature: The Q Gambit

Issue 1 (00:28:32)

Issue 2 (00:38:27)

Issue 3 (00:49:13)

Issue 4 (01:01:11)

Issue 5 (01:07:28)

Issue 6 (01:15:11)

Ratings (01:23:17)

Closing (01:25:38)

 

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87: Like The Godfather Part III

Mission Gamma: Cathedral.

Things on Deep Space Nine and in the Gamma Quadrant are heating up. Bajor looks to finally join the Federation while at the same time talks with Cardassia about formal relations have stalled. On the Defiant Bashir, Nog and Ezri all face issues that may radically alter their lives forever after an encounter with an alien object in space. 

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the pivotal third book in the Mission Gamma Series, Cathedral. We look at the pace of the series, the importance of pain, the role of faith, Kira's place in the Bajoran reformation and the character growth that has continued from Deep Space Nine through the novels.

In the news segment we talk about the first issue of Star Trek's crossover with The Planet of the Apes as well as get Dan's thoughts on John Byrne's New Vision series.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Issue One (00:02:15)

New Visions Discussion (00:08:26)

 

Feature: Mission Gamma

Cathedral (00:13:58)

Pace of the Series (00:15:35N

Need Our Pain (00:23:05)

You Gotta Have Faith (00:25:35)

Kira is John Wycliffe (00:34:18)

It's the Characters Stupid (00:40:27)

Rating (00:49:22)

Closing (00:52:15)

 

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86: So Much Janice Rand

Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever.

Since 1967 fans have loved The City on the Edge of Forever yet from the beginning there was controversy with writer Harlan Ellison over rewrites and was not resolved till 2009 when Ellison's lawsuit was finalized to his satisfaction. 

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by TOS expert Drew Stewart from Trek.fm's Standard Orbit. We discuss all five issues, diving into what we like and what we don't with this version of the story, then wrap up by evaluating the ending of the comic, it's impact as well as the artwork. 

In the new segment we walk through StarTrek.com's list of 2015 novels and nonfiction books, do some book cover judging and remind everyone that the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover is out. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Drew Stewart

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen, Lisa Stevens and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

StarTrek.com's 2015 Book Schedule (00:01:57)

Judging Book Covers (00:12:37)

One Last Thing (00:18:13)

 

Feature: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever

Ellison's Version (00:19:29)

Something Kinda Newish (00:21:04)

Issue 1 (00:21:40)

An Actual City (00:33:44)

Issue 2 (00:35:40)

Issue 3 (00:48:06)

Issue 4 (01:06:02)

Issue 5 (01:12:09)

Wrapping Up (01:17:56)

The Differences (01:21:42)

Artwork (01:24:21)

Our Ratings (01:24:21)

Closing (01:31:51)

 

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85: Jurassic Park of the Billionth Century

Department of Temporal Investigations: The Collectors.

The first time we met agents Lucsly and Dulmer in Trials and Tribble-ations no one expected them to star in their own novel series, yet that's exactly what Christopher L. Bennett did. He took these dull, funny men and created some of Treklit's most memorable adventures in Watching The Clock and Forgotten History.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the latest book in the DTI series, The Collectors. We discuss Dan's thoughts on the first two books, how DTI could work as ebooks moving forward, the themes of change and letting go as well as timelines we'd love to see explored.

In the news section, we remind everyone about the Q Gambit's penultimate issue release, Una McCormack's upcoming DS9 book The Missing and lastly wish everyone a Happy Holiday's.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

The Penultimate Q Gambit is out (00:03:17)

The Missing (00:04:11)

Happy Holidays and the New Year (00:08:30)

 

Feature: The Collectors

The Collectors (00:11:02)  

The First Two DTI Books (00:11:24)  

DTI as an Ebook Series? (00:13:14)  

Always a Bigger Fish (00:19:22)  

The Future Ain't What it Use to Be (00:24:05)  

Time to Change or to Let Go (00:30:44)  

And Now For Something Completely Different (00:37:21)  

Different Timelines (00:40:03)  

Closing (00:44:25)  

 

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84: The Maroon Jacket Era

Greg Cox: Foul Deeds Will Rise

The last time Lenore Karidian was seen, Dr. McCoy was promising that she would receive the best medical care the Federation could provide. This makes her the last person that Captain Kirk would think he'd run into, 20 years later on a peace keeping mission. Yet he does and she again becomes embroiled in a murder investigation aboard the Enterprise.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Greg Cox to talk about his latest book Foul Deeds Will Rise. We find out the genesis behind the story, the difference of writing in the movie era, how crafting Star Trek murder mysteries is different from normal mysteries, some of the important themes that run though the book and Greg's upcoming projects.

In the news segment we talk to our new host Dan and ask him for some of his favorite Star Trek books, then remind everyone that The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett is out and discuss the new blurb for the upcoming ebook, Shadows of the Machine. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Greg Cox

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen and Lisa Stevens

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

A New Co-Host (00:01:42)  

Some of Dan's Favorite Books (00:03:25)  

The Collectors is Out (00:05:49)  

Shadow of the Machine Blurb (00:06:39)  

Feature: Foul Deeds Will Rise  

Genesis of the Story (00:09:42)  

A Little Older, A Little Wiser (00:16:43)  

Writing Movie Era Kirk (00:22:17)  

The Past Becomes the Present (00:24:25)  

Faith of the Heart (00:29:58)  

Star Trek Murder Plots (00:34:24)  

The Maroon Jacket Era (00:38:34)  

What's Next for Greg (00:42:21)  

Closing (00:47:00)  

 

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