The Complete Starfleet Library

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1975

The Crier in EmptinessThe Crier in Emptiness
Alan Dean Foster
Power Records
20 pages plus record

Comments

Like Passage to Moauv (below), this is one of the first two of a number of book and record sets issued in a number of different formats from 1975 to 1979. Alan Dean Foster, writer of the Star Trek Log series, wrote scripts for several stories (Passage to Moauv, In Vino Veritas, The Crier in Emptiness, To Starve a Fleaver, The Logistics of Stampede, and A Mirror for Futility). There were 7" records with books telling the story in comic form, which offered a single story; 12" LPs with covers that served as oversized books reprinting the comics, which offered two stories; 12" LPs that had no comic but three or four stories on the LP; and 7" singles with no book. There were also books with cassettes. The original releases were issued as Power Records, but reissues credited Peter Pan. The first wave, including Foster's stories, appeared in 1975 and 1976. The next wave came as a tie-in with Star Trek - The Motion Picture in 1979. Several new stories, by unknown writers, appeared (The Man Who Trained Meteors, The Robot Masters, Dinosaur Planet, and The Human Factor). The Foster stories were reissued with new covers featuring photos from The Motion Picture.

The art in the comics was roughly comparable with that in Gold Key's comics, but with occasional major bloopers. In some, Uhura appears as a blonde white woman, and Sulu is black rather than Japanese. Lieutenant M'Ress, from the animated series, appears in one comic as a humanoid woman, rather than a felinoid Caitian. The voice acting on the records is not much more accurate. However, Foster's participation makes these a bit more interesting than some other Star Trek comics and books for children. His stories are short and simple but are more believable as Star Trek than the anonymously written 1979 stories.

Rather than creating entries for all the records, I'm including only those that came packaged as part of a book and record set. To the best of my knowledge, there were no book and record editions of the stories In Vino Veritas, To Starve a Fleaver, The Logistics of Stampede, The Man Who Trained Meteors, or The Human Factor. Most or all were released individually as 7" singles in picture sleeves, and all the stories are available on three LPs (without the comics).

Click here for a brief mp3 sample.

Thanks to Randy Brower for the cover scan.

1977 reprint coverI Am Not Spock
Leonard Nimoy
Celestial Arts

Contents

Preface: If I'm Not Spock, Who Is?
Introduction
The Alien Connection
I Am Not Spock
Metamorphosis
Warp One
Impact: The Public and the Press
Spock and Me: The Divided Self
A Family Affair
Why?
Instant Replays
Mission to Mission
The Goodies Box
Live Long and Prosper -- L'Chaim

Blurb

Who is this man?

To a watching world he is the logical, powerful, stalwart first officer of the Starship Enterprise -- the adored object of millions of Star Trek fans.

For 3 years, 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, he functioned as the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock, an extraterrestrial. He is not. He is Leonard Nimoy. An actor. A teacher. A writer. A father. A husband. A real flesh-and-blood human being.

Now while the phenomenal popularity of Star Trek still grows, Nimoy doffs the pointy ears and placid face and reveals himself totally -- his relationship with fellow actors; the backstage frenzies; the near-cancellation of Star Trek; the lean years; the loneliness, the battles and the ultimate struggle to survive his own success!

If he is not Spock, who is?
If he is not Spock, who is he?

What is the logical answer?

Comments

The contents, blurb, and cover above are from the Ballantine Del Rey 1977 reprint of Nimoy's first autobiographical effort (150 pages, plus 16 pages of photographs). However, the book was first published by Celestial Arts, the same company that published You and I, Will I Think of You?, We Are All Children Searching For Love, and Nimoy's other books of poetry. A new short preface was written especially for the Del Rey edition, but there's no indication of other differences between the two editions. He closes this new preface by saying, "Perhaps before it's over I'll write a sequel to I Am Not Spock, and a logical title might be Well... Maybe I Am." As it turned out, he wrote a book about twenty years later called I Am Spock, but that book was as much a rewrite of this one as a sequel. In other words, if you have I Am Spock, you have most of this book, though in rewritten and expanded form.

Passage to Moauv 1979 reprint coverPassage to Moauv
Alan Dean Foster
Power Records
20 pages plus record

Comments

Like The Crier in Emptiness (above), this was one of the first Star Trek book-and-record sets.

The cover scan used here is from the 1979 reissue, capitalizing on the release of Star Trek - The Motion Picture. The interior art is unchanged from the 1975 version.

Click here to read and listen to Passage to Moauv online. Each page has one image (average file size 100k) and an audio file (average file size 600k). Obviously Paramount retains the copyright to this material, but it's been out of print for many years and is unlikely to be reprinted. It will, of course, be removed if Paramount so desires, or if (unlikely as it seems) it takes up too much of my Well account file transfer allowance.

Click to see all three coversStar Fleet Technical Manual
Franz Joseph
Ballantine Books

Contents

Foreword I
Foreword II
Introduction
Division Index
General
Command
Sciences
Support Services
Miscellaneous

Comments

Following the success of Franz Joseph's Star Trek Blueprints (below) , Ballantine published the first "Technical Manual" to be based on a science fiction TV show or movie. One of the most popular and influential Star Trek books ever, this purports to be part of a manual from the 23rd century. It includes the Articles of Federation, flags, uniforms, maps, and schematics of devices and starships, including many never seen onscreen. A classic, even though much of is is now far removed from established Star Trek continuity and canon.

About the cover: the original edition had, in effect, three covers. The book was a red trade paperback; the back cover slid into a plastic fake hardcover. The plastic cover itself had a clear plastic pocket on the front, in which was inserted a sheet of paper seen in the scan above, with title, price, etc. When the sheet of paper was removed, printed on the black plastic underneath were the words Star Fleet Technical Manual. The red paperback cover included the same title and some other text intended to add to the verisimilitude of the document.

Star Trek 11/Day of the Dove coversStar Trek 11
James Blish
Bantam
188 pages

Contents

Preface
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
The Squire of Gothos
Wink of an Eye
Bread and Circuses
Day of the Dove
Plato's Stepchildren

Blurb

On the Enterprise's latest mission an alien presence of unsurpassed beauty invades the Starship; an eighteenth-century squire entertains the crew on an uncharted planet; Kirk declares war on the Klingons; and more!

Comments

See Star Trek 1, published in 1967, for comments. Bantam reprinted Star Trek 11 in 1985 under the title Day of the Dove. Thanks to David A. Baltzer for the Day of the Dove cover scan (roll your mouse over the Star Trek 11 cover to see it).

Star Trek Annual 1976Star Trek Annual 1976
World Distributors

Contents

Ice Journey
Death of a Star
Star Facts - 1
A Cosmic Crossword
Warp Factor Eight
Star Facts - 2
Space Age Vocabulary

Comments

"Ice Journey" and "Death of a Starr" are reprints of issues 27 and 30 of the Gold Key Star Trek comic. Thanks to Randy Brower for the contents and cover scan.

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

Star Trek BlueprintsStar Trek Blueprints
Franz Joseph
Ballantine Books

Blurb

The complete set of 12 authentic blueprints of the fabulous Starship Enterprise

From the Bridge to Dr. McCoy's Sick Bay, from the Crew's Quarters to the Shuttlecraft Hangar, from the Photon Torpedo Bank to the Science Labs of Mr. Spock -- every foot of every level of the Enterprise laid out to scale in exact detail!

Comments

Not a book, but a pouch with a colour sheet of paper as a "cover" and twelve folded sheets of paper with the actual blueprints. Franz Joseph also produced the Star Fleet Technical Manual (above).

Star Trek Lives! coverStar Trek Lives!
Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak, and Joan Winston
Bantam
274 pages

Contents

Foreword by Gene Roddenberry
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Realm of Gold
The Discovery Effect
The Tailored Effect
"I Should Never Have Answered the Phone"
The Spock Charisma Effect
The Optimism Effect
The Goal Effect
"Beauty May Be Only Skin Deep, But Chopped Liver Can Get You Anywhere or Six Glorious Days on the Star Trek Set"
What Are They Doing Now?
Do-It-Yourself Star Trek -- The Fan Fiction

Blurb

(front cover)

Thanks to you, Star Trek fans...

Aboard Star Trek's flagship, the U.S.S. Enterprise, the starfaring adventurers are still dreaming the impossible -- and making it come true.

- What the creators of Star Trek are doing now

- Their goals and achievements since Star Trek

- Their plans for Star Trek's return

(back cover)

"We suspected there was an intelligent life form on the other side of the tube. We planned to use our show to signal some thoughts to them. Never in our wildest imaginings did we expect the volume and intensity of the replies that we received. Millions of replies... Thanks." -- Gene Roddenberry

Star Trek fans... turn on your TV sets and see the TV show that would not die!

Comments

Following the lead of Gerrold's World of Star Trek, this book attempts to describe the Star Trek phenomenon. Some chapters are serious and analytical; others are extended anecdotes. The key difference between this and Gerrold's book is that this is told from a fannish perspective, not from an insider's point of view. Perhaps the most important chapters in the book were those on conventions and fanzines.

Star Trek Log ThreeStar Trek Log Three
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
215 pages

Contents

Once Upon a Planet
Mudd's Passion
The Magicks of Megas-Tu

Blurb

More lively adaptations from television's most popular science fiction series!

Complete in this volume

Once Upon a Planet

The crew lands on a planet for rest and recreation, a planet programmed to play out each person's favorite fantasies. Suddenly, the system runs amok, and the crew is chased by fantastic creations of their own imaginings.

Mudd's Passion

That reprobate trader Harry Mudd smuggles a love potion aboard the Enterprise. The first two people affected are Nurse Chapel and -- would you believe -- Mr. Spock.

The Magicks of Megas Tu

Captain Kirk and company meet a strange goat-man named Lucien on a mysterious planet. But why does he look so familiar?

Comments

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

The animated episode "Once Upon a Planet" is a sequel to the original series episode "Shore Leave," though it was not written by that episode's writer, Theodore Sturgeon. "Mudd's Passion," however, was written by Stephen Kandel, who wrote the original series episodes featuring Harry Mudd.

Star Trek Log FourStar Trek Log Four
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
215 pages

Contents

The Terratin Incident
Time Trap
More Tribbles, More Troubles

Blurb

From television's most popular science fiction series!

Complete in this volume

The Terratin Incident

While investigating a mysterious transmission, the Enterprise crew members suddenly begin to shrink. In a matter of minutes, they will be too small to control the ship!

Time Trap

The Enterprise pursues an enemy Klingon ship into the Delta Triangle -- suddenly both ships disappear!

More Tribbles, More Troubles

Presenting: intergalactic trader and general nuisance Cyrano Jones, who smuggles hundreds of furry tribbles aboard the Enterprise -- and they grow larger and LARGER...

Comments

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

The tribbles episode is a sequel to the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," and was also written by David Gerrold. About thirty years after its original airing, "The Time Trap" generated a sequel in the form of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers ebook Where Time Stands Still by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.

Star Trek Log FiveStar Trek Log Five
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
195 pages

Contents

The Ambergris Element
Pirates of Orion
Jihad

Blurb

Three exciting episodes from television's most popular science fiction series!

Complete in this volume

The Ambergris Element

Marooned on the strange water world of Argo, Kirk and Spock are in incredible danger... pursued by a hideous sea monster!

Pirates of Orion

Spock is desperately ill with a disease fatal to Vulcans... only a miracle can save him!

Jihad

The Skorr are on the warpath... threatening to launch a holy war against the rest of the civilized galaxy!

Comments

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

Howard Weinstein, author of several Star Trek novels, wrote the animated episode "Pirates of Orion;" it was his first professional sale. "Jihad" introduced several alien characters from new species. P8 Blue, a member of the S.C.E. cast of characters, is a member of the same species as this episode's character M3 Green (also known as Em Three Green).


Also published in 1975: two Star Trek coloring books and a Star Trek Punch-Out and Play Album, published by Saalfield. This information is from the House of Collectibles Price Guide to Star Trek Collectibles, published in 1996.


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