Monday 2 May 2016

Vulcan Travel Guide cover and preview

Coming in July is the Hidden Universe Travel Guide: Vulcan, a handy guide to visiting the home of our pointy-eared friends. A really nice temp cover was released for this some time ago, but now publishers Insight Editions have revealed the final cover, with another snazzy bit of artwork, showing a Vulcan city awash in the familiar red-tinged light of the planet's skies.

Written by Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward, the book's artists have now been revealed too. They include Livio Ramondelli, a designer with a wide-ranging resume, including lots of work on various IDW comics, being particularly active in their Transformers titles. He is joined by Peter Markowski, who has worked for Lego, and on many animated television series, including various DC Comics series. If you're a regular reader here, you might recall the latter name, as Peter also created a wonderful concept for a new Star Trek animated series a few years ago. and Amazon have released preview pages from inside the book, giving us a nice sample of the variety of things we shall find inside, including beautiful landscapes, maps, infographics, and more. Check them out after the break:

Looks like this is going to be fun! Here's a reminder of the blurb:
Set in the Star Trek universe, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan explores all that Vulcan—Spock’s home planet—has to offer in an interactive guidebook.

Plan your next trip to the planet Vulcan with Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to 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 people and their unusual customs. Discover how to correctly perform the traditional Vulcan salutation (you really don’t want to get this wrong). Learn key Vulcan phrases such as Nam-tor puyan-tvi-shal wilat: “Where is your restroom?” Find out what to do if you suddenly find yourself host to a katra—a Vulcan’s living spirit—at an inconvenient moment. All this and more can be found within the pages of this essential travel guide to one of the most popular—and logical—destinations in the known universe.

Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan draws on 50 years of Star Trek TV shows, films, and novels to present a comprehensive guide to Spock’s iconic home world. Modeled after real-world travel guides, the book will explore every significant region on Vulcan with fascinating historical, geographical, and cultural insights that bring the planet to life like never before. Also featuring a dynamic mixture of classic Star Trek imagery and original illustrations created exclusively for the book, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek and will thrill pop culture fans and hardcore Star Trek fans alike.

1 comment:

Lisa Jones said...

Great list there, I'm a travel book junkie as well. I've pretty much read all the ones my local library has in stock. I can't understand why people read fiction books when there's so many great non-fiction books out there. I'd much rather read about something that happened in the real world, rather than something that was dreamt up in just one lone persons imagination....
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