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Star Trek: Star Fleet Technical Manual Paperback – Deluxe Edition, July 12, 1986

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This is the one, the only, the complete Star Fleet Technical Manual with everything you'll ever want to know about day-to-day life on the Enterprise. With architectural designs of the Enterprise, headquarters, detailed drawings of the weapons and equipment, official patterns for men's and women's uniforms, maps of orbit patterns and so much more, all your practical questions will finally be answered.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (July 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345340744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345340740
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Franz Joseph's STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL includes many design elements that might raise questions in fans' minds. Is the Enterprise's bridge really rotated 36 degrees off the ship's centerline? Does the Federation really have a starship with three warp nacelles? Is the Starfleet shuttlecraft really too small to allow its occupants to stand up and walk around?
If you watch the original Star Trek series and take its sets, props, and miniatures literally, then the answer to all the above questions is no. On the other hand, if you take Star Trek's sets, props, and miniatures literally, then the Enterprise has no bathrooms, Sulu and Chekov gain tactical information about enemy ships based entirely on flashing console buttons, and the Enterprise's warp nacelles spontaneously feature either large, colorful, flickering forward domes, or small, unlit, red spiked forward domes.
If you want a technical manual that is 100% faithful to the sets, props, and miniatures as seen in the original Star Trek television series, then the STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL is not for you. If, however, you want a book that takes the sets, props, and miniatures and extrapolates cohesive, realistic, and exciting technologies that enhance the believability of the Star Trek universe, then this is the book for you.
The STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL did far more than fuel the imaginations of countless fans. It also served as the model from which all subsequent Star Trek technical material is based. Gene Roddenberry himself was very impressed with the book and its counterpart, a set of hand-drawn, deck-by-deck plans to the original starship Enterprise.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book, in the 1970's, was the first

"technical" science fiction book, with

drawings made by a real aerospace engineer.

Due to its popularity--#1 trade paperback on

the New York Times bestseller list--it

spawned a host of imitators, both in the STAR

TREK and other universes.

This book was the "bible" for STAR TREK fans

in the '70's, who used it to build their own

props and uniforms because no mass-marketed

items were available the way they are today.

(We had to walk uphill 5 miles to achool

through the snow, too...)

This book was created with the full knowledge

and permission of Gene Roddenberry and

Paramount (I have documentation...). It was

published in 1975, in-between the end of the

first STAR TREK TV series (1969) and the
signing of the contracts for the first

motion picture (1976). At the time, Franz

Joseph, the artist/author, was told by GR to

"run with it" because the series was dead. So

the author made certain projections about the

STAR TREK universe that have since been

contradicted by later STAR TREK film and TV


A lot of time and thought went into this book,

and the reader should view it as STAR TREK in

its purest scientific form, before it became a

big-bucks Paramount franchise. The STAR TREK

portrayed in the TECH MANUAL is far less

Terracentric and far more Utopian than the

way the franchise has evolved through 3 series
and 8 movies.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bernd Schneider on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the classic technical manual that inspired a whole generation of fans in the Trek-less time of the 1970's. It is hard to imagine how Franz Joseph could collect all the information and draw all the nifty schematics with ink only, without the help of a computer back in 1975. Showing phasers, communicators, tricorders, floor plans and even uniform patterns in such a great detail, this book is a treasure trove for any TOS fan. It is even more valuable considering that Franz Joseph had access to much of the actual blueprints and props which he transferred into drawings that are often more precise than those of the computer-age technical manuals. Only the quality of his starship drawings is lacking.
Being a true fan and knowing that the series wouldn't continue (at least not so soon), he carefully supplemented the information on screen with his own creations, such as the Articles of the Federation, flags and emblems of member worlds, a design for an orbital Starfleet Headquarters and his famous starships. This is where some sort of dispute is going on. Especially many older fans still regard the Star Fleet Technical Manual as canon, considering that Franz Joseph had Gene Roddenberry's support on it. Some time prior to TNG, they didn't get along with each other any longer, and it is said that Roddenberry intentionally laid out technical specs of TNG so as to devalue Franz Joseph's work - but this doesn't really belong here.
Well, while many of the ideas are very good, it is probably too late to regard this whole book as canon, because the speculation in it is already too detailed. Too much of it, such as the location of Starfleet Headquarters or the map of the galaxy, has been contradicted since.
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