Sunday, October 31, 2010

Night of the Living Trekkies

Night of the Living Trekkies
Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
2010 Quirk Books

Trekkies and geeks and zombies, oh my!

Jim Pike, an emotionally wounded war hero, has only one mission in life - to not be responsible for anyone. That way he can't let anyone down or let anyone die because he wasn't there to keep them safe. His job at the Botany Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Houston is well below his abilities and potential, but he likes it that way.

Strange things always happen at sci-fi conventions. It's part of their charm. But an attacking mime? And a beheading by bat'leth? In Night of the Living Trekkies, a zombie epidemic breaks out in the Botany Bay just as it is filling up for GulfCon.

Authors Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall kept my attention throughout with unexpected twists and turns to an otherwise standard "attack of the undead" book. It reads like a spoof of a 70s horror movie and is clearly intended for a young adult audience.

Jim, his sister and a handful of unaffected congoers are quickly outnumbered and on the run. They all look to Jim to get them out alive. Our reluctant hero has to get his geek on if they have any hope at all of not becoming undead.

GulfCon being a strictly Star Trek convention, Star Trek references and trivia abound. This is a fun, quick read - especially if you appreciate, as I do, both Star Trek and zombies.

Leave a comment to enter a random drawing for your own copy of Night of the Living Trekkies. If you also tell me the name of the talkative, blue crew member on Star Trek Next Gen, I'll throw in the poster. Winner will be announced on November 30th.


Kelly A. Harmon said...

This book looks like a lot of fun! I love the Botany Bay references (to one of my favorite old Trek episodes.)

Shauna Roberts said...

I almost bought this book but thought it was probably stupid. But instead, it sounds like a lot of fun. Please enter me in the contest.

And that horribly annoying blueshirt was Lieutenant Reginald Endicott Barclay III.

Mario said...

After reading Stuff of Legends by Ian Gibson, I'm so glad to find there are more people writing comedy pieces. I absolutely miss Douglas Adams. This looks like something I'll definitely be picking this up.