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Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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About the Author
Larry Nemecek is an author, editor, and Star Trek consultant. He wrote the New York Times bestseller Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion. Nemecek edited the Star Trek Communicator magazine for eight years, contributed to Star Trek Fact Files in the UK, and served as a consultant on Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. He lives in Burbank with his wife Janet.
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The included book is nothing more than a historical summary of the major Star Trek political powers. It also, as I mentioned earlier, contains translations of the alien-script maps.
This is a great volume to add to any Star Trek bookshelf. Beautifully presented, and well-researched, even if it has a few errata and inconsistencies. I'm willing to forgive them; Star Trek is a fictional universe, and it is impossible to create a work like this without running into inconsistencies inborn into the franchise in the first place.
Clamshell: Seems durable and probably can withstand the test of time.
Booklet about maps: Offers succinct yet good overview about maps. Basic facts about regions of space and great powers of our Galaxy are all concentrated in one place.
Maps (and corresponding section in booklet):
1. Known space in the year 2386 - Work of art that is known to every Federation citizen. First clue (about supernova that destroyed Romulus) that relaunch of Star Trek franchise in 2009 with 11th motion picture and subsequent alteration of timeline in the year 2233 kept the original timeline intact.
2. Alpha Quadrant in the year 2386 - there are some additions to map like location of star base 375. I also noticed something funny. SECTOR (GRID) SIZE APPEARS TO BE 15 NOT 20 LIGHTYEARS ACROSS.(Sorry for yelling). Measuring the map and comparing results with known distances (Sol from Kronos and Sol from Berengaria) revealed that this is not a typo. Sector size in maps 2 and 3 are in fact really 15 light years.
3. Beta Quadrant in the year 2386 - We can see Bassen rift ("Star Trek: Nemesis") that is missing from old maps, also there are star base 39 and some planets from former Delphic Expanse.
4. Cardassian Union in the year 2364 - Cardassian propaganda. I have no further comments.
5. The Vulcan System in the 4th century - Work of art from period of Vulcan's bloody civil war. Also there are clues about the fact that people are in year 2386 completely oblivious about the alternate timeline.
6. Imperial Klingon Empire in the year 2366 - "You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon." Same is true about that map. In booklet there is also a smaller version that is translated to English.
7. Romulan Star Empire in the year 2366 -Romulan propaganda in the form of masterfully painted map, that illustrates bitterness of losing war against Earth in the middle of 22nd century. Infamous Tomed Incident is mentioned, but still there is no more information about it.
8. The Romulan War in the year 2162 - Information about all three major engagements of this war.
9. The Dominion War in the year 2379 - Major battles and yes AR-558 is finally in its right place. GRID (SECTOR) SIZE IS BACK TO 20 LIGHTYEARS IN MAPS 9 AND 10. I am baffled. I can see no reasonable explanation for this. Authors of this reference library have lots of explaining to do.
10. Federation Historical Highlights in the year 2386 - Finally, location of Delphic Expanse and confusion about its size is cleared. According new maps Delphic Expanse is located in Beta Quadrant halfway between Sol and Klingon Empire.
Omissions and errors: There are some typos in booklet, but not many. For example name of the asteroid Ceres in misspelt.
Durability: Map are printed on relatively thick paper. But is this enough for heavy users? Probably not. I imagine that maps could not be laminated because they must be folded together. Solution would be to frame maps, by doing so you could also decorate several rooms in your home.
What you won't find in this collection: Route of Voyager" is displayed - briefly. You still need something like Star Trek Star Charts: The Complete Atlas of Star Trek", if you want the complete collection of maps of our Galaxy. I also hoped that there would be previously unknown planets from book series "Star Trek: The Fall" but no. Apparently this reference library is limited to TV-series and movies only. Events, like the third Borg invasion are not mentioned.
In conclusion: this reference library is an absolute must for every trekkie and if you are already on this webpage you should definitely buy it.