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
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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)

Direct download: lt-145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

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)

Direct download: lt-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT



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