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New Interactive Book To Tell Illustrated History Of Star Trek’s Federation May 15, 2012

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One of the more exciting pieces of Star Trek non-fiction has been announced today. "STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years" is new officially licensed hardcover book that will cover history for the first 150 years of the United Federation of Planets. The book comes with bonus historical documents and an interactive electronic pedestal that includes a narration by George Takei. More details and images below.

 

press release

becker&mayer! and 47North announce STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years

The worlds of the United Federation of Planets are revealed for the first time through a singular galactic endeavor: STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years (becker&mayer! On-sale: November 20, 2012; $99.00). This expansive history covers the first 150 years of the United Federation of Planets—the intergalactic democracy that governs the Star Trek universe. With more than 50 previously unseen documents—letters, treaty excerpts, and intelligence reports—highlighting historic moments that began it all, this gorgeously illustrated history of the Federation gives fans new insight into the Star Trek universe.

The 176-page deluxe volume, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, is housed in a sleek display pedestal that features electronic lights and audio narration provided by famed actor George Takei, the original Hikaru Sulu.


Special pedestal for "STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years"

Six chapters covering everything from First Contact to the Organian Peace Treaty and the tenuous peace that followed include nearly 50 original full-color and black-and-white illustrations. These illustrations reveal alien species, historic battles, and ship designs that Trek fans have heard about but never BEFORE seen, including the Xindi Avian, the Romulan attack on Starbase 1, and the original blueprints for the U.S.S. Enterprise. This unprecedented package also features five removable documents, including a handwritten letter from the young Jim Kirk, a document revealing the truth about the Trill symbiont, and Zefram Cochrane’s first sketch of the warp drive engine.


Removable documents for "STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years"

No Star Trek fan will want to miss this definitive history. Visit Amazon.com
to find out more about STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years and to pre-order this deluxe special edition book, which will release in November 2012.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David A. Goodman was hand-picked by CBS to expand the Star Trek story. Goodman was writer and consulting producer for Star Trek: Enterprise, and after departing Enterprise, he was hired as Executive Producer and show runner on the revived hit animated series Family Guy. Goodman has also written for such notable shows as Futurama, for which he wrote the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"—a half-hour segment that paid homage to the original Star Trek series, reunited the original cast, and was nominated for a Nebula Award. He wrote both the 2010 film Fred: The Movie and the upcoming sequel Night of the Living Fred. Goodman is a graduate of the University of Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS
Joe Corroney has provided Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. He’s illustrated other comic books including Star Trek, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing. Corroney is currently illustrating for IDW’s new True Blood series and BOOM! Studios’ Farscape comic books, developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.

Mark McHaley is a commercial illustrator. His corporate clients include Disney, Kraft, Golden Books, and various others. Currently, he creates illustrations for properties held by Marvel, DC, Lucasfilm, 5finity, and more.

Cat Staggs has illustrated more than 130 cards for the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith card set and works for Lucasfilm. She has produced exclusive prints for Star Wars Celebrations III, IV, and Europe, and has also illustrated short fiction for starwars.com. In addition, Cat works in the comic books and film genres, and she has completed card sets for The Lord of the Rings, Marvel Avengers, X-Men and DC Legacy, among others.

Jeff Carlisle is a lifelong Star Trek fan and freelance illustrator/concept designer for properties including Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and The Guild. His work has appeared across many platforms, including books, magazines, trading cards, posters, art prints, and even paper airplanes.

"STAR TREK Federation: The First 150 Years" nestled in pedestal

 

Comments

1. Nemesis4909 - May 15, 2012

Looks great, I want.

2. George Zip - May 15, 2012

Looks quite interesting.

3. trekmaster - May 15, 2012

Oh my… ^^

4. naseweis - May 15, 2012

Book! Want! :D

5. Valenti - May 15, 2012

Fascinating. õ.ô

6. Ensign RedShirt - May 15, 2012

Very cool and very different. Might have to get this.

7. Christopher Roberts - May 15, 2012

The Romulan attack on Starbase 1? Oh man. That’s got to have been the cliffhanger at the end of Star Trek Enterprise Season 5. We we’re so close…

8. Andrew - May 15, 2012

Interesting. I sense a flaw in there timeline.

“First Contact to the Organian Peace Treaty” – Enterprise starts almost a hundred years after First Contact, which would leave only about 60 years out of the 150. So, the Federation didn’t exist in the time this book is supposedly about.

“Goodman was writer and consulting producer for Star Trek: Enterprise”

So, HE doesn’t even realise this? hmm..

I don’t get it..

9. Red Dead Ryan - May 15, 2012

Cool!

But I have to say that the narration should have been voiced by William Shatner. James T. Kirk is the greatest Starfleet captain, and a very important part of Federation history.

10. rm10019 - May 15, 2012

I don’t want to hear no more cracks about Da Book!

Right? Check.

11. Paul - May 15, 2012

Star Trek: Titan Tv Series !!!

12. Christopher Roberts - May 15, 2012

Actually Goodman wrote Enterprise episode “Judgment”. I saw that the other day. J.G. Hertzler (Martok from DS9, playing an earlier Klingon) always worth watching. Loved all the Star Trek VI redux stuff, courtroom and Rura Penthe. Even if Archer did escape a little bit too easily in comparison to Kirk and McCoy.

13. Driver - May 15, 2012

Takei was cheaper.

14. Christopher Roberts - May 15, 2012

Dave if you’re out there… “Judgment” should’ve been a two-parter at least, and Archer’s time there made a whole lot more arduous.

15. MvRojo - May 15, 2012

Wow, that looks AWESOME!! Kinda pricey, but I’ll definitely pick this one up.

I miss Pocket Books making all those cool reference books back in the day.

16. THX-1138 - May 15, 2012

Book=mine.

17. AJ - May 15, 2012

Another example as to how CBS has completely dropped the ball on how to keep the franchise alive (kids!), except for those adults who can drop a c-note on a talking coffee-table book that will repulse their guests and disgust their partners..

I MUST have it. It goes straight onto the shelf next to the Glade and potpourri in the bathroom.

Question: Will the Articles of Federation, Organian Peace Treaty and Romulan treaty over subspace be the same as those in the Franz Joseph Technical Manual?

18. VZX - May 15, 2012

Holy crap in my hat! I want so bad!

Although, having a thing is not so pleasing as wanting a thing, it is not logical but is often true.

19. Cody - May 15, 2012

Woot on amazon it is 40 dollars cheaper!

20. Dilithium_doublebock - May 15, 2012

Non fiction, you say?

21. windelkin - May 15, 2012

You took the words right out of my mouth, Dilithium! How is future history non-fiction, unless someone traveled through time and gathered the facts?

22. kev taylor - May 15, 2012

I want I want I want

23. CaptainDonovin - May 15, 2012

Ok, this will br the first thing I’ve dropped $100 for in ages, but I’m not passing it up.

24. Bill Peters - May 15, 2012

Does it only cover ENT and TOS or is it into TNG and beyond?

25. Gone2TFF - May 15, 2012

I thought of the Technical Manual too when I saw this, The Book for us Trek fans back in the day that opened up the United Federation of Planets. I would love to pick this up too, but the nitpicker in me always felt the Trek future was a paperless one. :p

26. crazydaystrom - May 15, 2012

20,Dilthium -

“Non fiction, you say?”

That one got an eyebrow raise out of me too. But I’ll be getting this one. I only read one or two Trek novels a year but the “non-fiction” books I love.

27. Chris Miles - May 15, 2012

Love the Envelope from the Feds for Zephram Cochrane.

In a post apocalyptic Montana Missile Silo… the creator of Warp Drive … is a wanted by the IRS.

28. El Chup - May 15, 2012

Probably the first piece of merchandise out in years I am really interested to get.

29. Spacecraft Guy - May 15, 2012

I like the concept, but I would have preferred a book about the definitive history of the Starship Enterprise – which was promised by Pocket years ago and was to be authored by the Okudas.

Federation history has been covered before in many books over the years starting with the original Tech Manual in the 1970s.
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30. Bugs nixon - May 16, 2012

I cant stand all this kind of stuff. I just want to sit down and watch a great adventure in space. I hate all this ancillary stuff. Its this sort of cannon continuty obsession fanwank that almost destroyed the show in the first place.

Boring waste of money.

31. Jim Nightshade - May 16, 2012

interesting–wonder if it will use the extensive timeline from star trek the experience in vegas–that was a wonder to look at i have to hope someone preserved it electronically—book looks good–mr takei is a great choice for narration—his voice very distinguished recognizable etc…only better choice woulda been ships computer late great majel roddonberry if she were still alive..sigh…

32. jello cutter - May 16, 2012

17
Where did you get your glade from? does it have the flick out blades is it full scale. I thought it was called a glave did you have to do the whole submerging your hand in lava to get it. Wait a minut Volcanos lava the next star trek movie is a Krull ripoff.

33. Richard Daystrom - May 16, 2012

Shouldn’t Cochrane really have an Alpha Centauri address?

34. Greenberg - May 16, 2012

I’d get it and rip out anything that referenced Enterprise – the show that never happened.

35. Mark Lynch - May 16, 2012

Looks nice but, way too expensive…

36. Brett L. - May 16, 2012

@34
Agreed. I like to think of the series as a thought exercise– what happens when creative laziness and indifference meet cash? You get a show about the FIRST first starship Enteprise (NX-01) that preceded the first starship Enteprise (NCC-1701). It’s like learning George Washington was really the second president.

It’s called “The ORIGINAL Series” for a reason.

37. Christopher Roberts - May 16, 2012

Personally I always saw James T. Kirk as John F. Kennedy.

It may have been renamed “The ORIGINAL Series”, when the Next Generation came along, but only Spock remained from characters who could be called the original ones.

Even at that stage, Star Trek felt like an immense universe with a past history that was occasionally scratched for story potential. S.S. Columbia had crashed landed on Talos IV 18 years before., Kirk cites influences like Garth, and a name is given for the inventor of warp drive. In addition to making it’s own history, the Enterprise also went around dealing with the legacy of space pioneers who had gone before. The U.S.S. Archon. S.S. Valiant.

38. Daoud - May 16, 2012

@34/36. Nowhere in filmed canon of TOS does it ever state Enterprise was the first Enterprise. Period.
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George Washington wasn’t the only first president. Peyton Randolph was the first American president. John Hancock was president on July 4, 1776 (hence his LARGE signature). John Hanson was president when the Articles went into effect. Ah, the details. You’re only right if you state George Washington was the first American president to hold the the specific title POTUS, as there were 16 people before him to be the American president.

39. Decker - May 16, 2012

= And The Children Shall Lead

40. Christopher Roberts - May 16, 2012

If anything, detractors should blame Star Trek The Motion Picture in 1979, for unseating Kirk’s Enterprise as being the first spaceship shown to carry the name.

I think it’s unrealistic to assume the Enterprise wouldn’t have been used as a name in the centuries before. What makes it special really, is the connection to that one Captain… James T. Kirk. Neither Pike or Archer have the kind of a relationship he does with a starship… even though one had a family connection to the engine’s dvelopment. All felt the responsiblity for keeping those who serve under their command safe.

41. Daoud - May 16, 2012

@39 Huh?

42. Chris M - May 16, 2012

I think I know what i’ll be asking for the Christmas!! :-)

43. jello cutter - May 16, 2012

42 a few hours in the hollodeck with 7 of 9

44. Danny - May 16, 2012

So this IS technically a fiction book, but it gives us a glimpse into the world of Star Trek (Or galaxy. or universe. Oh, you know what I mean!!)

Also a new little performance of George Takei as ADMIRAL (I noticed on the other site) Hikaru Sulu.

All in all very interesting. Could be the highlight of the Trek year.

Also I wonder if Goodman will slip in an energy creature calles Malvar?!

45. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - May 16, 2012

@10 … excellent… although I doubt many have sussed it yet…

Those who dont get it should be made to wear concrete galoshes..

46. Orb of the Emissary - May 16, 2012

Hhmmm, didn’t they say that the Star Trek: Star Charts by Geoffrey Mandel suppose to be definitive as well, only to now be regarded as apocryphal in some aspects?
Don’t get me wrong, the book is awesome and the illustrations beautiful. I’m just saying…

47. Orb of Wisdom - May 16, 2012

#27 The ‘wanted by the IRS’ thing explains why Cochrane was in the Warp Experiment for the money, why he was an alcoholic, and why he wanted to retire to an island filled with naked women

48. Orb of Wisdom - May 16, 2012

Also: amazon reduced the price to $59.99

49. Bird Of Prey - May 16, 2012

Wow, so very tempting!
But first I have to ask one important question: Does this work on Mac OS?
(Even though the times when hardly anything was released for Mac are long gone.)

50. LJ - May 16, 2012

I thought we’d all got past this thing about whether or not NCC-1701 was the original Enterprise, and whether NX-01 changed that. There have been 19 Royal Navy vessels (15 commissioned, some of them renamed/not built – 4 non-commissioned) named Enterprize/Enterprise (and counting) and 6 US Navy vessels (and counting). Interestingly enough, the current HMS Enterprise is a survey vessel, which matches the NCC-1701′s role more closely than the US carrier of the same name.

Enterprise is a traditional and prestigious name for vessels in both the British and American navies, and as such it is highly likely (if you carry this through into the fictional world) that many space vessels named Enterprise preceded both the NX-01 and NCC-1701. There would probably have been British starships named HMS Enterprise, American United States Ship Enterprises, the United Earth NX-01, up to the various United Space Ship Enterprises. I don’t think that with such a historic name there would be a significant gap between the commissioning of vessels that bear it.

In short, let’s all leave it be, shall we?

51. Daoud - May 16, 2012

Qapla’ ‘entepray’ qIr’Iqoy!
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@LJ, would that it were! Yet, there are ostrich-y ideas that refuse to accept anything that comes after 1969 regarding Star Trek. Why they come to this site, I’ll never know. Don’t forget too, that the first Virgin Space Ship flight that qualifies as a private space trip, will be aboard the V.S.S. Enterprise! And as of today, the last, most recent Space Shuttle to be above the ground has been OV-101 Enterprise. :)
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That some mangle a line from And The Children Shall Lead with the Gorgolawyer stating Enterprise would be the first ship they take over, into it being the first ship named Enterprise…. has driven me to laugh since it first surfaced in early 1970′s fanzines!

52. Alex Rosenzweig - May 16, 2012

#8 – Or, perhaps, the book covers the Federatyion from 2161 to 2310 or so, and includes the historical events that led to the founding of the UFP in the first place. :)

In any event, this sounds very cool!

53. Lt. Bailey - May 16, 2012

This is going into my library!

54. THX-1138 - May 16, 2012

#30

Congratulations!

You win the award for dumbest post on this thread!

55. Captain Hackett - May 16, 2012

It is fascinating!

56. Basill - May 16, 2012

From some of the in “in joke” art included, it appears the book is actually a 75th anniversary edition with newly added material. So that might actually imply a full 225 years worth of history addressed (First Contact to TNG era) and that might cover the timeline discrepancies people are worried about.

57. Basill - May 16, 2012

Well, correction. TNG was some 300 years after First Contact, so maybe it only mentions those things that started the ball rolling. That could still be a good century before the founding of the Federation itself. But 225 years would still get you from Archer era to Picard era.

58. PEB - May 16, 2012

Geoge Takei, Avery Brooks, Mr Nimoy = coolest voices in Star Trek. (*special mentions for Tom Hardy)

59. Romulus - May 16, 2012

The Federation of the Planets …is that BIG GOVERNMENT?

I don’t see a lot of private advertisers on any Starships.

60. MJ - May 16, 2012

Hopefully now that Pine is making an Indie movie, the fans who were disappointed that Khan is not being played by and Indian will at lest take some solace in that Pine is making an Indie movie.

61. Steve J. - May 17, 2012

“intergalactic democracy”…? Shouldn’t that be “intragalactic”?

62. Frederick - May 17, 2012

If they include pre-TOS history by referencing “Enterprise,” it will invalidate the premise for me. I pretend that show never happened except in perhaps some alternate universe.

63. Brett L. - May 18, 2012

@38/50
It’s a silly thing to argue about, but let me be clear since much of this is semantics. There’s a reason why I said “starship.” I’m not denying the dozens of vessels, both historical and fictional named “Enterprise.” We’ve seen plaques pre-Bakula referring to the “Xth starship to bear the name” with 1701-D as the 5th, despite references to NX-01 as the “starship” Enterprise.

Can I accommodate Bakula & Co’s insertion into the Trek universe, “first” or not? Sure. Writers stretch continuity all the time for dramatic purposes, and some decisions are better fits than others. At the end of the day, this really isn’t about whether 1701 was technically first. It’s really about the greater significance of 1701 and the TOS crew when you insert another group of “heroes” with another starship named “Enterprise” before them. Wasn’t 1701 the flagship? Wasn’t Kirk the youngest Captain? Wasn’t Spock referred to as the “best” first officer in the fleet? When you make certain assumptions as a fan for 30+ years about the first “starship” and grandeur of what that pioneering crew meant, giving us this other great pioneering starship “Enterprise” we never knew about seems all too convenient.

So, I guess you could say the “first” starship argument is a proxy for this larger issue. While Berman & Braga made some meaningful contibutions, there are those of us who find many of their decisions unnecessarily disrespectful to the spirit of continuity or creatively “lazy.” IMHO, the premise of Enterprise, quality of Voyager episodes, and most of the TNG films (particularly Generations) are examples of this.

64. Dr. Cheis - May 18, 2012

Or they could have made it a regular book at a price I could afford.

65. MJ - May 19, 2012

A whopping $99 for a book about a Federation where people cared much less about money and profits and corporations…rather ironic, isn’t it? :-)

66. MJ - May 19, 2012

262 “If they include pre-TOS history by referencing “Enterprise,” it will invalidate the premise for me. I pretend that show never happened except in perhaps some alternate universe.”

Agreed…that cluster-fu*k of a show ruined what I had thought of as early Federation history…I am choosing to pretend it never happened as well.

67. Lieutenant - May 23, 2012

I NEED THIS.

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