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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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In the first pages of this manual, you find out that the information of this book is thanks to a message received for a security military computer in the 70's. This message contain information about weapons, terminology, uniforms and other material that not supposed to be exist, so it was taken as a prank. In the next page, you can read a memo from the Star Fleet Command: Captain James T. Kirk and his first officer, Mr. Spock, must not be faulted for an error occurred in a transmission computer-to-computer during a gravitational space warp, which resulted in an unauthorized transmission to a military security computer in Earth. Sounds familiar? Oh yes.
A little note: when you see the index, your are going to note that some pages are missing. It's ok, it's supposed to be like that, because people in the 20th century should not know everything about the future.
This manual has a LOT of information, and is divided in four big items: the general section, command section, science section and support services section.
In the general section, you may find articles of the federation, treaties of peace, flags, seals, uniform color code, official type style, etc.
In the command section there is information of starfleet academy and armed forces, the starfleet headquarters, uniforms for male and female(there is images and patrons!), ranks and insignias. There is also information about the Enterprise (bridge,modules, stations, staterooms), the shuttlecraft and phasers (a lot of images!).
In the science section you can find information about computers, control consoles, tricorders, maps, medical section (medical tricorder, heartbeat reader, medical scanner, etc.) and more.
In the support services section you find information about communications (consoles, communicators, gadgets) and engineering (consoles, sections, propulsion, transporter, vulcan lyrette, and tri dimensional chess).
There is a final section called "miscellaneous section" that has blank pages to write about recollected information in the book.
Finally, the STARFLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL is just an amazing addition to the Star Trek world, more precisely to the Original Series times. Has so much information that sometimes is overwhelming. I imagine that this book must have been like a bible in the time that was released, because complete in a beautiful way the background of the series, without limit the own perception of it.
While the original Star Trek series had its faults, it was revolutionary both for seriously addressing social and philosophical issues and also for creating the illusion of a much wider universe than the one we saw. In 1975 Franz Joseph Schnaubelt (credited in the book as Franz Joseph) got permission to write an in-universe technical manual on Starfleet, the United Federation of Planets and other background elements of Star Trek. He'd previously created detailed blueprints of the Enterprise. The book became a best-seller and helped convince Paramount that there was life in the franchise. Novels, games, and finally movies and a new series followed.
The book itself is an odd one. It includes some mind-numbingly dull sections including the full Federation Constitution and organization charts for all of Starfleet. But the attention to detail is amazing. There are sewing patterns for Starfleet uniforms, rules for Three Dimensional Chess and floor plans for most of the major areas of the Enterprise. He also includes 4 new Federation ships that we can easily assume existed just off screen.
Today there is a glut of books like this one for Star Trek, Star Wars and every other franchise out there. But it's interesting to look back at this one and see where it all started.
If person is original trekker from the late 60s, they may have this, or maybe they had it and gave it away. It will bring back memories.
For any trekker of 80s and and 90s, this a good book as "historical reference" for the latter Star Trek shows (ST Next Gen, Voyager, etc).
If person is new trekker, just getting into it from recently released new Star Trek movies, well ,,, this still is a good star trek "historical" book.
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