19: A Comic Khan In Hell

Khan Ruling In Hell.

When Khan failed to take over the Enterprise in "Space Seed," he and his people were left behind to start a new life on Ceti Alpha V. The next time we met Khan he was out for vengeance against Kirk, angry over the death of his wife and the hardships he had endured on a world gone wrong. What happened in between has been left a mystery—at least on screen. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by John Tenuto, the foremost expert on "Space Seed" and The Wrath of Khan, for a look at the IDW Khan Ruling In Hell comics. We explore how the story ties into the movie, how it relates to various drafts of the scripts for the TV and movie installments, and how a docile, defeated Khan comes to be the irrational, vengeful man we see in Star Trek II.

In our news segment we look at Spock In a Box—a quirky new book-bust combo from Chronicle Books—along with the Star Trek Into Darkness audiobook and A Very Klingon Christmas. Plus we share our favourite traditions for celebrating the holidays like a warrior. 

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18: Hab SoSlI' Quch!

Emmett Plant.

Planning a trip to Qo’noS? Marrying into a warrior family? If so, you won’t want to miss this episode of Literary Treks in which we’re joined by Emmett Plant to learn how to speak Klingon. Alright, we won’t actually be learning many Klingon phrases—that’s what the book is for—but we will be learning how this new book, How to Speak Klingon: Essential Phrases for the Intergalactic Traveler, came to be and about the production of the audio elements. Along the way Emmett also talks about the state of Star Trek audiobooks in general, the challenges in producing them, and whether or not we might expect more audible Trek in our future.

In our news segment we look at updates on two novels: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett and From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. Cover art for both books has been unveiled along with extended synopses that give us a better picture of what to expect.

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17: Tuvok's Remedial School for Badasses

Voyager Comics.

It’s Kirk, Spock, and Uhura—of the Abrams variety—who get all the Star Trek comic attention these days. But there is a wealth of material out there for fans of other parts of the franchise. If you’re looking for some illustrated adventures of Captain Janeway and her crew, IDW’s collection of four past Wildstorm Voyager titles is a good place to start. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Tristan Riddell to discuss four adventures—“False Colors,” “Avalon Rising,” “Elite Force,” and “Planet Killer.” From a Borg Cube to a medieval village, get set for a fun romp through the Delta Quadrant.

In our news segment we cover the nominations of David Mack and Greg Cox for the IAMTW Scribe Award, Michael A. Martin’s next TOS novel Seasons of Light and Darkness, IDW’s July slate which includes Star Trek Ongoing #23 and the Ongoing Volume 5 omnibus, a special Klingon omnibus, and the Library of American Comics’ search for Star Trek newspaper strips from February 1982 through January 1983. 

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16: Not Just Action-Adventure and Ray Guns

Greg Cox.

A lifelong Star Trek fan and prolific author of franchise tie-in fiction, Greg Cox penned his first Star Trek novel in 1995. Devil In the Sky, a numbered DS9 book written together with John Gregory Betancourt, marked the beginning of a long stream of fan-favourites spanning nearly two decades. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Greg to talk about his new TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, as well as many of his other works including The Q Continuum trilogy, The Eugenics Wars, and some of his non-Trek books, too.

In our news segment we discuss new teasers about "The Fall" from Una McCormack, David R. George III, and David Mack, tell you which books you need to read to prepare for the series, look at a second part to Rise of the Federation titled "Tower of Babel" along with the Star Trek Space-Spanning Treasury Edition from IDW, and we review Countdown to Darkness #4. 

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15: Space-Time Nexus Gateway

James Swallow: The Stuff of Dreams.

It all started years ago with an idea revolving around that unusual spatial anomoly in Generations. It ended with the commissioning of a Next Generation novella called The Stuff of Dreams. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James Swallow to talk about his new story that centers on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and goes a long way—in just 94 pages—toward fleshing out the inner workings of one of Starfleet's greatest captains.

In our news segment we go inside DK's new Star Trek Visual Dictionary for a hands-on review, speculate on IDW's upcoming film sequel After Darkness, and review Star Trek Ongoing #19, the backstory of Montgomery Scott. 

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14: Bargaining with the Devil

Tony Daniel: Devil's Bargain.

With the complexity of today's expanded universe, it's refreshing to pick up a standalone TOS novel from time to time; and that's just what renowned SF author Tony Daniel has given us in his new book Devil's Bargain. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Tony to talk about his first venture into writing Star Trek, the unique story he set out to tell, and why you really can't ever have too many Hortas.

In our news segment we check in on this week's big release slate that includes both James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams and Greg Cox's The Weight of Worlds, IDW's upcoming June comics, and we dig into the third installment of Countdown to Darkness. 

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13: Shedding the Shackles of the Past

Avatar, Book Two.

S.D. Perry set up the continuation of Deep Space Nine beautifully in the first part of the Avatar duology, but the real payoff comes in book two. On the final pages of the first half we were left with a cliffhanger that threatened to renew hostilities between the Federation and the Dominion. In this episode of Literary Treks we conclude our look at the start of Pocket Books' relaunch of DS9 and how S.D. Perry may have not only captured the pure essence of Deep Space Nine but actually elevated it.

In our news segment we look inside Mike and Denise Okuda's new book On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise, get an update on Willain Leisner's upcoming TOS novel The Shocks of Adversity, learn how to speak Klingon, and check in on the release schedule for IDW's Star Trek Ongoing #19 and the Ongoing Volume 4 omnibus. 

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12: Worms with a Long Con

Divided We Fall.

The idea of a crossover between different Star Trek series is something that appeals to many fans. But to make it work it has to feel natural, and that's just what John D. Ordover and David Mack did in their 2001 comic crossover series Divided We Fall. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take an in-depth look at the four-part series from Wildstorm that combines characters from TNG and DS9 to tell the story of a Trill coup d'état.

In our news segment we look at new cover art for James Swallow's The Stuff of Dreams, find out about a far more economical hardcover printing of Federation: The First 150 Years, check in on the release of Tony Daniel's Devil's Bargain, and find out what IDW has in store for us come May. We also dive into a lengthy discussion of HIVE #4, the conclusion to Brannon Braga's Borg comic. 

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11: When You're Part Prophet...

David R. George III.

Beginning with the Voyager episode "Prime Factors," David R. George III has become a key contributor to Star Trek lore over the course of nearly two decades. His first literary foray also had a TV connection as he penned the DS9 novel The 34th Rule together with Armin Shimerman in 1999. Since then David has come to play a pivotal role in Trek's literary world with more than a dozen novels. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David for an extensive look at his work on the relaunch of Deep Space Nine, his new TOS novel Allegiance in Exile, and how he got into Star Trek in the first place. 

In our news segment we get an update on Hive #4 and discuss our thoughts after reading Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2.

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10: Deep Space Nine Season Eight

Avatar, Book One.

In the final scene of DS9 we saw Jake Sisko peering out of a window at the wormhole. As we pulled away from the station, so much had been resolved yet so much was left undone. The TV series had signed off, but the story didn't end there. In an unprecedented experiment, Pocket Books decided to continue a Star Trek series in book form with what is essentially the Deep Space Nine Season Eight premiere, Avatar. Penned by S.D. Perry, this two-part story opens with Jake and propels us into the next stage of the story surrounding Bajor, the Dominion, and the Prophets. In this episode of Literary Treks we take a close look at the first half of this story, the new and familiar faces that make up the new DS9 crew, the cyclical nature of events, and the search for new directions. 

In our news segment we check in on Dayton Ward's entry in "The Fall" series, Peaceable Kingdoms, discuss our expectations for Star Trek Ongoing #18 and Countdown to Darkness #2, and talk about how comics could be the perfect format for launching Enterprise Season Five. 

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9: Galactic Doctors Without Borders

Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

When we first saw Dr. McCoy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, he was rocking an amazing beard and an awesome medallion that left us wondering what he’d been up to since we last saw him in “Turnabout Intruder.” In this episode of Literary Treks we reel in those missing years as we explore all four issues of John Byrne’s comic series Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor.

In our news segment we explore strange new worlds of crafting with the Star Trek Cross-Stitch book, remember our favourite TNG moments with the upcoming Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation edition, and speculate on HIVE #4. We also delve into Star Trek Ongoing #17 and discuss the newly revealed backstory to the Abramsverse incarnation of Dr. McCoy.

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8: Making Federation History

David A. Goodman.

Despite more than 700 hours of television and films, there is still so much we don't know about how the Federation came to be. That's why CBS asked David A. Goodman to write the records that future historians will rely upon when tracing mankind's long road to the stars. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to talk about the genesis of the project and what went into creating Federation: The First 150 Years. Along the way we also talk about his famous Star Trek episode of Futurama and get an insider's look at the second and third seasons of Enterprise.

In our news segment we look at some new information about David R. George III's Allegiance In Exile, Christopher L. Bennett's upcoming Enterprise book Rise of the Federation, Roberto Orci and Michael Johnson talking to StarTrek.com about Countdown to Darkness, and a bit about Star Trek Ongoing 17's exploration of Dr. McCoy's backstory.

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7: An Homage Or Something More?

Countdown to Darkness #1 and Star Trek Ongoing.

As with the 2009 film, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot—together with IDW—are utilizing the comics to deliver the background to what will take place on the big screen. After months of speculation, the first issue of Countdown to Darkness brings us a well-written story that starts to make a small bit of sense out of what we've seen in the trailers. And then it throws a wicked curveball at us. In this episode of Literary Treks we discuss Countdown to Darkness #1 and what it could mean for the movie. We also discuss the first six issues of Star Trek Ongoing—"Where No Man Has Gone Before," "The Galileo Seven," and "Operation: Annihilate"—and speculate on what clues about the movie may be hidden there.

In our news segment we look at the surprising reveal of Klingons on the cover of Countdown to Darkness #4, the special limited edition Enterprise cover for Countdown to Darkness #1, and the Countdown to Darkness Collection that will bring together all four issues in one volume in April. We also talk about the rest of IDW's 2013 comic lineup, which includes the John Byrne collection, back stories for Sulu and Chekov, and the Space-Spanning Treasury.

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6: Cold Equations and Destinies

David Mack.

No one has shaken up the Star Trek universe quite like David Mack. His contributions to the miniseries "A Time to..." helped bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis, his Destiny series revealed the Alpha and the Omega of the Borg, and his latest work—Cold Equations—resurrects Data and sees the continuing transformation of Picard. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David to discuss the evolving nature of the post-television Star Trek universe, the genesis of Destiny, why the Borg had to go, why Picard is no longer the man Beverly remembers, and we learn the real story behind the naming of the upcoming series "The Fall."

In our news segment we look at Greg Cox's upcoming TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, a new book that helps you learn How To Speak Klingon like a warrior, and David R. George III's Allegiance in Exile. We also speculate on what Countdown to Darkness will bring us, share our thoughts on the Mirror Universe of Ongoing #15 and #16, and reveal how a theme from Chris's own life has been stolen and used as a sinister plot device. 

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5: Vipers, Shadows, and Deadly Sins

James Swallow.

From Terok Nor to the Myriad Universe, from the bridge of the Titan to the aftermath of The Undiscovered Country, author James Swallow has played in many corners of the Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by James to discuss what it's like to tell stories from the lost era of Deep Space Nine, why it's difficult to write Picard, what it takes to redeem Valeris, and many more topics from across Star Trek literature.

In our news segment we look at the five books that will make up the new miniseries "The Fall," Tony Daniel's TOS novel Devil's Bargain, William Leisner's The Shocks of Adversity, the sticker book Stuck On Star Trek, some of the first interior views of The Star Trek Visual Dictionary, Countdown to Darkness #3, Star Trek Ongoing #19, and the Ongoing Volume 4 compendium. We also lament the lack of Star Trek audiobooks at a time when the spoken format is more popular than ever.

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4: Brinkmanship, Cardassia, and Beyond

Una McCormack.

The complex storylines of Deep Space Nine are the perfect playground for Una McCormack, an author who carries a PhD in sociology into her approach to Star Trek. Beginning with the short story “Face Value” in the collection Prophecy and Change, Una has explored Cardassia, the repurcussions of “In the Pale Moonlight,” and even played with Ezri Dax in the continuing Star Trek universe. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Una to discuss why Deep Space Nine is her favourite series, how she got involved in writing Star Trek, bringing female characters to the forefront, and the intricacies of freedom and how we are all interconnected.

In our news segment we look at three new omnibuses coming from Pocket Books: Typhon Pact: The Khitomer AccordsThe Original Series: The Continuing Missions; and Destiny: The Complete Saga. We also cover IDW’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Omnibus and Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Volume 1, the covers for Countdown to Darkness, the Star Trek 100-page Winter Spectacular comic, and we talk in-depth about the first three issues of Brannon Braga’s HIVE.

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3: Inspired by an Old M*A*S*H Episode

Keith R. A. DeCandido.

Since the release of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers e-book Fatal Error in 2000, Keith R.A. DeCandido has become one of the most influential authors in the Star Trek literary universe. His hand can especially be seen in the development of the Klingons through the I.K.S Gorkon novels, the bridging of Insurrection and Nemesis in A Time for War, A Time for Peace, and in fleshing out the Federation political system in Articles of the Federation. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by DeCandido to discuss how he got involved in writing the Star Trek expanded universe, his love of Hikaru Sulu, and even how the Klingons got their ridges back.

In our news segment we cover the upcoming Star Trek Visual Dictionary from Dorling Kindersley, Mike and Denise Okuda’s Onboard the Enterprise-D reference book, a new five-book series in development titled The Fall, James Swallow’s The Stuff of Dreams, Dayton Ward’s From History’s Shadow, a complete John Byrne comic collection, and Brannon Braga’s HIVE.

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2: Continuing Voyager with Kirsten Beyer

Kirsten Beyer.

After Voyager completed its television run, the story of Captain Janeway and her crew was continued in literary form beginning with Christie Golden’s Homecoming in 2003. The four novels from Golden took Voyager in new directions. But after the Spirit Walk duology, that continuing voyage appeared to have come to an end. Five years later, Kirsten Beyer picked up the baton with Full Circle and brought her own changes to the story. In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Beyer to discuss how her novels have kept Voyager alive, about writing Voyager in general and The Eternal Tide specifically, and why some of the elements that didn’t work so well on-screen are perfect when it comes to the literary universe.

In our news segment we cover books including James Swallow’s The Stuff of Dreams, Dayton Ward’s From History’s Shadow, David A. Goodman’s Federation: The First 150 Years, David R. George III’s Revelations and Dust, and a Star Trek craft book. In comics we cover Countdown to Darkness, Ongoing #16, #17, and #18, and we discuss our thoughts on Ongoing #15, Mirrored, Part I.

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1: In Tempest's Wake and the Development of Vanguard

Dayton Ward.

The publication of David Mack’s Storming Heaven in March 2012 marked the end of the Vanguard saga—or so we thought. As it turns out there’s a little more to the story. It comes in the form of what author Dayton Ward calls “a coda”—just a little something extra for fans of this series that is set in the TOS time period. In this, the premiere episode of our books and comics show, we’re joined by Dayton to discuss how this novella, “In Tempest’s Wake,” came about. In the process we also find out more about the inspiration of the Vanguard series itself, Dayton’s desire to write Captain Proton stories, and whether or not there’s a smoking jacket in Dayton’s closet.

In our news segment we cover upcoming releases in the literary world including Christopher L. Bennett’s continuation of the Romulan War story for the Enterprise line, David Mack’s second installment in Cold Equations, Silent Weapons, and we look at three upcoming releases from IDW on the comic front: Countdown to Darkness, Star Trek Ongoing #15, and Brannon Braga’s Hive #3.

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