The Star Trek Encyclopedia

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9780671869052: The Star Trek Encyclopedia

This reference book, designed for Star Trek fans, brings together all three incarnations of the Star Trek phenomenon: the original Star Trek, The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. It contains over 5,000 entries on alien races, planets and stars, weapons and tools and private jokes.

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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 for a few historical shots) are in color. The encyclopedia was devised in part to help production staff on the various Star Trek TV series to keep up with the ever-increasing level of detail generated by over 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 an eye. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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The Star Trek Encyclopedia is the definitive reference book to the minutiae of the first three Star Trek® series. Exhaustive information on the characters, alien races, planets, weapons, medical equipment, etc., of the Trek universe, with technical diagrams and appendices on the timeline of the show's production and the writers of each episode.

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