377 episodes

Literary Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek in written form. Each episode hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettit explore Star Trek books and comics and chat with authors.

Literary Treks: A Star Trek Books and Comics Podcast TFM

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    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

Literary Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek in written form. Each episode hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettit explore Star Trek books and comics and chat with authors.

    Already Unlikeable

    Already Unlikeable

    Well of Souls. 
      
    Captain Rachael Garrett and the crew of the Enteprise-C were some of the biggest highlights of an already stellar episode of The Next Generation making them the perfect subject for one of The Lost Era novels from Pocket Books.
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan talk about the Well of Souls. They discuss their expectations, kind of being in it, other characters, the structure, doing too much, ending with their ratings and final thoughts. 
    In the news section they discuss the latest book announcement! 
     
    News
    Toward the Night Announcement (00:03:11)                 
    Feature: Well of Souls   
    Expectations (00:10:20)
    Kind of In It (00:12:37)
    Other Characters (00:19:01)
    The Structure (00:29:08)
    Do Too Much (00:34:14)
    Rating (00:43:10)
    Final Thought (00:46:06)       
    Hosts
    Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan 
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 49 min
    I Didn’t Know I Needed That

    I Didn’t Know I Needed That

    Dayton Ward: Pliable Truths. 
      
    The best tie-in fiction is something that takes the reader on a journey they never knew they needed to go on and transforms the way they look at the source material forever when they are done.
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Jonathan Koan welcome author Dayton Ward to talk about his new Star Trek: The Next Generation book, Pliable Truths. We discuss the genesis of the book, Picard’s struggle, similar themes and true evil, an inconvenient truth, the O’Briens, cameos, the Oceanside, capital Qs, the end, where to find and what’s next plus our final thoughts.
    Feature: Dayton Ward
    Idea for the Book (00:03:11)
    Picard’s Struggle (00:08:01)
    Similar Themes and True Evil (00:10:50)
    Inconvenient Truth (00:20:07)
    The O’Briens (00:27:36)
    Cameos (00:34:22)
    The Oceanside (00:39:53)
    Capital Qs (00:45:30)
    The End (00:49:05)
    Where to Find and What’s Next (00:55:35)
    Final Thoughts (01:01:42)         
    Hosts
    Matthew Rushing and Jonathan Koan 
    Guest 
    Dayton Ward
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    It Clicked

    It Clicked

    Comics Catch Up. 
      
    Comics have been an important medium for Star Trek ever since the release of the first Gold Key comic in 1967 and they have continued over various publishers since that time.
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan catch up on all the issues they’ve missed recently. They discuss being new to Star Trek comics, Picard’s Academy, The Scorpius Run, Sons of Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek: Defiant, wrapping up and their final thoughts. 
    In the news they discuss a new release that is imminent and the delay of an upcoming book as well. 
     
    News
    New Releases Coming  (00:02:55)              
    Feature: Comics Catch Up
    New to Comics (00:04:27)
    Picard’s Academy (00:06:10)
    Strange New Worlds: The Scorpius Run (00:11:20)
    Sons of Star Trek (00:21:42)
    Star Trek (00:31:44)
    Star Trek: Defiant (00:44:48)
    Wrapping Up (00:51:45)
    Final Thoughts (00:53:55)        
    Hosts
    Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan 
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 56 min
    Retreating Into Themselves

    Retreating Into Themselves

    The Art and Making of Star Trek: Picard. 
      
    On August 4th, 2018 at Star Trek Las Vegas a man well known to Star Trek fans walked on stage and announced that he was back to continue the journey of a character that had begun 31 years prior. 
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan talk about The Art and Making of Star Trek: Picard. We discuss a new show, kicking off the story, had it been done before, seasons 1-3, is anything missing, our ratings and final thoughts. 
                   
    Feature: The Art and Making of Star Trek: Picard
    A New Show (00:03:08)
    Kicking Off This New Show (00:09:48)
    It Has Been Done Before (00:16:46)
    Season One (00:21:33)
    Season Two (00:28:54)
    Don’t Step On Toes (00:35:01)
    Season Three (00:41:23)
    Anything Missing? (00:48:08)
    Ratings (00:51:14)
    Final Thoughts (00:55:18)        
    Hosts
    Matthew Rushing, Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan 
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 57 min
    Rogue Nation

    Rogue Nation

    David Mack: Firewall. 
      
    With the release of Star Trek: Picard the questions of what happened to our favorite characters from shows like Deep Space Nine and Voyager was once again up in the air and the introduction of Seven of Nine to the show made the questions around her history after the series even more mysterious.
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts, Matthew, Casey and Jonathan welcome author David Mack to discuss his new Picard era novel, Firewall. We discus the background of the story, writing in the Picard timeline, Seven’s emotions, an anchor, getting in the way, new characters, the spy element, staying true, the framing device, production, making the map, what’s next for David and our final thoughts. 
    In the news section we discuss two newly announced books for 2024!
     
    News
    Book News (00:01:43)               
    Feature: David Mack
    The Background of This Story (00:09:45)
    Writing in the Picard Timeline (00:13:18)
    Seven’s Emotions (00:20:25)
    An Anchor (00:30:40)
    Getting in the Way (00:36:50)
    New Characters (00:41:33)
    The Spy Element (00:46:16)
    Staying True (00:54:34)
    Framing Device (00:56:39)
    The Production of the Book (01:00:54)
    Making the Map (01:05:08)
    What is Coming Next (01:08:54)
    Final Thoughts (01:18:08)         
    Hosts
    Matthew Rushing, Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan 
    Guest 
    David Mack
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Ties That Bind

    The Ties That Bind

    The Art of the Impossible. 
      
    The era between the Star Trek TOS movies and the beginning of The Next Generation has a lot of events that are referenced in the shows but were never seen, which is fertile ground for the novels to cover.
    In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt welcome a new host to the show in Jonathan Koan to help us talk about the next book in The Lost Era, The Art of the Impossible. We discuss the Cardassian and Klingon conflict, the juxtaposition, Curzon, many characters, other things, our ratings and final thoughts. 
     
    News
    A New Host (00:01:47)                 
    Feature: The Art of the Impossible
    Cardassian and Klingon Conflict (00:14:18)
    The Juxtaposition (00:30:47)
    Curzon (00:33:32)
    Many Characters (00:41:17)
    Other Characters (00:50:18)
    Ratings (00:54:34)
    Final Thoughts (00:59:03)         
    Hosts
    Matthew Rushing, Casey Pettitt and Jonathan Koan 
    Production
    Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

QwartX1138 ,

Great news, reviews, and author interviews!

Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther host this podcast and do an excellent job giving both news about books and comics in the Star Trek universe. BUT WAIT! There's more!

In addition to this their reviews and details analysis gives you a chance to sample things you might not otherwise be interested in. With their punishing weekly schedule even if their covering something you may not enjoy your only 7 days form something more to your liking, but even then I've found myself listening anyway and being pleasantly surprised. But WAIT, there's one more thing!

Some of Star Trek's biggest authors such as Kristin Beyer, Keith R. A. Decandillo, and David Mack may just stop by to talk shop about their works. Let the hosts do the heavy lifting crafting those perfect questions to keep them talking about Star Trek.

Matt and Dan's infectious excitement for all things Star Trek can help you expand your horizons and bodly go. If you enjoy a good Star Trek book or comic listen in and let their podcast show you what you may want to pick up next.

3rd of 11 ,

Great Reviews and Author interviews

This podcasts gives news and reviews and interviews with authors of Trek books and comics. Personally, I am not a huge comics person, but the book reviews make it totally worth while. I especially enjoy "Judge a Book by its Cover".

Eric the Mail Man ,

A great way to navigate the novels

I find jumping in to the novels a daunting experience. These guys can really help guide you to where you might want to start.

I love the author interviews too.

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