Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Oh well, on to the news. AUDIO DRAMA: The folks at HG World, the Parsec Award winning audio drama series, produced an audio dramatization of Night of the Living Trekkies Chapter 4 The Cage. Its a lot of fun to listen too, and when I close my eyes I can see how incredible a movie version would be. A big thank you to Jay Smith for heading that up. He's a big fan of the book and good writer to boot. You can give it a listen here. NotLT Ch 4 "The Cage" MOVIE: In regards to a movie version of Night of the Living Trekkies, last I heard the most promising talks so far have recently broken off. What's that mean? What I think it means is that there has been lots of talk between studios, agents and publisher, but no deal thus far. Honestly, I thought a deal would be in the can and shooting to have begun by now. A few months back there was even a commitment from a well known (wish I could mention his name) Star Trek actor!!! I kept thinking, oh please let this work out so I could sneak onto the set and meet him.
ZOMBIE TREKKIES: I love NotLT fans. This October two fans went above and beyond. Jenna Carodiskey-Wiebe attended Geek Girl Con in Seattle wearing a stellar Zombie Trekkie outfit. Way to represent! Stephanie Naboshek has created a step by step guide on how to make your own Zombie Red Shirt Costume. Very Detailed, very geeky. Makes me wish I could sew. You can check it out here: DIY Zombie Red Shirt! It's as easy as 1,2,3...
SHORT STORIES: I have a few short stories coming out in two new anthologies possibly this year. I would say check this blog in the future for more info, but I have no idea when or what has to happen to motivate me to keep blogging. If this is my last and final blog entry then I bid the blogosphere adieu. If it isn't, then I'll be posting again in a month. Or two. Or three.
Friday, July 29, 2011
The literary web site Speaking Volumes posted an interview with me, and like most online interviews its worth the paper its printed on - The story so far with . . . Kevin David Anderson
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Speaking of Europe, Night of the Living Trekkies Super fan, Spritt Schapiro paid tribute to the novel by dressing up as a Zombie Trekkies at the Copenhagen Zombie Crawl, 2011.
Live Long and Prosper
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
I am perplexed as to how Amazon categorizes their books, but as I write this, Night of the Living Trekkies is ranked #15 with “Single Women” on Amazon Canada. I love Canada! Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #15 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Single Women #47 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
Recently Suvudu, a genre site created by Random House, Inc., to provide additional content, such as author interviews, chats, chapter previews, reviews, previews, and news around science fiction, fantasy, books published by Random House, asked me to take part in their ongoing author blog series, "Take Five." You can read it here: Take Five with Kevin David Anderson, author, "Night of the Living Trekkies."
Here is the majority of the article:
Kevin David Anderson is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a regular series where we ask authors to share five facts about their latest books. His latest novel, Night of the Living Trekkies ...
1. The idea for Night of the Living Trekkies came to me while watching the brilliant documentary, Trekkies. Directed by Roger Nygard and staring Denise Crosby, it’s an in-depth and entertaining exploration of the devoted fans of Star Trek and their world, from home life to conventions. I was not even halfway through the film when it hit me. I kept imagining, in the right situation, under the right dire circumstances, these guys can become the heroes. And of course the right situation was the zombie apocalypse.
2. I almost shelved the idea several times, doubting that any publisher would even consider the idea. The potential legal wrangling that the parody manuscript might get caught up in was daunting. In the late eighties at least one Star Trek parody book project that I know of, was killed, and the difficulties that plagued the filmmakers of the movie Free Enterprise, when attempting to insert Star Trek visuals into the film, were always paramount in my mind. But one day, think it was late in 2008, I was listening to one of my favorite NPR radio show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, when a trivia question came up involving some crazy book in which they were putting zombies in a Jane Austen novel. I remember the audience and the show’s host, Peter Sagal, having a good laugh at the not yet released New York Times Best Seller. But I didn’t laugh. Well, okay I did, a little, but only because I realized how brilliant the concept was. I knew then that there was at least one publisher, Quirk Books, that could think way outside the literary box. The novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies inspired me to continue work on Night of the Living Trekkies, and coincidentally the manuscript landed on the desk of the very same editor responsible for our current trend of literary mash-ups, PP&Z’s creator and editor, Jason Rekulak.
3. Before pitching the idea to Quirk Books, I lived in a constant state of paranoia, that some other author would beat me to the punch. I thought the idea of combining zombies with Trekkies at a sci-fi convention was like death and taxes. It was inevitable. And if I didn’t do it someone else certainly would. I told almost no-one what I was working on until it was in the hands of a publisher. For almost a year, the first rule of Night of the Living Trekkies was, don’t talk about Night of the Living Trekkies. Now I just think I was paranoid. Or nuts. Or both.
4. There were many excellent revisions to the characters from my first draft. George Takei, (the actor who played Mr. Sulu in the original series and the movies) or at least my interpretation of him, was actually written into several scenes. There were some good moments with him, his foil, battling zombies, but in the end, Takei’s scenes were cut. With the real possibility that the owners of the Star Trek property might have issues with our little parody novel, why push it. One of the best changes made was the redrafting of Leia from the original idea, a high priced Sci-Fi prostitute, to that of a Sci-Fi convention model. Why was this done? Well, when you’re asking your audience to suspend some belief in order for them to accept things like, the living dead, it’s best to make the situations and characters as real as possible. It’s amusing to think that there might be Sci-Fi ladies of the evening, mixing cosplay and prostitution. But it does sound a little far fetched, whereas if you’ve ever been to ComicCon or anything like it, you know that there are plenty of real world Sci-Fi convention models brightening up the booths, our nerdy fantasies, and exciting our geeky hearts.
5. Many of the character names were nods to Star Trek characters. Some were obvious, like Jim Pike, but others required some deep Trek knowledge. And one character name, Eli Sandoval, actually hinted at the ending.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Caption by Dale Hoppert
Image by me, while I should’ve been writing.
TrekMovie.com awarded the book trailer for Night of the Living Trekkies the Best Overall Star Trek Viral Video – 2010. There are some great videos posted on the their site, including one of my favorites from last year which won Best Original Star Trek Song, "Star Trek Girl" by Meekakitty. Check out all the winners here - TrekMovie Viral Video Awards.
The macabre and hilarious Jeff Strand (Dweller, Benjamin's Parasite, Single White Psychopath Seeks Same) is conducting Zombie Wars on his web site, in which he compares excellent zombie novels with his brilliant novel The Sinister Mr. Corpse. In round two we have Mr. Corpse vs. Night of the Living Trekkies. It’s a fun read and if you like dark horror comedy, and don’t know Jeff Strand, let me just say, get to know him!
For the past few weeks we have been running caption contests over at the Night of the Living Trekkies Facebook page, and I must admit the creativity and geek knowledge of those that have played is "Most Impressive!" We’ll keep them going until I run out of prizes and or people get bored of it. With that in mind I’d like to incorporate a rule or two:
1) The caption with the most “Likes” at the end of 24 hours is the winner.
2) In order for your caption to be eligible the author must vote for one other caption – not their own.
3) In the event of a tie I'll toss out votes in which the author voted for their own. If after that a tie still exists, then the two authors will be asked to settle it amongst themselves on the field of honor with bat'leths. Or I’ll just give them both prizes.
In other news, looks like my short story Momentum will be out this Fall in the August issue of Murky Depths and not the Spring issue. Still excited to see it. I have not seen a short story of mine in a magazine for a while, and its time I work on that.
"Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner."
-Gowron, Klingon proverb, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
if it hadn’t been for those meddling Starfleet kids…”
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.