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Episode 89: Mike Chen

In this one we speak with the author and Star Trek fan Mike Chen about his fandom experience.

Mike Chen


  • Star Trek Wars
  • Secret Fan Fiction
  • The Dog of War comic
  • Watching the TOS movies more than TOS
  • The first Star Trek
  • First Contact accelerated his embracing of the fandom
  • The Holy Trinity: Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who
  • A brief mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special (Apologies to all)
  • Some disappearing streaming episodes
  • “The Home of All Star Trek” that is not
  • Mike would find a nebula with that coffee in it
  • Tee shirt collections
  • 80’s Cool Kids had painted back panels on denim jackets
  • Your host does the “Risk is our Business” speech from TOS
  • Convention experiences
  • An article on the Star Trek Experience Wedding Packages
  • A brief diversion on anime: Subs vs Dubs
  • One of Mike’s biggest regrets
  • A quick appreciation of Downton Abbey
  • The benefits of the streaming economy and how it has affected storytelling
  • Sisko doesn’t really get to have fun that much
  • Space Corgis
  • Mike shares the greatest thing he ever wrote, in his opinion
  • My guest thinks Picard S3 is one of the most amazing things
  • Praise for Star Trek: Resurgence
  • The power of Kate Mulgrew reading the Janeway autobiography
  • Prodigy as the gateway to the Trek fandom
  • Kids have to wait for new episodes
  • Title Awarded: Starboard Nacelle Watch Officer on the USS San Jose
  • From the Bonus Material
Mike’s Mug Collection

Episodes Discussed

  • Lower Decks TNG S7E15
  • Take Me Out to the Holosuite DS9 S7E04
  • Imposters PIC S3E05
  • Blink of an Eye VOY S6E12
  • The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway (Audiobook)
  • Lost & Found PRO S1E01 & E02
  • Data’s Day TNG S4E11
Mike’s Niners Gear


The cover of Mike’s comic “The Dog of War”


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Would you like to write some Kobayashi Maru lightning round questions? If you’d like to submit some for possible inclusion on the show, you can send me a message via Twitter or email me. I give some suggestions on good questions here.

Portions of the Kobayashi Maru Lightning Round questions in this episode were written by listener Peter Wolchak.

Background photo by Saksham Gangwar on Unsplash