by Claire Little

Star Trek gurus Mike and Denise Okuda held a panel on the newly-updated Star Trek Encyclopedia at the ongoing STLV convention in Las Vegas on Thursday, revealing new details on the updated reference guide arriving in October.

Denise and Mike Okuda on stage in Las Vegas on August 4. (Photo: Claire Little)

This endeavor – to update the most comprehensive print guide to the Star Trek mythos from its last release in 1999 – was a massive, two-year project requiring the addition of the final season of Deep Space Nine, nearly a third of Voyager, all of Enterprise, and several Trek feature films.

After several years of wondering if the project would ever be revived, CBS’s John Van Citters took the Okudas out to dinner and revealed the the Encyclopedia had been green-lit for a new edition.

The Okudas revealed some additional detail about how the project was tackled this time around – for example, Memory Alpha wasn’t consulted in any of their new research. “Any mistakes have to be our mistakes,” said Denise, who took the lead on the new round of Trek research. “We go with what’s on-screen as gospel.”

The Charybdis mission patch seen on DVD (left) and Blu-ray (right) – from TNG’s “The Royale.”

In terms of the new (or updated) content, the pair of hardcover books includes digital renders from the remastered editions of the Original Series (like the Antares from “Charlie X”), as well as some of the tweaks made to the Blu-ray edition of The Next Generation, such as the updated Charybdis mission patch seen in “The Royale” – treating the remastered editions of each show as the new canon.

Because the Encyclopedia is presented as an in-universe style – that is, written for readers living in the Star Trek universe – an official name for the “JJ-verse” film timeline was required, which is why Mike Okuda finally was tasked to create the Kelvin Timeline moniker for the film series.

“We wanted to [include the KT],” explained Mike, “in a way that didn’t place the Abrams films into a second-class position.” (Time constraints prohibited any inclusion of Star Trek Beyond content.)

Graphics artist Clint Schultz, who worked on both the 2009 Star Trek film and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, also contributed some artwork for entries from the Kelvin Timeline.

The Okudas joined Starfleet for TOS Remastered. (“The Menagerie, Part I”)

The authors’ favorite new inclusion in the new Encyclopedia is a nice look at the Starbase 11 matte painting from the remastered version of “The Menagerie, Part I,” with the pair in Starfleet uniform, the pair’s most visible Star Trek appearance. “We normally work in the art department as far behind the camera as possible,” said Mike, “but in that moment we got to be in a Star Trek episode.”

Finally, in regards to an updated version of the Star Trek Chronology, last released in 1996, the Okudas didn’t expect that project to be undertaken any time soon, if at all, but included an appendix to the new Encyclopedia that serves as a “Chronology Lite” feature.

The new Star Trek Encyclopedia arrives in stores on October 18 – preorder your copy below!


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  • jackson roy kirk

    Those two folks are Amazing!

    • StuUK

      I agree. They’re clearly deeply in love with the Trek universe; it shows in the quality of their work, the detail in their designs and the fact that this marks the fourth time that they have undertaken this pretty intense project.

      I ordered mine the moment I heard it was available for pre-order on Amazon. I did balk at £100 at the time but I was never not going to own it; I’ve really have been waiting years for the Okuda’s to step up and update this thing. – And the price has since dropped by a third anyway… Admittedly £65 won’t be without its sting but for a thousand pages across two volumes, I wouldn’t really call it unreasonable.

  • Brian Thorn

    “The Royale” was a major clunker, so I don’t think I ever watched the Blu-Ray version. Nice to see they fixed the obvious Apollo 17 patch for the Charybdis.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      I loved that episode.

  • Bifash

    Already pre-ordered my copy, can’t wait!

  • Tone

    What would those two do if it was not for Star Trek?

    Anyway, it seems strange to not take a couple more months to add Beyond to the book.

    So it is already out of date, and will need updating for the first 2 seasons of Discovery, beyond, and Star Trek 4.

    This will cost a fortune no doubt, so I will wait until its properly updated. If it was up to date as of now, I would have bitten. But the reasoning behind not waiting 2 or 3 months to enclude Beyond is a very money grabbing one indeed.

    • Gilbetron

      Uhm, I guess so, but with Star Trek being constantly “in progress,” you’re always going to find yourself out of date within a year or so anyway. This is a legacy book for the 50th anniversary. I doubt they’ll be reprinting/reupdating these anytime soon, otherwise they would have updated it before now, a full 18 years after the last edition. So while I’m somewhat disappointed, too, that Beyond isn’t included, I can live with the disappointment. After all, when I preordered I knew that Discovery was going to make it out of date almost immediately.

      • Tone

        Yeah, I can accept that, just not the line about timing constrains and Beyond. This really is inexcusable for such an expensive object.

        But I’m sure there will be another volume to add to it for another $100 in a year or two.

    • Zarm

      “What would those two do if it was not for Star Trek?”

      What would Star Trek do if it was not for those two? 🙂

      • Tone

        Continue to be fleeced by Paramount and CBS…

  • Laughing Boy

    No Beyond content?? WTF.

    • The Bandsaw Vigilante

      I’m honestly more concerned about the lack of TAS content.

      • The Animated Series has never been included in any of the previous Encyclopedias.

        • The Bandsaw Vigilante

          Right, but in between those previous editions and today, TAS has become more canonically-accepted than ever before (particularly thanks to ENT and the J.J. Abrams films), and for the Okudas to still stubbornly cling to this whole attitude of “illegitimacy” after all these decades of shifting opinion is just…bizarre, I guess.

          I’m wondering how entries on subjects like the Le-matya and the city of Shikahr are going to read, strictly as ENT-related topics missing any context from TAS.

    • Dwight Williams

      There’s always been lag-time issues.