Bernd Schneider

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Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield
Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield
This is a classic. It is the first book of its kind, and probably the first book about Star Trek at all. But The Making of Star Trek is much more than any of the later books with similar names. This book doesn't idealize or simplify the making of the series. It doesn't enthusiastically praise everything and everyone involved in its production. It is an authentic and meticulous report on how TOS in particular and a TV series in general comes to life. It shows that it is a process of try and error, that aspects have to be taken into account the viewers wouldn't think of, and that the responsible persons don't always know exactly what they want ("I need some device that does… Read more
The Physics Of Star Trek by Lawrence M Krauss
The Physics Of Star Trek by Lawrence M Krauss
Although the title suggests otherwise, this is not really a book about Star Trek. Lawrence Krauss, a physicist, quotes Star Trek, but his further explanations largely neglect what can be seen in the series and, rather than that, strictly adhere to the laws of real physics. This alone is no criticism. We need popular books about physics (and this is a good one), but the title just doesn't suit it.
A typical chapter begins with examples from the series, but subsequently it becomes like a general analysis of science (and) fiction where one could easily replace "Enterprise" with "Star Destroyer" or anything else. In the chapter on warp propulsion, for instance, Krauss… Read more
The Star Trek Encyclopedia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Must-Have, Nov. 28 2001
This is probably the most wide-spread book about Star Trek, and I agree that it's the most important one too. It is almost superfluous to review such a common book. The Encyclopedia *is* Star Trek, it shows everything the show is about on the fictional level.
Mike Okuda, Paramount's "canon-keeper" was very diligent and very careful in compiling all the facts from 35 years of Star Trek on screen in one book. Considering this enormous work and the fact that the Okudas have other things to do than writing we may easily forgive occasional errors like mislabeled images or misread registries of starships. Moreover, the Encyclopedia is the one and only reference book that strictly… Read more