Night Of The Living Trekkies
By Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
Release date: September 1, 2010
Quirk Books has already proved successful with their literary monster mash-ups like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and it looks like they’ve scored another hit with Night Of The Living Trekkies, a brand new tale based on two popular genres, zombies and scifi.
Written by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, Night Of The Living Trekkies takes place during GulfCon, an annual Star Trek convention in Houston, Texas, hosted at the Botany Bay [wink wink] Hotel and Conference Center. This is not your simple Con — at this event, Trekkies and Trekkers (yes, there’s a difference and this story explains what it is) go out of their way to dress as the most obscure characters from the Star Trek franchise. The level of intensity in their planning and the creating of their costumes seems somewhat like that of the attendees of Dragon*Con in Atlanta, a cosplay-centered Con that takes place each year on Labor Day weekend, which was an appropriate time this year to release Night Of The Living Trekkies.
Jim Pike [wink wink, again] is a glorified bellhop at the hotel and while he seems to know a lot about Star Trek, his enthusiasm for the franchise isn’t quite what it should be, especially considering that he’s working at the center of a massive Star Trek Con. Jim has seen too much during his tours as a soldier in Afghanistan to take pleasure in such trivial hobbies anymore. Instead of being excited for the convergence of his fellow Trek brethren — including his sister Rayna and her friends — Jim dreads the upcoming onslaught. Unfortunately, the onslaught that does arrive in town turns out to be thousands of flesh-eating zombies!
Together with a few survivors, including a booth babe dressed in Slave Leia garb, Jim must fend off the zombies and find a way to live through the ordeal while simultaneously battling his inner demons.
Lovers of the zombie genre will definitely breeze through this book, while Star Trek fans will revel in the abundance of in-jokes and shout-outs to their beloved franchise (take note of the chapter titles). There’s also plenty of Star Wars references as well, which was a fun way of combining the two scifi heavyweights in this tale (much like the movie Fanboys did).
Night Of The Living Trekkies is a fast-read, and while you might think it’s a typical zombie survival tale of a small group of humans trying not to get eaten, it’s really much more than that. I don’t want to give away anything, but GulfCon is more than meets the eye. Also, even if you’re not a big Trek fan, don’t worry, you can find this adventure enjoyable too. I recommend grabbing a copy for some light, fun reading, especially if you’re looking for a quick zombie and/or scifi fix.