Skip to content


Written By:

Ed Fortune

Star Trek Federation - The First 150 Years Review

Review: Star Trek Federation – The First 150 Years / Author: David A. Goodman / Publisher: Titan Books / Release Date: Out Now

Star Trek is the sort of franchise that seems to welcome immersion; blueprints and manuals for The Federation are readily available for fans to dive into, and Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years is another in the long list of books that also double as in-world props for the sort of fan who really wants to live in the future. Specifically, this book reads and feels like the sort of textbook one would have to study if you joined Starfleet Academy, and the sort of thing you’d expect to see on the bookshelf of any self-respecting Federation admiral.

The book begins with the Zefram Cochrane’s galaxy-altering first flight and goes right on up to the death of James T. Kirk. It’s written as if The Federation had hired a historian to create an official account. That also means that anything that has happened in the TV show that the Federation didn’t know about is only mentioned in passing. For example, the Xindi (from the series Enterprise) are dealt with quite lightly here, despite being a major part of that show. This not only makes sense, it adds weight and credibility to the text. It is littered with artefacts from the world of Star Trek, which appear as full-colour plates, usually as a way of bookending subjects and chapters. Everything from personal letters, to translated intercepts from Klingons, to Presidential speeches have been lovingly mocked up and turned into art. The illustrations are similarly good, and the entire work is beautifully presented.

Those not used to reading history books may find this a little dry, but if you’re a big fan of Trek and looking for a new angle on a subject you know well, then you’ll get a real kick out of comparing the ‘official’ history to stuff that you know from the show. There’s plenty in here for the casual fan as well, and it makes a great text to dive in and out of casually when you’re in the mood for a bit of Star Trek fun. This is an invaluable text for the die-hard fan, and a great bit of fun for everyone else.

The book is available in two formats; one comes with extra letters, maps and a weird electronic pedestal thingy that lights up and speaks. The other version is just the book on its own. To be honest, the book is good enough on its own without the gimmicks. A must-have for any fan of the show.

Ed Fortune

You May Also Like...

Exclusive: VIDEO VISION Teaser and Poster Unveiled

The Pigeon Shrine FrightFest line-up was announced yesterday (check here if you missed it), and now we can exclusively reveal the poster and teaser for Video Vision, one of the
Read More
doctor manhattan in first trailer for watchmen chapter 1 by brandon vietti

WATCHMEN CHAPTER 1 Drops Excellent First Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation and Paramount have dropped the first trailer for their animated feature, Watchmen Chapter 1, a two-part film based on the classic DC Comics. The alt-history series is
Read More
paul b. rainey graphic novel why don't you love me? cover illustration

Jennifer Lawrence To Star In A24 Graphic Novel Adaptation WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?

Jennifer Lawrence’s projects just keep lining up, with news that A24 has optioned Paul B. Rainey’s dark sci-fi comedy graphic novel Why Don’t You Love Me and have tapped Lawrence
Read More

Pigeon Shrine FrightFest 2024 Line-Up Unleashed!

The wait is over! The line-up for the 2024 edition of Pigeon Shrine FrightFest is here. Taking place between Thursday, August 22nd and Monday, August 26th, the event will take
Read More
still from 1981 horror film possession starring sam neill

Paramount Nears Deal For Remake Of 80s Horror POSSESSION

Paramount Pictures is reportedly in the final stages of closing a deal with Robert Pattinson and Smile filmmaker Parker Finn to tackle a remake of Possession, the 1981 supernatural psychological horror movie from writer-director Andrzej Żuławski. Finn
Read More
paul mescal in the first trailer for ridley scott sequel gladiator 2

GLADIATOR 2 Debuts Fierce First Trailer

Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington don their togas in the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s long-coming sequel movie, Gladiator 2. Starring Mescal, Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn (looking very sickly) and Connie Nielsen, the film is
Read More