(written from a Production point of view)
The Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future is a reference book detailing the history of the Star Trek universe, written and compiled by production staffers Mike and Denise Okuda, and officially endorsed and licensed by Paramount.
The first edition was published in black and white, and covered events up to TNG Season 5, while the second edition was published in full color, glossy paper throughout, and covered events up to DS9 Season 4 and VOY Season 2, with the 21st century events of Star Trek: First Contact also included.
The work was essentially a precursory byproduct stemming from the extensive research the Okudas were performing for the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the first edition of which, published a year later. Much of the interior artwork that was especially produced for this book, would be reproduced in the Encyclopedia. Particularly noteworthy were the pictures of starships, that were otherwise not seen on-screen in the franchise, serving to illustrate gaps in Star Trek lore. The models of these ships were constructed by Greg Jein, and included among others the Daedalus-class ("Greg modeled the Daedalus for us for the Star Trek Chronology", Okuda later confirmed ), DY-100-class display model and the Bonaventure (C1-21). Some of these eventually showed up on-screen as set dressing, in the role of display models.
A popular and well received book, it saw at least one international release in the form of the 1999 German language edition.
- From the book jacket
- From the founding of the Federation, to Zefram Cochrane's invention of warp drive, to James T. Kirk's early days in Starfleet Academy®, to the voyages of the Starship Enterprise under Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to the newest adventures of the U.S.S. Voyager™, this book provides a comprehensive look at Star Trek's incredible history. The STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY documents every important event from every Star Trek episode and film, and includes both stardates and Earth calendar dates.
- An indispensable guide for Star Trek enthusiasts and writers alike, the STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY has been exhaustively researched and brought up to date by Star Trek production staff members Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, and includes little-known "inside" information and trivia about the making of the hugely successful television shows and films.
- Profusely illustrated with more than 1,000 color photos – many never before printed anywhere – this is the one book that imparts every chapter in the exciting Star Trek saga. The STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY is an incredible journey through time and the future of Star Trek!