Monday, June 10, 2019

Literary Treks 271: To Thine Own Self Be True

Star Trek: The Original Series
The Captain's Oath
by Christopher L. Bennett

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Captain James T. Kirk: one of the true legends of Starfleet. Awarded command of the U.S.S. Enterprise at a very young age, Kirk made his mark on the galaxy with an impressive career commanding one of Starfleet's most prestigious vessels. But what made him the captain he would become? And how did his experience commanding smaller starships prepare him for the years spent commanding the Enterprise?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about Christopher L. Bennett's new TOS novel The Captain's Oath. As a special bonus, the author shared his thoughts with us about aspects of the novel which we will share with you! We discuss the different time periods covered in the novel, Kirk's early years as commander of the U.S.S. Sacagawea, the fascinating cast of original characters created by Christopher L. Bennett, the mysterious threat posed by the Agni, Kirk's first mission as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the disparate parts of continuity referenced in The Captain's Oath, and wrap up with our final thoughts and what Christopher L. Bennett has coming soon as well as where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, we review issue #2 of Star Trek: Year Five and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 269: Kellogg's Spock 'n' Krisp.

Literary Treks 271: To Thine Own Self Be True
The Original Series: The Captain's Oath by Christopher L. Bennett

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1 comment:

  1. Good episode guys! CLB isn't my favorite Trek author, but I think this is one of his stronger recent efforts. My favorite part of the book was the chess match between Kirk and Spock. A small scene, but I liked it a lot.

    Least favorite bit: Kirk feeling guilty because of "human Privilege." Why didn't TOS have lots of alien cast members? Probably because it was a low budget 60s show. I mean 95 percent of the aliens look exactly like humans. I think it is a disservice to the show to shoehorn in racism as an explanation. It's like using the augment virus to needlessly explain the Klingons, but this seems...nastier.

    No problem with a story about racism, I just think it was a clumsy way of going about it.