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Today on #GetTrekucated's Fall Reader: 'Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology'

One of the best parts of Star Trek are the starships. The sleek and unique shape of the USS Enterprise sells the series as much as the human journey into the stars. When you see a starship on Star Trek, you feel like it's the future of space travel.

Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology is a reference book cataloging the technological and design progression of the space vessels of United Earth, all the way to the golden era of Starfleet, or The Motion Picture Era.

Which makes sense because this book was released in December of 1979, on the heels of the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

It would be the second reference book released to delve into the history of the Star Trek universe from an in-universe perspective, beat only by the Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual (or Franz Joseph Manual, as featured in previous Get Trekucated articles). It would also be the third book released for Star Trek reference material (after both the Franz Joseph and the Star Trek Concordance book, featured earlier this week).

There were a lot of new, never before seen vessels in this book, creating a linear chain of starships, showing an evolutionary track from the Space Shuttle (then just being developed) all the way to the USS Enterprise-A.

Along the way we get to see such classics as the DY-100 class sublight ship (The ship used by Khan Noonian Singh to escape Earth), the USS Horizon, USS Valiant, another USS Enterprise (XCV 330, a civilian vessel), and many more. We even get to explore vessels from the Earth Romulan War and the first years of the Federation.

We will on occasion see the Enterprise XCV 330 model in Star Trek canon irregardless. A model is found in Admiral Marcus' office (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Admiral Forrest's office (ENT Season 4, Episode 3, 'Home'), The 602 Club (ENT Season 2. Episode 24, 'First Flight'), and illustrated in the Enterprise's recreation deck (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).

The book was written by Stan and Fred Goldstein, with brilliant illustrations by artist Rick Sternbach, who would later go on to do design work for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and was responsible for the look of phasers, tricorders, PADD's and communicator badges.

Unfortunately, the book was relegated to non-canon status as of 2002, as it's timeline was considered inaccurate.

Also for consideration not many of the designs made it into later Star Trek series.

Which is a bit of an error on Discovery's part. 🙂
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Today on #GetTrekucated's Fall Reader: 'Star Trek: The Worlds of the Federation'

Star Trek TNG saw the explosion of reference guides and supplemental material. Fans wanted to know more about the universe the loved. And through officially licensed and printed products, authors and artists could give it to them.

Which brings us to our next book. Star Trek: The Worlds of the Federation.

WotF was printed in 1989, two years after Star Trek TNG's premiere, rapidly approaching peak Star Trek in the early 90's. There was much still not established in canon and people wanted more. It was the perfect time to release such a tome of knowledge.

WotF is a reference book that covers the species and worlds of the Star Trek Universe, as known at the point of early TNG canon. It includes Federation member worlds and species, neutral powers, independent species and planets, and the Federation's enemies.

The book was written and illustrated by Lora Johnson, best known before her transition as Shane Johnson, writer and illustrator for 'Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise' (and also featured on a past Get Trekucated book week). Lora has a successful career as a writer and illustrator since 1984, when she first made 'Weapons and Field Equipment Technical Reference Manual', a guide on the various weapons of popular sci-fi franchises. She would create various unofficial manuals until Mr. Scott's, then WotF, and finishing off Star Trek with The Next Generation Technical Journal in 1992.

The cover art was drawn by Don Ivan Punchatz, a sci-fi and fantasy artist with a long career drawing for such publications as Playboy, Heavy Metal, National Geographic, and Time Magazine. He's also well known for creating the first cover art for the videogame Doom.

It's Punchatz' illustration of aliens, both on the cover, and in the middle of the book, that really make it stand out.

WotF, after its August 1989 release, would have a UK release in September, then a reprinting in November, a testament to the popularity of this reference manual.

So whether you want to gaze at the amazing art, or learn about all the major species of TOS and TNG, WotF is an excellent source of material, still relevant even without the information presented in later Star Trek series.
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Today on #GetTrekucated's Fall Reader: 'Star Trek Concordance'

This is one of the first reference book series to be published for the Star Trek franchise. Mind you, not an official one, at least not until later in the series.

Star Trek Concordance is a fan-made reference book, first introduced in 1969 by Star Trek superfan (and the brains behind saving Star Trek from cancellation) Bjo Trimble.

The Concordance is a compilation of Star Trek: The Original Series information, including synopsis, character information, alien species, technology, actor and actress information, and more. Fan art was also included, with even a contribution from famous sci-fi writer Greg Bear.

The first edition was a fan-publication created by Los Angeles-based Mathom House Publications, and was sold locally in the LA Star Trek scene. It was literally made in a basement and one had to collate their own copy! The first edition had the first two seasons. A 3rd season supplement was released in 1973, with addendums and corrections released by Ruth Berman in 1974.

Concordance was one of the exceptional instances where a fan publication was made official, with an October 1976 printing by Ballantine Books. It was a hit, and it's most unique feature was a reference wheel built into the cover where one could find an episode and the wheel would tell the reader what page it was on.

Concordance was considered an unofficial companion to The Original Series and The Animated Series. And for a short while it was the de-facto reference guide for Star Trek episodes. That period was short lived, however, as Paramount Pictures revoked the status in lieu of their own encyclopedia release, The Star Trek Compendium, in 1981.

Star Trek Concordance didn't die. Rather, it was resurrected in 1995 as The Citadel Edition. The new update included summaries of previously released The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and movies.

Some criticisms were leveled at Concordance due to errors found inside. Some of those errors even found themselves into editions of the Star Trek Encyclopedia, as Michael Okuda was a contributor to later editions of Concordance before he was involved with the Star Trek Encyclopedia.

Nonetheless it's a pioneering effort brought together by dedicated fans which would inspire future work into cataloging all things Star Trek.

Did I mention the original author also saved Star Trek with her letter writing campaign?
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Today on #GetTrekucated's Fall Reader: 'Star Trek: The Book of Lists'

We start today's fall reader with a fun resource book that looks into the Star Trek franchise through 100 lists.

(I might have checked out a few for future Get Trekucated ideas.)

Star Trek: The Book of Lists was written by Chip Carter, an American author with years of experience on the Star Trek franchise.

Back in the 90's he was in charge on approving comic book scripts, working on multiple issues during the 1995-2000 Marvel Comics run of the Star Trek comics. He was an editorial assistant who had a penchant for titles like Stan Lee, but he was no Chairman Emeritus. He was a 'Tribble' or 'Better Looking Than the Caretaker' when he worked on his comics.

During this time, he also worked on editorial approval for Last Unicorn Games' Star Trek RPG's (Before the license was transferred to Modiphius Entertainment).

He even worked with Fleer Skybox during that period for their Star Trek trading cards!

So he's got the pedigree to be a Star Trek trivia master, and that's where we find him next. First with 2011's 'Obsessed With Star Trek' trivia book, then once again making the Star Trek Trivial Pursuit Game.

Which brings us to Star Trek: The Book of Lists, published in 2017 by Harper Designs (a part of Harper Collins Publishers).

Chip Carter's years of Star Trek knowledge has accumulated into this amazing 100 lists of Star Trek trivia, facts, pictures, and stories. From Kirk's most memorable kisses to a list of recycled props, we've got all sorts of obscura for the Trekkie to enjoy.

(And admittedly, with resources and access, as well as time, that I can only dream to have.)

So if you want to further your trekucation, or just stump someone at trivia night, pick up the Book of Lists. A professional lifetime and fan love for Star Trek went into this great book.
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This Week on #GetTrekucated: 'The Get Trekucated Fall Reader'

Ok, the holidays are over, and school's been in session for over a month. Now it's time for some homework?

Trust me, it'll be fun! We haven't done an essential reading week for a long time.

This week we're checking out more must read reference materials to increase your trekucational knowledge!
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Today on #GetTrekucated's Federation Feast: 'Dessert! Jiballian Fudge Cake!'

We've tucked into the main course. Now it's time for dessert. But out of a galaxy of choices, which one do we choose?

We have a lot of choices, so I choose one that can actually be made!

Jiballian fudge cake can be found from the planet Jibalia, a binary star system deep in the Delta Quadrant. Crewman Neelix learned the recipe during his travels, and from there he brought knowledge of this sweet dessert to the USS Voyager.

The cake is not easy make. It's surrounded by a crust of crushed kabebeenuts, which takes a lifetime find on the moon of Zadon. And there's one variant that takes nine years to bake, best prepared before an Ocampan's birth, and served on their funeral luncheon.

Ok, probably some slight exaggerations from Neelix, but why ruin a good story?

At least there's a faster recipe for Kes' birthdays.

Neelix prepared a seven-layer Jibalian fudge cake using a L'maki nut puree icing. It was Kes' favorite (VOY Season 2, Episode 6, 'Twisted'). This would be a Kes birthday tradition in more than one timeline (VOY Season 3, Episode 21, 'Before and After').

Tuvok, when losing his memories, had a penchant for creating desserts. One of his concoctions was a Jiballian fudge cake with peppermint coulis, taught by Neelix (VOY Season 6, Episode 6, 'Riddles').

The real Jiballian fudge cake, a food prop, was baked by Hanson's Cakes of Los Angeles.

You can also find the recipe! Go ahead, look it up! It's in the Star Trek Cookbook, Page 43-44.

And to all my Canadian fans have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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