We reviewed the great new Star Trek science book Star Trek Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive this past week, and we’ve teamed up with publisher Voyageur Press to give you a chance to win a signed copy of author Ethan Siegel, PhD! 

The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.

All you need to do is leave a comment below, telling us the following:

From replicators to shuttlecraft to dermal regenerators, sound off and let us know what Star Trek technology you’d love to have in your life!

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Contest Rules

  • Giveaway open to residents of the United States only.
  • Contest runs through 11:59 PM Eastern on Thursday, November 2.
  • Only one comment per user; users with multiple comments will be disqualified.
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  • Marina Kravchuk

    Transporter, hands down!

  • Sean

    Tricorders, without a doubt. Imagine being able to gather nearly complete environmental, geographic, and medical information at a touch. So many thorough diagnoses that modern medicine couldn’t capture!

  • Cindy H.

    I’m a big fan of the pill McCoy gives that old woman in Star Trek IV that lets her grow back her kidney. Overall the way that broken bones, burns etc. are no big deal—Neelix is able to survive for a while without lungs!—is really neat. It would be really reassuring to live in a society where most injuries can be fixed in under an hour.

  • Artsy Chef

    Honestly used to say the holodeck when I was a kid, purely just because it would be great to have the ability to visit any place I could dream about. But as an adult it’s a hard tie between Warp Drive and Teleportation technology as both would allow me to see family members I’m no longer in close proximity to and I could travel to incredible places.

  • Eric Cheung

    The replicator is probably the easiest pick, because it seems like it would at least be a useful tool for getting us to the post-scarcity economy of the Star Trek future. But reading Trekonomics, that book seems clear that we could have that world right now; we just need the political will to make an equitable distribution of resources a priority.

    So, assuming the replicator isn’t quite as necessary as we expect it will be, I will say that I have a niece and nephew that are into Star Trek and Star Wars and one of the toys I’ve tried to find for them exemplifies one of the reasons I love Star Trek so much more than most other science fiction. I recently went to one of my local comic book stores, Comicazi in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, and found TNG-era standard and medical tricorders. If a TV show can inspire a quest for learning about the outside world, then what better toy to give a kid than the most important staple in a Starfleet officer’s quest for learning?

    As a fun aside, it’s wonderful seeing science and tech updates on Trek-like technologies that seem close to fruition, such as dermal regenerators.

  • Heather Barker

    My kingdom for a transporter, enabling me to spend quality time with the best people in the world (aka my Star Trek family) more than one week a year 🖖🏼

  • anglotopia

    Replicators. It would solve scarcity and usher in a new era of human peace and prosperity.

  • Walter Kovacs

    the transporter, definitely. and when you have transporter technology, you automatically have replicator technology too 😉

  • Brian Usher

    Warp drive. Without it or a similar faster than light technology, any type of future like that depicted in Star Trek becomes essentially impossible.

  • Locutus

    I’d probably have to go with a warp drive to zip us around the cosmos!

  • Bret Lonsway

    The Transporter. Nearly instantaneous travel to anywhere on the planet? Sign me up!

  • Charles Baxter

    The Tricorder as it is simply the most versatile technology that would benefit everyone at every level. Why wouldn’t anyone want the ability to learn and help people? Everything else is nice, yet you need to understand what you’re building or you’re just wasting time

  • Christopher Ryan

    My favorite bit of Trek Tech is the Heisenberg Compensators that are used in the transporters. It’s based on a real life physics principal posed by Werner Heisenberg, that you can’t know both the position/momentum of a given particle. (By knowing one, you fundamentally alter the other.) Though that’s greatly simplifying the idea, the compensator was a component of the transporter that actually “overcomes” this. How? Nobody knows. It’s magic. lol But it’s obviously necessary to run a transporter! 🙂

  • FightingMongooses

    Years ago I’d have said I’d like to have a replicator so that I could always eat a delicious and yet nutritious meal, and I’d also be able to make any little knick knack I might need in life. But now I’d like very much to have a medical tricorder to help me manage (and perhaps cure) this blasted thyroid condition I have!

  • Kirk George

    My pick is transporter. Transporter would be awesome, I want to visit my folks and I hate the 14 hour drive. Tricorders are pretty close to today. They have the health tricorder now in Fitbits and Apple watch and such.

  • Rob Morganbesser

    There’s simply nothing that would benefit the world better than replicator technology. No more hunger. No thirst. Medications could be replicated. It would be a boon to everyone.

  • ADeweyan

    It’s got to be the TOS Communicators. I’ve always loved that classic 23rd Century design.

  • Thomas Elkins

    There are plenty of technological achievements in Star Trek that would be amazing to have today, but if I can only choose one I would choose the Transporter. In the DS9 episode “Homefront” Captain Sisko works at Starfleet HQ in San Francisco, has regular meetings with the Federation President in Paris and stays at his Dad’s in New Orleans. I always found that really cool, because today that kind of travel would be expensive and take days. Now he can visit multiple countries in a single day’s work. I have friends who live in other countries and finding the time to meet takes monumental effort. With the transporter you could visit a friend in another country as easy as if they lived across the street from you.

    Plus transporter technology can be used to travel even longer distances, like to planets in the solar system. Or across known space in some instances.

  • Eric Watson

    The holodeck! I would be a holo-addict for sure.

  • StuUK

    Is it too greedy of me to place my order for a Galaxy Class starship?

  • Chris Tyler

    My pick is the transporter. No more sitting in traffic or having to go through TSA at the airport anymore.

  • Victorinox

    Replicators is the first Trek Tech worth pursuing. That could be the key to unlock a post scarcity world where money and greed become irrelevant, and we are all freed to focus on the real challenge:

    The challenge … is to improve yourself. To enrich yourself. Enjoy it” – Cap. Picard dixit.

  • ATLien4evr

    Warp drive. How else would we be able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations.

  • Androids! There may not be a ton of them, but they sure make for morally complex and entertaining crew members.

  • Jem E Jemison

    My favorite pieces Star Trek tech would have to be the applicators any machine I could walk up to and demand substance is the machine for me. ” computer add salsa please.”

  • R.J. Pankow

    My favorite bit of Star Trek technology is the transporter tbh. Ive always fantasized about being transported, ever since I was a small child watching new episodes of TNG. The physics of it always intrigued me. Plus the transporter effect was always super cool.

  • Eric Dewey

    Warp Drive. The Tech that starts it all, the ability to explore the galaxy.

  • Mykeprime
    • Mykeprime

      No idea what it is or what it does. But it keeps appearing, so it must be very important. For science or something.

  • Dinos Alex

    Transporters of course!

  • SeanPR11

    The Transporter

  • iMike

    Transporter! To be able to travel from one location to another instantly!

  • Aaron M G

    My favorite piece of star trek tech is that tricorder.

  • Andy Russo

    Replicators, because then I could replicate anything I wanted, including phasers and such (as long at the technological specifications were programmed into the replicator).

  • Thomas Linsley

    The GNDN conduits!

  • Dartanion74

    My favorite technology has to be the tricorder… There was a contest among various universities to make a prototype… not sure if it went anywhere.

  • Greg

    A replicator just so I could say Earl Grey hot! That would be amazing all in itself.

  • Rafael Seaje Silva

    Warp Drive

  • Don Buley

    Definitely replicators.

  • Jim

    The transporter, no matter the era!

  • Aaron White

    Warp Drive! I want to see what’s out there!

  • noodleheadprods

    Definitely the classic Transporter. Could have used one throughout my life. Second choice would have to be the Holodeck!

  • Brent

    I would love a Transporter. Imagine being able to go anywhere on Earth at any time. Why not have lunch at Yellowstone? You could read a book at Niagara Falls, watch a Mummy movie in the shadow of the Great Pyramid, pop on over to Canada for one of those I Maple leaf Canada shirts, spend your lunch hour riding roller coasters, hiking Yosemite, read a Sherlock Holmes novel on a porch step on Baker street, read Jurassic Park at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Pop on over to the best spot to see the next eclipse, or meteor shower. You could go to every Star Trek convention, pop on over to a restaurant they don’t have in your town, beam animals back into the wild where they belong, and beam supplies to people in need after a disaster. I could fiddle with it and see what the evil-alternate-universe me is like. The possibilities are endless.

  • Arkady Vachon

    The Biobed technology – it would be of great use to medical personnel from nurses to general medicine doctors to specialist surgeons.