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Star Trek the Next Generation: On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise: Be Transported to the Final Frontier with a Breathtaking 3D Tour [With CDROM] [Hardcover]

Denise Okuda , Michael Okuda
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Mar 2013 Star Trek the Next Generation
Famed for its original storylines, endearing and complex characters as well as the sheer enjoyment of watching, "Star Trek" is a serious hobby for some, a part-time job for others, and a rich source of fun for all. "On Board The U.S.S. Enterprise" is the golden ticket for a once-in-a-lifetime, access-all-areas personal tour of the fabled corridors of the U.S.S. Enterprise, deconstructed with all the seriousness and depth of an equivalent guide to the Titanic. Captain Picard's Starship Enterprise has become the enduring image of "Star Trek: TNG", and this is the legend at the centre of this title.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Har/Cdr edition (Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764166069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764166068
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 25.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Husband-and-wife team Michael and Denise Okuda. Michael was the scenic art supervisor for Star Trek: The Next Generation and was responsible for the control panels, signage, written languages, computer readout animations and more. He was nominated for the Best Visual Effects Emmy for his work on the show. He also worked on the movies Star Trek IV, Star Trek V and Star Trek VI among others. The Okudas have since worked together as consultants on the Star Trek: TNG high definition upgrade project, created the text commentary in the Star Trek Special Edition DVDs, and special text for the Star Trek fan collection series. Michael has also helped Christies with the cataloging of Star Trek items for auction. Michael co-authored Star Trek: Ships of the Line and Star Trek: TNG Technical Manual, and together they wrote The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future and were technical consultants for the U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes manual. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Presented, Overpriced and Unsatisfying 17 Mar 2013
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Sadly, although promoted as 'a breathtaking 3D tour' of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, this book and CD is anything but and was VERY disappointing. In as far as I have enormous respect for Denise and Michael Okuda I purchased this book believing that we would be getting a tour of the sets, the interior of the ship from the perspective of somebody who worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sadly I was very much in error. Although lavishly illustrated with lots of stock photographs of the ship, it's interiors and primary characters it does not in any way shape or form actually tell you anything which is not available in other volumes and worse, the CD-ROM which included in the book does not go into any great depth about the ship. Instead offering only SIX locations (rendered in all fairness in exceptional detail, but lacking interactive qualities) out of the many possible ones we saw in the show, or which have been covered by earlier products (the interactive U.S.S. Technical Guide comes to mind from many years ago). Sadly I will not be recommending this product for those reasons and I feel that it is little more than a cheap and nasty attempt at cashing in on the popularity of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As another reviewer as said here, the book's writing style and presentation reminds me of a 'basic learner' type of books aimed at children and was insulting to the adult, often fan-oriented, audience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book is really not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping it would be a really nice coffee table style book a bit like "The Continuing Mission" around 10 years ago but instead what I have is something more like a Blue Peter Annual from 1994. The book is not long at only 40 pages and is full of very simplistic explanations regarding the ship and characters. It seems to be aimed at Children who have only just discovered the show.

As for the CD Rom with CG ship locations, it's very well done but just seems to be lacking something. You can't interact with it at all nor can you move around. The only thing you can do it pan around in each of the locations. It's rather dull to be honest.

This book is fine if you are about 10 years old and have only just discovered Star Trek. If you are an adult fan I would avoid it otherwise you will be very disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You have to be a real fan to love this 2 Jun 2013
By B. M. Clegg TOP 1000 REVIEWER
While I loved the original series of Star Trek, for me the ultimate was Star Trek, the Next Generation. With better acting, more depth of characters, much better visuals and some excellent storylines it was a transformation of the Star Trek theme. I mean, come on, Patrick Stewart as captain? What's not to love?

So I was rather excited to have a chance to review a book called On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise by Denise and Michael Okuda, which is a detailed exploration of the NCC 1701-D, both in the pages of the book and on an accompanying CD-ROM with a graphic reconstruction of various parts of the interior.

I suppose I should have realized I was setting myself up for disappointment. Part of the reason for this is that if you watch an STTNG episode now, frankly they can be a bit creaky. So it's not entirely surprising that the same applies to the book. Just as graphically the TV series now looks rather fuzzy, badly coloured and crude, so do the images, mostly taken from screenshots, in the book. Yes, we are told quite a lot about the ship - but there's nothing there you wouldn't have picked up if you hadn't watched the series. And if that was the case, you wouldn't want to read the book. It really doesn't extend what was there already. It's not enough, for instance, to tell me about dilithium crystals - I want to know where they come from, how they work...

Similarly, the graphics on the CD-ROM are quite good, though at each location you are limited to viewing from two or three places in the scene, but the end result is strangely empty feeling, rather like those graphics you want to skip through on DVDs that come before you choose an episode.

My biggest problem with this book is who it's for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 18 Jan 2014
Michael and Denise Okuda used to be highly respectable Star Trek authors. Their Encyclopaedia and Chronology were (and arguably still are) the best Star Trek reference books in existence (excluding periodicals), but they have really let themselves down here. On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise is incredibly brief and simplistic and feels more like a hardback magazine than an actual "book".

Most of the 40 pages (some of which fold out) contain a large picture that takes up well over 75% of the available space. Small boxes of text are randomly scattered around (some of which have little or nothing to do with what is actually in the picture). Most of the pictures appear to come from the accompanying CD-ROM rather than the actual show and are all unimpressive.

The small amount of text either consists of blatantly obvious facts that anyone even vaguely familiar with the show will already know, or else contains meaningless technobabble ("The matter injector heats cryogenic hydrogen and pressurizes it with a small fusion preburner reactor"). It's the sort of thing that you can quite easily flick through in less than thirty minutes.

Clearly the intended audience is little kids, but this doesn't excuse it. The Visual Dictionary by Paul Ruditis is aimed for a similar audience but is presented in a far better way. The Haynes U.S.S. Enterprise manual is also a much better read.

The overall emphasis here is clearly on the accompanying CD-ROM. The "book" is merely glorified sleeve-notes which could only have been an afterthought. The quality on the CD-ROM isn't bad, but the screens take quite a while to load, the navigation system is frustrating and there is a complete lack of interactivity. You get bored within minutes.

In short, save your money.
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