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Old March 6 2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Night of the Living Trekkies

From The Independent:
Kevin Anderson's Night of the Living Trekkies is set to be published by Quirk Books, announced industry resource Publishers Lunch on March 4. Due out in September 2010, the mash-up novel, "mixing a zombie apocalypse with the enduring mythology of Star Trek," will join such Quirk Books titles as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina.
According to a description posted on Sea of Stories, an intellectual rights agency site, Night of the Living Trekkies "follows a rag-tag group of 'Trekkies' en route to an annual Star Trek convention. Arriving with homemade uniforms, glued-on prosthetics, and plastic phasers, these fanboys know more than any rational adult should know about Kirk, Spock, Next Generation, particle physics, and black holes. But when aliens release a zombie plague upon the Earth, all of this 'Starfleet training' suddenly becomes a lot more relevant."
ETA: as mentioned downstream, this is by Kevin David Anderson, not the more well-known Kevin J. Anderson.

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Old March 6 2010, 06:57 PM   #2
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I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but...

I will never, if I live to be 120, then die, then rise from the dead again and lurch on for another 120 years, understand my people's obsession with zombies, vampires and other "undead" beings. Where is the attraction? I simply can't fathom any reason why zombies are of any interest whatsoever, personally . But that's just me.

Sorry to post here only to moan! If you are going to read it, please do post your thoughts on it.

I hope they'll at least mention the Zombie!Vulcan TV episode.
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Old March 6 2010, 06:58 PM   #3
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Re: Night of the Living Trekkies

Check out the cover. I love it.

But, yeah, I'd rather have a hot poker shoved in my ear than read a KJA book. :-/
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Old March 6 2010, 06:59 PM   #4
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Check out the cover. I love it.
Okay, that is great, I admit.
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Old March 6 2010, 07:27 PM   #5
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Re: Night of the Living Trekkies

Botany Bay Hotel and Convention Center
Chekov: "Botany Bay. Botany Bay? Oh no! We have to get out of here."

Funny thing is, the Novotel Hotel and Convention Centre at Brighton-le-Sands, here in Sydney, is on the shores of Botany Bay:
http://www.novotelbrightonbeach.com.au/

I wonder if the parody novel is set in Australia?
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Old March 6 2010, 07:42 PM   #6
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Okay, that looks great. When's the release date?

There needs to be a scene where some unlucky Trekkie gets his brain eaten while screaming, "No! This isn't canon!"

As for the appeal of the undead: death, decay, hunger, immortality, a freakish disruption of the natural order. What's not to like?

Sex, death, and religion . . . people are always going to be fascinated by primeval, irrrational forces. Especially when you combine them in shocking ways.
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Old March 6 2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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As for the appeal of the undead: death, decay, hunger, immortality, a freakish disruption of the natural order. What's not to like?

Sex, death, and religion . . . people are always going to be fascinated by primeval, irrrational forces. Especially when you combine them in shocking ways.
Well, sex, death and religion appeal to me as driving forces behind the creation of (and within) fictional stories, certainly, but lurching corpses trying to eat people has never worked for me at all. Whatever part of the psyche it stimulates obviously isn't active in me .

But, I've changed my avatar in honour of this announcement anyway. Make of that what you will...
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Old March 6 2010, 07:47 PM   #8
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Re: Night of the Living Trekkies

Okay, that looks great. When's the release date?
September 4.
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Old March 6 2010, 07:57 PM   #9
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Okay, that looks great. When's the release date?
September 4.

Thanks! I think I know what I'm reading on Labor Day.

Too bad it won't be on sale in time for Shore Leave!
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Old March 6 2010, 08:00 PM   #10
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Hopefully, they'll include the line "Brain, brain, what is brain?" somehow.
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Old March 6 2010, 08:01 PM   #11
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Well, sex, death and religion appeal to me as driving forces behind the creation of (and within) fictional stories, certainly, but lurching corpses trying to eat people has never worked for me at all. Whatever part of the psyche it stimulates obviously isn't active in me .

Fair enough. I don't have the mafia gene. Organized crime stories have never interested me. I've never even seen THE GODFATHER, even though I know it's supposed to be a masterpiece . . . .

Maybe you need to be imprinted with the undead at an impressionable age. Lord knows I grew up on DARK SHADOWS, "Nightmare Theater," and FAMOUS MONSTERS.
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Old March 6 2010, 08:04 PM   #12
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I've actually just received an e-mail from the author.

His name is Kevin David Anderson. Not Kevin J. Anderson. I'm putting down the hot poker now.
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Old March 6 2010, 08:11 PM   #13
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Yeah. I'm in.

Allyn Gibson wrote:
I've actually just received an e-mail from the author.

His name is Kevin David Anderson. Not Kevin J. Anderson. I'm putting down the hot poker now.
That's gonna disappoint some of the KJA haters out there. One less thing for them to bitch about. I've been reading some of those folks on Twitter, and they're hilarious in their utter loating of all things KJA. I mean, you'd think the dude offed Janeway or something.
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Old March 6 2010, 08:16 PM   #14
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Hopefully, they'll include the line "Brain, brain, what is brain?" somehow.
Oh yeah, that's a must!
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Old March 6 2010, 08:23 PM   #15
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