Shortly after watching several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, my kids asked me some questions about how the Enterprise-D’s warp drive worked. So I naturally referred to my well-worn copy of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual by Michael Okuda and Rick Sternbach. My parents bought it for me as a gift in high school and I spent hours poring over its detailed illustrations and explanations, learning about even the most minute details about the Enterprise’s technology.
Jump ahead thirty years to the present day, and I got the same sort of thrill looking at the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC – 1701 – D Illustrated Handbook (released today by Hero Collector).
Consisting of nearly 200 pages, the Handbook “is a detailed, illustrated account of Captain Picard’s ship. It shows the Enterprise-D in detail, inside and out, with illustrations of all the key locations — with special features on the bridge, the transporter room and crew quarters, plus technical features on the warp drive, the holodeck and weapons and defensive systems. Technology — including phasers, tricorders and replicators — is analyzed and explained, together with auxiliary vehicles such as shuttles and the captain’s yacht.”
Everything about this Handbook looks absolutely gorgeous, and as an added bonus, it even comes with a die-cast model of the Enterprise-D. All in all, a fitting tribute to Starfleet’s flagship (and my favorite fictional spacecraft).