Whether you’re a hardcore science-fiction fan and fantasy aficionado or you’re trying to shop for one, this year’s crop of sci-fi/fantasy is a virtual cornucopia of great gift ideas. Here are five books you’ll want to put under the tree:
Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, by Juan Ortiz
This book is an absolute must-have for any fan of the original Star Trek series. Artist Juan Ortiz revisited every single episode from the original series and created retro-style movie posters for all 80 of them! It’s simply a stunning achievement—one look inside and you’ll be blown away.
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug, by Raymond E. Feist and Stephen Abrams
This compendium is structured largely as the unearthed journal of Pug—the realm of Midkemia’s most iconic character—and gives readers an intimate look into the wizard’s long and adventure-filled life. Featuring dozens of jaw-dropping illustrations, maps, and diagrams, this travelogue is truly a “gift” book—one that fans of Feist’s Midkemia will cherish forever.
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years, by David A. Goodman
A detailed history of the Federation from the “First Contact” meeting between human Zefram Cochrane and the Vulcan Solkar on April 5, 2063, to the signing of the Khitomer Accords after the destruction of Praxis, this fully illustrated book will keep Trekkies of all ages “engaged” for hours!
How to Speak Droid with R2-D2: A Communication Manual, by Urma Droid
I love this book—mostly because of the sound module that’s included, in which R2D2 demonstrates various droid phrases. This novelty item will go over BIG with any Star Wars fan. (Also available: How to Speak Wookiee!)
The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, by Paul Davies
Gamers who follow the Assassin’s Creed franchise will find this massive art book breathtaking. With literally hundreds of illustrations that depict Edward Kenway’s evolution from pirate to assassin, this book is a visual feast that will intrigue and mesmerize anyone who has ever played the game.