Thursday, September 21, 2017

Literary Treks 203: The Ends Justify the Means

Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference
by Christopher L. Bennett

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The Prime Directive: The cornerstone of Federation law when it comes to interacting with other cultures. How did this important directive come into being, and what were the intentions of the original authors of Starfleet's overriding policy? We journey back to the early days of the Federation to find out!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to talk about Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference. We discuss the dictator Maltuvis, the ultimate Prime Directive debate, a strange new world, freedom and truth, Section 31's fatal flaw, what's in store for Trip, and Archer's beagle companion, Porthos.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently revealed (and incorrect) cover for David Mack's upcoming Titan novel, Fortune of War.


Literary Treks 203: The Ends Justify the Means
Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett


 


Previous episode: Literary Treks 202: The Rosebud of My Collection
Next episode: Literary Treks 204: Mudd In Your Eye by Jerry Oltion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Literary Treks 202: The Rosebud of My Collection

Star Trek FotoNovels with Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz!




Before VCRs, DVRs and Netflix, viewers had to watch Star Trek as it appeared on TV. There were no options to record. You couldn't buy the episodes on Blu-ray or download them online. To relive favorite episodes, fans were at the mercy of watching reruns on their local TV station. The only way to enjoy certain episodes over and over again on your own time was to open a book filled with full-color photographs and dialogue directly from the series.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz to talk about Star Trek Fotonovels from the 1970s. We discuss our fond memories of the '70s, Scott's favorite episode of all time, his collection of all twelve fotonovels, their influence on John Byrne's New Visions comics, and the interviews and glossaries found in the back of the books.

In the news segment, we talk about new comics from IDW Publishing coming in November and the latest issue of Star Trek New Visions #17: "All the Ages Frozen."


Literary Treks 202: The Rosebud of My Collection
Star Trek FotoNovels with Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz


 


Previous episode: Literary Treks 201: Cougar Q
Next episode: Literary Treks 203: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Literary Treks 201: Cougar Q

Star Trek: The Next Generation #49
The Q Continuum Book 3 of 3
Q-Strike by Greg Cox

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A powerful force has been unleashed on an unsuspecting galaxy: a dangerous being who once tested the might of the entire Q Continuum. Now, it's up to Picard and his crew, along with Q and his family, to thwart this enemy and keep the galaxy as we know it from complete and utter destruction.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are again joined by The Edge and Earl Grey host Amy Nelson to talk about the final novel in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Strike by Greg Cox. We discuss the plot of the novel, a sad end to a family crisis, the Q family dynamic, the ending of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for both this novel and the Q Continuum trilogy as a whole.

In the news segment, we review two comics: the final issue of the Waypoint series, and issue #3 of the Mirror Broken miniseries.

Literary Treks 201: Cougar Q
TNG #49: The Q Continuum Book 3 of 3: Q-Strike by Greg Cox




Previous episode: Literary Treks 200: Klingon-It Up a Little Bit
Next episode: Literary Treks 202: The Rosebud of My Collection

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Literary Treks 200: Klingon-It Up a Little Bit

Hidden Universe Travel Guides:
Star Trek: The Klingon Empire
Exclusive Interview with author Dayton Ward

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Sunscreen? Check. Klingon etiquette guide? Check. Marc Okrand's Klingon Dictionary? Check. You're all set for your ultimate vacation to the Klingon homeworld! There's just one more book you should remember to bring in order to make your holiday an honorable one...

In this milestone episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about his latest work, the Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire! We discuss the research that went into the book, where Dayton got his ideas, the connections to the Star Trek novelverse, some great places for food and drink on Kronos, dos and don'ts while traveling in the Klingon Empire, and wrap up with what Dayton is currently working on.

In the news, Dayton joins us to discuss his upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel, highlights from the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, and we end up having a bit of surprise wordplay fun with a book release from 2016 that we forgot to cover in a previous episode!

Literary Treks 200: Klingon-It Up a Little Bit
Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward







Previous episode: Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board
Next episode: Literary Treks 201: Q-Strike by Greg Cox

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Release Day! Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference

Star Trek: Enterprise
Rise of the Federation
Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett

After a little bit of a drought with no new Trek novel releases, our long wait is finally over with the release of Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, the latest Star Trek: Enterprise novel by Christopher L. Bennett! As has been the case lately, the novel is showing up early in bookstores everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled. As always, I have links below to purchase Pattern of Interference from Amazon if you would prefer!



Publisher's description:
The saga of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series continues with this thrilling original novel!

The time has come to act. Following the destructive consequences of the Ware crisis, Admiral Jonathan Archer and Section 31 agent Trip Tucker both attempt to change their institutions to prevent further such tragedies. Archer pushes for a Starfleet directive of non-interference, but he faces opposition from allies within the fleet and unwelcome support from adversaries who wish to drive the Federation into complete isolationism. Meanwhile, Tucker plays a dangerous game against the corrupt leaders of Section 31, hoping to bring down their conspiracy once and for all. But is he willing to jeopardize Archer’s efforts—and perhaps the fate of an entire world—in order to win?

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Previous Release: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales
Next Releases: Deep Space Nine: Original Sin
and Discovery: Desperate Hours

Monday, August 14, 2017

Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board

Star Trek: Preserver
By William Shatner (with Garfield & Judith Reeves-Stevens)

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What if our actions are not our own? What if all of us are merely pawns in a universe-spanning game, controlled by vastly older races with agendas and motivations that remain obscured? How would we know? And, most importantly, how would the mighty Captain Kirk deal with them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Shatnerverse novel Preserver. We discuss the nature of the Preservers, fate versus free will, duplicate Earths, secret groups within the Federation, the two Kirks, Teilani, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Star Trek comic news from SDCC and review issue #10 of Boldly Go.


Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board
Preserver by William Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens






Previous episode: Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil
Next episode: Literary Treks 200: Klingon-It Up a Little Bit

Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil

Star Trek: The Next Generation #48
The Q Continuum Book 2 of 3
Q-Zone by Greg Cox

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As the Enterprise holds her own against a swarm of energy creatures determined to keep the crew from completing their mission, Q leads Picard on a journey through his past, where a force even greater than Q and with an even wider cruel streak wreaks havoc on the galaxy.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the second book of the Q Continuum series, Q-Zone. We talk about stardate snafus, peer pressure, bad parenting, 0's gang of evil-doers, the end of the TKon Empire, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the upcoming e-book release, I, The Constable by Paula Block and Terry Erdmann, a new activity book called Search for Spock by Robb Pearlman, a resolution to the issue with Discovery novel pre-orders at Amazon UK, and we talk about the IDW comic releases for October, including some news about the Star Trek: Discovery comics.


Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil
TNG #48: The Q Continuum Book 2 of 3: Q-Zone by Greg Cox






Previous episode: Literary Treks 197: You've Been Macked
Next episode: Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board