Time travel has been covered a lot in Star Trek. Starfleet characters often find themselves thrown about the space-time continuum, usually in some sort of unintended accident. But what if there was a society out there whose entire civilization was based on controlled and regulated time travel? Torres, Neelix, and Kim find themselves at the mercy of just such a society, having inadvertently broken their highest law. The punishment? Death.
This week on Literary Treks, Brandon Shea-Mutala joins hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson to help continue our look at the first original novels of each Star Trek series by going back to the very beginning of Voyager with The Escape. We discuss why this book, how well the authors capture the tone of Voyager and its characters, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters of Kjanders and Drickel, some impractical shoes, and end with our final thoughts and ratings.
In the news, we discuss the current Pocket Books release schedule, reveal some upcoming DS9 titles, rate the cover for Enigma Tales, and review issue #7 of Boldly Go.
Changes in the Book Schedule (00:03:44)
Enigma Tales Cover (00:11:17)
Boldly Go #7 (00:15:27)
Feature: The Escape
Voyager #2 (00:24:58)
The Title (00:29:37)
Capturing Voyager (00:33:49)
The Plot (00:40:17)
Inflexible Bureaucracies (00:52:10)
Kjanders and Drickel (00:58:52)
Impractical Shoes (01:02:52)
Final Thoughts (01:08:37)
Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)
Patterns of Interference. We discuss the dictator Maltuvis, the ultimate Prime Directive debate, a strange new world, freedom and truth, Section 31's fatal flaw, what's in store for Trip, and Archer's beagle companion, Porthos.
Scott Mantz: Star Trek Fotonovels. We discuss our fond memories of the '70s, Scott's favorite episode of all time, his collection of fotonovels, their influence on John Byrne's New Visions comics, and the interviews and glossaries found in the back of the books.
Q-Strike. We discuss the plot of the novel, a sad end to a family crisis, the Q family dynamic, the ending of the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for both this novel and the Q Continuum trilogy as a whole.
Dayton Ward: Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire. We discuss the research, where Dayton got his ideas, references, some great places for food and drink on Kronos, dos and don'ts while traveling in the Klingon Empire and what's next for Dayton.
Preserver. We discuss the nature of the Preservers, fate versus free will, duplicate Earths, secret groups within the Federation, the two Kirks, Teilani, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Q-Zone. We talk about stardate snafus, peer pressure, bad parenting, 0's gang of evil-doers, the end of the TKon Empire, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Enigma Tales: Una McCormack. We discuss the plot, the characters, some historical touchstones that the story parallels, enigma tales, the state of Dr. Bashir, and wrap up with Una's upcoming projects and where you can find her online.
Shield of the Gods. We talk about Daiyar's scheme, character vs. plot, the Aegis Prime Directive, the Deltan concept of love, Ranjea's ultimate fate, the meaning of the title, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Q-Space. We talk about the Enterprise's mission to the galactic barrier, Q's vulnerability, the cliffhanger ending of the novel, some fun bits in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Ghost Ship. We discuss our first experiences with the book, the plot of the novel, the characters, our thoughts on the main conflict, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, a tattletale , alt-fact history, research, Captain Picard's future, ask some questions posed by listeners, and Dayton's upcoming projects.
Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species, when the story is set, starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and our final thoughts and ratings.
The Entropy Effect. We discuss our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.
Enemy Unseen, Part 2. We discuss Embrace the Wolf, "Wolf in the Fold," Redjac, overcoming fear, and our ratings.
Dark Victory. We discuss the plot, Project Sign, the pacing, a lack of trust, the legend of the Preservers, Kirk trying to outrun death, and our ratings.
The Escape. We talk about first novels, the early depiction of Voyager and her crew, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters, impractical shoes, and our ratings.
Control: David Mack. We talk about Control's origins, the surveillance state, a chapter written in computer code, the power behind Section 31, Data and Lal, Sarina Douglas, what's next for the Federation, future Trek novel hints, and upcoming convention appearances by David Mack.
Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream. We talk about Data's dreams, how the Damiano scandal mirrors our own society, Worf's security shortcomings, the crew's fears, Picard's multiple personalities, and our ratings.
By the Book. We discuss the RPG game, first contact with new aliens, early Enterprise, the two alien races, and Vulcan logic vs. Human impulsiveness.
The Long Mirage: David R. George III. We discuss the characters, Vic Fontaine, Quark's relationships, Ro's choices, Sisko's absence, tying the Vic Fontaine and Morn stories together, faith and belief, and the meaning of the title.
Countdown. We discuss all four issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and our ratings.
The Siege. We discuss DS9 season one, the characters, violence, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.
Headlong Flight: Dayton Ward. We discuss alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.
Star Trek IDW Comics: Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson. We discuss their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.
Spectre. We discuss the Shatnerverse, Kirk in the 24th century, responsibility, Kirk and Scotty, looking in the mirror, Janeway, a mirror imposter, the prime directive and our ratings.
The Mirror Universe Saga. We discuss the story, continuity errors, lower decks characters, mirror Spock, pity, deviations, wrapping up and our ratings.
The Roddenberry Vault: Micheal and Denise Okuda. We discuss 50 year of TOS, the beginning of the project, the holy grail, timeline, the thrill, the James Blish connection, what's in the set, new scenes and the gift.
The Face of the Unknown. We discuss the "puppet", global warming, fear-mongering speculation, Spock's future, the moment in time for the book and ratings.
Prime Directive. We discuss the book's impact, the Enterprise disgrace, the many storylines, McCoy in the middle, catastrophe, the prime directive and our ratings.