David Mack: Desperate Hours.

A new Star Trek series is a huge deal to Trek fandom. It's a pretty rare occurrence, and what's even rarer is a first novel that looks and feels anything like the actual show! But thanks to Discovery writer and tie-in guru Kirsten Beyer, the novels and the show are linked together like never before, and we as fans get to read about the adventures of Discovery at almost the same instant the show hits screens!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther welcome author David Mack to talk about his new Discovery novel, Desperate Hours. We discuss the process of collaboration with Discovery's writers, Captain Pike's devotion to duty, Enterprise vs. Shenzhou, the Shenzhou's bridge crew, comparisons to the Vanguard series, Spock and Burnham, the look and feel of the universe, the book's non-canon status, and finish up with what David Mack has on the horizon.

In the news segment, we judge the covers of the upcoming Titan: Fortune of War, and Deep Space Nine: I, the Constable.

News
Fortune of War Cover (00:04:03)
I, Constable Cover (00:06:55)

Feature: David Mack
Discovery's First Book (00:10:01)
Getting Involved (00:12:37)
The Two Captains (00:18:20)
Saru and Una (00:23:49)
Competition (00:30:36)
Writing from Scripts (00:33:22)
Creative Freedom (00:38:53)
Spock and Burnham (00:52:21)
Media Tie-ins (01:03:29)
Different Styles (01:06:53)
The Story (01:18:37)
Does Discovery Live Up (01:24:37)
Canon (01:29:28)
The Midnight Front and What's Next (01:36:13)
Final Thoughts (01:42:10)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Sarek.

Vulcan Ambassador. Wife to Amanda. Father of Spock and Sybok. Guardian of Michael Burnham. Sarek has been many things during his long life, and few secondary characters have had the impact on the Star Trek universe that he has. But what are the innermost thoughts of this quiet, reserved character? And how will he respond to a crisis that may tear apart one of the founding worlds of the Federation and threaten the cohesion of that great institution?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Justin Oser of Earl Grey to talk about Sarek by A.C. Crispin. We discuss the setting, the bond between Sarek and Amanda, Klingon ambassador Kamarag, a timely topic of xenophobia, Kirk's nephew Peter, how Discovery's depiction of Sarek might compare, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news section, we talk about IDW's upcoming comics in December and review issue #11 of Boldly Go.

News
December Comics (00:02:44)
Boldly Go #11 (00:06:07)

Feature: Sarek
A Classic Trek (00:12:43)
Experiences (00:14:35)
The Time Period (00:15:57)
A Bond (00:20:59)
Kamarag (00:31:33)
A Fringe Group (00:35:39)
Peter Kirk (00:48:56)
To Death Do Us Part (00:58:11)
Mistaken Identities (01:14:09)
Sarek and Discovery (01:20:45)
Ratings (01:25:22)
Final Thoughts (01:32:21)

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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Mudd In Your Eye.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd: liar, thief, brigand, and frequent thorn in the side of Starfleet captain James T. Kirk. Most who encounter this man would say he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. However, could it be possible that Mudd is now the architect of an unprecedented peace treaty between warring factions who have been fighting for millennia?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge and Melodic Treks' Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss Mudd In Your Eye. We talk about silly reasons for war, transwarp beaming, the nature of death for the Nevisians, another society run by computer, Stella Mudd, how we think Mudd might compare in this novel to his depiction in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the release of David Mack's Desperate Hours and John Byrne's upcoming appearance at NYCC 2017.

News
Happy Discovery Day (00:01:29)
John Byrne at NYCC 2017 (00:05:00)

Feature: Mudd In Your Eye
Numbered Books (00:07:30)
Don't Eat the White Ones (00:10:13)
The Humor and Characters (00:19:57)
Transwarp Beaming (00:23:52)
Death Becomes Her (00:28:47)
Another Computer Run Society (00:35:09)
Stella! (00:44:11)
Mudd and Discovery (00:50:21)
Ratings (00:55:50)
Final Thoughts (01:01:00)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Hearts and Minds.

Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien world with a dark link to Earth's past. When the captain and his away team are arrested for crimes supposedly committed by a sinister agency in the 21st century, it's up to them to discover the truth about what happened. Did travellers from Earth cause millions of deaths on a planet hundreds of light-years away?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new novel, Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, Taurik and Admiral Akaar, alt-fact history, Dayton's research methods, Captain Picard's future in Starfleet, ask some questions posed by listeners, and end with Dayton's upcoming projects.

In the news segment, Dayton Ward talks about his upcoming Klingon Travel Guide, reveals that both it and the Vulcan guide will soon be available in e-book format as well, and talk about the upcoming Star Trek Adventures table-top RPG.

News
Klingon Travel Guide (00:02:49)
Star Trek Adventures RPG (00:12:37)

Feature: Hearts and Minds
A Sequel (00:18:13)
Tattletale (00:20:14)
Picard's Actions (00:26:57)
Alt-fact History (00:32:27)
References (00:45:19)
Jean-Luc's Futures (00:51:08)
Questions From the Fans (01:02:42)
Coming Up Next (01:13:31)
Final Thoughts (01:16:35)

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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Doctor's Orders.

For a ship's surgeon, Dr. McCoy tends to spend an awful lot of time on the bridge of the Enterprise, usually grousing to Captain Kirk about his command decisions. The tables are turned on the good doctor when Kirk decides to leave him in command while visiting an alien world. However, when Captain Kirk disappears, McCoy must remain in command until he is found. Will the doctor find himself in over his head?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the classic Diane Duane novel Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species of the planet Flyspeck, when the story is set, Diane Duane's fascination with starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Christopher L. Bennett's annotations for his novel The Face of the Unknown and review two comics: Boldly Go #8 and Waypoint #5.

News
The Face of the Unknown Annotations (00:02:54)
Boldly Go #8 (00:06:35)
Waypoint #5 (00:14:50)

Feature: Doctor's Orders
Oldie but a Goodie (00:24:46)
Doctor on the Bridge (00:28:58)
Three Species (00:38:38)
When Does This Story Take Place? (00:59:52)
Intricate Maneuvers (01:05:14)
Where We Belong (01:10:31)
Ratings (01:16:26)
Final Thoughts (01:19:30)

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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The Entropy Effect.

When Captain Kirk is killed in a vicious attack, Spock must navigate his way through an impossible time-bending paradox to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened. However, it is not only Captain Kirk's life that hangs in the balance, but the fate of the entire universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the first Pocket Books original Star Trek novel, The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre. We talk about our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the Star Trek authors who have been nominated for this year's Scribe awards, judge the cover of the upcoming Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, and review two comics: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6 and TNG: Mirror Broken #1.

News
Scribe Award Nominees (00:02:51)
Patterns of Interference Cover (00:05:13)
Stranger Worlds #6 (00:08:07)
Broken Mirror #1 (00:15:31)

Feature: The Entropy Effect
Star Trek #2 (00:21:52)
First Time (00:23:09)
The Setting (00:26:28)
Sulu Bond (00:31:19)
Hunter and Her Squadron (00:37:16)
Spider Links (00:48:31)
Time, Time, and More Time (00:55:54)
Ratings (01:02:17)
Final Thoughts (01:06:39)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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-191.mp3
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Q-Squared.

During the original five-year mission, Captain Kirk and his crew found themselves at the mercy of a seemingly-omnipotent being: Trelane. Discovering that he was merely an out-of-control child, Trelane was corralled by his parents, members of the Q Continuum. However, he has now returned to exact vengeance on a new generation...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Amy Nelson to talk about Peter David's novel Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news segment, we review Mirror Broken #0, talk about the upcoming Juan Ortiz artbook featuring his TNG works, and rate the cover for the Klingon Empire Travel Guide by Dayton Ward.

News
Free Comic Book Day (00:03:37)
The Art of Juan Ortiz (00:21:37)
Klingon Empire Travel Guide Cover (00:23:35)

Feature: Q-Squared
Original Experiences (00:26:47)
Trelane a Q? (00:30:14)
The Love Triangle (00:36:40)
The Galactic Nonentity (00:51:05)
Tracks A, B and C (00:59:01)
Funny Moments (01:09:15)
He's Only a Child (01:12:10)
Ratings (01:17:41)
Final Thoughts (01:22:08)

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)

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Enemy Unseen, Part 2.

100 years earlier, a malevolent entity that feeds on fear threatened the crew of the Enterprise under Captain Kirk and framed Scotty for murder. At the time, Redjac, also known as Jack the Ripper, was thought to have been banished for all eternity. However, he has returned to terrorize the crew of another Enterprise!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson present part two of our discussion about the Star Trek comics collection, Enemy Unseen, which includes the story Embrace the Wolf. We talk about a sequel to "Wolf in the Fold," Redjac, the unorthodox method used to defeat him, overcoming our fears, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss a pair of interviews with the creators of the TNG mirror universe comic story Mirror Broken, announce that the UK Comics collection #3 is available for pre-order, judge the cover of the new DTI novella Shield of the Gods, and talk about David Mack's upcoming original novel The Midnight Front.

News
Interview with J.K. Woodward (00:05:19)
Interview with the Tipton Brothers (00:08:45)
Classic UK Comics Vol. 3 (00:11:12)
DTI: Sheild of the Gods Cover (00:13:41)
The Midnight Front (00:16:03)

Feature: Enemy Unseen, Part 2
Embrace the Wolf (00:22:13)
The Art (00:24:19)
The Story (00:25:54)
Worf on the Holodeck (00:33:52)
Defeating Red Jack (00:35:37)
The Killing Shadows (00:39:36)
Ratings (00:45:04)
Final Thoughts (00:47:30)

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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Dark Victory.

James T. Kirk has faced many enemies over the course of his life: Klingons, Khan, Romulans, and countless others. However, none of them will prove as worthy an opponent as his most dreaded enemy: himself! The mirror universe shows us dark reflections of ourselves, and Kirk's counterpart, Tiberius, is the deadliest of them all!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the William Shatner novel, Dark Victory, book two in his Mirror Universe trilogy. We talk about the plot, Project Sign, the pacing, a lack of trust, the legend of the Preservers, Kirk trying to outrun death, and our ratings.

In the news, we review two comics: New Visions 15: The Traveler, and Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6.

News
New Visions #15 (00:04:25)
Stranger Worlds #5 (00:12:52)

Feature: Dark Victory
The Shatnerverse (00:19:32)
The Story (00:21:55)
Project Sign (00:29:49)
Pacing (00:37:48)
Secrets Among Friends (00:48:43)
The Preservers (00:51:55)
Nonstop Kirk (00:55:49)
Ratings (01:00:40)
Final Thoughts (01:04:37)

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-188.mp3
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The Escape.

Time travel has been covered a lot in Star Trek. Starfleet characters often find themselves thrown about the space-time continuum, usually in some sort of unintended accident. But what if there was a society out there whose entire civilization was based on controlled and regulated time travel? Torres, Neelix, and Kim find themselves at the mercy of just such a society, having inadvertently broken their highest law. The punishment? Death.

This week on Literary Treks, Brandon Shea-Mutala joins hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson to help continue our look at the first original novels of each Star Trek series by going back to the very beginning of Voyager with The Escape. We discuss why this book, how well the authors capture the tone of Voyager and its characters, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters of Kjanders and Drickel, some impractical shoes, and end with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we discuss the current Pocket Books release schedule, reveal some upcoming DS9 titles, rate the cover for Enigma Tales, and review issue #7 of Boldly Go.

News
Changes in the Book Schedule (00:03:44)
Enigma Tales Cover (00:11:17)
Boldly Go #7 (00:15:27)

Feature: The Escape
Voyager #2 (00:24:58)
The Title (00:29:37)
Capturing Voyager (00:33:49)
The Plot (00:40:17)
Inflexible Bureaucracies (00:52:10)
Kjanders and Drickel (00:58:52)
Impractical Shoes (01:02:52)
Ratings (01:04:49)
Final Thoughts (01:08:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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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Section 31: Control: David Mack.

Section 31: The Federation's dirty little secret. Amoral, operating in the shadows, and accountable to no one, the secretive group has become a cancer in the body of the Federation. But what are Section 31's true origins? And can Julian Bashir finally succeed in bringing them down once and for all?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David Mack to talk about his latest novel, Section 31: Control. We discuss the origins of the story, the surveillance state, a chapter written in computer code, the nature of the intelligence behind Section 31, the roles of Data and his daughter Lal, Sarina's part in the story, what's next for the Federation, and wrap up with some hints for future Trek novels as well as some upcoming convention appearances for David Mack.

In the news segment, we preview an upcoming George Takei project with IDW comics and review issue number six of Boldly Go.

News
George Takei Graphic Novel (00:02:36)
Boldly Go #6 (00:04:29)
Listener Email (00:15:58)

Feature: David Mack
A Few Years (00:21:50)
The Story Idea (00:23:05)
The Surveillance State (00:32:02)
The Origins of Section 31 (00:43:26)
Uraei's Perspective (00:48:16)
"Aren't You God?" (00:52:43)
Data and Lal (01:04:46)
Fatal Attraction (01:12:58)
Upcoming Works (01:22:38)
Convention Appearances (01:33:34)
Final Thoughts (01:41:48)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

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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Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream.

Captain Picard and the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise must stop a political assassination by extremists on a newly-admitted Federation world, all while battling their own inner demons thanks to a terrifying telepathic weapon. And the key to defeating that weapon can be found in the most unlikely place: the mind of Jean-Luc Picard!

In this week's episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss "Perchance to Dream" by Keith R.A. Decandido, the first part in IDW's comic collection Enemy Unseen. We talk about Data's dreams, how the Damiano scandal mirrors our own society, Worf's security shortcomings, the crew's inner fears, Picard's multiple personalities, and finish with our ratings.

In the news segment, we preview new comics coming in June from IDW and review issue #4 of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover series, Stranger Worlds.

News
June Comics (00:02:15)
Stranger Worlds #4 (00:09:50)

Feature: Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream
Back Catalogue (00:15:44)
The Artwork (00:16:37)
Issue 1 (00:19:39)
Issue 2 (00:35:19)
Issue 3 (00:48:28)
Picard's Multiple Personalities (00:57:59)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:33)

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-185.mp3
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By the Book.

Season one of Enterprise was a unique time in Star Trek history: for the first time, humans were setting out to explore the galaxy and make first contact with new alien species. Would they jump in with both feet, introducing themselves and their technology with little regard for the consequences, or would they take the slow, measured approach favored by the Vulcans?

In this week's episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss the first original Enterprise novel, By the Book. We talk about the crew's RPG game, Archer's first contact style, how well the novel portrays the series in its early days, the two alien races, Vulcan logic vs. Human impulsiveness, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news, we have a new Hearts and Minds cover to judge and a new Waypoint comic to discuss.

News
Hearts and Minds Cover (00:04:34)
Waypoint #4 (00:10:31)

Feature: By the Book
Enterprise's First Novel (00:32:34)
Star Trek Adventure RPG (00:36:27)
I Told You So (00:42:42)
Early Novel (00:49:16)
The Aliens (00:51:42)
Vulcan Logic vs. Human Impulsiveness (00:56:59)
"A" Story vs "B" Story (01:00:15)
Ratings (01:02:47)
Final Thoughts (01:05:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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-184.mp3
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The Long Mirage: David R. George III.

We once again return to everyone's favorite space station, Deep Space Nine! Kira has returned from her time in the celestial temple, Morn is still missing, and Nog wants his friend Vic Fontaine back. All of these stories end up tied together in ways you couldn't possibly imagine!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author David R. George III to talk about his latest DS9 adventure, The Long Mirage. We discuss where the characters are now, the possible sentience of Vic Fontaine, Quark's relationships, Ro's choices, Sisko's absence, tying the Vic Fontaine and Morn stories together, faith and belief, and the meaning behind the title.

In the news segment, we preview the Jean-Luc Picard autobiography, anticipate the release of Section 31: Control, review the new Star Trek Deviations comic, and announce the title of David Mack's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel!

News
Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard (00:02:04)
Section 31: Control (00:05:16)
Star Trek Deviations #1 (00:07:30)
Desperate Hours (00:12:18)

Feature: David R. George III
Back on DS9 (00:18:30)
Setting Up (00:19:41)
The Importance of Vic Fontaine (00:28:52)
Morn (00:34:34)
Quark and Ro (00:39:32)
Kira's Perspective (00:49:22)
Sisko (00:52:52)
Tying it All Together (00:56:41)
Faith and Belief (01:09:02)
Meaning of the Title (01:22:21)
On the Horizon (01:25:51)
Final Thoughts (01:30:32)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David R. George III

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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Star Trek: Countdown.

When the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek film hit theaters in 2009, audiences were left with a lot of questions: who is this Nero guy? Why does he have a super-powerful mining ship? And what exactly happened before he and Spock travelled to the 23rd century via black hole? Thankfully, those questions and more were answered if you were fortunate enough to read some well-timed IDW Star Trek comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the four-issue comic miniseries Countdown. We discuss each of the issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and conclude with our ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about upcoming comics for May, a special preview of issue number one of Mirror Broken, and an exciting sale on Star Trek comics at Comixology!

News
Comics Coming in May (00:03:39)
Comixology Sale (00:15:10)

Feature: Countdown
In 2009 (00:20:59)
Issue 1 (00:24:23)
Differences From the Book (00:32:51)
Issue 2 (00:38:13)
Issue 3 (00:46:02)
Issue 4 (00:59:39)
Ratings (01:06:52)
Final Thoughts (01:09:50)

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-182.mp3
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The Siege.

In 1993, a new Star Trek series hit the airwaves: Deep Space Nine, a darker, grittier Trek set aboard space station. Like every new Star Trek series, a line of original novels was produced by Pocket Books, and the first book in that series would be penned by none other than Trek literary legend, Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and special guest Brandon Shea-Mutala discuss the first original Deep Space Nine novel, The Siege. We talk about the links to season one of DS9, how well Peter David captures the voices of the characters, the violence of the story, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.

In the news segment, we share our thoughts on the new comics Boldly Go issue 5, and Stranger Worlds issue 3.

News
Boldly Go #5 (00:04:33)
Stranger Worlds #3 (00:07:37)

Feature: The Siege
Classic Deep Space Nine (00:18:00)
References to Season One (00:19:38)
Character Match (00:23:08)
A Violent Station (00:31:06)
Babylon 5 - "Believers" (00:35:22)
It's a Good Law (00:43:56)
The Villain (00:48:13)
Ratings (00:54:49)
Final Thoughts (00:58:11)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-181.mp3
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180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep

Headlong Flight: Dayton Ward.

A long term mission of exploration far beyond the boundaries of the Federation has yielded many surprising discoveries, but none more surprising than the crew of the Enterprise-E crossing not only temporal boundaries, but dimensional ones as well. In the latest TNG novel, generations and realities collide as the crew of the Enterprise-E meets the crew of an alternate timeline's Enterprise-D!

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and Matthew Rushing are joined by renowned Trek author Dayton Ward about his latest book in The Next Generation, Headlong Flight. We ask him about alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.

For the news we review the latest New Visions issues, #14.

News
New Visions #14 (00:02:44)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Yet Again (00:11:36)
A Synopsis (00:12:59)
Spoilers (00:15:00)
An Alternate Take (00:18:53)
Wanting Data Back (00:22:34)
Captain's Shadow (00:26:53)
Wesley Crusher (00:30:19)
Chen (00:34:13)
The Romulans (00:38:18)
One Big Decision (00:44:41)
Easter Eggs (00:51:10)
Hints for the Future (00:52:31)
A Sly Reference (00:54:13)
Coming Next (00:56:11)
Final Thoughts (01:02:41)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Dayton Ward
Matthew Rushing

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-180.mp3
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179: Space Cats

Star Trek IDW Comics: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson.

As fans, we get our Star Trek fix in many different forms: television, film, novels, and comics. And no comic publisher has been quite so prolific as IDW when it comes to publishing Star Trek stories! Waypoint, Ongoing, Boldly Go, New Visions, and Stranger Worlds are just a few of the titles that IDW publishes on a regular basis.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson from IDW to the show! We ask them about their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and then ask some questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.

In the news segment we discuss how the delay of Star Trek: Discovery will affect the book and comic release schedule and share our thoughts on the newest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic.

News
Delayed Discovery Book (00:02:10)
Stranger Worlds #2 (00:06:54)

Feature: Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson
Comic Creators (00:12:31)
Coming to Star Trek (00:13:37)
Working Together (00:18:23)
Boldly Go (00:24:10)
Crossovers (00:28:43)
Waypoint (00:32:24)
New Comics Coming Up (00:36:02)
Listener Questions (00:37:50)
Final Thoughts (00:52:31)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Sarah Gaydos
Mike Johnson

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-179.mp3
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178: James Kirk into James Bond

Spectre.

Captain James T. Kirk: a name that has blazed across the quadrant for over a hundred years, shaping political events and influencing hundreds of worlds. However, his influence is not limited merely to our universe. During his first five-year mission, Kirk convinced Spock from the Mirror Universe to rebel against the evil Terran Empire, and the consequences of that action have now caught up with the Starfleet legend in the 24th century!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Matthew Rushing to talk about William Shatner's Spectre. We discuss the Shatnerverse, Kirk in the 24th century, responsibility, Kirk and Scotty, looking in the mirror, Janeway, a mirror imposter, the prime directive and our ratings.

In the news we review Waypoint #3.

News
Waypoint # 3 (00:04:33)

Feature: Spectre
The Shatnerverse (00:23:07)
Kirk in the 24th Century (00:28:13)
Weight of Responsibility (00:35:49)
Kirk and Scotty (00:40:19)
Looking in the Mirror (00:43:23)
Kate Janeway (00:51:58)
Mirror Imposter (00:56:44)
The Prime Directive (01:00:26)
Ratings (01:07:43)
Final Thoughts (01:10:37)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Matthew Rushing

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-178.mp3
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177: Threatening Facial Hair

The Mirror Universe Saga.

The mirror universe: an alternate reality where humans value treachery, personal gain, and avarice over friendship, community, and shared triumph. A place where history has crafted a very different Starfleet made up of vicious, brutal barbarians bent on galactic conquest. Can our heroes overcome an all-out war with their evil counterparts from this horrific universe?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Archives Volume 6: The Mirror Universe Saga. We discuss the story, continuity errors, lower decks characters, mirror Spock, pity, deviations, wrapping up and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the upcoming Star Trek Deviations comic, comic covers in March, the Classic UK Comics Vol, 2 release and the Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection from Eaglemoss.

News
Star Trek Deviations (00:02:12)
March Comic Covers (00:05:08)
Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 2 (00:10:02)
Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection (00:12:10)

Feature: The Mirror Universe Saga
Experiences With the Comic (00:17:53)
The Story (00:21:13)
Continuity Errors (00:29:42)
Lower Decks Characters (00:31:47)
Mirror Spock (00:41:36)
Mirror History (00:44:01)
Pity for the Mirror Universe (00:51:32)
Deviations (00:54:15)
Back in the Prime Universe (00:59:11)
Ratings (01:02:01)
Final Thoughts (01:03:46)

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-177.mp3
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176: Trek Archeologists

The Roddenberry Vault: Micheal and Denise Okuda.

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek has been a year of celebration of the franchise we all love. What better way to celebrate our favorite science fiction universe than to get glimpses of it that have never been seen before? The discovery of long-lost footage of Star Trek: The Original Series by Trek veterans Michael and Denise Okuda has made this possible!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome back Matthew Rushing as well as Michael and Denise Okuda to talk about The Roddenberry Vault. We discuss 50 year of TOS, the beginning of the project, the holy grail, timeline, the thrill, the James Blish connection, what's in the set, new scenes and the gift.

News
Be Our Guest (00:02:08)

Feature: Micheal and Denise Okuda
50 Years of The Original Series (00:08:32)
The Beginning (00:09:26)
The Holy Grail (00:16:56)
Timeline (00:24:49)
The Thrill (00:27:41)
The James Blish Connection (00:30:20)
What's in the Set (00:32:50)
New Scenes (00:37:55)
A Gift (00:47:48)
The Future (00:50:47)
Final Thoughts (00:54:42)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Matthew Rushing, Michael and Denise Okuda

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-176.mp3
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175: The Boogyman

The Face of the Unknown.

When "The Corbomite Maneuver" first aired in 1966, it introduced a number of concepts that became inextricably linked with Star Trek: the wonder of exploration, courage in the face of fear, and the idea that not everything is as it seems. Someone who appears to be an implacable enemy might just turn out to be a friend. This week, we look at a new novel that serves as a sequel to that much-loved classic episode.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the new TOS novel The Face of the Unknown. We discuss the "puppet", global warming, fear-mongering speculation, Spock's future, the moment in time for the book and ratings.

In the news segment we look at the first issue of Stranger Worlds, Boldly Go #4, the Boldly Go #5 cover and Treklit's 50th anniversary.

News
Stranger Worlds #1 (00:02:26)
Boldly Go #4 (00:08:46)
Boldly Go #5 Cover (00:13:36)
Treklit's 50th Anniversary(00:14:27)

Feature: The Face of the Unknown
New TOS Novel (00:18:41)
The "Puppet" (00:22:26)
Global Warming (00:28:55)
Fear-mongering Speculation (00:37:59)
Spock's Future (00:46:55)
This Moment in Time (00:52:15)
Ratings (00:55:41)
Final Thoughts (00:57:40)

Hosts
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

174: Trending on Twitter

Prime Directive.

There are a few books in the history of Star Trek literature that could be considered "essential reading." Books that capture the essence of Star Trek, and showcase the very best of what makes Star Trek great. The subject of this weeks episode is one such book, and it highlights one of the longest-running philosophical debates in the Star Trek universe.

In this last episode of Literary Treks for host Matthew Rushing, he's joined by Dan Gunter and Bruce Gibson to talk about Prime Directive. We discuss the book's impact, the Enterprise disgrace, the many storylines, McCoy in the middle, catastrophe, the prime directive and our ratings.

In a packed news segment we talk about the latest issues of New Visions and Boldly Go, the covers of The Long Mirage and Mirror Broken as well as some of 2016's best books.

News
One Last Time (00:02:39)
New Visions #13 (00:05:27)
Boldly Go #3 (00:10:26)
The Long Mirage Cover (00:16:07)
Mirror Broken Comic Cover (00:21:34)
Best of 2016 (00:24:06)

Feature: Prime Directive
The Book's Impact (00:31:55)
The Enterprise Disgrace (00:35:28)
The Tropes of Star Trek (00:41:30)
Many Storylines (00:43:16)
McCoy in the Middle (00:49:31)
Catastrophe (00:56:06)
The Prime Directive (01:03:34)
Ratings (01:10:49)
Final Thoughts (01:13:25)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

173: Wack-a-Mole

The Hall of Heroes: John Jackson Miller.

Qapla'! The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is a time for celebration and revelry! And what better way to celebrate than with an epic three-part story featuring the Federation's stalwart allies, the Klingon Empire? The crews of Enterprise, Titan, and Aventine come together to defend the Empire in a battle worthy of story and song!

In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome John Jackson Miller to talk about his wrap up to the Star Trek Prey trilogy, The Hall of Heroes. We discuss the epic story, transformations, ramping up the tension, characters, themes, klingons, truthcrafters, the Federation/Klingon alliance and so much more.

Feature: John Jackson Miller
Epic Story (00:04:13)
Transformations (00:10:26)
Ramping Up the Tension (00:17:04)
Major Characters (00:21:15)
Themes (00:24:14)
The Klingon Heart (00:27:26)
Truthcrafters (00:36:50)
Celebration of the Alliance (00:44:17)
Battles That Matter (00:49:54)
Captain Dax (00:53:24)
What's Next (00:57:18)
John Online (01:01:24)
Final Thoughts (01:04:52)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
John Jackson Miller

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

172: U.S.S. Fixer Upper

Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2.

Shoot first and ask questions later! Blatant disregard for the prime directive! Spock waving to the crew and pretending to be a god! It can only mean one thing: once again we dive deep into the strange alternate reality of the Star Trek Gold Key comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the second part of Gold Key comics Vol. 3. We discuss the issues Day of the Inquisitors, The Cosmic Cavemen and The Highjacked Planet.

In the news section Matthew asks Bruce and Dan a pop question.

News
Pop Question (00:02:08)

Feature: Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2
Day of the Inquisitors (00:10:10)
The Cosmic Cavemen (00:28:12)
The Highjacked Planet (00:39:54)
Final Thoughts (00:53:56)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

171: James T. Jerk

Best Destiny.

Captain James T. Kirk: to many, the quintessential Starfleet hero. Courageous, selfless, and principled, the embodiment of Starfleet and the Federation's ideals. However, he wasn't always the hero we know and love. As a boy, Jimmy Kirk was on a path to a much different destiny. How did this troubled young man grow up to be the legend? Join us as we explore his humble beginnings in a story that inspired elements of Star Trek 2009!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Best Destiny. We discuss it being on the short list, the 09 tie in, the Kirk story, fathers and sons, life's not fair, control of the soul, change and flexibility and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the blurb for Una McCormack's upcoming DS9 book Enigma Tales and then ask a question about the DS9 literature series.

News
Enigma Tales Blurb (00:03:37)
A DS9 Literature Question (00:10:03)

Feature: Best Destiny
Short List (00:20:46)
09 Tie In (00:23:53)
The Kirk Story (00:25:54)
Fathers and Sons (00:32:29)
Life's Not Fair (00:45:58)
Control of His Soul (01:03:14)
Change and Flexibility (01:06:23)
Quick Things (01:12:51)
Ratings (01:13:57)
Final Thoughts (01:18:08)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

170: Game of New Frontiers

New Frontier: Turnaround.

When Admiral Jellico seemingly steals a top-secret Starfleet prototype starship, a comic adventure of epic proportions is kicked off. Captain Calhoun of the Excalibur sets off in pursuit, but can he catch Jellico before destruction rains down on Bravo Station? Everything is not what it seems in this week's graphic novel adventure!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the comic series New Frontier: Turnaround. We discuss the New Frontier timeline, the Kelvin Timeline feel, characterization, the story, if it works for New Frontier fans, any surprises and our ratings.

In new we discuss the blurb for Patterns of Interference and the second issue of the Waypoint comic.

News
Patterns of Interference blurb (00:02:50)
Waypoint #2 (00:07:50)

Feature: Turnaround
New Frontier Timeline (00:20:24)
Kelvin Timeline Feel (00:27:03)
Characterization (00:31:32)
The Story (00:33:46)
Does it Work for New Frontier Fans? (00:37:24)
Any Surprises? (00:41:19)
Ratings (00:47:26)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

169: Delusions of Grandeur

The Jackal’s Trick.

A Klingon usurper, bent on seizing control of the Klingon Empire. A dangerous con artist who uses trickery to control an army of disgraced Klingons. And enough plot twists and turns to make your head spin! All this and more in the second book of John Jackson Miller's epic Star Trek: Prey trilogy!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk The Jackal’s Trick. We discuss how jam-packed it is, Cross, expanding Star Trek, the Discommendated, pulling the strings, because it feels good, things not seen before and our ratings.

In news this week we talk about the upcoming TNG/Aliens comic crossover, Boldly Go #2 and the latest ebook sales.

News
TNG/Aliens Crossover (00:03:28)
Boldly Go #2 (00:06:09)
Book Sales (00:10:50)

Feature: The Jackal’s Trick
Jam-Packed (00:15:33)
Cross Dresser (00:22:02)
Expanding Star Trek (00:26:13)
The Discommendated (00:29:41)
Pulling the Strings (00:34:51)
Because it Feels Good (00:39:19)
Things Never Though of in Star Trek (00:48:59)
One Last Question (00:54:11)
Ratings (00:56:00)
Final Thoughts (00:58:22)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson  

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

168: Intergalactic Tinkerbells

Children of the Storm.

When Kirsten Beyer took over the "Voyager relaunch," she breathed new life into a series that many Trek fans dismissed the first time around. Crafting stories that feature well-developed and fascinating characters and embody the best qualities of Star Trek, Beyer took Voyager and made it amazing, and the subject of this week's episode of Literary Treks is the perfect example.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Children of the Storm. We discuss figuring things out, character relationships, the way to Eden, a crush, the life, anger and mistrust, being Star Trek and ratings.

In the news we talk about the upcoming DTI ebook The Shield of the Gods, Face of the Unknown audio book, upcoming comics and a comic art exhibit.

News
The Shield of the Gods (00:02:56)
Face of the Unknown Audio Book (00:04:49)
Upcoming Comics (00:07:08)
Comic Art Exhibit (00:13:46)

Feature: Children of the Storm
Finally Figuring it Out (00:17:53)
Character Relationships (00:24:16)
The Way to Eden (00:28:20)
A Bit of a Crush (00:34:50)
The Life (00:39:16)
Anger and Mistrust (00:47:52)
It’s Very Star Trek (00:59:45)
Ratings (01:03:39)
Final Thoughts (01:05:23)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

167: A Lot of Weight

The Star Trek Encyclopedia: Michael and Denise Okuda.

When it comes to modern Star Trek, few could dispute the fact that Michael and Denise Okuda are two of the most important figures in the franchise. Among the many contributions they have made to the Star Trek universe, their reference books stand out as essential items for the most die-hard of Trek fans. So when they finally got the chance to update their incredible Star Trek Encyclopedia, fans everywhere rushed to get their hands on this revised masterpiece!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Michael and Denise Okuda to talk about the newly updated Star Trek Encyclopedia. We discuss coming back after all these years, the process, the detail, the Kelvin timeline, animated series, the Roddenberry Vault and more!

This week in news we judge the book covers for Face of the Unknown and Headlong Flight.

News
Judging Books By Their Cover (00:02:29)
Face of the Unknown (00:03:08)
Headlong Flight (00:06:14)

Feature: Michael and Denise Okuda
Back After All These Years (00:11:57)
The Process (00:18:15)
Any Surprises? (00:20:01)
Detail (00:21:41)
Favorite Entries (00:23:01)
The Kelvin Timeline (00:24:40)
Star Trek Beyond (00:28:43)
The Animated Series, Books and Comics (00:30:19)
Updates (00:32:25)
The Roddenberry Vault (00:34:28)
Where to Purchase (00:42:44)
Michael and Denise Online (00:44:00)
Favorite Episodes (00:49:23)
Final Thoughts (00:54:37)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Michael and Denise Okuda

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

166: Wacky Doodle Trek

Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1.

Spock with 5-inch tall ears! Bored megalomaniacs with aspirations of world domination! Huge rocket flames bursting forth from the Enterprise's warp nacelles! It can only mean one thing: that's right, we're diving into the Gold Key Star Trek comics once again!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk the first 3 issues of IDW’s Gold Key Vol. 3. We discuss The Dark Traveler, The Enterprise Mutiny, The Museum at the End of Time as well as make a special announcement.

We have a busy news segment as we talk about the release of the updated Star Trek Encyclopedia, the book cover for Control and the premiere issue of To Boldly Go.

News
New Star Trek Encyclopedia (00:03:41)
Control Book Cover (00:07:23)
To Boldly Go #1 (00:10:20)

Feature: Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1
The Dark Traveler (00:25:28)
The Enterprise Mutiny (00:36:18)
The Museum at the End of Time (00:46:21)
Final Thoughts (00:57:34)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

165: The Wrath of the Phantom Klingon

Hell’s Heart.

When James T. Kirk defeated Kruge on the doomed Genesis Planet, a noble Klingon house was left leaderless. With no heir apparent, the result was a power vacuum. The House of Kruge remained without a leader for a hundred years, until a bitter Klingon named Korgh sets in motion a plan to claim Kruge's house for himself. It's a tale of treachery, deceit, and dishonor a century in the making!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Prey: Hell’s Heart. We discuss the story inspirations, adding to Kruge, Kirk’s pain, relevant themes, Klingon exceptionalism, an illusionist, media and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the latest Strange New Worlds release.

News
Strange New Worlds 2016 (00:03:22)

Feature: Hell’s Heart
Story Inspirations (00:07:42)
Adding to Kruge (00:14:40)
Kirk’s Pain (00:16:47)
Hyperspace Bypass (00:22:58)
Klingon Exceptionalism and Superiority (00:29:10)
The Illusionist (00:36:17)
Media (00:41:46)
Ratings (00:44:11)
Final Thoughts (00:48:18)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

164: Timebabble

Time Lock.

Defending the fabric of time itself from criminal elements, protecting the Federation from all manner of temporal distortions and time-related technologies, and ensuring that overzealous Starfleet officers don't muck about in time: it's just another day at the office for the agents of the Federation's Department of Temporal Investigations. But when soldiers of a foreign government attempt to steal dangerous temporal artifacts, it's up to the DTI to stop them at any cost!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the new Department of Temporal Investigations ebook, Time Lock. We discuss the confusing nature of time in the story, technobabble, the character, dangerous power, wanting more and our ratings.

In the news we take a look at the premiere issue of the Waypoint comic and remind everyone that Prey: Hell’s Heart is out now!

News
WayPoint #1 (00:03:06)
Daylily (00:08:21)
Prey: Hell’s Heart (00:15:28)

Feature: Time Lock
Another DTI Adventure (00:18:38)
Very Confusing (00:19:33)
Technobabble Run Amuck (00:22:40)
The Characters (00:24:17)
Dangerous Power (00:31:11)
Left Hanging (00:35:03)
Ratings (00:37:52)
Final Thoughts (00:40:27)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am MDT

163: Pinochle Buddies

Purgatory’s Key: Dayton Ward.

In the 50th anniversary, it is important to remember Star Trek's roots. Morality plays that take place against the backdrop of high-minded science fiction concepts were the backbone of Star Trek's Original television series. It is fitting, then, that an epic 50th anniversary book trilogy closes out on a classic-style Trek adventure by the ever-talented Dayton Ward and Kevin Dillmore!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about Star Trek Legacies: Purgatory’s Key. We discuss celebrating the 50th, keeping the TOS feel, monolithic cultures, new dimensions, characters and all that Dayton is working on now.

In the news segment we talk through New Visions #12, the flow chart update and the newest ships joining the Starship collection from Eaglemoss.

News
New Visions #12 (00:02:15)
Flow Chart Update (00:07:17)
Titan and Aventine News (00:09:25)

Feature: Dayton Ward
Legacies End (00:13:17)
Celebrating the 50th (00:14:49)
Keeping the Feel (00:19:24)
Monolithic Cultures (00:21:24)
Someone Dies? (00:28:12)
Inception Matrix (00:29:43)
The Crew Interactions (00:38:07)
Dimension (00:41:57)
Building on Enterprise (00:49:14)
Discovery (00:52:46)
Joanna (00:55:20)
Travel Guides (00:57:18)
Waypoint Comic (01:05:28)
TNG Era Books (01:12:31)
Dayton Online (01:17:35)
Final Thoughts (01:21:29)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

162: The Lukewarm War

To Brave the Storm. John Jackson Miller in News.

The Romulan War: a pivotal conflict in the history of the Star Trek universe. This clash of civilizations would bring humanity to the brink of destruction and lay the groundwork for the formation of the Federation. This week, we look at the definitive chronicle of that momentous event and discover how the crew of the NX-01 faced down the existential threat of the Romulan Star Empire.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Enterprise: To Brave the Storm. We discuss if the book covers enough, the pacing, Mayweather returning, T’Pau’s change of heart, Romulans, Trip and T’Pol, what might have been and ratings.

In a very special news segment we are joined by John Jackson Miller to preview his new trilogy Star Trek Prey as well as the news that Kirsten Beyer is shepherding the Star Trek Discovery books and comics.

News: John Jackson Miller
Very Special Guest (00:02:18)
Previewing Prey (00:03:16)
The Book Cover (00:19:25)
Things’s He’s Excited For (00:22:49)
Release Dates (00:24:50)
Find John Online (00:30:30)
Discovery Books and Comics (00:32:14)

Feature: To Brave the Storm
Does This Cover Enough (00:47:34)
Strange Pacing (00:54:31)
Mayweather Returns (00:57:23)
T’Pau Goes to War (00:59:58)
Slow Motion (01:05:05)
The Romulans (01:09:28)
Trip and T’Pol (01:12:21)
What Might Have Been (01:19:06)
Ratings (01:19:06)
Final Thoughts (01:22:25)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
John Jackson Miller

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

161: The Stardates of Our Lives

Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David.

Peter David’s prolific writing career in Star Trek began in DC Comics in 1988 and would continue in comics though 2008. With such a plethora of material, IDW has begun curating collections for fans so they can experience them all over again or for the first time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David. We discuss the issues Retrospect, A Rude Awakening, Great Expectations, Tomorrow Never Knows and Once a Hero, then give our ratings.

In the new we talk about the upcoming Hidden Travel Guide for Qo’noS and The Klingon Empire.

News
Hidden Travel Guide: Qo’noS And The Klingon Empire (00:02:35)

Feature: The Best of Peter David
A Little Trepidatious (00:12:44)
Retrospect (00:14:45)
A Rude Awakening (00:32:14)
Great Expectations (00:39:25)
Tomorrow Never Knows (00:44:01)
Once a Hero (00:48:47)
Ratings (00:52:50)
Final Thoughts (00:56:18)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am MDT

160: Archangel Seven of Nine

Unworthy.

When the crew of Voyager finally returned to the Alpha Quadrant after seven years on the far side of the galaxy, they never thought they would have to return. Now, on a long-term mission of exploration, they find themselves back in uncharted space, confronting not only familiar faces, but new life and new civilizations, as well as something they have long been unfamiliar with: character development!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about Unworthy. We discuss Kirsten’s writing of Voyager, the books mysteries, playing god, Tom and Harry, how well we know our friends, identity and ratings.

In the news this week we judge the book covers for Time Lock and Hall of Heroes plus discuss the blurb for the last Prey novel.

News
Time Lock Cover (00:02:25)
Prey: Hall of Heroes Cover and Blurb (00:07:32)

Feature: Unworthy
Continuing With Kirsten Beyer Voyager (00:14:55)
Writing Voyager (00:15:22)
Mysteries (00:26:18)
Playing God (00:35:51)
Tom and Harry (00:42:37)
Do You Know Your Friends? (00:51:51)
Identity (00:55:41)
Ratings (00:59:39)
Final Thoughts (01:03:12)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

159: The Twilight Zone

Best Defense: David Mack.

A dangerous rescue mission into a confusing alternate reality. A critical peace conference between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is threatened. The Enterprise and her crew up against impossible odds. And for Leonard McCoy, the stakes are far more personal than he could possibly imagine. The epic Star Trek 50th anniversary trilogy continues!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome David Mack to talk about his latest book Star Trek Legacies: Best Defense. We discuss writing TOS, the transfer key, the story, characters, new dimensions and aliens, plus what’s coming up next for David.

For news we celebrate the last issue of Star Trek Ongoing and look at the 50th anniversary cover special.

News
The Last Issue of Ongoing (00:02:17)
50th Anniversary Cover Special (00:08:29)

Feature: David Mack
Legacies Two (00:14:05)
Writing TOS (00:14:41)
Mining TOS (00:19:00)
The Transfer Key (00:20:44)
Organian Peace Treaty Talks (00:24:13)
Intersting Diplomats (00:29:32)
Multifaceted People (00:33:36)
Great Character Moments (00:35:04)
Development for Bones (00:37:44)
Facets of Kirk (00:42:22)
New Dimensions (00:46:54)
Slugs (00:56:22)
Making it Personal (00:58:21)
Recommendations (00:59:45)
Up Next for David (01:04:56)
Final Thoughts (01:12:26)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guest
David Mack

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

158: Captain John Tesh

Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine.

Writers and artists often struggle to properly emulate the style of a show when adapting Star Trek to comics, especially in the early days of a series. We've recently seen examples of comics wildly missing the mark! However, when it is done well, the results can be impressive. Such is the case with the Deep Space Nine tales we are looking at this week!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine. We discuss it being so much fun, Stowaway part I and II, Old Wounds, Emancipation part I and II, Hostage Situation and our ratings.

In the news we talk about the announcement of another Star Trek/Green Lantern Crossover.

News
More Star Trek/Green Lantern (00:03:50)

Feature: Best of Deep Space Nine
So Much Fun (00:08:05)
An Admission (00:10:51)
Stowaway Part I & II (00:10:51)
Old Wounds (00:21:26)
Emancipation Part I & II (00:30:17)
Hostage Situation (00:40:01)
Ratings (00:44:17)
Final Thoughts (00:48:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

157: Redeeming Voyager

Full Circle.

The Voyager series of books had relaunched with the Homecoming and Spirit Walk duologies but then found it’s story continuing in major ways beyond the Voyager books and a few years ahead of where the relaunch had left off - Enter Kirsten Beyer to save the day and fill in the missing pieces of the story as well as reinvigorate the Voyager series by bringing it “full circle”.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about the Star Trek Voyager book Full Circle. We discuss connecting the dots, character growth, dealing with the major plot points, new characters, lingering storylines and our ratings.

In the news we congratulate Dayton Ward for his Scribe Award and talk about he and Kevin Dillmore’s upcoming Waypoint comic.

News
Scribe Awards Winner (0:02:25)
New Gold Key Comic (00:04:05)

Feature: Full Circle
Official Janeway Mug (00:07:34)
Connecting the Dots (00:09:48)
Character Growth (00:13:41)
Klingon Story (00:19:34)
Dealing With Janeway’s Death (00:23:54)
Judging Voyager (00:28:57)
New Characters (00:33:18)
Plot Threads (00:37:55)
Back in the Delta Quadrant (00:40:50)
Other Plots (00:45:45)
Ratings (00:47:31)
Final Thoughts (00:49:31)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

156: Back in the Saddle Again

Rules of Accusation: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.

Deep Space Nine: for the past few years, the hallmark of this series has been change. Characters have moved on, the setting has changed, and DS9 doesn't quite feel like it used to. However, every once in awhile, it's good to return to familiar territory. In this week's e-book, we do just that as the old gang of Quark, Rom, Leeta, Zek, and even Odo return to some very familiar roles.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts, Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the new ebook, Rules of Accusation. We have a surprise interview with Paula Block and Terry Erdmann from the Shore Leave convention and then we discuss this latest foray into the Ferengi world with some of the best loved characters from DS9.

In the news segment we talk about the upcoming Boldly Go comic, Ongoing’s penultimate issue, New Visions’ take on The Cage and all the latest news from Shore Leave.

News
Boldly Go Comic (00:03:36)
Ongoing #59 (00:06:26)
New Visions: The Cage (00:12:01)
Shore Leave Convention (00:15:03)
Big News (00:17:20)
Shore Leave Interview (00:22:26)

Feature: Rules of Accusation
The Perfect eBook (00:35:36)
Time With Characters (00:37:48)
Feels Like an Episode (00:42:36)
Fun References (00:44:14)
We Need Blueprints (00:46:43)
1000 PADDs (00:49:43)
Morn (00:51:19)
Ratings (00:55:40)
Final Thoughts (00:58:20)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Guests
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

155: Invisible Scars

Captain to Captain.

Landmark anniversary years are traditionally a big deal in the Star Trek book world. For the 40th anniversary, we got the amazing Crucible trilogy of novels, as well as an epic multi-part e-book story with Mere Anarchy. It makes sense that for this, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we get another mini-series showcasing the Original Series: Legacies, a trilogy of novels featuring a mystery that dates back to the earliest days of the Enterprise under Captain Robert April!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the first book in the Legacies trilogy, Captain to Captain. We discuss a brand new series, previously on the Space Ship Enterprise, legacies, slugs, parallels, the transfer key and connections, The Prime Directive, legacy of the Enterprise, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Rules of Accusation has come out!

News
Rules of Accusation (00:02:51)

Feature: Captain to Captain
A Brand New Series (00:08:58)
Previously on the Space Ship Enterprise (00:14:03)
Legacies (00:23:44)
Slugs (00:26:05)
Parallels (00:29:53)
Transfer Key and Connections (00:34:57)
The Prime Directive (00:43:01)
Legacy of the Enterprise (00:49:15)
Ratings (00:54:12)
Final Thoughts (00:58:50)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing, Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

154: I Don’t Speak Romulan

The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing.

The Romulan War, for much of the history of Star Trek, this early conflict between Earth and the Romulan Star Empire lay shrouded in mystery. It was hoped that Star Trek: Enterprise might give us a glimpse of that momentous event, but alas, the series ended too soon. As is often the case, the novels came to the rescue! Now, finally, Star Trek fans could find out what exactly happened during the bloody years of the Romulan War!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing. We discuss the expansive scope, Columbia’s disappearance, character work, media in wartime, war - what is it good for?, losing the NXs, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge The Jackel’s Trick by it’s cover and then talk about the blurb for it as well as Headlong Flight, The Long Mirage, Architects of Infinity and Section 31: Control.

News
Another Cover to Judge (00:02:15)
Headlong Flight Blurb (00:07:29)
The Long Mirage Blurb (00:10:19)
Architects of Infinity Blurb (00:14:17)
Section 31: Control Blurb (00:19:01)

Feature: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing
Continuing the Enterprise Relaunch (00:25:01)
Expansive Scope (00:26:13)
Columbia Disappears (00:39:48)
Character Work (00:41:52)
Media in Wartime (00:52:02)
War, What is it Good For? (00:58:39)
Losing the NXs (01:07:52)
Ratings (01:12:11)
Final Thoughts (01:15:37)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

153: Troi’s Psychic Back-rubs

Star Trek Classics: Beginnings.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Star Trek: The Next Generation comics done in the style of the old Gold Key comics? Well, wonder no more! Crazy, incoherent plots, characters that only sort-of resemble the ones we know and love, and Starfleet officers acting in morally dubious ways abound in the subject of this week’s episode of Literary Treks!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek Classics: Beginnings. We discuss our long tradition, Where No One Has Gone Before, The Spirit in the Sky, mixing up issues, the Q Trilogy, Here Today, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge Purgatory’s Key and Hell’s Heart by their covers, discuss their blurbs and give our reactions to the news about Waypoint, the new anthology comic coming from IDW.

News
Book Covers to Judge (00:02:54)
Purgatory’s Key Cover and Blurb (00:03:36)
Hell’s Heart Cover and Blurb (00:07:45)
Waypoint Comic (00:15:04)

Feature: Star Trek Classics: Beginnings
A Long Tradition (00:23:33)
Where No One Has Gone Before (00:25:45)
The Spirit in the Sky (00:32:42)
Mixing Up Issues (00:3600:)
The Q Trilogy (00:40:44)
Here Today (01:01:34)
Ratings (01:11:21)
Final Thoughts (01:17:17)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

152: Little Starbase of Horrors

Force and Motion: Jeffrey Lang.

A buddy-buddy cop movie featuring Nog and O’Brien: what more could die-hard fans of Deep Space Nine wish for? Of course, as we all know, trouble finds these two whenever they leave the station together, and this week’s novel adventure is no different! Throw in disgraced former Captain Ben Maxwell, and you have the makings of a fascinating story exploring an interesting corner of the Star Trek universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Jeffrey Lang to talk about his latest Deep Space Nine novel, Force and Motion. We discuss being back in DS9, a unique story, losing a bro, Benjamin Maxwell, the psychology of Star Trek, an eccentric station, flashbacks and what’s next for Jeff. Note, interview does contain a few colorful metaphors.

In the new segment we talk about the finales of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock.

News

Manifest Destiny #4 (00:03:00)
Legacy of Spock #4 (00:08:13)

Feature: Jeffrey Lang
Been a While (00:15:25)
Back to DS9 (00:16:10)
A Unique Story (00:21:25)
Lost His Bro (00:32:46)
Speaking of Maxwell (00:36:18)
The Psychology of Star Trek (00:41:48)
Eccentric Station (00:50:48)
Flashbacks (00:59:40)
Up Next (01:06:36)
Final Thoughts (01:14:49)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Jeffrey Lang

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

151: Borg Recycling Bin

Star Trek: Avenger.

At the end of William Shatner’s The Return, Captain Kirk found himself in dire circumstances. Sacrificing his life once again to save countless others, it looked as though we had again lost the Starfleet legend. However, in 1997, William Shatner (along with collaborators Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), found themselves once again resurrecting galactic hero James T. Kirk!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about William Shatner’s Star Trek: Avenger. We discuss coming back to the book, the Federation’ existential and ecological crisis, a group with questionable policies, Kirk as Sarek’s “Son”, Kirk avenging, the return…again, ratings and final thoughts.

In the news segment we rejoice at the news about Kirsten Beyer’s new writing gig and remind everyone that Jeff Lang’s Force in Motion is out now.

News
KMFB News (00:02:27)
Force in Motion (00:07:29)

Feature: Star Trek: Avenger
Last Time in the Star Trek Universe (00:09:30)
Back to Avenger (00:11:05)
The Federation’s Existential and Ecological Crisis (00:14:01)
A Group With Questionable Policies (00:29:28)
Kirk as Sarek’s “Son” (00:37:38)
Kirk Avenging (00:44:03)
The Return… Again (00:48:18)
Ratings (00:56:47)
Final Thoughts (01:01:30)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

150: Come to Janeway Moment

The Last Will Be First: Tristan Riddell.

On November 17th, 2012 a new show was added to the Trek.fm network that was dedicated to the books and comics of Star Trek and that would also allow the authors a place to come and talk about their work, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to the stories. With Strange New Worlds winner and Star Trek author Dayton Ward as the first show guest, Literary Treks boldly went.

In this very special episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson and Strange New Worlds contestant Tristan Riddell to talk about his DS9 story The Last Will Be First. Then as a special treat and for the first time ever, we present the audiobook version of his story to the world.

Interview: Tristan Riddell
Thank You (00:01:25)
A Trek.fm Author (00:03:48)
Tristan’s Star Trek Story (00:06:57)
Kept Him Going (00:08:38)
Entering the Contest (00:11:48)
Two Weeks to Write Something (00:14:30)
The Process of Strange New Worlds (00:23:23)
Tristan’s Book Picks (00:28:43)
Creating the Audio Book Version (00:31:54)

Feature: The Last Will Be First
Read by Tristan Riddell and The Girl (00:34:14)
Final Thoughts (01:26:09)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

149: Dayton’s Prime Directive

Elusive Salvation: Dayton Ward.

In 2013, the novel From History’s Shadow was released, in which author Dayton Ward linked together all of the disparate 20th century Star Trek time travel events in a fun and unique story. It was very well-received, and many readers asked one question over and over: when do we get a follow-up? Well, three years later, Dayton has delivered!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about his latest book Elusive Salvation. We discuss the title, continuing in history’s shadow, new aliens, where to go, the timey-whimy, Roberta Lincoln, cheekiness, SPOILERS, the importance of hope, a pop question, what’s next for Dayton and where to find him online.

For the news segment we talk though third issues of Manifest Destiny and Legacy of Spock as well as take a look at the cover for Best Defense and discuss the blurb.

News
Manifest Destiny #3 (00:02:52)
Legacy of Spock #3 (00:06:29)
Best Defense Cover and Blurb (00:10:14)

Feature: Elusive Salvation
The Title (00:16:08)
Continuing in History’s Shadow (00:17:18)
New Aliens (00:19:57)
Where to Go (00:19:57)
Timey-Whimey (00:26:51)
Roberta Lincoln (00:31:57)
Cheekiness (00:33:40)
SPOILERS (00:38:27)
The Importance of Hope (00:49:24)
Pop Question (00:51:29)
What’s Next (01:03:01)
Dayton Online (01:10:34)
Final Thoughts (01:12:03)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

148: Ultimate Evil Universe

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1.

Superheroes in Star Trek? Star Trek has attempted a number of ambitious crossovers in the comic world in recent years. The universes of Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, and Green Lantern have all been visited by our intrepid Starfleet heroes. These are always a fun diversion from the main storylines of the comics, giving a whole new meaning to exploring “strange new worlds.”

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Legion hero Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1. We discuss our familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes, bridging the universes, immortal issues, trapped in a purple orb, characterization, art and our ratings.

In the news segment we look inside the new travel guide to Vulcan and discuss the latest issues of New Visions and Manifest Destiny.

News
Inside Look and the Vulcan Travel Guide (00:02:22)
Eaglemoss Comics Collection (00:07:45)
New Visions #11 (00:13:29)
Manifest Destiny #2 (00:17:23)

Feature: Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1
Familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes (00:24:08)
Bridging the Universes (00:28:37)
Immortal Issues (00:39:33)
Trapped in a Purple Orb (00:45:39)
Characterization (00:48:43)
Art (00:54:18)
Ratings (00:58:51)
Final Thoughts (01:01:43)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

147: The Phantom Menace

Kobayashi Maru.

One of the things that disappointed fans the most when Enterprise was canceled was the loss of seeing the Romulan War play out, so as the relaunch hit it’s stride it continued the series’ build into that storyline.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson are joined by Section 31 agent Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Star Trek Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru. We discuss Archer coming into his own, wrong things for the wrong reasons, a shadowy man, a shadowy problem, overly long and not a lot of plot points, the Kobayashi Maru, historical connections and our ratings.

In the news segment we look at the upcoming release of The Star Trek Book as well as something for free.

News
The Star Trek Book (00:02:15)
Something for Free (00:06:48)

Feature: Kobayashi Maru
Dan’s Still Missing (00:10:31)
Archer Coming Into His Own (00:12:54)
Wrong Things for the Wrong Reasons (00:18:36)
Shadowy Man (00:32:56)
Shadowy Problem (00:42:09)
Overly Long, Not Enough Plot (00:46:50)
The Kobayashi Maru (00:52:47)
Historical Connections (01:01:54)
Ratings (01:06:22)
Final Thoughts (01:10:04)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

146: A Mess of Thompsons

Burden of Knowledge.

The Original Series is an era of Star Trek that lends itself to being depicted in the pages of a comic book: bright colors and outlandish plots all make for entertaining comic stories! However, what makes these stories quintessential Star Trek is the fact that on top of being entertaining, they give us the opportunity to think about issues in a way that other forms of entertainment don’t.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about the Star Trek comics Burden of Knowledge. We discuss the artwork, Uncertain Perceptions, A Failure to Communicate, A Matter of Perspective, The Burden of Knowledge and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the last issue of Starfleet Academy and the first issue of Manifest Destiny.

News
Starfleet Acadamy #5 (00:02:18)
Manifest Destiny #1 (00:07:35)

Feature: Burden of Knowledge
TOS Comics (00:12:02)
The Artwork (00:14:05)
Uncertain Perceptions (00:17:08)
A Failure to Communicate (00:29:16)
A Matter of Perspective (00:38:16)
The Burden of Knowledge (00:44:33)
Ratings (00:54:29)
Final Thoughts (01:00:19)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: lt-146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

145: A Skynet Brain-sucker

Live By the Code.

In his Rise of the Federation series, Christopher L. Bennett has attempted an ambitious project: telling the story of the early days of the Federation, and showing how we got from there to here (to coin a phrase). Brain-sucking computers, smooth-headed Klingons, and interplanetary bigotry and conflict are just a few of the challenges that the young United Federation of Planets faces during this turbulent time.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Live By the Code. We discuss the interesting series, the greater good, Trip’s soul and Section 31, Klingon connections, interference, fanatical racism, a full plate, the problem of dependency and our ratings.

In our news segment we discuss the latest comic in the Legacy of Spock series, Ongoing #56.

News
Ongoing #56 (00:01:48)

Feature: Live By the Code
Continuing Enterprise (00:08:19)
Interesting Stories (00:10:11)
The Greater Good (00:11:19)
Trip’s Soul and Section 31 (00:17:31)
Klingon Connection (00:21:45)
Interference (00:27:13)
Fanatical Racism (00:41:15)
A Full Plate (00:48:21)
The Problem of Dependency (00:53:02)
Ratings (00:58:55)
Final Thoughts (01:03:38)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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144: Evil James Bond

Star Trek: Mirror Images.

The Mirror Universe: there are many familiar faces there, but the reality is very different from our own. Rather than the kind, benevolent Federation we know and love, Earth is at the center of a vast empire, ruled by dark passions and the desire for conquest. There have been many stories set in this dark reality in the 50 years Star Trek has existed, each featuring familiar characters, but with a barbaric twist.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series Mirror Images. We discuss the fun, characterizations, a focused story, something’s missing, more points, how it wraps up, an interesting interlude and our ratings.

In the news segment we discuss the news of DRM free Star Trek books being available.

News
DRM Free Star Trek Books (00:01:59)

Feature: Mirror Images
Something Fun (00:10:05)
Characterization (00:14:22)
Very Focused (00:16:13)
Something’s Missing (00:20:54)
More Story Points (00:25:08)
How it Wraps Up (00:30:37)
Interesting Interlude (00:32:47)
Ratings (00:36:29)
Final Ratings (00:39:34)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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143: Borg Kryptonite

The Return.

Shortly after Star Trek: Generations was released, William Shatner pitched a story featuring the return of Captain Kirk to the land of the living. Paramount passed on the story, but undeterred, Shatner sold the idea as a novel. The Return would prove to be a great seller, with many fans wanting to read the story of the resurrection of a Star Trek legend.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner’s The Return. We discuss bringing back Kirk, maniacal Borg, V’ger and the Borg, an empty grave, Kirk worship and our ratings.

In the new segment we discuss the cover and blurb for Force and Motion as well as the penultimate issue of Starfleet Academy and Ongoing #55, the Legacy of Spock.

News
Force and Motion: Cover and Blurb (00:01:44)
Starfleet Acadamy #4 (00:06:34)
Ongoing #55 (00:11:16)

Feature: The Return
Critical Mass (00:17:07)
Bringing Back Kirk (00:18:02)
Maniacal Borg (00:24:48)
V’gee and the Borg (00:30:44)
An Empty Grave (00:38:08)
Kirk Worship (00:47:50)
Ratings (00:58:02)
Final Thoughts (01:02:28)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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142: Star Trek Vs. Godzilla

The Latter Fire: James Swallow.

Star Trek has always featured outlandish ideas such as huge space creatures and other pretty out-there science fiction concepts. However, at its core, Star Trek is really about the struggles that we all face in overcoming negative forces such as violence and fear to come together to build a better world. No one understands that basic idea more than renowned Trek author James Swallow!

In this episode off Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his latest book The Latter Fire. We discuss the genesis of the story, world-building, fear, prejudice and preconceptions, a romantic foil, stretching the Prime Directive, a cosmozoan, everyone has something to do, what’s next for James and where to find him.

News
Welcome (00:01:34)

Feature: James Swallow
James First Time in TOS (00:04:40)
Genesis of the Story (00:05:26)
Wonderful World-building (00:11:30)
Fear (00:17:47)
Prejudice and Preconceptions (00:24:05)
Romantic Foil (00:27:27)
Stretching the Prime Directive (00:30:00)
The Idea for the Cosmozoan (00:37:00)
Everyone Has Something to Do (00:42:45)
What’s Next for James (00:54:18)
Finding James Online (00:57:32)
Final Thoughts (00:59:22)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
James Swallow

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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141: Plastic Cage of Emotion

Gold Key: Vol. 2: Part 2.

The Gold Key comics: The Star Trek that might have been. Though the stories may be somewhat ridiculous and the artwork might not quite look like the Star Trek we know and love, there is still a lot to enjoy about these stories from Star Trek’s early days. Giant space genies, disembodied Vulcan boogeymen, and swashbuckling pirates are the subject of this week’s episode!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the second half of Gold Key Comics Vol. 2. We discuss Spectre of the Sun, The Brain Shockers, The Flight of the Buccaneer and give our rankings.

In the news segment we talk about the latest book news from Margaret Clark.

News
Book News from Margaret Clark (00:02:01)

Feature: Gold Key Vol.2: Part 2
Love These Nights (00:07:21)
Spectre of the Sun (00:07:53)
The Brain Shockers (00:21:53)
The Flight of the Buccaneer (00:32:38)
Rankings (00:39:49)
Final Thoughts (00:42:54)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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140: Landed in Yoda’s Swamp

Miasma.

The TOS movie era is a period of Star Trek history rife with story possibilities. Kirk’s crew aboard the Enterprise-A has been through a lot together, and that experience has molded them into some of Starfleet’s most valuable officers. Imagine if a television series had been set in this period. The episodes of that imaginary series might have been very much like the e-novella we are discussing this week.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the newest enovella Miasma. We talk about it feeling like an episode, the setting, growth for the characters, Spock and Saavik, logic vs. compassion and our ratings.

In the news we take a look at Ongoing #54.

News
Star Trek Ongoing #54 (00:03:40)

Feature: Miasma
Feels Like an Episode (00:15:11)
The Setting (00:19:12)
Growth for Characters (00:23:16)
Spock and Saavik (00:28:02)
Logic Vs. Compassion (00:34:15)
Ratings (00:41:14)
Final Thoughts (00:42:48)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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139: Feels Like Star Trek VII

The Ashes of Eden.

In 1995, the first novel of what came to be known as the “Shatner-verse” hit bookshelves. This book spawned a series that would last for ten books and twelve years, featuring all-new adventures about James T. Kirk, penned by William Shatner himself. Journey with us back in time as we take a look at where it all began!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner’s The Ashes of Eden. We discuss opinions on the Shatnerverse, getting older, when fantasies become reality, interesting villains, The Heart of Darkness and Insurrection, the crew reunited and our ratings.

In the new segment we discuss the latest issue of Starfleet Academy #3

News
Starfleet Acadamy #3 (00:02:39)

Feature:
Back in 1995 (00:14:27)
Opinions on the Shatnerverse (00:16:51)
Getting Older (00:20:57)
When Fantasies Become Reality (00:23:31)
Interesting Villains (00:30:52)
The Heart of Darkness and Insurrection (00:42:44)
Reunited and it Feels so Good (00:48:00)
Ratings (00:54:20)
Final Thoughts (00:59:24)

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

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138: AKA KMFB

A Pocket Full of Lies: Kirsten Beyer.

Ever since Full Circle hit bookshelves in 2009, the Voyager relaunch novels under Kirsten Beyer have become a highlight of the Star Trek novel line. In this, the 50th anniversary year of Star Trek, the bar is raised once again as another stellar Voyager novel continues the story of the Full Circle fleet’s exploration of the Delta Quadrant.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Kirsten Beyer to talk about her latest Star Trek Voyager book “A Pocket Full of Lies”. We discuss planning this story, wrapping up with a bow, using episodes, home is where the heart is, despair and depression, Tuvok, the Obi-Wan thing, forgiveness, the Denzit’s end, a new Janeway, juggling, reader interaction, coming up next and hints.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
Kirsten Beyer

 

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
An Awesome Author (00:01:29)

Feature: Kirsten Beyer
Finally Here (00:05:44)
Kinda the Plan (00:07:42)
Wrapping with a Bow (00:17:07)
Things From Episodes (00:21:18)
Home Is Where the Heart Is (00:25:16)
Despair and Depression (00:29:09)
Tuvok (00:36:33)
The Obi-Wan Thing (00:45:00)
Forgiveness (00:50:25)
The Denzit’s End (00:52:36)
A New Janeway (00:58:49)
Juggling (01:03:31)
Reader Interaction (01:09:37)
Coming Up Next (01:19:01)
Little Hints (01:21:58)
Final Thoughts (01:26:53)

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137: Retcon Love Letter

The Good That Men Do.

When the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise aired, it was promoted as a “valentine” to the fans. However, it’s reception left much to be desired. Featuring a nonsensical plot and laughable villains, “These Are the Voyages” was not well-loved. Therefore, when it was announced that an Enterprise “relaunch” story would undo some of the worst parts of that episode, many Enterprise fans rejoiced!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk the Enterprise novel The Good That Men Do. We discuss the last episode of Enterprise, the audacity to rewrite canon, the set up, bringing Trip back, lack of vision, prequels are interesting, a tight story, swiss cheese, head canon, Trip and T’Pol, foundation of the Romulan War and our ratings.

In the news we remind everyone that A Pocket Full of Lies is out!

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
A Pocket Full of Lies (00:03:03)

Feature: The Good That Men Do
The Last Episode of Enterprise (00:05:49)
The Audacity to Rewrite Canon (00:08:17)
The Set Up (00:12:40)
Bringing Back Trip (00:17:16)
Lack of Vision (00:21:59)
Prequels are Really Interesting (00:27:09)
A Tight Story (00:30:55)
Swiss Cheese (00:33:20)
Head Canon (00:36:23)
Trip and T’Pol (00:37:51)
Foundations of the Romulan War (00:42:27)
Ratings (00:45:58)

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136: Temporal Mechanics Chess Game

Ascendance: David R. George III.

The Deep Space Nine relaunch had been building to a showdown with the Ascendants and The Soul Key left fans with a massive cliffhanger but with Star Trek Destiny bringing all the crews together, the Ascendants story line was dropped in order to align the DS9 books with the rest of the 24th century. Fans have long wondered what transpired with the Ascendants and how it spurred major changes for many of the DS9 characters, luckily the answers have finally arrived.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author David R. George III to talk his latest Deep Space Nine book Ascendance. We discuss weaving the tapestry, research, what to tell and what not to tell, prophesies, character arcs, Sisko, faith and belief, working things in, what’s next and where to find David online.

In the news segment we let everyone know that we are covering The Good That Men Do next week.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Next Week (00:01:39)

Feature: David R. George III
First Interview of the Year (00:03:58)
Weaving the Tapestry (00:05:05)
Research (00:09:08)
What to Tell and What Not to Tell (00:12:20)
Prophesies (00:15:51)
Character Arcs (00:18:29)
Sisko (00:23:42)
Faith and Belief (00:31:11)
Working Things In (00:38:01)
Coming Up (00:43:48)
David Online (00:48:22)
Final Thoughts (00:50:32)

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135: Spock’s Vulcan Occult Library

Gold Key Comics Vol. 2, Part 1.

If the writers and artist in Far Beyond the Stars who worked with Benny wrote and illustrated a comic that imagined the universe of Star Trek, what they would have produced would have surely looked and felt like the Gold Key Comics.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Gold Key Comics Volume 2. We discuss the evolution of the comics, Voodoo Planet, The Youth Trap, The Legacy of Lazarus and our final thoughts.

In the news section we look at the newest comics, Starfleet Academy #2, Ongoing #53 and New Visions #10.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Starfleet Academy #2 (00:03:43)
New Visions #10 (00:09:19)
Ongoing #53 (00:12:22)

Feature: Gold Key Vol. 2
Evolution of the Comics (00:19:35)
Voodoo Planet (00:21:19)
The Youth Trap (00:29:24)
The Legacy of Lazarus (00:36:22)
Final Thoughts (00:46:23)

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134: Are We on the Millennium Falcon?

Child of Two Worlds.

2015 has been a banner year for Star Trek literature. With just one more book to talk about, we go back to where it all began: The Space Ship Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. An incident involving a young woman torn between two worlds may lead to open conflict with the Klingon Empire!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last new book of the year, Child of Two Worlds. We discuss exploring Spock, another child of two worlds, The Cage era, media, mobs and violence and our ratings.

In the news section we announce some news about the upcoming year and look back at our favorite books of 2015.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Show News (00:02:35)
Our Favorite Books of the Year (00:07:13)

Feature: Child of Two Worlds
End of the Year (00:14:43)
Exploring Spock (00:16:03)
Another Child of Two Worlds (00:27:42)
The Cage Era (00:33:42)
Media, Mobs and Violence (00:37:31)
Ratings (00:44:27)
Final Thoughts of the Year (00:45:55)

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133: Brother From Another Mother

Mere Anarchy: Its Hour Come Round.

The film Star Trek: Generations saw the loss of a legend: Captain James T. Kirk, presumed dead during the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B. The loss is a devastating one, especially for his former crew and the lives he has touched over the many years of his Starfleet career, including the people of the ravaged planet Mestiko. As the people of that world debate joining the Federation, the former crew of the Enterprise come together one last time to usher in a new era for the Payav.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last book in the Mere Anarchy series It’s Hour Come Round. We discuss another end, the loss of Kirk, Bones, family, parallels, adversity bringing people together, an ambiguous ending and our ratings.

In the news segment we take a look the brand new comic Starlet Academy issue #1

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Funny Story (00:01:50)
Starfleet Acadamy #1 (00:02:26)

Feature: It’s Hour Come Round
Another End (00:09:58)
The Loss of Kirk (00:10:53)
Bones (00:16:54)
Family (00:18:47)
Parallels (00:20:49)
Adversity Bring People Together (00:23:34)
Ambiguous Ending (00:29:28)
Ratings (00:34:05)
Final Thoughts (00:36:22)

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132: It Smells Like Burning

When the Deep Space Nine relaunch began in 2001, readers were treated to a great series of stories that laid the groundwork for the shared continuity of the 24th century novels. Unfortunately, the ongoing story of DS9 under Captain Kira came to an unexpected halt with The Soul Key, the final novel before the narrative was jumped forward to catch up with the rest of the shared universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Soul Key. We discuss the end, a convoluted plot, Ghemor and her plot, characters we know and love, forgotten characters, comparisons, the cover and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about Ongoing #52 and Star Trek/Green Lantern #6.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Wrap-Up Podcast (00:03:00)
Ongoing #52 (00:04:08)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 (00:07:11)

Feature: The Soul Key
The End (00:14:04)
Convoluted Plot (00:18:41)
Ghemor and Her Plot (00:21:56)
Characters We Know and Love (00:24:35)
Forgotten Characters (00:28:55)
Comparisons (00:33:07)
The Cover (00:36:41)
Ratings (00:38:34)
Final Thoughts (00:41:13)

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131: Moron Saves the Day

Who Killed Captain Kirk?

Comics have been an integral part of Star Trek, from the first Gold Key Comics in 1967 to Marvel Comics which picked up the license in 1979 and ran until 1982, after which DC Comics continued the adventures of the Enterprise with writers like Diane Duane and Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Peter David’s Who Killed Captain Kirk?. We discuss old comic series, Aspiring to Angels, taking a turn, confusion, a Kirk question, what does Bearclaw do?, an interesting conversation, a wedding, Dante’s Inferno, You’re Dead, Jim, another shift, it’s Finnegan, ratings and final thoughts.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
The Weather Report (00:01:35)

Feature: Who Killed Captain Kirk?
Old Comic Series (00:05:09)
Aspiring to Angels (00:07:12)
Takes a Turn (00:16:16)
Confusion (00:20:54)
Kirk Question (00:26:12)
What Does Bearclaw Do? (00:29:16)
Interesting Conversation (00:31:00)
A Wedding (00:35:26)
Dante’s Inferno (00:36:42)
You’re Dead, Jim (00:43:43)
Another Shift (00:48:12)
It’s Finnegan (00:51:59)
Ratings (00:58:04)
Final Thoughts (01:00:21)

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130: Mestiko’s Tomorrowland

Mere Anarchy: The Blood-Dimmed Tide.

Journeying thought The Original Series timeline the Mere Anarchy series have given fans a taste of what was happening in every period of the characters lives as well as the important events they were apart of and the penultimate book in the series is no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Blood-Dimmed Tide. We discuss Mestiko becoming a focal point, the oversight issue, bureaucracy, setting up the milieu of The Undiscovered Country, the Klingon Empire as a metaphor, Kirk’s prejudice, frustration acting out and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the new covers and blurbs for Elusive Salvation and Live by the Code, the German Prometheus trilogy and Doug Drexler’s upcoming covers for the Prey trilogy.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Elusive Salvation Cover and Blurb (00:02:27)
Live by the Code Cover and Blurb (00:06:21)
German Prometheus Trilogy (00:10:18)
Prey Covers (00:13:08)

Feature: The Blood-Dimmed Tide
Crazy to Think (00:15:38)
Mestiko Becoming a Focus (00:16:42)
The Oversight Issue (00:20:22)
Bureaucracy (00:24:49)
Setting Up the Milieu of The Undiscovered Country (00:26:19)
The Klingon Empire as a Metaphor (00:34:54)
Kirk’s Prejudice (00:39:11)
Frustration Acting Out (00:46:17)
Ratings (00:52:22)
Final Thoughts (00:54:24)

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129: SPECTRE Octopus

Seekers 4: All That’s Left.

Seeking out strange new worlds and new civilizations was not just the mission of the Enterprise, there were many other ships in Starlet who boldly went forth to do just that and the crew of the Endeavor was no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore to talk about their latest book in the Seekers series, All That’s Left. We discuss continuing Seekers, a new spin on an old idea, character work, the title, technology, progress and information, artwork, the future of Seekers and what’s next for these gentlemen.

In the news segment we discuss Ongoing #52 and the penultimate Star Trek/Green Lantern issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Dayton Ward
Kevin Dilmore

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
We’ll Let Dayton Tell You (00:02:35)
Ongoing #51 (00:03:00)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #5 (00:07:14)

Feature: All That’s Left
Introduction (00:12:13)
Continuing Seekers (00:12:56)
New Spin on an Old Idea (00:17:56)
Character Work (00:23:40)
The Title (00:33:38)
Technology, Progress and Information (00:36:21)
Artwork (00:50:45)
The Future of Seekers (00:56:43)
What’s Next? (01:00:02)
Final Thoughts (01:14:46)

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128: The Picard Finger Wave

Assimilation²: Volume 2.

Doctor Who and Star Trek both continue to delight fans and create new converts even though they have both been around for 50 years and as each new generation finds them, the inevitable question becomes, “What would happen if the two shows crossed over?”. Luckily there are comics to answer that question!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation²: Volume 2. We discuss Dan’s progression through Doctor Who, a shift in the comic series, fun things, negotiating with the Borg, the ending and some things we liked and didn’t.

In the news segment we mention a few interesting celebrations.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Celebrations (00:01:33)

Feature: Assimilation²: Volume 2
Where Dan is in Doctor Who (00:05:23)
Shift in the Series (00:09:45)
Fun Things (00:24:54)
Negotiating With the Borg (00:31:50)
The Ending (00:34:46)
Liked or Didn’t (00:36:32)
Final Thoughts (00:39:35)

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127: Cardassian Out of the Bag

Fearful Symmetry.

Deep Space Nine was the first Star Trek series since the original to make use of the Mirror Universe and as the relaunch series worked it’s way to telling the showdown with the Ascendents, a wrinkle was thrown in as Iliana Ghemmor from the prime universe was revealed to be the one behind Taran’atar’s recent madness and that was only the beginning of her diabolical plan to become the only Kira in the multiverse.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Fearful Symmetry. We discuss a couple quick notes, the gimmick, the “present day” story, the backstory, fanning the flames of fanaticism, the Sisko, our ratings and how the new series might affect the books.

In the news segment we look at Star Trek: Hollow Man, the latest photo comic.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Star Trek: Hollow Man (00:02:25)

Feature: Fearful Symmetry
A Couple of Notes (00:13:09)
An Interesting Gimmick (00:15:43)
“Present Day” Side (00:25:55)
Backstory (00:29:35)
Fanning the Flames of Fanaticism (00:35:10)
The Sisko (00:39:45)
Ratings (00:46:49)
New Star Trek Series and the Books (00:50:35)

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126: From a Certain Point of View

Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again.

The film era of TOS is rife with story possibilities since there is so much time between The Motion Picture and The Undiscovered Country and the films only give us a small percentage of the story, leaving space for the authors to fill in the details.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again. We discuss the interesting era and character growth, self-determination, the world not revolving around our world, honesty and government, the media and the truth, wrapping up with our ratings.

In our news segment we remind everyone Seekers 4 is out and talk about the latest information on books coming out next year, Force and Motion and Miasma.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
Seekers 4 is Out (00:02:48)
Force and Motion (00:04:17)
Miasma (00:07:07)

Feature: The Darkness Drops Again
Interesting Era and Character Growth (00:16:36)
Self-Determination (00:22:44)
The World Does Not Revolve Around Your World (00:31:58)
Honestly and Government (00:35:45)
The Media and Truth (00:43:35)
Ratings (00:51:48)
Final Thoughts (00:53:33)

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125: The Prophets' Dynamic Duo

Warpath.

Deep Space Nine was the one Star Trek series that was not afraid to show the darker side of the universe, so it should come as no surprise to readers of the relaunch novels that the books continued that tradition as the story continued to unfold.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about David Mack’s book Warpath. We discuss going from bad to worse, lack of direction, main characters that aren’t main, Prynn and Vaughn, setup syndrome, a trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith, person and our ratings.

In the news segment we judge the cover to James Swallow’s upcoming book The Latter Fire, talk about the latest issue of Star Trek/Green Lantern and Ongoing’s 50th issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)

News
The Latter Fire Cover (00:01:55)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #4 (00:07:58)
Star Trek Ongoing #50 (00:10:16)

Feature: Warpath
Mirror Universe Series (00:17:03)
From Bad to Worse (00:18:32)
Lack of Direction (00:22:08)
Main Characters That Aren’t Main (00:29:25)
Prynn and Vaughn (00:31:25)
Setup Syndrome (00:35:16)
Trip to Bajoran Minis Tirith (00:38:34)
Personhood (00:43:26)
Ratings (00:46:59)
Final Thoughts (00:49:32)

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124: Insert a Shudder Here

The Dominion: Olympus Descending.

As Deep Space Nine ended, The Dominion was left in disarray, they had lost the war and found themselves without clear direction. As Odo rejoins the Link he works to influence it, sharing his experiences among the solids with the changeling community, with the hope of fostering change, but something else has captivated the Link and it’s nothing Odo could have ever predicted.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the last Worlds of DS9 book Olympus Descending. We discuss Great Link confusion, Changeling culture, some long awaited resolution, a really hard time, what we place our faith in, massive disappointments and our ratings.

No news this week as Dan is in the infirmary.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
A Quick Message (00:01:15)

Feature: Olympus Descending
Worlds of DS9 (00:03:32)
Great Link Confusion (00:04:45)
Changeling Course (00:06:30)
Long Awaited Resolution (00:18:38)
A Really Hard Time (00:26:06)
What We Place Our Faith In (00:29:52)
Massive Disappointments (00:37:38)
Ratings (00:42:35)
Final Thoughts (00:45:16)

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123: The Line is a Dot to You

James Swallow: Sight Unseen.

The Fall series brought about massive changes for the crew of the Titan as the ship was recalled from the Gum Nebula region and Riker was promoted to Admiral, but the changes continue as the ship receives a new mission and some new crew members.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by James Swallow to talk about his book Sight Unseen. We discuss Titan’s new course, Riker and Vale, the new characters, juxtaposition, survival, horror Trek, bringing things back, personal moments, new elements, James’ other projects and our final thoughts.

In the news segment we judge the cover of Pocket Full of Lies.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
James Swallow

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Judging the “Pocket Full of Lies” Cover (00:02:27)

Feature: James Swallow
Introduction (00:11:19)
Titan’s New Course (00:12:09)
River and Vale (00:17:25)
The New Characters (00:24:41)
Juxtaposition (00:36:05)
Survival (00:43:40)
Horror Trek (00:47:04)
Bringing Things Back (00:52:42)
Personal Moments (00:55:33)
New Elements (00:58:19)
James’ Other Projects (00:59:57)
Final Thoughts (01:11:56)

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122: Foibles of Human Nature

David A. Goodman: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk.

There are very few characters from television, film or literature that loom as large as Captain Kirk, he’s become a part of the cultural zeitgeist alongside Bond, Superman and Darth Vader, but never before has he been presented to the world in his own words.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by David A. Goodman, the editor of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. We discuss where the idea came from for the book, the small clues, merging canon, Star Trek V, the people Kirk bumps into, more books, the artwork and footnotes, wrapping up with our final thoughts.

In the news segment we remind everyone that Sight Unseen is out.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guest
David A. Goodman

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Sight Unseen is Out (00:02:35)

Feature: David A. Goodman
A Treat (00:06:00)
The Idea (00:07:19)
Small Clues (00:18:56)
Merging Canon (00:27:49)
Star Trek V (00:33:00)
People Kirk Meets (00:38:07)
Other Books? (00:43:30)
Coming Up and Online (00:51:10)
The Art (00:53:02)
Footnotes (00:54:34)
Final Thoughts (00:58:21)

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121: Wall Street of the '80s

Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed.

The world of Ferenginar was first seen on Star Trek in the Deep Space Nine episode, Family Business and would only be seen one other time in the series yet the planet was home to some of the show’s most beloved characters so it was an obvious choice to visit again in the Worlds of DS9 books.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther brave the weather on Ferenginar to talk about Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed. We discuss this being a “Ferengi Episode”, how it fits with the rest of the book series, an outsider’s look, rounding out Quark, cleaning up the Ferengi, ratings and our final thoughts.

In the news we take a look at the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing, #49.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer)

News
Star Trek Ongoing #49 (00:02:41)

Feature: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed
Ferenginar (00:11:35)
The “Ferengi Episode” (00:12:03)
Does it Fit? (00:22:05)
Outside Looking In (00:26:39)
Rounding Out Quark (00:31:53)
Cleaning Up the Ferengi (00:36:26)
Ratings (00:45:50)
Final Thoughts (00:47:10)

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120: Kathy and Coco are a Beach Boys Song

Kirsten Beyer: Atonement 

The relaunch of Voyager under the direction of Kirsten Beyer has seen the return of the crew and the Full Circle fleet to the Delta Quadrant as well Kathryn Janeway back from the “dead” with the trilogy that began in Protectors coming to a rapid conclusion.  

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Kirsten Beyer to talk about Atonement. We discuss the puzzle pieces coming together, creation, neat cameos, character arcs, B’Elanna, Chakotay and Janeway, downtime, the truth, At-Onement, some of her favorite things and what’s coming next.

In the news segment we talk about the latest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover #3.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Kirsten Beyer

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen

Brandon-Shea Mutala 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek/Green Lantern #3 (00:02:19)

 

Feature: Kirsten Beyer

Thinking Back (00:12:18)

Puzzle Pieces (00:13:56)

Some Creation (00:19:28)

Neat Cameo Appearances (00:28:21)

Talking About Characters (00:31:48)

Back to B’Elanna (00:38:01)

Chakotay and Janeway (00:44:23)

Downtime (00:49:45)

The Truth Will Set You Free (00:51:34)

At-Onement (00:59:58)

Some of Her Favorite Things (01:03:55)

Coming Up Next and Kirsten Online (01:07:11)

Final Thoughts (01:19:11)

 

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119: Unique Opportunity

Peter David: The Returned 

There are very few authors out there that can say they have worked for Dc Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics and have written almost every major comic book character at some point in their career and to top it all off have gotten to play in the Star Trek universe, creating completely new characters and working with the established to build his own Trek playground.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome Peter David to talk about The Returned series. We discuss his favorite working experiences and characters, the genesis of New Frontier, creating original characters, the tone of New Frontier, The Returned, writing Calhoun, The return of Q, The Dayan, what’s next for New Frontier, where to find Peter online and our final thoughts.    

In the news segment we talk about New Visions #8 as well are the release of the new James T. Kirk book. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Peter David

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

Brandon-Shea Mutala

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Visions #8 (00:02:49)

James T. Kirk Book is Out (00:08:06)

 

Feature: Peter David

Introduction (00:12:11)

Favorite Working Experience (00:13:02)

Favorite Character to Write (00:14:25)

New Frontier’s Genesis (00:16:13)

Creating Original Characters (00:19:29)

The Tone of New Frontier (00:22:37)

The Returned (00:24:37)

Writing Calhoun (00:27:49)

The Return of Q (00:29:28)

The Dayan (00:30:17)

Next for New Frontier (00:33:02)

Peter Online (00:35:03)

Final Thoughts (00:37:04)

 

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118: Footie Pajamas

Shadows of the Indigent.

There are very few times in The Original Series where the trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy is not apart of an episode, but during the years between TOS and TMP the characters had taken different paths, Kirk was an admiral, McCoy a country doctor and Spock was on Vulcan attending to a private matter. With the Mere Anarchy series spanning the entirety of TOS, it gives the writers an opportunity to do something a little different with the characters. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Shadows of the Indigent. We discuss the ebook series, the Motion Picture era, dissatisfaction, a buddy cop feel, strange bedfellows, greed and our ratings.

In our news segment we remind everyone that Atonement is out now!

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Atonement is Out! (00:02:13)

 

Feature: Shadow of the Indigent 

Ebook Series (00:09:43)

The Motion Picture Era (00:11:11)

Dissatisfaction (00:18:00)

Buddy Cop Movie (00:21:14)

Strange Bedfellows (00:26:04)

Greed (00:29:55)

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117: Read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

David Mack: Seekers 3: Long Shot.

What if the laws of probability were no longer a factor and the most improbable and nigh unthinkable things began to happen? This is exactly what the crew of the Sagittarius runs into in the latest Seekers novel and the solution may just cost them more than they bargained for.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome back author David Mack to discuss his latest book Seekers 3: Long Shot. We talk about it’s creation, being villainless, illustrating the Prime Directive, scientific research, crew interactions, personal connections, life to the fullest, what’s next for David and where to find him online.

In the news section we talk about TNG: Warped and it’s humorous ideas for a season 8 of The Next Generation.    

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

David Mack

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

TNG: Warped (00:02:16)

 

Feature: David Mack

Introduction (00:05:12)

Creation (00:06:34)

Villianless (00:15:03)

Illustration the Prime Directive (00:18:32)

Scientific Race (00:24:44)

Crew Interaction (00:29:46)

Personal Connection (00:37:21)

Life to the Full (00:42:14)

Up Next for David (00:54:02)

Finding David Online (01:02:01)

 

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116: Bajor’s John Hughes Story

Bajor: Fragments and Omens.

Unity saw Bajor finally make it into the Federation as a member world, fulfilling one the biggest storylines of the Deep Space Nine television series. Transition is never easy and Bajor now finds itself experiencing the growing pains of integrating itself into the interstellar community.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Worlds of DS9 story Bajor: Fragments and Omens. We discuss the different pace, the changing times, Jake Sisko, Bajoran conspiracy theories, the endgame, theology and science, people making the place and our ratings.

In the news segment we rejoice at the announcement of a new Star Trek encyclopedia, the Star Trek: Prey trilogy, new books from Christopher L. Bennett and review Star Trek/Green Lantern #2.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

Will Nguyen 

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Star Trek Encyclopedia (00:04:07)

Star Trek: Prey Trilogy (00:07:01)

New From Christopher L. Bennett (00:10:00)

Star Trek/Green Lantern #2 (00:11:54)

 

Chapters: Bajor: Fragments and Omens

Worlds of DS9 (00:17:50)

A Different Pace (00:19:13)

Times They Are A Changin’ (00:23:19)

Jake Sisko Appears in This Book (00:29:03)

Baron Conspiracy Theories (00:34:57)

Endgame (00:36:08)

Theology and Science (00:43:04)

People Make the Place (00:45:46)

Ratings (00:49:10)

 

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115: Maybe He's Not An 80's Fan

New Frontier: The Returned Part 2.

Part one of The Returned left us with a classic cliffhanger as Calhoun and his crew had traveled to a pocket universe in hot pursuit of the aliens responsible for the genocide of the Xenexians and to rescue the Starfleet personnel they had taken hostage.   

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss The Returned Part 2. We talk about as the universe turns, how the story is for a long-time reader, it's a trap, a captain on the edge, a lively universe, a surprising guest, being in middle book purgatory, permanent political classes, the fight for survival and the good that men don't do.

In the new segment we discuss the latest issue of Star Trek Ongoing #48

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #48 (00:02:06)

 

Feature: The Returned Part 2

As the Universe Turns (00:10:45)

How is the Story? (00:11:26)

It's a Trap! (00:14:11)

Captain on the Edge (00:18:31)

A Lively Universe (00:23:02)

A Surprise Guest Star (00:25:52)

Middle Book Purgatory (00:29:49)

Permanent Political Class (00:31:19)

Fight for Survival (00:35:18)

The Good That Men Don't Do (00:39:09)

Wrapping Up (00:43:15)

 

 

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114: An Overabundance of Colons

Trill: Unjoined.

The Deep Space Nine book Unity left the Trill people shaken to their very core with the revelation that the parasites were actually somehow related the symbionts. With the planet in turmoil, Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax travel to Trill in hopes of unraveling the mystery of the parasites and bringing peace to a planet on the brink of civil war. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther navigate the deep philosophical waters of Trill: Unjoined. We discuss the world building, a society of secrets, Star Trek genetics gone wrong, the universe being grey, class warfare, history, Julian and Ezri and wrap up with our ratings. 

In the news we remind everyone that David Mack's Seekers 3: Long Shot is now available. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Seekers 3 is Out! (00:02:50)

 

Feature: Trill: Unjoined

Worlds of DS9 (00:04:33)

The World Building (00:06:11)

A Society of Secrets (00:12:13)

Star Trek Genetics Gone Wrong (00:20:22)

The Universe is Grey (00:24:05)

Class Warfare (00:28:16)

History (00:37:55)

Julian and Ezri (00:43:15)

Ratings (00:49:58)

Wrapping Up (00:52:16)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm MDT

113: The Dark Knight Deception

Mere Anarchy: The Centre Cannot Hold.

The Original Series is often seen as an anthology show since the Enterprise hops from planet to planet with no real connection to what came before. The literary universe gives the authors the opportunity to show that just because a specific mission is over that does not mean the the crew never returns to further the relationship that has begun.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss the book The Centre Cannot Hold, the second part of the Mere Anarchy series. We talk about being back on Mestiko, the cold war era, spanning TOS, the Federation V Klingons, the long game, the dangerous game and give our ratings.

In the news segment we wrap up the Tholian Webs comic arc with Ongoing number 47. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #47 (00:02:26)

 

Feature: The Centre Cannot Hold

Meanwhile Back on Mestiko (00:10:31)

Cold War Era (00:12:21)

Spanning the Entire Series (00:15:55)

Federation V Klingons (00:17:00)

The Long Game (00:20:54)

Dangerous Game (00:26:23)

Ratings (00:31:33)

Wrap Up (00:34:16)

 

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112: A Bajoran Copernican Revolution

David R. George III: Sacraments of Fire.

When The Soul Key ended in 2009, Star Trek fans were left with a massive cliffhanger as Illiana Ghemor stood in front of the Ascendants and proclaimed; " I am the Fire." Unfortunately the story of the Ascendants arc was lost as the DS9 books caught up with the rest of the 24th century in the Typhon Pact series. that is, until now. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome author David R. George III back to discuss is latest DS9 novel, Sacraments of Fire which begins the final arc of the Ascendants story. We talk about stitching together the DS9 quilt, what goes where, the different faces of faith, Ro's growth, a place for Sisko, the many plot threads, the new DS9, tidbits about Ascendance and where to find David online.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

David R. George III

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Comic News from ComicCon (00:01:57)

 

Feature: David R. George III

David at ComicCon (00:08:28)

Stitching Together the Quilt (00:11:15)

What Goes Where (00:21:05)

Ro Grows (00:35:23)

A Place for Sisko (00:45:27)

So Many Plots (00:53:22)

Time on the New DS9 (00:58:16)

Tidbits About Ascendance (01:06:18)

Closing (01:17:26)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm MDT

111: A Pocket Universe of the 24th Century

New Frontier: The Returned, Part 1.

When the New Frontier series began in 1997 it was a bold experiment for Pocket Books, a series without lead characters from on of the Star Trek series. Over the years it's popularity has grown and has a loyal following which has lead to a new three part ebook series. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss The Returned, Part 1. We talk about New Frontiers return, working for a resolution, jumping in late, popcorn Trek, the legacy of New Frontier, a demigod, 3 instead of 1, if this is the end and why people should read the series.

For the news segment we look at New Visions issue 7 as well as the beginning of The Spectrum War, Star Trek's crossover with Green Lantern.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Visions 7 (00:02:21)

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War (00:08:39)

 

Feature

New Frontier is Back (00:12:38)

working for the Resolution (00:14:09)

Jumping in Late (00:15:43)

Popcorn Trek (00:18:11)

New Frontier's Legacy (00:24:54)

A Demigod as Deus Ex Machina (00:29:05)

3 Instead of 1 (00:30:19)

If This is the End (00:33:01)

Why People Should Read New Frontier (00:35:31)

Closing (00:38:09)

 

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110: It's All About Soul

Ex Machina.

The Motion Picture left Star Trek fans with as many questions as it answered and when the story picked up in The Wrath of Khan, a lot of them did not truly get adressed leaving the audience to wonder, what happened to the crew after Kirk said, "Out there..... thataway."

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss Christopher L. Bennett's, Ex Machina. Well talk about what happens after The Motion Picture, the profound changes, the questions the book raises, the McCoy problem, fallout from TMP, true freedom, bad sales and our ratings.

In the news segment we have new blubs for upcoming, Voyager, Original Series and Enterprise books to discuss. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

New Blubs for VOY, TOS and ENT books (00:03:23)

 

Feature: Ex Machina

After the Motion Picture (00:13:05)

Profoundly Changed (00:16:27)

The Questions (00:27:20)

The McCoy Problem (00:29:55)

Fallout from The Motion Picture (00:39:02)

True Freedom (00:41:20)

Bad Sales (00:50:02)

Ratings (00:52:41)

Closing (00:55:43)

 

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109: Andorian High School Musical

Andor: Paradigm.

The Andorians have always been one of Star Trek's best looking races, yet even by the time the DS9 relaunch started, they had been little more than window dressing. The relaunch team set out to change that by bringing on a new character to the station, allowing the authors to create a vivid culture for the Andorians. It is no surprise that when the Worlds of DS9 series started that Andor was one of the planets visited. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther wrap up the first book in the Worlds of DS9 series with Andor: Paradigm. We discuss the differences Enterprise created, the Andorian culture, alien races being alien, science and biology, Prynn and Shar, the Prynn problem, where things end and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about Dayton Ward's newest book In History's Shadow II: Temporal Boogaloo and the possibilities for cover art as well as look at Christopher Jones' new monthly column on StarTrek.com 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

In History's Shadow II (00:01:58)

 

New StarTrek.com Column (00:05:20)

 

Feature: Andor

Paradigm (00:07:52)

Difference With Enterprise (00:08:40)

The Andorians (00:11:53)

Alien Races Being Alien (00:17:55)

Science and Biology (00:24:20)

Shar and Prynn (00:30:40)

The Prynn Problem (00:32:35)

Wrapping it Up (00:36:14)

Ratings (00:40:47)

Closing (00:44:50)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm MDT

108: Star Trek Beyond the Thunderdome

Cardassia: The Lotus Flower. 

The Dominion War left Cardassia ravaged. The planet is on the edge of a knife, as it's people scrounge for food, power and answers, trying to rebuild a once proud civilization. The question becomes, do they look to the past for answers or forge something new?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Una McCormack's book Cardassia: The Lotus Flower which kicks off the Worlds of DS9 series. We discuss a broken world, faith and belief, rehabilitating a vedek, being out of Mile's shadow, science's purity and give our ratings. 

In our news segment we look at the new Ongoing #46 as it starts a new story The Tholian Webs. 

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ongoing #46 (00:01:48)

 

Feature: Cardassia

Continuing the DS9 Relaunch (00:09:48)

The Lotus Flower Blurb (00:10:35)

Right Off the Bat (00:11:12)

A Broken World (00:13:00)

Faith and Belief (00:19:08)

Rehabilitation of a Vedek (00:27:33)

Out of Mile's Shadow (00:34:55)

Science Purity (00:41:15)

Ratings (00:48:34)

Closing (00:51:02)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am MDT

107: Death Star DeLorean

Armageddon's Arrow. 

It has been a long road of recovery for the Federation since the events of Destiny. Captain Picard once asked during a previous war, "Does anyone remember when we use to be explorers?". Now the time has come for the Enterprise to once again boldly go and author Dayton Ward has given us a front row seat in Armageddon's Arrow. 

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about this latest adventure for the TNG crew. We discuss changing course in the 24th century, the new crew with the old, Picard's changes, creating races and technology, being careful what you wish for, literary on ramp, balancing resources, how things circle back, section 1701, what Taurik saw, the ending, trying to surprise readers and upcoming things from Dayton. 

In the news section we find out exactly what Dan was doing for Section 31 in Iceland and talk about the soon release of The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek.  

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

 

Guest

Dayton Ward

 

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Dan is Back! (00:02:06)

The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek (00:05:16)

 

Feature: Dayton Ward

Back to the First (00:07:07)

Changing Course (00:08:33)

New With the Old (00:17:01)

Picard's Changes (00:18:41)

Creating Technology and Races (00:27:43)

Be Careful What You Wish For (00:32:02)

Literary On-Ramp (00:33:43)

Balancing Resources (00:37:45)

As Much as Things Change (00:40:18)

Section 1701 (00:45:14)

What Did Taurik See? (00:47:08)

The Ending (00:54:20)

Trying to Surprise Us (00:56:34)

Upcoming for Dayton and Finding Him Online (00:58:52)

Closing (01:06:19)

 

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