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Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years Hardcover – December 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Box Har/to edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184173
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 14.1 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The book serves as a great connector of Star Trek chronology for hardcore fans, but it can also help new readers and viewers understand the groundwork for the Star Trek universe."
-LA Times

“For the discriminating Trekkie, this is the item of the guide.”
-aintitcool.com Holiday Gift Guide

"Federation: The First 150 Years aims to impress Star Trek fans from the moment they take it out of the box...The attention to detail is thorough."
-shelf-awareness.com

"I will tell you, without hesitation, if you are a fan of any, or all, of the Star Trek series and movies, you must have this book."
-wired.com

"The artwork inside the book is gorgeous. These paintings depict many famous scenes, such as those from the ... Earth-Romulan War. There's no quick pasting of a screenshot from one of the TV shows here. Even scenes that could have easily been done this way have been rendered in pencils and inks, giving the book a consistent feel. The starship pieces are easily my favorite. I'd really like a desktop wallpaper of the “Starfleet's Greatest Vessels” piece."
-fanboycomics.net

"Without question, fans will want this and love this. This book is as indispensable as the Star Trek Encyclopedia, Chronology, or series' Companions. My hope is that there will be a follow up volume focusing on the 24th century. This is worth owning. Overall grade: A-"
-trekweb.com

“This holiday season's must have for the Trekkie in your life.”
Seattle Post Intelligencer

About the Author

David A. Goodman has spent the last 26 years writing for television. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”), and Family Guy where he was head writer for six years. This is his first book. He lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his family.


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David A. Goodman has spent the last 24 years writing for television. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"), and Family Guy where he was head writer for six years. This is his first book. He lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his family.

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The book is great for Star Trek fans.
Work of Art
Great book, high quality printing and binding and the stand (plastic) is well made and lots of fun to hear "Admiral Hikaro Sulu" talk about the book.
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The book itself is well written, beautifully presented and the artwork incredible.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Joseph Marrone on December 6, 2012
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If you've ever been watching an episode of Star Trek and heard a throwaway line about something that happened "in the 22nd century" and wanted to know more, this book is for you. If you ever noticed an apparent contradiction in how the show quoted its own historical events, this book is for you. If you've ever thought about the universe that exists around the characters in the Star Trek and wanted to know how it actually works, this book is for you. If you loved the adventures of Captains Kirk, Picard, Archer, Janeway and Sisko and were curious about how the things they did shaped the events of their time, this book is for you.

To be clear, Federation: The First 150 Years is not a technical manual. It's not an art book. It's not about the history of Star Trek the franchise or Star Trek the television show. It is a history book of the titular United Federation of Planets, the interstellar political body whose flag the Enterprise proudly flies. The book is written in an "In Universe" style, meaning that from the beginning to end, everything is from the perspective of a historian living and writing about Star Trek events as if they actually happened.

While that might sound dry, Goodman's prose is snappy and peppered with quotes and "first person" accounts, giving it a lot of flavor and personality. Clearly Goodman has a background and interest in real-world history, a background that informs the decisions he makes as he ties together all the one liners and throwaway comments from dozens of Star Trek episodes and movies into a believable, cohesive, and enjoyable narrative about the founding and growth of one of scifi's most famous interstellar nations.

Then there's the art.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mr. g on December 7, 2012
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I'm very impressed with this book. It is very informative and goes through every facet of the star trek world beginning with the enterprise series and going through the current movie. It has articles and photos which do not exist in any other form or publication known in the canonical form. I like it for an up to date fashion it came to put Star Trek into a more current form than previously noted in other media forms. Thanks for a very up to date revision and explanation of this world. Now if I can only get the back cover off to change the battery...!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Long time Trekker on December 9, 2012
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I'm somewhat ambivalent on this one. While it looks great sitting there and the voice recording of Sulu is cool, the novelty wears off quickly. The book is a little smaller than I expected and sort of reads more like a storybook than a "historical text". The base is really cool looking until you realize it's flimsy, plasticky feeling (I mean it is plastic and all). The "extras" others have mentioned tucked into the rear book jacket are nothing but an envelope with some Zephram Cochrane warp notes scribbled on it, a small foldout diagram of the Enterprise, a transparency looking diagram of a Trill and something else not worth mentioning.
Cool gift for the true Trekkie but don't be fooled by the supposed $99 price tag marked down to $59. This sells for $59 anyplace.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mj in Tejas! on December 4, 2012
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I just received this book in the mail today and have not had enough time to read it all. However, I can tell you the quality of this product is superb! The first thing that struck me was the detail. This author wants you to believe that you are reading a real history book of the real past. He does a fantastic job of creating a fictional "history" book. There are letters, documents, diagrams, etc...that really detail the world of Star Trek. If you are a fan of Star Trek, or if you know someone that is, this book is absolutely worth the price! This book sets the standard of how Star Trek reference books should be done! Great job David Goodman!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Tjow on December 13, 2012
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In all honesty, I bought this item in blind faith. And I'm glad I had bought it!

The moment I took this out from the box, I was totally knocked-out by it! Of all my Star Trek purchases, this is one that pleases me the most and definitely value for money.

An informative compilation which gives the reader an insightful view of how UPF was formed and its progress.

I do hope there will be a part two of this (with Leonard Nimoy's or Patrick Stewart's voice?)

This book is indeed a must-have for Trekkers & non-Trekkers alike!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Devers on December 11, 2012
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I love this! The talking pedestal is a little gimmicky, but still pretty cool, and it does hold the book at a good angle to read. The book itself is a trek geek dream. I've flipped through it and read the first 20 pages or so. Both the artwork and overall presentation is impressive, and so far, I like the writing. :) Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dicerotops on December 9, 2012
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Had the book been $30, this would have gotten 5 stars. I bought it initially for my friend for Christmas. After flipping through it, I knew I really wanted a copy too. So, after seeing the book, I was still willing to pay $60.

I like how it is written kind of like a textbook. If you want a 'history' book that could be found in a library in Star Trek times, this is the book for you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Adams on December 8, 2012
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What a piece of work this is!! Reads through like a actually archive! If you are a Star Trek Fan, this is a no brainer!! Get it!!
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