Sunday, April 12, 2020

Literary Treks 300: Miss Cleo's Just a Spectre!

Star Trek: The Original Series
The Higher Frontier
by Christopher L. Bennett

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Mysterious armored warriors have reduced the Aenar population to nearly zero. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise must investigate this brutal and seemingly unprovoked attack with the help of Miranda Jones and the Medusan ambassador, Kollos. However, the situation escalates when the targets of the mysterious attackers expands to include other telepaths, including members of the Enterprise crew. Can the mystery surrounding these dangerous warriors be solved before more lives are lost?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the new TOS novel The Higher Frontier by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about Commander Thelin and the Aenar, the "New Humans," a sequel to "Is There in Truth No Beauty?," the war between the Spectres and the Lords, parallels to hate groups here on Earth, ending the novel on a hopeful note, some fun references from the author, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the recently announced TOS novel, A Contest of Principles by Greg Cox. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 299: We Need a Kick in Our Complacency.

Literary Treks 300: Miss Cleo's Just a Spectre!
The Original Series: The Higher Frontier by Christopher L. Bennett

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  1. Hello, I have a question for you. Do you know why they changed the size/price of the books? I liked them better as "normal" paperbacks and really don't want to buy them anymore (even in digital) because of the higher prices. Was there any specific reason why they did this?

  2. There are a few reasons. The industry as a whole has been moving toward trade paperbacks as the standard, and the MMPB market has been kind of taken over by e-books.