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REC.ARTS.STARTREK.TECH READING LIST
Updated June 16, 1994
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* 1. Episode Guides - Can you name the episodes?
* 2. Must Haves - Quasi-canonical stuff
* 3. Good Stuff - Good, but don't quote them
* 4. Pretty Pictures - Be afraid, be very afraid
* 5. Don't Ask Me - Stuff I don't have or have reviews of
* 6. Where Can I Get Them? - Mail-ordering info
* 7. Isn't There... - What books there aren't
* 8. Contributors
>Could somebody post a list of "canon" material? And maybe a *brief*
>list of the major "non-canon" items, such as FASA...?
As Gym Z. Quirk (Taki Kogoma) has often pointed out, "official
Paramount canon" is the movies and live-action television only. No
Roddenberry-Canon is not entirely consistant, but is usually all of
TOS, TNG, DS9, ST I, II, III, most of IV, and some of VI, but not TAS,
or ST V.
For the purposes of Treknology (the point of this group), however,
some concessions are made. I've tried to make these reviews as
unbiased as possible (not very), and put them in increasingly
1. Episode Guides
While Vidiot and Hackman have on-line (free) episode guides for both
TOS and TNG, you can't walk into a store and buy them printed and
bound (at least, in my part of the world). If you're looking to spend
money, these are the ones most bookstores will have.
THE STAR TREK COMPENDIUM
Allan Asherman. "The complete reference book" to the Original Series,
the Animated Series, and the Film Series. Various editions exist; one
including Star Trek VI is the latest, and has a white cover. The
author tends to (IMHO) harp on minor items in Star Trek, and
interprets everything from the IDIC view, as if that drove the writers
of every episode. Each episode or film is given a short summary, and a
behind-the-scenes analysis about twice as long as the summary.
(US$13.00. Pocket Books, 1992(?). ISBN 0-671-68440-X)
THE STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION COMPANION
Larry Nemecek. A compendium for the Next Generation. The first edition
covers the first five seasons of TNG, I personally prefer this style
to Asherman's companion. Each episode is given a short summary, but
the accompanying notes are strictly factual, and don't include much
analysis. This is a must-have book for Treknologists, as it includes
info such as ship classes for barely glimpsed ships, information on
yet-to-be-seen maps and the like.
(US$13.00. Pocket Books, 1992. ISBN 0-671-79460-4)
THE NITPICKER'S GUIDE FOR NEXT GENERATION TREKERS
Phil Farrand. Synopses of all TNG episodes from seasons 1 through 6,
plus any of continuity glitches (which arm someone is leaning on),
effects muckups (when they forget to light something, or the mike boom
shows), technical inconsistencies (holodeck matter, door controls),
and various rants. The author has a deep seated communicator
obsession, and is very unimaginative in terms of coming up with
explanations for the problems he finds. Fun for r.a.st.tech'ers to go
through an find trivial explanations for things he stays awake at
(US$12.95. Dell Publishing, 1993. ISBN 0-440-50571-2)
And in the blast from the past category...
THE STAR TREK CONCORDANCE
Bjo Trimble. One of the first big Star Trek publications by fandom,
this volume is hard to come by. The cover is an "episode wheel" giving
page numbers and abbreviations for all of the episodes detailed within
- in the 1976 edition, both TOS and TAS are treated equally. Episodes
are listed by stardate, a brief interlude of fan art takes up a few
pages, then a season-by- season listing of the episodes with a short
synopsis fills out the first half of the book. The second is a
lexicon, or encyclopedia of sorts for TOS and TAS era information
about Star Trek, much of which is still valid, some of which has
strange quirks. Throughout the book is line art and tracings from cels
of the animated series.
(Ballantine Books, 1976. ISBN 0-345-25137-7-695)
(Cover price, US$6.95, but I got mine for C$85 in 1994.)
The bibliography of the new Encyclopedia says that a new version of
the Condordance, which will include the feature films, is scheduled
for publication soon.
2. Must Haves
These are generally accepted by the .tech community as being fairly
definitive sources, although not perfect by any means.
THE STAR TREK ENCYCLOPEDIA: A REFERENCE GUIDE TO THE FUTURE
Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Debbie Mirek. GET IT. Not much more
can be said about this reference. 396 pages of references and
cross-references, definitions and citations. From "A & A Officer" to
"Zytchin III", with a mini-chronology, entries on warp drives,
subspace, and perhaps most importantly, starships. Not too much
detail, but very nice drawings of ships such as the Nebula and
Ambassador classes, plus lots of background information and a table of
starships. And it has an diagram of a humuhumunukunukuapua'a, which
makes it perfect.
(US$18.00. Pocket Books, 1994. ISBN 0-671-86905-1 (trade pbk), ISBN
STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY: THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
Michael and Denise Okuda. A comprehensive look at the timeline of Star
Trek, from the distant past through both generations to the future. It
is based on "official canon" with the occasional speculation from
episode scripts, Roddenberry's own writing and TAS episodes, but on
the whole, it is derived from the show with few assumptions.
(US$14.00. Pocket Books, 1993. ISBN 0-671-79611-9)
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TECHNICAL MANUAL
Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda. The authors are the Technical
Advisors for both TNG and DS9 (as well as designers and graphic
artists). It is an in-depth look at the workings of the Galaxy Class
starship, specifically the Enterprise. It offers a lot of information
that would be too boring to present on the show, and has occasional
conflicts (mainly when writers "cheat" with technology), but as a
whole, a must-read.
(US$13.00. Pocket Books, 1991. ISBN 0-671-70427-3)
STAR TREK FIFTH SEASON WRITER'S GUIDE
This is the bible for writers, and is basically "canon until proven
otherwise". It should be at the top of the list, but I don't have it.
You can get it from Paramount, I believe.
"... very general, with statements like "Picard trusts his Number One
absolutely" or "Geordi can best be described as a blithe spirit" ...
as Ron Moore said when he autographed a copy of this for me, "This is
a very precious document. You're going to treasure it for a long
time." It can best be thought of as an intro to TNG for beginners."
Along similar lines...
ORIGINAL SERIES WRITER'S GUIDE
"You can get the TOS Writer's Guide from Lincoln Enterprises (address
is in one of the FAQs). In the 70s, that's all there was, "The Making
...", Gerrold's "The World of ...", "The Concordance", and Franz
Joseph's "Technical Manual". These were considered 'canon' even
before such a term was used." [Chris Wayne]
Times have certainly changed!
3. Good Stuff
These references aren't held (by most posters) in as-high a regard as
the previous volumes, but a "serious collector" will have them;
primarily because nothing better is available.
THE MAKING OF STAR TREK
Stephan E. Whitfeild and Gene Roddenberry. First published in 1968,
and is meant as a "how to write for Star Trek". Part I of the book is
a discussion of how Star Trek came to be. Parts III-V are a look at
the production of the episodes. Most important here, however, is Part
II of the book "An Official Biography of a Ship and Its Crew", written
as a reference guide for writers - how does the ship work, who are the
officers, etc. While it has some anachronisms (Starship Class instead
of Constitution Class), it is a very good source of Tech information
about the original series, and the closest thing to an official TOS
reference we're ever likely to see.
(US$5.99. Del Ray/Ballantine, 1968. ISBN 0-345-35019-1)
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TECHNICAL JOURNAL
Shane Johnson. A set of diagrams and plans looking at the Enterprise.
While the text is of dubious quality, and doesn't add much, the
diagrams are very useful, and the fold-out cross- section of the
Enterprise graces my wall. It is done in "Okudagram" style, and makes
a good companion to the TNG Tech Manual.
(US$6.95. Starlog Press, 1992.)
THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION MAKEUP FX JOURNAL
Michael Westmore and Joe Nazzaro. Another Starlog publication,
detailing what goes into making the aliens of Star Trek. From a tech
standpoint, it gives some background and names for some alien species,
straight from the makeup artists.
(US$6.95. Starlog Press, 1992.)
MR. SCOTT'S GUIDE TO THE ENTERPRISE
Shane Johnson. A tech manual for the movie-era Enterprise. It contains
detailed diagrams, and a thorough discussion of ship's systems.
Unfortunately, the author has taken a number of liberties, such as
placing TransWarp drive on the Enterprise-A, setting TOS in the 2190s
and the films in the 2210s, and technology descriptions that don't
quite match "canon Trek".
(US$12.95. Pocket Books, 1987. ISBN 0-671-70498-2)
THE WORLDS OF THE FEDERATION
Shane Johnson. A detailed look at all known aliens encountered on Star
Trek up to season 1 of TNG. It includes TAS aliens, and is a very good
volume, but once more, the author makes some guesses, trying to answer
"unanswered" questions, but which have later been answered in more
(US$12.95. Pocket Books, 1989. ISBN 0-671-70813-9)
4. Pretty Pictures
You'll be hard pressed to get .tech support for the validity of any of
the following; often they outright contradict episodes, movies, and
later references. The first (ST:SFTM) used to be the only thing out
there... but no longer.
STAR TREK: STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL
Franz Joseph. First published in 1975. It houses a number of sections
- Articles of the Federation, Starfleet Command, ships of the
Starfleet, a detailed look at the Class I Starship (Enterprise), and
standard equipment. While this was a mainstay of Tech discussions in
the past (or so I've heard), it is beginning to show its age - it has
many conflicts with later information, and the writing is both sparse
and hard to follow, explaining little.
(US$12.00. Ballantine, 1975. ISBN 0-345-34074-4)
STAR TREK STARSHIP TACTICAL COMBAT SIMULATOR
I've only glanced at pages 1-58, but pages 59 through 78 give rather
nice pictures of "real" TFS ships (Excelsior, Enterprise, Reliant,
Grissom, D-7, Klingon Bird of Prey, Romulan Bird of Prey), and not so
"real" ships. It also provides speculation about the speeds, weaponry,
defenses, and other data about all of the ships. While I just like the
pictures, others may like the textual information. FASA has a
relatively poor reputation on the 'net, but the pictures *are* good.
(FASA Corporation, 1986. No ISBN given.)
JACKILL'S STAR FLEET REFERENCE MANUAL: SHIPS OF THE FLEET, VOLUME 1
Eric Kristansen. Done in the style of the "Jane's" series of
contemporary military journals. "...not exactly accurate with regards
to Trek's starships. The diagrams of the ships are quite excellent,
almost on par with FASA's [TCS]. It is clearly a one-man show,
however..." [Benjamin Chee]
(No ISBN given.)
JACKILL'S STAR FLEET REFERENCE MANUAL:SHIPS OF THE FLEET, VOLUME 2
Eric Kristiansen. "...designed to acquaint you with vessels that you
may run across in your travels throughout time, space and dimensions
of the universe" [Mike Welsh]
(US $15.95. No publisher or ISBN given. 1993.)
HISTORY OF THE VESSEL ENTERPRISE, FROM THE 16TH TO THE 24TH CENTURY
Ronald M Roden Jr. A collection of over 150 different vessels from the
past 4 centuries, including British, United States, French warship
class ships as well as many privately owned vessels bearing the name
Enterprise. From the Enterprise of England in 1587 all the way to
Starship Enterprise NCC-1701D. "A very interesting book." [Mike Welsh]
(US$14.95. First INTERGALACTIC Printing, 1992. ISBN 0-962-94323-1)
STAR TREK, SPACEFLIGHT CHRONOLOGY
Stan and Fred Goldstein, illustrated by Rick Sternbach. The pioneering
days, the major events, the turn of the 21st century, the birth of the
Federation, the first starship Enterprise, starfleet and the trek to
the stars. Actually begins in the 20th century with the launching of
Sputnik I in 1957 up to the the 23rd century with the starship
ENTERPRISE NCC-1701. "Lots of pictures in this one!!!!!!" [Mike Welsh]
(US$8.95. Pocket Books, 1980.)
Todd Guenther. "It's set up like a tech journal. Ships of the Star
Fleet are produced by the same company as are many other things. It
give many technical layouts of various ships." [Chris Wayne]
(Devon-Aurora Publications, 1987.)
SHIPS OF THE STAR FLEET I: CRUISERS AND FRIGATES
"... a more refined and complete version of "Starship Design." When
New Eye Studio says that _SotSF_1_ is a 5 star book, they mean it.
The attention to detail and the quality of the graphics make it one
of the best treknology purchases I have ever made. Alas, you get what
you pay for, and the few remaining copies are pricey, and IMHO likely
to get pricier still as collectors glom onto them and despite
Paramount's wishes, hang onto their copies with both hands." "Volume
1 discuses something they refer to as "Class 1 & 1A" starships.
Basically, the big heavies, TOS Enterprise, TFS E, the Reliant, and
variations on those themes. Missing are the Excelsior and Grissom."
(Mastercom Data Center, 1991)
SHIPS OF THE STAR FLEET II: AKYAZI PERIMETER ACTION CRUISERS
"... more speculative than Volume 1... Volume 2 covers an entirely
non-canon patrol ship class. However, the book is very imaginative,
and at the same time completely in keeping with the what is known
about the 23rd Century Starship technology." [AJ Madison]
(Mastercom Data Center, 1992)
STARFLEET PROTOTYPES: THE JOURNAL OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND IDEAS
"Another book, very similar to _SotSF_1_, while imaginative, suggests
various designs that have a kind of "let's play with autocad" look to
them. Its cute, but some of the ideas espoused are sketchy, and
require some suspension of disbelief to think Starfleet would
actually commision any of these designs." "Comment: they got too
artsey-fartsey in attempting to suggest the book really was published
in 2292..." [AJ Madison]
(Available from New Eye Studio, 1992)
STARFLEET SHIP RECOGNITION
Fan produced. "Setup similar to "Enterprise Officer's manual" by
Geoffrey Mandel" [Chris Wayne]
(Starfleet Publications Office)
STAR TREK OFFICER'S MANUAL #2012
"This is the work that is claimed to have been the final straw between
Paramount and FASA. Although, I do not know what the exact points
were." [Chris Wayne]
(FASA Corporation, 1988. ISBN 1-55560-079-4)
FEDERATION SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL
KLINGON SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL
ROMULAN SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL
"Okay, these weren't the best in the world. They do have some really
nice designs in them, however (others bite big weenies). Ignore the
time line info (or add 52 years to each date, which brings everything
up to snuff), and add about double the number of phasers to each Fed
design (they forgot that there are two pairs of phasers per mounting
on the dish, dorsal and ventral). if you get the chance, pick them up
cheap; they are going to be worth money someday (I've seen their
asking price double already)." [Scott Taylor]
5. Don't Ask Me
I have no information about these other than seeing them in catalogs.
Additional information is welcome!
A look at TOS through TFS ship design, technical information, and
tactics. Said to be very good by "regulars".
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION OFFICER'S MANUAL
By FASA, again Paramount has pulled the plug. Provided deck plans and
speculation, which the TNG Tech Manual later overruled. A very scarce
collectors' item now.
Starlog publishes a number of things, such as blueprints of Starbase
79, the Lynx timeship, the Avenger Class (now known to be Miranda
Class), the Enterprise in both TOS and TFS eras, etc. Check any issue
of Starlog for more information.
6. Where Can I Get Them?
The Encyclopedia, Compendium, Companion, Chronology, TNG TM, ST:TWOF,
and ST:SFTM can be found in most bookstores with a descent SF
collection. For me in Alberta, Canada, thats Coles.
Some mail order sources:
Intergalactic Trading Co.
P.O Box 1516 Longwood, FL
They charge $2.00 for an illustrated catalog, and have a good
selection of out-of-print books.
New Eye Studio
P.O Box 632
($2.00 for a catalog)
Other addresses are to be found in the FAQs and also in most SF
magazines such as Starlog.
7. Isn't There...
There is no official TNG or otherwise guide to starships other than
the Star Trek Encyclopedia, which isn't as complete as most of us
might like. However, we'll probably have to live with it for the
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