The depiction of computers on the various "Star Trek" series has ranged from lame to breathtakingly imaginative. This book covers the gamut, and makes lucid and entertaining comparison of these fictional computers with those that now exist or are likely to inhabit our future. Throughout its history, "Star Trek" has been an accurate reflection of contemporary ideas about computers and their role in our lives. Affectionately but without illusions, The Computers of Star Trek shows how those ideas compare with what we now know we can and will do with computers.
Substance: Shows how the "future" of the Star Trek Universe, especially in respect to its computers, is a projection of the technology current at the time of each "generation" of shows. Argues that real-life technology and use of computers imporves on the fictional version, in many cases (note publication date is 1999). Interestingly, the authors claim that the "fourth wave" of computer advances extends from "1971 - now", which is over three times longer than any of the preceding waves.Style: Capitalizes on the popularity of other books about the "non-fiction" of Star Trek. Prosaic.read more