Mike Okuda is the technical director of the later Star Trek
series and films. He started work on Star Trek
by inventing cheaper ways to create the backlit displays used in the Star Trek films
. He later co-wrote such excellent book
s as the Star Trek Encyclopedia
(now in several editions with a CD-ROM
version which I am proud to own) the Star Trek Chronology
, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual
(which has also been made into CD format: first as the Interactive Technical Manual
, and later as the renowned Captain's Chair
), and other books.
He is married to Denise Okuda, the video director (in charge of feeding the signals to the video displays used in DS9 and Voyager), and who co-wrote some of the aforementioned books with him.