USS Enterprise Owner’s Workshop Manual

B1634

The first reaction to this new book is that it is a bit of fun. Star trekies will regard it as a vital record of Star Trek technologies. It is also challenging to categorize for the Firetrench book reviews because reading through the book and looking at the excellent colour images, this really does have the feel of a manual describing a series of real space vehicles. It demonstrates the amount of thought that has to go into producing a durable and widely popular science fiction story.

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NAME: USS Enterprise Owner's Workshop Manual
CLASSIFICATION: Book reviews
FILE: R1634
Date: 031110
AUTHOR: Ben Robinson, Marcus Riley
PUBLISHER: Haynes
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 160
PRICE: GB £19.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Star Ship Enterprise, Kirk, Archer, Pickard, NX-01, NCC-1701, NCC-1701-A to NCC-1701-E, Star Trek, trekies, shuttle, shuttle pod
ISBN: 978-1-84425-941-0
IMAGE: B1634
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/
DESCRIPTION: The first reaction to this new book is that it is a bit of fun. Star trekies will regard it as a vital record of Star Trek technologies. It is also challenging to categorize for the Firetrench book reviews because reading through the book and looking at the excellent colour images, this really does have the feel of a manual describing a series of real space vehicles. It demonstrates the amount of thought that has to go into producing a durable and widely popular science fiction story. Much of the technology written about in the sci fi series is based on scientific conjecture but some of that conjecture is based on mathematically proven theories. Some technology is science fact but not yet viable commercially or even militarily. Some technology is available. All of that is skilfully woven together to provide the background to the sci fi story. Perhaps more importantly, science fiction writers come up with ideas that scientists later turn into practical technology. Rocketry and space ships started as Victorian science fiction. That fiction inspired the development of rockets and the first steps outside Earth atmosphere. More recently, the geo stationary satellite was born first as science fiction, a concept that has revolutionized a world that now depends heavily on satellite relays for communications and entertainment. In the same way, science fiction led the way the creation of orbiting space stations. The transporter may yet become science fact, providing a very rapid way of moving people, and could yet prove to be the way of moving people between planets, solar systems and galaxies. The weapon systems that featured in the Star Trek series are now becoming science fact and shuttles carried by a larger mother ship are already possible. In a century of amazing technological development we have moved from the first tentative powered flight to launching people out into space. In little more than half a century the computer has moved from the first electronic programmable data processors used to break codes to a common item of technology present in almost every home and an essential tool for professional use. As each generation of computer moves forward to ever greater processing and storage capacity and virtually every computer can be networked with every other computer, our information resources expand dramatically. The computers used in sci fi stories are no longer far from practical reality. The authors have explained the technology and concepts developed into the Star Trek stories and the text is supported by a wealth of illustration, much of it created specifically for the book. Whether for fun, as a fan, or as a reader interested in mind stretching ideas, this is a book not to be missed.

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