Get ready to be disavowed and to go rogue this week as New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling author James Swallow joins the show to talk about espionage and skullduggery in the world of Trek! The Federation is an open and honorable society, but there are cracks in every seemingly perfect edifice, and that’s where organizations like Starfleet Intelligence and Section 31 make their home. On this episode, we talk about the dark corners of the Federation, doing the wrong thing to achieve the right one, needing an antidote to Trek’s optimism, and putting your characters into a box and shaking it. We also discuss the differences between UK and US Trek fandom, getting to work on Star Trek: Voyager, making your own “toy box” and switching genres, turning the “guy in the van” into the hero, the three “JBs”, writing spy thrillers in a post-9/11 world, and having Brannon Braga call during board game night!
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