Literary Treks 66: No Longer Pinocchio / by Trek fm

Immortal Coil: Jeffrey Lang.


Running Time: 1 hour 16 minutes 25 seconds
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For most of Data’s existence he was a subculture of one. He was alone in the universe as a unique being with a unique future. Over the course of his life he went from being the son to being the caretaker in a sense. Once Data gained emotions, he had to come to terms with the understanding that he would outlive everyone around him. His life would, potentially, go on forever. In his 2002 novel Immortal Coil, Jeffrey Lang tackled this reality as Data deals with the death of his “mother,” Julianna Tainer, and learns the astonishing secret of artificial intelligence that stretches far back into the galaxy’s past.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Jeffrey Lang to discuss the book, what he wanted to achieve in moving Data forward beyond Generations and First Contact (the latest film at the the novel was written), and how the concept of responsibility is dealt with in the Star Trek universe.

In our news segment we check in on Jeffrey’s new book, The Light Fantastic, and Scott Pearson’s The More Things Change.


The Light Fantastic Arrives (2:43)
The More Things Change (4:59)

Feature: Jeffrey Lang

Intro (10:55)
How Jeff Got Into Star Trek (12:25)
The Genesis of Immortal Coil (22:56)
Not a Choice of Emotions (33:36)
Dealing with Responsibility (37:31)
Pushing Data Forward (46:36)
Writing the Enterprise-E Crew (52:42)
What’s Next for Jeff? (57:43)
Closing (1:05:02)


Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones


Jeffrey Lang


Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)