Monday, July 1, 2019

Literary Treks 273: Unintended Consequences

Star Trek: Titan
Orion's Hounds
by Christopher L. Bennett

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The Starship Titan under the command of William Riker begins its mission of exploration far beyond the boundaries of Federation space! In the largely-uncharted Gum Nebula, Riker and the crew of Titan encounter giant, space-dwelling lifeforms that have been seen only once before: during the mission to Farpoint Station that began the voyages of the Enterprise-D. But these majestic lifeforms are being hunted, and Riker feels the need to intervene. However, all may not be as it seems.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the third Star Trek: Titan novel: Orion's Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about the beginning of Titan's true mission, the mysterious "star-jellies," Riker's decision to get involved, the other cozmozoans that make up the Gum Nebula ecosystem, the difficulty in changing one's way of life and adapting to new circumstances, some stand-out characters in the novel, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently-announced reprinting of the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in honor of the film's 40th anniversary. We also review the fifth issue in IDW's Star Trek: The Q Conflict miniseries and respond to Babel Conference feedback for Literary Treks 271: To Thine Own Self Be True.

Literary Treks 273: Unintended Consequences
Titan: Orion's Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett

Previous episode: Literary Treks 272: A Fun Borg Romp?
Next episode: Literary Treks 274: An Old Man in the Park Feeding Pigeons

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the Titan is in a real jam what with being sandwiched between the star-jellies and the Pa'haquel. Can Captain Riker find some way to preserve the peace? If he doesn't think of something fast those jellies are gonna be toast.

    Yeah, those puns are terrible, but you deserve them after that "p's and q's" joke. It's a perfect bit of synchronicity that the comic you were reviewing featured a facepalming Picard.

    Speaking of synchronicity - I also think that your mentioning the new release of the TMP novelization in the same episode where you are reviewing a CLB book is kind of interesting as I personally think that that movie has had a big influence on his writing.

    Titan is not one of my favorite series, but there are several of the novels that have excellent plots, and this is one of them. Titan is the perfect series for CLB, imo, because it not only plays into his greatest strengths as a writer (world building and thoughtful use of science) but also allows him to expound on some of his favorite social themes. I think this is probably his second best book after the excellent Ex Machina.