From the Author
I wrote Star Trek FAQ,
in part, because there are so many other Trek
books already out there. The sheer, dizzying multitude of Trek
literature can be daunting for casual fans - that silent legion of viewers who love Star Trek
but don't speak Klingonese or go to the grocery store wearing a Starfleet uniform (not that there's anything wrong with that). These fans don't regularly attend conventions, may not consider themselves Trekkers, and don't have time to sift through the mountain of Trek
-themed works at the local book store or library. Yet their patronage of Star Trek
TV series and movies has made the franchise a cultural touchstone. Star Trek FAQ
is aimed primarily at this audience, distilling the overwhelming volume of Trek
scholarship into easily consumable sips.
However, I'm confident that diehards who purchase every new Star Trek
book that reaches the market (may the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your souls) will find much of interest in Star Trek FAQ
. I spent eight months fishing into the nooks and crannies of Trek
lore for revealing yet underreported stories and illuminating minutiae. Applause Books' FAQ
format enables me to combine this material with more familiar elements of the Star Trek
story in unconventional ways, smashing them together in the literary equivalent of a super-collider to produce fresh insights. I'm convinced you'll find the results exhilarating whether this is the first Star Trek
book you've read or the fiftieth.
About the Author
Author and film historian Mark Clark writes about classic movies and TV shows. Star Trek FAQ is his third book. A sequel, Star Trek FAQ 2.0
, is forthcoming in 2013. Mark is a graduate of the University of Louisville and a former film critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He now resides in Mentor on the Lake, Ohio.