The Star Fleet Manual is from ’75. The depth of content is really impressive, and according to Memory Alpha, this manual exclusively informed the setting of the Star Fleet Universe series of games. The two forwards for the book are written in the Trek-verse, under the conceit that this information, a transmission sent from the Enterprise to Earth, somehow traveled back in time to 1970, and was subsequently regarded as a hoax. That’s such a quaint premise it could only come from classic science fiction.
But the map maker and graphic artist in me just oozes over the blueprints. From the cover:
From the Bridge to Dr. McCoy’s Sick Bay, from the Crew’s Quarters to the Shuttlecraft Hangar, from the Photon Torpedo Bank to the Science Labs of Mr. Spock—every foot of every level of the Enterprise laid out in exact detail!
Without being cluttered, these blue prints are detailed and evocative and inspire the imagination and are just begging to get used at the game table. (As a way to track the tribble infestation!?)
I’d never heard of Franz Joseph before seeing these prints. He’s responsible for both these books, and I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for his name on the shelf from now on.