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Deep Space Nine Companion (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Paperback – 4 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (4 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671501062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671501068
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.8 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, here is a book that covers all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. And, at 725 pages, this "companion" covers them in considerable depth. Terry J Erdmann had access to the set throughout the seven seasons, resulting in a volume filled with interviews and anecdotes. A brief introduction to each season is followed by an episode-by-episode guide, consisting of writing, directing and acting credits, stardate where known, a detailed plot summary and then a lengthy analysis including interviews with the actors and production staff. These provide a wealth of detail that gives the reader a real feeling for all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing the finished shows. At more than twice the length of the previous Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, the coverage feels very thorough, although more biographical information on the actors would have been welcome. Dotted through the book are longer interviews, and at the end there is a piece about the very last day of filming. An appendix provides an alphabetical listing of episodes for easy reference. Thebook is liberally illustrated with photographs and drawings but, sadly, these are all black and white. But, that aside, this is an essential addition to the bookshelves of long-time fans, as well as providing an accessible introduction for those less familiar with the show. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 21 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a show that rewarded the long-time viewer as well as providing high quality storytelling to appeal to the casual watcher. After seven seasons, Pocket Books brought out the inevitable companion to the excellent series which manages to distinguish itself as a great book.
Terry J. Erdmann gives the impression of someone who really knows what he's talking about and he should, having been present during the filming of the series and getting to know the actors and production staff from the first season.
Every season and episode are given detailed plot summaries before the even more in-depth behind-the-scenes information that will surprise even the most hardcore fan. From highlighting the art department's habit of inserting names from their favourite TV programmes into displays and decorations on the show to information about the actors' private lives, this book covers every detail.
This, along with the interesting sketches and ideas at regular intervals, makes the DS9 companion infinitely more informative and enjoyable to read than what has been produced for The Next Generation and Voyager. The only improvements that could be made to this book could be colour photographs, although this would likely increase the cost, and sections highlighting funny continuity errors and bloopers, often found in unofficial guides.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bowden on 6 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Most companion books to TV series consist of little more than a small paperback, however this is no average companion book. This is over 700 large, glossy pages of Deep Space Nine heaven with more plot and behind the scenes information than you could ever wish to know. Even if you're just slightly interested in Deep Space Nine, you'll find hours of fascintating reading. Go buy, for this is fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Deep Space Nine, the second spin-off from the original Star Trek series, ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 1999. At the time it was originally on the air it was considered the 'awkward child' of the Star Trek franchise, being overshadowed at the start of its run by the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation and then for the rest of its run by the start of Star Trek: Voyager. Time has been kind to the series, however, and it is now widely regarded as the best - or at least the most consistently excellent - of the Star Trek television series.

It's therefore appropriate that the best Star Trek series got the best companion book out of all of the series, and in fact probably the best non-fiction book ever written about Star Trek. To write it, Terry J. Erdmann took the unusual step of developing it alongside the series. He literally started writing it in 1993 when the show launched and completed it in 1999 after it concluded, publishing it in 2000. This - slightly mental - way of writing the book allowed him to interview the writers, actors and production staff at regular intervals when their memories of each episode were fresh, and in some cases be on-set for the filming of scenes. This wasn't a cash-in hack job to ride on the show's popularity, but an eight-year project that is impressive in showing its creators' commitment to doing as good a job as possible.

The format of the book is fairly standard. The book is divided into seven sections, one for each season of the show. There's an overview of the season as a whole and then a summary of each episode, as well as cast lists, transmission dates and all the usual gubbins you get in books like this. However, the meat of the book is the elaborate 'behind the scenes' section for each and every one of the 173 episodes that was made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "steve_lacey_1998" on 14 May 2003
Format: Paperback
How often does an official guide to a top-rated, award-winning television series empty your wallet, only to present you with disappointing photos and overly elaborate plot synopsis? Wouldn't it be nice to find a book that delves beneath all of that to deliver real insight into the show it purports to describe?
Well, here is one such book. Taking its lead from Larry Nemecek's guide to TNG, Erdmann presents a reasonably concise synopsis, followed by a wealth of behind the scenes information. All of the main cast are interviewed, as are the entire permanent creative team. Guest star actors and freelance writers also have their say, and you really get the impression that you know what happened on the show.
But best of all, the guide features the responsible people admitting when things didn't work (although how anyone was going to spin 'Meridian' into a success story would challenge even the creative powers of J. Archer!).
And there's even more. Boxed off sections reveal more behind the creative process that cannot easily be confined to one episode alone, such as Max Grodenchik's arrival on DS9, the rescoring of the theme tune for Season 4, and an account of the emotional last day of filming.
Once you have read this book, you feel you know everything there is to know about DS9, from the geography of Bajor (a map, originally hung on Ira Stephen Behr's wall is printed foryour pleasure) to the last scene ever recorded. Buy it, read it, and lament the passing of perhaps the greatest of Star Treks.
Oh, and you can now get it on DVD as well.
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