24 Hours of G & T: Hour 23
24 Hours of G & T: Hour 23 is now available to download. Check it out here. With 22 hours under our belt, we begin our regular show. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, Steve, and Janice are in the studio. Deyvid from Trek Radio and Sunseahl with Club 602 continues to stand vigil with us in these final hours of the show. This hour’s discussion is dedicated to Book Club. We give away Star Trek TNG Season 8 Warped, a Star Trek TOS Wall Calendar, and the Ships of the Line Poster collection during this portion of the show.
We return from our break with the theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey. With three hours remaining in our Odyssey, we are excited to have made it this far with you. We start our introductions for our regular show. We talk about the journey we’ve been on for the last 22 hours. We’ve had Paula Block and Terry Erdmann, Dayton Ward, Brandon Felczer, James Kerwin, Kipleigh Brown, James Swallow, Kirsten Beyer, Jen Usellis, Geek Nation Tours, Club 602, Evie Vincent, Women At Warp, Adrianne Grady, Priority One Podcast, and Larry Nemecek hosted Jeopardy with us among so many others. Deyvid and Sunseahl are also hanging out with us in the studio. We try to remember some of the other guests that have joined us, including Thomas Marrone, Nick Duguid, Al Rivera, Bye Bye Robot, and others.
We check our tote board. We have raised $1260.17. Mike announces that Nick needs a shot courtesy of Robert Reyes, who takes the lead for our grand prize of a Commander-Level ticket for STLV 2016. We talk about the ticket and how close to the stage it is.
Nick mentions our heated discussion about Klingon honor with Priority One. He’s glad Jen Usellis wasn’t with them at the time. She would have killed Nick and buried Terry. We are going to spend this hour doing our Book Club and discussing all of the books we’ve read recently. Today is Dia de los Muertos in the Southwest. Terry talks about the feast day and sparks a brief discussion about it. The conversation shift to Chilli Harvest.
We turn the show over to Steve. We have decided to change things up this time around. Instead of everything trying to read the same book, we are going to talk about whatever books we’ve read recently. Steve starts us off by announcing that he’s not reading a Star Trek book. He’s been reading Stargate Atlantis: The Legacy Series. It’s a 7 or 8 book series that he’s really enjoying. It picks up where the television show finishes. He summarizes the first few books he’s read.
The last Star Trek novel that he’s read was Dayton Ward’s Armageddon’s Arrow. He thoroughly enjoyed it. Terry has read two-thirds of the book so far. She put it down to pick up the new Titan books that had come out. The idea and touchstone back to a Star Trek episode for this book surprised her. Terry talks about the book and appreciates the crew development of the crew aboard the Enterprise. Steve appreciated the book because it was the first book in a while that sent a crew out to explore the galaxy. It was a refreshing change. Terry describes it as an original take on a Prime Directive pickle. She doesn’t offer any spoilers. Deyvid just started the book. He’s enjoying it so far, though he hasn’t gotten very far.
Janet is in graduate school and has been reading text books. She just finished Strategic Planning for Public Relations. She hates the book and if anything is going send her GPA into a tailspin, it will be this book. However, for fun, she has been reading David McCullough’s John Adams biography. Nick has read it and described it as a great book. Janet describes John Adams as the first Nerd. Nick mentions that HBO did a miniseries based on the book. Janet loves his marriage to Abigail. She talks about their relationship and how it was more modern than she had expected. Nick suggests that she read McCullough’s book on Harry Truman. Janet suggests a trade with Nick. She talks about Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory. Nick then counters with David Eisenhower’s Agent of Destiny about Winfield Scott. Nick and Janet plan to exchange books around Christmas.
Janice steps up next to share with us the book she’s currently reading. She’s been reading Star Trek: Seekers 4: All That’s Left by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. She doesn’t talk a lot about it, since she’s still digesting it, but she does send a thank you to Dayton. She has finished reading Think Like A Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain your Brain. She talks about Freakonomics for a moment before getting to Think Like a Freak, which is about teaching people a different way to problem solve and think critically. The chat room is sharing Andrew Jackson memes. Nick calls Andrew Jackson the Chuck Norris of his day.
Nick has been reading The Badge of Honor series by W.E.B. Griffin, which is about the Philadelphia Police Department. They are crime novels. He’s on the 9th book, The Traffickers. The first seven books take place in the 70s, while the 8th book rebooted it into the post 911 era. He’s really enjoying the series. He’s also read Felicia Day’s book: You’re Never Weird on the Internet. He read the book in a day. He shares what it was about the book that he enjoyed.
Terry is up next. She just finished reading the most recent Titan book, Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow. She praises John Jackson Miller for his approach at writing Riker, but goes on to say that James Swallow really get him. Ever since Synthesis, he just keeps doing it better and better. She talks about Sight Unseen. With this book, the Titan returns to home turf since Riker is now a Flag Officer and has planted his flag on the Titan. Nick asks if Christine is still in the Captain’s chair. Terry reveals that Christine does get the fourth pip and becomes the Captain of the Titan. She thinks everyone will be surprised who her First Officer is and doesn’t reveal it to us. She talks about some of the other characters on the Titan crew. She talks about the ramifications that Riker has to deal with in the wake of Star Trek: TNG: Take Down. In Sight Unseen, Terry mentions the crew of the Whitetree with Captain Minecci, Chief Medeiros, and Doctor Shull getting sucked into a portal and being MIA throughout most of the book. She mentions some of the other podcasting people that can find a cameo within its pages. She mentions the Solanae being responsible for what happens to the Whitetree. She describes the book as creepy and talks about the book and some of the characters that reappear in this book from the TNG episode Schisms. She goes onto mention a review of the book over at TrekFM about the book that describes it as the best Trek book the author had read in a long time.
Nick mentions that production on a new Red Dwarf season has begun. Tired has finally struck Steve as he is unable to put written words together.
Mike has read many books. He starts with Enterprise’s The Romulan War two book series. He talks about the books, which encompasses the entire Romulan War. The book spreads out to other ships and characters besides the Enterprise and its crew. The war leads to the forming of the Federation and the Neutral Zone. He talks about how the Coalition became the Federation.
He followed it up with two more Enterprise novels and the first two books in the Rise of the Federation series. These books take place after the founding of the Federation. He talks about where the crew is now that the Enterprise has been mothballed. Malcolm is the Captain of his own ship and Travis is his first officer. T’Pol is a captain as well. They are looking to expand the Federation, but at the same time it deals with the rise of the Orion Syndicate. He really enjoyed the books.
Mike has also read the Titan novella, Titan: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller. He describes it as freaking awesome. Terry asked if Mike laughed all the way through it. He did. The characters, the aliens, and the things they do were wonderfully interesting. Plus, now he knows what moments Terry loved the most from the book. He also reminded her of another. Terry said it’s funny watching Riker deal with an impossible diplomatic situation. Mike describes it as the Kobashi Maru of diplomacy.
Mike has also read the Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman. The book references some of the things that were touched upon in the new films, but while remaining in the Prime Universe. It was seeing how he grew up and what drove him to become a Captain. Kodos the Executioner was one of the scenes he loved the most. The story touches on select episodes of the original series and examines Kirk’s thoughts and feeling and the ramifications of those episodes. He thought it was really well done. It makes up some new stuff that helps bridge gaps and move him towards the film era. Then, seeing how he reacts to the events in the various films, including how his opinion of Khan evolved over the years.
He finishes up by mentioning that he’s currently reading Seekers 3: Long Shot. He’s had a lot of downtime which has helped him read a lot of books.
Terry turns to our guests, Devyid and Sunseahl. Sun goes first. She’s been rereading one of her favorite books, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. She tells us about the book. It’s about an African Tribe and their neighbors as Christianity starts coming into the region. She says it’s a serious book but it’s a page turner.
Deyvid has been getting back into reading Trek but finding a place to jump into isn’t easy. The last Trek series he had read was the Cold Equations trilogy by David Mack. He’s read From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. He appreciated the mix of TOS, Enterprise, and DS9 episodes involving time traveling back to Earth with the real world UFO phenomena and conspiracy theories, Project Blue Book, and Majestic 12. In that book, he also recognized Security Officer Nick Minecci and the avatar, Allen Shull. A sequel is in the works, Elusive Salvation.
Another book, Deyvid picked up is Savage Trade by Tony Daniel. This book riffed on the TOS episode The Savage Curtain. It features the Excalbians from the episode, a new race, and a new threat that reminded him of The Nothing from The Neverending Story. He thought it was a fun book and recommends it.
Nick interrupts Deyvid to announce that we are down to our final two hours. Deyvid has been hanging out with us for the majority of the show. He wanted to join in, show his support, and hang out with us. Terry thanks him and is impressed that she has been doing so well.
Deyvid finished up his reading by mentioning that he just started reading Dayton’s Armageddon’s Arrow, but it was a tossup between that and David R. George III’s DS9: Sacraments of Fire. He remembered one more book that he had read, Star Trek: DS9: The Missing by Una McCormack. When he finishes Armageddon’s Arrow, Deyvid plans to pick up Sacraments of Fire and then the collected graphic novel of IDW’s Star Trek and Planet of the Apes crossover series: The Primate Directive. He’s also looking forward to reading The Bounty Hunter’s Code From the Files of Boba Fett and of course The IKS Gorkon series.
Star Trek TNG Season 8 Warped, TOS Wall Calendar, and the Ships of the Line Poster collection all went to Robert Reyes for his $100 donation. We go over the remaining prizes trying to decide what to give away in the next hour. Mike suggests throwing it all together in one last big push with the highest donor from now to the end of the show receiving everything that we have left. They will receive another Ships of the Line Poster set, the Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman, a Star Trek 2016 Daily Calendar, a SkeleTrek action figure, and the 3-in-One model kit featuring the Ferengi Maurader, Klingon Bird of Prey, and the Romulan WarBird (Assembly Required). Also, the person who donates the most throughout the entire run of the fundraiser, will receive the Commander-level Ticket for STLV 2016. All donations go to pay for all of our server and hosting costs, as well as our new website graphics. We thank Thomas Marrone for his beautiful work. We mention Jen Usellis covering conventions in the Chicago area and Janice covering conventions on the east coast for us.
We decide to take our final break of this fundraising effort.
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