Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

Here's my jaw-droppingly professional unboxing video of Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman. The book rests in a pedestal that contains a tiny, hidden simulacrum of Admiral Hikaru Sulu, which has undergone rigorous Pavlonian training to recite an introduction to the book every time you press the button!

Assembled as a Special Exhibit on Memory Alpha, Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United Federation of Planets.

This unprecedented illustrated volume chronicles the pivotal era leading up to Humankind's First Contact with Vulcan in 2063, the Romulan War in 2156, the creation of the Federation in 2161, and the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311. Meticulously researched, this account covers a multitude of alien species, decisive battles, and the technology that made the Age of Exploration possible. It includes field sketches, illustrations, and reproductions of historic pieces of art from across the Galaxy, along with over fifty excerpts from key Federation documents and correspondence, Starfleet records, and intergalactic intelligence.

Housed in a pedestal display complete with lights and an audio introduction by Admiral Hikaru Sulu, this edition also features five removable documents from the Federation Archives, including Zefram Cochrane's early sketch of the warp-drive engine, a handwritten letter from young Jim Kirk, and the first-known diagram of a Trill symbiont.

Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years


  1. I can’t wait to read up on those Eugenics Wars of the 1990s that plunged the Earth into a new Dark Age, ultimately culminating in the Post-Atomic Horror of the early 21st century.

      1. So there’s a parallel dimension out there where Gene Roddenberry actually got one of the networks to pick up that spinoff?

  2. They made a mistake in the introduction: they claimed that the Federation was “intergalactic”, but the Federation has no extra-galactic members! This book is ruined! GRAAAH

    1. That claim is contradicted by the Star Trek reboot, which clearly establishes that the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” has since been adopted as the Federation’s official anthem.

    2. I heard it as intragalactic. And if I never listen to the recording again I will have no reason to think I’m wrong.

  3. Haven’t you people been following the new movie?  That 150 years of Federation history came undone because an evil Romulan came from the future and destroyed Vulcan!    How can you claim proper nerd cred without knowing that?  

    1. Well then Kirk will just go back further and prevent that Romulan from destroying Vulcan…. by placing a phaser….. “here”.

    2. Your nerd cred is weak. The original continuity is still intact, and the basis for Star Trek Online; the new movie continuity is its own parallel universe.

    1. Actually, I find it interesting that, just 3 posts later, we have an obituary about “The Daily” and how ipad apps are inferior news vehicles compared to the web (to say nothing of printed books) for reference.

      Memory Alpha is one of the biggest most active fan-wikis on the web.  It’s doing its job.  This (released just in time for Christmas) looks to be the gift to give the trekkie in your family, if only until it winds up as another plastic tchochkie and jam-smeared book to find in Goodwill 6 years from now (or: find them still wrapped in plastic going for 3x the retail price at ComicCons).

  4. I bet if that were in 1080p we could have just read the whole thing from the flip-through.

    As soon as Mark opened the book, I realized how nice a design that pedestal is for a book display stand. I wonder if there’s something like it out there, but adjustable for different sizes.

  5. My first thought upon starting the movie was, “Why are they letting a Wookie open the box?”  Gosh Almighty, the Box Opener has some Hairy Arms.

      1. Yes, I know it’s ironic comment from someone with a greater ape as an avatar.  No Offense Intended.  It is Good to be Optimized for Cold.

      2. It’s the foreshortening density effect.  Used to great effect in some, er, genre films.

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