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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
I'm about three fourths of the way through it and all I can say is that these two gentlemen and their staff did a remarkable job. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jon
Fun for any Trek nerd- yes, that's me. I'm gonna start building my ship tomorrow.Published 12 days ago by Dr. Heisenberg?
If you love reading about the details of a ship from bow to stern be it a naval vessel or a starship you will find this manual one of the best in details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Gregory
Love this book! Especially since my copy is signed by the authors!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been hesitant to buy this for a while because the claims from people about the quality. Once I found out that you can return a Kindle purchase, I bought it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Bergquist