G & T Show 167 – Una McCormack Drops By To Say Hello
G & T Show 167 – Una McCormack Drops By To Say Hello is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike are back and are joined by Steve. We welcome Star Trek author Una McCormack who dropped by for a few minutes during the early part of our show to talk with us about her books and Garak. After she leaves, we move on to Coffee Clatch, Bookshelf, Star Trek News, and the latest from Star Trek Online. Don’t miss this interview and the rest of the show.
After our introductions, we are extremely pleased to introduce Una McCormack. And Steve is here too. Nick gives him a hard time, before we shift our focus to what matters: Una. Terry said that Una is the one Star Trek author that truly understands Garak. He is one of our favorite Deep Space Nine characters. Terry thinks he’s the most honest character on the whole show. Una agreed and said that Quark is another one. Garak is one of the most consistent characters.We shift the focus to The Fall and Una takes a Cardassian (pity-free) approach to spoilers. Terry wonders if Garak’s new role, if he will straighten up his act. Una thinks that his desire to build a Cardassia he wants will keep him on task. He’s also setting up checks and balances to keep him from going to far. Una considers Garak to be the ultimate survivor and will not destroy himself and Cardassia and in order to do that, they have to stop the killing.
Terry asks if there’s a modern day country that inspired her in writing for Cardassia. Una compared the Dominion War to World War II and Cardassia as Nazi Germany. She goes on to say that Cardassia was also inspired by a visit to the US, in that it is spread out and covers large swaths of real estate and what happens to Empires when they start to decline. As a science fiction writer, she is able to pick and choose, which saves time with research. Terry says that it does come through in her writing. She goes on to wonder if she agrees with some people who believe that it’s not Star Trek if it deals with politics. Una talks about how DS9 broke the mold, but there was adversity in TNG and TOS. She says that she gets more complaints for being British.
Mike asks Una about her experiences working with her conspirators on the Fall. Nick realizes we have now spoken with every author involved with the Fall. Una was a bit delayed, since she was having a baby, but she did listen to what they had to say. She enjoyed the process, found it invigorating, and praised their level of knowledge. She’s worked with Jim before, but hadn’t really worked with the others. She talks about the process with it. Steve mentions her upcoming book, Deep Space Nine: The Missing, which she wrote shortly after having her child. It is due at the end of next month. It features Ro Laren, Beverly Crusher, Katherine Pulaski, and Tzenkethi character from Brinksmanship. We are excited and pleased to hear it. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Nick pulls out the Lipton questions and hits her with a few. Her favorite series is DS9. She would be a Q if she were a species from Star Trek. Terry would be bored, but Una would have the time to do everything. She would write an open ended series featuring Garak and a rolling cast of characters. Our chatroom is pre-ordering The Missing and posting photos of Garak. She named her ship after her daughter. Moving us along, Nick’s final question was about which character she would permanently kill. She wants to kill Riker. She wishes she could kill him slowly because of his Riker Manuever. Her back up choice would be Neelix. Killing Riker would have a big impact because he is an Admiral in the Lit Universe. She loves Ezri. We wind up the interview with Una McCormack and requests to come back this summer. Nick throws down the gauntlet to James Swallow.
Moving the show along, we kick off the show with Coffee Clatch. Nick praises Mike for a quick turn around on the interviews Nick recorded from the Great Allentown Comic Con last weekend. Mike says they haven’t seen anything yet, and explains that he has a surprise for them. He shares the link to the G & T Show test site. Terry describes it as beautiful. Mike says this is what he wishes to rollout for our website and points everyone to GoFundMe page to help make it happen. In addition to that, they recorded an amazing Supplemental Log with Enterprise In Space this week. We had gotten Larry and four wonderfully funny, intelligent, and geeky board members to talk about the project. Finally, Mike reveals that he has put together an author page to show case his writing that features a few stories and a blog post discussing the process they went through putting together the Gates of Sto’vo’kor and Starfinder Crossover Special mini-series — the first part of which is out now and available on the Gates of Sto’vo’kor’s website.
Nick thanks Gigi Edgley for sitting down with him and talking about her career and the Hashtag fundraiser at the Great Allentown Comic-Con. Terry asks if Gigi still does a comic book, which they talked about during their interview. Check out the interview and support the Kickstarter. We’ll be setting up more interviews with people Nick had met at the Allentown convention. We’re booked with interviews through January. We talk about Grumpkin and Grim in our chat room. Terry asks Steve what he’s been doing this week. He’s been doing his and his boss’s job this week. He’s been playing STO, but we’ll talk more about that later.
Steve has been trying to get Star Trek: Cast No Shadow finished in time for our next Book Club, which kicks off into a brief discussion about what’s on our Bookshelves. He’s three-quarters of the way through the book. Nick shares that he has been reading the Mercy Thompson series. He had heard about it from Kelly Meding, who he will be spending Thanksgiving with this year. He tells us about the Mercy Thompson books. He is really enjoying it. Quickly changing the subject, he asks if we’ve seen this week’s Agents of SHIELD. They spend a few minutes talking about it. Mike says he’s been reading Dave Mack’s Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed and is really enjoying. Terry is reading a colleciton of short stories recommended to her by her job called Lone Ranger and Tonto. Nick decides to take a minute to pimp something that has nothing to do with us. He’s been playing World of Tanks and has been burning through so many batteries on his controller because he’s enjoying the game. While playing the game, he has been listening to a lot of podcasts. He’s discovered the author’s Bret Easton Ellis’s podcast that talks about Hollywood and writing and discusses how Hollywood is broken right now and the best movie they have released recently was Guardians of the Galaxy. It depressed him that the best movie was a comic book movie and had him wondering where are the deep movies. The Independents have picked up the important films because the studios won’t take the risk.
Since Nick mentioned a game, Mike decides to mention a game. He got his nephews LEGO Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham with the Season Pass. He is really enjoying the game. Mason already beat the story and has started playing the DLC content and one of the missions he has played is straight out of the 1966 Batman television series. Nick admits he never was much of a fan of that particular Batman. Mike says that the Nolan Batman was also part of the game. Mike thinks that it was part of the 75th Anniversary DLC that was included in the Season pass, which also included the Man of Steel DLC. Nick love Brandon Roth in Arrow. Terry based Bill on Brandon Roth.
We move onto Star Trek News. For the first piece of Star Trek News, Terry mentions the article about Shatner’s meeting with the film’s director about his possible role in the film. The season 7 Blu-ray Blooper Reel is the next piece of Trek news we talk about. Nick tells us that Janice is onto the second season of Deep Space Nine and loves Odo. This week is the 18th Anniversary of the film Star Trek: First Contact and Terry loved Troi. Some of the new products coming out, in the UK the Haynes Press-out and build Enterprise has been released. Mike says that he has seen a pop-up book doing the rounds, while he finds the link, Terry goes on to talk about the new shirts and hoodies from Her Universe. Mike jumps back in with details about the Pop-up book. Finally, Terry talks about a Vox article that examines the exciting new technologies scientists and engineers are developing that were inspired by Star Trek. Matthew Anderson in the chatroom shared a link to the 2014 Star Trek buying guide and mentioned his desire to get the Borg mini-fridge. It has a warm setting to keep hot food hot. Nick squirrels off to talk about Benedict Cumberbatch.
Moving along, we talk about Star Trek Online. Terry starts us off with a Massively article that examines what Star Trek Online would have been like if it had originally produced by Sony or Perpetual game. Chloe interrupted the show momentarily. We speculate on what it would have been like and whether or not it would have been as popular as it became if it had been created to be a game that doesn’t focus on battle. Mike thinks that it would have appealed to a niche market and would not have been as popular as it currently is. Terry agrees and would still like to see more diplomacy introduced into STO. She wonders if a game that didn’t rely on heavy combat would be successful. Mike points to a recent and successful kickstarter he had seen for a Jane Austen MMO. Steve says that every successful game has some form of fighting. Mike points out that traditionally most games has been focused on the male gamer. We are now entering the era of the female gamer and as a result games are going to evolve into more thoughtful, story-driven, puzzle type of game play. Steve posts a link from Al Rivera asking if we would like to hear Felicia Day in Star Trek Online. The G & T Show fully supports it.
Terry talks about Disruptor Beam, the maker of Star Trek: Timelines about an article she encountered where they had received $3.2 million in funding to help them continue funding their games, including Star Trek: Timelines. We are pleased to see that they are getting the funding they need to keep developing their game. Terry mentions that Nick Duguid posted his love for a mobile and browser based game called Monument Valley. The game is inexpensive and Amazon had recently given it away. People were complaining about the game because its developers were charging for it. The conversation shifted to one star reviews and how it can be bury a good mission because of a small group of disgruntled people. Timelines and STO take a lot of money to develop and charging money for their product is one of the ways they can make a profit. Terry mentions some of the hoopla from people about Lord of the Rings Online.
Mike asks if Terry has gotten her computer repaired. She laughed and said that she spent the entire day yesterday in STO and LOTRO. She complained about some of her trouble with the Kobali Prime content. Apparently, the transporter system for her wasn’t working properly. It must have been a bug for her. Mike shares his progress but doesn’t want to give any spoilers about the content he’s been experiencing. He describes the latest mission he has played as hard to believe. However, his biggest complaint is with the Advanced PVE queues and their inability to complete a Delta Rising mission without reaching a failed state. The only way he’s been able to play them is through the normal queues, which doesn’t give out the Ancient Powercells that he will require when he finishes the Delta Reputation System in order to get the equipment. Nick tells us about his Tanks. He hasn’t played STO because of the patch would use up his time on his metered Internet connection. Chloe reminds us that she’s here by barking at a bunny. Mike is going to try one of the newer PVE queues that unlocked with Dragon’s Deceit to see if it will give him the Ancient Powercells. No one has tried the Elite queues yet. Steve tells us about his progress in STO. He’s been focusing on the upgrade system. Mike mentions that he got a Gold Shield on his first try using the upgrade system, but has little luck trying to get the rest of his equipment up to Ultra Rare, although everything is already up to Level 14. They talk about the Specialization system. Terry’s point have been spent on Commando, while Mike and Steve had spent their points on Piloting. They talk about the queues some more.
They begin winding down the show with announcements. Gates of Sto’vo’kor has a new episode: Messages from the Outback Part One. Messages From the Outback Part Two will be out on January 2nd. Starfinder’s 3rd episode will be out on December 5th with it’s 4th episode being released on the 19th. If you want an early peak at Starfinder episode 3, DJ Jhen will be playing Messages Par 1, followed by Gorn of A Different Color Part One, starting at 2pm Central, noon Pacific, this coming Tuesday. Mike then talks about his Author site. Our fundraiser is still ongoing. He also suggest people grab a sneak peak of the coming G & T Show website to see where our donations from this point forward will go towards. Terry reminds everyone to check out Nick’s interviews from the Great Allentown ComicCon and the Supplemental Logs we’ve had recently with Enterprise In Space, Scott Pearson, and this morning’s interview with Una McCormack. They rejected Mike’s experiment. He wanted to grow space potatoes. Jespah reminds us about NaNoWriMo. She has finished it and Mike has reached his 50k word goal to make them both winners. Nick wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Mike thanks Jespah for all of her hard work with our social media presence and wishes her much luck with her efforts to find employment. He hopes she will continue helping the show. They end the show announcing that we will have a show next week.
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
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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