Peter Walker, Senior Editor, Continuity, Contributing Writer
Pieter Thomassen, Senior Writer, Editor; and
Robert Morgenstern, Senior Web Designer, Writer, Research, Editor
| Aubry Thonon, Contributing Writer
|| Tim Wing, Contributing Writer, Artist
| Neil Baumgardner, Consultant
|| Jason Smith, Consultant, Contributing Writer, Graphic Artist
| Matt Willis, Artist, Consultant
|| Harvey Johnston, Artist, Consultant
| Roland Thigpen, Consultant
|| Anand Rao, Fanfic Writer
Reference Guide Notes and Bibliography
This web site originated as entries from the glossaries of the fanfic Robotech: Objective Reflex Point, by Peter Walker and Anand Rao. The glossaries were composed by Pieter Thomassen and Pete Walker, with considerable input by Rob Morgenstern (especially on the auxiliary aircraft, ground vehicles, and Centaur tank),
Aubry Thonon (especially on the timeline, and on the GMP hoverplatform),
Loo (on the Macross- and Mospeada-era mecha and ships) and by the observations and thoughts of many others including Jason Smith, Stephan Bennett (aka Pumukl), Neil Baumgardner, Roland Thigpen, Nathan Babcook, Stan Bundy, Mike Choi, Bjorn Palmquist, Alex Fauth, Ratinox, and Chris Meadows. As the glossaries expanded they became the Robotech Tech Files. Later, as we were adding essays to provide background material to help us define the Universe, we felt the name was no longer appropriate and changed it to the Robotech Reference Guide. In December of 1999, we added '2060 Edition' to the title to emphasize the time period we are writing these files from and to pre-empt any confusion if Robotech 3000 ever takes off....
We have tried to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, but they should not be taken to be 'canon' within the Robotech universe - only the version of it in our fanfic.
These glossaries are drawn from a lot of sources, and each contributed to their contents with varying weight. Here's the pecking order:
- The TV show (that is the 85 aired episodes plus the Sentinels video) is given the absolute highest credence. The only times we deliberately contradict the show is when the show is internally inconsistent, contains miscellaneous errors made by second-tier animators, and portrays dramatic absurdities. Opening and closing credit sequences are not considered as canon; hence, no nose laser on the Alpha.
- The original Japanese source material is next. Where the show is silent about the details of a specific mecha or ship, the Japanese source material is used in so far as it doesn't contradict those plot elements that distinguish Robotech from the Japanese originals (for example, the mecha use protoculture powerplants, no matter what the Japanese source material says). Drawings are given more credence than written material, as the drawings represent what is seen in the footage most directly. In cases where the footage and the written Japanese sources conflict, a judgment call must be made. In general, the footage takes precedence.
- Carl Macek's notes and comments in Robotech Art 3 and elsewhere, and the Comico Graphic Novel, Genesis: Robotech (in which Macek had a hand) come after that. Mainly these sources are useful in making guess on the chronology and history of the Tirolians and Invid, which are not detailed in any footage, and on the nature of the Flower of Life and Protoculture. In addition, the Sentinels plotline is based on the Macek original
from Robotech Art 3, and not from the McKinney novels.
- Common sense extrapolations are next in importance. There's a lot of grey area to play with in describing the Robotech mecha and their histories, so we fill in the holes, using our best judgment and knowledge of real science and technology. It has been our goal, however, not to fill in details that contradict the show, in letter or spirit.
- The Palladium Role-Playing Game is almost last. It is often in error with respect to the show, and frequently misreads the source material at its disposal.
- The novels and comics are last. As they tend to feed off each other and drift away from the show, they aren't too much use, considering that remaining completely consistent with the TV show as far as possible is our goal. The same goes for data printed on the American toys.
- Macross: Perfect Memory © 1983 by Minori Library, Big West and MBS.
- Macross: The Movie, a.k.a. The Macross Gold Book, © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-170501-4
- This is Animation #3: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101506-9
- This is Animation #5: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101508-5
- This is Animation #7: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101510-7
- This is Animation #11: Macross '84 Summer (DYRL) © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101514-X
- This is Animation Special: Macross Plus © 1995 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101581-6
- This is Animation: Macross - Original Illustration © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-199522-5
- Entertainment Bible#51: Macross © Bandai. ISBN4-89189-204-8
- Mediax Mook 53: Macross Digital Mission VF-X © 1997 Mediax, © 1997 P's PSYTEC inc. ISBN4-89613-753-1
- This is Animation #10: Super Dimension Cavalry: Southern Cross © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101513-1
- My Anime Magazine, September 1983 - September 1984 © 1983/84 Akita Shoten.
- My Anime Magazine, "Southern Cross" insert, June 1984 © 1984 Akita Shoten.
- The Anime Magazine, November 1983 - November 1984 © 1983/84 Kindaieiga-sha.
- Animedia Magazine, June, September 1984, © 1984 Gakken.
- Animec Magazine, October 1983 - September 1984, © 1983/84.
- Out Magazine, October 1983 - September 1984, © 1983/84.
- Animage Magazine, August, September, November, December 1983 / April - September 1984, © 1983/84 Tokuma Shoten.
- B-Club Special #9: ARTMIC Design Works, a.k.a Artmic Bible, © 1987 ARTMIC, published by Bandai. ISBN 4-89189-325-7
- Animedia's Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Color Graffiti, © 1984 Gakken.
- Entertainment Bible#16: ARTMIC 1 © Bandai. ISBN4-89189-099-1. pp. 2-9, 19-57
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA book, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
- Gakken "File for Animeca" vol. 2
- Official Art of Megazone 23 vol. 1, © Oidoru-ARTMIC, published by LARK Mechanical Manual.
- Official Art of Megazone 23 Part II vol. 2, © Oidoru-ARTMIC, published by LARK Mechanical Manual.
- B-Club Special: Megazone 23, Parts I, II, and III Perfect Data Book © Victor, ARTMIC, AIC. Published by Bandai. ISBN4-89189-476-8.
- Megazone 23 © 1985 Kindaieiga-sha. 66587-36.
- Megazone 23 Part II © 1986 Kindaieiga-sha. 05318-7.
American Art Books:
- Robotech Art 1 © 1986 Kay Reynolds and Ardith Carlton, published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-412-2
- Robotech Art 2 © 1987 Kay Reynolds (ed.), published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-417-3, pp. 67-109.
- Robotech Art 3 © 1988 Carl Macek, published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-575-7
American Role-Playing Game Books:
- Robotech: The Role-Playing Game © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-21-5
- The Robotech RPG Book Two: RDF Manual © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-23-1
- The Robotech RPG Book Three: Zentraedi © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-22-3
- The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-27-4
- The Robotech RPG Book Five: Invid Invasion © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-28-2
- Robotech II: The Role-Playing Game - The Sentinels © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-33-9
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - REF Field Guide © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-36-3
Other American Sources:
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - The Illustrated Handbook, volumes 2 and 3, © 1991 Malibu Graphics, published by Eternity Comics.
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - The Malcontent Uprisings, Issues 1-12, © 1990 Malibu Graphics, published by Eternity Comics.
- Sentinels Animation Sheet used in Valivarre file provided by Alex Fauth. Original source unknown.
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