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Title: The Starfleet Handbook
Publisher: Interstellar Associates
Editor(s): Geoffrey Mandel
Date(s): 1974-1978, 2007
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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The Starfleet Handbook is a resource to the show. It was published by Geoffrey Mandel, who was later hired to work as graphic artist for several of the movies and later series, including the 2009 Reboot[1].

There were thirteen issues in the original fanzine published between 1974 and 1978.

The series was discontinued because in the wake of Star Trek: The Motion Picture many official technical manuals and such came on the market, and remaining material was incorporated in Mandel's USS Enterprise Officer's Manual (1980).[2]

In 2007 the Federation Reference Series Online revived the Star Fleet Handbook (with Mandel's permission) and published a fourteenth issue (maybe as pdf only?). In the zine further submissions were solicited, but it is unclear whether a fifteenth issue was ever published.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, part one
inside page from issue #1, part one

The Starfleet Handbook 1 was published in 1974. It appears to have been issued in two parts. The first part was mostly technical drawings and explanations. The second part was articles.

Part Two:

Issue 2

The Starfleet Handbook 2

  • Kzinti (article)
  • Tholians (article)
  • Caitians (article)

Issue 3

The Starfleet Handbook 3

Issue 4

The Starfleet Handbook 4

Issue 5

The Starfleet Handbook 5

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

The Starfleet Handbook 6 was published in 1975 and contains 6 pages. The editor says he is going from offset rather than xerox with the next issue.

  • A Word to Subscribers (1)
  • Profile of Ensign Chekov (2)
  • Star Trek News Brief (2)
  • Profile/Diagram of the Communicator (3)
  • The Star Trek Movie -- Possibility or Probability? (4)
  • UNISTAR (5)
  • Star Trek Slides -- Special Effects (for sale) (5)
  • Star-Fleet Communications and Star Trek ads (6)

Issue 7

The Starfleet Handbook 7 was published in 1975 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #7
  • The Klingon Empire (2)
  • The Klingon Battle Cruiser (3)
  • The Klingon Scout Crat (4)
  • Klingon Communications Device (5)
  • Klingon Sonic Disruptor Pistol (5)
  • The Stat Trek Convention Reports (6)
  • Ads, Conventions, News (7)

Issue 8

  • Profiles of The Romulan Star Empire (Cruiser, officers, equipment), fanzine reviews, and regular features.

Issue 9

cover of issue #9

The Star Fleet Handbook 9 was published in 1976 and is a special issue titled "The Aliens of Star Trek - Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans". It has 16 pages. As sources it gives the Star Trek Concordance and the third season supplement to it, the Kraith Creator's Manual, Pastaklan Vesla #2 (for the Kraith Surak's Construct article)

  • Vulcan/Vulcan History
  • Vulcans
  • Vulcan Glossary
  • Surak's Construct: An Introduction to Vulcan Philosophy
  • Klingon Empire/Klingon History
  • Klingon Field Items
  • Klingon Battle Cruiser
  • Klingon Battle Cruiser (Diagram)
  • Klingon Small Craft/Alphabet/Traditional Numerals
  • Romulan Star Empire/Romulan History
  • Romulan "Bird of Prey"
  • Romulan "Bird of Prey" (Diagram)
  • Photographs (Vulcans)
  • Photographs (Klingons/Romulans)

It is online as pdf here (PDF no longer available).

Issue 10

cover of issue #10

The Star Fleet Handbook 10 was published in 1977 and has ten pages. It's cover price was $2.00.

  • Andorians
  • Galactic History
  • Planets

It is online as pdf here (PDF no longer available).

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

The STAR FLEET HANDBOOK is the newszine of UNISTAR (The United Nations International Star Trek Association for Revival). It is accompanied by or alternates with a monthly single sheet called "The UNISTAR Newsletter". This issue of the STAR FLEET HANDBOOK has a small photo article about Andorians, which is one of a con tinuing series of profiles about aliens in Star Trek. There is also a sheet of Planetary Classification and a Planetary Catalog listing all the colonies and stars mentioned in Star Trek. Plus there is an especially intriguing chart containing a suggested history of the galaxy from the birth of the galaxy to 500 years in the future. And a convention report on the February 12 N.Y. con, lots of good Star Trek news, other cons, etc. I'm very impressed with the reproduction and layout in both the STAR FLEET HANDBOOK and the UNISTAR NEWS LETTER. The typing is very neat and readable, the off set printing is of fine quality. That, and a very skillful use of transfer lettering makes these publications very easy on the eye and close to professional-looking. [3]

Issue 11

cover of issue #11

The Star Fleet Handbook 11 was published 1977. It has ten pages. It's cover price was $2.00. The title page lists "Kzinti, Caitians, Tholians". It may be an update/reprint of issue #2.

  • Kzin/Kzinti
  • Kzin (front and rear views)
  • Kzinti Police Vessel (diagram)
  • Kzinti Police Vessel (particlulars and cross section)
  • Cait/Caitians
  • Caitians (front and rear views)
  • Tholian Assembly
  • Tholian Space Cruiser (particulars)
  • Tholian Space Cruiser (diagram)
  • Hand Laser - Early Model

It is online as pdf here(PDF no longer available).

Issue 12

cover of issue #12

The Star Fleet Handbook 12 was published 1978. It has 14 pages. The cover price was $1.50.

  • Orders to Lt. Cmdr. James T. Kirk
  • Officers U.S.S. Enterprise Personnel
  • Kirk, James Tiberius (a character profile with photo)
  • Spock, Xtmprszntwlfd (a character profile eith photo)
  • Duty Uniform-Male, Klingon Imperial Fleet (diagram)
  • Class I Star Cruiser, Enterprise Class Starships (diagram)
  • Transporter, Controls Console (diagram)
  • Operating Table with Cryosurgical Frame (diagram)
  • Klingon Empire Banner

It is [1]. online as pdf here](PDF no longer available).

Issue 13

The Star Fleet Handbook 13 was published 1978. It has 16 pages. The cover price was $1.50. It credits the Starfleet Command Training Manual by John Wetsch as source for the General Orders.

  • Star Fleet General Orders
  • Edoans - Civilization
  • Edoans - Physiology (with diagram)
  • Scott, Montgomery Edward (a character profile with photo)
  • McCoy, Leonard Horatio, M.D. (a character profile with photo)
  • Fleet Ship Classifications - Class I Equivalent - Klingon Imperial Fleet (diagram, designs by Patrick Flannery)
  • DY-100 Class - S.S. Savannah Class Interplanetary Vessel (concept suggested by George Perkins and Jeffrey Holt)

It is online as pdf here (PDF no longer available).

Issue 14

The Starfleet Handbook 14 was published in 2007, when the Federation Reference Series Online revived the zine. It has 18 pages.

  • Klingon Empire - D-7 Battlecruiser (diagram)
  • Romulan Star Empire - Duty Uniform - Male, Romulan Praetorian Guard (diagram)
  • Romulan Star Empire - Duty Uniform - Female, Romulan Praetorian Guard (diagram)*Class I Cruiser - Baton Rouge Class Starships (diagram)
  • Destroyer - Marshal Class Starship (diagram)
  • Transfer Valve - Valves 558 & 540 (diagram)
  • Landing Party Equipment - Star Fleet Standard (photos)
  • Sulu, Hikaru Itaka (a character profile with photo)
  • Uhura, Upenda Nyota (a character profile with photo)

It is online as pdf here (PDF no longer available).


  1. ^ Geoffrey Mandel entry on Memory Alpha (accessed 16 Jan 2010)
  2. ^ Foreword of The Star Fleet Handbook 14 from 2007 (accessed 16 Jan 2010); now offline
  3. ^ from Stardate #9