- 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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Deep Space Nine Companion (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) Paperback – August 1, 2000
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must have. If you're going to watch this series on Netflix get this book and follow along episode by episode as this book will give you an amazing behind the scenes look... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got this as a gift for my Star Trek loving husband, and he hasn't been able to put it down. Great for DS9 fans.Published 16 months ago by Jessica Z
DS9 is my favorite Star Trek Series and this book does a great job with plot descriptions, tidbits related to each show and interesting features about the actors and other... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Chuck Fitzer
For Star Trek lovers this is a must. Coverage includes information about the show 's episodes as well as the actors.Published on August 9, 2013 by Gene Cosentino
A good, extremely detailed overview of the series with a lot of interesting stories about the production, the showrunner's intentions, and the evolution of the story. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Adam Prosser
This is a great book but it is all in black and white...would have been perfect if in full color.Published on April 27, 2013 by David M.
A perfect way to remember a very good TV series. More appendixes crossreferencing directors, writers, etc., would be desirable, but anyway the book is awesomePublished on March 21, 2013 by Sebas De Toma
Here is an in-depth report on every episode of the entire seven seasons of Deep Space Nine. Well worth the money, and well worth the time spent to read it. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Ben Davis