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First edition cover
Author(s): Allan Asherman
Publisher: Wallaby Books (first printing)
Pocket Books
Titan Books (UK)
Heel (Germany)
Fanucci (Italy)
Published: 20 March 1981
second edition
15 September 1986
21 August 1987 (UK)
third edition
June 1989
1998 (Italian)
fourth edition
1 May 1993
12 May 1993 (UK)
31 December 1998 (German)
Pages: 187 (first edition)
192 (fourth edition)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671791451 (1st edition)
ISBN 0671627260 (2nd edition, US)
ISBN 0907610994 (2nd edition, UK)
ISBN 067168440X (3rd edition)
ISBN 8834706358 (3rd edition, Italian)
ISBN 0671796127 (4th edition, US)
ISBN 1852864729 (4th edition, UK)
ISBN 389365691X (4th edition, German)

The Star Trek Compendium is a reference book published by Pocket Books that provides an extensive episode guide to the original Star Trek series.

Written by Allan Asherman, the book was first published in 1981 and gave summaries and production information on all three seasons of TOS and the first motion picture. Unlike some of the later editions, it also gave the actual production schedule for each of the episodes (script dates, when it was filmed, etc.) The 1986 edition also included episode summaries and production information for both seasons of The Animated Series and the next three movies. A UK edition, released between the first two US editions, incorporated excerpted material on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, reprinted from the author's own The Making of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Each subsequent edition was issued after the release of the following two movies, and was updated to summarize the given movie. (The book was never updated to cover Star Trek Generations, as that movie was covered in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion.)

The book's format inspired that of the later The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager companions. No companion book has been issued for Star Trek: Enterprise.

Summary

From the fourth edition book jacket

"Space...the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations – to boldly go where no man has gone before...."
On September 8, 1966, those now-familiar words first introduced an entire generation of television viewers to STAR TREK. Over the course of its three-year network run, the show developed a fan following unprecedented in entertainment history – a following that is still growing with the release of each new STAR TREK motion picture.
Much of the show's appeal came from its blueprint for the future – a future where man had put aside his differences to reach the stars. STAR TREK gave us a Russian and an American working side by side, television's first interracial kiss, the name for America's first space shuttleEnterprise – and a host of unforgettable characters: the unflappable Captain Kirk, his half-human science officer Spock, the irascible Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and ever-resourceful engineer Montgomery Scott, to name but a few.
THE STAR TREK COMPENDIUM is the official guidebook to the STAR TREK universe. Relive the voyages of the USS Enterprise with a complete show-by-show guide to the series (as well as the Emmy Award-winning animated shows and the STAR TREK movies), including plot summaries, fascinating behind-the-scenes production information and credits for each. Follow the creation of Gene Roddenberry's series step-by-step – and STAR TREK's road to the big screen. Illustrated with over 125 specially selected photographs – including at least one from each episode – and fully indexed, this is the indispensable reference work to one of the most memorable shows of all time – STAR TREK.

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

This text was on the back of all four editions; later editions included a line mentioning the inclusion of material from the latest movie.

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Star Trek Concordance
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion

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