Friday, January 22, 2021

Positively Trek Book Club: The Dark Veil

Star Trek: Picard
The Dark Veil
Exclusive Interview with author James Swallow!

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The year is 2386, and the United Federation of Planets has been dealt a serious blow: synthetic lifeforms have attacked the Utopia Plantia Shipyards at Mars, derailing a massive relief effort to save the Romulan people from an impending supernova. The Federation, reacting to this tragedy, has turned inward, halting relief efforts in the Romulan Empire and instituting a ban on research and development of synthetic lifeforms. All of this serves as the backdrop to the situation facing Captain Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan as they respond to an urgent distress call from the Jazari, a species situated very near the Romulan Neutral Zone…

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan and Bruce welcome renowned author James Swallow to the show to discuss his latest novel, Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil. We talk about the genesis of the novel, the links to the Star Trek: Titan book series, Thaddeus Worf Troi-Riker, the situation in the Federation, the Romulans, the Jazari, easter eggs and continuity connections, and wrap up with where James can be found online and what he has coming next!

Previous episode: Federation

1 comment:

  1. I'm not really into the new Trek shows, but this was a fun interview nonetheless. I wish Swallow would do a Dominion War era DS9 novel.

    I reread "Federation" after listening to your review. It's better than I initially gave it credit (the ending was excellent) but I still didn't love it. I think it would have been more interesting if Flint was the central character. Use him as a symbol for humanity; he grows and changes as humanity itself does as it leaves war torn earth and begins to explore the stars.

    Oh, and I also enjoyed the "season finale" themed episode. I've never really understood the hate people have for "Descent."