136: Temporal Mechanics Chess Game

Ascendance: David R. George III.

The Deep Space Nine relaunch had been building to a showdown with the Ascendants and The Soul Key left fans with a massive cliffhanger but with Star Trek Destiny bringing all the crews together, the Ascendants story line was dropped in order to align the DS9 books with the rest of the 24th century. Fans have long wondered what transpired with the Ascendants and how it spurred major changes for many of the DS9 characters, luckily the answers have finally arrived.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by author David R. George III to talk his latest Deep Space Nine book Ascendance. We discuss weaving the tapestry, research, what to tell and what not to tell, prophesies, character arcs, Sisko, faith and belief, working things in, what’s next and where to find David online.

In the news segment we let everyone know that we are covering The Good That Men Do next week.

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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
Next Week (00:01:39)

Feature: David R. George III
First Interview of the Year (00:03:58)
Weaving the Tapestry (00:05:05)
Research (00:09:08)
What to Tell and What Not to Tell (00:12:20)
Prophesies (00:15:51)
Character Arcs (00:18:29)
Sisko (00:23:42)
Faith and Belief (00:31:11)
Working Things In (00:38:01)
Coming Up (00:43:48)
David Online (00:48:22)
Final Thoughts (00:50:32)

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135: Spock’s Vulcan Occult Library

Gold Key Comics Vol. 2, Part 1.

If the writers and artist in Far Beyond the Stars who worked with Benny wrote and illustrated a comic that imagined the universe of Star Trek, what they would have produced would have surely looked and felt like the Gold Key Comics.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Gold Key Comics Volume 2. We discuss the evolution of the comics, Voodoo Planet, The Youth Trap, The Legacy of Lazarus and our final thoughts.

In the news section we look at the newest comics, Starfleet Academy #2, Ongoing #53 and New Visions #10.

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
Starfleet Academy #2 (00:03:43)
New Visions #10 (00:09:19)
Ongoing #53 (00:12:22)

Feature: Gold Key Vol. 2
Evolution of the Comics (00:19:35)
Voodoo Planet (00:21:19)
The Youth Trap (00:29:24)
The Legacy of Lazarus (00:36:22)
Final Thoughts (00:46:23)

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134: Are We on the Millennium Falcon?

Child of Two Worlds.

2015 has been a banner year for Star Trek literature. With just one more book to talk about, we go back to where it all began: The Space Ship Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. An incident involving a young woman torn between two worlds may lead to open conflict with the Klingon Empire!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last new book of the year, Child of Two Worlds. We discuss exploring Spock, another child of two worlds, The Cage era, media, mobs and violence and our ratings.

In the news section we announce some news about the upcoming year and look back at our favorite books of 2015.

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
Show News (00:02:35)
Our Favorite Books of the Year (00:07:13)

Feature: Child of Two Worlds
End of the Year (00:14:43)
Exploring Spock (00:16:03)
Another Child of Two Worlds (00:27:42)
The Cage Era (00:33:42)
Media, Mobs and Violence (00:37:31)
Ratings (00:44:27)
Final Thoughts of the Year (00:45:55)

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133: Brother From Another Mother

Mere Anarchy: Its Hour Come Round.

The film Star Trek: Generations saw the loss of a legend: Captain James T. Kirk, presumed dead during the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B. The loss is a devastating one, especially for his former crew and the lives he has touched over the many years of his Starfleet career, including the people of the ravaged planet Mestiko. As the people of that world debate joining the Federation, the former crew of the Enterprise come together one last time to usher in a new era for the Payav.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the last book in the Mere Anarchy series It’s Hour Come Round. We discuss another end, the loss of Kirk, Bones, family, parallels, adversity bringing people together, an ambiguous ending and our ratings.

In the news segment we take a look the brand new comic Starlet Academy issue #1

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
Funny Story (00:01:50)
Starfleet Acadamy #1 (00:02:26)

Feature: It’s Hour Come Round
Another End (00:09:58)
The Loss of Kirk (00:10:53)
Bones (00:16:54)
Family (00:18:47)
Parallels (00:20:49)
Adversity Bring People Together (00:23:34)
Ambiguous Ending (00:29:28)
Ratings (00:34:05)
Final Thoughts (00:36:22)

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132: It Smells Like Burning

When the Deep Space Nine relaunch began in 2001, readers were treated to a great series of stories that laid the groundwork for the shared continuity of the 24th century novels. Unfortunately, the ongoing story of DS9 under Captain Kira came to an unexpected halt with The Soul Key, the final novel before the narrative was jumped forward to catch up with the rest of the shared universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Soul Key. We discuss the end, a convoluted plot, Ghemor and her plot, characters we know and love, forgotten characters, comparisons, the cover and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about Ongoing #52 and Star Trek/Green Lantern #6.

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
Wrap-Up Podcast (00:03:00)
Ongoing #52 (00:04:08)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 (00:07:11)

Feature: The Soul Key
The End (00:14:04)
Convoluted Plot (00:18:41)
Ghemor and Her Plot (00:21:56)
Characters We Know and Love (00:24:35)
Forgotten Characters (00:28:55)
Comparisons (00:33:07)
The Cover (00:36:41)
Ratings (00:38:34)
Final Thoughts (00:41:13)

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131: Moron Saves the Day

Who Killed Captain Kirk?

Comics have been an integral part of Star Trek, from the first Gold Key Comics in 1967 to Marvel Comics which picked up the license in 1979 and ran until 1982, after which DC Comics continued the adventures of the Enterprise with writers like Diane Duane and Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Peter David’s Who Killed Captain Kirk?. We discuss old comic series, Aspiring to Angels, taking a turn, confusion, a Kirk question, what does Bearclaw do?, an interesting conversation, a wedding, Dante’s Inferno, You’re Dead, Jim, another shift, it’s Finnegan, ratings and final thoughts.

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
The Weather Report (00:01:35)

Feature: Who Killed Captain Kirk?
Old Comic Series (00:05:09)
Aspiring to Angels (00:07:12)
Takes a Turn (00:16:16)
Confusion (00:20:54)
Kirk Question (00:26:12)
What Does Bearclaw Do? (00:29:16)
Interesting Conversation (00:31:00)
A Wedding (00:35:26)
Dante’s Inferno (00:36:42)
You’re Dead, Jim (00:43:43)
Another Shift (00:48:12)
It’s Finnegan (00:51:59)
Ratings (00:58:04)
Final Thoughts (01:00:21)

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130: Mestiko’s Tomorrowland

Mere Anarchy: The Blood-Dimmed Tide.

Journeying thought The Original Series timeline the Mere Anarchy series have given fans a taste of what was happening in every period of the characters lives as well as the important events they were apart of and the penultimate book in the series is no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about The Blood-Dimmed Tide. We discuss Mestiko becoming a focal point, the oversight issue, bureaucracy, setting up the milieu of The Undiscovered Country, the Klingon Empire as a metaphor, Kirk’s prejudice, frustration acting out and our ratings.

In the news segment we talk about the new covers and blurbs for Elusive Salvation and Live by the Code, the German Prometheus trilogy and Doug Drexler’s upcoming covers for the Prey trilogy.

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
Elusive Salvation Cover and Blurb (00:02:27)
Live by the Code Cover and Blurb (00:06:21)
German Prometheus Trilogy (00:10:18)
Prey Covers (00:13:08)

Feature: The Blood-Dimmed Tide
Crazy to Think (00:15:38)
Mestiko Becoming a Focus (00:16:42)
The Oversight Issue (00:20:22)
Bureaucracy (00:24:49)
Setting Up the Milieu of The Undiscovered Country (00:26:19)
The Klingon Empire as a Metaphor (00:34:54)
Kirk’s Prejudice (00:39:11)
Frustration Acting Out (00:46:17)
Ratings (00:52:22)
Final Thoughts (00:54:24)

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129: SPECTRE Octopus

Seekers 4: All That’s Left.

Seeking out strange new worlds and new civilizations was not just the mission of the Enterprise, there were many other ships in Starlet who boldly went forth to do just that and the crew of the Endeavor was no exception.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther welcome authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore to talk about their latest book in the Seekers series, All That’s Left. We discuss continuing Seekers, a new spin on an old idea, character work, the title, technology, progress and information, artwork, the future of Seekers and what’s next for these gentlemen.

In the news segment we discuss Ongoing #52 and the penultimate Star Trek/Green Lantern issue.

Hosts
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther

Guests
Dayton Ward
Kevin Dilmore

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
We’ll Let Dayton Tell You (00:02:35)
Ongoing #51 (00:03:00)
Star Trek/Green Lantern #5 (00:07:14)

Feature: All That’s Left
Introduction (00:12:13)
Continuing Seekers (00:12:56)
New Spin on an Old Idea (00:17:56)
Character Work (00:23:40)
The Title (00:33:38)
Technology, Progress and Information (00:36:21)
Artwork (00:50:45)
The Future of Seekers (00:56:43)
What’s Next? (01:00:02)
Final Thoughts (01:14:46)

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128: The Picard Finger Wave

Assimilation²: Volume 2.

Doctor Who and Star Trek both continue to delight fans and create new converts even though they have both been around for 50 years and as each new generation finds them, the inevitable question becomes, “What would happen if the two shows crossed over?”. Luckily there are comics to answer that question!

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation²: Volume 2. We discuss Dan’s progression through Doctor Who, a shift in the comic series, fun things, negotiating with the Borg, the ending and some things we liked and didn’t.

In the news segment we mention a few interesting celebrations.

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
Celebrations (00:01:33)

Feature: Assimilation²: Volume 2
Where Dan is in Doctor Who (00:05:23)
Shift in the Series (00:09:45)
Fun Things (00:24:54)
Negotiating With the Borg (00:31:50)
The Ending (00:34:46)
Liked or Didn’t (00:36:32)
Final Thoughts (00:39:35)

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127: Cardassian Out of the Bag

Fearful Symmetry.

Deep Space Nine was the first Star Trek series since the original to make use of the Mirror Universe and as the relaunch series worked it’s way to telling the showdown with the Ascendents, a wrinkle was thrown in as Iliana Ghemmor from the prime universe was revealed to be the one behind Taran’atar’s recent madness and that was only the beginning of her diabolical plan to become the only Kira in the multiverse.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about Fearful Symmetry. We discuss a couple quick notes, the gimmick, the “present day” story, the backstory, fanning the flames of fanaticism, the Sisko, our ratings and how the new series might affect the books.

In the news segment we look at Star Trek: Hollow Man, the latest photo comic.

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
Star Trek: Hollow Man (00:02:25)

Feature: Fearful Symmetry
A Couple of Notes (00:13:09)
An Interesting Gimmick (00:15:43)
“Present Day” Side (00:25:55)
Backstory (00:29:35)
Fanning the Flames of Fanaticism (00:35:10)
The Sisko (00:39:45)
Ratings (00:46:49)
New Star Trek Series and the Books (00:50:35)

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