The Complete Starfleet Library

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1976

1979 reissue coverThe Crier in Emptiness/Passage to Moauv
Alan Dean Foster
Power Records
16 pages plus LP

Contents

The Crier in Emptiness
Passage to Moauv

Comments

This is a 12" LP/book set, with two stories scripted by Alan Dean Foster on the LP and adapted in comic book form. Both stories previously appeared separately on 7" records with comic-sized books. A book and cassette version probably also exists, though it may not have been available until Peter Pan reissued the records in 1979. For more information on the Power Records/Peter Pan book and record sets, see the entry on the 1975 edition of The Crier in Emptiness.

The cover scan at right, of the 1979 reissue, was provided by Randy Brower.

A Mirror for Futility/The Time StealerA Mirror for Futility/The Time Stealer
Alan Dean Foster
Power Records
16 pages plus LP

Contents

A Mirror for Futility
The Time Stealer

Comments

As above, except that, as far as I know, these two stories were not released individually as 7" record/book sets.

The cover scan was provided by Randy Brower.

Spock, MessiahSpock, Messiah!
Theodore R. Cogswell and Charles A. Spano, Jr.
Bantam
182 pages

Blurb

A boldly different Star Trek experience

A defective mind link turns the logical Mr. Spock into a fiery revolutionary who sets out to convert the planet Kryos with fire, sword and a forbidden philosophy. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew must summon all their skill and cunning in a race against time on a hostile planet. Can they destroy the fiendish mind that holds Spock captive before it destroys them?

Comments

The first new Trek novel since 1970's Spock Must Die, by James Blish, this was the work of a minor science fiction writer (Cogswell) and a Star Trek fan (Spano). Though it introduced some interesting concepts, it also raised some eyebrows due to its sexual content, not so much for its presence but its sleaziness. Still, the use of technology-based mind links as a way of aiding landing party members in mingling with a less civilized culture is intriguing.

Star Trek Action Toy Book coverStar Trek Action Toy Book
James Razzi
Random House

Comments

As the cover art suggests, this is a punch-out, fold, and play toy book. Each page has perforated graphics and printed instructions on how to make a ray gun with a trigger that can be pushed, a Klingon cruiser with a swivelling forward section, a tricorder with a top that can swivel open or closed, a phaser with a trigger that pops the front of the phaser into position, a communicator that flips open, an Enterprise with a sensor array that can be moved forward and back, a universal translator with an on/off switch, and a pair of Vulcan ears. The emphasis on action means that everything but the ears can do something, but that something is often something the prop or model the paper toy is based on doesn't actually do.

James Razzi also created two puzzle books for Bantam, the Star Trek Puzzle Manual (in 1976; see below) and Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles (in 1977).

Star Trek Annual 1977Star Trek Annual 1977
World Distributors

Contents

Sceptre of the Sun (Part 1)
Star Trek People
Space Quiz
All Very Logical
Sceptre of the Sun (Part 2)
Star Trek Riddle-Me-Ree
In the Sky
Words of Space
A Space Nightmare!
Sky-high Humour!
The Tunnel of Death
Star Facts
The Sky's the Limit!
Who Was First?
Which Planet?
McCoy's Meteorites
What's the Weather Like Up There?
Sulu's Double U Word Quiz
Calling Captain Kirk
The Psychocrystals (Part 1)
Space and Spacemen Spell Spock
The Universe as You Won't See It!
The Psychocrystals (Part 2)

Comments

See the first volume of Star Trek Annual, published in 1969, for comments. This volume includes reprints of Gold Key Star Trek comics 10 and 34.

Star Trek ConcordanceStar Trek Concordance
Bjo Trimble
Ballantine Books
256 pages

Contents

Introduction by Bjo Trimble
Preface by Dorothy Jones Heydt
Key
Timeline
Episodes
Fan Art
Summaries
First Season
Second Season
Third Season
Animateds
Lexicon
Index of Episode Abbreviations

Comments

The first great Star Trek reference, and for fans of the original and animated series, still one of the best. The book is in three main sections. The first is 15 pages of illustrations by various fan artists. The second is the episode summaries. The latter half of the book is a Star Trek encyclopedia, well illustrated. One of the most important elements of this book, unlike the more recent Pocket reference books, is the inclusion of the animated series as a worthy part of the Star Trek phenomenon. Many of the book's illustrations are from the animated series.

The Concordance is based on a fan publication started, apparently, by Dorothy Jones Heydt, and expanded by Bjo Trimble. For fans of this era of Star Trek, this book is still worth buying, in this original edition (if you can find it), or in the more recent revised edition, which adds the first six movies and those episodes of The Next Generation in which original series characters appear.

Star Trek Guide
J.E. Clauss
Amereon

Comments

Not seen. However, based on the 1978 edition, this was more a booklet than a book, being probably staple-bound and less than 40 pages long. It's an original series episode guide, with air dates, stardates, guest stars, and very brief episode synopses. I assume this has been listed as a book because the publisher usually did hardcover reprint editions and listed their titles in Books in Print.

Star Trek Log SixStar Trek Log Six
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
195 pages

Contents

Albatross
The Practical Joker
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

Blurb

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

Complete in this volume

Albatross

The mission to deliver supplies to Draymia seemed so routine... until the natives arrested Dr. McCoy for murder!

The Practical Joker

Suddenly everything aboard the Enterprise ran amok. Someone or something was up to no good... and it was no longer funny!

How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

Gods from outer space? It didn't seem likely. Then Kirk and his crew ran up against something calling itself Kukulkan... and it didn't seem friendly!

Comments

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

Russell Bates's episode "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth" introduced a Native American Enterprise crew member, Ensign Dawson Walking Bear. Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 includes Bates's "The Patient Parasites," an unproduced script also featuring Walking Bear.

Star Trek Log SevenStar Trek Log Seven
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
182 pages

Contents

The Counter-Clock Incident

Blurb

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

Complete in this volume

The Counter-Clock Incident

Commodore Robert April, first Captain of the Enterprise, was traveling at warp-speeds toward retirement... a fate worse than death for a seasoned sailor of the spaceways.

There didn't seem to be any way to turn back the hands of time -- but then nothing is ever certain in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Nothing, that is, except that a Klingon in pursuit means trouble... especially when that Klingon is the wily Commander Kumara!

Comments

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

This was the first of the series to expand a single animated episode to novel length. Foster expanded on the episode considerably, adding some twists that helped make some of the episode's more preposterous elements make more sense. He also added a Klingon storyline introducing Kumara, a new Klingon nemesis for Kirk. Kumara also appeared later in Star Trek Log Ten.

Star Trek Log EightStar Trek Log Eight
Alan Dean Foster
Ballantine
183 pages

Contents

The Eye of the Beholder

Blurb

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

Complete in this volume

The Eye of the Beholder

A routine follow-up mission to investigate an overdue survey ship leads the crew of the Enterprise to a world where visitors are always welcome... very welcome indeed.

Kirk, Spock and McCoy are suddenly captured by strangely intelligent aliens... telepathic Lactrans who look upon the Enterprise crew as no more than interesting specimens for their already well-stocked zoo.

It was not a happy situation for Captain Kirk and his crew. And there seemed to be no way out...

Comments

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

This was the second book in this series to expand a single animated episode to novel length.

Star Trek Puzzle ManualStar Trek Puzzle Manual
James Razzi
Bantam
128 pages

Blurb

Puzzles, mazes and trivia to baffle, enlighten and amuse Star Trek fans everywhere

Comments

The blurb sums it up pretty well. This is an oversized paperback, heavily illustrated. An abridged edition, in mass market format, was published later. A follow-up, Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles, was published by Bantam in 1977. Razzi also created the Star Trek Action Toy Book, published by Random House in 1976.

The cover art is an image Bantam recycled several times. Originally appearing (cropped at the bottom) on the cover of James Blish's Star Trek 4, it also appeared in smaller form, along with reproductions of other books in the series, on the cover of the 1975 book Star Trek Lives! (on the back cover); on the abridged mass market version of the Puzzle Manual; and on Dutton's first Star Trek Reader (below). The Enterprise in this image was cropped and used, against a silver background, for Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles and The Official Star Trek Cooking Manual.

Star Trek Reader coverThe Star Trek Reader
James Blish
Dutton
422 pages

Contents

Arena
A Taste of Armageddon
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
Errand of Mercy
Court Martial
Operation -- Annihilate!
The City on the Edge of Forever
Space Seed
The Trouble With Tribbles
The Last Gunfight (a.k.a Spectre of the Gun)
The Doomsday Machine
Assignment: Earth
Mirror, Mirror
Friday's Child
Amok Time
Spock's Brain
The Enemy Within
Catspaw
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Wolf in the Fold
For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

Comments

This was the first in a series of hardcover collections of James Blish's adaptations. It includes the contents of Star Trek 2, Star Trek 3, and Star Trek 8. As I recall, these were probably originally printed mainly for the library market, but the Science Fiction Book Club offered them to its members through the 1970s.

Information on these books is taken from Eric Leuliette's website, which includes bibliographic information from Benedum Civic Center Library on books he's read. Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.

Enterprise Logs coverStar Trek: The Enterprise Logs
Golden Press
224 pages

Contents

Captain James T. Kirk: Psycho-file
The Planet of No Return
The Devil's Isle of Space
Invasion of the City Builders
The Peril of Planet Quick Change
Portrait of a Starship: The Enterprise
The Ghost Planet
When Planets Collide
A Page From Scotty's Diary
The Voodoo Planet
Portrait of an Artist: Alberto Giolitti
The Youth Trap

Blurb

Star Fleet Command
Star Fleet Headquarters
United Federation of Planets

TO: Commander, Records Section Stardate 6289.74
Star Fleet Archives, Bldg. C
Washington, D.C.

RE: The Enterprise Logs

1. Nearly five years ago the UFP Starship Enterprise was ordered into service with Captain James T. Kirk in command. His orders read in part:

"... to explore new worlds and seek out new life... to boldly go where no man has gone before."
This mission will end Star Date 6368.20 when the Enterprise will put into Headquarters for refitting.

2. Pursuant to a resolution of the Committee for Policy Review and Evaluation, you are hereby ordered to begin assemblage of documents relating to the above referenced mission, hereafter specified as The Enterprise Logs. You will begin this assembly immediately and will transmit your data directly to Central Computer Terminus E-12, Division of Document Integrity. Data will be transmitted under covert Security Code E-12/ Tri/6, for final conversion to print medium.

3. You will transmit pertinent data under the following designated key terms: Ship's Logs, Captain's Log, Science, Engineering and Medical Logs, Psychofile, Transcorder memo-fax, sub-light correspondence. Future key term designations will be brought to your attention when required. You will begin transmission with Log specified 1.00 through 8.00.

4. Classification of this data is NEED TO KNOW and is limited to the attached distribution list. You are hereby ordered to retain only key term index and thesaurus and mark those TOP SECRET.

5. Failure to comply with security and classification procedures is illegal and punishable according to Security Act KR/UFP 3.1.

6. You are hereby ordered to take the necessary steps in preparing all documents, affidavits, records, memofax et cetera on above referenced subject, in anticipation of transmittal to above agency as per Committee request.

Date of Transmission 7/12
Arthur L. Mason, Admiral of the Fleet Sec: AW
Chief of Staff Tr. Code: E15/01
Star Fleet Command Lic: 006

Transmission confirmed 7/12 Code E15/01 Cler: AR

Comments

This is the first of four paperback reprints of Gold Key's Star Trek comics. This book includes the first eight issues with a few new features, and demonstrates why the Gold Key comics are not fondly remembered. The stories are awful, the art poor, the dialogue ridiculous. This is the work of people who had never seen Star Trek, and it shows. Though this is in a paperback cover, the paper inside is cheap, and the pages are comic-sized. For collectors and completists only.

Checker Book Publishing Group started reprinting the same old comics in its Star Trek: The Key Collection series in 2004. Though the quality of the paper and binding is much better, the bonus features are missing and the colours aren't quite right.

Enterprise Logs 2 coverStar Trek: The Enterprise Logs Volume 2
Golden Press
224 pages

Contents

The Legacy of Lazarus
Sceptre of the Sun
The Brain Shockers
The Flight of the Buccaneer
Dark Traveler
The Enterprise Mutiny
Museum at the End of Time
Day of the Inquisitors
The Cosmic Cavemen

Blurb

Star Fleet Command
Star Fleet Headquarters
United Federation of Planets

TO: Commander, Records Section Stardate 6291.63
Star Fleet Archives, Bldg. C
Washington, D.C.

RE: Enterprise Logs Volume Two

1. You are hereby authorized to begin compilation of additional log material of the starship Enterprise, commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, pursuant to previous orders from this office dated Stardate 6289.74, for inclusion in review of the five year mission of the Enterprise, soon to be concluded.

2. Pursuant to the resolution of the Committee for Policy Review and Evaluation, you are hereby ordered to furnish further documents relating to the above referenced mission, hereafter specified as The Enterprise Logs Volume Two. You will begin this assembly immediately and will transmit your data directly to Central Computer Terminus E-12, Division of Document Integrity. Data will be transmitted under covert Security Code E-12/ Tri/6, for final conversion to print medium.

3. Pertinent data under the following designated key terms are required: Ship's Logs, Captain's Log, Science, Engineering and Medical Logs. You will begin transmission with Logs specified 9.00 through 17.00 standard data referencing.

4. Classification of this data is NEED TO KNOW and is limited to the attached distribution list. You are hereby ordered to retain only key term index and thesaurus and mark those TOP SECRET.

5. Failure to comply with security and classification procedures is illegal and punishable according to Security Act KR/UFP 3.1.

6. You will continue to prepare any and all documents deemed relevant to the above referenced mission in anticipation of further transmission requests from this office.

Date of Transmission 9/26
Arthur L. Mason, Admiral of the Fleet Sec: AW
Chief of Staff Tr. Code: E15/01
Star Fleet Command Lic: 006

Transmission confirmed 9/26 Code E15/01 Cler: AR

Comments

Nine more issues of the Gold Key Star Trek comics in paperback form, on cheap paper.

New VoyagesStar Trek: The New Voyages
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, editors
Bantam
237 pages

Contents

Foreword by Gene Roddenberry
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Once and Future Voyages by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Introduction to Ni Var by Leonard Nimoy
Ni Var by Claire Gabriel
Introduction to Intersection Point by James Doohan
Intersection Point by Juanita Coulson
Introduction to The Enchanted Pool by Nichelle Nichols
The Enchanted Pool by Marcia Ericson
Introduction to Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited by Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited by Ruth Berman
Introduction to The Face on the Barroom Floor by George Takei
The Face on the Barroom Floor by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman
Introduction to The Hunting by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
The Hunting by Doris Beetem
Introduction to The Winged Dreamers by DeForest Kelley
The Winged Dreamers by Jennifer Guttridge
Introduction to Mind-Sifter by William Shatner
Mind-Sifter by Shirley S. Maiewski
Sonnet From the Vulcan: Omicron Ceti Three by Shirley Meech

Blurb

"These are the new voyages of the Starship Enterprise -- its continuing mission: to seek out new life, new civilizations, strange new worlds..."

-- William Shatner

Amazing never-before-published stories of the golden age -- a shining, living legend of heroes, of great quests, of loves gained and lost, of steadfast courage and splendid deeds. A "must" book for all fans...

Comments

A year before this book was published, Sondra Marshak co-authored the book Star Trek Lives!, which introduced many fans to the world of fan fiction. That book had a lengthy chapter discussing many fanzine stories, but with only a few short excerpts. The New Voyages presented fan fiction to a mass market for the first time, and helped kick off Bantam's line of original Star Trek fiction. The book was a revelation to many fans at the time, and is still well worth reading for fans of the original series.

This book, and Spock, Messiah! a few months later, marked the escalation of Bantam's Trek publishing program. Previously Bantam had only published several adaptations by James Blish, Blish's original Star Trek novel Spock Must Die, and the nonfiction book Star Trek Lives. Over the next few years, Bantam published more Blish adaptations, several novels, a series of photonovels, and a few nonfiction books. Meanwhile, Ballantine continued its adaptations of the animated series and its reference and nonfiction books.

Star Trek Audio

Inside Star TrekInside Star Trek (audio)
Gene Roddenberry
Columbia Records and Tapes

Contents

Star Trek Theme
Inside Star Trek
William Shatner Meets Captain Kirk
The Origin Of Spock
Sarek's Son Spock
The Questor Affair
The Enterprise Runs Aground
McCoy's RX for Life
The Star Trek Philosophy
Asimov's World Of Science Fiction
A Letter From A Network Censor
The Star Trek Dream (Ballad I/Ballad II)

Comments

This is a record narrated by Gene Roddenberry, featuring some special guests (William Shatner, Mark Lenard, DeForest Kelley, and Isaac Asimov). Shatner and Kelley just chat as themselves with Roddenberry, whereas Lenard plays Sarek, discussing his marriage with Amanda and Spock's birth. The album was reissued with a few bonus tracks, as part of the 20th anniversary edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for Star Trek - The Motion Picture in 1999.


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