'a tale of a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention â?? brilliant idea! If Night Of The Living Trekkies is half as good as the cover on the right, itâ??ll be splendid.'...SFX Magazine, July, 2010.
the â??strange lovechild of Galaxy Quest and Dawn of the Dead.â??...scifipulse.com, July, 2010
Horror fiction writers Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall are lifelong Trekkies and, having decided it would be a good idea to mix the two genres, they came up with "Night of the Living Trekkies" the tale of a Star Trek Convention that goes very, very bad. Of course, it's a perfect fit for Quirk Books, who have published other genre mashups like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" and while, at first, I thought this was going to be another book in that vain - taking an old Star Trek story and spinning zombies into it - it's much more fun than that.Our hero is Jim Pike (geddit?), once the biggest Star Trek fan in the world, but a couple of tours of Afghanistan have almost totally destroyed his faith in human nature and now he's hiding from responsibilty as a security guard at the small Botany Bay Hotel in downtown Houston, But Jim's life is about to be turned upside down as the hotel prepares to host the 5th Annual GulfCon - billed as the â??largest Starfleet Convention in the western Gulf Coast regionâ?? - and thousands of avid Trekkies sporting homemade uniforms and brandishing homemade weapons are set to invade his usually quiet life.Meanwhile bizarre things have been happening in Houston all day, and they're are about to take a turn for the worse as a virus starts to turn the normally placid conventioneers into savage flesh-eating zombies. Pretty soon Jim finds himself leading this group of rag-tag Trekkies, defending the hotel and convention center against hordes of flesh-eating undead and the only way this is going to work is if they all stay in character. Suddenly, all of their useless knowledge about particle physics and old Star Trek episodes has a genuine real-world application and, while hotel employees and regular civilians are dying left and right, our Trekkies summon strength and courage by emulating their favorite starship-voyaging characters.I thoroughly enjoyed Night Of The Living Trekkies, way more than I thought I would, because I'm not much of a Star trek fan and I don't watch horror movies unless I'm tied to a chair with my eyelids taped open. This however is not a disadvantage. The book starts fast and gets straight into the story, moving at a pretty relentless pace all the way. It's not a literary masterwork and there's some clunky exposition during the opening set-up scenes but the prose is easy to read and the characters, Jim Pike in particular, are decently enough written that you'll be quickly drawn into their world, identifying with them as fellow nerds and geeks even if the Con scene is something that you'd generally avoid like the plague.Obviously the dialogue is brim-full of jokes and knowing references to Star Trek, Star Wars, geek culture, comic books, fanboys and girls, conventions and generally nerdity but it flows so effortlessly that you needn't worry if you don't get them all, the underlying message carries across and you'll still be entertained. In fact if you're a zombie fan you'll likely not care about the Trekkie references and if you're a Trekkie you'll appreciate the zombie story while laughing out loud at the humour.Billed as the lovechild of Galaxy Quest and Dawn of the Dead, Night Of The Living Trekkies is a fun read and a more than decent attempt to write a zombie/sci-fi/horror/comedy/action story(!) Pick it up and give it a go, it's an easy, quick read and you'll enjoy immensely, and if anyone's daring enough to give it a go it'd definitely make a fun movie.
..Sci-Fi London, August, 2010.
'...something that will appeal to the inner fan boy in all of us...' Terror 4 Fun, August, 2010....Quirk Books have made a pile lately with fleetingly-amusing splices like Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, but mixing Star Trek and zombies works much better. Extremely enjoyable if you re a fan of both, this is top-grade pulp nonsense. It centres on former soldier Jim Pike, assistant manager of a Houston hotel hosting a Star Trek convention, as guests and staff start turning into flesh-craving undead. It works because the authors really know their onions they re aware that Janeway hair becomes a worse insult if you specify season one Janeway hair . They also make some smart observations about the differing ethoses of Trek and zombie movies and how both differ from workaday reality. Well-structured, with some cunning twists and a neat SF spin on zombies (these ones are the result of alien parasites, and cause people to sprout gruesome third eyes), it d make a superb film. Sadly, we suspect rights issues mean we ll never see a Hummer ploughing through a crowd of zombie Borg trombonists (long story...) on the big screen. Shame....SFX magazine, September, 2010....Packed with hundreds of gags referencing Star Trek, Star Wars, comic books, and fan conventions, Night Of The Living Trekkies reads like the strange lovechild of Galaxy Quest and Dawn of the Dead. Journey to the final frontier of zombie science-fiction satire!...SCi-Fi pulse, August, 2010...Night of the Living Trekkies is a brilliant sci-fi concept, bringing fans and zombies together (eek). Ultra-readable, once I was over the first couple of pages I couldn't put it down. So well written it played in my head like a movie - in fact, someone really should make a film of it. What I particularly liked about this book was that the 'how-and-the-why' of zombies was fully explained - there was a reasoning behind it, instead of the usual 'well, they all turned into zombies somehow and you have to shoot their heads off'. I would recommend this, and can't wait for the next one - and I'm not usually into zombies, trek, wars or any other sci-fi....Woodwords dot com, Sept, 2010...we can all agree that this is a story that needs to be told. Its a tightly plotted story that tears along at a terrific pace, littered with jokes and references to Star Trek, Star Wars and geek culture. If you don t get one, don t worry, there ll be another along in a few lines. Or somebody eating someone s spleen. Admittedly, some jokes are overplayed while others are under-explored and there s some awkward exposition, but there s so much going on these are minor quibbles. It s released on September 1st. Splatter, girls in gold bikinis and some laugh out loud moments. What s not to like?..armyofdave dot com, Sept, 2010...I thoroughly enjoyed Night Of The Living Trekkies, way more than I thought I would, because I'm not much of a Star trek fan and I don't watch horror movies unless I'm tied to a chair with my eyelids taped open. This however is not a disadvantage. The book starts fast and gets straight into the story, moving at a pretty relentless pace all the way. It's not a literary masterwork and there's some clunky exposition during the opening set-up scenes but the prose is easy to read and the characters, Jim Pike in particular, are decently enough written that you'll be quickly drawn into their world, identifying with them as fellow nerds and geeks even if the Con scene is something that you'd generally avoid like the plague. Obviously the dialogue is brim-full of jokes and knowing references to Star Trek, Star Wars, geek culture, comic books, fanboys and girls, conventions and generally nerdity but it flows so effortlessly that you needn't worry if you don't get them all, the underlying message carries across and you'll still be entertained. --Sci-FI Lonodn, September, 2010
Clearly written by two fans of the long running sci-fi franchise (whose dislike of Star Trek: Enterprise is obvious from the complete dearth of references to the final TV incarnation), Night of the Living Trekkies isn t going to win any awards for its original take on the zombie mythos. However it is an entertaining read, even for those who aren t well versed in Gene Roddenberry s creation, although some of the best gags will inevitably pass them by. Sensibly the authors have chosen to make their central character someone who knows and appreciates Trek but isn t a dyed-in-the-wool Trekkie. To add to his difficulties, they team him up with a girl who spends most of the story in a Slave Leia costume (and who can't resist quoting apposite lines from the Star Wars saga). An interesting conversation about the difference between Trekkies and Trekkers hidden near the middle of the book becomes relevant to the final outcome of the story those who seek to emulate the philosophies of Star Trek (rather than just playing dress-up) are the ones who are likely to survive the zombie apocalypse --Sci-Fi online, August, 2010
Following a couple of tours in Afghanistan Jim Pike has lost his faith in humanity and especially the optimistic philosophy of the Star Trek universe. So what could be worse than finding yourself with a hotel job, a hotel which is about to host a Star Trek convention? With the Hotel being flooded with various costumed geeks the only thing which Jim is looking forward to is seeing his sister, but strange things have been happening in Houston all day and they go from strange to outright weird when guests start turning into zombies... Night of the Living Trekkies is a new comic novel by Kevin Anderson and Sam Stall. I had some real reservations about the book prior to reading it, after all the combination of Star Trek with the Zombie genre hasn t been done before and there is a piece of you which doesn t want to find out why. So, it was a pleasant experience to discover just how good the book was. True, it s a bit clunky at the beginning as it over explains some of the references, spoiling the joke, which let s face it is a fairly pointless thing to do. Zombie fans will not care what the Trek references mean and any Trekker worth their salt will know what the writers are alluding to. Thankfully this settles down quite quickly and the humour in the majority of the book uses a subtle knowing nod to fuel its humour rather than explaining the puns to death. The narrative is not as light as it may at first seem. Although Jim Pike was an uber Star Trek geek prior to going to war, the Pike we meet is a much more troubled character. I did fear that he would turn into a mindless hero once the action kicked off, and whilst he s pretty good at combat, he is a reluctant hero who goes on his own journey of redemption. His story provides a believable backbone to the action. Supporting his fight against the zombies is Princess Leia, and a motley crew of surviving fans, all dressed in their costumes. I particularly liked the scene when Jim decides that the only way that any of them are going to survive is for them to remain in character, which is not so great for Willy, the only survivor of a red shirt club. Apart for some lack of subtlety at the beginning of the novel, the story is written well, with believable characters - even if they are in an unbelievable predicament. The only joke that isn t explained or used as a knowing wink is the hero's name and if you can t work out how they got that, much of this book will go straight over your head....Sc-Fi online, September, 2010...the in-jokes are good and the pace is brisk.. --GoreZone, September, 2010
Following the success of mash-up novels such as Android Karenina, Night of the Living Trekkies mixes two of the most popular cultural icons of our times - Star Trek and marauding zombies! A rag-tag group of Trekkies gathered at a Starfleet Convention dressed in homemade uniforms find themselves fighting hordes of the undead created by a sneak alien attack. Defending their hotel and convention centre against flesh-eating zombies, their knowledge of old Star Trek episodes suddenly has real survival applications. Our Trekkies summon strength and courage by emulating their favourite starship-voyaging characters and some become â??assimilatedâ??, and our hero finds his inner Trekkie. Journey to the final frontier of zombie science-fiction mash-up, boldly go where no science-fiction parody has gone before, explore a strange, new side of this iconic TV series and its adherents in this brilliantly funny parody...New Classics, Sept 2010show more
by mat archer