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Star Trek Book 2016

The in-universe book can be found in all sorts of genres.  In Star Trek we’ve seen this type of book recently with Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years and The Autobiography of James T. Kirk.  You’re either a fan of this type of work or you aren’t–these books attempt to take readers deeper into the world and stories of our favorite characters.  More than found in the basic canon, in a way that often seems less imaginative than something like a tie-in novel.  Rarely have we read this type that knocked our socks off.  An exception is DK’s Star Trek: A Visual Dictionary–a simple but enjoyable look inside all facets of Star Trek (reviewed here previously at borg.com).  A new in-universe book by DK qualifies as a good read and maybe even a great Star Trek work.

The Star Trek Book celebrates 50 years of Star Trek with what amounts to a school textbook from Star Trek’s future.  Detailing the lives of key players in the Federation, chronicling major events, technologies, cultures, and locales, The Star Trek Book lives up to its promise.  The chronicle itself is brilliantly executed.  Not simply a time period by time period account, such as taking each series one by one, instead this account weaves the facts and features of all series and movies together as a singular whole.  This makes for a reference you won’t simply read and file away on the shelf, but one you keep coming back to (as we have in the weeks since we got a first look at the book).

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The reboot universe of Star Trek, here designated for the first time as the Kelvin timeline, is handled alongside the original series cast and stories.  The Enterprise series is intermingled with Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek Voyager, and the key events from the movies, all in a way that finally gives each component equal coverage.  So fans of one or all the series will find something of interest here.

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Star Trek Beyond cast photo

Following on the success in the past five years of blockbuster franchise movie marathons for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Star Wars, for the first time ever Star Trek will have its own movie marathon at theaters nationwide.

It’s not a mega-marathon–it only includes the JJ Abrams universe–now called, according to the May publication The Star Trek Book, the “Kelvin timeline” movies.

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But if you’re a fan of the reboot films like we are, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to again catch 2009’s Star Trek, the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, and now on the big screen for the first time, Star Trek Beyond.

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Star Trek Book 2016

The 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek is in full swing and you can hardly visit a store without encountering a new collectable commemorating the event.  From the publishing realm, coming this summer from Dorling Kindersley (DK) books is a new book that purports to be the last word on all of Star Trek–from the original series to the latest big screen releases.  Titled boldly The Star Trek Book, it’s a 336 page data trove for those new to Star Trek and others wanting a quick reminder of some of their favorite characters, places, ships, and weapons.

You can pre-order your copy now at a discount off the cover price here from Amazon.com.  It seems to be similar in design to the classic Star Trek The Magazine from years ago.

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Here’s the description from the publisher followed by several preview pages released this month by Amazon:

Celebrate 50 years of one of the longest running and beloved sci-fi franchises with The Star Trek Book.  This comprehensive guide to the series delves into the myriad worlds and different dimensions visited by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Discover the amazing science of Star Trek and how it has influenced real-world technology such as flip phones.  Featuring informative and analytical text combined with exciting photography and infographics throughout, The Star Trek Book is broken down into main categories such as science and technology, Starfleet, allies and enemies, and more.

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