Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary

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Press:DK CHILDREN DK; Reprint edition (March 18, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-3-18
ISBN:9781465403377
Author Name:DK Publishing
Pages:96
Language:English

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Voyage through a complete illustrated tour of the Star Trek™ Galaxy and explore the bridge of the U.S.S. 
Enterprise™, Borg™ technology, The Dominion War, The Q Continuum and much more in Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary.
Featuring the celebrated as well as infamous characters, aliens, starships, and technology, this stunning hardcover tome from DK shows the Star Trek Universe as you have never seen it before.

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  •     Great with all of the Star Trek sagas, ships and many more
  •     Very cool. I bought 2 as birthday gifts for my husband and brother in law. They loved them. Sparked many conversations.
  •     The subtitle ("The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Aliens, and Technology") is pretty darn misleading. I would hardly call this the "Ultimate Guide" to anything other than a cliff-notes guide to Star Trek. Don't misunderstand me, I knew the book was only 96 pages - so I wasn't expecting a novel of info - but I was expecting more than what was printed. Some of the people that they covered were multiple pages of info... but they were ones we already know a good deal about. I'd have rather had more info on other species The info that IS in the book is great, the photos are great also. I feel the older Star Trek Encyclopedias were more informative... but... they didn't have nearly the pictures that this Visual Dictionary does.
  •     great book
  •     gave as gift for someone, wish it had more
  •     good book
  •     I received my book today, Friday, Dec. 30th, and I am very satisfied with my purchase.
  •     It keeps me up to date visually on my favorites episodes and the artwork is fantastic.
  •     The page were stuck together. Had to go to each page very slow and take them apart.
  •     Pretty thorough.
  •     STAR TREK: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY is a sweeping, colorful and informative overview of the Star Trek universe. Sub-titled THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHARACTERS, ALIENS AND TECHNOLOGY, Paul Ruditis' book offers up 96 pages of info and full-color photographs covering all five live-action TV series and the first 10 ST movies. Trekkers will love this one!Arranged chronologically, Ruditis' book, published in 2013 by DK Publishing, kicks off the Star Trek magical, mystery tour with a short summary of humanity's future and ends with a two-page write-up on Species 8472 and the Hirogen. In-between those two entries are sections on the first Vulcan-Human interactions, the Andorians, the Enterprise A and D, Captains Archer/Kirk/Picard/Sisko/Janeway, Betazoids, AI, Talosians, Ferengis, Bajorans, Klingon culture, the Romulans, the Trill, Tholians, everyone's favorite villains - the Borg, etc.Along with tons of Trek trivia, the book features loads of pix of people, starships, weapons, equipment, etc. Visually the book is a delight.Young and old Star Trek fans will enjoy STAR TREK: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY. It offers a knowledgeable, affectionate overview of the most popular franchise in history. Recommended.
  •     Slim but beautiful illustrations.
  •     This book goes well with my other Star Trek literature. Very informative.
  •     I gave this book(Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary by Paul Ruditis) to my brother for his birthday. He's been a Trekker for as long as I can remember.
  •     The Star Trek Visual Dictionary covers the entire prime timeline Star Trek universe, or at least all the live-action TV series and films. TAS is left out, but I can understand why; it could have made the otherwise all "real" visuals inconsistent. After a forward from John de Lancie (aka Q) and a two page spread introducing the the Star Trek universe with a map of the galaxy, the book is in vaguely chronological order. Each of the series gets spreads for the hero ship, each captain, and each crew. The entire rest of the book is then arranged around the various species of the Star Trek universe, with the founding members of the Federation coupled with the Enterprise area of the book at the start, and species most strongly associated with DS9 and Voyager towards the end of the book, while the middle of the book includes everyone else, after the TOS and TNG intros. Each species gets anything from half a page, up to two two-page spreads for the major races (Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Borg, Dominion, and Cardassians).In some ways this feels like a fresh take on the oldThe Worlds of the Federationbook, which also took a species-by-species view of the Star Trek universe, although with rather more non-canon expansions in that book. The downside of this format is that a few reasonably major areas of Trek are left out; there are no references to the mirror universe, alternate timelines, or the far future of the Trek universe we have occasionally glimpsed. While these are big areas of Star Trek lore, I can imagine their omissions being an editorial choice to focus on the core prime timeline. Perhaps more notable for a starship lover such as myself is that only the TV-hero Starfleet ships get any love; while mentioned, you wont see the Enterprise-A, Enterprise-E, Excelsior or any of the minor ships of Starfleet here. Starship designs from other species are well represented however.Indeed the choice to mostly arrange the book by species gives some of the more obscure races a chance to shine as the book explores the culture and technology of each subject it covers. One of my favourite recurring elements in the book is spotlighting alien musical instruments, from the familiar Vulcan lute, to the bizarre Klingon concertina.I really know my Trek, so it's hard to be objective, but it feels like this would function well as an introduction to the Star Trek universe to newer Star Trek fans; covering all the major characters, species, technologies, and moments of Star Trek history. At the same time it's a real treat for those of us that are deeply familiar with Trek, thanks to the wealth of high quality imagery, particularly when it comes to props; some of which are delightfully obscure, and I'm sure have never had this level of attention in a Trek publication before. The chance to get a look at some of these alone, especially the brilliantly designed and incredibly well made props from Enterprise, are reason enough to buy this book. The production design from across the Star Trek series really gets a chance to shine here.The author, Paul Ruditis, manages the same balancing act as the designers, in making the book both an accessible introduction to Trek, while giving the more familiar reader something interesting. Managing not too go into too much detail about subject one could easily get carried away on, while at the same time giving over room to give us paragraphs on such subjects as Human literature, the Carbon Creek incident (with one of my favourite props accompanying), and the inherent collectability the Ferengi design into their weapons to give them more of a market.My favourite part of the text by far though, are the labels accompanying most of the images. Some are practical guides to parts of technology or biology, but many are gloriously deadpan; with Porthos labelled simple "beagle", on the same page Keiko O'Biran is used to illustrate a typical Human female, with the excellent label informing us "leggings common in women's fashion". My favourite is on one of Phlox's animal containers: "Altarian marsupial (in cage)"At ninty-four pages this book manages to cram an impressive amount of Trek in. I feel it would be a great introduction for newbie trekkies, but also has lots of treats for the more familiar. I really hope this book is a success, as I would love to see similarly attractive and in-depth treatment to other areas of the Trekverse; perhaps a Star Trek starships guide in the same format, a look at all the lovely new designs coming out of the nuTrek films, or maybe one of DK's incredible cross section books!
 

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