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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 Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones explore Star Trek books and comics and chat with authors.

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351: A Win Win Win
New Earth: Challenger. The mission that the Enterprise has had to help safeguard the colonists of Belle Terre has been harder and more taxing that anyone expected, yet it is about to come to a close, but not before one more unexpected challenge. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about the final book of the New Earth series, Challenger. We discuss Kirk and Spock, Uhura and McCoy, the criminal element, the USS Peleilu, a new starship, coexist, bringing all things together, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we look at two comics recently released, Mirror War #8 and the Star Trek: Picard comic set between seasons 2 and 3, Stargazer's first issue. News Mirror War #8 (00:03:13) Stargazer #1 (00:08:23) Feature: Challenger Kirk and Spock (00:21:20) Uhura and McCoy (00:29:27) The Criminal Element (00:32:14) The USS Peleilu (00:38:02) A New Starship (00:46:07) Coexist (00:50:25) Bringing All Things Together (00:53:35) Ratings (01:01:02) Final Thoughts (01:02:46) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
66:21 09/11/2022
350: Handshake Across Time
Federation. Star Trek books and comics have been a backbone of the franchise from almost the beginning of the series, getting fans through many lean years when there was little hope of more stories being told onscreen. In this 350th episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt celebrate by talking about the beloved book, Federation. We discuss it being a monumental book, Cochrane, war, Thorsen, connecting the universe, bringing the generations together, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we discuss 350 episodes of the show and review Mirror War 7. News Episode 350 (00:01:51) Mirror War #7 (00:08:13) Feature: Federation A Monumental Book (00:12:46) Cochrane (00:16:50) War (00:30:07) Thorsen (00:34:55) Connecting the Universe (00:43:21) Bringing the Generations Together (00:47:08) Ratings (00:57:05) Final Thoughts (00:59:49) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
62:44 08/14/2022
349: The Micro Machines
New Earth: Thin Air. The planet of Belle Terre has been through hell as have the colonists from the Federation but what was thought to be a random Klaud attack may have made the planet uninhabitable for life, forever unless the crew of the Enterprise can come up with a solution in a matter of days. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about New Earth: Thin Air. We discuss a new problem, bluffing, a sickness, the solution, a death, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we have two Mirror War comics to discuss, issue six and the one-shot, Sisko. News Mirror War #6 (00:03:10) Mirror War: Sisko (00:07:11) Feature: Thin Air A New Problem (00:13:04) Bluffing (00:20:01) A Sickness (00:23:57) The Solution (00:30:36) A Death (00:35:59) Ratings (00:40:11) Final Thoughts (00:42:39) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
45:18 07/03/2022
348: The Easy Button
Daedalus's Children. The crew of the NX-01 finds themselves in a unique position, they're no longer in our universe and the one they find themselves in is hostile to the very proteins they need for survival, plus there is the possibility of the crew finding themselves in the middle of a civil war. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about Daedalus's Children. We discuss the timeline question, writing style, an alternate universe, losses and gains, lasting peace, getting home, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section Casey gives Matt his thoughts on the fourth issue of Adventures in the 32nd Century. News Adventures in the 32nd Century #4 (00:03:55) Feature: Daedalus's Children The Timeline Question (00:10:50) Writing Style (00:16:14) An Alternate Universe (00:18:55) Losses and Gains (00:26:41) Lasting Peace (00:37:08) Getting Home (00:39:47) Ratings (00:44:47) Final Thoughts (00:47:38) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
51:03 06/19/2022
347: Its Own Set of Tropes
New Earth: The Flaming Arrow. The colony of Belle Terre seems to just get out of the frying pan, only to find themselves in the fire, which leaves the crew of the Enterprise the task of once again finding a miracle to save the planet. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt discuss the fourth book in the New Earth series, The Flaming Arrow. We discuss following up, a new threat, Kirk's romance, making "friends", no follow up, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: The Flaming Arrow Following Up (00:03:35) New Threat (00:11:20) Kirk a Little Romance (00:20:22) Making "Friends" (00:25:15) No Follow Up (00:30:44) Ratings (00:33:54) Final Thoughts (00:36:50) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
39:22 06/04/2022
346: A Series of Fortunate Events
Daedalus. The crew of the NX-01 has come across an anomaly that baffles even T'Pol so of course they must investigate and that's were everything goes horribly wrong leaving Trip and Hoshi stranded with a group of aliens in the middle of a civil war and the Enterprise captured. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about Daedalus. We discuss back with Enterprise, through the ringer, what happened, interesting parts, what will you do to survive, Trip's romance, the last revelation our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section Casey gives his review of the third issue of Adventures in the 32nd Century! News Adventures in the 32nd Century #3 (00:03:17) Feature: Daedalus Back With Enterprise (00:07:28) Through the Ringer (00:09:10) What Happened (00:16:51) Interesting Parts (00:22:30) What Will You Do to Survive (00:26:15) Trip's Romance (00:28:59) The Last Revelation (00:35:26) Ratings (00:42:18) Final Thoughts (00:45:36) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
48:24 05/22/2022
345: Regardless of the Cost
New Earth: Rough Trails. It is out of the frying pan and into the fire for the colonists of Belle Terre as the Quake Moon situation has been resolved, yet it has left only half of the planet inhabitable, feeling more like Ceti Alpha V than the planet on the cover. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about New Earth: Rough Trails. We discuss Chekov, the romance, barbarians at the gate, no big three, a hard life, power and profit, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: New Earth: Rough Trails Chekov's Terrible Day (00:03:54) The Romance (00:09:53) Barbarians at the Gate (00:15:15) No Big Three (00:23:59) A Hard Life (00:29:52) Power and Profit (00:38:30) Ratings (00:46:02) Final Thoughts (00:49:52) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
52:36 05/08/2022
344: The Klingon Messiah
The Left Hand of Destiny: Book Two. The Empire has imploded as Morjod, backed by his mother, works to hunt down the resistance of Martok and his small band of followers so that they can remake the Klingon empire in their image. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt talk the final book in The Left Hand of Destiny duology. We discuss why Ezri is here, family, Klingon sickness, the enemy, a second coming our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we react to the news of a new book as well as review Mirror War #5 and Adventure in the 32nd Century #2. News Big News (00:02:20) Mirror War #5 (00:05:25) Adventures in the 32nd Century #2 (00:13:01) Feature: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book Two Why Ezri is Here (00:19:01) Family (00:27:33) Klingon Sickness (00:32:40) The Enemy (00:42:30) A Second Coming (00:48:10) Ratings (00:56:27) Hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
64:52 04/22/2022
343: Uncork the Moon
New Earth: Belle Terre. It has been a long road for the colonists to get from Federation space to their new home Belle Terre and unfortunately the problems are only getting worse. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about the second book in the New Earth series, Belle Terre. We discuss how we are feeling, getting to the new world, moon problems, Bones and the science team, no good choices, one solution, runaways, the moon solution, characterization, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: Belle Terre How We Are Feeling (00:02:30) Getting to the New World (00:07:28) Moon Problems (00:14:34) Bones and the Science Team (00:18:18) No Good Choices (00:21:00) One Solution (00:23:54) Runaways (00:31:08) Moon Solution (00:35:35) Characterization (00:44:00) Ratings (00:46:30) Final Thoughts (00:48:18) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
51:39 04/10/2022
342: Klingon Wasteland
The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One. As Deep Space Nine drew to a close, Worf challenged Gowron, defeated him in honorable combat and bestowed on Martok the chancellorship of the Klingon Empire which is where actor J.G. Hertzler and author Jeffrey Lang pick up the story. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt talk about The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One. We discuss our first time, too much war, the problems with politics, an unexpected enemy, a symbol, things we didn't like, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we review the Star Trek: Discovery comic, Adventures in the 32 Century, issue 1. News Adventures in the 32nd Century #1 (00:03:09) Feature: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One First Time (00:09:43) Too Much War (00:14:07) The Problem of Politics (00:20:23) An Unexpected Enemy (00:27:21) A Symbol (00:37:43) Things We Didn't Like (00:50:50) Ratings (00:54:09) Final Thoughts (00:57:24) Hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
62:47 03/27/2022
341: Sheer Fraking Hubris
New Earth: Wagon Train to the Stars. What would make Admiral Kirk give up the desk after The Motion Picture, Diane Carey answers the question in the first book of the New Earth series, the promise of leading a colony expedition and the promise of new uniforms. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about New Earth: Wagon Train to the Stars. We discuss new worlds, more freedom, greed, working together, Kirk, another war, the writing style, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we review at two new comics, Mirror War: La Forge and Star Trek: Klingons. News Mirror War: La Forge (00:02:55) Star Trek: Klingons (00:08:24) Feature: Wagon Train to the Stars New Worlds (00:13:32) More Freedom? (00:22:09) Greed (00:27:24) Working Together (00:31:39) Kirk (00:36:29) Another War (00:41:53) The Writing Story (00:44:06) Ratings (00:49:50) Final Thoughts (00:52:20) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
55:28 03/13/2022
340: A Struggle for Survival
Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson: No Man's Land. At the end of Star Trek: Picard's first season, fans were greeted with the surprise that Raffi and Seven seemed to be taking their relationship to the next level, so now fans are being treated to the continuation of that story in a whole new format, an audio drama! In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by authors Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson to talk about Star Trek's first audio drama, No Man's Land. We discuss the format, the partnership, the relationship, what is love, the Fenris Rangers, new characters, the professor, the villain, working with Jeri and Michelle, where to find Mike and Kirsten, then wrap up with final thoughts. Feature: Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson The Format (00:02:57) The Partnership (00:04:04) The Relationship (00:07:06) What is Love (00:11:54) The Fenris Rangers (00:18:15) New Characters (00:21:05) The Professor (00:26:45) The Villain (00:31:35) Working With Jeri and Michelle (00:34:35) Where to Find Mike and Kirsten (00:35:05) Final Thoughts (00:36:52) Hosts Matthew Rushing Guests Kirsten Beyer Mike Johnson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
38:41 02/24/2022
339: This is Not the Way
Brinkmanship. The Cold War between the Khitomer Alliance and the Typhon Pact is heating up to the point that it just may become another all-out war for the Alpha and Beta quadrant powers with seemingly little to prevent it. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by Casey Pettitt to talk about Brinkmanship. We discuss the Cold War, trust, the Tzenkethi, recovering identity, leading ladies, last things, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we discuss the announcement of an upcoming book for 2022 from David Mack as well as the fourth issue of Mirror War. News New TOS Book Coming (00:03:21) Mirror War #4 (00:09:20) Feature: Brinkmanship The Cold War (00:17:53) Trust (00:21:50) The Tzenkethi (00:33:58) Recovering Identity (00:45:26) Leading Ladies (00:52:30) Last Things (00:56:49) Ratings (01:04:40) Final Thoughts (01:08:30) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
71:50 02/13/2022
338: The Little Brat
The Last Roundup. What happened to The Original Series crew after their "final" adventure in The Undiscovered Country has been the subject of a few different books throughout the years, each one giving us a new "final" hurrah for this storied crew. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome back Casey Pettitt to help us talk about The Last Roundup. We discuss discovering the undiscovered, Kirk, life isn't fair, making tough choices, hate leads to suffering, Day and a Year, one more time, ratings and our final thoughts. In the news we discuss the brand new audio drama coming out, as well as judge some books by their covers and talk about The Mirror War Data and third issues. News A New Audio Drama (00:03:08) Judging Books by Their Covers (00:06:08) The Mirror War: Data and Issue 3 (00:11:58) Feature: The Last Roundup Discovering the Undiscovered (00:17:21) Kirk (00:23:16) Life Isn't Fair (00:28:43) Making Tough Choices (00:38:02) Hate Leads to Suffering (00:44:02) Day and a Year (00:50:44) One More Time (00:54:05) Ratings (00:58:27) Final Thoughts (01:01:42) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
65:59 01/23/2022
337: Buddy Cop Dynamic
Alex White: Revenant. Jadzia Dax is one of the most complex characters from Deep Space Nine, in all of Star Trek really, which stemmed from the fact that she has had nine previous lives and these perspectives literally influenced her, every day. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing welcomes Alex White to talk about their first Star Trek book, Revenant. We discuss diving into the universe, Alex's Star Trek story, the book's genesis, redeeming the past, Kira and Dax, Dax and Worf, the Trill, harmony, life is hard, no Trill is an island, a final question and our final thoughts. Feature: Alex White Diving Into the Universe (00:01:53) Alex's Star Trek Story (00:03:04) The Book's Genesis (00:09:35) Redeeming the Past (00:14:49) Kira and Dax (00:18:42) Dax and Worf (00:23:15) The Trill (00:25:36) Harmony (00:33:01) Life is Hard (00:34:40) No Trill is an Island (00:40:43) A Final Question (00:46:30) Final Thoughts (00:54:48) Hosts Matthew Rushing Guest Alex White Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
59:04 01/09/2022
336: The Suicide Squad
Star Trek: Coda. The end of the litverse has come and gone but the feelings about the series continue to ripple through fandom as they digest the way the series was brought to a conclusion. In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome back Casey Pettitt to help them discuss the Star Trek: Coda series. We discuss coming to the end, Moments Asunder, the threat, other things in the first book, The Ashes of Tomorrow, Deep Space Nine threads, other things in the second book, Oblivion's Gate, hope, the final product and our final thoughts. Feature: Star Trek: Coda Coming to the End (00:04:46) Moments Asunder (00:16:04) The Threat (00:26:42) Other Things in the First Book (00:32:04) The Ashes of Tomorrow (00:37:02) Deep Space Nine Threads (00:42:38) Other Things in the Second Gun (00:50:49) Oblivion's Gate (00:53:10) Hope (01:04:25) The Final Product (01:10:47) Final Thoughts (01:19:04) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
82:35 01/02/2022
335: The Long Defeat
David Mack: Oblivion's Gate. Twenty years ago Pocket Books started something incredible by continuing the story of Deep Space Nine, giving fans what happened after the finale, beginning what became affectionally know as the lit-verse and would span the entirety of the 24th century of Star Trek. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing welcomes author David Mack to talk about the final book in the Coda series, Oblivion's Gate. We discuss how he is feeling, hopes for the series, the prelude, the Borg are back in town, the mirror universe, the Riker story, Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets, Worf's love life, Wesley, time's skeleton key, making it mean something, a question, miss writing the most, ending with Picard, David online and final thoughts. Feature: David Mack How David is Feeling (00:01:46) Hopes for the Series (00:03:07) The Prelude (00:15:05) The Borg are Back in Town (00:18:12) Bringing in the Mirror Universe (00:30:05) The Riker Story (00:35:02) Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets (00:40:42) Worf's Love Life (00:46:32) Alpha and Omega (00:52:04) Time's Skeleton Key (00:58:52) Make it Mean Something (01:04:04) Characters You Wish You Could Have Used (01:07:48) Miss Writing the Most (01:11:34) Ending With Picard (01:17:03) David Online and Final Thoughts (01:28:00) Host Matthew Rushing Guest David Mack Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
90:31 12/10/2021
334: All You Humans Look the Same
Raise the Dawn. It has been a long road for the crew of DS9, many of them have been put through the fire and the station itself has paid the ultimate price, meaning there is nothing to do but pick through the rubble and move forward. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome Casey Pettitt back to talk about Raise the Dawn. We discuss, Emissary no more, false wormhole, a dramatic entrance, contrast, a new station, is she evil, Odo, another cliffhanger, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we talk about the release of the final book in the Coda series. News Oblivion's Gate Release (00:04:38) Feature: Raise the Dawn Emissary No More (00:07:43) False Wormhole (00:25:04) Dramatic Entrance (00:32:49) Contrast (00:32:49) A New Station (00:37:27) Is She Evil? (00:52:45) Odo (00:56:02) Another Cliffhanger (00:59:07) Ratings (01:04:00) Final Thoughts (01:09:35) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
73:20 12/05/2021
333: An Umbrella Book
Plagues of Night. As the Typhon Pact series has progressed it has been clear that the crew of Deep Space Nine has jumped in time to make it concurrent to where the rest of the Star Trek universe is, so it is time to fill in the gaps. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about Plagues of Night. We discuss Sisko's story, different ways, filling in a lot of gaps, plans within plans, characters in flux, the end of Deep Space Nine, Kira far beyond the stars, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we review the second issue of the Mirror War comic series. News Mirror War #2 (00:02:46) Feature: Plagues of Night Sisko's Story (00:09:32) Different Ways (00:19:29) Filling in a Lot of Gaps (00:21:03) Plans Within Plans (00:27:00) Bashir (00:34:33) Prynn (00:39:24) The End of Deep Space Nine (00:42:35) Kira Far Beyond the Stars (00:47:24) Ratings (00:49:40) Final Thoughts (00:51:19) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
54:20 11/21/2021
332: Tears of the Prophets
James Swallow: The Ashes of Tomorrow. Time is of the essence for the literary universe of Star Trek and there are hard choices for the characters to make that will see them pitted against friends and thrust into the most desperate situations of their lives. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by author James Swallow to talk about his middle portion of the Coda trilogy, The Ashes of Tomorrow. We discuss how James is feeling, tying in DS9, Sisko and Kira, Bashir, Miles, Ro, Quark and Nog, Picard's next generation, artificial intelligence, the fire in which we burn, shadows, Worf's moment, prophecy fulfilled, wrapping up dangling threads, final thoughts and where to find James online. Feature: James Swallow How James is Feeling (00:02:34) Tying in DS9 (00:04:37) Sisko and Kira (00:08:40) Bashir (00:17:41) Miles (00:23:33) Ro, Quark and Nog (00:26:54) Picard's Next Generation (00:32:17) Artificial Intelligence (00:40:32) The Fire in Which We Burn (00:46:05) Shadows (00:55:03) Worf's Moment (01:00:33) Prophecy Fulfilled (01:05:46) Wrapping Up Dangling Treads (01:09:54) Final Thoughts (01:18:19) James Online (01:23:54) Hosts Matthew Rushing Guest James Swallow Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
86:53 11/07/2021
331: MLK Would Be Proud
The Struggle Within. The Federation continues to deal with the fallout of the Borg invasion as well as the recent secession of Andor, which is leading the Federation to look for allies to join the Khitomer Accords anywhere they can find them. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson are joined by Casey Pettitt to talk about the next book in the Typhon Pact series, The Struggle Within. We discuss it being an ebook only, picking up the pieces, just listen, looking for balance, nonviolence, just another group, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section of the show we review issue number one in the Mirror War comic. News Mirror War #1 (00:03:58) Feature: The Struggle Within Ebook Only (00:15:59) Picking Up the Pieces (00:21:34) Just Listen (00:27:54) Looking for Balance (00:32:18) Nonviolence (00:41:02) Just Another Group (00:44:29) Ratings (00:50:13) Final Thoughts (00:53:34) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
58:19 10/22/2021
330: The Universes Are Not Enough
Dayton Ward: Moments Asunder. It affectionately became known as the Lit-Verse to Star Trek fans, beginning in 2003, with the release of the first novel to take place after the finale of Deep Space Nine in a book called Avatar. After the end of Enterprise, the universe in the novels would continue to expand with unprecedented freedom to explore the characters lives past the finales of each of the shows and now that Star Trek: Picard has begun, it's time for this iteration of the universe to find its way into continuity. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by author Dayton Ward to talk about his first book in the Star Trek: Coda series, Moments Asunder. We discuss, the end being near, batting order, collaboration, setting it all up, the villains, complete consumption, loose ends, Wesley, Picard's lineage, who's happy, who lives/who dies, early plans, open doors, how Dayton is feeling, where to find him online and our final thoughts. In the news section Bruce Gibson joins Matthew to discuss the zero issue of Mirror War as well as the finale to Year Five. News Mirror War #0 (00:02:57) Year Five, the Final Issue (00:08:54) Feature: Dayton Ward The End is Near (00:14:56) Batting Order (00:26:48) Collaboration (00:29:16) Setting it All Up (00:30:20) The Villains (00:34:18) Complete Consumption (00:38:46) Loose Ends (00:41:07) Redeeming Wesley (00:44:23) Picard's Lineage (00:49:51) Who's Happy (00:58:32) Who Lives, Who Dies (01:00:41) Early Plans (01:06:50) Open Doors (01:08:06) How Dayton is Feeling (01:11:55) Dayton Online (01:14:26) Final Thoughts (01:20:22) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Dayton Ward Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
84:31 10/09/2021
329: Makes Good on the Promise
Recovery. The lost years for Kirk, Spock and McCoy have been eventful yet the fabric of the universe seems to be finding way to weave them back together as the time of The Motion Picture draws ever nearer. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome Casey Pettitt to help them talk about Recovery. We discuss, coming to the final book, Kirk, Spock, the Recovery, the Tholians, setting up The Motion Picture, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we talk about the release of Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder as well as the future for Star Trek literature. News Begun the Coda Has! (00:02:35) Feature: Recovery Coming Into the Final Book (00:06:48) Kirk (00:11:15) Spock (00:22:34) The Recovery (00:26:15) The Tholians (00:37:56) Setting Up The Motion Picture (00:43:46) Ratings (00:48:04) Final Thoughts (00:53:57) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
59:52 10/03/2021
328: Broken Trust
Fallen Gods. The fallout of the Andorian secession from the Federation reverberates clear across the quadrants as the U.S.S. Titan's Andorian members find themselves facing a difficult choice, go home to Andor to help repopulate the species or be placed in a less sensitive posting in Starfleet. LIn this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about the Titan novel, Fallen Gods. We discuss political separation, fear, Ta'ith, One One Six, the Andorian/Tholian plan, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we review the penultimate issue of Year Five, #24. News Year Five, Issue 24 (00:03:06) Feature: Fallen Gods Political Separation (00:19:21) Fear (00:26:33) Ta'ith (00:34:05) One One Six (00:43:26) The Andorian/Tholian Plan (00:50:19) Ratings (00:56:51) Final Thoughts (01:00:26) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
64:49 09/18/2021
327: An Odyssey
John Jackson Miller: Rogue Elements. Star Trek: Picard has give fans a lot of new characters whose backstories have not fully been revealed which has given the books many stories to tell! In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing is joined by author John Jackson Miller to talk about his latest book, Rogue Elements. We discuss the inspiration, the Iotians, Ledger, the final frontier, writing Rios, the holographic doppelgängers, undiscovered connections, Parch, physical media, what is important, further connections, where to find John online and our final thoughts. In the news section of the show, Bruce Gibson helps Matthew break down the final cover for the Coda series! News Oblivion's Gate Cover (00:02:20) Feature: John Jackson Miller Inspiration (00:07:19) The Iotians (00:20:22) Ledger (00:26:29) On the Final Frontier (00:33:48) Writing Rios (00:36:16) The Holographic Doppelgängers (00:45:09) Undiscovered Connections (00:50:57) Parch (00:58:12) Physical Media (01:08:16) What is Important (01:15:41) Further Connections (01:18:34) Find John Online (01:28:28) Final Thoughts (01:32:51) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Guest John Jackson Miller Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)
96:22 08/27/2021
326: Star Trek: The Fugitive
Traitor Winds. The Lost Years series has been filling in the gaps between the end of the five year mission for the Enterprise and the next appearance of the character in The Motion Picture, but before we get the final book, there is one that slots in just before, A Flag Full of Stars. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about the "third" book in The Lost Years series, Traitor Winds. We discuss continuity, focusing on other characters, earth in this time period, the plot, something different, doesn't quite come together, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we remind everyone that Rogue Elements, the next book in the Picard series is out on August 17th! News Rogue Elements Release (00:01:42) Feature: Traitor Winds Continuity (00:06:29) Focusing on Other Characters (00:10:50) Earth of This Time Period (00:20:02) The Plot (00:27:39) Something Different (00:35:33) Doesn't Quite Come Together (00:41:18) Ratings (00:44:18) Final Thoughts (00:48:48) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
51:24 08/15/2021
325: Commandy Stuff
Cassandra Rose Clarke: Shadows Have Offended. For the longest time, Star Trek books were written inside the years of each series and with the litverse coming to an end, the books are going to be returning to that format. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Cassandra Rose Clarke to talk about her debut Star Trek novel, Shadows Have Offended. We discuss her Star Trek story, writing a Star Trek book, the genesis, Troi and Worf, Crusher, Picard, the unexpected, the Betazoids, links with DS9, dreamweavers, feeling like an episode, the experience, Cassandra online and our final thoughts. In the news section Bruce Gibson joins Matthew to talk about issues 22 and 23 of the Year Five comic as well as judge the first two covers of the Coda trilogy. News Issue 22 (00:03:00) Issue 23 (00:13:19) Coda Covers (00:23:30) Feature: Cassandra Rose Clarke Cassandra's Star Trek Story (00:31:53) Writing a Star Trek Book (00:40:25) The Genesis of the Story (00:42:46) Troi and Worf (00:45:46) Crusher Focus (00:50:28) Picard Focus (00:52:07) The Unexpected (00:54:20) The Betazoids (00:55:54) Links With DS9 (01:02:35) Dreamweavers (01:05:24) Feels Like an Episode (01:14:41) The Experience (01:19:21) Cassandra Online (01:21:51) Final Thoughts (01:25:44) Hosts Matthew Rushing, C Bryan Jones and Bruce Gibson Guest Cassandra Rose Clarke Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
89:18 07/30/2021
324: Every Crisis is an Opportunity
Paths of Disharmony. It has been few years since the Borg's final attack, yet planets are still reeling, facing supply problems, struggling to meet the most basic needs in ways they haven't for over a century and on top of all this the Andorian people are dealing with a reproductive crisis that could mean annihilation for their species if they cannot find a cure. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson continue the Typhon Pact series with Paths of Disharmony. We discuss character work, the blame game, saving civilization, connecting to Vanguard, on their heels, leaving the Federation, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we review the 21st issue of the Year 5 series. News Year 5, #21 (00:03:01) Feature: Paths of Disharmony Character Work (00:11:43) The Blame Game (00:21:07) Saving Civilization (00:31:45) Connecting to Vanguard (00:38:04) On Their Heels (00:43:03) Leaving the Federation (00:46:10) Ratings (00:49:32) Final Thoughts (00:54:35) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
57:31 07/10/2021
323: Assumed Knowledge
Living Memory. The period is Star Trek history between The Motion Picture and the Wrath of Khan is ripe for exploration, thankfully in Christopher L. Bennett's latest novel, that is exactly where the story takes place. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Chris Jones talk about Living Memory. We discuss Uhura's history, connections, the Warborn, more than one book, what is Starfleet?, understanding, progress, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: Living Memory Uhura's History (00:04:23) Connections (00:15:25) The Warborn (00:18:22) More Than One Book (00:27:04) What is Starfleet? (00:32:13) Understanding (00:36:50) Progress (00:40:25) Ratings (00:45:52) Final Thoughts (00:49:20) Hosts Matthew Rushing and C Bryan Jones Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
52:31 06/26/2021
322: What Would Kirk Do
A Flag Full of Stars. As the Lost Years series continues, we pick up the story about 8-12 months from where we left off and there have been a lot of changes in the life of James T. Kirk. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson talk about A Flag Full of Stars. We discuss Kirk's life, Riley and Kirk, overcoming prejudice, overcoming fear, the space shuttle, the news, last few things, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we discuss the upcoming IDW comic series Star Trek: The Mirror War. News Star Trek: The Mirror War (00:03:13) Feature: A Flag Full of Stars Kirk's Life (00:09:08) Riley and Kirk (00:18:02) Overcoming Prejudice (00:25:09) Overcoming Fear (00:32:24) Space Shuttle (00:37:56) The News (00:45:05) Last Few Things (00:48:42) Ratings (00:50:08) Final Thoughts (00:54:50) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)
58:16 06/06/2021