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Author(s): Michael Jan Friedman
Illustrator(s): Sonia Hillios
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 1 November 1999
Pages: 192
Reference(s): ISBN 0671881035 (hardcover)
ASIN B0030MQJYG (Kindle)

New Worlds, New Civilizations is a reference work chronicling the travels of a Starfleet News Division journalist through space controlled by the Federation, visiting various outposts and making many discoveries.

Apart from anecdotes related to the journalist and an extract from Kathryn Janeway's personal log, New Worlds, New Civilizations is written entirely from the journalist's perspective (in the present-tense first-person singular). The book is divided into four different sections, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth - the four elements.

Summary

From the book jacket
"...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations..."
That is the mission statement of Starfleet, the declaration taken to heart by every starship captain, a mandate that has carried us across countless frontiers. It has uncovered our eyes, expanded our understanding, enlightened our lives. It has opened the door of discovery to all of the citizens of the Federation. And in turn we, ourselves, have been discovered.
Join us now as we set off on our own journey. Hear your footsteps ring out on the decks of a Borg ship, stand beside Klingon warriors as they welcome home their hero and new chancellor, feel the heat of the deadly firestorms of Bersalis III. You can travel the walkways of Starbase 11, experience the "reality" of the Q Continuum, and breathe the desert air of Vulcan. In New Worlds, New Civilizations, you can be the one to boldly go.
For more than three decades, viewers have enjoyed only fleeting glimpses of the myriad worlds imagined by the creators of Star Trek, alien vistas and astonishing societies captured only for a few tantalizing seconds on-screen. With Michael Jan Friedman as your guide, and aided by a remarkable collection of talented artists, now you can embark on a visual odyssey through Star Trek's unique galaxy of new worlds and new civilizations.

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

Fire

Covers the journalist's visits to the Forge on Vulcan, a burial tomb on Cardassia Prime, the firestorms of Bersallis III, General Martok's confirmation as chancellor on Qo'noS, as well as an examination of the Hirogen.

Water

The journalist visits Quark on Ferenginar, races on Danula II, enters the Badlands, and learns more about Trill symbionts.

Air

An "exclusive feature" on the Guardian of Forever, a look at Romulan tradition, and a walk in Benjamin Sisko's footsteps on Bajor. Also includes an excerpt from Kathryn Janeway's own personal logs, depicting a visit to the Q Continuum.

Earth

Explores the Borg, the Horta and the tribble, as well as visiting Starbase 11, and the heart of Starfleet, San Francisco.

Background Information

Characters

In order of appearance:

Canon characters

There are many characters featured throughout the book in the form of illustrations and anecdotes, including James T. Kirk, Spock, Edith Keeler, Benjamin Sisko, Chakotay, Tuvok, Seven of Nine, and the Borg Queen, but are not encountered by the journalist "author".

Non-canon characters

  • Tavis, Vulcan guide
  • Chato Yuqar, a Cardassian
  • Julianna Bass, administrator of the Berallis III research colony
  • Anton Bass, son of the Berallis III administrator
  • Niles Gutterman, exobiologist
  • Lorraine and Marvin Laxer, astrophysicists
  • Trohka, female Klingon meteorologist
  • Chek, a Ferengi
  • Manute, Bolian engineer
  • Fergus McLeod, winner of Earth's Boston Marathon in the sixteen-and-under-category
  • Reggic Sipanos, a Tessma
  • Jusko, female Starfleet Commander
  • Montgomery, Starfleet Lieutenant
  • J'Kor, a Romulan
  • Geneb, Bajoran herdsman
  • Coburn, female Starfleet guide
  • Michael Carlin, Starfleet Admiral
  • Caruso, colleague of the journalist
  • Varitek, colleague of the journalist
  • Motter, colleague of the journalist
  • Charlie Katcavage, San Francisco coffee vendor

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