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Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: Vulcan

(Hidden Universe Travel Guides #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Set in the Star Trek universe, this Hidden Universe travel guide explores all that Vulcan—Spock’s home planet—has to offer in an interactive guidebook.

Plan your next trip to the planet Vulcan! Find restaurants that serve the best fried sandworms and Vulcan port. Take a trip to the Fire Plains or experience spring break at the Voroth Sea. Learn all about the native Vulcan p
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Insight Editions (first published April 12th 2016)
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3.5 stars

I enjoyed Dayton's voice and humor, though it was a bit inconsistent veering from dry Vulcan-type humor to slightly snarky human-type humor and back again. Still, the book was well-researched and Dayton seemed to get the Vulcan way of thinking. There were references to people, places, and events from the movies and authorized books, including one of my favorites, Uhura's Song. They were a good touch and nice little Easter eggs. Several of the chapters had short intros that were 'written
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A MUST READ for those wanting to travel to Vulcan because who wouldn't want to see one of the Federation's founding worlds?

Vulcan is rich with history and culture and a perfect place to spend a vacation. Just as long as you don't mind the hot weather and sand up your tuchus.

The wealth of information in this book is immense as it gives you all that you need to know in regards to places to visit, places to eat, places to stay, and cultural facts that you should know before going. There are even
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-books
A travel guide about Vulcan. Honestly, what more could you ask for?

If you don't know me already, I'll let you in on some common knowledge: I'm a HUGE nerd. It's ridiculous.

I have Marvel pajamas. There's a Harry Potter and Star Wars poster hanging in my dorm. I own all of the Lord of the Rings special extended edition DVDs. You get the idea.

So when I saw this at my local bookstore, I had a freakin' nerd aneurism. I know I said before that I had a Star Wars poster in my room, but since J.J. Abrah
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Insight Editions and Netgalley offered me an ARC copy of this book for a review. It in no way influences my review (being a committed Star Trek fan does, however!) Fellow Trek fans will enjoy this book, written as if planet Vulcan were a real place and you were a Terran planning to visit. Humor abounds in this text. Ward throws in gems that nod to the entire Trek universe, even a reference to ST:The Animated Series which sent me to Memory Alpha Wiki to look it up! My favorites were the vignettes ...more
Tanya Spackman
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Love!! I'm actually giving it 4.5 stars, though. It loses half a star because there are no photographs, only illustrations. I know Vulcans are not opposed to photos, so this was an odd editorial decision. The illustrations are very nice, but I hope future editions will include ample photos. ...more
Wayne McCoy
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: Vulcan' by Dayton Ward is a fictional travel guide to a most unusual world. It's a pretty good parody of travel guides with lots of winks and nods to the world of Star Trek.

The book begins with an overview of the planet Vulcan and includes etiquette, lodging tips and a history of the people. The book then talks about the different regions of the planet like Sikahr, Kir Province, T'Paal and Vulcan's Forge. Each section talks about the history of the area
Hannah Givens
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, sci-fi, tie-in
I didn’t have high hopes, I just expected it to be mildly amusing and nicely designed. I thought I’d browse through it and that’d be all. Instead I ended up reading it all the way through and loving it. Throughout the book I unconsciously found myself planning the trip I’d take, and then getting sad when I caught myself and realized I couldn’t go. I even found myself getting frustrated that Vulcan was so touristy and commercial “these days,” and then realizing of course a travel guide would focu ...more
Kyra Boisseree
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh, this was so much FUN. It gave me the opportunity to wander around one of my favorite fictional places, and the MAPS. THE ARTWORK. It was a DREAM. And Vulcan has so much more spicy cuisine than I was led to believe! That’s my main take away from this boom. That, and I how desperately I wish we were living in the Star Trek timeline. Then, at least, I would know that the ruin of the 21st century is worth something.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This was just as much fun as I hoped it would be. What Trekkie doesn't want to travel to Vulcan? Written like a traditional travel guide, it had me chuckling more than once from the little bits of humor and references to things mentioned in the television shows. I'm very impressed with the amount of research it must have taken; the illustrations and maps are a great touch. ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a Star Trek fan since I was a little kid watching Star Trek The Next Generation in syndication after school. The different alien cultures were always so interesting, none more so than the Vulcans. This travel guide is a must read for any Star Trek fan. The guide walks you through the many cities and points of interest that can be found on everyone’s favorite fictional desert planet.
Sadie-jane (Say-dee-Jane) Nunis
So clever.. This is written like a travel guide of vulcan. I so wanna visit alternative factors in tpaal. Squeal... The culture, people etc are covered and makes this feel real
My inner trekkie squealed and had goosebumps.. Tingly....

2018 ultimate reading challenge - a book set in the future
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a treat! Vulcan fascinates me, so getting to dive a little deeper into it felt great. This book was filled with beautiful illustrations and written with a humorous tone. The only real tragedy here is that we can't actually go to Vulcan. ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm taking off one star for the copious mentions of capitalism in the book (yes I'm aware latinum exists so its not totally eradicated from the Federation but we're talking Vulcan, here) but otherwise, I loved it. ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Then again, I'm a big Star Trek/Vulcan/Spock fan, so it was like breathing air; it was great! Funny too. ...more
Debby Kean
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, gift-to-me
Good of its type, not gripping but okay
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

When you start to think that they really couldn't come up with a new way to keep producing Star Trek merchandise, this fictional non-fiction travel guide pops up. And for the Trek fan who likes to own the slightly off-beat piece of memorabilia, this works. And I really loved this book.

This isn't going to be for just anyone, let's be sure to recognize that. This is for the Trekkie who already has so much and enjoys the obs
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
I liked the format and premise. Beyond the main "attractions", a lot of the different regions started to feel repetitive. Not the author's fault, maybe Vulcan just isn't that interesting a place to visit? ...more
Abraham Ray
Great book about Vulcan of Star Trek!
H.S. Rivney
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
What a completely fun book, and it's beautifully produced in glossy pages and bright colors. I found the illustrations, captions, and headings downright believable, and this is put together as a travel guide with tabs, tables of content, and maps, as well as "Where to Stay", "Sights to See", and "Shopping" sections!
I found all of the Vulcan references accurate and inclusive of all incarnations of the Trek Universe covering all 50 years, including a sly blurb about First Contact, playing Kal-toh,
Edwin Howard
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
HIDDEN UNIVERSE TRAVEL GUIDE: STAR TREK VULCAN by Dayton Ward is a imaginary travel book for people wishing to travel to the planet Vulcan. Ward dissects each major Vulcan City into categories, from sightseeing to lodging & food to local nightlife. Ward gives plenty of Vulcan history along the way, including how the Federation has influenced and changed the Vulcan culture.
As a Star Trek fan, I really enjoyed this book. While I got many of references to the previous shows and movies, I'm sure a
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**This book was reviewed via Netgalley**

Planning an interstellar vacation? Ward's nifty Vulcan travel guide will give the lowdown on Spock’s homeworld, to help you have the most fulfilling experience possible. It is only logical.

Written as a modern travel guide, this little book is packed full of fun facts and knowledge of Vulcan. At times, Ward employs a wry sense of humour with certain asides. When discussing terms spoken in Vulcan only that one may come across, he advises the traveller to not
E.M. Epps
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A nicely done fake travel guide to the planet Vulcan, for hardcore Trekkies only. The author must have put in a lot of work. I appreciate the callbacks to a couple of the better novels, such as *Uhura's Song* by Janet Kagan, as well as the reference to Mark Gardner's Vulcan Language Institute (very politely sourced, even!). Still, a mild joke well-executed is still a mild joke. Maybe check it out of the library if you're a huge Vulcanophile.

At T'Paal's Chamber Music Pavilion, small, intimate gat
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is exactly what it sounds like: a travel guide to visiting the planet Vulcan. It gives some background information and lists various places on the planet that one could go and visit. As a nice touch, it even includes testimonials from people that Star Trek fans would know. The book has a great tone to it - it definitely fits the genre.

I think my only complaint is that the book spends too much time on places to visit.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
From a series of fictional travel guides based around key elements of our favourite genre franchises, comes this wannabe guidebook regarding the capital city, key holiday destinations and so on on the Vulcan homeworld. It's one of those books where you only really see how naff the idea is in the execution – I realise now I was expecting too much. The guide starts off with some quips about it being used by multifarious species (talking of what clothing you should wear in regard to what limbs you ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review*

As a Star Trek fan I have always found the planet Vulcan intriguing as the Vulcan citizens are always a curious blend of logic and repressed passion. I often thought it would be an interesting place to visit so I was thrilled to see that someone had taken the time to pen a travel guide. This book is fun to read and gives you a greater appreciation for the history and culture that is vivid on the Star Trek se
Attila Cthulhuson
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Star Trek fans will love it, regardless of Trek incarnation. Those with some awareness may find it funny even if they aren't superfans.

No story, just snippets about major cities on Vulcan and travel advice. It's pretty funny, and draws from multiple TV runs. I've only seen ToS and can get some refs to TNG, so there was a lot new to me and a decent amount that I recognized.

For the Trekker/Trekkie in your life, or the sci-fi loving kid who is fascinated by the idea of travelling to another world.

Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book has no story or plot. This does absolutely no matter because the book it's amazing!
It is not dull at all, I didn't find myself skipping through pages in order to finish it sooner. It's full of images, maps!, usual phrases and it talks about the vulcan's way. I really enjoyed it!

disclaimer: I got a copy from netgalley for my review, this in no way affects my point of view on the title.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Super fun book written by long-time Star Trek author Dayton Ward. Artwork is beautiful and makes you wish there was such a place to visit. LOVE the references to the rock band Rush (Ward is a fan and so am I!!!). Being a huge Star Trek fan and admirer of all things Spock, I really enjoyed reading these book.

Full review here, along with photo and my "Trip To Vulcan" notes:
Maggie Gordon
OMG, this book exists. A travel guide for Vulcan. I just about died when I saw it at the bookstore! If you are not a massive Star Trek geek, this book will probably just baffle you. As a major fan, it was so pleasing to read about the details of the planet, and I would totally visit Vulcan if, you know, it existed... The guide is wonderfully illustrated and interestingly conceptualised. But it is a gimmick book, so ymmv.
Becky Soledad
While I enjoyed the book it was a little difficult to read straight through. If you think about travel guides most of the time we don't read the whole thing straight through in order. We skip around and look at the the things that are most interesting first then go back. If I had approached it more like that I would have enjoyed it more. It was so cool to have bits and pieces of Trek history woven in though. ...more
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