Axanar 32: What Makes a Great Star Trek Story? by Trek fm

Writing Axanar with Bill Hunt.

Axanar takes place during war time. Does that mean it isn’t a Star Trek story? Some fans believe that war is incompatible with the Star Trek vision; but a story set against conflict doesn’t have to be all about the fight.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar co-writer Bill Hunt to discuss what makes a great tale, why characters are at the heart of any good script, and how they are opening up the story. They also dig into the writing process, and do something else fans love to do: debate canon.

Running Time: 1 hour 19 minutes 32 seconds


Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters


Bill Hunt

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Intro + Dragon Con Recap (00:00:00)
Indiegogo Still Going Strong! (00:04:31)
Axanar Production Update (00:07:09)
Axanar FASA Miniatures (00:11:27)

Feature: The State of Axanar

Meeting Bill (00:13:42)
What Makes a Great Star Trek Story? (00:15:32)
Characters and Opening Up the Story (00:20:22)
Bill and Alec Join Forces (00:20:22)
The Writing Process (00:45:23)
What’s Canon? (01:02:23)

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Axanar 7: Making the Universe Larger by Trek fm

An Author's View of Axanar with James Swallow.

One of the most exciting parts of writing a story like Axanar is the opportunity to add richness to the Star Trek universe. This is something than few people know better than James Swallow, author of many novels including The Poisoned Chalice, part of the New York Times bestselling Star Trek series "The Fall." So how does a novelist view the story of The Four Years War and how Axanar is expanding upon events and characters that we've learned very little about in past Trek?

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by James to get an author's view of the Axanar story, the way the Klingons are being portrayed, the backstory of Garth, and where the story might go next. Plus, James gives us a few teasers about his next two Star Trek books, included the Titan novel Sight Unseen.

In our news segment we recap the events of Salt Lake City Comic Con, discuss the first steps in pre-production of the full Axanar film, which kicked off on September 8 (the 48th anniversary of Star Trek), learn a bit more about Garrett Wang's Klingon role, get a post-Kickstarter update, and find out what kind of Axanar merchandise is in the pipeline.

Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 34 seconds


Christopher Jones and Alec Peters



James Swallow


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao



Salt Lake City Comic Con recap (2:19)
Full Axanar Pre-Production underway! (4:31)
Update on Garret Wang's Axanar role (9:56)
Post-Kickstarter update (12:01)
Axanar merchandise in the pipeline (14:57)


Feature: An Author's View of Axanar with James Swallow

Writing expanded universe fiction (17:46)
An Author's View of Star Trek: Axanar (21:14)
Writing the Future Forward (27:40)
An Author's View of Axanar Klingons (32:28)
An Author's View of Captain Garth (35:17)
What James Hopes to See in Future Axanar (49:39)
Sight Unseen Teaser and James's Next Books (51:06)
Closing (54:40) 

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