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Old February 27 2013, 06:26 PM   #46
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^Sure, but I'm just saying that in conventional, real-world, the name of a species is uncapitalized. The tendency of science fiction to capitalize species names implicitly equates them with nationalities, which plays into the unfortunate, rather ugly tendency of science fiction to practice racial essentialism and stereotyping. It promotes the confusion of racial identity with cultural or political identity -- like treating Vulcans and Romulans as separate species when they're really separate nationalities of a single species.

It's also just oversimplistic to use the same name for the species, the planet, the language, and the nation. Instead of Vulcans from the Vulcan-speaking Confederacy of Vulcan on the planet Vulcan, why not, say, vulcans from the V'nari-speaking Confederacy of Surak on the planet T'Khasi?

It's confusing to say that Vulcans and Romulans are both Vulcans, but it would be clearer to say that T'Khasians and Romulans are both vulcans.
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Old March 4 2013, 08:30 PM   #47
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My copy arrived today - I was pleased to see references from the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual included - I've found "arkenium" and "isotolinium" so far.
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Old March 4 2013, 08:43 PM   #48
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My copy arrived today - I was pleased to see references from the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual included - I've found "arkenium" and "isotolinium" so far.
On the labels for the Jem'Hadar and Cardassian weapons, if I recall.

As a random aside, I like the name Arkenium because I assume it's named for Arken, the planet. Arkenite contribution to Federation science, and all.
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Old March 8 2013, 02:43 AM   #49
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I see this is available now on Amazon Canada...I probably won't be getting it until the end of the month. Very excited still about it though.
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Old March 9 2013, 07:44 PM   #50
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Think of it, without that series would the Andorians have got any section in a book that is not just geared towards hardcore fans?
Probably. Andorians were quite well featured in lots of ST stuff over the years, including "The Monsters of Star Trek", a 1980s book aimed at kids rather than ST fans, "The Starfleet Medical Reference Manual", which sat in bookshops alongside the bestselling "Starfleet Technical Manual", and GE Fabbri's weekly "ST Fact Files", which were in every UK and Australian newsagent for many years.
Now I can't say for sure what goes on in Australia as I don't live there, but I'm afraid to say that the Fact Files weren't in every UK newsagent, in the town where I grew up, only one out of eight at the time newsagents stocked the magazine and the only reason they had it was because my father put it on subscription for me.

They also didn't really have a high abundance of Andorian features, but that's by the by.

Although it was a very nice body of work, I never actually finished it and a couple of years ago, I took it to a local recycling centre.
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Old March 9 2013, 10:17 PM   #51
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Overall, it was very enjoyable (great to finally have one of these) and I think it will serve as a useful introduction to the Trek 'verse for new viewers/readers; hopefully we can pull in some young fans with this . My one nit-pick; a few unfortunate editorial errors that were rather vexing (repeated words, missing words, etc). Other than that, I was pleased (and wished it could have been half as long again). Rather impressed by how much they managed to squeeze in.
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Old March 12 2013, 09:25 AM   #52
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I'm afraid to say that the Fact Files weren't in every UK newsagent, in the town where I grew up, only one out of eight at the time newsagents stocked the magazine and the only reason they had it was because my father put it on subscription for me.
As is normal for a part-work that goes several years past its scheduled run. All newsagents carried it for the first few weeks/months - and all newsagents had access to it - then regular customers put in their standing order. I had to switch newsagents at one point, and lining up the end of one standing order with the beginning of the new one was tricky. I did know of one newsagent who refused to do standing orders, and he used to wonder why he still got in two issues every week, because they'd get mangled on the shelves.

They also didn't really have a high abundance of Andorian features, but that's by the by.
They even got a cover!

But my point is, Andorians were certainly as well represented in previous works as they could be. They were barely in 24th century ST, so they weren't well represented in that era's publications.

BTW, I still never got that PM, nor a reply to mine. Could you please resend?
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Old March 12 2013, 01:30 PM   #53
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Change of plans. I'll be picking this up finally next week along with On Board the USS Enterprise.
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Old March 14 2013, 03:53 AM   #54
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I'm thinking I might pick this up if I see it at my local Sam's Club. They occasionally get DK stuff, so there is a chance it might pop up there.
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Old March 23 2013, 01:27 AM   #55
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My copy arrived this morning, and I quickly flipped through it and for a basic Visual Dictionary that covers all five series...it's pretty good. I'm really happy with the purchase and hopefully these will sell enough copies that we can start getting "Star Trek: Ultimate Guides" and other books that DK does like Encyclopedia and Character Encyclopedias. Hopefully this is just the start of a whole new line of DK Star Trek books.
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Old March 23 2013, 04:29 PM   #56
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A fun book. I'm thinking of picking up an extra copy for my nieces, who are just discovering Star Trek.
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Old March 23 2013, 04:56 PM   #57
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Personally a bit disappointed that the ST reference books we're getting now all seem to be aimed at children/younger readers (i.e. thios book and the recent Enterprise tour book by Okuda). They just don't do anything for me, but I'm happy that the younger Trek fans have them.

Miss the technical manuals, and episode guides and such. And before someone posts it: I do realize the reasons why we don't see those anymore, and why we probably won't anytime soon.
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Old March 24 2013, 04:45 AM   #58
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Personally a bit disappointed that the ST reference books we're getting now all seem to be aimed at children/younger readers (i.e. thios book and the recent Enterprise tour book by Okuda). They just don't do anything for me, but I'm happy that the younger Trek fans have them.

Miss the technical manuals, and episode guides and such. And before someone posts it: I do realize the reasons why we don't see those anymore, and why we probably won't anytime soon.
I'm not sure that's an accurate assessment of the current output. There's been a huge resurgence in Star Trek non-fiction in recent years, including the introductory/younger audience books you cite, light hearted interpretations, a couple of craft books coming up, and plenty of more in-depth titles for grown-ups/experienced trekkies: In the past few months alone we've had a the Klingon Bird of Prey Haynes Manual, which goes into a great deal of technical detail. Federation: The First 150 Years, with two centuries of Star Trek history, and the TNG 365 with all sorts of production information.
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Old March 24 2013, 05:09 PM   #59
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Personally a bit disappointed that the ST reference books we're getting now all seem to be aimed at children/younger readers
There have always been ST books aimed at younger readers and, let's face it, forty years ago we were all "younger readers", too!

When I first got into Star Trek, my first purchases (at age 21) included things like View-Master reels, the "ST:TMP Pop-up Book", the "ST:TMP Make-You-Own-Costume Book", "Monsters of Star Trek" and the "Intergalactic Puzzle Book", all skewed young enough that I kinda hid them from my parents. I think I had all of those in my small collection before I decided I also needed the "ST Concordance", "The Technical Manual", "Medical Reference Manual", "The Making of Star Trek" and "World of Star Trek".
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Old March 25 2013, 07:02 PM   #60
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I got it last week, and it's pretty cool, it's somewhat basic but would introduce the old timeline to any new fans probably better than the old encyclopedia would. The most impressive thing about it is the picture quality of the props...wow. Enterprise had the best looking props.

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