Friday, October 8, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: The Autobiography of Mr. Spock

 The Autobiography of Mr. Spock
The Life of a Federation Legend

With special guest Una McCormack!

Purchase:
E-book (Kindle): Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk

There are not many people who can be said to have influenced centuries of galactic politics and shaped the very foundations of the Federation. Described by Starfleet Admiral Brackett as “one of our most celebrated Ambassadors and advisors to Federation leaders for generations,” Spock has been one of the most revered and influential voices in Federation history. Now, available for the first time ever: his life, in his own words.

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan sit down with the “editor” of The Autobiography of Mr. Spock, Una McCormack! We talk about the concept of a “wisdom book,” Spock’s struggles while growing up, his childhood with his brother and sister, his time on the Enterprise, his role as both a successful and unsuccessful mentor, his 24th century exploits, his relationship with James T. Kirk, and wrap up with our final thoughts and where Una can be found online and what projects she is currently working on.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows
Next episode: Coda, Book I: Moments Asunder

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Release Day! The Coda Saga Begins...

Star Trek: Coda
Book I: Moments Asunder
by Dayton Ward

It's finally here! The beginning of the conclusion to the on-going Trek litverse: Coda: Book I: Moments Asunder by the prolific Dayton Ward! The crew of the Enterprise, Aventine, Deep Space Nine, and Titan must deal with the "temporal apocalypse," which may spell doom for all! Can't wait to dive into this one, folks. It promises to be a barn-burner!

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




Publisher's description:
The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable.

STARFLEET’S FINEST FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

TOMORROW IS DOOMED
Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy.

WANDERER, ORACLE, ALLY
Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating temporal disaster, while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it, an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their future, but might the cause lie in their past?

EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE
Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined?


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Previous Release: Picard: Rogue Elements
Next Release: Coda, Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Catalyst of Sorrows

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Catalyst of Sorrows
By Margaret Wander Bonanno

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A Star Trek story featuring intrigue, spycraft, and off-the-books missions… with a centenarian Uhura as the head of Starfleet Intelligence! It’s the perfect blend of Star Trek and Mission: Impossible you didn’t know you needed!
 
In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows by the incomparable Margaret Wander Bonanno. We talk about the homage paid to John le Carré in this novel, a galactic pandemic, Uhura’s job, an adventure in the Neutral Zone, a ton of familiar faces, the ending of the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: Picard: Rogue Elements

Monday, September 6, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Rogue Elements with John Jackson Miller!

 Star Trek: Picard
Rogue Elements
Exclusive interview with author John Jackson Miller!

Purchase:
Hardcover: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
E-book (Kindle): Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
Audiobook: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk


In the third episode of Star Trek: Picard, retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard hired Cristóbal Rios, freighter captain of La Sirena. As season one continued, we learned about this ex-Starfleet officer who was haunted by a traumatic experience aboard the U.S.S. ibn Majid, but there is more to Rios’ past than what we have seen on screen!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, host Bruce Gibson is joined by author John Jackson Miller to discuss his latest novel, Rogue Elements. We talk about how Rios acquired his ship, his involvement with the Iotians from “A Piece of the Action,” the importance of physical books, the Sylvus Project, and the McGuffin in this book.







Previous episode: Enterprise: The First Adventure

Friday, August 20, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Enterprise: The First Adventure

 Star Trek
Enterprise: The First Adventure
By Vonda N. McIntyre


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Enter the Vonda-Verse!

Back in 1966, we were introduced to the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the middle of their adventures. Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew had already found their groove, boldly going like a well-oiled machine. But how did this crew originally come together? How did their first mission together go? This week, we take a look at a novel that strives to answer these questions!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan discuss the classic novel Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda McIntyre, published in 1986. We discuss Kirk, his crew, a Klingon antagonist named Koronin, the Warp-Speed Classic Vaudeville Company, the mysterious “worldship,” and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: Deny Thy Father

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

(Belated) Release Day! Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller

Star Trek: Picard
Rogue Elements
by John Jackson Miller

A day late, but I didn't want to skip this one! Out yesterday is the new Star Trek: Picard novel Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller! Focusing on the captain of La Sirena, Rogue Elements features Christóbal Rios in an adventure set before Star Trek: Picard! 

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!

Starfleet was everything for Cristóbal Rios—until one horrible, inexplicable day when it all went wrong. Aimless and adrift, he grasps at a chance for a future as an independent freighter captain in an area betrayed by the Federation, the border region with the former Romulan Empire. His greatest desire: to be left alone.

But solitude isn’t in the cards for the captain of La Sirena, who falls into debt to a roving gang of hoodlums from a planet whose society is based on Prohibition-era Earth. Teamed against his will with Ledger, his conniving overseer, Rios begins an odyssey that brings him into conflict with outlaws and fortune seekers, with power brokers and relic hunters across the stars.

Exotic loves and locales await—as well as dangers galore—and Rios learns the hard way that good crewmembers are hard to find, even when you can create your own. And while his meeting with Jean-Luc Picard is years away, Rios finds himself drawing on the Starfleet legend’s experiences when he discovers a mystery that began on one of the galaxy’s most important days…


Purchase Rogue Elements:

Hardcover: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
E-book (Kindle): Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk


Next Release: Coda, Book 1: Moments Asunder

Friday, August 6, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Deny Thy Father

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Deny Thy Father
By Jeff Mariotte

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The Lost Era moves ever closer to the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation with this adventure featuring Will Riker and his father Kyle!
 
In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce discuss Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte, a novel of The Lost Era. We talk about the two Rikers, Kyle’s adventures on the run, Will Riker’s Voyage Home experience, to cheat or not to cheat, Kyle’s return, the Civil War, the importance of duty, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended