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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671704273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671704278
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Star Trek: The Next Generation® Technical Manual, written by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda, the technical advisors to Star Trek: The Next Generation, provides a comprehensive schematization of a Galaxy-class starship. From the bridge to the shuttlebays, from the transporter room to crews' quarters, this book provides a never-before-seen glimpse at the inner, intricate workings of the most incredible starship ever conceived.

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.

About the Author

Rich Sternbach is a Hugo and Emmy Award-winning visual artist with extensive film and television experience. Famous for his work on Star Trek, he has been responsible for a number of starship designs. He co-wrote the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual and the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on February 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although the success of Star Trek's many incarnations -- from the 1966-69 Original Series, the 1979-2002 feature films, and the four television spin-offs -- is due to the humanity of the characters (even the alien ones!), it's the various starships that have taken the captains, crews and, of course, the audience on incredible journeys across the galaxy. After all, where would James T. Kirk be without the USS Enterprise, or Kathryn Janeway without the USS Voyager? For many Star Trek fans, it's the starship that is the true star of the series, with Kirk (or Picard, or Janeway, or Archer) and Co. as the human "supporting cast" that represents the dreamers who want to "boldly go where no one has gone before."
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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William Pou III on September 8, 2006
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I originally purchased this book in the early 1990s when it was first published. It is an awesome "reference" to the Star Trek: TNG technical world. Having lost the book in a move several years ago, I decided to purchase a new copy.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Kukielka on May 24, 2006
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I'm giving the book 5 stars because it is a superb piece of imaginitive techno babble. For Star Trek fans, the book expands upon the intricate fabric of the Star Trek universe. The book is very truthful to the series and was an important piece of reference material for the writers. I bought it when it first came out in 1991 and it was one of the first quality Star Trek reference publication. The enormous success of the book would later spawn countless Star Trek reference books up until 2001. I read it cover to cover endlessly, transfixed by the technical jargon as if it proved Star Trek could be a reality. The book was only $13.00 in 1991 and has since doubled in price. I just bought my 2nd copy because it's one of the few Star Trek reference titles still in printing, and my old copy was looking a little shabby. Sadly, I was shocked to see that the book lacked the print quality of the original. The original has a black and blue two tone color scheme which has since been replaced by what appears to be a photocopied version of the original. The print quality is HORRIBLE! The fidelity of the text and diagrams have been substantially reduced. What gives?! I bought my issue from Amazon.com so I don't believe they sold me a fake.

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.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Spiliotopoulos on August 30, 2006
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I've had the TNG Technical Manual for years, but recently lost it in a move. So, I decided to buy a new copy.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Watkins on November 8, 2002
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If you're a trekker, and would just love to know all the information about life aboard the Enterprise you'll love this book. This book coveres Warp Drive, Turbolifts, Bio-beds in the Sickbay, Tricorders, Hull Material and construction, Holodecks, impulse drive engines, phasers, facts about the Utopia Planitia shipyards, and even the system of addressing crew quarters and such. There is so much information here it's great.
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.
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