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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a little disappointing
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...
Published on 31 Dec 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The item description said this as the updated version. No it was not. Why do amazon have to tell me how many words I should type
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10 of 10 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 review is from: Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, however slight improvements would make 5 *, 8 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future (Paperback)
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book that I use over and over and highly recommend!, 12 July 1998
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but outta date!, 2 Feb 2009
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Mr. E. Neil "ericneil3" (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future (Paperback)
You can't fault this excellent reference work. It's entertaining, detailed, finely illustrated and informative. But I wouldn't even consider buying another version until it's at least caught up with the 'Enterprise' series which is now a firmly established part of the Star Trek universe. So, until then..................
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek from A to Z....(up to 1994 Trek, that is), 26 Dec 2003
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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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.
Although the Okudas considered using "facts" from some of the many authorized Star Trek novels published by Pocket Books, they decided to limit their entries to data taken directly from The Original Series, the feature films and the various television spin-offs. Thus, while there is an entry for Zarabeth (who appeared in TOS episode "All Our Yesterdays"), there is none for Zar, the son Spock fathered during his brief fling with her on Sarpeidon (and who appeared only in A.C. Crispin's novels Yesterday's Son and Time for Yesterday). It would have been difficult for the compilers of the Encyclopedia to choose which "facts" to include and which ones to exclude, so all the entries are about people, planets, weapons, life forms, civilizations and starships seen on film or video. (NBC/Filmation's 1970s Star Trek animated series is also excluded because it was not produced by Paramount.)
As in Steven Sansweet's 1998 Star Wars Encyclopedia, the entries are presented in alphabetical order from A ("A&A Officer") to Z ("Zytchin III"). Many entries are short and to the point; there are no long, detailed articles about the workings of a hand phaser or the intricacies of the transporter (that's in Rick Sternbach and Mike Okuda's Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual). The longer entries focus, appropriately, on the major characters (such as Kirk, Spock and Picard). All the actors who portrayed onscreen characters are properly credited in parentheses, and the episode or film where data points are derived from are also identified.
In addition to still photos from episodes and feature films, The Star Trek Encyclopedia is replete with charts, graphs and line drawings of starships, uniforms, equipment, weapons, and Starfleet signage and insignia.
Even more enjoyable are the authors' "real-life" observations that, like their text commentaries on the new Collector's Edition Star Trek feature film DVDs, give the reader insights that are both informative and amusing. The entire series of "official reference works" has these little gems that reflect the wonder and genuine affection that the authors -- and the fans -- have for the various incarnations of Roddenberry's optimistic look at the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous resource for every hard-core fan!, 12 July 1999
By A Customer
The incredible complexities of the Star Trek universe are revealed in this great resource that is a must have for every fan of the series. Contains everything you have ever (or never) wanted to know! I bought two copies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cue gasps of astonishment, 19 Mar 1999
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This book is the Star Trek bible. All must bow down to it's glory. I bummed a copy from my friend, and boy, did I fall in love. After "borrowing" it for 2 months, he came over to my house and reposessed it, forcing me to buy my own copy. This book is full of more useless knowledge than you'll ever need, and for any well rounded Trekkie, there is never enough! I can't wait untill the next edition comes out, with information completing Voyager and DS9. If you have the money, but this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Encyclopedia: Second Edition, 12 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Considering the constraints on time needed for research, art development, publishing and distribution, this is simply the most up-to-date reference available. Not intended solely for the hard-core trekkie/trekker, but a volume that the casual watcher will find illuminating and humorous. From the un-aired pilot film to the early years of Voyager, this is not simply a reference tome, but a most comprehensive book to be enjoyed. Settle long-standing trivia questions, find out other interesting facts about your favorite bridge-crew member, whatever you want, it's here! I heartily endorse this book, and look forward to the next one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY ONE OF THE GREATEST STAR TREK BOOKS EVER MADE, 30 Oct 1998
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This is an excellent book for all of you Trekkies out there. Personally, I read this all the time. I am a mostly VOYAGER Trekkie, so I love reading about the new technogadgets in the Star Trek world. This is a must for anybody who is deeply into Star Trek!!
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