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Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, and Why is a reference work written by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. Published by Pocket Books, and first released in September 2008, the book is intended to serve as an introduction to the Star Trek universe. It features episode guides for each series and the Star Trek films, as well as descriptions of notable ships, species, places and characters in the Star Trek universe.


From the book jacket
In the future, a heroic captain and his crew explore the Galaxy in a really fast spacecraft. The crew's standing orders are:
"…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Simple, straightforward – that's Star Trek. So what's all the fuss? Why do news crews always seem to find someone, somewhere dressed up in a Star Trek costume? What could be so interesting to so many people?
Star Trek 101 is the answer. You'll learn just a little about the heroes (Captain Kirk believes that man wasn't meant to live in paradise), the villains (Klingons have a thirst for conquest), and the important aliens (Vulcans live their lives by logic). In the handy recaps for all things Star Trek, you'll discover that the television shows and movies run the gamut from action-adventure to comedy. Just want to sample? The ten essential episodes are offered for your consideration. Star Trek 101 is a quick primer of the television shows and movies that carry the Star Trek name.

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Background information[]

  • The title was first announced at the Creation Las Vegas Convention in August 2007, where co-author Erdmann noted that he had been working on the title for over two years at that point.
  • Further details were revealed at the New York Comic-Con in April 2008, including that the book would feature "a list of the 10 essential episodes of each live-action series, as well as a "Spock's Brain" award for each series". [1]
  • The cover art was revealed at the Shore Leave convention on 11 July 2008.
  • The book is dedicated to "the fans – past, present and future".

Episode awards[]