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Star Trek: The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 & 1701-A Illustrated Handbook is a hardcover reference book that was co-authored by Ben Robinson, Marcus Riley, and Simon Hugo.

The second volume in the Illustrated Handbook series, two mass-market editions of the book were published by Eaglemoss Collections through Penguin Random House's Publisher Services division on 14 July 2020, under the former company's Hero Collector imprint.

Through illustrations and text, this volume comprehensively explores the USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise-A as they appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery, and the first six Star Trek films.

A considerable amount of content that was previously published in the Star Trek Fact Files has been updated and incorporated into the book, alongside entirely new material, mostly pertaining to the retcon Enterprise as featured in Discovery.

The Special Edition of the book includes a starship miniature of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A that was previously released in (Standard Edition) issue 72 of the Official Starships Collection partwork.

Summary

Solicitation blurb
Captain Kirk's Original Starship Enterprise! Lavishly illustrated with detailed technical information, this second volume in the Illustrated Handbook series features Captain James T. Kirk's Enterprise from both TV series and the first six movies. All the key facts about this iconic starship and technology in the first full color volume ever published."

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Contents

  • Chapter 1: The History of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 & 1701-A
    • Operational History, p. 10
  • Chapter 2: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 2254
    • Main Bridge, p. 18
    • Briefing Room, p. 20
    • Captain Pike's Quarters, p. 22
    • Transporter Room, p. 24
    • Standard Issue Equipment 2254, p. 26
    • Starfleet Equipment, p. 28
    • Laser Cannon, p. 30
  • Chapter 3: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 2257
    • Annotated Exterior Views, p. 34
    • Main Bridge, p. 40
    • Uniforms and Insignia 2257, p. 42
    • Phaser Pistol 2257, p. 46
    • Communicators 2257, p. 48
    • Tricorder 2257, p. 50
  • Chapter 4: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 2265-2269
    • Annotated Exterior Views, p. 54
    • Main Bridge, p. 60
    • Captain's Chair, p. 62
    • Helm and Navigation, p. 64
    • Science Station, p. 66
    • Communications Station, p. 68
    • Engineering Station, p. 70
    • Main Engineering, p. 72
    • Propulsion Systems, p. 76
    • Impulse Engines, p. 78
    • Sensors and the Deflectors, p. 80
    • Transporter Room, p. 82
    • Turbolifts and Jefferies Tubes, p. 84
    • The Shuttlebay, p. 86
    • Shuttlebay Protocols, p. 88
    • Shuttlecraft Galileo, p. 90
    • Weapons and Defense Systems, p. 92
    • Sickbay, p. 94
    • Biobeds, p. 98
    • Decompression Chamber, p. 100
    • Biocomputer and Medical Tricorder, p. 102
    • Medical Instruments, p. 104
    • Hypospray 2260s, p. 106
    • Botanical Facilities, p. 108
    • Captain’s and Crew Quarters, p. 110
    • 3D Chess, p. 112
    • Intraship Communications, p. 114
    • M-5 Multitronic Computer, p. 116
    • Standard Issue Equipment, p. 118
    • Phaser Pistols, p. 120
    • Personal Communicators, p. 122
    • The Tricorder, p. 124
    • Universal Translator, p. 126
    • Life Support Gear, p. 128
    • Antigravity Lifters, p. 130
    • Environmental Suits, p. 132
    • Starfleet Uniform Insignia, p. 134
    • Starfleet Uniforms 2266, p. 136
  • Chapter 5: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Refit 2271-2285
    • Refit Comparison, p. 146
    • Annotated Exterior Views, p. 150
    • Main Bridge, p. 156
    • Main Engineering, p. 158
    • Engineering Suits, p. 160
    • Torpedo Bay, p. 162
    • Docking at a Space Station, p. 164
    • Workbee, p. 166
    • Type-2 Phaser Pistol, p. 168
    • Phaser Pistol 2285, p. 170
    • Tricorder 2270s, p. 172
    • Tricorder 2285, p. 174
    • Autodestruct Sequence, p. 176
    • Environmental Suits 2271, p. 178
    • Spacesuits 2271, p. 180
    • Biobeds 2270s, p. 182
    • Starfleet Uniforms 2270s, p. 184
  • Chapter 6: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A 2286-2293
    • Main Bridge, p. 198
    • Forward Observation Room, p. 200
    • Warp Nacelles and Propulsion Systems, p. 202
    • Weapons and Defense Systems, p. 204
    • Captain Kirk's Quarters, p. 206
    • Brig, p. 208
    • Jefferies Tubes, p. 210
    • The Shuttlebay, p. 212
    • Galileo 5 Shuttlecraft, p. 214
    • Galley, p. 216
    • Phaser 2287, p. 218
    • Levitation Boots, p. 220
    • Environmental Suits 2293, p. 222
    • Starfleet Rank Insignia, p. 224
    • Starfleet Uniforms, p. 226
    • Index, p. 234

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Background information

  • An early pre-publication title for the book was Star Trek: The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Illustrated Handbook.
  • While Ben Robinson has been credited as a primary author of this book series, most of the writing and illustrative work was created by the Fact Files editorial staff for that publication, for which Robinson had served as one of its editors-in-chief. While not officially credited, Robinson acknowledged these staff contributions as well as his memory allowed, and included their names in the foreword/acknowledgements section of each book. Newer additional material originated from later GE Fabbri (the direct predecessor to Eaglemoss)-affiliated publications, such as Star Trek: The Magazine and The Official Star Trek The Next Generation: Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, for which Robert Bonchune had contributed much CG imagery.
  • Robinson brought this series to fruition, feeling that there was an eagerness within the fanbase to access this material more easily, and offered, "The thing about the Fact Files, as you say, they’re massive and unwieldy and 18 binders long. I always wanted to take the best material from the Fact Files of those incredible illustrations and put it out in book form. Those illustrated handbooks are really the most thorough attempt to document the ships as they appeared upon screen with illustrations of pretty much every room that you saw on the screen." [1]


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