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Star Trek Encyclopedia A Reference Guide to the Future [Hardcover]

Michael Okuda , Denise Okuda
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1 Dec 1997
Exhaustively researched and cross-referenced, the "Star Trek Encyclopedia" features main and supporting characters, detailed pop illustrations, a starship recognition chart, alien races, Starfleet uniform chart, phaser evolution chart, weapons and tools, medical equipment, inside jokes, and much more -- for a total of more than 5,000 entries worthy of study by Trekkers everywhere.

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster Inc); 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671536079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671536077
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new version of the Star Trek Encyclopedia is a reissue of the 1997 edition plus a 128-page supplement of additional material that updates Deep Space Nine to the end of its run and Voyager to midway through season five. It also covers the movie Star Trek: Insurrection. The supplement is as meticulously detailed as the rest of the volume, listing such fascinating trivia as chadre kab (Seven of Nine's first meal), "Kahless and Lukara" (a Klingon opera) and voraxna (a Cardassian poison), as well as all the new characters and species. Appendices include illustrations of starships, cast and crew listings, a historical timeline and a bibliography. All photographs and illustrations (except a few historical shots) are in colour. The encyclopedia was devisedin part to help production staff on the various Star Trek TV series keep up with the ever-increasing level of detail generated by over more than 30 years of creative effort. It is an excellent reference volume and, whether you want to settle an argument or write a novel, this book will answer your questions. But beware: The extensive cross-referencing leads to curious time-distortion effects, in which the unwary reader, dipping in to settle a single query, encounters an irresistible urge to browse further, during which hours of normal time can pass in the wink of aneye. --Elizabeth Sourbut --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a little disappointing 31 Dec 1999
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This is SOOOOOOOOO BRILLIANT if you are a Star Trek fan and you want to know everything about Star Trek. The first editions of the encyclopedia were pure excellance, but this one is slightly different, or should I say, the same....with a bit added at the end!!! This edition is virtually identical to the last edition, only it has a supplement at the end that covers the latest seasons of DS9 and Voyager. I would have thought that the Okudas would have printed any new information in with the older stuff, so you don't have to read about something and finish off reading information on that subject at the end of the book. Perhaps the Okudas will do this next time round, I hope...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is so wonderful because of the great attention which has been paid to details. This book reveals how incredibly fine and detailed the Star Trek Universe has been conceived and developed. I found the chronological listing of events in the Star Trek Universe very useful. However I found inconsistencies in the order of Episodes compared with the Star Trek Web Site.
The only thing that could be improved would be to incorporate the updated addendum into the main text. I hope this will be done in a future edition. Further possible goodies would be detailed schematics of the starships Enterprise and Voyager as well as Deep Space 9.
I am looking forward to a future edition which includes all season of Star Trek Voyager. Great work from the Editors and their team!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book is one of the best I've ever read on Star Trek. While I use it to look up specific things once in a while, I mainly use it as a good book to browse through at any time. Whenever I open it, I find out something that new that I didn't know before, or something old that is just as informative to read a second or even a third time. It gives a detailed biography of all the different main characters, from Captain Picard to Commander Riker, Lt. Cmdr. Data, Lt. Cmdr. Worf, Counselor Deanna Troi, Geordi LaForge, Dr. Beverly Crusher, Ensign Wesley Crusher, Chief Miles O'Brian, Captain Sisko, Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax, Major Kyra Narys, Security Chief Odo, Dr. Julian Bashir, Captain Janeway, Commander Chakotay, Seven of Nine, and much more! Besides this, it lists detailed descriptions and diagrams of the main ships, and gives at least mention of almost every kind of ship that is mentioned on Star Trek at any time. There are several charts and tables that make up detailed lists of all known kinds of races/life forms that exist, all known planets, all known names of Starships, all known planet names, and more. Basically, if it was mentioned in any episode of any of the Star Trek series, you will probably find it somewhere in this book, and the best part is that it's all in alphabetical order, organized just like an Encyclopedia of the 20th century! I definately recommend it to any Trekkie, die-hard or not! This book deserves a 6-star rating, it is unlucky that 5 is the maximum!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informational and helpful. 8 July 1998
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The Star Trek Encyclopedia is an exellent source of information for Star Trek fans, especially those who are die-hard. I liked the book because it has very good information on ships, characters, and more. The book also has information on bloopers and other parts that actors played. For example, the book pointed out that In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan said he remembered Chekov from "Space Seed", unfortunatly this is impossible because Chekov's character was not yet created.
The is book is also good to get information on broad subjects, like ship classes and planets etc. For example, the book has lists of all the named ships, their classes, and what they did in relevance to Star Trek.
The book doesn't tell info on the books, but it is good in all other areas, episodes included. I would recommend this book to all Trek fans who ever wanted a place to look something up.
This book is much better than any other Star Trek info book I've ever seen, it also comes with free blueprints of the USS Enterprise D, so its a must.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to believe that Star Trek -- in all its incarnations -- has been around for nearly 40 years. Indeed, it's hard to remember American pop culture before Gene Roddenberry's now-iconic TV series and its legendary characters -- Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura and the Starship Enterprise -- came to life in the fall of 1966. Now, of course, Star Trek is a huge force in the entertainment universe; it has spun off four television series, 10 feature films, hundreds of hardcover and paperback novels and dozens of reference works.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future, written by Star Trek staffers Mike and Denise Okuda with Debbie Mirek, is one of a triumvirate of reference books (the others being The Star Trek Chronology: A History of the Future and The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual) that focus on the Star Trek universe.
Unlike Allan Asherman's The Star Trek Compendium (essentially a guide to the original series' episodes and feature film incarnations), the conceit of these books is that they are presented as though the Star Trek universe really existed. Written from a "24th-Century point of view," the entries read as though they had been composed by historians chronicling the events and scientific developments in Federation history. As the introduction explains, "we have assumed editorially that both authors and readers are residents of the late 24th century" a few years after some of the latter series' (Star Trek: The Next Generation for the first 1994 edition) runs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Illogical !
I have a printed copy of this book. In the printed copy the illustrations are great. I thought that if I bought the kindle version , I would be able to stretch the illustrations to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!
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