Larry Nemecek‘s name is synonymous with quality when it comes to non-fiction Star Trek books, long-since celebrated for his iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion. In a new exciting project, Nemecek is once again turning to the stars and putting his cartography skills to the test with a wonderful deluxe library of lovingly created Star Trek maps. Nemecek is certainly no stranger to the world of Star Trek maps, having previously contributed to Geoffrey Mandel’s 2002 Star Trek Star Charts, a very popular book which was one of the first to map the Star Trek universe in any great detail.

The special hardcover book comes from the same publishers who released Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years last year, 47North.

Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library comes with a total of ten 24” x 36” removable maps from various iconic Star Trek alien races. We have an initial description of the book from the publishers below:

The Starfleet Reference Library: Stellar Cartography collects together ten original, never-before-seen large-format maps of the Star Trek universe. Pulled from the cartography archives of Starfleet Academy, these beautifully reproduced maps provide a rare opportunity to view the expanse of Federation space (and beyond) through the multiple lenses of the Galaxy’s key players.

The maps include an ancient Vulcan map, a Klingon Empire map from the pre-Organian Peace Treaty era (in the native Klingon), an official Romulan government map of the Empire, a native Cardassian Union map from the Bajor occupation, along with Federation maps from the modern era. Housed in a handsome clamshell case and paired with a fully-illustrated reference book providing detailed information on planets, systems, and topography, this exclusive collection showcases the Star Trek universe like never before.

Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library will be released by publishers 47North on December 3, 2013 and is now available to pre-order over at Amazon using the link below.

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  • Frontier

    Sounds cool. I’d love a digital version…

  • burtyb73

    nemecek is a fine writer, but this is pricey. will the maps be classified as canonical material?

    • trekcore

      I’m assuming it will be based on established on-screen references and probably the previous “Star Trek Star Charts” book we mention in the article…

      • burtyb73

        the mandel book is enjoyable and certainly lavish to look at, if somewhat limited in scope, on good quality paper. therefore, i reckon that a more comprehenive (and lavish) or reinterpretation of the star trek cosmos is reasonable to market. however, i have not seen 47 north’s previous publiction, the first 150 years. any opinions dudes and dudettes!

        • trekcore

          The First 150 Years is certainly lavish. I loved every page of it, David Goodman did a great job. I don’t expect Larry’s book to be any less in terms of quality…

    • m

      Of course not, no books are canonical (with the debatable and dubious exception of Jeri Taylor’s two Voyager novels).

  • Goo

    I wouldn’t call this pricey.

    This is less than a dinner for 2 at a restaurant which you will poop out 2- 14 hours later.

    This is a fully produced timeless keepsake.

    Sometimes I don’t understand people’s pricing comparisons. But it’s all subjective I guess.

    • hypnotoad72

      Yeah, but after dinner can you jump into bed with the book?

  • bla

    How will it actually differ from the Star Charts book though? – Surely we’ve got everything we needed from that. Sounds like they’re sprinkling a few Klingon words on and some fancy artwork in an attempt to charge double the price. I don’t really understand the current obsession with books like this that purport to be factual rather than based on a TV series. The whole “from the archives of Starfleet Academy” thing, claiming to be a guide to the 24th century officer rather than a bit of dressed up fiction. It isn’t real you know!

    • trekcore

      I’m pretty sure it will be a departure from the previous “Star Trek Star Charts”, I know Larry’s been working on this quite a long time. The “in-universe” thing is supposed to drive immersion while you’re reading I suppose, although I tend to agree that I don’t buy a non-fiction book for that reason.

  • jonahkrautter

    I take it that this book isn’t going to show Qo’no’s and Earth being a minute away from each other as depicted in “Into Darkness?”

  • Darrell

    Mandel’s technical work is amazing, but the art design of the last star charts book was cheesy and using the Moonbase Alpha outline for the UFP was over the line even for fanboy adoration. I’ve been buying ST technical books since the original technical manual and find the more polished professional efforts sell the best. The poor output over the past decade have resulted in few if any good technical books. I hope this new on will be on par and a step above the last one. Nemecek does good work too; maybe they’ll have art designers who don’t have a jones for garish colors.

  • Blue Thunder

    Considering the fact that Larry Nemecek recently worked with an independent fan film company that made controversial headlines some two years past(controversial in a very bad way), I have no intention of padding Nemecek’s pocket book by purchasing it.