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When it was first published in 1994, the official Star Trek Encyclopedia quickly became the single most canonical reference source for anything having to do with Star Trek. However, the Encyclopedia has not been updated since October 1999 (going on fifteen years at this point), leaving a great deal of undocumented information. In addition, each publication of the Encyclopedia was unavoidably obsolete before it even hit store shelves – there was always a cut-off date after which no information about the more recent episodes and movies was available. Although most of the knowledge missing from the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia is still available in some form or other on the Web, there is no single, definitive resource where all of that knowledge can be found. Memory Alpha's goal is to become that resource.
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