The Complete Starfleet Library

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1978

Best of Trek coverThe Best of Trek: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
239 pages, plus 8 pages of photos

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Star Trek Then and Now by G.B. Love
The Klingons: Their History and Empire by Leslie Thompson
Star Trek Miniatures: The Starship Enterprise by Richard G. Van Treuren
Trek Interview: Walter Koenig
Mr. Spock: A Personal Memoir by Leslie Thompson
The Monsters of Star Trek by Winslow Leach
Star Trek and Me by Fern Lynch and Isobel Real
A Look at Leonard McCoy by Walter Irwin
Chicago Con: $100,000 Fan Ripoff? by Janet Smith-Bozarth
An Evening With Gene Roddenberry, 1974 by James Van Hise
Shortcuts Through Space in Star Trek by Mark Andrew Golding
Trek Interview: James Doohan
The Animated Star Trek: An Analysis by Bill Norton
The Animated Star Trek Index by the Trek staff
A Sampling of Trek Roundtable
The Psychology of Mr. Spock's Popularity by Gloria-Ann Rovelstad
The Star Trek Comic Books by Leslie Thompson and Walter Irwin
The Trek Fan of the Month
Gene Roddenberry: A Short Profile by Adam Eisenberg
An Evening With Gene Roddenberry, 1977 by G.B. Love
A Look at Star Trek Fandom by Janet Smith-Bozarth
An Evening With George Takei by Walter Irwin
The Romulans by Leslie Thompson
Trek Interview: Grace Lee Whitney
Star Trek Time Travels by James Houston (with a rebuttal by Walter Irwin)
A Sampling of Trek Trivia
An Evening With Leonard Nimoy by James Van Hise
Star Trek Miniatures: The Other Space Ships by Richard G. Van Treuren
Star Trek Mysteries -- Solved! by Leslie Thompson
How the Time Warp Drive Works by Mark Andrew Golding
Trek Fan Poll Results by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love

Blurb

Explore space, time, and alien empires...

Welcome on this journey into the worlds of TREK -- the infinite realm of imagination. Here you will discover a universe of facts and fantasy about everyone's favorite show -- from interviews with such well-known personalities as Gene Roddenberry and Leonard Nimoy to the early history of the Klingon race; from convention close-ups to a revealing look at how those great special effects were created; from evaluations of the comic books to an index on the animated shows; from TREK trivia to time paradoxes. It's all here in the most amazing, galaxy-spanning collection ever!

Comments

I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time: publish collections of articles for fans, by fans, allowing the readers a chance to be published, and keeping them coming back for more. It worked well enough that an 18th volume appeared in 1996.

Unfortunately, the books just aren't very good. For one thing, the editors or their publishers have, over the years, been very slow in responding to new developments in the Star Trek universe. Many of the articles in the first book were already several years old by the time the book was published. Another problem: the writers are amateurs, often rank amateurs. Too many of the articles over the years have been very personal but dull essays on "what Star Trek means to me." There have also been a number of articles, like the Leslie Thompson contributions in the first volume about Klingons and Romulans, that are basically nonfact articles: speculation about alien races and sometimes characters that are made up out of whole cloth. Some have been entertaining, but ultimately they're far removed from canon.

A series of books like this could have been quite valuable, as an ongoing chronicle of Trek fandom. Unfortunately, it's rarely lived up to that, though there have over the years been a few good articles. After eighteen books in eighteen years or so, the editors never quite grasped the concept of quality control. The eighteenth book is likely the last. Not only have most major American publishers stopped publishing unauthorized Star Trek books in recent years, but G.B. Love died in 2001.

Mudd's AngelsMudd's Angels cover
J.A. Lawrence
Bantam
177 pages

Contents

Introduction
Prologue
Mudd's Women
I, Mudd
The Business, As Usual, During Altercations

Blurb

Intruder alert!

Join Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the Enterprise crew as they encounter his majesty, fat Harry Mudd the First, thief, swindler, con artist, liar and intergalactic rogue. Meet a strange cargo of beauties destined for the men of frontier planets. Visit with Harcourt Fenton Mudd, supreme sovereign of Mudd's Planet, 200,000 androids and 500 identical Alices.

Comments

Though the title and author may suggest otherwise, this is the last of the numbered series of Star Trek adaptations begun by James Blish. J.A. Lawrence, Blish's widow, completed this book after his death. The third story is an original work of fiction, not an adaptation. As the author's introduction notes, though the third story follows the first two chronologically, she was not allowed to refer to events from the animated episode "Mudd's Passion," so this story contradicts that episode to some degree. See Star Trek 1 , published in 1967, for comments on the Blish adaptation series.

Although the contents of the twelve numbered books in the Blish series were reprinted in 1991 in three volumes, the two Mudd adaptations included in Mudd's Angels were not included. Bantam reprinted the book in 1985 and again in 1994, but the 1994 edition was retitled Mudd's Enterprise.

Cooking ManualOfficial Star Trek Cooking Manual
Mary Ann Piccard
Bantam
203 pages

Contents

Editors' Introduction
Introduction
Federation
Vulcan
Romulans
Klingons
Captain Kirk
Mr. Spock
Dr. McCoy
Engineering Officer Scott (Scotty)
Helmsman Sulu
Ensign Chekov
Lieutenant Uhura
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Index

Blurb

Enjoy! A galaxy of Star Trek recipes... over 100 favorites of the starship Enterprise... tempting, exotic snacks... delicious main dishes... luscious desserts. From the farthest reaches of the Federation... mouth-watering meals... special recipes of Romulans and Klingons... favorites of Kirk, Spock, Scott, McCoy... and the rest of the crew!!!

Everything you need to serve quick, simple delicious meals in the Star Trek style!

Comments

I nearly bought this book several times in the late '70s, but I was a teenager on a limited budget and this cost more than an average novel ($1.95 instead of $1.50 or $1.75... but heck, comics cost something like 35 cents back then, so that difference was significant). It was a mass market paperback cookbook, supposedly compiled by Christine Chapel. There are brief fictional anecdotes amid the recipes, but in general this is not something to read through. As for the recipes, well, there's not a lot for vegetarians in this book.

People who are really obsessed with Star Trek trivia to an unhealthy degree may want to note that this book uses the illustration of the Enterprise from the cover of James Blish's Star Trek 4 for the last of many times. I believe it appeared on the cover of Star Trek Lives! along with reproductions of some of Blish's other books; it also appeared, in the same Star Trek 4 cover context, on the trade paperback and abridged mass market edition of James Razzi's Star Trek Puzzle Manual. The space backdrop was then removed, leaving only the Enterprise against a silver background, for the cover of Razzi's Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles. The Enterprise and silver background were then recycled for this book.  

Starless WorldThe Starless World
Gordon Eklund
Bantam
152 pages

Blurb

Captain Kirk encounters Klingons and nocturnal creatures known as Strangers and the sun god himself in a journey of incredible suspense...

Inside the hollow shell of a strange, remote planet Kirk and the Enterprise crew discover a planet within a planet... energized by a white dwarf star... a planet like a lost Eden populated by a race of small, gentle, furred bipeds... a planet falling toward a black hole to spectacular peril and inescapable doom...

Comments

In 1978, Gordon Eklund was an up-and-coming young science fiction writer whose main claim to fame was a collaboration with Gregory Benford, "If the Stars Are Gods." I'm not certain, but I suspect that The Starless World borrowed at least a little from that story. It's also the first Star Trek story about a Dyson Sphere.

Star Trek Annual 1979
World Distributors

Comments

See the first volume of Star Trek Annual, published in 1969, for comments.

Taste of ArmageddonStar Trek Fotonovel 4: A Taste of Armageddon
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Conversation With Scotty (Cont'd). by Caryl Eagle
Cast List
A Taste of Armageddon
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

A war of computers... the Enterprise has been classified as destroyed... and its crew already dead!!! Kirk and Spock have just one day to stop the war... and save the starship!

[Kirk:] I see our arrival has not gone unnoticed. Be on your guard!
[Mea-3:] I am Mea-3. I have been sent to meet your party.

The authentic re-creation of a fateful voyage of the starship Enterprise

... Over 300 action photographs from the episode A Taste of Armageddon

In the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

MetamorphosisStar Trek Fotonovel 5: Metamorphosis
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Cast List
Interview With Elinor Donahue by Caryl Eagle
Metamorphosis
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

A godlike creature offers Captain Kirk the most incredible gift of all... immortality!!! How will Kirk spend his days... knowing there will always be a tomorrow?

[Nancy Hedford:] I'll rest later. We have lots of time.
[McCoy (thought bubble):] We may have time, but you don't!

The authentic re-creation of a fateful voyage of the starship Enterprise

... Over 300 action photographs from the episode Metamorphosis

In the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

All Our YesterdaysStar Trek Fotonovel 6: All Our Yesterdays
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Conversation With Zarabeth by Lesa Kite
Cast List
All Our Yesterdays
Glossary

Blurb

Only three hours to nova!!! Spock and McCoy are hurled through the portals of time... trapped in the ice age of a world ready to explode!

[Spock:] You are beautiful... more beautiful than any dream of beauty I've ever known!

The authentic re-creation of an astonishing voyage of the starship Enterprise

... Over 300 action photographs from the episode All Our Yesterdays in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Galileo 7Star Trek Fotonovel 7: The Galileo 7
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Letters
Cast List
The Galileo 7
Glossary

Blurb

Lost in space! Whirled into the heart of the electronic demon known as Murasaki 312! Is this the end for Spock, Scott and McCoy?

[Galileo pilot:] Power up. All instruments activated. All readings normal. All go!

The authentic re-creation of an astounding voyage of the starship Enterprise... and the shuttlecraft Galileo... Over 300 action photographs from the episode The Galileo 7... in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

A Piece of the ActionStar Trek Fotonovel 8: A Piece of the Action
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Letter from Anthony Caruso
Cast List
A Piece of the Action
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

A gang land war!!! Captain Kirk risks his life in the deadly crossfire of machine guns as two gangster bosses battle for control of a distant planet!

[DJ:] That was the Jailbreakers, with their latest record...
[McCoy:] I don't believe that's the Enterprise, Spock.

The authentic re-creation of an amazing voyage of the starship Enterprise... Over 300 action photographs from the episode A Piece of the Action... in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Devil in the DarkStar Trek Fotonovel 9: The Devil in the Dark
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Letters
Cast List
The Devil in the Dark
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

Emergency!!! Kirk and Spock respond to a distress signal! An alien monster is threatening lives on Janus VI!!!

[Spock:] Fascinating. It's made no moves against you?
[Kirk:] None. It seems to be waiting. I tried talking to it, but it doesn't seem to do any good.

The authentic re-creation of a fateful voyage of the starship Enterprise... Over 300 action photographs from the episode The Devil in the Dark... in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Day of the DoveStar Trek Fotonovel 10: Day of the Dove
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Interview With Michael Ansara by Lesa Kite
Cast List
Day of the Dove
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

Red alert!!! Kirk battles an evil life force driving Klingons and humans to madness and eternal war!

[Kirk:] No one wins... and no one dies.
[Kang:] Then, after I have hacked you to bits, you will no doubt reassemble!!

The authentic re-creation of an amazing voyage of the starship Enterprise... Over 300 action photographs from the episode Day of the Dove... in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Deadly YearsStar Trek Fotonovel 11: The Deadly Years
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Letters
Cast List
The Deadly Years
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

A deadly phenomenon... young people dying from old age! Kirk must solve the mystery or the Enterprise crew will perish!!!

[Kirk:] You traitorous... disloyal.... You stabbed me in the back the first chance you got! Spock.... Get out!!

The authentic re-creation of a mysterious voyage of the starship Enterprise... Over 300 action photographs from the episode The Deadly Years... in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Amok TimeStar Trek Fotonovel 12: Amok Time
Mandala Productions
Bantam
Unpaginated

Contents

Letter from DeForest Kelley
Cast List
Amok Time
Glossary
Star Trek Quiz

Blurb

Spock and Kirk in a fight to the death!!! One will live... one must die! It is the ancient law of the Vulcans!!!

The authentic re-creation of a thrilling voyage of the starship Enterprise... Over 300 action photographs from the episode Amok Time in the television series created by Gene Roddenberry

Don't miss Star Trek on your local television station

Comments

See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, published in 1977, for comments.

Star Trek: Good News in Modern ImagesGood News cover
Betsy Caprio
Sheed Andrews and McMeel
156 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Fascinating!"... say thousands of Star Trek fans in sixty-six countries on the Planet Earth.
"To Explore -- to Seek Out -- to Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before"... What am I doing here?
"We Turn Our Backs on Confusion and Seek the Beginning"... Where am I going?
"The Book Tells Us How to Handle Things"... How do I get there?
"The Striving for Greatness Continues"... The Goal: What can a person become?
"At His Side -- As if You've Always Been There and Always Will"... The love of someone special can help me along.
"Now You Belong to All of Us and We to You"... A supporting community can help, too.
"On My Way"... The quest goes on!
Lists of My Star Trek Favorites -- and Other Things
Original Star Trek Episodes
Index

Blurb

"... a new book with additional power for the into-it 'Star' buff -- or everything you have to know to form your own opinion.... [Betsy Caprio's] book is impressive, engaging and offers a refreshingly different religious viewpoint."

- St. Francis Shops Footnotes, Edina, Minnesota

"This thoughtful and inspiring book proves that within many 'pop culture' television programs there is a wealth of uplifting, meaningful content -- valuable lessons in living."

- Bert Briller, Executive Editor, Television Information Office

Comments

Betsy Caprio mixes Jungian pop psychiatry with light Christian theology to produce a workbook for Star Trek fans who want to take a spiritual journey. Unlike some religious Trek writers, she doesn't see everything in the show as either pro- or anti-Christian; instead, she mines the show for episodes and scenes that will work as parallels for the points she tries to make. After each chapter is an "Energize!" section, in which the reader is asked to answer questions that will presumably lead him or her on a spiritual quest. Anyone looking for a Christian critique of Star Trek may find this less than helpful; it's more a self-help book than anything else.

According to the House of Collectibles Price Guide to Star Trek Collectibles, this book was available in hardcover and paperback.

Star Trek GuideGuide cover
J.E. Clauss
Amereon
36 pages

Contents

First Season
Second Season
Third Season
Star Trek Author Index

Comments

According to the cover, this is published by Aeonian Press, not Amereon, and there is no mention of J.E. Clauss, whose name appears in the Books in Print entry for the 1976 edition. However, a copyright notice on the first page credits Amereon. This is a "new enlarged edition," but it's still just a 36-page staple-bound booklet. Amereon publishes hardcover reprint books and lists their titles in Books in Print, which is no doubt why this booklet has been listed as a book for more than 20 years.

The Star Trek Guide is, according to the first page, "A guide to the original Star Trek scripts. Each of the shows is listed in order of appearance by season with title, date, stardate, authors, plot core, guest stars, and cast." The "plot core" is a one- or two-sentence plot synopsis.

This has probably been reprinted since 1978. On the cover, the words "Star Trek" are printed in the typeface first used for Star Trek - The Motion Picture, which was released in December, 1979. (If memory serves, some promotional materials with the new typeface existed in 1978, but it seems likely that this is a later printing with a newer cover.)

Star Trek Log TenStar Trek Log Ten
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine Del Rey
250 pages

Contents

Slaver Weapon

Blurb

Another exciting episode from television's most popular science-fiction series

Complete in this volume

Slaver Weapon

A Slaver stasis box -- a relic of a fabulous, long-dead civilization -- is discovered on a remote planet. The Slavers died out millennia ago, but their powerful weapons have been well preserved in these boxes which are found throughout the Galaxy.

Whoever possesses such weapons controls a lot of power, and so Kirk and the crew want to get this one into secure hands as quickly as possible.

But they are not the only ones who have designs on the Slaver weapon... and the fate of the Federation hangs in the balance!

Comments

See Star Trek Log One, published in 1974, for comments on this series.

The first Log published under Ballantine's Del Rey imprint, this was the last book in the series, and the fourth to use a single animated episode as the basis for a full-length novel. This episode was written by science fiction novelist Larry Niven, based on a non-Trek short story of his called "The Soft Weapon." Foster's additional material in this book includes the return of his own Klingon character Kumara, previously seen in Star Trek Log Seven.

Star Trek Reader IVThe Star Trek Reader IV
James Blish
Dutton
472 pages

Contents

The Alternative Factor
The Empath
The Galileo Seven
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
A Private Little War
The Omega Glory
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
The Squire of Gothos
Wink of an Eye
Bread and Circuses
Day of the Dove
Plato's Stepchildren
Spock Must Die

Comments

See entry for the first Star Trek Reader, published in 1976, for general comments. This volume includes the contents of the Bantam books Star Trek 10, Star Trek 11, and Spock Must Die.

Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.

New Voyages 2Star Trek: The New Voyages 2
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, editors
Bantam
252 pages

Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Editor's Preface: The Once and Future Voyages 2 -- The Camelot Connection by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Introduction by Jesco von Puttkamer
Editors' Introduction
Surprise! by Nichelle Nichols
Editors' Introduction
Snake Pit! by Connie Faddis
Editors' Introduction and Bio-Introductory Notes
The Patient Parasites by Russell Bates
Editors' Introduction
In the Maze by Jennifer Guttridge
Editors' Introduction
Cave-In by Jane Peyton
Editors' Introduction
Marginal Existence by Connie Faddis
Editors' Introduction
The Procrustean Petard by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Editors' Introduction
The Sleeping God by Jesco von Puttkamer
Editors' Introduction
Elegy for Charlie by Antonia Vallario
Editors' Introduction
Soliloquy by Marguerite B. Thompson
Epilogue by Nichelle Nichols

Blurb

Glorious Spock! Gallant Kirk! Valiant Uhura!

In a future visible to earthbound eyes, the men and the women of the Starship Enterprise embark again on eight dazzling, never-before-published adventures. Theirs is the beauty and the courage, the quest into unchartered realms where others venture only in their boldest dreams. A "must" book for all fans...

With a special introduction and story by Jesco von Puttkamer and a story by Nichelle Nichols.

Comments

The second and last collection of fan fiction to be published by Bantam, this one has a couple of interesting inclusions. One is an unfilmed script by the author of the animated episode "How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth." The other is a story by a NASA scientist who later worked as a science advisor for the first Star Trek movie. Still, this collection is weaker than the first, due in part to a self-indulgently long and typically didactic story by the editors. Marshak and Culbreath had already published a Trek novel, and over the next few years sold three more.

Star Wars, Star TrekStar Wars, Star Trek, and the 21st Century Christians
Winkie Pratney
Bible Voice
91 pages

Contents

Star War One
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The New Musketeers
Sir Luke, We Need You Now
May the Force Be With You
Footnotes

Blurb

"Trust the Force, Luke!"

Wouldn't it be wonderful
If there really was a Force?
Something of great and awesome power
Available to anyone at any time!
Who would pay the price to learn of its ways and surrender to its direction?

Long, long ago, of a galaxy not far away, 
It was written
"The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by Force.

Will you dare to lay aside your limits
And trust your life and destiny to the wisdom that holds together the stars?

"May the Force be with you."

Comments

This is a short book aimed at converting kids to Christianity through their interest in Star Wars and Star Trek. The book's prose style is captured quite well in the blurb. Under the title Star Wars, Star Trek, and the 21st Century Saints, it's available on the web at http://www.gospelcom.net/moh/WinkPrat/StarWars/StarWarsTOC.htm. There's much more about Star Wars than Star Trek here, though Spock (smiling broadly) and the Enterprise share the cover with Darth Vader and the Death Star.

VulcanVulcan!
Kathleen Sky
Bantam
175 pages

Blurb

Spock: beamed down to a murderous planet in a dangerously shifting universe...

A universe where a series of freak ion storms has changed the boundaries of space... where Arachne IV, inhabited by a strange race, may be lost forever to the Federation... where Spock is sent on a death-defying assignment into a war of ant-types along with a brilliant, beautiful, bigoted scientist who hates Vulcans!

Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the crew of the Starship Enterprise daringly journey on another thrilling mission toward the perils of unknown worlds.

Comments

Kathleen Sky was a relative unknown when this novel was published, but she had some friends who helped to get it into print. D.C. Fontana provided some information on Vulcans, David Gerrold wrote a lengthy introduction, and, according to the latter, Sky's husband and fellow SF writer Stephen Goldin was involved in the writing of the book. Sky also wrote Death's Angel, the last Trek novel to be published by Bantam following Pocket's purchase of the rights to the series. Goldin wrote the novel Trek to Madworld.


Also published in 1978: several coloring books published by Parkers Run (Uncharted World, War in Space) and Whitman (A Blast of Activities, A Launch Into Fun, Far-Out Fun, Futuristic Fun, Jeopardy at Jutterdon (sticker book), Planet Ecnal's Dilemma, and Rescue at Raylo ("Note: Books were reissued in abridged form in 1979 by Merrigold.") This information is from the House of Collectibles Price Guide to Star Trek Collectibles, published in 1996.


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