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Illustrator(s): various
Publisher: Bantam Books
Editor(s): Sydny Weinberg
Published: August 1980
Pages: 2 double-sided posters, 31-page booklet
Reference(s): ISBN 0553012029

Star Trek Maps is a set of four maps and an Introduction to Navigation booklet.

Possibly the most technical Star Trek book ever produced, the booklet introduces the reader to galactic coordinates and basic vector calculus. The maps themselves are well researched and properly projected to 2D. The maps also include a list of Federation members and an overview of various planets visited in the original series.

Background information

A copy of the Maps was on display at the Smithsonian Institution's 1992 Star Trek exhibition.

Contents

  • Introduction to Navigation [booklet, 31 pages]
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Historical Background
  • Warp Drive
  • Warp Speeds
  • The Charts
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Location of the Federation
  • The Grid System
  • Chart Symbology
  • Astrogation Maps
  • Navigation
  • Navigation Computer System
  • Position Determination
  • Course Calculations
  • Aids
  • Support Facilities
  • Deep Space Procedures
  • Near Space Procedures
  • Regulations
  • Ship Requirements
  • Deep Space Operations
  • Near Space Operations
  • Voyages of the Enterprise
  • Appendix: Star System Data
  • [two double-sided maps]

Credits

A relatively large number of people worked on this technical publication, a number of whom later found their way into various Star Trek production teams.

Design & Co-Ordination: Jeffrey Maynard
Technical Direction / Concept Artist: Michael McMaster
Astronomical Art / Copy Control: Geoffrey Mandel
Technical Graphics: Lee Cole
Airbrush Art: Michael Nicastre
Rick Sternbach
Mechanical Production / Typography and Layout: Barbara White
Manual Author / Technical Consultant: John Upton
Technical Assistance: Sara Hillman
Idea suggestion: Rena Wolner
Bantam editor: Sydny Weinberg
Proofreading: Phillis Molava
Maps sidebar tables/technical contributor [uncredited]: Larry Nemecek

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