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"Star Trek" Compendium Paperback – 12 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (12 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864729
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 1.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss J. A. Webster on 12 Oct. 2013
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This is an excellent reference book for all classic Star Trek fans. I actually bought it to replace my old damaged copy from constant use, so you can imagine my delight at finding it here.
It gives you necessary informative details of the ideas behind each season and information of each episode including their story lines, titles and the actors who guest starred in them. It even has a variety of pictures almost on every page and its not a disappointing size either.
All in all a great guide for any enthusiast like myself and I wouldn't like to be without it... EVER!
Well worth every penny.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best Trek resource. 25 April 2006
By 40ish jazz lover - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is hands-down the best resource for reading about the original series' episodes.
The book is mainly an episode by episode guide.
Asherman gives thoughtful analyses of each episode. He is fair to the writers and series production crew. He resists slamming the widely discredited (as goofy) third season.
My only reservation that keeps me from giving the book five stars: I wish it were more intellectual. It is fitting to expect an intellectual assessment of the series as it was one of the most thought-provoking science fiction series after the 1960s Outer Limits. Certainly, this was a more thoughtful series, in comparison to the gadget-crazy subsequent television series incarnations of Star Trek.
Awkward points: the book was first written in the 1980s, prior to the release of the series on video tapes. Thus, it lacks references to the episodes' being on tape.
A fun companion to this book would be the special "Entertainment Weekly Special Star Trek Issue" (Fall, 1994) that is devoted to Star Trek. This edition gives tongue-in-cheek number ratings for the episodes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Compendium Reviewed 26 Jun. 2012
By Morris Sullivan - Published on
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When I found this book on, I was actually looking for a book on the Star Trek Animated Series from the 1970's, specifically an episode guide of the animated series. When I first came across the Star Trek Compendium, I glanced at it, then moved on. When I was unable to find anything on the Star Trek Animated Series,I went back to take a closer look at The Star Trek Compendium. That's when I discovered that it contained a section on the animated series along with an episode guide. I was already sold.

I consider myself something of a Trekker, but not rabidly so. I've read my share of magazine articles on Star Trek, but just scanning through The Star Trek Compendium (copyright 1989, 1993), I still managed to learn quite a bit about the original series and how it came to be. After TWO pilot episodes, NBC gave the go-ahead for the series, and the rest is history. Yet there is quite a bit of history to be had in Allan Asherman's book that details the development process that went into Star Trek. With plenty of black & white photos throughout the volume, the episode synopses are long and informative. Asherman gives the names of the characters in each episode, but disappointingly omits the names of the actors portraying those characters. However, all is not lost in this department since said actors are listed in the back of the book in an Index Of Principals (actors) which includes their character's name, and episode number in which they appeared.

There is a page devoted to the syndication of the original series, and a page devoted to the Star Trek Animated Series followed by a full episode guide for it. The synopses for these episodes are noticeably shorter, but then these episodes are only a half-hour long. Since the animated episodes were written by many of the writers of the original series' episodes, the animated series is held in high regard.

Asherman goes on the describe the Star Trek feature films all the way through Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, with full synopses along with background info, and photos. He finishes the tome with an index of episode titles in alphabetical order for the original series as well as the animated series, along with the aforementioned Index Of Principals. An interesting and informative book that I'm proud to own.

Morris Sullivan
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must for Every TOS Trekker 8 Nov. 2009
By Rob Boyte - Published on
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I bought this book in 1991 because I had watched all 80 eps of Star Trek many times over and wanted more info on the series. It is part of our cultural mythos and references always come up about Star Trek that sometimes one likes to research.

When I moved to a smaller apartment I thinned my library and this was one of the books that I gave my sister, also a Trekker. Big mistake - I missed having it. Hence I hunted it down and got another copy for myself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Non Fiction 3 Sept. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Star Trek Compendium is an episode guide to Star Trek that is very well done. The episode lists and information appear to be quite accurate and informative, at least to my non-expert self. There is an introduction and some background to the Star Trek phenomenon as well. Anyone with interest should be happy with this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review of 20th anniversary edition. 10 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This compendium was a valuable resource for me during my semester as Editor of my college newspaper. We used it extensively for trivia questions and to answer those pesky "In what episode" questions.

The 20th anniversary edition was a delight, I can only guess that the current edition is even better.
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