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!
Nothing like cashing in on a cultural meme, huh?
That’s the truth Imrahil, put ‘Trek’ on it and they will come.
As a consumer of pop culture, I’d just like to go on the record and say that I am sick of flesh-eating-zombie-related entertainment.
I’m still open to voodoo-related zombies.
“Trekkies don’t tend to be a scary bunch …”
I consider this sentence to be the the most extraordinary example of TOS-style positivity seen on this site in months :)
Written by Bill Shatner no doubt…
No. I think this was written by George Taki. he had to have been behind this. But. if you have seen one Zombi movie then you have seen them all and I for one have no desire to watch another one.
I haven’t read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book, but I have seen Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter by the same folks and thought the cover (front and back) was one of the funnier gross out images I have seen.
To some of the stars, who in the early days had to run away from crowds of adoring fans, the ideas of trekkie zombies is nothing new…
But the sequel, “Dawn of the Dead Trekkies” will have them wandering around a convention floor not much different from now.
I think Fans of certain sports teams are more Zombies than Trekkers.
Some sports fans have been known to do more horrific things in the name of their fandom. Trekkers to my knowledge have not been known to throw awful things at other people. Some guy was beaten to death last year at a base ball game, near where I live. To me that behavior is more Zombie like than the typical behavior of a star trek fan.
For the record I am a base ball fan also, also for the record I said some sports fans just to clarify.
Shatnerquake. All that Shat in one place? Who’s gonna clean it up?
Silly, fun stuff, this.
#9 you are preaching to the choir! Trekkies do nonot murdur maime or. Violent. As a rule I’ve been to frequent cons and never had problems. Dragon Con is not dreaded by the Atlanta PD. But to Trekkie Zombies that I have to see and have some laughs. And leave it to the shat. To be in the thick of it! More chuckles to follow
Ah man its almost tempting. But it would be like the time I bought that Star Trek meets the X-Men book.
Instant purchase regret.
Shat-tastic? A lot of bad shattitude in the comments though, I see.
Jeff Burk neglected to include Barbary Shat, Anna Karenina Shat, and Judgment at Nuremshat?!?! Oh no!!
Someone should invent a form of Pig Latin… Shat Latin, perhaps:
Illiamwat Atnershat isshat ethat eatestgrat actorshat evershat!
What’s next? Shat paper? Shatellite TV? An attempt to rename the seventh day to Shaturday? The planet after Jupiter becomes Shatnurn? (Hmmm, so maybe ST’09 did include Shatner! That wasn’t the large round Saturn with rings, it was a large round Shatnurn with a life preserver!) Renaming a month Shattember? (oh wait, Trekmovie’s done that!)
I hope the zombie author follows up on a ComicCon attacked by zombies… that could be… (with Sly Stallone guest starring as himself)… Night Of The Living Dredd!
Wow, does that sound stupid, both books. Seems people are just sticking Trek on something and hope people will buy it.
Zombie Trek that hilarious ! and Shatnerquke , can’t wait to read it !
The “Enterprise” episode “Impulse” featured Vulcan zombies. Terrific episode. And of course, everyone knows about the zombie-like Borg.
#14: “Seems people are just sticking Trek on something and hope people will buy it.”
It worked, too. Made nearly $260M domestic.
#7: Having read it, I can tell you that “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is a far better title than book. Great to have on the bookshelf, but so-so as far as the actual novel.
sorry i was just going to leave my comment at that, since it really sums it all up, but i have fallen into the temptation to say more:
what stupid crap! who would acually read this, i mean, come on guys! shanterquake? what the hell?!?!