Tuesday 16 March 2021

Two quirky new Star Trek books from Robb Pearlman

There's no let up in the new Star Trek book announcements this month! Two more newly revealed books are both by Robb Pearlman - Who has previously given us quirky Trek books including Body by Starfleet: A Fitness Guide(ad)Redshirt's Little Book of Doom(ad), and Fun with Kirk and Spock(ad) - These latest books will be giving us some Starfleet inspiration, and the world according to Grudge the cat. Continue below to check them out.

The first Star Trek book from publisher Smart Pop (which Pearlman is also Editor in Chief of), Starfleet Is... Celebrating the Federation's Ideals(ad), is coming in September, and presents imagery from across the franchise with simple captions of what Starfleet stands for. Here's the cover and blurb:

What is Starfleet?

It is the universe’s most famous and inspirational coalitions of all time. It has boldly gone where no pop culture franchise has gone before. It is the foundation for a thriving community of passionate fans.

Creator Gene Roddenberry said Star Trek “was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms . . . If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
After more than 50 years, 11 television series, 13 movies, and countless fan conventions later, Star Trek fans of all ages continue to gather—in person or virtually-- and enjoy, share, and live up to Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of the future.
Fully authorized and filled with full-color images spanning the entire canon,  Star Trek: Starfleet is… celebrates of Roddenberry’s vision. This commemorative book highlights 50 of the key traits of the Star Trek universe and demonstrates, through memorable images and beautiful artwork, how these ideals are personified by everyone from Kirk and Spock, to Picard and Janeway, to Burnham and Mariner, and their voyages to everywhere from Earth to Vulcan, from Q’onoS to the Delta Quadrant, and even to the Mirror Universe and back in time—and how they are actively and sincerely lived by the Star Trek fans themselves. 
What is Starfleet? Starfleet is fun. Starfleet is not always logical. Starfleet is adventure. Starfleet is brave. Starfleet is compassion. Starfleet is diverse. Starfleet is evolving. 
And it is by sharing their passions, supporting one another through difficult times, celebrating one another’s successes, and boldly going into a bright and hopeful future that Star Trek fans show that, above all, Starfleet is family. Starfleet is forever.

StarTrek.com released lots of preview pages:

Then in November, another addition to Eaglemoss' growing Star Trek library, The Book of Grudge(ad). There's not a proper cover for this one yet, but there is a blurb:
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY through a cat’s eyes: find out what Grudge the  cat really thinks of the planets, the ships and all of the people she meets in the course of her travels.

Grudge is a “Queen,” and she knows it. Everyone – her so-called owner, Cleveland “Book” Booker, Michael Burnham, Ryn, Zareh, and Tilly – bows down to her, some more willingly than others. And nothing, not extended periods in space, not ship-rattling attacks from enemies, rattles her. Ever. She's a cool kitty with a ’tude. We call it “Cattitude.” 
As a cat, Grudge, has a particular take on the universe, her seeming indifference masking a wit as sharp as her claws.
  •  Wit and wisdom of STAR TREK from a whole new point of view.

  •  Scrap-book style and packed with off-beat observations, thoughts and universal facts.

  •  A combination of illustration, and photography from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON 3.

I'll look forward to seeing preview pages from this one; could be fun!

Support The Trek Collective, via order links for mentioned books:
Starfleet Is... Celebrating the Federation's Ideals
The Book of Grudge

I've recently reported on numerous other new Star Trek books planned for this year, check back through my books tag for all the latest coverage, or click the Books button on my 2021 schedule page to see the run down for the year.

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