Seekers 2: Point of Divergence: Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward.
The writing trio of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and Dayton Ward brought us some of the most memorable 23rd-century adventures with their Vanguard series. While the story of Starbase 47 has concluded, the exploratory missions of the Endeavor and the Sagittarius continue on in the new series Star Trek: Seekers. Capturing the fun and wonder of The Original Series with a modern sensibility, Seekers returns readers to the strange new worlds that made Star Trek so popular from the start.
In this episode of Literary Treks we’re joined by Kevin and Dayton, the duo behind the second book, to learn more about the Endeavor and how its crew and role differ from what we saw in Vanguard. We also learn how the two writers met and began working together, why Kang is their choice of Klingon, the future role of the Shedai metagenome and other Vanguard elements in Seekers, and much more.
In our news segment we find out how John Byrne may be bringing back Gary Seven, judge volume three of the Gold Key Archives by its cover, and review part three of The Q Gambit.
Is John Byrne bringing Gary Seven back? (2:06)
Judge a Book By Its Cover: Gold Key Archives Volume 3 (5:07)
City On the Edge of Forever, Part 4 now available (6:56)
Comic Review: The Q Gambit, Part 3 (8:06)
Sponsor: Audible (22:14)
Support Trek.fm on Patreon (25:37)
Feature: Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward
Initial Thoughts (26:35)
Kevin Meets Star Trek (30:36)
Becoming a Writing Duo (39:42)
Divvying the Seekers Story (45:39)
Endeavor Changes from Vanguard (53:10)
Morals, Meanings, and Messages (1:06:24)
Khatami and Kang (1:09:34)
The Shedai Metagenome (1:16:40)
What’s Next for Kevin and Dayton? (1:26:07)
Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones
Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)
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.
The Hall of Heroes: John Jackson Miller. We discuss the epic story, transformations, ramping up the tension, characters, themes, klingons, truthcrafters, the Federation/Klingon alliance and so much more.
Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2. We discuss the issues Day of the Inquisitors, The Cosmic Cavemen and The Highjacked Planet.
Best Destiny. We discuss it being on the short list, the 09 tie in, the Kirk story, fathers and sons, life's not fair, control of the soul, change and flexibility and our ratings.
New Frontier: Turnaround. We discuss the New Frontier timeline, the Kelvin Timeline feel, characterization, the story, if it works for New Frontier fans, any surprises and our ratings.
The Jackal’s Trick. We discuss how jam-packed it is, Cross, expanding Star Trek, the Discommendated, pulling the strings, because it feels good, things not seen before and our ratings.
Children of the Storm. We discuss figuring things out, character relationships, the way to Eden, a crush, the life, anger and mistrust, being Star Trek and ratings.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia: Michael and Denise Okuda. We discuss coming back after all these years, the process, the detail, the Kelvin timeline, animated series, the Roddenberry Vault and more!
Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1. We discuss The Dark Traveler, The Enterprise Mutiny, The Museum at the End of Time as well as make a special announcement.
Hell’s Heart. We discuss the story inspirations, adding to Kruge, Kirk’s pain, relevant themes, Klingon exceptionalism, an illusionist, media and our ratings.
Time Lock. We discuss the confusing nature of time in the story, technobabble, the character, dangerous power, wanting more and our ratings.
Purgatory’s Key: Dayton Ward. We discuss celebrating the 50th, keeping the TOS feel, monolithic cultures, new dimensions, characters and all that Dayton is working on now.
To Brave the Storm. John Jackson Miller in News. We discuss if the book covers enough, the pacing, Mayweather returning, T’Pau’s change of heart, Romulans, Trip and T’Pol, what might have been and ratings.
Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David. We discuss the issues Retrospect, A Rude Awakening, Great Expectations, Tomorrow Never Knows and Once a Hero, then give our ratings.
Unworthy. We discuss Kirsten’s writing of Voyager, the books mysteries, playing god, Tom and Harry, how well we know our friends, identity and ratings.
Best Defense: David Mack. We discuss writing TOS, the transfer key, the story, characters, new dimensions and aliens, plus what’s coming up next for David.
Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine. We discuss it being so much fun, Stowaway part I and II, Old Wounds, Emancipation part I and II, Hostage Situation and our ratings.
Full Circle. We discuss connecting the dots, character growth, dealing with the major plot points, new characters, lingering storylines and our ratings.
Rules of Accusation: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. We have a surprise interview with Paula Block and Terry Erdmann from the Shore Leave convention and then we discuss this latest foray into the Ferengi world.
Captain to Captain. We discuss a brand new series, previously on the Space Ship Enterprise, legacies, slugs, parallels, the transfer key and connections, The Prime Directive, legacy of the Enterprise, ratings and final thoughts.