Night of the Living Trekkies

Night of the Living Trekkies

by Kevin David Anderson, Sam Stall

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Overview

Journey to the final frontier of sci-fi zombie horror!
 
Jim Pike was the world’s biggest Star Trek fan—until two tours of duty in Afghanistan destroyed his faith in the human race. Now he sleepwalks through life as the assistant manager of a small hotel in downtown Houston.
 
But when hundreds of Trekkies arrive in his lobby for a science-fiction convention, Jim finds himself surrounded by costumed Klingons, Vulcans, and Ferengi—plus a strange virus that transforms its carriers into savage, flesh-eating zombies!
 
As bloody corpses stumble to life and the planet teeters on the brink of total apocalypse, Jim must deliver a ragtag crew of fanboys and fangirls to safety. Dressed in homemade uniforms and armed with prop phasers, their prime directive is to survive. But how long can they last in the ultimate no-win scenario?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594744631
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Series: Quirk Fiction Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 675,682
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall are lifelong science-fiction geeks and proud of it. Mr. Anderson lives in California, and Mr. Stall lives in Indianapolis.

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Night of the Living Trekkies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
MamaMouse More than 1 year ago
Mother-Daughter Review We listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Zach McLarty, so our review is based on that version. My Review Today, all my gentle readers get to find out one of my secrets … I am a closet trekkie. Being a lover of the original Star Trek series and a lover of good zombie stories, I thought the two together would be very amusing. This story was a perfect mix of the two. The authors were great the way they snuck in little bits and pieces of different Star Trek trivia into the story. I especially enjoyed the way the trekkies started fighting off the zombies with the different Klingon weapons. The zombies are from a brave new world and they are seeking out new life and new civilizations … oh wait … sorry I slipped for a moment there. The main hero in our story is named Jim (no not James T. Kirk) and he is a closet Trekkie. He is working at a hotel where a Star Trek convention is being held. He was once a military soldier, but now he just wants to sit around and mindlessly do his job. When strange things start happening in his hotel, he can no longer sit back and do nothing. His sister has come to the convention with a bunch of her friends and Jim must find a way to make sure they get out of the hotel alive. If you are a Star Trek fan, I highly recommend this book. It is a ‘must have’ for all Trekkies. If you are not a Star Trek fan, it’s not too late! If you are not a Star Trek fan and don’t want to be one, but you are a zombie fan, you will love how lots of trekkies eaten or turned into zombies. My Rating: 5 Stars … I loved this book! Jasmin’s Review Night of the Living Trekkies was the story about a bellhop that used to be an ex-Military-esque person who, during a Star Trek convention, has his hotel flooded with zombies from outer space. I had to have my mom explain a few references to me, but for the most part I’m enough of a mini-Trekkie myself to understand them. The book was HILARIOUS! I simply adored it and was thrilled when I got to listen to it with my mom when we were in the car. The voices were perfect for every situation and the Star Trek humor just about made be bust a gut laughing in several different places. The ending was great, and I have to say my all time favorite character was ‘Willie Makeit’. 5 out of 5 Stars. May this book live long and prosper. The Narration Review This audiobook was narrated by Zach McLarty and he had a great cast of voices tucked in his trekkie belt. I think he must be a trekkie because he did really well imitating the Klingon voices. It was very enjoyable listening to him telling this Star Trek-Zombie tale.
NavyStore More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching reruns of Star Trek, but never got into horror movies of the 70's, much less Zombie flicks. Never in a million years would I have thought I'd find a mixing of the two genres so much fun. It is a quick read and has the pacing/storyline of an episode of TOS. It has plenty of Easter eggs throughout and an ending that will surprise you. Overall it is fun, poignant (especially with the protagonists recent past) and just scary enough to make you want to leave one light on before you fall asleep.
ScarletPanda More than 1 year ago
If you have ever had a passing fandom of Star Trek, love zombie stories and have seen Star Wars at least once, this book is for you. There are many references throughout, some implied, some a bit more obvious. The only thing this book needs (other than a 2nd book) is perhaps a reference guide in the back for those who may be a few years out of their Trekker phase but who want to appreciate all the references. I really want to see this made into a film with a followup popup dvd/bluray trivia feature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally buy books after getting a book from the library to read but I am thinking of buying this one. This book is for any sci fi lover and it is so funny as well. I hope that the authors continue this partenership and bring a sequel to this book. Also if I was them I would look to bring this to the movies as well. Great non-stop read!! You won't be able to put it down.
lochnez More than 1 year ago
If you love Star Trek, read this book. If you love zombies from outer space, read this book. If you love Star Wars, read this book. If you hate any of the above don't let that stop you from reading this book. Weaving together motifs from X-Files, Night of the Living Dead, as well as Trek and Wars, this is a fun romp through several genres that does not disappoint. The characters are believable, the "science" behind the zombies is borderline, and the action is totally non-stop. The fact that the main hero carries the first and last names of two iconic captains of the USS Enterprise is no mistake. The fact that the chapter titles are episode titles is no mistake. The references to so many characters and events in all of the various Treks is no mistake. The Star Wars references add an element sure to rile some and please others. One thing I will say, I doubt there is anyone on the Third Rock From The Sun who doesn't know the answer to the "Beam me up, Scotty" trivia question. So, whether you're a Trekkie, a Trekker, a fanboy, or just an enthusiast like me, read this book.
duke3571 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book in the store I knew that I had to buy it. The concept of a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention is pure genius, absolutely original. The cover of this book alone was enough to intrigue me into picking it up and once I started reading I was not disappointed. A recommended read for fans of either Star Trek or zombies. A must read for those who are fans of both.
Anonymous 11 months ago
a+fun+read
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jim Pike, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, spends his days trying to hide from the rest of the world. And what better way than to work as an assistant manager for the Botany Bay Hotel in Houston, Texas. Mostly a hotel for traveling businessmen, one weekend a year, the Botany Bay becomes the beacon for GulfCon - one of the largest Star Trek conferences in the U.S., effectively tossing Jim's chances to enjoy his quiet desk job. Just as the hotel prepares to receive the oncoming tidal wave of Trekkies, some of the hotel employees begin calling in sick, complaining of not feeling well after being bitten. Even the head of security is attacked -- by a mime, of all things.And that's just the beginning. Those that are bitten spring back to life, violent and ravenous, but something doesn't right. They don't act like typical zombies; these can act in coordinated unison, with a particular purpose. Or maybe it's that third eye that sprouts from any conceivable spot on the body. Looking into it is almost mesmerizing.Soon Jim is racing through the hotel with Princess Leia, Martock -- a Klingon weapons maker -- and other survivors of this terrible night, trying to find his sister somewhere on the 7th floor and lead them all to safety. . .somehow."Night of the Living Trekkies" takes the traditional story of a small group of people coming together to survive a zombie apocalypse and mixes it with heavy helpings of all things Star Trek. From the various weapons that Jim and his crew wield, such as kar'takins and yans, to the way almost everyone seamlessly makes references to the worlds of Star Trek. It even manages to lovingly poke fun at the series and fans' enthusiasm about it -- the main character's name is Jim Pike (a combination of two captains of the USS Enterprise), and the references to the red shirts thanks to the West Texas Red Tunic Club. (For those out of the loop, here's an explanation from the book: "...the characters dressed in red tunics were always doomed. If one beamed down to a planet with Kirk and Spock, the guy in red would always, always die."Watch a few episodes of the classic show for yourself to see if it's true.)The frequent "Star Trek" in-jokes perfectly balance the gore and zombie mayhem, making "Night of the Living Trekkies" a fun and fast read, sure to please both zombie lovers and Trekkies alike.
LisaShapter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few books in the same genre as McCrumb's Bimbos of the Death Sun and Zombies of the Gene Pool: a humorous SF book set at a convention. Shell shocked vet Jim Pike must lead a small group of survivors from a Star Trek convention to safety after zombies invade the hotel -- the city -- the world? Pike was a Trek fan but after combat finds the show too sunny and unrealistic: now he must use its ideals to rally a small group of untrained civilians whose ideas about fighting largely come from video games (long on heroics and superhuman feats, short on strategy).Will they make it out of the hotel alive -- even the guy in the red shirt? Or will they join the ranks of the tottering undead?A fun book and a quick read -- full of Star Trek trivia (nearly every character's name is a mashup of Trek characters'), reflections on how the stories we tell (and which genres we adopt) affect our outlook, and a pleasant mix of jokes and zombies rattling the door or lumbering towards our heroes at just the wrong moment. (Also has some Star Wars content and occasional nods to other fandoms.) Fair warning: the more Star Trek trivia you know the more jokes you will get.
clfisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An obscure Star Trek convention? Secret military installation that¿s just had a 'breach'? A harassed ex-soldier who just wants to lie low in a dead end job?If this sounds like a great like great fun then this is the book for you, I mean zombies versus popular sci-fi what¿s not to like? This book does exactly what it sets out to do: action and horror go hand in hand with humour and quite frankly I can't wait for the movie. It does have it's flaw s; some of the jokes are overly sign posted (for non fans I expect), which throws the timing off a bit and its not exactly a surprising plot (oh he IS the bad guy), although I am not sure its supposed to be. So all in all a fun read and you should already know if you want to read it from the title.
cheme2005 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hats off to those goofs at Quirk Books for another great title. I usually don't sit down and read a book cover to cover but I just couldn't put this one down. It has great moments of suspense and is chalked full of one-liners that both Trekkies and Star Wars fanatics alike will enjoy. Take it from this "fanboy" Night of the Living Trekkies is a zombifilled ride that George A. Romero would be proud of.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. It just looked too quirky and funny to pass up. I expected something moderately humorous and a bit silly, but what I actually got was something way, way better than that. This is an absolutely awesome book. It is very well written, intelligent, and actually really, really funny. This book is just non-stop action from the beginning to the end and it takes an interesting and creative twist that ties Star Trek nicely in with zombies.Jim used to be a huge Star Trek fan, but after a tour of duty in Afghanistan he doesn't give much credence to Star Trek's overall message anymore. Now Jim works as a bell hop at a hotel. Jim's hotel is going to be the site of GulfCon; a Star Trek convention known for the most obscure Star Trek costumes ever. When Trekkies at the convention start sprouting evil third eyeballs and chomping on people things at GulfCon get more exciting than they ever have been. It will be up to Jim, a pre-med student modeling as Princess Leia, and a small group of Trekkies, to escape the hotel save themselves and possibly even the whole human race.I have to say right off of the bat that the cover for this book and the title really don't do it justice; I think the cover is just a bit too campy given that this was an absolutely awesome book. Jim is just your average guy but he has a dry sense of humor, a bleak outlook on life, and some wicked soldier training to back him up in his zombie struggles. His sidekick, Leia is just as awesome. Leia prances through the book in her metallic Princess Leia bikini costume and Enterprise slippers, tasering zombies, holding her own, and speaking in Star Wars quotes when she gets nervous. There are just a ton of quirky, yet totally awesome, characters in this book.The writing is wonderful, engaging, and packs a lot of story into this short book. This book was incredibly hard to put down and a very fast read. The action is non-stop and the little mini-cliffhangers at the end of each chapter pull you right through the book. I read the first two-thirds of the book in an hour or so and had an incredibly hard time stopping even though it was too late at night. There is a lot of humor in this book but it never goes over the top and stays more in the realm of dark humor and irony.I loved that the zombies in this book were different than in previous zombie books that I have read. These zombies have more of a hive-mentality and the third eye they develop makes for extra mystery. I loved the explanation behind how these zombies happened and enjoyed how the authors tied that in seamlessly to the Star Trek theme.All the funny play-acting and dressing up of the characters as Star Trek characters was highly amusing and it was a great way to have normal every day human characters obtain weapons and attitudes that you wouldn't normally see.The book was fairly upbeat for a zombie book; it was refreshing to read a zombie book that was tons of fun and left you feeling good at the end of it all.Overall this is one of the best, if not the best, zombie book I have read all year. I just cannot get over what a great time I had reading it, how creative the story was, and how witty and enjoyable it was. If you are at all a fan of pulp fiction, humorous horror, zombies, action, or Star Trek pick up this book. The only other zombie book I have read this year that even comes close to touching this one was The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell and Alden Bell's book is much more serious, talking a lot more at the philosophy of life and human nature.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zombies are on the loose, and they're attacking a Star Trek convention. But fortunately, Trekkies do not believe in the no-win scenario... Oddly enough, my one complaint about this book is that it's not quite nerdy enough for my admittedly extremely nerdy tastes. There are lots of Star Trek references and in-jokes, but the writers apparently felt the need to make things more accessible by frequently having the characters explain this stuff to each other even when it really shouldn't have been necessary. Plus almost no work of fiction I've ever seen that's involved a science fiction convention has gotten it quite right, and this is no exception. (Yes, I have been to a few. And, honestly, not everybody is in costume all the time, and if you insist on being called by a character's name for the whole weekend, even the other fanboys might look at you funny.) But never mind that. It's great fun, anyway, and by the end, I was laughing out loud quite frequently. It's not all humor, though; there's also lots of the exact kind of slightly cheesy horror action I've been in the mood for lately.
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jim Pike works in a dead end job with a minimum of responsibilities at a hotel. Although he has the capability and intelligence to do something significant with his life, he avoids responsibility like the plague. When he spent two tours of duty in Afghanistan, his confidence in himself and with people as whole was completely shattered. Now he has to deal with GenCon, the Star Trek convention that has started in the hotel. Things couldn¿t be more disastrous. The attendance at the convention is well below what was expected. Employees are calling in sick and if they bother to show up, they disappear. Many people report being bitten by random strangers and develop flu-like symptoms shortly afterwards. Jim¿s gut feeling tells him something is really wrong here, but Jim¿s brain convinces him that it¿s just paranoia. There¿s no such thing as zombies, right?I thought this was going to be the mash-up book that was too cheesy to be good, but I ended up reading the entire thing in one day. It was so engaging, I couldn¿t put it down. It mashes together two things I really enjoy: zombies and Star Trek. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I have pretty much always been a moderate Trekkie. I really enjoyed all the attention to detail in the book. Every chapter heading was named after a Star Trek episode. There were huge amounts of references to all the Star Trek series throughout the book. The author must be nerds as well or they did massive amounts of research in order to appear so.The characters are all multidimensional, realistic people. Many of the people I got attached to ended up dying, which surprised me. I figured time wouldn¿t be spent on a lot of character development if they¿re just going to die. I really like Jim and his hero journey, from an outcast of the lowest order to a leader. The zombies are also pretty cool. These aren¿t your run of the mill zombies, but ones induced by alien parasites, kind of like in Scott Sigler¿s Infected. They cause people to sprout an extra eye and have the ability to mesmerize people. Eating flesh isn¿t needed for their survival, but as means of transmitting more parasites to more people. Their biology is interested and provides a new spin on the zombie.Night of the Living Trekkies is a fast, light read that grabs you doesn¿t let go. The Star Trek information is presented in such a way that fans would recognize some more subtle Star Trek allusions, but there are plenty that are explained so no readers would feel left out if they don¿t know Star Trek canon very well. I think everyone could find something that they like in it.
kingoftheicedragons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fast, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you're looking for a good Trek book, though, this isn't it. If you're looking for a good zombie book, likewise, this isn't it. Instead, this is a humorous parody of both genres, with some Star Wars references thrown in as well. I thought the selection of names, for instance, was perfect (i.e., Jim Pike, a mix of Jim Kirk and Christopher Pike, two captains of the Enterprise, as well as Gary--Where No Man Has Gone Before, Matt--as in Decker, and even Rayna, are lifted directly from the TV series). It also seems that everyone in Houston is a Trekkie and knows quite a bit about Star Trek. Even the people who don't seem to be interested in the series. The plot of the book is a tired cliche of zombie movies, which makes the book funnier as well--a group of survivors who need to get out of town before the zombie outbreak is dealt with by the military. And of course, not everyone makes it out alive. And there is the mandatory final conflict before the resolution, and then the even more mandatory "everything is fine and we survived" comments before the final plot twist and actual ending of the story. I thought this was a truly delightful and funny read.
AdamBourke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Night of the Living Trekkies is a title that pretty much sums up the story. Unlike with some vaguer titles in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, with this one you really do get what it says on the metaphorical tin.The same can't be said for the cover, as there are a few descrepancies between it and the book (The notable lack of the zombie's characteristic third-eye and the green skin, for example.), but it depicts the symbolic zombie in a Star Fleet uniform, so I guess it does give a clear indication of whats going on.Firstly, I'm not sure I would class this as a work of parody, as it claims to be on the back cover, as it doesn't use characters or locations from the series. The main characters aren't even pretending to be any specific characters, they have their own Star Fleet positions and names. It's more a book about the "Trekkie" culture, with plenty of Star Trek references, the most obvious one is the first lines, which begin "Space, the final frontier...".This is a good start, fantastic in fact, and completely removed any hestitance I had in reading the book. The characters in the prologue were fantastic, and I was disappointed that it turned out they... weren't major characters. But the main characters were fascinating to read, especially the Protagonist Jim, and the woman he rescues, Princess Leia. In fact, I think this second character, dressed in a Star Wars outfit for good reason, was my favourite character (Not so great in a Star Trek book perhaps) and I think the quotes and references to Star Wars was much better done than the Trek ones. Or perhaps just more obvious.For example, I don't recall anyone ever saying "It's life Jim, but not as we know it." It's one of the most famous lines from Star Trek, and the main character had a name that was a clear set-up for such a quote. OK, so no-one actually said it EXACTLY LIKE THAT in Star Trek, but that's not the point. It would have made the book more... Trekky for non-major-fans. I would have concluded that this would have been to avoid putting off any Die-hard fans, but If that was the case, I would have called the book "Night of the Living Trekkers", since within the book it says "Trekkie" is an insult... But I'm not going to get into that debate any further, So I'll move on.Wether it's a parody or not, It should be funny. And while it's quite amusing at first, towards the end it's less so. The change starts when the first zombies are around, and it quickly becomes a less humourous book. It's always lighthearted, and easy enough to read (I stayed up much of the night), but there are less laughs than I had hoped for.And I think that's the only real problem with "Night of the Living Trekkies". It's a good book, but the only accurate thing about what it claims to be is the title, which is why I started the review with that. There are many zombie films about lately, and this one of those in book forms, with a little extra in it for Sci-Fi enthusiasts, Star Trek (and Wars) fans in particular. There ARE technical terms in it's pages, but they are mostly explained in the text. There was nothing I really felt I had missed by not being a die-hard fan (although maybe I just didn't know it). I wouldn't say you would need to have seen more than a little star trek - enough to know the most popular culture (as well knowing that Janeway is a person, not an obscure adjective) - to enjoy this book. I thought it was a well-written zombie-Horror, and I continued reading well into the early hours of the morning. It has an original take on the formation of zombies, and there are at least a few laughs.If you enjoy Star-Trek, I would read this. If you enjoy Zombie Horror, I would read this. If you enjoy both... Well, this is your lucky day, you now know the perfect book to read in your next subspace journey!
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me say this: I am not a trekkie (that's right - I said trekkie!). But I am a fan of the genre and a fan of zombies. And I'm a fan of this book! Seriously, this was a fun read, hitting all the right notes, all the right jokes, and balancing humor and horror just right. This book is not a parody or a caricature, but instead a spot-on zombie story with Star Trek trappings.Is this book for trekkers? I think so. It's full of the type of in-jokes that geeks love. In fact, I think it's great for any fan of the genres of sci-fi and horror who have a sense of humor.Who is Night of the Living Trekkies not for? The humorless.Crisp pacing, good characters, and natural dialog.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
This novel was a tremendous amount of fun. On the one hand it’s a straight forward zombie apocalypse parody—and it does a great job with this. But if you’ve ever enjoyed an episode of Star Trek this book is an extra special treat. Anderson knows Star Trek inside and out and he brings that love of the many series and movies—not to mention the conventions—to this novel. Yet on top of all of this, there truly is a decent plot with good twists and lots of excitement. The character development was also credible. My son and I were very excited about whether or not the “red shirt” was going to make it to the end. And there are some Star Wars versus Star Trek elements that are a bonus on top of all the other bonuses. The chapter titles are even taken from television episode titles. It’s just a delight from start to finish. I will definitely read this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! I LOVED this book! I rarely write reviews, but for this one, I actively searched out where to write one. I'm gonna post on every site I can find to review it! I've told my family about it (even before I finished it!) told them they HAD to read this! It's funny, quirky and sci fi believeable, as in a well thought out "what if". I love the main character. I'm Army and a huge sci fi fan, so this book hit everything for me. The main character was prior service and had served in war. His thoughts, reasonings and actions throughout the story were very much those of a true soldier. He was believable. He made you root for him as a leader and as a teammate. Sci fi fans will love the characters, (even the "red shirts!) all the references and the true Con-like debates about and across genres. All the Movie and TV quotes, references and jokes are laugh out loud funny! I can't think of a single thing missing in this book! Man! I'm hoping for more like this!! Now I have to go, I have to do some digging into this author, looking for more!
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as I am a Trekkie/Trekker. the author did a bang up job on putting the various Trek shows/movies in the book. The characters were also well written. would highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read that's simply entertaining.
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Can't go wrong with this one. It's a geek's delight. Satisfying on so many levels, awesome humor.
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To bloody.