December 9, 2010
I got this book from Quirk Marketing several months ago, and have been putting off writing a review even though I read it fairly quickly. I wasn’t quite sure what to say, you see.
Night of the Living Trekkies creates an original story with zombies rather than taking a preexisting story and adding zombies. Even so, it is a predictable zombie mashup. The main character, Jim, is an ex soldier with war issues now working as a hotel clerk. He used to be a huge Trekkie (the book says Trekkie, not Trekker as most true fans prefer, but I try not to hold that against it) but afore-mentioned war issues have drained him of the hope for the future inherent in Star Trek. So he is less than thrilled when the hotel hosts a Star Trek convention.
The convention is just the start of his bad day though. It turns out this particular convention is a cover for government scientists to meet and discuss findings from the study of an extraterrestrial life form found several years ago. Then it turns out the scientists’ meeting is a cover for one single scientist who has been infected and changed by the life form to work on said life form’s behalf in infecting the world at large. The infection turns 95% of humans into – you guessed it – ZOMBIES! But those few who are infected but not zombified become an intelligent carrier for the alien life form so it can spread and (gasp!) take over the planet.
Of course Jim, his sister, his new-found lady love, and a few friends save the day – though not without a few casualties. It was a cute book, fun for a quick read while relaxing by the pool if you like zombies and/or Star Trek, but not one I’d rush out to buy.
May 6, 2009
I love these articles. This one from MSN sums up where our current tech is in comparison with Star Trek tech (from the original series) – we’re still way behind on some of it, but we’re actually ahead on a couple of things!
December 14, 2008
I had not intended to venture into visual media until this blog was a little more established, and I still plan to focus primarily on science fiction novels since I feel they are largely underappreciated, but the upcoming end of Atlantis has changed my mind. I was skeptical about Atlantis at first, uncertain whether a Stargate spin-off could live up to the standard set by the original, especially with Torri Higginson’s Weir leading the team. However, over time both Weir and the entire Atlantis team grew on me, and I was sad to see her go in season 4. Now I’ve even managed to get attached to Richard Woolsey, who has developed into a surprisingly human character despite his origins as a bureacratic pencil pusher (not all that surprising, I guess, considering Robert Picardo managed to make a hologram seem human in Star Trek: Voyager). All in all, I will miss Atlantis and its crew and I am indeed sorry to see it go.
Incidentally, a new Stargate series called Stargate: Universe is in the works and will apparently be set in another distant galaxy on an Ancient ship sent out to seed a new galaxy with stargates in the time before the Ancients ascended. I will give this one a try, although I am again skeptical. Of course, most sci fi shows (and most shows in general) aren’t that great in their first season, so I hope the masses (and network execs) won’t jump to judgement if it starts off a little rough. I mean, even Star Trek: TNG was bad its first season. Anyway, here is the wiki article on Universe. Check it out for yourself.