(written from a Production point of view)
|First edition cover|
|Author(s):||Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda|
|Published:||1 April 1993|
August 1999 (German)
1 November 1996
|Pages:|| 192 (first edition)|
342 (second edition)
|Reference(s):||ISBN 0671796119 (first edition)|
ISBN 3893654437 (first edition, German)
ISBN 0671536109 (second edition)
The Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future is a reference book detailing the history of the Star Trek universe, written and compiled by production staffers Mike and Denise Okuda, and officially endorsed and licensed by Paramount. Despite being written from an in-universe perspective, it also is annotated with some real-world commentaries by the authors.
- From the book jacket
- From the founding of the Federation, to Zefram Cochrane's invention of warp drive, to James T. Kirk's early days in Starfleet Academy®, to the voyages of the Starship Enterprise under Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to the newest adventures of the U.S.S. Voyager™, this book provides a comprehensive look at Star Trek's incredible history. The STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY documents every important event from every Star Trek episode and film, and includes both stardates and Earth calendar dates.
- An indispensable guide for Star Trek enthusiasts and writers alike, the STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY has been exhaustively researched and brought up to date by Star Trek production staff members Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, and includes little-known "inside" information and trivia about the making of the hugely successful television shows and films.
- Profusely illustrated with more than 1,000 color photos – many never before printed anywhere – this is the one book that imparts every chapter in the exciting Star Trek saga. The STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY is an incredible journey through time and the future of Star Trek!
- The first edition of the Chronology was published in black and white, and covered events up to TNG Season 5, while the second edition was published in full color, glossy paper throughout, and covered events up to DS9 Season 4 and VOY Season 2, with the 21st century events of Star Trek: First Contact also included.
- The extensive research the Okudas and Debbie Mirek were performing for the Chronology, also formed the basis for the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the first edition of which, published a year later and therefore essentially a derivative byproduct stemming from the Chronology. Much of the interior artwork that was especially produced for this book, would be reproduced in the Encyclopedia. Particularly noteworthy were the pictures of starships, that were otherwise not seen on-screen in the franchise, serving to illustrate gaps in official Star Trek lore. The models of these ships were especially constructed to this end by Greg Jein, and included among others the Daedalus-class ("Greg modeled the Daedalus for us for the Star Trek Chronology", Okuda later confirmed wbm), DY-100-class display model and the Bonaventure (C1-21). Some of these eventually showed up on-screen as set dressing, in the role of display models.
- The Chronology was initiated by Gene Roddenberry, when he was the executive producer of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Mirek has clarified, " Roddenberry asked Mike to write up a chronology to keep the facts straight between TOS and TNG. I think at the time, he thought it would be about 7-10 pages of dates. Well, Mike (and Denise and ME) is a pathological overachiever. He felt to do the treatment justice, we would have to watch each episode and take notes.... we ended up with about 10 pages of notes for EACH episode and the chronology was born." 
- Debbie Mirek served as a researcher, proofreader and editor on the book and while acknowledged for it in the first edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (p. 397), as well as in the long list of acknowledgments in the Chronology itself, she was not officially credited for it.
- A popular, influential and well received book, it saw at least one international release in the form of the 1999 German language edition, and the official Star Trek franchise has subsequently treated it, together with the Encyclopedia, as the sole primary quasi-canon sources for all subsequent in-universe reference works print publications, and requires licensed works of this kind, published since then, to be in concordance with the information contained within these two works, such as the later GE Fabbri and Haynes Publishing Star Trek publications. As a consequence, the franchise has officially debunked previously licensed reference works written from an in-universe perspective (from which not a single piece of information was taken into account in either the Encyclopedia or the Chronology), most notably Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual as well as Shane Johnson's Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise and Worlds of the Federation. Labeled "unofficial", these works were de facto demoted by the franchise to the apocryphal status of novels, comics, and games. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 11, p. 71)