Thursday, November 30, 2017

Literary Treks 211: Team Garak!

Deep Space Nine #27
A Stitch in Time 
by Andrew J. Robinson


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One of the things that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is lauded for is the huge variety of compelling secondary characters that the show introduced. Many Niners would agree that the best of these was the enigmatic Cardassian tailor, Garak, brought to life by the supremely talented actor, Andrew J. Robinson. Encouraged to publish the life story of Garak in his own words, Robinson entered the world of Star Trek novels in 2000, adding a wonderful and highly-regarded story to the Trek literature universe.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Justin Oser to discuss a favorite novel of many Trek fans, A Stitch in Time. We talk about Garak's history, growing up on Cardassia Prime, the reason for his exile on Deep Space Nine, post-war Cardassia, The Oralian Way, the reliability of Garak's account of his life, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we feature an exclusive interview with Zachary Auburn, author of the truly unique book, A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Literary Treks 211: Team Garak!
Deep Space Nine: A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson


 


Previous episode: Literary Treks 210: Orange is the New Black
Next episode: Literary Treks 212: I, The Constable

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Release Day, Part 2! Prometheus: Fire with Fire (English Edition)

Star Trek: Prometheus
Fire with Fire by Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg

And here is the second new release for today: the English translated version of Prometheus: Fire with Fire by Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg. Originally published in Germany under the title Feuer gegen Feuer, this novel is the first Trek novel to be originally published in a language other than English! Pick up your copy today using the links below to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
A mysterious terrorist organization has carried out several attacks against the Federation and Klingon Empire. Tensions are running high in a region already crippled by conflict. The perpetrators are tracked to the Lembatta Cluster, a mysterious region of space whose inhabitants, the Renao, regard the the Alpha Quadrant’s powers as little more than conquering tyrants. The Federation are desperate to prevent more bloodshed, and have sent their flagship, the U.S.S. Prometheus, into the Cluster to investigate the threat before all-consuming war breaks out.

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Previous Release: Titan: Fortune of War
Next Release: Discovery: Drastic Measures

Release Day! Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack

Star Trek: Titan
Fortune of War by David Mack

Today is the official release date for not one, but *two* Star Trek novels! First up is Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack. In this latest voyage of the U.S.S. Titan, the crew deals with fallout from a previous adventure of the Enterprise-D in TNG's third season. While today is the official release date, this title has already been showing up at bookstores everywhere over the past couple of weeks. Check out below for the cover art as well as links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
An original spin-off novel set in the popular Star Trek: The Next Generation universe from New York Times bestselling author David Mack.

Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets, waiting to be awakened and unleashed…

Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.

Now a discovery by a Federation cultural research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock's lethal technology.

All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Literary Treks 210: Orange is the New Black

Voyager #15: Echoes
by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, & Nina Kiriki Hoffman


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For every action we take, there are multiple possibilities. And for each of those possibilities, a new universe is born, with each decision branching off into infinite parallel worlds, each of them subtly different from all of the rest. Captain Janeway and the crew of Voyager come across one world where the barriers between these universes are coming down: every two and a half hours, a door is opened between all realities, and every person is shifted to the next reality. And in one of these realities, a horrific holocaust repeats itself as every shift spells the deaths of billions.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge's Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. We talk about the plot of the novel, the unique perspective of the story's events, the dreaded Voyager reset button, Tuvok's role in the story, the crews' doppelgangers, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we discuss Bruce's new comic acquisition and talk about the newly-released Star Trek: The Book of Lists.


Literary Treks 210: Orange is the New Black
Voyager #15: Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, & Nina Kiriki Hoffman


 


Previous episode: Literary Treks 209: I'm in Love with Beverly, Too
Next episode: Literary Treks 211: Team Garak!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Literary Treks 209: I'm in Love with Beverly, Too

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard
The Story of One of Starfleet's Most Inspirational Captains
Exclusive interview with "editor" David A. Goodman


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Jean-Luc Picard: Son, brother, explorer, captain, diplomat, hero. The public perception of this great figure from future history is certainly well known: both his numerous triumphs and his public tragedies. But what made him the great man that shaped so much of what the Federation is today? From his formative years on the family vineyard in Labarre, France, to his halcyon days as captain of the Federation flagship, hear the story of one of the most inspirational figures in galactic history is his own words!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by David A. Goodman, the "editor" of The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard: The Story of One of Starfleet's Most Inspirational Captains. We talk about Picard's early years, his time aboard the U.S.S. Stargazer, his relationship with numerous figures throughout his life including Beverly and Jack Crusher, the context that this book adds to The Next Generation, a surprising Star Trek: Discovery connection, and wrap up by discussing David Goodman's other role as executive producer of The Orville, including some insights into a future episode of that show.

In the news segment, we talk about the new Waypoint trade paperback, detail IDW's upcoming January releases, and review issue 13 of Boldly Go, the first in a new 6-part storyline, I.D.I.C.!


Literary Treks 209: I'm in Love with Beverly, Too
Exclusive interview with David A. Goodman, author of The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard


 


Previous episode: Literary Treks 208: Something Something Dilithium Crystals
Next episode: Literary Treks 210: Orange is the New Black

Monday, November 13, 2017

Release Day! DS9: I, The Constable!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
I, The Constable by Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann

Today sees the release of the latest e-book exclusive novella by Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann: I, The Constable! Look below for the publisher's description and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
An original enovella set in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine universe!

With his Starfleet assignment temporarily on hold, Odo needs a distraction. He welcomes Chief O’Brien’s offer to loan him some of the action-packed books that both men relish: tales about hard-boiled private eyes, threatening thugs, and duplicitous dames. Then Quark suddenly goes missing during a hastily planned trip to Ferenginar. His concerned friends on Deep Space Nine feel that Odo, as the station’s former chief of security, is uniquely suited to track Quark down. But once on Ferenginar, Odo learns that Quark is trapped in the seamy underbelly of a criminal enterprise that could have been ripped from the pages of one of O’Brien’s novels. To find the bartender, Odo discovers that he must rely not only on his law enforcement background, but his knowledge of all things noir….

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Previous Release: Discovery: Desperate Hours
Next Release: Titan: Fortune of War

Friday, November 10, 2017

Literary Treks 208: Something Something Dilithium Crystals

Treknology
The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Exclusive interview with author Dr. Ethan Siegel


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Ever since Star Trek first hit television screens in 1966, audiences have been fascinated by the amazing technologies that are a part of every day life in the 23rd century. Over the past 51 years, Trek fans have imagined what it would be like to transport instantaneously from one place to another, have any kind of food or material replicated with a simple voice command, or travel to the stars aboard a warp-capable starship.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by author and scientist Dr. Ethan Siegel to discuss his new book, Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive. We talk about a number of technologies covered in the book, the process of writing it, the influence Star Trek has had on our collective imaginations and the technology of modern society, where our technologies may go in the future, and wrap up with where you can find Dr. Siegel online.

In our news segment, we reveal the back-cover blurb for Dayton Ward's upcoming Discovery: Drastic Measures, and review two comics: Boldly Go #12 and New Visions #18.


Literary Treks 208: Something Something Dilithium Crystals
Exclusive interview with Dr. Ethan Siegel, author of
Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive


 


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Next episode: Literary Treks 209: I'm in Love with Beverly, Too