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Old May 15 2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

http://www.startrek.com/article/star...irst-150-years

This seems interesting.

The definitive history of the United
Federation of Planets, the intergalactic
democracy that governs the Star Trek
universe – is one for the books, and now it
is… a book. Written by David A. Goodman
and featuring illustrations by Joe Corroney,
Mark McHaley, Cat Staggs and Jeff Carlisle,
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years
will be released on November 20, 2012
Goodman examines everything from First
Contact to the Organian Peace Treaty, with
the text complemented by color and black
and white illustrations of epic battles, alien
species and heretofore unseen ship
designs, among them the Romulan attack
on Starbase 1, original blueprints for the
U.S.S. Enterprise and the Xindi Avian. A
quintet of removable documents includes
Zefram Cochrane’s first sketch of the warp
drive engine and a hand-penned letter
from a young Jim Kirk.
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Old May 15 2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Re: Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

Nearly $100 bucks list price?!

Urk.

Uhh, no.
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Old May 15 2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Nearly $100 bucks list price?!

Urk.

Uhh, no.
$59.99 if you order now !

I'll get it next year when it's remaindered...

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Old May 15 2012, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

There have been similar books published for Star Wars over the past couple years (The Jedi Path and The Book of the Sith), framed as in-universe texts with paraphernalia. They were later released sans accoutrements, and eventually in paperback, I think.
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Old May 15 2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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There have been similar books published for Star Wars over the past couple years (The Jedi Path and The Book of the Sith), framed as in-universe texts with paraphernalia. They were later released sans accoutrements, and eventually in paperback, I think.
Reading the description KingDaniel included, my first thought was of those, actually. I guess if it worked there it might work for Trek too.
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Old May 15 2012, 09:27 PM   #6
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Re: Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

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There have been similar books published for Star Wars over the past couple years (The Jedi Path and The Book of the Sith), framed as in-universe texts with paraphernalia. They were later released sans accoutrements, and eventually in paperback, I think.
There were similar books published for Star Trek in the 90s -- Federation Passport, framed as an actual passport issued to UFP citizens, comes to mind.

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I don't really expect it to, but I do hope that Federation: The First 150 Years is consistent with what the novels have established about how the Federation functions, particularly TNG: A Time for War, A Time for Peace and Articles of the Federation.
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Old May 15 2012, 10:53 PM   #7
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Federation Passport is an in-universe document, but then, so are many Trek works-- I was more thinking of the fact that the book incorporates so many "artifacts" of various sorts. The Book of the Sith includes a severed braid of a Padawan's hair!
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Old May 16 2012, 12:05 AM   #8
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Sounds cool, but I don't have the kind of disposable income to spend $60.00 or $100.00 on a book like this.
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Old May 16 2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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Re: Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

Do you know if it'll be aviable in e form?
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Old May 16 2012, 01:29 AM   #10
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Why 150 years, I wonder? That would cut it off at 2311, just in time for the Tomed Incident, and would exclude TNG, DS9, and VGR from being covered. Maybe it's the first of two books?
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Old May 16 2012, 01:41 AM   #11
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Of course, it also says it covers everything "from First Contact...", which was well before the founding of the Federation. I wonder if the 150 years actually starts in 2161, or if it includes a lead time into the beginnings of the Federation.
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Old May 16 2012, 01:53 AM   #12
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Of course, it also says it covers everything "from First Contact...", which was well before the founding of the Federation. I wonder if the 150 years actually starts in 2161, or if it includes a lead time into the beginnings of the Federation.
The Amazon blurb seems to suggest the first 150 years of Federation proper as well as a lead into it:

This unprecedented illustrated volume chronicles the pivotal era leading up to Humankind's First Contact with Vulcan, the Romulan War, the creation of the Federation, and the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy.
I could do without the silly plastic stand thing, but the book itself sounds very exciting (pre-ordered already!); I hope it shows us as much new stuff as my mind is rushing to imagine it could. I'm especially curious to see how they explore the Kelvin era.
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Old May 16 2012, 02:02 AM   #13
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Huh. Is it 'New Trek' or original Trek I wonder?
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Old May 16 2012, 02:19 AM   #14
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Huh. Is it 'New Trek' or original Trek I wonder?
Original, no doubt. The Bad Robot folks evidently prefer to have anything set in the new continuity be under their direct supervision, and there's no indication of that here. And the movie continuity has only been established up through 2258; there's simply not enough material yet to base a book like this on. Plus the 150-year timeframe suggests an intention to cover everything from ENT through the original-cast movies.

Odd, though... in that picture in the StarTrek.com article, that blue-and-black diagram of a humanoid's anatomy (the second document from the left) has the Trill emblem at the bottom. That suggests it's a diagram of the host/symbiont relationship, which wasn't made public until the UFP was more than 200 years old.
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Old May 16 2012, 09:32 AM   #15
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Odd, though... in that picture in the StarTrek.com article, that blue-and-black diagram of a humanoid's anatomy (the second document from the left) has the Trill emblem at the bottom. That suggests it's a diagram of the host/symbiont relationship, which wasn't made public until the UFP was more than 200 years old.
However, the text is also Trill (the triangular wedges are scattered all over it), so presumably it's not a Federation document but a native one? Why that would be included, I don't know, but at least for now we could assume it's for Trill eyes only? And ours, of course.
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