In addition to Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves, reviewed here last month at borg.com, we have three additional, affordably priced gift ideas for your favorite Star Trek fan this holiday season, two books, and an attractive light-up, replica desk prop. First up–Chip Carter is back with an update to his 2011 big book of Star Trek trivia in the expanded and updated Obsessed With Star Trek. Carter added 200 new questions to cover the Kelvin timeline (the three reboot films) for this edition for a 2,700 question volume (sorry, no questions yet from Star Trek Discovery). Questions are divided into sections covering each series through Enterprise, with a section on the movies through Star Trek Nemesis. Readers will find a section each on cast, crew, and characters, aliens, ships and technology, and a section on concepts inside the Trek universe across the series. As with the original, the book is entirely multiple choice questions, so use it how you will–incorporate it into a trivia game or just challenge yourself. Those familiar with the last edition will note this version does not have the built-in digital game component, bringing its price down significantly compared to the previous edition. Obsessed With Star Trek, the new edition, is available now from Titan Books here at Amazon.
Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will want to check out a replica display item from a fan-favorite episode, available from Running Press. It’s Patrick Stewart’s Locutus prosthetic headpiece from the two-part story The Best of Both Worlds. Unlike the original, the headpiece (referred to as a mask on the product) is made of die-cast metal and designed based on the look of Locutus in the second episode of the story. It’s smaller than true-scale, close to 1:4 scale (3.5″ x 3.5″ x 5.5″) with LED laser light and audio featuring Locutus’s key dialogue, including his familiar line “resistance is futile.” A die-cast metal base with removable plastic display cover (also included) makes for a nice office display. The Locutus of Borg Collectible Mask includes a 48-page mini-hardcover book with photographs and remarks about the character also written by Chip Carter. It’s available now at more than half off the release price here at Amazon.
Finally, the folks at Titan and its publication Star Trek Magazine have pulled together several previously published articles focused specifically on Star Trek the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation for the new compilation book Star Trek: Epic Episodes. This latest release includes cast and crew interviews, plus hundreds of color photographs from the shows as well as behind-the-scenes images.
Star Trek: Epic Episodes features two-parters, landmark stories, and fans of these series are likely to find some of their favorites featured here, like The Cage, Space Seed, Cause and Effect, Yesterday’s Enterprise, and The Best of Both Worlds. Star Trek: Epic Episodes is 176 pages and is available here at Amazon. It’s being released with two cover options, one with Locutus, the other with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.
Each of these new releases is available at publication time for less than $20 as discounted at Amazon.com. They would make good gifts for any Star Trek fan.