The Complete Starfleet Library

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1979

Devil WorldDevil World
Gordon Eklund
Bantam
153 pages

Blurb

Voyage to Heartland

Heartland... a mysterious planet populated by a small but terrifying race of demonic beings.

Heartland... where Captain Kirk falls in love with a beautiful, mysterious woman with a fatal secret.

Heartland... where Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew will be challenged by an awesome disembodied intelligence, more powerful than any other force in the universe!

Comments

This is Eklund's second and last Trek novel, following The Starless World.

Dinosaur PlanetDinosaur Planet
Peter Pan
20 pages plus record

Comments

In 1979, with the release of Star Trek - The Motion Picture, the Peter Pan company reissued its book and record sets from 1975 and 1976, and added a few new items. Whereas the earlier stories were written by Alan Dean Foster, the new stories (Dinosaur Planet, The Robot Masters, The Man Who Trained Meteors, and The Human Factor) were written by an anonymous writer with less knowledge of Star Trek. To the best of my knowledge, only two of the new stories, Dinosaur Planet and The Robot Masters, were published as book and record (or cassette) sets. The four new stories were also available as one single LP that apparently did not include the comics.

Judging by the art, the artist had some photo references for the cast in the new uniforms but nothing on the ship or its interiors. The Enterprise is drawn as the TV series version, if not very well.

More information on the series can be found in the entry for The Crier in Emptiness.

Fate of the PhoenixThe Fate of the Phoenix
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Bantam
262 pages

Blurb

Kirk: in danger

Omne: reborn

Never mourn Black Omne was the warning. Now through the Phoenix miracle of rebirth, the dread enemy lives again. Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew must grapple hand to hand with the most dangerous arch villain in the galaxy, the giant, evil, immortal Omne who has vowed revenge.

Comments

This is the sequel to The Price of the Phoenix, published in 1977. With its odd cast of characters and its emphasis on philosophy and intrigue, it may be incomprehensible to anyone who has not read the first book. The authors also edited the two New Voyages anthologies for Bantam and wrote two novels in Pocket's line of Star Trek books, though those are not sequels to the Phoenix books.

The Robot MastersThe Robot Masters
Peter Pan
20 pages plus record

Comments

Like Dinosaur Planet, above, this is a book and record set from Peter Pan. See the entries on Dinosaur Planet and The Crier in Emptiness for more information.

The Robot Masters appears to have been illustrated by the same anonymous artist who did the artwork for Dinosaur Planet, and like that story features movie uniforms and Enterprise interiors that bear little relation to anything seen on TV or in the movie, as well as awkwardly drawn exteriors of the TV version of the ship.

This story features a villainous race of "Romulans" who bear no resemblance to the TV version of the Romulans. They have light green skin, long dark green hair, and rather odd clothes. The art and story in general, for both this and Dinosaur Planet, are a step down from the Alan Dean Foster stories published earlier, and bear considerably greater resemblance to some of the early Gold Key comics.

Shatner: Where No Man coverShatner: Where No Man...: The Authorized Biography of William Shatner
William Shatner, Sondra Marshak, and Myrna Culbreath
Ace Books
327 pages

Contents

Introduction: Voyage into Legend
Shatner: Where From?
Working Actor
Landmarks
The Crucible: A Love Story
"I Am Kirk"
Actor's-Eye View: One Man's "Star Trek"
The Man Who Invented a Universe: Roddenberry, The Common Ground
Kirk Meets Spock: The Spark
Savage Interlude
Male and Female
Love Story Part II: The House on the Hill
The Chameleon Effect
Shatner: Where To?

Blurb

William Shatner -- Captain James Kirk

The two names are practically synonymous. But what is the true story behind the man who made the character a legend? How did the sudden popularity and fame of the late 60's television series affect the life, family and career of the man-behind-the-myth and how will the much publicized multi-million dollar production of Star Trek: The Motion Picture affect William Shatner's future?

William Shatner, in this very revealing and intimate, no-holds-barred biography tells of his long and arduous road to fame and the intensity of being in the vanguard of so innovative a show as Star Trek.

Filled with personal photos from William Shatner's own collection.

Comments

Calling this book a biography is a bit misleading. For the most part it consists of apparently verbatim transcripts of conversations between the three named authors. The text between transcripts, the material written by Marshak and Culbreath, is worshipful. The writing style will be familiar to anyone who has read their Trek novels. Also, the book seems to be more devoted to what they think than to what Shatner thinks, just as their novels present their idiosyncratic approach to the Star Trek universe. Still, given a lot of reading time, it might be fun to play compare-and-contrast with this and Shatner's Star Trek Memories.

Star Trek a.k.a.Star Trek, TV and Movie Tie-insRead the book - click here
James A. Lely
Creative Education
32 pages

Contents

The Longest Five-Year Mission
A Good Story and a Moral
The Ship Will Self-Destruct
The Eagle Flies Alone
To Err is Human...
To Counsel and Cure
I'll Do the Best I Can
Trekkie Trivia
Answers to Trekkie Trivia

Comments

Thanks to Georgia Walden for the cover scan and information on the book. This was one of a series of illustrated children's books about popular TV series. Lely also wrote a book on Battlestar Galactica for the same series. The book has a few pages about Star Trek fandom, the making of the series, and brief biographies of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, and the actors who play them.

Star Trek AnnualStar Trek [Annual 1980]
World Distributors

Contents

Sport of Knaves
A World Against Itself
No Time Like the Past

Comments

See the first volume of Star Trek Annual, published in 1969, for comments on the series. This volume includes a complete, or nearly so, reprint of issue 54 of Gold Key's Star Trek comic, and abridged reprints of issues 55 and 56. Unlike several other volumes of the series, there are no extra features (text pieces, puzzles, etc) in this annual.

Note: there is some uncertainty as to the actual year of publication of this annual. It may have been published in 1978, although at least one other annual was also published that year.

Star Trek CatalogA Star Trek Catalog
Edited by Gerry Turnbull, designed by Neil Applebaum
Grosset & Dunlap
160 pages

Contents

Introduction
An Interview With Gene Roddenberry
The Cons
The Clubs and Organizations
The Crew
The Episodes
The Animated Star Trek
The Marketspace
The Bookcase
The Future Voyages

Blurb

Now you can explore new worlds of the Star Trek phenomenon! Here are some of the features of this one-and-only guide to the expanding Star Trek universe:

The first complete collection of Star Trek episode summaries from "The Man Trap" (number one) to "Turnabout Intruder" (number seventy-eight). Anecdotes, facts, and short plot capsules. And the same goes for the animated series as well!

A special interview with Gene Roddenberry

A catalog of toys, games, models, costumes, and other Star Trek accessories, complete with manufacturers' addresses.

Biographies of the stars who made the series what it is: Shatner, Nimoy, Nichols, and others. Vital statistics, acting credits, and much more information no fan should be without..

Novelist Stephen Lewis on the Star Trek conventions and what they really mean to the fans. There's much more to it than you think.

This is the ultimate guide to the Star Trek phenomenon!

Comments

Though this is a licensed reference book, it isn't a very good one. Nor is it the first book to include plot summaries for all the original series episodes. And the convention coverage by Lewis is no substitute for Joan Winston's writings on the topic. Still, it's a rare attempt at putting together an all-in-one guide to the Trek phenomenon as it existed in the late 1970s. Heavily illustrated with convention photos, publicity photos, fan artwork, episode stills, and more.

This edition was in the same oversized format as the various concordances and compendia. 

Catalog mass market editionA Star Trek Catalog
Edited by Gerry Turnbull, designed by Neil Applebaum
Ace
240 pages

Contents

Introduction
An Interview With Gene Roddenberry
The Cons
The Clubs and Organizations
The Crew
The Episodes
The Animated Star Trek
The Marketspace
The Bookcase
The Future Voyages

Blurb

Explore the world of television's most incredible phenomenon!

A resource guide no fan should be without.

Comments

This is the mass market edition of the above book. The text appears to be the same, but there are significantly fewer illustrations, which is enough of a difference (given the number and importance of illustrations in the trade paperback) to consider this a separate edition.

Make-a-Game Book coverThe Star Trek Make-A-Game Book
Bruce Nash and Greg Nash
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
16 pages

Blurb

(front cover)

The human adventure is just beginning.... You can save the Enterprise from the Klingon forces!

Punch out, set up and play this exciting new intergalactic space adventure game

(back cover)

There is no time for delay! The Klingons are approaching! The Enterprise must be saved! You must save it!

Now you, your family and friends can be Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty or Dr. McCoy in this fast-moving new game with all the fun and thrills of your favorite Star Trek adventure!

Everything you need to play is right here in the warp-ten excitement of The Star Trek Make-A-Game Book

Hurry -- there's not a microsecond to lose!

From a Star Trek Publishing Program brochure from Pocket Books (thanks to Jim McCain):

This colorful book is both a story and a game. The U.S.S. Enterprise is attacked by an alien Klingon warship, badly damaging the protective deflector shields. One more shot from the Klingons and the Enterprise will be lost! Who will be the first player to reach the defective shields and [get] them repaired in time? Time is running out! The first player to repair the shields and get to the bridge saves the Enterprise and wins the game.

The book contains die-cut tokens of the Enterprise crew members, token stands, a spinner plus a foldout gameboard.

Comments

For at least a couple of years, the only information I had on this came from fellow collector Jim McCain, but I've managed to get a copy of my own. I decided to keep the brochure blurb here because it's more informative than the blurbs on the actual book. As Jim told me, the book has a "yellow cover, 9 pages of punch out pieces, and a gameboard." There are also six color pages at the beginning of the book with scenes from Star Trek - The Motion Picture and a few lines of text setting up the backstory for the game. At $6.95, this would have been a bit expensive for the time.

Star Trek SpeaksStar Trek Speaks
Susan Sackett, Fred Goldstein, and Stan Goldstein
Wallaby (Pocket)
160 pages

Contents

Universal Truths
Vulcans and Aliens
Emotion and Logic
War and Peace
The Military
Men and Women
Love
Life and Death
Society and Government
Science and Technology
Humanity
Odds and Ends

Blurb

Wit, wisdom, humor and philosophy culled directly from the scripts of the greatest TV adventure of all time created by Gene Roddenberry!

That the universe may live long and prosper... to ensure that the human adventure is just beginning...

Star Trek Speaks

In the course of seventy-nine original one-hour dramas, Star Trek spoke about aspects of life, death, humanity, society and a host of universal concepts in a way never heard or seen, before or since, on television. Now, for the first time, in the words of Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Sulu and the bold denizens of their vast universe, here are the stirring messages that continue to echo from galaxy to galaxy.

Words of: war and peace - emotion and logic - society and government - Vulcans and aliens - the human race... and the universal truths that bind us all together on life's great adventure!

Comments

This is a collection of snippets of dialogue from various Trek episodes, organized by category. Pocket revisited the idea in 1999 with the book Quotable Star Trek, compiled by Jill Sherwin, which includes the original series plus the movies and the series that followed.

Star Trek - The Motion Picture Iron-On Transfer Book
Wallaby (Pocket)
15 transfers

Blurb

From a Star Trek Publishing Program brochure from Pocket Books (thanks to Jim McCain):

Book contains 15 full-color Star Trek transfers which can be ironed onto t-shirts or any cotton clothing. Included are illustrations of scenes from the motion picture, likenesses of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew members and aliens plus pictures of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Comments

Not seen.

Make-Your-Own Costume BookStar Trek - The Motion Picture Make-Your-Own Costume Book
Lynn Edelman Schnurnberger
Wallaby (Pocket)
118 pages

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface by Robert Fletcher
About Robert Fletcher
Introduction
The Basics
The Rectangle
The T
Pants
Supplies and Directions
The Characters
The Enterprise Crew
James T. Kirk
Mr. Spock
Dr. Leonard McCoy
Lieutenant Ilia
Vulcan Masters
Zaranite
Andorian
Arcturian
Female Civilian
Patterns
Make Tracing Paper Pattern

Blurb

The human adventure is just beginning!

Dress up for it for a whole universe of fun!

Here in simple, can't-fail instructions and learn-at-a-glance line drawings are thrilling costumes from Star Trek - The Motion Picture that you can make -- quickly and easily -- at home with the most inexpensive and accessible materials.

Now you can be Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr.McCoy, Navigator Ilia, Communications Officer Uhura, a Vulcan master, a 23rd century female civilian, an Andorian or an Arcturian

With directions for necklaces, bracelets and make-up and 8 pages of costumes and jewelry in breathtaking color!

Comments

Published in a large format paperback, like the tech manuals, this book offers patterns and other guides for making costumes from the first Trek motion picture. The book is well illustrated in color and black and white, but has two major problems. First, the costumes from The Motion Picture are not exactly fan favorites. Second, following the instructions will result in a sloppy and unconvincing imitation of a movie costume. The book is aimed at easily pleased kids rather than at anyone who wants to make a high quality costume.

Peel-Off Graphics Book coverStar Trek - The Motion Picture Peel-Off Graphics Book
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
Lee Cole
24 pages

Blurb

The human adventure is just beginning... get in on it!

Decorate your walls, books and windows at home, in the car, away at camp with these stunning graphics from Star Trek - The Motion Picture including the official uniform insignias of Captain James Kirk, Executive Science Officer Spock, Chief Navigator Ilia, the emblem of the Klingon Cruiser, Phaser Systems Caution label, and the official seal of the United federation of Planets! Plus dozens more!

From a Star Trek Publishing Program brochure from Pocket Books (thanks to Jim McCain):

This complete official collection of over 50 self-adhesive graphics from Star Fleet Headquarters as seen in Star Trek - The Motion Picture includes departmental insignias (weapons, communications, security, etc.), officer and crew quarters, cargo containers (components, circuitry, cryogenic storage), medical and science supply labels, ship's directory signs, safety warning and operational instructions and much more. A must for every member of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew!

Comments

As the blurbs indicate, this is a collection of stickers that are meant to resemble the actual signage and stickers seen on screen, and are designed by someone who actually worked on the movie. In 1999, Michael and Denise Okuda and Doug Drexler, who have worked on a number of Star Trek productions, created the Star Trek Sticker Book for Pocket, which extended the concept to the 24th century TV series. 

Trek to MadworldTrek to Madworld
Stephen Goldin
Bantam
177 pages

Blurb

Blast off with Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock as they hurtle through space with the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Plunge through an eerie pocket of spatial unreality as they risk death by radiation to save the endangered people of Epsilon Delta 4. See the marvels of Enowil, the mad gnomic master of an insane planet. Beware of treachery from the Klingons, if you would succeed in your mission.

Comments

This is Goldin's only Trek novel, though his wife, Kathleen Sky, wrote two (Vulcan and Death's Angel), and he was apparently involved somewhat in the writing of those books. Like many of the Bantam novelists, Goldin had published some science fiction before writing this book, but he was not as well known as James Blish or Joe Haldeman.

The U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Punch-Out Book
Tor Lokvig and Chuck Murphy
Wanderer (Pocket)
16 pages (8 pages full color die-cut figures)

Blurb

From a Star Trek Publishing Program brochure from Pocket Books (thanks to Jim McCain):

This exciting, colorful book contains all the pieces necessary to assemble a 15" diameter model of the bridge of the new U.S.S. Enterprise, the pride of the Federation fleet. Each piece is die-cut for easy removal and can be assembled without use of glue, paste or scissors.

The bridge features workable elevator doors, model figures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Commander Decker, Navigator Ilia and other members of the bridge crew. PLUS a series of interchangeable pictures for the bridge viewscreen.

Careful attention has been given to designing this model so that it can be put together with a maximum of ease and enjoyment.

Comments

Not seen.

World Without EndWorld Without End
Joe Haldeman
Bantam
150 pages

Blurb

The menace of Chatalia

Chatalia... a fantastic artificial world, inhabited by furry winged creatures with awesome powers. Here Kirk, Spock and their Enterprise mates, trapped, face terrifying death. And if by some miracle they escape, they will confront the roving killers of the dread Klingon Empire!

Comments

This is the second Trek novel by award-winning science fiction author Joe Haldeman. However, it is not a sequel to his previous Trek novel, Planet of Judgment. This was Haldeman's last Trek novel, though his SF career is thriving.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Novelizations

The Motion PictureStar Trek - The Motion Picture (Star Trek 1)
Gene Roddenberry
Pocket

Blurb

The Great Bird of the Galaxy writes a Star Trek novel!

The writer-producer who created Mr. Spock and all the other Star Trek characters -- who invented the Starship Enterprise, who gave the show its look, its ideals -- puts it all together again here in his first Star Trek novel!

Their historic 5 year mission is over. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, all the crew have scattered to other jobs or other lives. Now, they are back together again on a fabulously refitted U.S.S. Enterprise as an incredibly destructive power threatens earth and the human race.

Comments

Novelization of the first movie. In its original printings, this was not a numbered book. In 1984, Pocket began numbering its Star Trek novels, including adaptations, and this became #1 in the series.

For years there has been a persistent rumour that Alan Dean Foster was Roddenberry's ghostwriter on this book. He wasn't. The confusion may have arisen from a combination of reasons: Foster novelized Star Wars as a ghostwriter for George Lucas, and he also had a story credit for the screenplay of The Motion Picture.

Also of interest:

SpectreSpectre cover
Robert Weverka
Bantam
154 pages

Blurb

The Cyon Family. Suddenly wealthy and powerful beyond any natural explanation.

Kentworthy Abbey. Their ancient manor, now reeking of human depravity and death.

Anitra Cyon. A terrified woman calling for help from a nightmare of carnal evil...

William Sebastian and Dr. "Ham" Hamilton were two of the finest criminologists in the world. This time they were teamed up against something that was not of this world... a being whose minions killed for lust.

Comments

Spectre was the last of Gene Roddenberry's projects to reach pilot stage in the years between Star Trek and The Next Generation, and like the others it was not successful enough to become a regular series. By the time it aired, it was simply promoted as a movie of the week. However, like The Questor Tapes five years earlier, it generated enough interest for an adaptation to be published.

Robert Weverka was best known for adaptations of more mainstream TV shows and movies. The book was a straightforward adaptation of the teleplay by Roddenberry and Sam Peeples, who years before wrote the second (and successful) Star Trek pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before."

Spectre is basically a supernatural Sherlock Holmes in the modern day. Sebastian is Holmes, Hamilton is Watson. The story, with its emphasis on sex, is reminiscent of Frank Lauria's novels about supernatural expert Dr. Owen Orient. Unlike The Questor Tapes, there isn't anything here that contributed to the development of The Next Generation, so this is of less interest to Star Trek fans. Roddenberry loyalists and those interested in the subject matter may find it worthwhile.


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