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Talking about Cold Equations

I recently took part in another recorded interview on‘s podcast program Ten Forward. This time, co-hosts Michael Clark and Sina Alvarado invited me on the show to talk about my New York Times bestselling Star Trek: Cold Equations trilogy, whose three volumes they’ve reviewed over the past few months. (Listen to the spoiler-laden, in-depth critical discussions of Book I: The Persistence of Memory; Book II: Silent Weapons; and Book III: The Body Electric.)

coldequationsAs always when I chat with Michael and Sina, it’s a fun conversation, full of digressions and tangents. We talked about the genesis of the trilogy, one of my original ideas for the trilogy that ended up needing to be abandoned, and my reactions to their show’s previous analyses of the books. In addition, we discuss some of my upcoming projects. Give it a listen and find out why Michael and Sina’s Ten Forward is one of my favorite podcasts.


My “Desert Island Treks” podcast

Join me and hosts Michael and Sina of‘s podcast Ten Forward on this special David Mack’s Desert Island Treks episode, in which we discuss what five episodes from all of televised Star Trek I would choose to represent the franchise as a whole.

My top five episodes were:

5. TOS – “Mirror, Mirror”
4. DS9 – “Duet”
3. TNG – “Tapestry”
2. DS9 – “Our Man Bashir”
1. TNG – “The Offspring”

And my “honorable mention” close runners-up were:

A. DS9 – “The Visitor”
DS9 – “Trials and Tribble-ations”

To hear the reasoning behind these selections and their respective rankings, listen to the podcast — then listen to previous “Desert Island” episodes featuring the choices of fellow novelist Dayton Ward and comic-book scribe Scott Tipton.