While we’re still waiting to hear about the status of the Star Trek tie-in novel line, the franchise’s publishing arm is continuing to expand into other realms, as several new books scheduled for the coming months have new previews for perusal ahead of their release.
First up is the just-released Star Trek and Next Generation “IncrediBuilds” book-and-model kits from Trek author Dayton Ward, which feature laser-cut wooden assembly kits and in-universe guidebooks to the two most well-known Trek starships, the original Enterprise and Galaxy-class Enterprise-D.
Due in October is an update to 2011’s Obsessed With Star Trek trivia book, a new paperback edition with more than 200 new Trek questions including content from the three Kelvin Timeline films (Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond).
This revision removes the built-in digital quiz game found in the first edition of the book, and instead will include printed answers to the questions in the new paperback release.
You can preorder Obsessed With Star Trek now at Amazon ahead of the October 16 debut.
January brings the second mass-market release of Eaglemoss’ Designing Starships hardcover starship publications, a collection of their model-line magazine content mixed with new material exclusive to this book.
Designing Starships Volume 2 includes concept art, interviews with ship designers and other creative contributors to the next wave of ships that this hardcover book will focus on. (Be sure to check out our review of the Designing Starships books from back in July!)
This book arrives January 9 and can be preordered at Amazon now.
An amusing pair of entries to the Trek literary world arrive in January, as illustrator Ethen Beavers brings the Federation to the 70+ year-old Little Golden Book children’s imprint for the first time.
I Am Captain Kirk (written by Frank Barrios) and I Am Mr. Spock (written by Elizabeth Schaefer) are each hardcover, 24-page illustrated publications meant for children under 5 years. The cover to the Spock-centric book hasn’t yet been revealed, but here are the descriptions for each young readers’ tale:
Whether making strange new discoveries at the farthest reaches of the galaxy or facing off against Klingons and other alien races, find out what makes Captain James T. Kirk the most famous starship captain ever. Star Trek fans of all ages will love this action-packed Little Golden Book featuring Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise from the classic TV series in a unique retro art style!
A logical, brave, and brainy science officer, Spock is the pointy-eared Vulcan who completes the crew of the USS Enterprise on its five-year mission. Star Trek fans of all ages will love this action-packed Little Golden Book based on the classic TV series. This book will tell them everything they need to know about one of the most famous aliens of all time–with its fun, lighthearted text and unique retro art style!
While neither book is yet available for preorder, their January 8 release dates mean purchase links should be available soon – and we’ll let you know when they go up for sale.
Finally, March 2019 brings us another new release from Dayton Ward, the newly-announced Kirk Fu: An Introduction to the Final Frontier’s Most Feared Martial Art, a combat manual illustrated by artist Christian Cornia through publisher Insight Editions.
That’s right, kids! Star Trek: Kirk Fu – An Introduction to the Final Frontier’s Most Feared Martial Art is part how-to and part loving tribute to the mighty Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the fighting moves that made him a Starfleet legend and hero to so many a fan.
Within the pages of Star Trek: Kirk Fu and in addition to “standard” punches and karate chops, you’ll also learn all about such classic moves as the Double Clutch, Rolling Thunder, and the Jimmy Wall Banger. I’d start limbering up now, if I were you.
Accompanying my pithy descriptions and other text will be the stylings of artist Christian Cornia, who has worked for Insight Editions on various projects in addition to creating all kinds of awesome stuff for other book and comic publishers, featuring such beloved characters as Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, superheroes and more.
The book will feature color illustrations as well as black-and-white drawings that show how each “move” is executed.
Kirk Fu is up for preorder at Amazon now, due for release March 5 of next year.
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