Famed for its original storylines, endearing and complex characters as well as the sheer enjoyment of watching, "Star Trek" is a serious hobby for some, a part-time job for others, and a rich source of fun for all. "On Board The U.S.S. Enterprise" is the golden ticket for a once-in-a-lifetime, access-all-areas personal tour of the fabled corridors of the U.S.S. Enterprise, deconstructed with all the seriousness and depth of an equivalent guide to the Titanic. Captain Picard's Starship Enterprise has become the enduring image of "Star Trek: TNG", and this is the legend at the centre of this title.
Husband-and-wife team Michael and Denise Okuda. Michael was the scenic art supervisor for Star Trek: The Next Generation and was responsible for the control panels, signage, written languages, computer readout animations and more. He was nominated for the Best Visual Effects Emmy for his work on the show. He also worked on the movies Star Trek IV, Star Trek V and Star Trek VI among others. The Okudas have since worked together as consultants on the Star Trek: TNG high definition upgrade project, created the text commentary in the Star Trek Special Edition DVDs, and special text for the Star Trek fan collection series. Michael has also helped Christies with the cataloging of Star Trek items for auction. Michael co-authored Star Trek: Ships of the Line and Star Trek: TNG Technical Manual, and together they wrote The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future and were technical consultants for the U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes manual.
The enclosed CD-ROM contains a 3D tour of much of the U.S.S. Enterprise, which has been created in close dialogue with the creators of the Star Trek sets. The Star Trek franchise's exclusive, cordoned-off vaults have been fully explored to illustrate the inside of the craft to loving levels of detail that are unmatched even on the TV show. In the book, replete with original commentary, chapters touch upon the origins of the U.S.S. Enterprise, why and how the Enterprise was built, star charts and navigation, the warp core, power generation and Faster Than Light propulsion systems, technology and equipment, teleportation and turbolifts, living quarters, the Bridge, attack and defence systems (including tractor beams, cloaking, photon cannons and force fields), the sick bay, and more.