The new Star Trek movie is at the top of the box office charts, and now the book is working its way onto the charts as well. Simon & Schuster has informed TrekMovie that the Alan Dean Foster adaptation of the movie has made it on the New York Times best seller list, along with other top lists, the first Trek novel to do so in over a decade.
"Star Trek" biggest Trek book in years
According to S&S Star Trek editor Margaret Clark, the "Star Trek" adaptation is already in its fifth printing (and the official release date was only 9 days ago). The book is currently ranked 15th for trade paperbacks on the Publisher’s Weekly Chart, and 80th on the USA Today chart (USA Today mixes all categories). And Simon & Schuster was just informed that the New York Times list which will appear in the Sunday May 31st issue will rank Star Trek 15th for Paperback Trade Fiction. The last Star Trek novel to make the printed New York Times bestseller list was "Avenger" in 1997, by William Shatner (with Judy and Garflied Reeves-Stevens). Other Trek novels (and non-fiction) made the printed and ‘extended’ NYT lists in the 80s and 90s, so this is yet another indication that Star Trek is returning to its heyday.
"Star Trek" adaptation writer Alan Dean Foster is no stranger to the NYT list, but since their names also appear on the cover, Roberto Orci, & Alex Kurtzman will be able to add ‘New York Times bestselling author’ to their list of accolades. TrekMovie asked Bob Orci what he thought of the honor and he stated:
It shows you how far we have all fallen as a culture when the dopes that brought you Transformers could have their names on a best seller list. Talk about a parallel reality…Alan Dean Foster’s involvement must’ve made the difference!
Hopefully the popularity of the new "Star Trek" adaptation will increase awareness and interest in all of the Star Trek books, which come out at a frequency of about one per month. Of course fans are clamoring for new novels set around the continuity of the new Star Trek movie, but Pocket Books has yet to announce any. TrekMovie will be reporting on Pocket Books annual Star Trek presentation from the Shore Leave convention in July, where they will announce plans for 2010 and beyond, so keep an eye out for news on that front.
Available now in Trade Paperback and Audiobook
The "Star Trek" novelization is available now in trade paperback format and also an unabridged audiobook (on CD), read by Zachary Quinto.
"Star Trek" available at Amazon (also on Kindle)
"Star Trek" audiobook available at Amazon
Limited edition signed hadcover coming June 8
There is also a limited edition hardcover version coming out on June 8th. Each book is signed by Alan Dean Foster and comes in a leather box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The ‘collectors edition’ of "Star Trek" is available on June 8th and costs $35. You can pre-order the book now at premierecollectibles.com.
Don’t forget Countdown
The "Star Trek" adaptation isn’t the only thing movie related item in book stores. If you want to get more backstory on Nero and Spock Prime, you should pick up the Star Trek Countdown comic trade paperback, which is a prequel to the Star Trek movie set in the Next Generation era after Star Trek Nemesis.
"Countdown (trade paperback)" is available at Amazon
And to complete your collection of Star Trek media, you can pick up the Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Soundtrack, which is currently ranked as the 3rd best selling soundtrack at Amazon.
"Star Trek Soundtrack" is available at Amazon