"Star Trek's" future is history in new book

Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:37pm EST
 
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By Frank Simons

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For a fan base obsessed with a fictional future, the past sure seems to matter.

More than 45 years after "Star Trek" took fans boldly into the 23rd century, television writer David A. Goodman has written the first detailed narrative in history-book form of events depicted in the iconic science-fiction TV and movie franchise.

"This is the history of the galaxy as it's already been painted by the writers of the original 'Star Trek' series, the sequel series, and the movies up to but not including the (2009 "Star Trek") J.J. Abrams movie," Goodman, whose work includes writing for the most recent TV series "Star Trek: Enterprise," told Reuters.

"Star Trek Federation - The First 150 Years" details the history of the founding and early years of "the United Federation of Planets" - the interplanetary alliance that has explored the galaxy and kept members safe from Klingons, Romulans, and other villains.

The 167-page book, to be published on December 4, connects the dots and fills in many of the black holes of "Star Trek" history as seen in the live action TV series, animated series and movies since 1966.

Like a precious collection of memories, the timeline of events is important to Trekkies - and they are watching.

"If I'm going to buy an official Trek History, I expect it to be true to that history," wrote fan "KingDaniel" on fan website Trekbbs.com.

Website Trekcore.com has already made its judgment, referring to Goodman's book as a "Historical Trek Masterpiece."   Continued...

 
The new book by television writer David A. Goodman titled “Star Trek Federation - The First 150 Years” is pictured in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters November 29, 2012, REUTERS/CBS Studios Inc/Handout