Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide

by David Mack, Illustrations by Timothy Earls

Pocket Books, September, 2002.
Trade paperback, 177 pages.
ISBN: 0743418425

Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide by David Mack Millions of people have bought the Worst Cast Scenario Survival handbooks which provide advice about how to handle all kinds of Earth-bound emergencies. Now David Mack has had an absolutely inspired idea: he presents us with the recently de-classified Starfleet Survival Guide, which is the guide for Starfleet officers in sticky situations. This handy book is divided into sections: Standard Issue Equipment - Nonstandard Uses; Unconventional Medicine; Dangerous Life-Forms; and Extreme Scenarios. Every contingency has been provided for: how to evade the pheromonal, psychotropic effects of Elaasian women's tears, how to survive an attack by a Crystalline entity, how to navigate inside a Borg cube, how to recognize and treat the symptoms of temporal narcosis (temporal problems seem to crop up quite often and its crucial that one be prepared), how to erase humanoid short-term and long-term memories, how to seal quantum fissures and many, many more. Written in a straight-forward and easy to read style, this is the manual to own for anyone aspiring to join Starfleet or who is getting ready to venture into the uncharted realms of space.

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This review was published in the October - November, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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