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Saturday, November 06, 2010


Sometimes in Writing, There IS Something New Under the Sun

A couple of days ago while reading an online writing newsletter, I came across the following headline : ‘Car Handbook Publisher Publishes Service Guide to USS Enterprise’. You know, that iconic ship that’s flown across TV and movie screens for over 40 years, the one with the captain of your choice at the helm: Kirk, Sisko, Picard, Janeway, Archer. Yeah, that Enterprise.

According to a UPI report, seems that British publisher, Haynes Publishing Group, known on the continent for producing consumer-friendly car manuals has truly gone ‘where no one has gone before’. The U.S.S. Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual, written by Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley, with contributions from NASA engineer Michael Okuda, who’s been involved on a number of "Star Trek" projects for over 20 years, comes complete with instructions and diagrams so sci-fi fans the world over can learn how to disassemble and reconstruct their own starship.

Think what you will, but I find the idea intriguing. These two writers found a niche, did their research and came up with a an interesting way to attract their audience. Isn’t that a goal we writers aim for in getting our work published? And there are more than a few Trekkers out there.

Check out the rest of the story here.

Think this Trekker will see if I can find a copy herself. I’ve always been fascinated by the Enterprises’ transporters.

By Jill Earl

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Blogger Angelica R. Jackson said...

My husband has a book that's the same vintage as the show, with the schematics for the ship. There were plenty of geeks back then, too! I bet this new book brings a whole new modern twist to the scientific concepts that were speculative at the time.

7:23 AM  
Blogger P-A-McGoldrick said...

So glad to learn about this Trekkie item!
Already tweeted the message to link.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

@ Angelica, I had a book that sounds similar to what your husband has when I was a kid. Can't agree with you more.

@Patricia: Thanks!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that it is really relevant, but neither Janeway or Sisko captained the Enterprise.

5:38 PM  

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