Kevin David Anderson, author of Night of the Living Trekkies, was kind enough to sit down for an interview with us. Check out his blog and website for more information!
booknosh: You clearly know the Star Trek universe extremely well. How much of this came from research, and how much from being a Trekkie yourself?
KDA: The first draft came fairly easily using what Star Trek knowledge I already had, but later rewrites, which needed more detail, involved a little research. The chapter names, which were all taken from the names of Star Trek episodes, for example, involved some looking up. I didn’t have many episode names already in my head except for my favorites. It took some digging but not much.
CleverHandle’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Penguinhegemony’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
CH: I hate zombies. HATE them. With the exception of Shaun of the Dead, I have loathed every piece of zombie-related media I have ever encountered. If you told me I’d be writing a five-star review of a “zombies at a Star Trek convention” book, I would have laughed (even though I’m a TNG fan). I read it intending to provide a counterpoint to Penguinhegemony’s review. And in a way, I was right: I didn’t like this book. I LOVED it. Anderson pulls you in right from the start, with likable characters and a humorous style. The writing is excellent: Anderson does a great job of building tension, and during some of the more dramatic scenes, I could almost hear a soundtrack in my head. The plot is fast-paced and engaging, the book is a page-turner (I read it in one sitting), and Anderson keeps you intrigued and entertained throughout. You don’t need to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy this, but there are a lot of clever nods to the series throughout, including chapter titles borrowed from episodes of the show. This is the best book I’ve read all year, and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys humor, tension, and good writing — even if you hate zombies.
P: I generally like zombie apocalypse stories, but I wouldn’t consider most of them to be something I would recommend. I picked up Night of the Living Trekkies (tag line: “They thought space was the final frontier. They were wrong.”) thinking that it would a fun book to make fun of with a ridiculous, easily dismissible premise: zombies at a Star Trek convention. As I read it, I had the growing realization that it was, to my horror, actually really good. It solves most of the issues I have with the genre at large: the plot is fun and unpredictable, the characters are well developed and likeable, and the environment is interesting and believable. Surprisingly, I have to heartily recommend Night of the Living Trekkies as a well developed, action packed read and not just yet another forgettable zombie thriller.