24 Hours of G & T: Hours 14 & 15
24 Hours of G & T: Hours 14 & 15 is now available to download. Check it out here. The next two hours of our 24 hours of G & T Show fundraiser we hang out with Larry Nemecek and play Star Trek: Jeopardy. Kirsten Beyer joins us later in the show for an interview. This segment of the fundraiser coincides the first effects of the temporal anomaly known as Daylight Savings Time. Because we didn’t give away the autographed copy of Janet’s book: Untrustworthy, we added the Star Trek: Road Trip game to it. Then, for the second hour, we give away Star Trek: Ships of the Line Coffee Table book. Deyvid from Trek Radio and Marv and Sunseahl from Club 602 continue their vigil with us in the studio.
We return from our break and talk about the Warp 11 song played during the break. We introduce and welcome our next guest, Larry Nemecek. They fill Larry in on their fundraiser efforts. Mike announces that we have not received any donations last hour. Their current total is $724.43. The prize, Janet Gershen-Siegel’s book Untrustworthy, from last hour rolls over into this hour.
Larry is in Houston shooting some final scenes for Con of Wrath. He talks about Enterprise In Space and their convention that has been pushed back a year. They talk about his trip to NASA. Larry talks about the MRV Mike had seen the video of it in motion. Getting back to business, Mike adds Star Trek: Roadtrip game to the Janet’s book. The person with the highest donation throughout the fundraiser will receive a Commander-Level ticket for STLV 2016. They make some NASA jokes.
Larry has been busy trying to launch Portal 47 and has been trying to launch a voice over career. He shares some details about Portal 47. Its a subscription service that features a podcast, interviews, group discussions, Q & A sessions with celebrity guests, exclusive access to his archives, meetups, and so much more. He talks about Howard Anderson, Jr.’s passing. Nick mentions that he’s taking shots for every $100 donation. Marv wakes up for Larry and calls him the Oracle of Star Trek. Mike announces a donation that required Nick to take a shot. Paul donated $100 and is the running for the book and the board game. They return to the Portal 47 discussion. Larry will be doing day tours as part of the subscription. Deyvid adds that no one has the access and archive that Larry has. It makes Portal 47 a unique resource. Portal 47 has the added benefit of encouraging Larry to work on more his Trekland On Speaker offerings, which is currently up to Volume 4.
For the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, he’s trying to get the Con of Wrath done. He’s attending lots of Cons and has been supporting the Spockumentary. He also talks about the Geek Nation Tour he’s doing with Teras for the 50th Anniversary. They added San Francisco to the tour. The tour for 2016 has already booked 20 participants compared to the nearly a dozen that booked for previous tours. STLV this year is going to be insane. Terry knows people from all over the world that will be coming to STLV 2016. Nick is about to enter the Braga Hour, where the effects of the temporal anomaly affects Nick first, Larry in a little more than an hour, followed by Terry, and concluding with Mike a few hours later.
Mike runs through where the idea came from for Star Trek: Jeopardy. He explains the rules. Larry will be their Alex Tribek. They kick off Star Trek Jeopardy with a proper intro. Kirsten Beyer joins us in the studio. She’s just in time. They welcome her to the show and invite her to play the game with them. Larry and Kirsten had not met before and when she learns that he wrote the Star Trek Stellar Cartography, she instantly became excited because she uses his star charts so much. They temporal anomaly begins for Nick and he couldn’t figure out if he gained an hour or lost an hour. Eventually, they start the game. They had a lot of fun. Some of the questions spark debates. Nick was the big time wiener in our game.
We thank Larry for taking the time to come on the show and playing a game with us. He runs down all of the links and sites and organizations he’s involved with. The complete list can be found below. As Larry steps away, they check the tote board. The winner of this hour’s prize is Paul Dennis. We have raised $814.07. We thank everyone for their donations. Another donation comes in requiring a shot from Nick. Casey has donated and is in contention for this hour’s prize, whenever we get around to announcing it.
Nick introduces our next guest, Kirsten Beyer. She’s written several of the current Star Trek: Voyager novels, including: Full Circle, Protectors, Atonement, Acts of Contrition, Children of the Storm, The Eternal Tide, Unworthy, a story in the Distant Shores Anthology, and her upcoming book A Pocket Full of Lies. We’ve been trying to get her on the show for a while and have finally succeeded.
Kirsten’s daughter just turned six years old. Halloween for a six year old is a season. For Trick or Treating, she was Dorothy. She also did Anna from Frozen, a ninja, and Alice in Wonderland among others. Nick loves Chakotay’s and Paris’s relationship as Captain and First Officer in the books. They talk about the current state of Voyager in the books and Star Trek Online has found their own way to send Voyager back to the Delta Quadrant as well through Iconian Gates and Dyson Spheres. Most of the Voyager cast has reprised their roles to appear in STO. Nick praises Aron Eisenberg’s Nog and Ethan Philips’s Neelix’s voice overs in the game. Al Rivera joins the chat room and confirms it. We fill Kirsten in on how Voyager returns to the Delta Quadrant.
They shift the conversation to Atonement, Kirsten’s current Voyager book. Protectors and Acts of Contrition and Atonement are part of a trilogy. All of these books along with A Pocket Full of Lies have been completed for some time but their release had been delayed by publisher. Kirsten just signed contracts for two more Voyager books. Atonement closes a lot of story threads that had been running since Full Circle. Although it would be fun for her to write other Star Trek stories, it would take a lot of work to get up to speed on the state of the various book series. She mentions some of the crossover characters that appeared in her books, including Garrak.
She doesn’t have anything planned for the 50th Anniversary, since they are focusing on the original series. She had some difficulty writing for Janeway because of the growth she experienced around her resurrection. The hardest character consistently to write for is the Doctor, since he’s not a human being and he doesn’t think like everyone else. His thoughts are subroutines and processes. Lately, her original character, Dr. Sherick is another challenging character to write.
Kirsten talks about her writing process in tackling a trilogy, and how it usually begins with something that annoys her. In this case, the polarization of political views was the thing that annoyed her and set the story in motion. She explains how she created the Confederacy of the World of the First Quadrant as a counterpoint to the Federation to help illustrate the polarization of these political organizations and their real world parallels. She fears for the future if we are unable to bridge the divide and learn how to speak to one another.
They talk about the death of Janeway. Peter David killed her off, but she got a bit of the hate from it. She explains that some people were angry that she hadn’t brought Janeway back in Full Circle. With Janeway’s absence, she was able to bring the other members of the crew to where she needed to be. Initially, Chakotay was difficult, because he had so much potential but never had the chance to shine.
Kirsten wants to talk about that son of a bitch, James Swallow. She talks about the movie Alien and how the face-huggers scarred her for life. She, then, ties it James Swallow through the book, Sight Unseen. She picked up the book to read the book since she had heard that there are a lot of similarities to the story she was working on. In the end, the book affected her in the same way that Alien movie had. They spend a few minutes talking about the film, James’ book, and the idea of children in danger. Terry shares her own story of being scarred for life by a movie.
Kirsten talks about growing up with an allergy to animals, but the reality turned out to be untrue. For her daughter, she ended up getting a Guinea Pig called Cupcake. It took time, but she really became allergic to cupcakes and this was after having a pet cat for several years before that. Nick pulls out our James Lipton questions. She shares a story about writing The Eternal Tide and her desire to kill off Chakotay when she brought Janeway back.
Kirsten talks about bringing Janeway back and the things CBS wanted her to do in Eternal Tide. Kirsten negotiated with them about the way they would bring her back. She goes on to reveal that at the time that she was working on Eternal Tide, Pocket was negotiating their license. If Pocket didn’t renew their license, this was going to be the last Voyager book. It was the deciding factor in her decision to bring Janeway back. If the license wasn’t going to be renewed, she would end it for Voyager, David R. George III would do it for DS9, and David Mack would bring the universe to an end with Cold Equations. It was the first time we had heard about it.
Nick hasn’t read Sight Unseen yet, because he’s been reading books from other genres to expand his level of knowledge. Lately, he’s been reading the Badge of Honor series by W.E.B. Griffin and hasn’t picked up a Trek book in a while. There’s a lot of good stuff waiting for him when he comes back to Trek.
They wind up this portion of the show to take a break and restart our recordings, but first we get our current tally. Our total so far is $914.07. Casey was the winner of this hour’s prize and will be receiving the Star Trek Ships of the Line Coffee Table book with the Maroon cover.
Kirsten isn’t doing any more conventions until Shore Leave in 2016. There is a possibility that Mike and Terry will be there in 2016, but Nick will be there for sure. They invite Kirsten to hang out a little longer. She agrees and with that they take their break.
But, wait. There’s more.
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During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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