John Jackson Miller: Takedown.

Star Trek fans have been pitting captains against each other since Picard came on the scene in 1987. The debate on whether Kirk or Picard is better still rages on internet message boards or any given weekend, in any city hosting a sci-fi convention. But what if Picard went up against his protege, William Riker, who would be the victor?

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk to John Jackson Miller about his first full length Star Trek novel Takedown where Picard and Riker do go head to head. We discuss John catching up with the continuity, inspirations for the story, being concurrent with The Missing, humor in the book, major spoilers as well as writing Admiral Riker and Captain Dax.

In the news we talk about the new Almighty Flow Chart on The Trek Collective as well as Gary Seven's upcoming appearance in John Byrne's New Vision comics in issue, you guessed it, seven. 

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 30 seconds


Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther


John Jackson Miller

Editor and Producer 

Matthew Rushing 
Richard Marquez

Associate Producers

Will Nguyen
Lisa Stevens

Kenneth Trip

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen


New Almighty Flow Chart (00:02:02)
Gary Seven is Coming (00:05:34)

Feature: John Jackson Miller

Takedown (00:08:19)
Catching Up With Continuity (00:09:00)
First Full Length Trek Book (00:11:15)
Inspirations for the Story (00:15:49)
Being Concurrent with The Missing (00:25:24)
Humor and Tone (00:30:07)
Spoilers! (00:32:40)
The Mystery Revealed (00:33:37)
The Mira Romaine Center (00:46:26)
Back to Admiral Riker (00:47:43)
Writing Captain Dax (00:52:55)
What is Next for John (01:04:21)

Closing (01:11:01)

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