Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Wrap Your Arms (and Head) around 50 Years of Star Trek



Star Trek EncyclopediaTrekkers (or Trekkies, depending on your fan flavor) know that the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek is just around the corner. For those of you who are not in the know or who want to impress your geekalicious significant other, that date is September 8, 2016.

In honor of this golden anniversaries, here's a selection of new Star Trek books that celebrate the TV show that brought us the USS Enterprise, Tribbles, attractive green aliens, the Prime Directive, and unending self-analysis about what it means to be honorable and civilized.

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The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Reference Guide to the Future by Michael and Denise Okuda - The Okudas bring their overwhelming knowledge of Star Trek to this updated edition. (The previous one-volume encyclopedia came out in 1997.) Full-color photos and a gift-worthy slipcase make this a reference book that proudly proclaims your Star Trek fealty.
 

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The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman - There are few more fascinating ways to investigate events than through oral history, especially when people's recollections don't quite jibe with each other's. A must-read for those who want to know how a television legend is built, as well as those who want to dive ever-deeper into the details behind the franchise.
 

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The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross - This volume continues the oral history started in the book above and focuses on TNG, DS9, and the J. J. Abrams film reboots.
 

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Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years - Artists and well-known fans contributed art to this inspiring collection, including a photograph of Vulcan gestures by Leonard Nimoy. This is also a traveling exhibition that made its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer.
 

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The Star Trek Book: Strange New Worlds Boldly Explained - This photo-heavy, full-color book is part of DK's series of Big Ideas Simply Explained, which has included such worthy subjects as Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, Movies, and Philosophy. The Star Trek Book covers the main characters in the various series and films but also lovingly delves into topics such as the differences between Vulcan and human anatomy, Ferengi hand gestures, warp drives, and Borg technology. An excellent way to increase your Star Trek knowledge if you find the two-volume encyclopedia a bit overwhelming.
 

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book - What more could someone ask for than a coloring book about their favorite show? If you prefer TOS to TNG, there's a coloring book for the original series available as well.
 

 


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