THE STAR TREK BOOK Data dump
the latest in a series which began with primers on subjects like religion, economics and psychology before branching out into fictional worlds, The Star Trek Book aims to provide, “an easy but comprehensive way of entering this dense and fascinating universe”.
Cleanly designed, it’s easy to dip into, split into sections themed around topics such as Starfleet, allies and enemies, and technology. These are further divided into overviews of generally one to four pages, broken up with infographics, timelines and quotations.
Unlike 2015’s The Sherlock Holmes Book, it takes an “in-universe” perspective, approaching events as if they really took place. The 2009 reboot presents an obvious challenge, but one easily dealt with: after describing, say, the original Khan, an essay will simply move on to discuss the alternate-timeline counterpart.
It’s probably best suited to fact-hungry teens introduced to Kirk by JJ, rather than seasoned Trekkers. That in-universe approach rules out critical analysis or behind-the-scenes stories, and doesn’t leave much room for, well, fun. If that’s what you’re after, best look elsewhere.
Due in October: a two-volume revised edition of The Star Trek Encyclopedia, with 300 pages of new entries.