01/03/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Haynes. 158 page illustrated large hardback. Price: GBP 21.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84425-941-0).
check out website: www.haynes.co.uk
The ‘U.S.S. Enterprise Owner’s Workshop Manual’ covers all the major Starfleet vessels that go by the name of Enterprise. So you have an examination of the starships and refits captained by Jonathan Archer, Christopher Pike, James Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard. As the book-cover shows, there are detailed cutaways plus stacks of photos and details on everything from warp drive to the transporter. It doesn’t go for a blow by blow look at every deck so you can’t use the Jefferies tubes to look for faults. The book primarily focuses on the bridge, transporter, medical and engineering. All the things you would really need to know something about for a workshop manual, although little is said about the orbital repair stations required to do some of the more serious work.
The book points out the various failings and rectifications made to the various Enterprises, often while they were away on their extended missions. Of particular interest is the detailed five second time-line of the transporter process although I wish there had been some sort of explanation for the earlier transporters and why they could transport only things that could fit into the circular pads.
Odd, worrying things I discovered is that the shuttles that came with Archer’s Enterprise don’t have ‘full toilet facilities’. I’m assuming this means no shower or there would be a lot of cross-legs considering how much flying they were engaged in that day. Even so, considering the decontamination washes they have to do when returning to their Enterprise, you would have thought a shower for the same purpose on board would have been a requisite.
Writers Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley were involved with the ‘Star Trek Fact Files’ and ‘Star Trek Magazine’ and Michael Okuda acted as technical consultant to keep them on track here. I should point out that at least as far as the ‘Fact Files’ are concerned, the art is not a reprint.
For the ‘Star Trek’ fan, there might be a lot of things that you might have gotten from previous sources but I doubt if you would have had them all collected together under one cover. For new fans of the TV series and films, this book is an ideal source for all sorts of information that you can gleefully read and then use as a reference book.
I did wonder about Haynes moving into our genre and although there are only a few books so far, sufficient for you to slowly build up a collection of them, I hope they see this as a stepping stone to do other famous vehicles from our genre. Who knows when you might have to do such repairs for real.
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