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
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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
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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)

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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 MST

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
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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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST



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