What if Kirk, Spock, and the others were cats? Well, you would have this picture book. Scotty, for instance, is of course a Scottish Fold. Park does wonderful illustrations from Classic Trek. There is, for instance, scenes from both “The Trouble with Tribbles”, and “Mirror, Mirror” – which is important because I love those episodes. And yeah, there is the Spock in heat thing. The book is short, but ideal for the devoted cat lover who is also a Trekkie.
This was a hefty brick of a book. It follows the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation through the 2016 release of Star Trek: Beyond, but because there was so much more Star Trek content created in the second twenty-five years of the franchise, this sucker clocks in at a whopping 843 pages. I read the first volume in a day and a half. This one took me six. Of course, this was also partially because this book not only had more content, but the content it did have was so frickin’ dramatic. So much behind the scenes drama, […]
I’ve been a fan of Star Trek since I was a child. The Original Series and the Next Generation were TV staples in my house; I devoured every episode, and watched them numerous times. My enjoyment continued into Deep Space 9, but died with Voyager and Enterprise, before being renewed again with the advent of Netflix, which allowed me to re-watch every episode from every series in the correct order (though, I still think Voyager and Enterprise are fairly weak shows). But until last year, I had never read a Star Trek book. So one of my goals this year […]
This is a long book: 500 plus pages of behind the scenes drama gleaned from new and historical interviews from the cast, crew, and creative minds behind the making of Star Trek for the first twenty-five years of its history. It didn’t really read like that long of a book, though. I’ve always loved behind the scenes stories, and oral histories are a particularly good format for that. So much room for conflicting opinions. Lots of insight and drama. Lots of gross stories about Gene Roddenberry. (Pro tip, Gene: Nobody wants to hear about your sex life with Majel.) And […]
Inspired by the life of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, Mae Among the Stars is a fictionalized story of her childhood. Focusing on the highlights as well as her mother and fathers support, along with her own determination to dance in the stars, Roda Ahmend and Stasia Burrington created a new gem to read. The afterwards gives more of a broader view of who Jemison was and the time frame of when these things were happening. Beautifully illustrated, they are more realistically whimsical with hints of a poetic nature. The rich colors are deep purples […]
There are so many branches to the Star Trek universe: novelizations, movies, re-boot film series, animated series, magazines, television series, toys, games, etc. that even the most dedicated fan, Trekkie or Trekker might have trouble keeping up. … Star Trek’s popularity and influence was not limited to the United States. The show may have been cancelled in 1969, but the next year in England, before the series had even premiered on British television, a series of comic strips appeared in weekly television magazines. Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 2 is the second in a series of three volumes collecting and reprinting these comics. […]
Though I’m a lifelong fan of Star Trek, in its many, varied forms, this is the first time I’ve read a novel set in that universe. So it was with some trepidation that I jumped into this. I know these characters so well, and have seen all the episodes numerous times. But how would it work in book form? As far as that goes, it most works fairly well. Ward explores the inner workings of characters that have already been fully fleshed out, so he has a lot to work with. In that way, this is a great format for […]
Firestorm by L.A. Graf (1994) The author L.A. Graf is really the housename for three writers: Julia Ecklar, Karen Rose Cercone, and Melissa Crandell. Their group name stands for Let’s All Get Rich and Famous which is clever enough in itself. They primarily focus on Star Trek pro-novels and are the few Star Trek novels I keep on my reread shelf. I always enjoy them. Primarily, because the trio focus on the secondary Star Trek characters of Uhura, Sulu, and Checkov. Full disclosure here: I have been a big Uhura fan since the series was primetime. In Firestorm, the Big […]