Literary Treks: A Star Trek Books and Comics Podcast
Literary Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek in written form. Each week hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson explore Star Trek books and comics and chat with authors.
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296: Attack of the 50 ft. Betazoid! The Battle of Betazed. We talk about the criminal Hent Tevren, killing with telepathy, Dr. Crell Moset, DS9's contributions to the mission, Troi's command abilities, the fateful choice facing the people of Betazed, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 295: Walls Behind Walls Behind Walls 02/02/2020
295: Walls Behind Walls Behind Walls Mike Johnson: Picard: Countdown. We discuss how the comic trilogy came about, the inclusion of characters from TNG, Picard's new first officer, Tal Shiar operatives Laris and Zhaban, Admiral Picard during this time, the natives of Yuyat Beta, Romulan diversity, the machinations of the Tal Shiar, and wrap up with what Mike is working on now and where he can be found online.
info_outline 294: Pulling the Strings 01/26/2020
294: Pulling the Strings Hollow Men. We talk about how the novel follows up on "In the Pale Moonlight," the guilt that Sisko is wrestling with, the enigma of Tomas Roeder, the strange crew of the freighter Ariadne, Odo's suspicions about a theft on the station, how all these storylines tie together in the end, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 293: And Then What Happened? 01/12/2020
293: And Then What Happened? Keith R.A. DeCandido: A Singular Destiny. We talk about following up Destiny, the interstitial chapters which give us a glimpse into hidden corners of Federation society, Sonek Pran and his uniqueness in the Star Trek universe, President Nan Bacco, the Typhon Pact, A Singular Destiny's legacy, and wrap up with what Keith is working on now and where he can be found online.
info_outline 292: More of a Culmets Book 12/22/2019
292: More of a Culmets Book Dave Galanter: Dead Endless. We talk about how the story came about, the setting of this story, the relationship between Hugh Culber and Paul Stamets, the mysterious Ephraim, the secondary characters in the story, the bond between a trio of great characters, and end with where Dave can be found online and what he is working on now.
info_outline 291: Get People Laughing While They're Squatting 12/15/2019
291: Get People Laughing While They're Squatting Robb Pearlman: Body By Starfleet. We talk about where the idea for the guide came from, the real exercises within its pages, the fantastic illustrations, some of our favorite exercises, how non-humanoids can get in on the action, an amusing tie-in video on startrek.com, and wrap up with where Robb can be found online and what he's working on next.
info_outline 290: Give Me All the Spock 12/08/2019
290: Give Me All the Spock Discovery: Aftermath. We talk about the surprise return of Kor, Spock's coming to terms with the aftermath of season two of Discovery, L'Rell's ability to play politics, The Shadows of Kahless, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for the trilogy as a whole.
info_outline 289: It is Better to Heal Than to Harm 11/24/2019
289: It is Better to Heal Than to Harm David Mack: Lost Souls. We talk about the genesis of this epic story, the various character issues that are confronted, Picard's link to the Borg and how it has affected him these many years, Erika Hernandez's part in the story, hope vs. fear, the origin of the Borg Collective, the legacy of Star Trek: Destiny, and wrap up with where David can be found online and what he has coming out in the next year.
info_outline 288: The Golden Girls in Space 11/17/2019
288: The Golden Girls in Space Mere Mortals. We discuss the Enterprise and Aventine's attempts to scout the subspace tunnels, the plight of the Titan crew, Captain Hernandez's experiences with the Caeliar, President Bacco's attempts to win the Federation allies in their struggle against the Borg, Pazlar and Ra-Havreii's psychological issues, Deanna's ill-fated pregnancy, the shocking ending, and wrap up with our final thoughts.
info_outline 287: Fear Usually Leads to Chaos 11/10/2019
287: Fear Usually Leads to Chaos Gods of Night. We talk about the mystery of the Columbia, the actions of the MACOs that led to her destruction, the mysterious Caeliar, Picard & Crusher's story, Riker & Troi on the Titan, an emotional moment for one of the Voyager crew, the cliffhanger ending, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 286: The Wrong Thing for the Right Reason 10/27/2019
286: The Wrong Thing for the Right Reason David Mack: Collateral Damage. We talk about wrapping up the loose ends of Tezwa, the inspiration for the Nausicaans' plight, the unique literary devices used in this novel, a Starfleet Intelligence spin-off, Worf's development as a character, Lieutenant Aneta Šmrhová, Picard's hearing and eventual fate, and wrap up with where David can be found online and what he is working on now.
info_outline 285: Those Bloody Mind Control Revolts! 10/20/2019
285: Those Bloody Mind Control Revolts! Larry Nemecek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We talk about differences between the film and the novel, the persistent "Alan Dean Foster myth," Kirk's subtextual relationship with Spock, the story from Veejur's perspective, Decker's ultimate fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 284: Smoothing Over the Rough Edges of Canon 10/06/2019
284: Smoothing Over the Rough Edges of Canon Greater Than the Sum. We talk about Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen, Christopher Bennett's amazing ability to "fix" glitches in Star Trek continuity, a star cluster filled with strange new worlds, an old friend named Hugh, a plan to destroy the Borg once and for all, the ending that leads into David Mack's Destiny trilogy, how this story jives with what we know about Star Trek: Picard, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 283: Everyone's Tilting at Windmills 09/29/2019
283: Everyone's Tilting at Windmills Vendetta. We talk about Picard's mysterious connection to a woman with a vendetta, the horrors of a Borg attack, Geordi's quixotic role in the novel, new types of Borg, Picard's rival, the Doomsday Machine, the theme of Vendetta, how this book compares to its sequel, Before Dishonor, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 281: The Next Evolutionary Step of the Borg 09/15/2019
281: The Next Evolutionary Step of the Borg Before Dishonor. We talk about the newly-evolved Borg, Seven of Nine's role in the story, Ambassador Spock, unexpected actions taken by Picard's crew, the Doomsday Machine, Admiral Janeway's fate, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 280: The Rigellians Are Psycho 09/01/2019
280: The Rigellians Are Psycho Early Voyages #1-4. We talk about the crew's introduction in "Flesh of My Flesh," a face-off with the Klingons in "The Fires of Pharos," the crisis on Rigel VII in "Our Dearest Blood," and revisit Talos IV from a new perspective in "Nor Iron Bars a Cage." We wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings and where Barry and Shashank can be found online.
info_outline 279: The Young, Rash, Impetuous Russian 08/25/2019
279: The Young, Rash, Impetuous Russian Greg Cox: The Antares Maelstrom. We talk about the pergium discovery that starts things off, an old-fashioned western set in space, Sulu's mystery woman and the role they play, a side quest for Spock and Chekov, a major crisis the colony faces, the mysteries of the Antares Maelstrom, and wrap up with projects that Greg is currently working on and where he can be found online.
info_outline 278: His Losses Continue to "Mount" 08/18/2019
278: His Losses Continue to "Mount" John Jackson Miller: The Enterprise War. We discuss how the novel ties into seasons one and two of Discovery, the Lurians and the atypical Baladon, Enterprise's revolving door of engineers, the mysterious Boundless, Lt. Evan Connolly, this novel's links to the wider Trek litverse, the final shocking reveal, and wrap up with what Miller is currently working on and where he can be found online.
info_outline 277: You're Meant to Be Confused 08/04/2019
277: You're Meant to Be Confused Sword of Damocles. We discuss the non-linear nature of the novel, the planet Orisha and its inhabitants, the risky mission to save the Titan, the fate of Jaza Najem, the unorthodox solution that saves the ship, the design of the U.S.S. Titan by Sean Tourangeau, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 275: Q is a YouTube Comment Troll 07/21/2019
275: Q is a YouTube Comment Troll Q & A. We discuss the new crewmembers of the Enterprise, the strange planet at the heart of the novel, the ultimate Q story, the link to "Parallels," Worf's new outlook on life, a particular cover quandary, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 274: An Old Man in the Park Feeding Pigeons 07/07/2019
274: An Old Man in the Park Feeding Pigeons The Children of Kings. We talk about the time period in Star Trek history, some confusion about which timeline the book takes place in, Dr. Philip Boyce, Orion history, Number One, other characters in the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 273: Unintended Consequences 06/30/2019
273: Unintended Consequences Orion's Hounds. We talk about the beginning of Titan's true mission, the mysterious "star-jellies," Riker's decision to get involved, the other cozmozoans that make up the Gum Nebula ecosystem, the difficulty in changing one's way of life and adapting to new circumstances, some stand-out characters in the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 272: A Fun Borg Romp? 06/23/2019
272: A Fun Borg Romp? Resistance. We discuss the return of the Borg, the Enterprise's new Vulcan counselor, drama among the secondary characters, Picard's relationship with Locutus of Borg, the nature of the Borg Queen, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
info_outline 271: To Thine Own Self Be True 06/09/2019
271: To Thine Own Self Be True The Captain's Oath. We discuss the different time periods covered in the novel, Kirk's early years as commander of the U.S.S. Sacagawea, the fascinating cast of original characters, the mysterious threat posed by the Agni, Kirk's first mission as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the disparate parts of continuity referenced in The Captain's Oath, and wrap up with our final thoughts and what Christopher L. Bennett has coming soon as well as where he can be found online.
info_outline 270: Kirk is Dabbing Like a Warp 4 Loony! 06/02/2019
270: Kirk is Dabbing Like a Warp 4 Loony! The Gold Key Archives, Vol. 5: Part 2. We finish our look back at Star Trek: The Gold Key Archives, Volume 5 with the final three stories in the collection: issue 28, "The Mimicking Menace"; issue 30, "Death of a Star"; and issue 31, "The Final Truth."
info_outline 269: Kellogg's Spock 'n' Krisp 05/26/2019
269: Kellogg's Spock 'n' Krisp The Gold Key Archives, Volume 5: Part 1. Includes Gold Key issues 25, 26, and 27: "Dwarf Planet," "The Perfect Dream," and "Ice Journey." Make sure to pack your heat-stabilizer tablets, it's gonna be a crazy journey!
info_outline 268: Andy Does the Consonants, I Do the Vowels 05/12/2019
268: Andy Does the Consonants, I Do the Vowels Michael A. Martin: The Red King. We talk about launching the Titan series, the origin of the Neyel, Tuvok and Akaar's troubled past, Donatra and the Romulans, religious belief vs. scientific fact, where Titan goes from here, and wrap up with what Michael is working on now and where you can find him online.
info_outline 267: That Word "Sacrifice" Keeps Coming Up 05/05/2019
267: That Word "Sacrifice" Keeps Coming Up Burning Dreams. We talk about Christopher Pike's early years on the colony world Elysium, his relationships with his mother and the father figures in his life, the unique role that fire plays in Pike's history, his embodiment of the ideals of Starfleet and the Federation, how Pike in this novel compares to the Pike of Discovery, the epilogue of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.