Star Trek: Coda – interview round-up!

It’s been pretty quiet around here, lately. My only excuse is that I’ve been busy on the writing and consulting fronts, as well as the usual sorts of family and home things along with my volunteer stints at the museum. Between all of that and just trying to find small chunks of time to decompress if not outright relax, I haven’t devoted much in the way of effort to this space (so the thought of running something like a Patreon or Substack page where I’d ask people to throw money my way for new “content” and other online interaction seems pretty ludicrous, yeah?). I’d like to say things will be better in the new year, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, all right?

For those of you tuning in to our program already in progress, you may or not be aware that over the past few months, the three books comprising the Star Trek: Coda trilogy were released. You may have heard about it, as word started spreading way back in February. Up to that point, I along with my literary co-conspirators, James Swallow and David Mack, had toiled in secrecy dating back to the summer of 2019. Over the next two years in on-again/off-again fashion, we developed a storyline to drive the books we each contributed to the effort.

I kicked things off with Book I: Moments Asunder, which hit shelves back on September 28th. Jim picked up the action a month later on October 26th with his Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow, and on November 30th Dave brought it all home with the concluding Book III: Oblivion’s Gate.

It’s fair to say the books have generated a broad spectrum of reactions. There are reviews aplenty littering the lawless hellscape that is the internet, from personal posts on individual social media platforms to message boards and Facebook groups all the way to full-blown critiques from all manner of websites. Beyond simply thanking them for the time and effort they expended, I tend to refrain from engaging those who post such reviews be they postive, negative, apathetic, whatever. I never want folks thinking I’m lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce should they somehow cross whatever imaginary line they feel I’ve drawn for such things. For one thing, it’s a dick move for an author to make, and there are plenty of examples of authors being justifiably roasted for going after readers who’ve posted something less than a glowing review of their latest pet project.

So yeah, we’re not doing that here.

In conjunction with each book’s publication, the three of us have all participated in various interviews. Most of these consist of one of us flying solo, as the thrust of said interview was our individual entry in the trilogy. However, the three of us have also had the opportunity to get together and discuss the entire project, its evolution, and so on. I’ve done my best to keep track of them as well as hunt for those one or two I missed, and collected links to them here. For those of you who’ve been holding off on listening to such interviews until you’ve had a chance to read the books or for some other reason you’re only now getting around to searching out such things, I’ve attempted to compile a one-stop shopping list.

First up? Me, talking about the trilogy in general and Moments Asunder in particular:
Trekcore.com (print interview)
Daily Star Trek News (print interview)
Beyond Trek Podcast
Go Trek Yourself Podcast
Literary Treks Podcast
Positively Trek Podcast
Trek Geeks Podcast
Mission Log Podcast

Next, we’ve got Jim with his take on our collaboration, highlighted by his own contribution, The Ashes of Tomorrow:
Trekcore.com (print interview)
Beyond Trek Podcast
Literary Treks Podcast
Positively Trek Podcast

Last but certainly not least, we’ve got Dave with his own thoughts on the joint effort, anchored by his senses-shattering* conclusion, Oblivion’s Gate:
Trekcore.com (print interview)
Beyond Trek Podcast
Literary Treks Podcast
Positively Trek Podcast
PaulSemel.com (print interview)
Traversing the Stars Podcast

And as if that’s not enough, we also have interviews with all three of us! Together! Noses pressed against our webcams as we stare out from our respective pillow forts into the webosphere:
Infinite Diversity Podcast

Is that all of them? I feel like there should be more. Either way, methinks that’s a lot of yakking.

Anyway, reading and listening to all of that should keep you busy. I want to say we have at least one or two more joint interviews coming up after the holidays, so stay tuned for updates. And as always, thanks so much for reading and supporting our wordy efforts.

* = Yeah, I read a lot of Marvel Comics when I was a kid. Deal with it.

Lay it on me.

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