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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146540337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465403377
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Ruditis has written over 30 books based some of the best shows on TV, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, The West Wing, Alias, and Prison Break. While he continues to work on these media tie-ins, he has also focused a great deal of attention on his own original fiction, including his teen series DRAMA! and the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy Love, Hollywood Style. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By 8of5 on March 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Star Trek Visual Dictionary covers the entire prime timeline Star Trek universe, or at least all the live-action TV series and films. TAS is left out, but I can understand why; it could have made the otherwise all "real" visuals inconsistent. After a forward from John de Lancie (aka Q) and a two page spread introducing the the Star Trek universe with a map of the galaxy, the book is in vaguely chronological order. Each of the series gets spreads for the hero ship, each captain, and each crew. The entire rest of the book is then arranged around the various species of the Star Trek universe, with the founding members of the Federation coupled with the Enterprise area of the book at the start, and species most strongly associated with DS9 and Voyager towards the end of the book, while the middle of the book includes everyone else, after the TOS and TNG intros. Each species gets anything from half a page, up to two two-page spreads for the major races (Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Borg, Dominion, and Cardassians).

In some ways this feels like a fresh take on the old The Worlds of the Federation book, which also took a species-by-species view of the Star Trek universe, although with rather more non-canon expansions in that book. The downside of this format is that a few reasonably major areas of Trek are left out; there are no references to the mirror universe, alternate timelines, or the far future of the Trek universe we have occasionally glimpsed. While these are big areas of Star Trek lore, I can imagine their omissions being an editorial choice to focus on the core prime timeline.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
STAR TREK: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY is a sweeping, colorful and informative overview of the Star Trek universe. Sub-titled THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHARACTERS, ALIENS AND TECHNOLOGY, Paul Ruditis' book offers up 96 pages of info and full-color photographs covering all five live-action TV series and the first 10 ST movies. Trekkers will love this one!

Arranged chronologically, Ruditis' book, published in 2013 by DK Publishing, kicks off the Star Trek magical, mystery tour with a short summary of humanity's future and ends with a two-page write-up on Species 8472 and the Hirogen. In-between those two entries are sections on the first Vulcan-Human interactions, the Andorians, the Enterprise A and D, Captains Archer/Kirk/Picard/Sisko/Janeway, Betazoids, AI, Talosians, Ferengis, Bajorans, Klingon culture, the Romulans, the Trill, Tholians, everyone's favorite villains - the Borg, etc.

Along with tons of Trek trivia, the book features loads of pix of people, starships, weapons, equipment, etc. Visually the book is a delight.

Young and old Star Trek fans will enjoy STAR TREK: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY. It offers a knowledgeable, affectionate overview of the most popular franchise in history. Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yesterdaisy on May 4, 2013
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This book is larger than the usual DK "Eyewitness Handbook" guides, which I have always loved for their uniquely effective layouts, well-chosen images, and concise "almost-everything-you-need-to-know" summaries of each aspect of the given subject. Far more than I anticipated receiving for such a fair price, I think this is not only the perfect book for Trekkers/Trekkies/Trek fans (laying out everything for you from Andorian--my personal favorite--to Xindi!), but also for allowing non-fans to peruse to obtain a fun, reasonably easy-to-understand overview of the entire universe. (And not to *mention*, showing them what they're missing!!)

I love that this dictionary covers everything; it unites the five series in order, introducing each captain, crew, ship or space station, alien race/species, weapon, planet/location, language, event, concept, and other significant detail. As always, large, full-color photographs are given little "pointers" to label and explain certain bits. It's great to have all of the key information summed up so neatly (including, for instance, the simple explanation for the appearances of TOS Klingons!)-- very enjoyable to read through, and then use as a super-handy reference. And naturally, because it covers the entire known history of the universe from Archer's time onward (and also addresses the histories of species and worlds), it accounts for the events of the TOS and TNG movies. ;) Even a die-hard fan who can't hope to learn too much more "new" information would probably want to own this great-looking book.

So far I've found no factual errors. I did have to question the statement that joined symbionts are the dominant personality; it seems to vary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJ Halliwell on March 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Of all the "reference" Star Trek books that have come out in the last couple years, this is my new favorite. It is everything I've wanted from an "Eyewitness"-style Star Trek book! Cooler pictures of props, explanations that life-long fanboys and new fans can both understand and appreciate, and it's just overall beautifully done. It looks at pretty much every aspect of Star Trek, all the major players, characters and ships and gives them their deserved coverage.

I bought "Star Trek The Next Generation: On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise" and was really disappointed it was only 40 pages long. But this book seems to fit a BUNCH more information in 90 pages! I just exchanged the one book for the other actually, excellent decision.

I just hope this books sells well so DK makes more like it! Star Wars seems to have a million books like this, it's about time Star Trek got one.
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