An A-Z encyclopedia covering subjects from Andorians to Zefram Cochrane to Atoz, the Star Trek Encyclopedia was
compiled by Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager staffers Denise and Michael Okuda.
It includes summaries of all episodes, descriptions of all characters, rundowns of all locations, data on all lifeforms,
and details on all starships that appeared in the Star Trek universe up to the fifth season of Voyager,
and the final season of DS9.
Some articles (generally only a paragraph or two long) contain little known facts from behind-the-scenes,
presented in italicized fonts.
Many also featured images created specifically for the Encyclopedia, including shots of barely visible starships
like the Saber and Akira class vessels, and a photograph of Cochrane's statue.
Not taken into account are officially non-canon works such as the various Star Trek novels, games and The Animated Series.
The last published edition of the Encyclopedia was the 3rd edition in 1999.
As of late 2003, it seems unlikely that a fourth edition of the Encyclopedia will be published.
Editors from Pocket Books have indicated that they have little interest in continuing the popular line of Star Trek
reference books, such as the technical manuals, the Encyclopedia, and the Star Trek Chronology.
The 3rd edition features a special section in the rear containing information from Star Trek: Insurrection,
the final season of Deep Space Nine and the fifth season of Voyager.
This was a cost-saving measure, as integrating this information alphabetically into the existing material would have
resulted in a greater publishing expense and thus a higher price.
The only "official" exhaustive reference work that is still updated is the
Library of StarTrek.com [url]http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/library/[/url], the official website for the franchise,
though this sometimes contains discrepancies.