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Old July 5 2015, 05:43 AM   #1
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A Trunk Full of Yak Hair Or How the Klingons Got Their Look

Just accidentally found a reference to "A Trunk Full of Yak Hair Or How the Klingons Got Their Look”, a new hardcover book by "Star Trek" costume designer, Robert Fletcher. It has 144 pages "filled with sumptuous photos and illustrations".

You can order online, but have to request postage rates for overseas.
http://bobtrekkerbooks.com/
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Old July 8 2015, 06:29 AM   #2
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Update: Well, that's annoying! Just received an email, "The following message to <bobtrekkerbooks@aol.com> was undeliverable."

Anyone get this book?
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Old July 8 2015, 07:05 AM   #3
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Re: A Trunk Full of Yak Hair Or How the Klingons Got Their Look

There's a gmail account mentioned on the "Blog" page on that site, so maybe it's worth giving that one a try?

I don't have the book. If you ever do manage to get your hands on it, I'd be interested in your review. It's something I could see myself buying, assuming the international shipping wasn't too exorbitant.
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Old July 8 2015, 09:58 AM   #4
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Re: A Trunk Full of Yak Hair Or How the Klingons Got Their Look

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I don't have the book. If you ever do manage to get your hands on it, I'd be interested in your review. It's something I could see myself buying, assuming the international shipping wasn't too exorbitant.
Sure! I actually found a signed, mint one on Amazon's second hand market today and decided to get it, even though it was a greatly inflated price. The Aussie dollar is plunging at the moment - and the US dollar is soaring - so waiting for a reply might not be all that different.

Fletcher is 92 years old, so there's no way to know how stable his site will be in the future. His page does mention a SF novel is forthcoming?

An interview is here:
http://www.taosnews.com/entertainmen...47454d023.html
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Old July 9 2015, 10:03 PM   #5
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Amazon, at least, asserts the existence of it. So does Bookwire. B&N and Alibris don't even go that far.
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Amazon, at least, asserts the existence of it. So does Bookwire. B&N and Alibris don't even go that far.
Because it's a self-published book. It's often up to the author to make sure that booksellers and distributors get the details. Not all self-published authors ar willing for distributors to get a cut of profits. (Some self-publication businesses are better set up for automated ordering, print-on-demand, etc.)

The one I have coming from Amazon's second hand market is "autographed and inscribed" (probably to the first owner, who probably attended the April signing, local to the author's location?).

A friend in USA just tried ordering his own within-USA copy from Fletcher's site. My inquiry re overseas postage, as suggested on th site, bounced, as noted earlier. After that, I was less game to try the other email address.
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Old July 12 2015, 10:03 PM   #7
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The Ogrons from Dr. Who had a little of that GWAR look.
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Old July 22 2015, 03:50 AM   #8
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Re: A Trunk Full of Yak Hair Or How the Klingons Got Their Look

My second hand market copy arrived, with a large Bob Fletcher autograph in a caligraphy-nibbed pen. Included is a bookmark that matches the book's dustjacket.

As suspected, there are only two sketches from a Klingon (one is Kruge from ST III), but lots of photos and sketches from Fletcher's life and career. He mentions (p. 117) how the costume sketches for the Trek movies stayed with Paramount and, of course, we know that some/many were sold off a decade ago in all those auctions.
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