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Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual Paperback – November 1, 1991
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Full of diagrams, technical schematics, and ship's plans, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual also takes a detailed look at the principles behind Star Trek®'s awesome technology -- from phasers to warp drive to the incredible holodeck.
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I wish I had read the reviews before I bought the book. The print quality is terrible, and indeed looks like it was done on a copy machine. The text is adequate quality, but the color is gone from highlights. Even worse, the wonderful color graphics are now simply terrible. They aren't blue either, so no longer can you call them "blueprints." No crisp lines, the previously fine details now run together. Graphics with text in them are almost unreadable.
Very, very disappointed.
Although dedicated fans and role-playing game designers had written, illustrated, and even published unofficial Technical Journals of Star Trek's primary starships, Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda's Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual was the first really detailed "owner's manual" to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) "done by folks who actually work on Star Trek." Published in October 1991 (halfway through The Next Generation's seven-year run) and featuring Gene Roddenberry's last published words in his special introduction, the Technical Manual is the first volume of a trio of "official" Star Trek references that include The Star Trek Chronology: A History of the Future and The Star Trek Encyclopedia.
The Technical Manual's conceit is that it is a 24th Century reference work, perhaps as a Starfleet public relations publication or in-house orientation manual.Read more ›
In any case, I'm VERY displeased I spent twice as much 15 years later to get a book with such poor print quality. I would recommend people look for an earlier printing and verify that the content is printed in black and blue.
What I received was NOT the same book I was replacing. The entire book is some sort of low quality photocopying job. There was no color in the edition I received, and the graphics looked like they were printed on a copier low on toner.
I don't reccomend that anybody buy this version. You'll probably have a better experience looking for a good condition used copy.
I'm sad and dissappointed, and will be asking for a refund.
The book also has footnotes throughout about different hapenings on the set of ST:TNG. It is well organised with diagrams and plans for many of the parts of the Enterprise. This really shows the planning which is put behind the world of Star Trek, and how they do thier best to make sure the stories fit technical plausability and cohesion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazon has given a fictional tech manual about fictional space ships the category of what a fiction or nonfiction novel would have. How silly! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Allsbrook
I never do reviews like this, but I was so disappointed with this purchase that I had to. I used to have the first printing of this book and it was great. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This is a great fun book for an Trek fan. It's written the the producers of Star Trek The Next Generation from the vantage point of it being an actual field... Read more