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)

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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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