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Jim Pike, the disillusioned manager of a hotel that is hosting a Star Trek convention, finds himself leading a ragtag crew of survivors as a strange virus turns the convention-goers into zombies...
Paperback, 253 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stephen
Star Trek + Zombies...
Kirk Spock McCoy Zombie
For...the...WIN!

This story more than delivered on everything I was hoping for going into it. It met or exceeded expectations in terms of both writing (crisp, polished and very funny) and characters (genuine, endearing, and smart), and the narrative was slick, fast paced and well laid out (i.e., twas nary a boring page). In fact, the overall quality was so surprisingly high that it made me wonder why this book isn’t better known, especially given its popular ingredients.

Sp...more
Alejandro
Zombies...the Final Menace
These are the struggles of
a bunch of Trekkies trying to survive
when a zombie outbreak hits
a Star Trek convention,
to boldly go where no zombie has gone before!


This novel was FUN-tastic! and "creepy good" ;)


Honestly I didn't think that I'd enjoy so much this book and I don't know what made me to buy it but I am truly glad that I did it since it was a wonderful experience.

It was fun, it was entertaining, it was written with great style and inventive.

Most of all, the autho...more
Brad
What can one expect from a book called Night of the Living Trekkies?
1. Freaky zombies ✓
2. Trekkies in homemade uniforms ✓
3. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, Trek references ✓
4. Serious, gory, Zombie slaying madness ✓
5. A Convention on the Edge of Forever ✓
6. Nuclear Blasts ✓
7. Twists and turns ✓
8. Plenty o' death ✓
9. A Kirk style hero and his buxom, leggy, scantily clad partner ✓
10. The obligatory, cheesy, happy-Trek ending ✓
Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall deliver on every expectation and then throw...more
Melki
Two Star Trek convention attendees are on their way to the Klingon Feast. Here is a snippet of their conversation:

"Now you're freaking me out," Gary said.

"I'm freaking myself out," Jim said. "But I know two people who were bitten today. One of them developed a really strange rash on her shoulder. And a lot of my coworkers are calling in sick. Isn't this how zombie movies always start? With lots of minor, seemingly unrelated incidents?"

"There's just one problem with your theory," Gary said. "Zom
...more
Killer Rabbit
Zombies in Red Shirts vs Shaun of the Dead
This wacky book is set at a Star Trek convention, whereas the characters in Shaun of the Dead seemed to spend a good bit of time at the local pub. Here's a short quiz to help you decide where you'd rather be when the Zombie Apocalypse begins:

1) "You've got red on you" should mean what?
a) You are properly dressed to be eaten by a rock monster on an alien planet.
b) You forgot to wear your pocket protector, and your pen has leaked onto your white shirt.

2) T...more
Melissa
This is a book about a zombie outbreak that takes place in Houston in a hotel that is hosting a Star Trek convention.

Wait, I'm just going to say that again.

This is a book about a zombie outbreak that takes place in Houston in a hotel that is hosting a Star Trek convention.

Whatever you thought of when you read that sentence, whatever expectations entered your head at the sight of those words - hear me now. This book fulfills that promise times one hundred. I am not kidding. This is hilarious,...more
Sarah
This is an extremely silly book...but isn't that the point? :D

The blurb says it all. Our hero is Jim Pike (yes, Trekkies -- that's his real name) & he's a young army vet suffering from PTSD after two disastrous tours in Afghanistan. His newest job is glorified bellhop at a Houston convention center named the Botany Bay (yes, Trekkies -- THAT Botany Bay), which is currently playing host to a weekend Star Trek geekfest. But between hosting Klingon dinner parties & chasing face-painted moro...more
Terence
Nov 21, 2010 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trekkies of all stripes & Zombieists (?)
Recommended to Terence by: Brad's GR Review
Up to this stardate I've managed to avoid the zombification/vampirization-of-beloved-literary-icons genre (though I have enjoyed the GR reviews of these works) but based on Brad's review and the fact that it's Trek...well, "resistance is futile," as they say.

I'll probably warp through this over the weekend.
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A surprisingly good Zombie-Star Trek adventure. You actually kind of really care about what happens to the people in the book: J...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I just finished this one and while it's a bit of a mixed bag (seems to be a phrase I use a lot lately) on the whole (as is that one) this is a thoroughly enjoyable book.

This is a sort of cross genre parody seriocomic tale of the zombie apocalypse...at a Star Trek convention. There are places where the novel touches on many, many...many books and movies that you almost undoubtedly have seen and read. The best part of the book in my opinion was/is the parody. The cliches from zombie, science fict...more
Michael
Ever since zombies invaded the pages of Jane Austen with great success, publishers have been searching for the next great mash-up novel. Earlier this year, we got "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter," a funny take on the historical biography that asked what if Honest Abe was really a vampire slayer? On the other end of the spectrum is the Hugo-nominated zombie/steampunk novel "Boneshaker."

And then, somewhere in the middle is the mash-up, "Night of the Living Trekkies." The story is a satire, bringi...more
Sesana
I'm a proud second-generation Trekker, and everybody knows that zombies are awesome. So when somebody writes a book about a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention, my only response has to be, "Shut up and take my money."

Here's the thing: Night of the Living Trekkies works equally well as an affectionate parody of Trekkies/Trekkers and as a zombie book. Seriously. The zombies are frightening, gruesome, and even have an original touch. (Alien parasites! How very Trek.) There's good action, wit...more
Mary JL
Mar 26, 2014 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek /Science fiction fans
I thought this would be a spoof all the way through. I was plesantly surprised to find it much better written than I had expected. Not an award winner---but definitely worth reading once.

The slow build-up of how Jim Pike pulls a diverse group of fans together to survive is well done. I liked the ending. And I do not want to say much because I do not want to spoil things for readers.

It starts a little slow, but I recommend keep reading for a bit. I thought it improved as it went along. It is defi...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
I got pretty much what I expected going in: plenty of Trek references, a high body count, digs or references to other sci-fi stuff (Star Wars, Stargate, Aliens, Babylon 5), and scenes where the characters reflect and grow and the music grows louder.

So now that I've popped my mash-up cherry, next up is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. :D
Julie Davis
May 24, 2012 Julie Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scott Danielson, Heather Ordover, Tamahome
I remember seeing this book when it came out and then it slipped my mind. Stephen's review put it squarely back in the middle of my radar. To be fair, Stephen's reviews are always good reading, but this one was so darned enthusiastic that I paid extra attention.
If you hate both Star Trek and Zombies...

I don’t know what to tell you. You obviously have made some wrong decisions in your life that have led you to this unfortunate circumstance. Maybe you should go and take a long hard look at yoursel
...more
Greg of A2
Take a large Star Trek convention in a big Texas city and add a zombie apocalypse to it along with some delightful characters and you've got a really enjoyable read. The Star Trek (and some Star Wars) references here were thick and fun. It contains a bit of graphic horror but I don't think it's enough to turn most weak stomachs off. All the chapters were named after well known Star Trek episodes. The final couple of concluding chapters were very well done and wrapped up the story quite nicely. Y...more
SuperHeroQwimm
I grabbed this because I love Star Trek and zombies so the idea was awesome but it was much better then I anticipated. The "zombies" were actually infected with an alien parasite (a similar idea to Stephen Kings Dreamcatcher) and have an inner networking system so they can work together. The story takes place at a hotel hosting Gulfcon or as I like to think of it "Gathering of the Trekkies" (star trek fan cosplay) where a man who works there tries to go from room to room avoiding zombies to find...more
Julia
As zombies books go, this is fun, a little funny and fast. Jim Pike is a former Trekkie who spent two tours in Afghanistan and now gets a boring job in a hotel. A hotel in Houston that is having a Star Trek convention. Houston has been overrun by zombies. His sister Rayna comes to the Con.

‘“There’s got to be another way,” Rayna said. “There always is.”
“There might be if this were a Star Trek episode, but it’s not. This is a zombie movie. The rules are different.”
“Enlighten me,” Rayna said.
“Star...more
Wesley
This is one of the cases that either a 4 or 5 would completely suffice. In my case a five, the book had excellent timing for me. The kind of timing that lets you know halfway through that this was the best choice you could make for a book to read at the time. It had what I needed, some old fashioned nerdy laughter with 40% more zombies free.

It’s not long or too short; it was a well-structured efficient zombie story. In the relation of zombies it wasn’t the traditional take, which I didn’t reali...more
Jakob
I was a bit skeptical about this book considering the name and all but after reading Stephen's review I was pretty much sold. The book did not disappoint. The characters were solid and likable, the story three tons of fun, and the zombies were actually interesting in their own way.

As I child I watched the old Star Trek, as a preteen I watched the Next Gen, as a teenager I watched Night of the living Dead, Braindead, etc. so this was a very fun combination for me.

KristenR
What a fun ride! Trekkies wielding bat'leths and tasers against zombies at a convention. I simply couldn't put it down.
Joseph R.
In the field of genre mash ups, there are very few clever twists, but they can be golden when they come. Take Night of the Living Trekkies. The story is about a Star Trek convention in a Houston hotel that is overrun by a zombie outbreak. Instead of just sticking zombies in Star Trek (isn't that what the Borg are?), the story is pulled closer to our own world by being about Star Trek fans and how they would deal with zombies. Sure, Kirk would just knock their brains out, Prime Directive be damne...more
Minna
Aug 06, 2011 Minna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trekkers who like zombies
Recommended to Minna by: A friend
Intertextuality. Some books can pull it off, some can't. This book can't.

I don't consider myself a trekkie. I have not seen all episodes, series or movies but I have a lot of trekker friends who sometimes make feel like I have. Despite all of that I got probably about 90% of all the hints in this book. It helps being into Star Wars as well. This is probably meant to introduce people who don't watch Star Trek into the book, but those who are going to read it are most likely already into the fand...more
Patrick D'Orazio
I won Night of the Living Trekkies through a website and held on to it for a couple of months before deciding to take a stab at it. My first recollection of the book, before I received it, was the book trailer I saw on the internet. It struck me more as a movie trailer than one for a book, and I was joking with my friends that I wanted to go see the movie and not bother with the book because it was so well done. But after checking the book out, I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad I...more
Rae
Mar 28, 2011 Rae rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trekkies, trekkers, nerds, geeks, sci-fi fans, feminists, anyone that liked the 2009 Star Trek movie
I've never been a big zombie fan, but this book is an absolute work of art. It was actually This absolutely amazing book trailer that convinced me to read it in the first place...and although the trailer is a tad bit different from the actual book, it is equally epic.

The main character Jim has a lot of baggage riding around on his shoulders from when he was in the military and was unable to save his squadron from a bomb, and therefore wants absolutely no responsibility where he is in charge of...more
Nancy O'Toole
Jim Pike is a former Star Trek nerd who's love for the optimistic franchise has been squashed by two tours in Afghanistan. When the hotel that Jim works in hosts a Star Trek convention, Jim finds himself coming face to face with his former obsession, that and a horde of zombies. Somehow, the undead have infiltrated the hotel. The more time passes, the more people get infected. Joining forces with a group of nerds (including his younger sister Rayna), Jim must find a way to stay alive and escape...more
Aaron
This proved to be a fun and quick read that will really appeal to fans of Star Trek and zombies. There is a big Star Trek convention set to take place in Houston, Texas, not far from where there is a secret government research facility that has been investigating people that are experiencing symptoms not all that different than zombies. Things go horribly wrong at the facility at the facility, and some of the experiment subjects escape.

Meanwhile at the Botany Bay Hotel (where the convention is t...more
Karissa
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 use...more
Terry
After two tours in Afghanistan, Jim Pike wants a job with no responsibilities – which is how he became the Assistant Uniformed Staff Manager at the Botany Bay Hotel and Convention Center. But this is GulfCon weekend, an annual Trek convention bringing hundreds of hotel guests and thousands of walk-ins. So far the baker hasn’t delivered the D7-class Klingon battle cruiser cake, Jim needs to inspect the weapons booth in the Endeavour Room to make sure the bat’leths aren’t sharp and his sister Rayn...more
Jeff
I was afraid, at first, that the title of this book would turn out to be better than the actual book. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. I really enjoyed this novel. It pokes fun at zombie movies and novels as well as Star Trek fans, but not in a mean-spirited way. It is all done with affection.

And the story -- an apparent virus hits a Star Trek convention and turns most of the attendees into flesh-eating zombies -- is action packed and gripping as well as funny. The main character, Jim, is a di...more
faeriemyst
Oct 03, 2010 faeriemyst rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trekkies or Trekkers who like zombies and pulp
Not as imaginative or funny as I'd hoped, Night of the Living Trekkies was still a fun read, some may even call it a brainless read. As far as zombie stories go, this doesn't cover any new territory, but that's where Star Trek helps the book out. Chock full of references, storyline parallels, and chapters named after episodes, it's clear this is devoted to Star Trek fans, whether they be Trekkies or Trekkers. The authors clearly know what they're writing about and lovingly poke fun at Star Trek...more
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