Star Trek: Vulcan

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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.

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Working on this book was so much fun.

I may have written the text, but the book truly comes alive thanks to the stellar work of Insight Editions art director Chrissy Kwasnik, designer Jon Glick, artists Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski, and my editor, Chris Prince. You’ve probably seen some screen grabs of various pages over the past few weeks as we got closer to the publication date, but even they don’t do the actual book true justice.

Yeah, I ‘m biased, but I love how this book turned out. I’m proud of it, and I had a wonderful time writing it and getting to participate in the design and layout stages. I learned a lot about how such books come together, and to appreciate the level of effort it requires from so many different people.

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this entry also will serve as the book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.


16 thoughts on “Star Trek: Vulcan

  1. How much of the information was established versus what you had to make up? I MEAN, discover on your own travels?


  2. It’s a wonderful book with lots of humor and fun, and I am thrilled silly you included sites from my SNW story in its pages.
    How much of the book design did you get to suggest/decide? Can you give us a sense of what that collaboration process was like?


    1. I had perhaps a bit too much fun writing it, at least in some places. 🙂

      The overall design and artwork for the book were created by people who…you know…actually know what they’re doing. I suggested what might be included and where to find the best source material, and I also provided very crude, hand-drawn maps for each of the major locations, which the artists used for reference as they came up with the final, gorgeous, and Not-At-All-Drawn-by-Dayton maps you see in the book.


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