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Deep Space Nine Companion (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) Paperback – August 1, 2000

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  • Series: Star Trek Deep Space Nine (Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671501062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671501068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terry J. Erdmann on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am the author of the Star Trek Deep Space Nine Companion. I want to thank all of you for the wonderful reviews you've given to this book. But please do not be confused by Amazon's error: This book is NOT out of print. Both the publisher and I have informed Amazon of their error many times, but the company apparenty does have a system to correct their error. The book is "in print" and available. Period. Again, thanks for your good words. Terry J. Erdmann
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I'm an avid fan of the "Star Trek The Next Generation Companion," and this all-new volume examining what is arguably the best (certainly the most controversial) Trek series is must reading for anyone intrigued by the creation, scriptwriting and production of the series.
Each and every episode is covered in depth with a plot summary and detailed history "behind the scenes" of the episode's creation, writing, and filming. One of the reasons I enjoyed DS9 so much is the involved storyline of the series--the Dominion War--and having each of the episodes laid out in chronological order, with extensive detail on the structure of the storyline and subplots, helped me appreciate even more what Berman and Piller and company set out to do. It's filled with entertaining stories and nuggets of background information--how did they do they, where did they get the idea for that, what worked (and didn't)...it's ideal for the Star Trek fan as well as anyone interested in television writing and production.
I don't entirely agree with some of the previous review comments: understand that a book like this takes time to write and create, not to mention publish, have sales reps advance into bookstores, and print and ship. I work in publishing, and with very few exceptions, publishing books takes a *long* lead time. There's no way this could have been ready (or as complete) if it were issued last year. I'd also say, again as someone working inside publishing, that adding color photographs and a hardback binding, while nice, would dramatically increase the price of the book, probably to forty dollars or above.
The very best compliment I can give a book like is that it makes me want to go back to the original source again.
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This amazing book is an absolute must-have for the hardcore fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine... if you are like me and savored every episode over all seven seasons, you will appreciate the author's in-depth coverage, behind-the-scenes info on every episode, and his obvious affection for the show. This book is over 700 pages and filled with new photos & illustrations I have never seen anywhere else, including really nifty things like production drawings, some hilarious props, and even a map of Bajor. The many interviews with the cast & creators alone are worth the price. If hearing "The Way You Look Tonight" makes you misty, buy this book!
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Deep Space Nine -- ah, the redheaded stepchild of the Trek franchise. Not as clean and sachrrine as the others. It is the most refreshingly human.
This book covers every episode of DS9 and along with synopses of episodes are detailed comments from the cast and crew. It's very interesting to see how some episodes started in very different places. And O'Brien story turned into a Kira story. A Jake Sisko "Watergating Shakaar" story became a devil's deal between Ben Sisko and Garak. And it's fun to see writers apologizing for the less than successful episodes.
Even though this is an "official" book, it is more complex, honest and insightful than other such books. Perfectly in keeping with the series that inspired it.
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This is an amazing book. Many books about television shows resort to covering a show with a few pages of synopses and a few pages of "behind-the-scenes" items per each season of the show, simply because they don't have the access to details about each show as an individual unit. I was content with those types of renderings because it seemed like too much to ask that an author would follow a show throughout its run and keep notes on the process the whole way through. Surely, by the time a show was established enough to justify writing a Companion, the early years would be long forgotten.
Thankfully, though, DS9 is Star Trek, and Star Trek is very fond of merchandising, and Erdmann apparently was asked to follow this show from before day one with the aim of someday publishing this book -- an audacious move for people who couldn't be certain that the product would even be worth writing about, to be sure, but as it was, it's an investment that paid off magnificently. Erdmann's amazing level of access to writers, actors, producers and directors led to this book having *at least* a page of notes, insights, and behind-the-scenes trivia for *every single episode* of the show, from the epic to the embarrassing. He has behind-the-scenes anecdotes I've never heard before and trivia points I've never noticed (both great feats in the eyes of a Trekker), and at the same time, he somehow avoids repeating everything that's been said about DS9 before. No Trek book out there comes close to this level of detail.
Despite its careful detailing of every episode of the show, this is no work of soggy platitudes. The behind-the-scenes comments are refreshingly frank. Writers take full responsibility for the occasional misstep.
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