(written from a Production point of view)
Heel Verlag GmbH is a German publisher of non-fiction books, currently operating from Königswinter.
Founded in 1980 in Bonn-Oberkassel, the publisher specializes in the publications of reference works in the areas of technical subjects, the animal kingdom, hobbies, food, movies, and the like. While they do not publish novels, they are flirting with the realm of fiction as they also publish reference works related to franchises like Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring, not all of them necessarily from a real world perspective.
Star Trek association
In the mid-1990s, as hitherto regular publisher for in German translated Star Trek publications, Heyne Verlag, started to show declining interest to publish Star Trek reference works, Heel stepped in and has since then provided the German language market with translated editions. Though the majority of these were original Pocket Books publications, Heel has also translated unlicensed works, published by author Mark A. Altman.
Translated Star Trek reference works
- Note: this list is currently incomplete.
- Star Trek: Die Technik der U.S.S. Enterprise. Das offizielle Handbuch - 1994, reprint 2005
- Star Trek: Die offizielle Enzyklopädie - 1995
- The Next Generation - Der Blick hinter die Kulissen - 1996, reprint 2001
- The Making of STAR TREK: Der erste Kontakt - 1997
- Star Trek: Raumschiff Enterprise, Das offizielle Logbuch - 1998
- Die offizielle Star Trek Chronologie - 1999
- Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Das technische Handbuch - 1999
- Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise: Technisches Handbuch - 2011
- Heel Verlag GmbH - official web site