A super-popular (and funny) Star Trek Twitter feed is being turned into a full fledged book. For those unfamiliar with @TNG_S8, it is a hilarious, spot-on parody of The Next Generation, which takes the form of episode synopses from an imaginary eighth season. Find out more below the jump.
‘TNG Season 8’ Gets Its Own Book
Mike McMahan, mastermind behind the parody Twitter account, @TNG_S8, is now turning its success into a book. Today it was officially announced that the @TNG_S8 has inspired “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Warped, An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.” Here is the official blurb via Gallery Books:
On Twitter, Star Trek: The Next Generation lives on for one more season in the form of @TNG_S8—a satirical eighth season that never aired! Each tweet to its more than 85,000 followers (and retweeted four times that amount) is a hilarious recap and spot-on exaggeration of one of the most beloved TV series ever aired. Now, @TNG_S8 creator Mike McMahan presents an officially licensed mockumentary-style book-length “episode guide” to Season 8. With colorful illustrations by Joel Watson of the HijiNKS ENSUE webcomic, and Jason Ho, longtime artist at Bongo Comics (publisher of the comic book versions of The Simpsons and Futurama), each “episode” contains plot descriptions, trivia, aliens new and old, set photos, and behind-the-sceneslooks at the troubled production. This book will appeal to casual and obsessive fans alike, keeping the world of the show intact while hilariously exaggerating it.
The book is set to debut March 3, 2015 as a trade paperback and eBook.
Born From Parody twitter account @TNG_S8
The TNG_S8 twitter helps us relive our favorite TNG tropes, such as: Wesley inventing things that destroy the ship; Worf yelling at things; Riker’s beard; Barclay being impregnated by space worms; Beverly swooning over a ghost trapped inside a loaf of bread; Picard being trapped in a turbolift; and everyone being trapped in various caves.
The parody twitter, @TNG_S8, currently has over 85,000 followers and typically gets retweeted anywhere from a few hundred to over a thousand times per tweet. It is followed by many industry insiders including Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Also following are Star Trek TNG producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga along with many of the TNG stars including Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner. Suffice it to say that author Mike McMahan (who has also contributed to the popular TV series Rick and Morty) has created something that people like. So, like so many popular twitter accounts before, McMahan is turning TNG_S8 into a full-fledged book, which will be a satirical “Episode Guide” to the non-existent 8th season. No word yet on if he will expand on stories that he has already tweeted about or if it will be totally new material. You can bet that it will be written in the same dry, witty style we’ve come to love (and retweet).
Here are just a few of our favorites:
A terraforming experiment releases a rapid-growth space plant that disables the ship. Riker turns down a record five promotions in one day.
— TNG Season 8 (@TNG_S8) November 28, 2011
Picard faces rogue Vulcans who are destroying planets that pose any minor threat. A transporter error turns Barclay into a mattress.
— TNG Season 8 (@TNG_S8) November 7, 2011
A computer virus disables the Enterprise and the replicators; water scarcity causes a panic. Wesley's "practice date" with Data gets weird.
— TNG Season 8 (@TNG_S8) November 14, 2011
Adorable space otters nest in the port nacelle, preventing Geordi from starting the engines. Worf suggests "slitting their throats."
— TNG Season 8 (@TNG_S8) April 2, 2012