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.
What Would Kirk Do
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.
The Gorn Holy Grail
Seize the Fire. We discuss the Gorn, to keek or destroy, undercover Starfleet, too much going on?, the Titan crew, diversity, evolution, constructive feedback, our ratings and final thoughts.
Sad Sack Sisko
Rough Beasts of Empire. We discuss creating the Typhon Pact, Romulan reunification, Sisko, flashbacks, our ratings and final thoughts.
The Lost Years. We discuss our first readings, filling in the gaps, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, crazy Vulcans, our ratings and final thoughts.
Debt of Honor. We discuss the art, the framing device, the flashbacks, the present story, the Klingon power shift, losing a son but gaining a daughter, the wrap up, our ratings and final thoughts.
Every Breath You Take
Zero Sum Game. We discuss a cold war, Bashir, Ezri and Sarina, spy morality, the Breen, the Aventine crew, anything we missed, our ratings and final thoughts.
I had to pick this week to review didn't I?
Firstly, I love this podcast. It covers something I really love in an entertaining and informative way. I only found it a few months ago but have binge listened to every podcast up to and including the latest, featuring Phil Farrand, the author of The Nitpicker's Guides. I have them all (including the X Files one :) ).
Unfotunately, for me, he was a less than ideal guest. There were long passages concerning the publishing process, during which he lengthely namechecked numerous people we don't know and never will, squeezing out time he could have devoted to talking about the guides and the process of compiling them. This was, after all, what most of us listened for. Indeed, he repeatedly told you it was "all a long time ago" and uncomfortably laughed out loud at his own comments and stories. I don't know if your silence at these moments was due to the technology involved or having nothing to add.
I genuinely see this as a bump in the road and you haven't lost a listener. You have always requested honest feedback and hope you take it as such. Five stars because you deserve it.
TrekFM <3 Tristan Audiobook Review Ep150
First of all I have to say how much I love the show, and all the shows on Trek.fm - you guys manage to get so much depth into your podcasts, you have really insightful analysis and great interviews. Keep up the excellent work.
Secondly, I wanted to write a review for Tristan's Strange New Worlds story that you featured an audio version of on Ep150. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn't listened to it yet!!
Tristan, I really enjoyed your work, I thought you did a great job of putting the audio version together with the music and effects - each track being from the first and last episodes of DS9 to match your title was a touch with a level of geekery that I can really get on board with ;)
The story itself was really well written - the opening grabbed me straight away and the narrative continued to flow nicely throughout with good pacing. I thought you got the voices of the characters spot on - Julian and Miles were particularly good, and there were a number of lines that I could really hear them saying in exactly the way you wrote them.
The description of Quark's was a great addition - obviously anyone who has seen DS9 knows what Quark's is like, but the way you described it really pulled me into the story and fully engaged me with it - all the sounds and smells as well as the sights.
I liked the plot, you created an original character who seemed real and fit well into the setting - the explanation you made for how she came to exist I loved, and I thought you revealed this at the right point in the story.
I also really enjoyed the fact that you tied your plot into a number of loose threads from the show - as we know Trek is not great at dealing with 'consequences' at times, and a lot of my favourite fics take these unresolved issues and explore them further so I was really pleased to see that you'd done that here.
Further to that, the choice of Miles' prison experience not only as a point for exploration but as a device in your own plot was inspired, and the scene between Last and Miles where they talk about their experiences (which was my favourite part), I found very moving.
The tension you built up towards the end was really effective and I had my heart in my mouth there for a while!
Overall I really enjoyed it and I hope you write more soon - I'd love to read (or listen to!) anything else you write, either on this plotline or anything else :)
Samuel T. Cogley would approve
Matthew and Christopher focus on the world of Star Trek literature with author interviews and reviews of books and comics. A fascinating (to coin a phrase) look into the literature that in part kept the franchise alive and growing and went hand in hand with the tv and movie productions.