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Trekkies don’t tend to be a scary bunch, but what if they were less interested nitpicking your brain with Trek triva and actually wanted to eat your brain? That is the premise of a just announced satire novel "Night of the Living Trekkies" from Quirk Books (publishers of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"). More info on this new Trek mashup novel below.
Is eating brains canon?
"Night of the Living Trekkies" is a new satirical book written by Kevin David Anderson (not to be confused with Kevin J. Anderson), coming from Quirk Books later this year. The publisher provided us with the following description for the book
It’s “Galaxy Quest” meets “Dawn of the Dead” when all hell breaks loose at a Star Trek convention—and the world’s only hope for survival rests in the hands of some very determined fanboys!
According to the publisher, Kevin David Anderson is Trek fan and "a nerd with a capital N". This is his first novel, but he has written a number of sci-fi and horror short stories for anthologies and magazines.
Trekkie Zombies illustration on Kevin Anderson’s site
(this is not the book cover, which has not been finalized)
"Night of the Living Trekkies" is being published by Quirk Books, who have become famous for their Quick Classics line of mashups of genre fiction with classic novels, including "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" and the upcoming "Android Karenina". "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has been a huge hit and is currently being developed as a feature film starring Natalie Portman. According to Quick, the "Night of the Living Trekkies" is a satire on 21st-century fan culture, and a departure from their usual mash-up. Quirk is also the publisher of irreverent reference books, like the popular "Worst Case Scenario" survival guides and "The Encyclopedia Shatnerica", for everything you need to know about William Shatner.
"Night of the Living Trekkies" will be released in September as a trade paperback for $14.95. It is not yet available for pre-order at Amazon. Look for future updates on this fun-sounding project.
More Trek-related mashup fiction – Shatnerquake
The new Trek Zombie book is somewhat reminiscent of the 2009 novel "Shatnerquake" by Jeff Burk (from Eraserhead Press). Here is the description of that book.
It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.
Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and – of course – William Shatner!