Friday, July 16, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Well of Souls

 Star Trek: The Lost Era
Well of Souls
By Ilsa J. Bick

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The Lost Era continues! It’s 2336, and these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise-C. Everything we know about this ship and her crew in canon comes from TNG’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” But Captain Rachel Garrett commanded her for many years, and there are many stories to be told about those missions.

Join us for this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club as hosts Dan and Bruce discuss The Lost Era: Well of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick. We talk about the many characters both old and new in this novel, guilt and trauma, a complicated plot involving crime syndicates and secrecy, the first duty of every Starfleet officer, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings for Well of Souls.







Previous episode: The Original Series: Living Memory
Next episode: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Release Day! TNG: Shadows Have Offended

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Shadows Have Offended
by Cassandra Rose Clarke


It's new Star Trek book day once again! This month, we have a newcomer to the world of Trek fiction: author Cassandra Rose Clarke, with her Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Shadows Have Offended. A novel set during season seven of TNG, Shadows Have Offended marks the first return to series-era TNG novels in a very long time!

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




Publisher's description:
An original novel based on the acclaimed Star Trek TV series!

The USS Enterprise has been granted the simple but unavoidable honor of ferrying key guests to Betazed for a cultural ceremony. En route, sudden tragedy strikes a Federation science station on the isolated planet Kota, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard has no qualms sending William Riker, Data, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher to investigate. But what begins as routine assignments for the two parties soon descends into chaos: Picard, Worf, and Deanna Troi must grapple with a dangerous diplomatic crisis as historic artifacts are stolen in the middle of a high-profile ceremony…while nothing is as it seems on Kota. A mounting medical emergency coupled with the science station’s failing technology—and no hope of rescue—has Doctor Crusher racing against time to solve a disturbing mystery threatening the lives of all her colleagues….


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Next Release: Picard: Rogue Elements

Friday, June 25, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Living Memory

 Star Trek: The Original Series
Living Memory
by Christopher L. Bennett

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A mysterious spatial phenomenon threatening the core worlds of the Federation. A cadre of genetically-engineered warriors trying to make their way in Starfleet Academy. And a personal journey for a character recovering from a severe trauma that has affected every facet of her life. All of these stories come together in surprising ways in the subject of this week’s episode!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan review the newest Star Trek: The Original Series novel: Living Memory by Christopher L. Bennett. We talk about the mysterious vacuum flares, Uhura’s memory, the Arcturian Warborn, Dr. Ashley Janith-Lau, a murder mystery, the militarization of Starfleet, the themes of communication and memory, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: Year Five: Weaker Than Man

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Release Day! TOS: Living Memory by Christopher L. Bennett

Star Trek: The Original Series
Living Memory
by Christopher L. Bennett


New Star Trek book day is here again! We have a new book set in the period between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan by author Christopher L. Bennett: Living Memory!

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




Publisher's description:
An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure!
While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS Enterprise and Commander Pavel Chekov of the USS Reliant are investigating a series of powerful cosmic storms seemingly targeting Federation worlds—unstoppable outbursts emitting from the very fabric of space. Endeavoring to predict where the lethal storms will strike next, Spock and Chekov make the shocking discovery that the answer lies in Commander Nyota Uhura’s past—one that she no longer remembers….

Purchase Living Memory:

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Previous Release: Discovery: Wonderlands

Friday, June 11, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Weaker Than Man

 Star Trek: Year Five
Weaker Than Man
Omnibus Collection of Issues 13 - 19

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We’re taking a break from novels this week to catch up on the Star Trek: Year Five on-going story! From badmiral shenanigans and populist criminal presidential candidates to Gary Seven and global pandemics, these stories have it all!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce are discussing Weaker Than Man, the omnibus collection of Star Trek: Year Five issues 13 to 19. We talk about all four “episodes” that make up the collection: “Guide of Fire,” “Vote Mudd!,” “Weaker Than Man,” and “On the Death of a Friend.”







Previous episode: Discovery: Wonderlands

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: Wonderlands with Una McCormack

 Star Trek: Discovery
Wonderlands
Exclusive Interview with author Una McCormack!

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When Star Trek: Discovery’s third season debuted, Michael Burnham found herself down the rabbit hole in a strange, unfamiliar world. However, the U.S.S. Discovery, right behind her in the wormhole, was nowhere to be found. Along with unlikely allies and surprising foes, Burnham must make her way in this disturbing and dangerous future. The story of the year she spent apart from her crew can finally be told!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce and Dan are joined by master storyteller Una McCormack to discuss her latest novel: Discovery: Wonderlands. We talk about Alice in Wonderland, Sahil vs. Book, Burnham’s new career, Starfleet cosplayers, the White Palm raiders, the Fall of the Federation, and wrap up with where Una can be found online and what she has coming up.







Previous episode: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
Next episode: Year Five: Weaker Than Man

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Release Day! Discovery: Wonderlands by Una McCormack

Star Trek: Discovery
Wonderlands
by Una McCormack


Once again, it's new Star Trek book day! We have the newest addition to the Star Trek: Discovery line, this time by one of my favorite authors, Una McCormack! Pick up Wonderlands today, detailing the "gap year" between Burnham's arrival in the 32nd century and the eventual appearance of the U.S.S. Discovery.

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




Publisher's description:
An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series!
In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terribly wrong, and Burnham has somehow arrived in a place far different from anything she could have imagined—more than nine hundred years out of her time, with Discovery nowhere to be found, and where the mysterious and cataclysmic event known as “the Burn” has utterly decimated Starfleet and, with it, the United Federation of Planets. How then can she possibly exist day-to-day in this strange place? What worlds are out there waiting to be discovered? Do any remnants of Starfleet and the Federation possibly endure? With more questions than answers, Burnham must nevertheless forge new friendships and new alliances if she hopes to survive this future long enough for the Discovery crew to find her....

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Previous Release: Picard: The Dark Veil