Literary Treks 210: Orange is the New Black / by Matthew Rushing


Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 17 seconds
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For every action we take, there are multiple possibilities. And for each of those possibilities, a new universe is born, with each decision branching off into infinite parallel worlds, each of them subtly different from all of the rest. Captain Janeway and the crew of Voyager come across one world where the barriers between these universes are coming down: every two and a half hours, a door is opened between all realities, and every person is shifted to the next reality. And in one of these realities, a horrific holocaust repeats itself as every shift spells the deaths of billions.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by The Edge's Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. We talk about the plot of the novel, the unique perspective of the story's events, the dreaded Voyager reset button, Tuvok's role in the story, the crews' doppelgangers, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In our news segment, we discuss Bruce's new comic acquisition and talk about the newly-released Star Trek: The Book of Lists.


Klingon Art of War update (2:40)
A new New Frontier (6:07)
Dayton Ward’s new TNG book: Armageddon’s Arrow (7:30)
I, Enterprise (Part 2) review (10:01)

Feature: Voyager Comics

Opening Thoughts (24:46)
Major and Federation Membership (32:11)
Kira vs Akaar (41:17)
Vaughn and Prynn Come to Terms (48:16)
The Changing Nature of Daxc and Bashir (57:23)
Andorian Reproductive Crisis (1:07:04)
The Ro vs. Kira Debate (1:14:34)
Final Thoughts (1:22:30)
Closing (1:29:31)


Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson


Brandon-Shea Mutala


Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer)