Christmas Loot

We don’t really exchange extravagant gifts around these parts (no cars with ribbons in the driveway, for example), but I did want to share two gifts I received this year that I was really excited about. It should come as no surprise that they were both books.

Star Trek: The Original Series 365

The first is Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block, with Terry J. Erdmann. It’s a visual treat, with plenty of pictures, interviews and anecdotes from all 79 original Star Trek episodes. I’m looking forward to paging my way through it. I’m not sure if it can dig up anything new on The Original Series after all these years, but it looks to be a pleasant enough read.

National Air and Space MuseumThe other book targets my infatuation with aviation. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: An Autobiography is a new history of the nation’s most popular museum published by National Geographic and edited by Michael J. Neufeld and Alex M. Spencer. It is beautiful, with detailed photos of many of the aviation treasures on display at the museum and filled with behind the scenes stories by and about the people that made aviation history.

Both of these may jump to the top of my reading list for 2011 as I wrap up my reading for this year. I am toying with the idea of adding a page for my reading list, just to help me keep track.

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to treat myself to one more gift before the end of the year. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to vote for the Hugo Awards this year that I’m going to spring for a supporting membership to Renovation, the 69th WorldCon in Reno, Nevada next year and tentative plans are on the table for me and an old friend to attend Chicon 7, the 70th WorldCon in Chicago in 2012!