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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781169152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781169155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A brilliant tie-in for Trek devotees.” – San Fransico Book Review

"A bountiful, full-color coffee table book that reads like something that would exist in the Star Trek universe itself. Included in its high-quality pages are Starfleet records, biographies of Starfleet personnel (like that alien-loving James T. Kirk), and histories of the federation." - Kirkus

"A must own for all serious Trek fans." - Nerd Span

"Will keep Trekkies of all ages “engaged” for hours!" - Barnes and Noble Book Blog

"A delight and should provide hours of happy browsing for Trek fans." - Project Fandom

"This book is a must read for Star Trek and science fiction fans alike." - Universe Today

"Star Trek: Federation: The First 150 Years is an important title and one that should be found inside the stocking of every Star Trek fan this Christmas. Highly recommended." - CBS Action

"If you enjoy Star Trek the bottom line is you will find something to love in The First 150 Years." - Giant Fire Breathing Robot 

"If you know a Trek fan who likes to geek out over worldbuilding, this is the Star Trek book for them." - io9 gift guide

"It’s the perfect gift for anyone who has ever wanted to know the “official” biography of James T. Kirk" - Den of Geek

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a big book, and beautifully illustrated.
Fox
It covers the story of Star Trek from First Contact to the death of James T. Kirk.
EE n ME
I would recommend it to any of those who are fans of the show.
Kim Foster

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kirk T Viator on January 31, 2014
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Admittedly, it has a couple discrepancies, such as stating incorrectly the location of Kirk's birth, but that aside, it was an excellent read. It covers 150 years of the original universe from Khan's era (pre-WW3) through the death of Kirk. It is not a blow by blow accounting of episodes and movies, but it takes a view more as a history book would take. It looks at the highlights that shaped the federation, not the exploits of a singular ship.

One section I especially liked was the period after that of the Enterprise TV series, including the Romulan War. It gives a great glimpse into what we would have seen had the series not been cancelled prematurely.

Not only do I recommend this book for any Star Trek fan, I am glad to have it in my collection, and I hope to see a follow up soon to continue the history for the next 150 years, from after Kirk through to the fall of the Romulan Empire, including insights into the eras of Enterprises B, C, D, and E, and the Cardassian and Dominion Wars. Get writing Mr. Goodman!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anthony on December 5, 2013
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I bought the first printing of "Federation", which came with the pedestal. I was a little disappointed in that book's quality - the spine/glue was very weak and I am afraid to read it any more or some pages could start falling out. Also, I was surprised to see several typos in the first edition... hopefully those have been fixed in this edition.

Anyway, on to my review of Mr. Goodman's book.

Overall, I enjoyed his version of Star Trek's "history". Goodman does a commendable job connecting what seem to be unrelated events and characters into an exciting (albeit retconned) narrative that holds up. Where I felt Goodman came up short was in his telling of the oft-mentioned, never seen on screen Romulan War. As we learned from "Enterprise", a series which Goodman wrote for, the Romulan War is the catalyst for forming the United Federation of Planets. Since the Romulan War is arguably the flashpoint for the entire concept of his book, I was expecting a much more expansive and detailed telling of the war from Goodman. And while his version does have some nice ideas (the Battle of Sol shows you why aliens don't mess with Earth for the next 100 years), a better rendition of the Romulan War played out in the Enterprise novel series from Pocket Books, which operates on a much grander scale. Goodman's telling of the war's final battle at Cheron was a bit anti-climatic with only a few ships involved and the Romulans looking like first year cadets taking the Kobayashi Maru test. Oh, and Mr. Goodman, Bryce Shumar isn't the captain of the Intrepid - Carlos Ramirez is.

Anyway, the Romulan War aside, Goodman does tell some good stories and his writing is sharp.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EE n ME on January 5, 2014
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I had seen this book listed in Amazon for some time and decided to purchase it recently. I am usually not a good book reader, starting a book, then not finishing it at all. This book, I could not put down. I enjoyed the format of it being a history book available to students in the 24th century. It covers the story of Star Trek from First Contact to the death of James T. Kirk. Using available canon as it's basis, it takes story lines from the movies and TV shows to establish it historical basis. Starting with Star Trek: First Contact to the beginning of Star Trek: Generations, the author used known material that made logical sense. Some parts of the book, especially the history of the Romulan war in the 22nd century were not know to me and it filled in many holes that I was happy to seen filled.
As we all could guess, the hero of this book should have been James T. Kirk. He being the original captain of the Enterprise from the first TV series in the 60's. However, if you are a fan of Star Trek: Enterprise (as I am), and this is a spoiler alert; the real hero of the Star Trek story is Jonathan Archer, original captain of the Enterprise, the NX-01. The first two thirds of the book tells Archer's story in great detail and seems to make him out as the hero of the Federation and it's foundation . I found this interesting and seems that the author of the book, a writer for Star Trek: Enterprise, takes great pride in telling the story of Archer and his history in the Star Trek universe.
In addition, the author uses created footnotes and book references that seem to give the validations of the history that he has created in the book. A appreciated all the documentation that the author credited or had others create for him that backs up the history in the book.
But, above all, this is an excellent read and I recommend it to Star Trek fans who love the canon of the series and order it has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bowman TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 21, 2014
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The Grandfather Paradox

Let's say I build a time travel device and go back to a point when my grandfather had not married yet. I take a phaser and "off" him where he stands. Now since I have terminated him with extreme prejudice he is not able to get married, have kids and produce my father. My father never exists so therefore I cannot be born. And if I am never born I can't create my time device to go back and "off" my grandfather. This means that my grandfather lives and gets married and produces my fathers and.....

Aarrgghh!

I love my Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960's and this was "must see TV". Over 40-plus years I have been glued to it every step of the way. I even liked "Enterprise". (But not the 5th movie so much). And through it all, whether it was by design or simply dumb luck, Star Trek has always had this incredible continuity sewn throughout.

I understand the need to reboot certain properties and will admit to going to the theaters to see both J.J. Abrams features and enjoying them immensely. But what am I supposed to do with all that history that my mind involuntarily absorbed? The Narada shows up and...Poof...there goes 40 years of canon. This is a really beautiful book...but how do I "unlearn what I have learned?"
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