Friday, January 22, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: The Dark Veil

Star Trek: Picard
The Dark Veil
Exclusive Interview with author James Swallow!

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The year is 2386, and the United Federation of Planets has been dealt a serious blow: synthetic lifeforms have attacked the Utopia Plantia Shipyards at Mars, derailing a massive relief effort to save the Romulan people from an impending supernova. The Federation, reacting to this tragedy, has turned inward, halting relief efforts in the Romulan Empire and instituting a ban on research and development of synthetic lifeforms. All of this serves as the backdrop to the situation facing Captain Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan as they respond to an urgent distress call from the Jazari, a species situated very near the Romulan Neutral Zone…

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce welcome renowned author James Swallow to the show to discuss his latest novel, Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil. We talk about the genesis of the novel, the links to the Star Trek: Titan book series, Thaddeus Worf Troi-Riker, the situation in the Federation, the Romulans, the Jazari, easter eggs and continuity connections, and wrap up with where James can be found online and what he has coming next!






Previous episode: Federation
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Friday, January 8, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Federation

Star Trek
by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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Why not strive for that perfect world? 

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are tasked with rescuing Zefram Cochrane, famed inventor of the warp drive. Caught up in a plot spanning centuries, the space exploration pioneer is the catalyst for an adventure that will reach into the 24th century and bring the two most famous crews of Starfleet history together for the first time!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan discuss the classic Star Trek novel Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. We talk about Cochrane’s history, the mysterious Mr. Brack, the Optimum Movement and World War III, the two Enterprises brought together, the distant future, the role of the Guardian of Forever, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

This was a truly fun conversation, and one of our best ever. We hope you enjoy our deep dive into this magnificent entry in the Star Trek literary universe!








Previous episode: Spock Must Die!
Next episode: Picard: The Dark Veil

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Release Day! Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow

Star Trek: Picard
The Dark Veil
by James Swallow


New Star Trek book day comes again! We have the first new Trek novel of 2021: Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow. Set aboard the U.S.S. Titan and featuring Captain Riker and his crew, The Dark Veil is just the second novel with the Star Trek: Picard banner.

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!




Publisher's description:
A thrilling untold adventure based on the acclaimed Star Trek: Picard TV series!
The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. 
Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!

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Next Release: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended

Friday, December 25, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: Spock Must Die!

Star Trek
Spock Must Die!
by James Blish

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A transporter accident has presented Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise a surprising mystery: two Spocks! But which is the original, and which is the copy with murderous intent?

In this special festive episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss the early Bantam Star Trek novel Spock Must Die! by James Blish. We talk about the novel’s unique place in the history of Star Trek fiction, a philosophical debate about the transporter, Spock vs. Spock, the Klingon threat, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice
Next episode: Federation

Friday, December 11, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: DS9: Too Long a Sacrifice

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Too Long a Sacrifice
Dan and Bruce Review the IDW Miniseries!


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It’s an Odo/Retlaw Buddy-Buddy Cop Show!

A string of seemingly-unrelated murders rocks Deep Space Nine, and it’s up to Security Chief Odo to solve the mystery. With Starfleet and the Bajoran government breathing down his neck, the Constable finds himself pulling in many different directions over the course of the investigation. The murders are just the latest effect of a deep mystery that stretches back to the days of the Cardassian occupation, one which Odo must solve before the death count rises…

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan discuss the four-issue Deep Space Nine miniseries Too Long a Sacrifice by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Glen Scott. We talk about all four issues, including our thoughts on the story, whodunnit, whether or not Worf acts out of character, and speculate on Garak’s guilt or innocence. We wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings on the series as a whole.







Previous episode: The Original Series: A Contest of Principles
Next episode: Spock Must Die!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: A Contest of Principles

Star Trek: The Original Series
A Contest of Principles
Exclusive Interview with author Greg Cox!



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The Enterprise crew is assigned as poll watchers for an important election taking place on the planet Vok. Kirk and the crew must contend with combative candidates, voter intimidation, and accusations of election meddling, all while doing their best to make sure the election is as fair and unbiased as possible. Meanwhile, Dr. McCoy is kidnapped by a neighboring planet for a vital medical intervention. Kirk sends Spock to investigate, unable to divert the Enterprise from her vital mission on Vok.

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce are joined by renowned Star Trek author Greg Cox to talk about his new Original Series novel, A Contest of Principles. We discuss the election day plot, McCoy’s kidnapping by Ozalor, Spock’s adventure on Braco, General Gogg’s election results, the intriguing ending with Admiral Komack, and we wrap up with where Greg can be found online and what he is working on now.







Previous episode: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway
Next episode: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

Friday, November 20, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway
Exclusive Interview with "editor" Una McCormack!



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Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager captured the hearts and minds of the people of the Federation after making a miraculous 70,000 lightyear journey from the far side of the galaxy in only seven years. Now, hear the life story of one of Starfleet’s most famous captains in her own words, as edited by the amazing Una McCormack!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by renowned Star Trek author Una McCormack to discuss The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway: The History of the Captain Who Went Further Than Any Had Before. We talk about the origins of the book, getting Janeway’s voice right, her early years, her career before Voyager, how events from the series were approached when writing the book, the inspirations that McCormack drew upon, the lives of the crew post-Star Trek: Voyager, and wrap up with what Una is up to now and where she can be found online.







Previous episode: Voyager: To Lose the Earth