by: Jim Lewis [ ]
This is something produced for the die-hard Star Trek fan - a working Atlas of the Galaxy as presented throughout the history of the Star Trek series - in a bright, colorful, glossy, and easy to digest format that appeals to casual fans, Trekkies, and Trekers.
96 color pages adorn this volume written by Geoffrey Mandel. Just opening the front cover and reading the Introduction lets you know how many people have contributed knowledge to expanding a fictional Universe so broad as to be realistic.Inside, you can trace courses set by Kirk, Picard, Archer, Sisko, Janeway, and other crews made famous in Star Trek stories. V'Ger's course through the Klingon Empire entroute to Earth is plotted, as well as famous worlds in Star Trek lore - like Earth. These locals are breifed in major populations, in the case of Earth the two dominate species are Human and Cetaceans (I knew you already knew that), political affiliation, places to visit, etc.
Pluses and Minuses - no, not new worlds in the Galaxy either. On the plus side, this book is not too long nor weighted down in text. The charts, drawings, and graphics are top-notch and entertaining to view. It is well-done and thoughout, careful to touch upon the whole scope of Star Trek - which is difficult.This is what detracts from it - the scope of Trek is too big perhaps to contain in a reasonably priced volume.For the casual fan and even Trekkie - this volume is quite satisfying. A Treker might be inclined to sit down and retrace voyages, missions, and episodes to find errors. They will too! Perhaps spotty and most incomplete are the last years of Captain Janeway's dash across the Delta Quadrant. The TV series episodes weren't presented in Stardate order all of the time, and this can make charting a nightmare. Also, this volume isn't meant to be comprehensive - so many locals are breifly touched upon - when mentioned beyond a footnote. Janeway's Voyage could fill a volume all by itself. The Dominion War is covered ever so briefly in similar fashion as well.On the downside, exotic locals and important ones like Alpha Centauri and Vulcan don't get a lot of coverage, but again, the volume isn't meant to provide that kind of information. Alpha Centauri was totally left out of the Beta Quadrant's Worlds Section - which was likely an unfortunate editor mistake.
Without a doubt I think this a must-have for the Star Trek Fan Library at home. If bigger, it would make a great coffee table book. Lovers of astronomy (like me) and maps in general will love this book too. Perusing through it takes you back through the Classic TV series all the way to today's Enterprise series events. The entertainment outweighs the minuses found in not being able to present in-depth information on individual worlds. You can find Sh'Ka'Ree in this reference though! There is some information missing, there are Stardates not represented correctly, some Worlds don't get mentioned in-depth, some Quadrants are not completely filled with series presented data. Expect it and take it as part of the entertainment you'll have in discovering these omissions yourself.
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