Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (ISBN 978-0-671-50106-8) is a trade paperback released by Pocket Books in 2000. Written by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block, it takes a detailed look at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and features interviews with actors, writers, directors, producers, makeup artists, and other members of the production staff.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Companion
AuthorTerry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block
IllustratorRichard Oriolo
Published2000 (Pocket Books)
Media typePaperback
LC ClassPN1992.77.S7315 E73 2000

Erdmann had worked for ten years as the publicist in film, including on "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".[1] In late 1993, Pocket Books editor Kevin Ryan asked Erdmann if he would be interested in writing books about the making of Star Trek. Erdmann agreed, and over seven years, conducted interviews with a wide range of people involved in the series. He wrote the book with his wife Paula M. Block.[2]

The Companion takes a look at the creative processes behind each season and then has a detailed episode guide. Following each episode entry is the behind the scenes information. The book is 736 pages long, and features numerous black and white pictures.

An unrelated CD-ROM also called the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (ISBN 978-0-671-31785-0) was released in 1999, and features the scripts for the entire series and the trailers for each episode featuring Don LaFontaine as the announcer, among others.

Reception edit

Starlog magazine highly recommended the book, and called it a "must for any DS9 fan" and "one of the most authoritative companions to any TV program".[3] The review by Stephen Cole in Dreamwatch criticized the book, opining that Erdmann did not present the content objectively, but through "rose-tinted lenses" and that because of this the book became difficult to read.[4] He gave it a score of three out of five.[4]

The Log wrote: "Criticism has been aired condemning the book as being overly pro-DS9. Well, to that I say, 'Duh'. It's not very often that a book is going to bash with impunity the series it's covering, or in the case of DS9, compare itself to the other Treks. To be honest, I disagree with this ascertainment of overt bias. In many of the behind-the-scenes sections, the producers openly admit that certain episodes were of less than stellar quality, without offering up pathetic excuses or 'could've beens' (at least very often). Naturally, there are certain episodes that the producers defend ('His Way' being a good example) that fans decried. But by and large Ron Moore and Ira Behr know what worked and what didn't and are candid about the whole affair".[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Terry Erdmann on Writing Behind-the-Scenes Books". Archived from the original on 2005-12-24.
  2. ^ PAULA BLOCK; TERRY ERDMANN (25 July 2023). "Guest Bloggers: Paula Block and Terry Erdmann" (August 27, 2010). during the seven years he spent on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gathering information so we could write the DS9 companion book
  3. ^ "Deep Explorations". Starlog. Vol. 1, no. 278. September 2000. p. 8. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Cole, Stephen (October 2000). "TV Spin-Offs". Dreamwatch. No. 73. p. 87.
  5. ^ "". March 21, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2016.

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