BOOK REVIEW Night Of The Living Trekkies – Kevin Anderson & Sam Stall
Authors: Kevin Anderson & Sam Stall
Publisher: Quirk Books * £9.99
1 September 2010
Quirk Books have made a pile lately with fleetingly-amusing splices like Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, but mixing Star Trek and zombies works much better. Extremely enjoyable if you’re a fan of both, this is top-grade pulp nonsense.
It centres on former soldier Jim Pike, assistant manager of a Houston hotel hosting a Star Trek convention, as guests and staff start turning into flesh-craving undead. It works because the authors really know their onions – they’re aware that “Janeway hair” becomes a worse insult if you specify “season one Janeway hair”. They also make some smart observations about the differing ethoses of Trek and zombie movies – and how both differ from workaday reality.
Well-structured, with some cunning twists and a neat SF spin on zombies (these ones are the result of alien parasites, and cause people to sprout gruesome third eyes), it’d make a superb film. Sadly, we suspect rights issues mean we’ll never see a Hummer ploughing through a crowd of zombie Borg trombonists (long story…) on the big screen. Shame.