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Star Trek Vault: 40 Years from the Archives [Hardcover]

Scott Tipton
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6 Oct 2011

A fully illustrated, interactive tribute to the world’s most famous and popular science fiction series: Star Trek.

To boldly go where no one has gone before, renowned Star Trek expert, Scott Tipton has delved deep into the CBS archives and their treasure trove of photographs, scripts, concept sketches, blueprints, storyboards and memorabilia, to explore how Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision of the future became a modern myth.

Covering all six Star Trek television series and the ten original feature films, the book examines the far-reaching social and scientific optimism that underpins the franchise, dwelling on milestones such as its ground-breaking mixed-race casts and technologies that have since become common-place, before taking an in-depth look at the making of each series and movie.

Painstakingly researched and lavishly designed, and boasting a wealth of never-before-seen images and removable memorabilia – including captain’s chair blueprints, rare leaf trading cards, wrap party invites and international movie posters - The Star Trek Vault is the ultimate celebration of a pop culture institution.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136789
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 30.5 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four stars ****

(Total Film )

‘Written with authority and affection, there’s something here for Trekkies of every stripe.’ Four stars ****

(Empire )

‘Lavishly illustrated throughout with some rarely seen pictures…if you’re looking for a book that celebrates with 45th anniversary of Star Trek’s first broadcast, then you’re unlikely to find better.’

(Star Trek Magazine )

‘An absolute delight, and nicely packaged…an engrossing treat for any Star Trek fan.’ 9/10

(Star Burst magazine )

‘An impressive tribute and celebration … lavishly designed and packed to the rafters'

(The Bookseller )

‘Particularly fascinating look at the marketing materials printed at the time …the majority of the pull-outs are great fun…a very interesting, fun and well presented block for your coffee table.’

(Filmwerk.co.uk )

‘Tipton makes some very enjoyable personal observations…a lovely tome…a fitting tribute to all things Trek’ 8.5/10

(Kooltvblogspot.com )

'Star Trek fans will be over the moon...Fun, informative and full of surprises, this stunning tribute is a great companion piece for confirmed Trekkies and an ideal gift to encourage a new generation of fans.'

(Lancashire Evening Post )

'Every Trekkie's dream come true'

(Choice )

About the Author

Scott Tipton is the author of a wide range of graphic novels for such licenses as Star Trek, Angel and Astro Boy, including such popular titles as Klingons: Blood Will Tell, Khan: Ruling in Hell, Spock: Reflections, Deep Space Nine: Fool’s Gold, The Burden of Knowledge, Mirror Images, A Hole in the World, and Illyria: Haunted. Scott is also the co-author of Comic Books 101, a history of the American art form known as comics, aimed at both new readers and lifelong fans alike. Tipton is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular website Comics 101 (www.comics101.com), and writes the weekly column of the same name, the site’s most frequently visited and highly trafficked column. Tipton also serves as communications director for Toynami, a Sherman Oaks-based toy company. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his high-school sweetheart, Jenny, and more comics and action figures than a grown man has any right to have.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 40 years archive with not enough content. 3 Nov 2011
I was a bit disappointed with this book. Considering their is over 40 years worth of Star Trek lore consisting of five hit TV series, eleven movies and a animated show the book just grazes everything. The Star Trek Vault could have been huge and packed full of rich content. If your a major fan then I guess you will part with your hard earned cash anyway. But overall their is nothing new or amazingly exciting about it. I'd give it 3 stars simply because I'm a Trekkie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fair observed view 18 Oct 2011
This vault is an ideal overview of the history of Star trek - the Television shows, animation, movies and beyond. beyond you say? yes well this vault also encompasses a plethora of the marketing and advertising tools used to spread the word of Star trek out there in the world.
The written text gets right to the "Bones" sorry about the pun)of each franchise instalment and their varying successes. Completists will want to add this to their collections. Hard core fans looking for new information may feel a bit let down as they are being told what they probably already know. But it's still a great companion piece and is even an ideal gift to encourage a newbie!
Oh yes and a dozen or so pull-out collectable!
3 Stars for the fanbase, 4 for those new to Star trek!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for Trekkies 26 Oct 2011
This book is an absolute dream for any Trekkie, or Trek fan, or indeed anyone interested in popular culture. Covering the entire Star Trek canon from the original series, which first aired in 1966, to the last of the Next Generation movies, and published to coincide with the second of J J Abrams' brilliant new Star Trek films, which is released next year, this terrific collection of photos, memorabilia and articles is something to treasure. I am a huge Trek and Star Wars fan, but Trek came first, of course, and will always be my first love. My only real beef with this book is that the first image you see on opening it is of Spock and not of Jim Kirk - I remember reading the very first collection of Star Trek short stories a year or so before the series began, in which James Blish, the author, instructed readers to watch out for science officer Spock, who, he said, would come to dominate the TV series. Yes, he did, but there was only ever Kirk for me - William Shatner is a brilliant actor, and encapsulated the essence of Star Trek in my opinion.
A strong team, of course, but Kirk was always the lead, the leader, the captain. This is covered off perfectly in Tipton's essays, and the collection of photographs is second to none, acting as a reminder of what turned out to be the greatest Science Fiction franchise in the world. The pull-outs and memorabilia are all stunning, from the brilliant reproduction colouring book to the blueprints for weaponry and hardware. What a magnificent volume - a fitting reminder that Star Trek is still boldly going forty-five years on from the original series' debut, and with a third new series movie promised, it shows no signs of diminishing in popularity. Spectacular, brilliant, the perfect Christmas gift, and indeed, the perfect gift at any time of the year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Vault 23 Nov 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
This collector's item is written and collated by the very talented Scott Tipton, who knows a thing or two about Doctor Who and Star Trek. The book, which is oversize and with very good quality thick paper (for keeping purposes) offers a really good overview of Star Trek from its beginnings in 1966, through the original series, the animated series, the original series films, Next Generation, Next Generation films, Deep Space nine, Voyager and Enterprise - from 1966 to 2005.

Each of the aspects of Star Trek are shown in full colour glory - photos, promotional stills, keepsake memorabilia and interesting information on each of the Star Trek features. It's amazing how much you remember when you see again these older photos and read of the characters and their stories in the Star Trek universe. Absolutely great stuff; a trip down memory lane, a book which any Star Trek fan would keep forever and treasure, and all written by someone who obviously cares very deeply for Star Trek, its memories and its fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Does no justify the price tag 13 July 2013
I own the Star Wars Vault ,which is a classy book which oozes quality from every page.
I also own the Marvel Vault and its own way that too is a fantastic piece of work.
Then I bought this and wondered how they managed to put together such a poor effort ,particularly as the previous books were so good.
I just don' t know where o begin with this one - number of pages in low, not enough quality memorabilia enclosed, no real information in the book. I could go on but I won't.
Fortunately I paid only 6.99 for this from another merchant but was so disappointed, don't know how I would feel paying 28.99.
Was going to get the Terminator and Dr Who Vaults but will hold off now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Vault 12 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the best things I've ever bought. Complete coverage of 40 years that Star Trek has been around. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars star trek book-awesome
Amazing book. bought it for a christmas present for an avid star trek fan and he loves the book. is done to an excellent standard!! would highly recommend it :-)
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by karen
2.0 out of 5 stars Gene Roddenberry is Rolling in his Grave
To sum up my immediate disappointment, this book promised much - in fact the big glossy cover detailed with the inlaid image of the classic Enterprise's primary hull suggested it... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Jd Bluestone
4.0 out of 5 stars From what I'm told this was a good purchased.
I bought this for my fiancé as a extra present for Christmas. As a fan & a bit of a geek he said it's good and liked the little pull out extra's that are stashed within. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by ButterflyAndi
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced junk
I was given this piece of tripe as a Christmas present. Not sure why as I'm not a Star Trek fan at all. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by J. W. Furlong
Highly regarded comics/pop culture/TREK fan comic writer Scott Tipton goes back to the future to bring us his unique look at forty five years of STAR TREK history with the very... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by S. Weller
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love Star Trek don't buy this overpriced turd
I bought this book believing that it would be as good as the wonderful star wars vault.It is not by any stretch of the imagination. Read more
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