MISCELLANEOUS



  • The ST:TNG Comanion - Reference
  • Captain's Logs - The Complete Trek Voyages - Reference
  • Star Trek Chronology - The History of the Future - Reference
  • ST:TNG Technical Manual - Reference

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    THE ST:TNG COMPANION [LARRY NEMECEK]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This book covers the origins of ST:TNG in plenty of detail, and then goes on to give an episode guide with a short description of the background to each episode of the first five seasons. It also tells of the changes between seasons, some of which is quite tedious - like exactly what episodes various writers were around for and how people's job titles changed, for instance.

    A lot of the stuff in the book isn't anything I've read anywhere else before. And many of the photos include 'odd' shots from episodes, so that at least makes them seem fresh. The trouble is that there's so many of these type of book about that they are pretty much the same. This is a good Next Gen only one though.



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    CAPTAIN'S LOGS - THE COMPLETE TREK VOYAGES [EDWARD GROSS AND MARK A ALTMAN]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This book is probably the most detailed one to cover the original series, the films, the first five seasons of TNG and the DS9 pilot around. It gives the genesis of each series, and each season/film. In includes a colour section of mainly publicity photos, and black and white photos of guest starts appearing in other series, which is odd.

    The episode guide sections include some of the most detailed information about each episode, mainly how the idea was formed and how it changed, and also some background information to them. This is expanded into many more pages for the films.

    All in all, although not incredibly up-to-date, this is the book that covers the most number of Trek series, in the most detail.



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    STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY - THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE [MICHAEL OKUDA AND DENISE OKUDA]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This book covers the original series, films and ST:TNG up to the end of the fifth season. This means that it does say things that we now know much more about (like the fate of Kirk, the Enterprise-B and Worf's human brother)> However, what it does cover, it does in great detail. Especially when the authors get details such as the crew's birthdate from a computer screen in one episode.

    Most of the book is just simple episode guides, but only giving what the crew know (eg not giving the Enterprise-C part of Yesterday's Enmterprise), which makes some of the descriptions of the episodes seem odd. They also use strange phrasing, like 'Enterprise at starbase 173'. They also give little things before and after episodes, like where the Enterprise is headed at the time.

    Its an interesting read, especially the things that don't go on during the original and ST:TNG series. But apart from that it is boring in many places.



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    ST:TNG TECHNICAL MANUAL [RICK STERNBACH AND MICHAEL OKUDA]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This is probably quite a useful reference book. Its a pity its so boring. There are some interesting facts in there, they're just buried under a load of meaningless figures.

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