…and look what she brought back!
Yep, a couple of copies arrived just today via the good folks at Insight Editions and FedEx. We’re officially in the home stretch as we await official publication of Hidden Universe Travel Guide – Star Trek: Vulcan.
From the back cover:
Plan your next trip to the planet Vulcan with this essential travel guide. Fine restaurants that serve the best plomeek soup and Vulcan port. Take a trip to Vulcan’s majestic capital ShiKahr the stunning lava fields of the majestic Fire Plains; experience spring break at Lake Yuron and discover the beauty of the (relatively) laid-back coastal community of Raal; explore the historic monasteries found in the L-langon Mountains and even undertake the legendary kahs-wan ritual. All of this and more can be found within the pages of this indispensable Hidden Universe guide to one of the most popular–and logical–destinations in the known universe.
>> DISCOVER THE PAST – Learn about the fractious periods in Vulcan’s history that led to the Time of Awakening and a new period of enlightenment.
>> GET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE – Learn all about the Vulcan people and their unusual customs, and find out how to perform the traditional Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” salutation (you really don’t want to get this wrong).
>> LEARN THE LINGO – Get to know key Vulcan phrases such as Nam-tor puyan-tvi-shal wilat: “Where is your restroom?”
>> BE PREPARED – Find out what to do if you suddenly find yourself host to a katra–a Vulcan’s living spirit–at an inconvenient moment.
I wrote the words, but the book truly comes alive thanks to the stellar work of Insight art director Chrissy Kwasnik, designer Jon Glick, and artists Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski. The screen grabs of various pages I’ve seen so far–as awesome as they are–still don’t do the actual book full justice. This damned thing is gorgeous, y’all.
Hidden Universe Travel Guide – Star Trek: Vulcan will be showing up in stores on or about July 19th, and will also be available in e-Book format(s) that very day. I’m kinda biased, but I think it’ll make a terrific gift for that Trekkie on your shopping list(s).
As I mentioned earlier in the week, the book will also be premiering a bit early at next month’s Shore Leave convention, and I’ll definitely be thrilled to sign copies for folks.
Oh, and for those of you who worry about such things as alternate timelines and whatnot: