- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426216521
- ISBN-13: 978-1426216527
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Trek The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages
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About the Author
ANDREW FAZEKAS, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who shares his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic News and is the national cosmic correspondent for Canada's Weather Network TV channel, space columnist for CBC Radio network, and a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency. As an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew has given hundreds of public talks and workshops, and has been observing the heavens from Montreal for over a quarter century and has never met a clear night sky he didn't like.
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National Geographic generally puts out a classy product and this beautiful 240–page hardcover is no exception. Though the bulk of this book is grounded in the "prime" universe, it still makes an effort to assimilate the most recent films into the overall Star Trek collective. Others have aptly reviewed this before me, no need for repetition, so since there is no “Look Inside” option offered in this listing here is how the book is laid out into it's table of contents;
006 … Foreword by William Shatner
008 … Introduction by Andrew S. Fazekas, Stardate 2016.115
010 … Trekking the Night Sky
012 … About this Book
014 … Chapter 1: The Terran system
060 … Chapter 2: Strange New Worlds
098 … Chapter 3: Sailing to the Stars
144 … Chapter 4: Clouds Among the Stars
182 … Chapter 5: Clusters and Galaxies
220 … Navigating the Night Sky
224 … Night Sky Charts
228 … Acknowledgements
229 … Episode Index
233 … Index
239 … Credits
It's a collage of ideas with a TON of photographs, star charts and drawings. (Having National Geographic's cartographers and illustrators on your team certainly helps.) The subject matter changes every couple of pages -- vignettes, you might say -- covering celestial objects, the science of Star Trek, and the characters, episodes and movies of Star Trek. Quite a compendium.
Andrew's writing makes all of this very approachable. His love of “the night sky" (one of his favorite phrases) and Star Trek is apparent without being sappy. The way he bridges the stories of Star Trek into the science and astronomy of today is quite skillful. For example, you might be reminded of one of your favorite scenes, say from The Wrath of Khan, where
“Captain Kirk moves a mounting confrontation with his greatest enemy, the vengeful Khan Noonien Singh, to the Mutara Nebula, where both ships’ sensors will be hampered by the nebula’s effect on their shields. The Battle of Mutara rages. Warp engines aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise reengage just in time to get it out of the nebula before the Genesis Device explodes, killing Khan. The nebula coalesces around the explosion site, creating the Genesis Planet. That is where they lay Spock to rest after he sacrifices himself to deadly levels of radiation in order to repair their warp drive.”
Found under the heading “Emission Nebulae in Star Trek,” along with some great photos and supplemental information, these pages are followed by “Emission Nebulae in Our Universe,” where Andrew explains just what these objects are composed of, and why they are pink. If you’re into Star Trek, astronomy or science in general, you’ll find his writing both useful and intriguing.
The book project actually began ten years ago when Andrew began documenting the celestial objects (or their ‘our universe’ equivalents) that he noticed in the Star Trek movies and TV series. When National Geographic approached Mr. Fazekas to write a book based on STARSTRUCK, the weekly star gazing column he writes for NationalGeographic.com, a larger discussion naturally ensued, leading to the two-year work of producing The Official Guide to Our Universe.
Dreams do come true!
Interviewing Andrew was so fun. It’s clear the boyhood enthusiasm he has for astronomy and Star Trek is unabated. His science journalism skills are first-rate, and the team that assembled around him – the graphic editors, archivists, layout producers, and so on – contributed everything needed for an excellent outcome. For the price of a couple of movie tickets you’ll have a work that, like Star Trek, will be enjoyed for generations.
There are also these really cool little graphics that show Star Trek tech and how close we are to having the thing in reality. Some of them have happened, which is awesome.