Picks and Pans Review: Omnipedia

updated 10/02/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ever watch Star Trek and have no clue as to what the crew is talking about? Since the series premiered back in 1966, the writers have been coining neologisms to describe everything from futuristic gadgets to strange life-forms. Now bewildered viewers can turn to the Omnipedia CD-ROM, the definitive information source on classic Trek and its sequels The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and the movies. If you find yourself wondering just what is an ahn-woon (a Vulcan weapon) or a sehlat (a teddy bear-like animal with six-inch fangs), you can look them up. The Omnipedia's reference section of over 6,000 characters, places, and things briefly defines each one and tells in which shows they appear. The Omnipedia even lets you operate it—with some set-up work on your part—by voice commands. As Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (who has one of the thickest entries) would say, "Make it so!" (CD-ROM for Mac & PC, $57, Simon & Schuster Interactive)

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