Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
This week I am spotlighting the most unusual book I have ever been asked to review. I was approached by Wunderkind PR to review Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman. This book which comes on a lighted pedestal will made a great coffee table book for the devoted Trekkie or Trekker in your life. I was sent a PDF of the text portion of this book. Here is the description:
Assembled as a Special Exhibit on Memory Alpha, Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United Federation of Planets.Beginning:
This unprecedented illustrated volume chronicles the pivotal era leading up to Humankind's First Contact with Vulcan in 2063, the Romulan War in 2156, the creation of the Federation in 2161, and the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311. Meticulously researched, this account covers a multitude of alien species, decisive battles, and the technology that made the Age of Exploration possible. It includes field sketches, illustrations, and reproductions of historic pieces of art from across the Galaxy, along with over fifty excerpts from key Federation documents and correspondence, Starfleet records, and intergalactic intelligence.
Housed in a pedestal display complete with lights and an audio introduction by Admiral Hikaru Sulu, this deluxe edition also features five removable documents from the Federation Archives, including Zefram Cochrane's early sketch of the warp-drive engine, a handwritten letter from young Jim Kirk, and the first-known diagram of a Trill symbiont.
• Pedestal display featuring electronic lights and sound (13.5” x 13.5” x 4”)
• Audio introduction by Admiral Hikaru Sulu
• 176-page hardcover book with four-color illustration throughout
• Envelope containing 5 removable artifacts
• Over fifty excerpts from key Federation documents and correspondence, Starfleet records, and intergalactic intelligence
The two figures met on a chilly April evening near a missile silo in northern Montana.Friday 56:
Though many sources of the valuable crystal dilithium -- essential to the warp engines of the interstellar civilizations who used matter/anti-matter propulsion—had been discovered and developed over the centuries by many space-going species, it wasn’t until the beginning of the twenty-third century that a Klingon scientist named Krent developed a theory as to where the greatest concentration of these resources were.I don't read nonfiction and am not sure how I will like this faux-nonfiction but I spent a whole lot of my twenties and thirties deep in the world of Star Trek and am eager to give it a try.