42: Beset by Serpents

David Mack: A Ceremony of Losses.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as David Mack joins us to talk about his entry in the series, A Ceremony of Losses, which falls right in the middle of the saga and centers around the Andorian reproductive crisis. We learn about the genesis of his part of the story, the challenges in bringing DS9 characters back into the fold, the real-world historical bases for may aspects of the story, and a bit more about David’s upcoming books Seekers and Section 31: Disavowed. In news we get an update on Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, Protectors, and we have some Fun with Kirk and Spock.

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41: How Kirk Kept Screwing Up Our Family

The Best of Klingons.

Continuing their trend of bringing older comics to today’s audience, IDW has combined the original DC Comics Klingons #1-4 with their own five-part Klingon saga from 2007, Blood Will Tell. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones jump into the fray with everyone’s favorite warriors to find out why the galaxy is yet again on the verge of war, debate the merits of the Gorkon Initiative, and find out why Kirk keeps screwing up one specific Klingon family. In news we take a look at a wealth of new imagery from Doug Drexler that gives insight into the new Deep Space 9, and we review the second installment of IDW’s KHAN backstory.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

40: It’s a Coup d’Yacht!

Ill Wind.

Did you know the Federation has a bi-annual solar sailing race? Neither did we. But they do, and it’s the job of Starfleet’s flagship to oversee event and make sure no one cheats. It’s all part of Ill Wind, a four-part DC comic series from 1995 penned by Diane Duane that not only delivers the fun of TNG but also a message about growing older, past regrets, and new horizons.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the race as we go through Ill Wind to find out about one of Picard’s favorite hobbies, locate the areas of the 1701-D with the best sensor resolution, and ask why Troi is so sleepy all the time.

In news we find out who will be writing the Data-centric follow up to Cold Equations, learn why the books in the upcoming Seekers series suddenly have titles, check in on the full 2014 slate from Pocket Books, and get an update on IDW’s plans for John Byrne’s photo comic series. 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

39: Never Misplace Your TARDIS

Horn and Ivory.

When we last left Kira she was faced with a choice of paths on a distant world in the Delta Quadrant. Two Iconian gateways offered very different escape routes from a seemingly hopeless situation. Which did she choose? Demons of Air and Darkness left a huge thread dangling—but it was by design.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the Deep Space Nine entry in the final Gateways book, What Lay Beyond, which tells the story of what happened to Kira after Taran’atar returned to the station. We explore what this short story, “Horn and Ivory,” adds to the richness of Bajor and how it helps Kira stop living in the shadow of the baseball. In news we find out what the coming year has in store for fans of The Lost Era and Section 31, and we delve into Mike Johnson’s new StarTrek.com series “Writer’s Log.” 

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Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

38: Beyond the Apocalypse

Una McCormack: The Crimson Shadow.

Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our series of interviews with the authors of The Fall as Una McCormack joins us to talk about her entry in the series, The Crimson Shadow. As the second book in The Fall, The Crimson Shadow continues the overall story but also brings together two fan favorites—Picard and Garak—to further the story of a post-war Cardassia. Una talks to us about the genesis of her novel, the political undertones, and what she wanted to accomplish in writing Picard and Garak. In news we steer clear of a super-spoilery blurb for Peaceable Kingdoms, preview Star Trek Ongoing #29 and Khan #4, and bring you our review of the second installment in The Khitomer Conflict. 

 

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37: Commander Is the Sweet Spot

Demons of Air and Darkness.

The two-part Avatar kicked off the relaunch of Deep Space Nine in the novels and, along with Abyss, introduced new faces and moved familiar ones beyond "What You Leave Behind." In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue their look at the DS9 relaunch with the fourth book, Demons of Air and Darkness. Unlike the first three novels, this instalment doubles as DS9's entry in the seven-part Gateways series rather than being purely the next chapter in the relaunch. As such, Keith R. A. DeCandido had to balance the tone between the special series and the continuation of Deep Space Nine. How well did that work? We find out as we discuss the concept, the Iconian gateways, the spiritual questions with which Kira and Taran'atar are faced, the growth of Ezri, and more.

 

Plus, in our news segment we find out that there's more to come for the resurrected Data and we review the first issue of IDW's new Khan series.

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36: An Archduke Ferdinand Moment

David R. George III: Revelation and Dust.

The Star Trek universe as you know it is about to change. Over the past decade the prime universe has grown richly complex as print adventures have taken over where television left off. Now, in a new five-book series titled "The Fall," some of Star Trek's greatest authors are going to rock the Federation to its core with an adventure that takes place over a period of sixty days and involves TNG, DS9, and Titan.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones kick off The Fall with special guest David R. George III, whose DS9 novel Revelation and Dust sets the stage for the series. We discuss the incredible new Starfleet-built Deep Space 9 station, how Doug Drexler, Andy Probert, and Douglas E. Graves helped shape the visual design, the continuation of Kira's journey and the broader DS9 story, the challenges of writing a book that builds upon so many past novels while making the story accessible to new readers, and how Revelation and Dust not only sets up The Fall but also pays tribute to Deep Space Nine on its 20th anniversary. Plus, in news, we take a close look inside Larry Nemecek's Stellar Cartography. 

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35: The Hiki Room

The Khitomer Conflict Begins.

Star Trek Into Darkness was built around the belief that war with the Klingons was inevitable—at least in the eyes of Admiral Marcus. The prospect itself served a plot focused on the inner workings of Starfleet. And while the film didn't deliver this galactic conflict, IDW's Star Trek Ongoing series will. The big-screen story was continued in the uninspiring After Darkness and now, with that out of the way, a new four-part story titled "The Khitomer Conflict" begins in Ongoing #25. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones dive into the first part of this war story to find out just what is going on between the Klingons and Romulans, how the Federation and Section 31 are involved, and why this story should have been After Darkness in the first place.

In our news segment we look at a flood of books and comics news including John Jackson Miller's upcoming Titan novella Absent Enemies, Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness, Scott Harrison's Shadow of the Machine, and two yet-to-be-titled books coming from Scott Pearson and the writing team of Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. We also talk cover art for Dayton Ward's Peaceable Kingdoms and the rest of The Fall, IDW's Stardate Collection Volume 2, and we discuss Dayton's recent Ten For Ward post about Star Trek novels for the new reader. 

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34: Your Father Is a Very Lucky Man

Assignment Earth Comics.

At the end of its second season, the return of The Original Series was in doubt and creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to find something to replace his imperilled show. In 1966 he pitched a pilot script to Desilu studios entitled “Assignment: Earth,” hoping that this would be his next project. But the studio passed, and so he slipped lead characters Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln—along with their cat Isis—into an episode of TOS in hopes that Kirk and Spock would give the extra push needed to get the new series on the air. It failed, but nearly 40 years later comic legend John Byrne resurrected the idea. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a close look at Byrne's five-part series that delivers (mostly) all-new adventures for Seven, Lincoln, and Isis, and how these stories do more justice to Roddenberry's concept than "Assignment: Earth" ever did.

In our news segment we take cover as Kor wields his bat'leth in new art from Keith R. A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, look at the beautiful cover for James Swallow's The Poisoned Chalice, and get another peek at John Byrne's upcoming photo comic. Plus, Chris becomes confused about a classic TV sitcom. 

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33: The Hurt Ball

Mission's End.

The Original Series tells the story of the Enterprise's first five-year mission under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. But where did that mission really begin and where did it really end? In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones find out as they overcome a case of arachnophobia to join Kirk's crew on a trip to Archernar IV. Filling in many of the blanks left by the premature end of TOS, IDW's Mission's End comic series sets Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the paths that lead to where we see them in The Motion Picture

In our news segment we learn about The Klingon Art of War, tell you what you need to read in order to jump into Revelation and Dust and the start of The Fall, and take a look at Madefire's Star Trek motion comic in action. Plus, we play a game of Klingonity, drink up the autumn beers, and recount the history of targ fighting.

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