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Reviewer : John Kissinger
Ave Rating : 3.5000 for 2 reviews
Title : Star Fleet Medical Reference Rating : 2
Writers : Eileen Palestine (Editor) Year : 1977
Review : I have the 1977 edition. Christmas present from my sister that year. Never would have bought for myself. Glad she did. Actually it did stay mostly within canon of the orignal series save for some creative rendering of regulan blood worms and denebian slime devils along with tribbles in the "parasite" section. There is also a section dealing with those pesky alien plants. For sure the first-aide section is the most fun. Signs of a Vulcan Heart attack. How you deal with a dislocated antenna. And well if you ever need to mouth to mouth a vulcan or heimlich a tellarite an andorian or a gorn here's your book. The sections dealing with drugs, elements and all those nasty forms od radiation are cool but not as much fun. The section on medical eqipment should have got into the plans and arrangement of sickbay more. The graphics and printing are akin to the orignal Star Trek Technical manual also published by Ballintine books. It's one step above xerox printing but pretty good for the time. I understand the orignal is a bit rare and have seen it fetch a good price on e-bay
Title : Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology 1980-2188 Rating : 5
Writers : Fred Goldstein, Rick Sternbach (Illustrator), Stan Goldstein Year : 1979
Review : Ok. This book has been blown away by the 25 years of "canon" to follow but it remains one of fondest favorites. STSC was published near the debut of ST1:TMP as an attempt to create a history connecting real space history to the DY-100, the ships of the orignal series era to the Consitution Class refit of the movie. Truly it was the www.ditl.org of it's day.Graham might not agree with me but it did have an influence what would be future canon. Some of the vessels in the chronology forshadow the idea of little "tank-like" starships seen later in the Defiant of DS9. One of my favorite sections discusses two generations of the Space Shuttle that retired in 1992 and changed the world economy in the process...er yeah. It also had a very different back story about Cochrane and warp drive. In this history he actually is a native of Alpha Centuri indistinguishable save for an opposible pinkey and thumb. Makes using a wrench easier. For sure, the section covering late 20th century to 21st centry space flight could have been named Space 1979 (aka the way the future was) for all the Space Shuttle inspired follow-ons like solar power stations and L-5 colonies. Also included is the infamous ringed Enterprise that shown on the wall of the recreation deck in the movie. Second only to the DY-100 as one of the greatest bastards to explain away. Canon or not this book makes me smile when I think about my freshman year in college when I waited hours in line to see the movie and studied this book more seriously than any other text in my dorm room. Yeah I'm 44 if your wondering

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