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The Star Trek Compendium is the primary source for information about the original series of Star Trek®, with an episode-by-episode guide to each of its three seasons (including the 22 animated episodes and the first six films) and production credits, fully indexed by character names and episode titles for quick reference.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; Rev Upd Su edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671796127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671796129
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 40ish jazz lover on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is hands-down the best resource for reading about the original series' episodes.
The book is mainly an episode by episode guide.
Asherman gives thoughtful analyses of each episode. He is fair to the writers and series production crew. He resists slamming the widely discredited (as goofy) third season.
My only reservation that keeps me from giving the book five stars: I wish it were more intellectual. It is fitting to expect an intellectual assessment of the series as it was one of the most thought-provoking science fiction series after the 1960s Outer Limits. Certainly, this was a more thoughtful series, in comparison to the gadget-crazy subsequent television series incarnations of Star Trek.
Awkward points: the book was first written in the 1980s, prior to the release of the series on video tapes. Thus, it lacks references to the episodes' being on tape.
A fun companion to this book would be the special "Entertainment Weekly Special Star Trek Issue" (Fall, 1994) that is devoted to Star Trek. This edition gives tongue-in-cheek number ratings for the episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morris Sullivan on June 25, 2012
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When I found this book on Amazon.com, I was actually looking for a book on the Star Trek Animated Series from the 1970's, specifically an episode guide of the animated series. When I first came across the Star Trek Compendium, I glanced at it, then moved on. When I was unable to find anything on the Star Trek Animated Series,I went back to take a closer look at The Star Trek Compendium. That's when I discovered that it contained a section on the animated series along with an episode guide. I was already sold.

I consider myself something of a Trekker, but not rabidly so. I've read my share of magazine articles on Star Trek, but just scanning through The Star Trek Compendium (copyright 1989, 1993), I still managed to learn quite a bit about the original series and how it came to be. After TWO pilot episodes, NBC gave the go-ahead for the series, and the rest is history. Yet there is quite a bit of history to be had in Allan Asherman's book that details the development process that went into Star Trek. With plenty of black & white photos throughout the volume, the episode synopses are long and informative. Asherman gives the names of the characters in each episode, but disappointingly omits the names of the actors portraying those characters. However, all is not lost in this department since said actors are listed in the back of the book in an Index Of Principals (actors) which includes their character's name, and episode number in which they appeared.

There is a page devoted to the syndication of the original series, and a page devoted to the Star Trek Animated Series followed by a full episode guide for it. The synopses for these episodes are noticeably shorter, but then these episodes are only a half-hour long.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Boyte on November 8, 2009
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I bought this book in 1991 because I had watched all 80 eps of Star Trek many times over and wanted more info on the series. It is part of our cultural mythos and references always come up about Star Trek that sometimes one likes to research.

When I moved to a smaller apartment I thinned my library and this was one of the books that I gave my sister, also a Trekker. Big mistake - I missed having it. Hence I hunted it down and got another copy for myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 3, 2007
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The Star Trek Compendium is an episode guide to Star Trek that is very well done. The episode lists and information appear to be quite accurate and informative, at least to my non-expert self. There is an introduction and some background to the Star Trek phenomenon as well. Anyone with interest should be happy with this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1997
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This compendium was a valuable resource for me during my semester as Editor of my college newspaper. We used it extensively for trivia questions and to answer those pesky "In what episode" questions.

The 20th anniversary edition was a delight, I can only guess that the current edition is even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. J. PRISCO on January 31, 2014
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First there was David Gerrold's WORLD OF STAR TREK, which mostly told behind-the-scenes stories, but also included a list of the original episodes in broadcast order. The only details included (besides authorship) were the guest stars and character names.

Then there was the CONCORDANCE, compiled by Bjo Trimble. Episodes were listed in broadcast order from the original series and the animated series, each with a full-page synopsis and a list of actors & the characters they played (even stunt doubles!). Also featured several pages of fan art, and -- best of all -- a 140 page lexicon of roles, writers, props & plot details.

The COMPENDIUM covered the same ground with more depth & a production perspective. Previously unseen photos were included. Information was presented chronologically, including early development & the pilots, and episodes were correspondingly listed in production order. Each episode received a small synopsis before delving into background info: critical story evaluation, technical details, guest star histories, script changes, filming locations. Finally, ten pages were devoted to the 1979 movie, concluding on a hopeful note for more.

This "Revised And Updated" Compendium is both more and less than the original edition, as it covers more material (all TOS episodes, all animated episodes, all six TOS movies), but does it in ten less pages. This owes partly to a tighter (and better-organized) layout, but also to cuts: the introductory sections are drastically reduced, as are the pages devoted to the first film [from ten pages to three]. The comments on the individual episodes were also rewritten, compressed by a paragraph or so and eliminating dates for scripts & filming.
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