The Complete Starfleet Library

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1980

Best of Trek 2The Best of Trek #2: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
196 pages, plus 8 pages of photos

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Klingon Update by Leslie Thompson
"Just" a Simple Country Doctor? by Joyce Tullock
Subspace Radio and Space Warps by Mark Andrew Golding
The Romulan/Klingon Alliance by Patrick R. Wilson
The Fall of the Federation by Philip Carpenter
Women in the Federation by Pamela Rose
On Ship-to-Surface Transportation by Richard G. Van Treuren
I Love Spock by Beverly Wood
Characterization Rape by Kendra Hunter
A Sampling of Trek Roundtable
A New Year's Revolution by Mary Jo Lawrence
Captain Kirk's Duties by G.B. Love
A Star Trek Needlepoint Design by Beverly Wood
A Brief Look at Kirk's Career by Leslie Thompson
More Time Travels in Star Trek by Mark Andrew Golding
Another View of the Psychology of Mr. Spock's Popularity by Jack Lenburg
Kirk and Hornblower by G.B. Love
The Rise of the Federation by Jim Houston
Speculations on Spock's Past by Pamela Rose
Bill Shatner: An Acting Critique by Mark Schooney
Jim's Little Black Book by Walter Irwin

Blurb

Captain Kirk's little black book
The rise and fall of the Federation
Gateways between the solar systems
Speculations on Spock's past

These are just a few of the topics covered in this fascinating exploration of the many worlds of TREK. Whether Kirk, Spock, McCoy, or a Klingon is your favorite character, you'll find lots of information about them all. If you've wondered how subspace radio or the transporter system really works, you'll discover the answers here. In short, you'll span the farthest reaches of time and space as you turn the pages of this latest great collection of fact and fancy.

Comments

See the entry for the first volume for my comments on this series.

Chekov's Enterprise coverChekov's Enterprise: A Personal Journal of the Making of Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Walter Koenig
Pocket
222 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Chek'ing-Out Koenig: Introduction by Harlan Ellison
Preface
August
September
October
November

Blurb

Star Trek's own Lieutenant Pavel Chekov takes us in close to the off-camera camaraderie while making the greatest film adventure!

Star Trek lives!

The Enterprise crew is back on the screen after ten long years. The remarkable Gene Roddenberry and his acclaimed director Robert Wise reunite the original cast (Bill Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, etc.) in a stupendous new movie based on the ever-popular TV series.

From behind the controls of Starship Enterprise, on the fabulous new Paramount set, Walter Koenig (the original Chekov) tells all:

- what it's like ten years later, the in-jokes, parties and lunches
- how the cast deals with setbacks, waiting, rewrites
- what happens when fans sneak through the gates
- how the crew materializes that ineffable starship spirit in daily grind and moments of glory

It's all inside this delightful on-the-set diary.

Come aboard Chekov's Enterprise

Comments

As the subtitle suggests, this is Koenig's daily diary, often wryly funny, of the making of the first movie. It includes 16 pages of black and white photos and an introduction by Harlan Ellison. A trade paperback reprint was issued in 1991 by Intergalactic Trading Co. In 1998 Koenig wrote his autobiography, Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe.

Galactic Whirlpool coverThe Galactic Whirlpool
David Gerrold
Bantam
223 pages

Blurb

Beyond the realm of the Federation, beyond the edge of the galaxy, a lost colony of humans in space drifts inexorably toward the galactic whirlpool. Kirk blazes new star trails to these strange people, isolated for centuries. Unless he can convince them that the Enterprise crew members are not "demons," they will be sucked into a churning one-way funnel of doom!

Comments

This is the only original Trek novel by David Gerrold, who wrote episodes of the original and animated series, influential nonfiction books about Star Trek, the adaptation of "Encounter at Farpoint," and many popular science fiction novels. Although the story told in this novel is superficially similar to the episode "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," its roots are older. It's based on the first story treatment the young Gerrold tried to sell to Star Trek, before succeeding with "The Trouble With Tribbles." In the early 1970s, Gerrold tried to convert the story to a straight science fiction novel, but it turned into something completely different, the novel Yesterday's Children. That eventually led to his Star Wolf series of novels.

The core idea, of a slower-than-light colony ship whose crew has all but forgotten that they're in a spaceship, is older yet, and has been used by such writers as Robert A. Heinlein, Brian Aldiss, and Harlan Ellison. Still, despite the lack of originality in the premise, this is the one Bantam Star Trek novel that's most worth reading.

Making of TMP coverThe Making of Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Susan Sackett and Gene Roddenberry
Wallaby (Pocket)
221 pages

Contents

Acknowledments
Preface by Susan Sackett
Introduction by Gene Roddenberry
Bon Voyage
The Resurrection
Sub-Warp Speed
The Almost (Again) Television Show
Deja Vu
The Script's the Thing
Robert Wise
Ars Gratia Artis
Camelot Revisited
The Rest of the Knights
Spray-and-Wear Clothing
Put On an Alien Face
Property of Star Trek
Take My Advice...
It's Not All Done With Mirrors
Welcome to Vulcan: Please Don't Feed the Bears
All Hands on Deck
It's a Wrap
After the Trek is Over
Optical Optimism
Keep on Trekkin'
Credits

Blurb

The motion picture that was made because millions of people demanded it!

This is the full, exhilarating story of a journey as exciting -- and as grueling -- as any the Starship Enterprise has ever taken -- from the birth of Gene Roddenberry's great idea to the completion of a great movie... a journey that carried cast, crew and hundreds of behind-the-scenes people as far as imagination, skill and the latest special optical effects technology could take them.

This is how it happened -- the unexpected problems, the setbacks, the daily struggles and victories -- from the reunion of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and the rest of the crew to the final moments of triumph in... The Making of Star Trek - The Motion Picture

Comments

As the title makes clear, this is the behind-the-scenes book about the making of the first Star Trek movie. It also provides some information on the years between the end of the TV series in 1969 and the premiere of the movie in 1979, touching briefly on the animated series, the Phase II series, and the development of the script for the first movie. Includes some black and white illustrations throughout the book and a 16-page color insert.

Monsters of Star TrekThe Monsters of Star Trek
Daniel Cohen
Archway (Pocket)
117 pages

Contents
The Star Trek Universe
The Shape Shifters
The Mind Benders
Ancient Races
Energy Creatures
Dangerous Animals
Alien Races
Androids, Computers, and Mad Machines

Blurb

A cloud monster, a giant space amoeba, a death-dueling lizard -- strange creatures from Star Trek!

In the 23rd century, the Enterprise speeds through space to explore the known -- and unknown -- worlds of our galaxy. In outer space, the crew encounters strange, alien creatures!

Among them:
- The Mugato, a strong, giant white ape with a poisonous bite
- The salt vampire, who kills humans and sucks salt from their bodies
- Yarnek, the rock creature, whose face glows when he speaks

You'll find non-humanoids stranger than you can imagine in the amazing adventures of the Star Trek television series!

Comments

This is a book for young readers, in mass market paperback format, about the various aliens and monsters of the Star Trek universe, with some black and white illustrations.

Trivia Book coverThe Official Star Trek Trivia Book
Rafe Needleman
Pocket
206 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Plot Summaries
Space Stations, Stars, Galaxies, and Entire Civilizations
Decisions, Decisions
Spockology
Space People
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Treknology
Hairy Situations
Aliens (Humanoid)
Aliens (Nonhumanoid)
Things That Go Whoosh (Spaceships)
Electronic Friends and Enemies (Robots, Androids, Computers)
All Hailing Frequencies Open
Numbers, Letters, and Symbols
Who (or What) Said That?
Answers

Blurb

How Enterprise-ing are you?

Test yourself on this galaxy of facts from TV's greatest space adventure of all time, created by Gene Roddenberry!

Over 600 questions and answers, including photo-questions!

A Trekkie's trivia treasury to test your Star Trek savvy!

Are you informed enough to make even Spock quiver with emotion? Or dull enough for Dr. McCoy to pronounce you dead? Now here's your chance to find out just how much you know about your favorite adventure series!

For example:

Where is Spock's heart? ... What do you get if you feed a tribble? ... In what century does Star Trek take place? ... When was the Enterprise called a UFO? ... What is a Code I emergency? ...

Live long and prosper!

And remember... anyone caught peeking at the answers will be reduced two steps in rank!

Comments

The first official Pocket Trek trivia book, this was part of the original group of Pocket Trek books released around the time of the first movie. It's a standard collection of original series trivia questions and answers, published in mass market format.

A note on the cover scan: as the maple leaf logo on the top left corner suggests, this is the cover of the Canadian edition. The original American edition would have been essentially identical except for the maple leaf.

Perry's PlanetPerry's Planet
Jack C. Haldeman II
Bantam
132 pages

Blurb

Planet of perilous peace

Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the Enterprise crew face battle with the Klingons in a strange world ruled by a "human" who's been dead for 300 years! Soon the entire crew has fallen under the planet's mysterious force -- stripped of their power to wage war -- as the subhuman Immunes advance... and the Klingon legions hover overhead!

Comments

Jack C. Haldeman II is the brother of SF author Joe Haldeman, who wrote two earlier Trek novels. Like Joe, Jack was a science fiction writer. Though Joe was the more famous of the two, Jack had developed a reputation in his own right, particularly for his short stories. Perry's Planet was his only Trek novel.

Star Trek Maps
Maps and Navigation coversNew Eye Studios
Bantam Books

Contents

Introduction to Navigation [booklet, 31 pages]
Preface
Introduction
Historical Background
Warp Drive
Warp Speeds
The Charts
Coordinate Geometry
Location of the Federation
The Grid System
Chart Symbology
Astrogation Maps
Navigation
Navigation Computer System
Position Determination
Course Calculations
Aids
Support Facilities
Deep Space Procedures
Near Space Procedures
Regulations
Ship Requirements
Deep Space Operations
Near Space Operations
Voyages of the Enterprise
Appendix: Star System Data
[two double-sided maps]

Blurb

Four deluxe wall maps suitable for framing in stellar four color, pinpointing all the Federation planets, neutral zones and beyond. Plus: official 32 page technical manual

Comments

The title and blurb say it all. What you get is two large folded double-sided color maps and a black and white booklet in a heavy paper envelope. This is now one of the harder-to-find collectors' items, and dealers have been known to charge exorbitant prices for it. As for whether it's worth it... well, the booklet may be only 32 pages, but it's got a lot of information in small text, including several pages on the star systems visited in the original series. The navigation material is very technical, complete with math. Technical manual fanatics will find much to enjoy here.

According to the credits in the booklet, the actual creators of the maps and booklet are Jeff Maynard, Michael McMaster, John Upton, Geoffrey Mandel, Lee Cole, Barbara White (Reilert), Michael Nicastre, Rick Sternbach, Phillis Molava, and Sara Hillman. 

Star Trek Spaceflight ChronologyChronology cover
Stan Goldstein and Fred Goldstein, illustrated by Rick Sternbach
Wallaby (Pocket)
192 pages

Contents

Introduction
1957-2000
2001-2025
2026-2050
2051-2075
2076-2100
2101-2125
2126-2150
2151-2175
2176-2200
2201-
Ship Summary
Glossary
[each chapter includes Overview, Chronology/Timeline, Ships, Sol Systems Explorations or Stellar Explorations, and Official Logs, except 2201-.]

Blurb

The stars beckon... man responds! The human adventure is just beginning!

The publication of this book initiates an exciting and necessary project: to provide Star Fleet Academy Cadets with a concise illustrated history of their home planets, spaceflight, evolution and development.

So, Cadets from Earth, welcome to the history of your planet's two and a half illustrious centuries in space -- years filled with extraordinary achievement, darkened by great tragedy, marked by countless marvels and perils. The future will be made by you who read this chronology.

Learn the past to make the future.

Live long and prosper!

Comments

This book offers a look at the development of spaceflight from the 20th century to the 23rd. The chronology by the Goldsteins, no longer canonical, makes good reading nonetheless. The real attraction is the dozens of color illustrations by Rick Sternbach depicting a wide variety of fictional spacecraft. Sternbach later went on to work on the newer Trek TV series, and to create the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual with Michael Okuda.

The book is divided into sections of roughly 25 years. For an average section, for example 2101-2125, you'll get an Overview, Chronology/Timeline, Ships (in this case, USS Patton, USS Enterprise (Starliner), Prototype Battlecruiser, USS Hurok), Stellar Explorations (Pyrimiis 1), and Official Logs.

The Overview is a couple of pages of text describing the key events of the era (for 2100-2125, that includes the story of the Romulan War, some key alien contacts, and so on.)

The Chronology/Timeline is four pages, with chronological material on the bottom third of the page ("2101: Centauri Firing Range opens for use by all members of the UFP. 2102: Federation tension continues to grow as reports from outlying sectors suggest that these space pirates may be an organized, well prepared force, not a loosely knit band of renegades.") and line drawings of various ships above (Mercury class scout, Doppler class scout, Bradley class space tank, etc).

For Ships, you get a page of specs and background plus a full colour, full page illustration for at least a couple ships per chapter, and a line drawing and specs for a couple of others. The Enterprise Starliner, illustrated in colour, is the odd one seen below the main viewscreen in Star Trek - The Motion Picture

Stellar Explorations is generally a one page description of some alien planet.

Official Logs is several pages of key news stories from the era, each about half a page, some illustrated. For example, "Horizon Journeys to Edge of Galaxy" quotes Captain Stuart Mann's log about his vist to Iotia, where he left a book or two behind, which ultimately led to the events of "A Piece of the Action." There are also several logs from key events during the Romulan War.

14 Official BlueprintsStar Trek - The Motion Picture 14 Official Blueprints
David Kimble
Wallaby (Pocket)

Blurb

The new U.S.S. Enterprise and Bridge - The Klingon Cruiser and Bridge - The Vulcan Shuttle - The Travel Pod - The Work Bee with Grabber Sled and Cargo-Train Attachments

32 views in all!

Actual size: 13 1/8" x 19"

Comments

Like Franz Joseph's 1975 set of blueprints, this is a set of folded sheets of paper in a plastic pouch with a see-through front and a colour sheet of paper as a cover. These blueprints are smaller than the Franz Joseph blueprints, and cover more ships in less detail.

Thanks to John Patuto of the Cygnus X1 LCARS website for giving me a copy of this.

Pop-Up coverStar Trek - The Motion Picture Pop-Up Book
Tor Lokvig and Chuck Murphy
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
7 action pop-ups

Blurb

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

Based on the storyline of the movie, The Star Trek Pop-Up Book captures the excitement, adventure and humor which characterizes Star Trek - The Motion Picture. The book contains seven ingenious full-page action scenes all in living color. The U.S.S. Enterprise shoots through space, the elevator doors open, Mr. Spock raises his eyebrow plus four more scenes. Uniquely designed to provide an irresistible treat for absolutely everyone.

Uniquely designed, this galaxy of wondrous Pop-Ups features the debut of two all-new innovative mechanical devices.

Comments

This is a considerably more ambitious and interesting pop-up book than the two previous ones published by Random House in 1977 (Giant in the Universe and Trillions of Trilligs), though the text is considerably simpler. The art is much better, the pop-ups more inventive, and the story is a very abridged retelling of the movie. The book has been out of print for years, so here's the story:

pop-up: Two Klingon ships, one surrounded by a green glow, flying away from V'ger

Deep in space a mysterious force attacks two Klingon cruisers.

pop-up: tab that slides a travel pod across the page

The travel pod takes members of the crew from Starfleet Headquarters to the Enterprise.

pop-up: pull tab that opens the bridge turbolift doors to reveal Kirk

Captain Kirk arrives on the bridge to take command of his ship.

pop-up: Kirk and crewman at transporter console; pull tab that dematerializes people in transporter beam

Aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise there is trouble in the transporter room.

pop-up: The Enterprise

The Enterprise leaves the dry dock to go on its urgent mission in space.

pop-up: pull tab that flips picture of asteroid to picture of explosion

The Enterprise blasts a dangerous wormhole.

pop-up: pull tab raises Spock's eyebrows

Mr. Spock reacts to all the excitement in his usual way.

pop-up: The Enterprise, pull tab that opens V'ger iris entrance

The mysterious ship opens to allow the Enterprise inside.

pop-up: Decker, Ilia, Kirk, McCoy, and Spock surrounding Voyager probe

The landing party finds V'ger!

Star Trek With Latin
Rudolph Masciantonio
American Classical League

Comments

Not seen. According to amazon.com, this is a spiral-bound book and/or a paperback, but either way it's out of print. The book is probably a Latin textbook using Star Trek examples as a way of keeping students interested.

Note: this was previously listed as a 1991 book based on Amazon information, but a couple of school textbook websites cite a 1980 edition. There may have been a 1991 reprint. The American Classical League website has no information on this item.

U.S.S. Enterprise Officer's Manual
Geoffrey Mandel and Doug Drexler
Interstellar Associates

Comments

From a production quality perspective, this is closer to a fanzine than a book, with its plastic spiral binding and construction paper cover. But for a number of reasons, it's worth including here. First, despite being more than twenty years old, it is still frequently referred to by fans of Star Trek technical manuals on Trek tech websites. Second, Mandel and Drexler worked on the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, published by Ballantine in 1977. Third, they have since worked on actual Star Trek movie and TV projects.

The contents of my copy don't seem to match perfectly the contents on the contents page, though my copy may be incomplete (the pages are not numbered). What I have is similar to the Franz Joseph Star Fleet Technical Manual, with ship schematics (including several ships from the animated series), uniform drawings, and the text of general orders. There are also personnel reports on the original series regular characters and pages of information on Khan and Talos IV. Although this is reportedly a revision of an earlier publication with some information from Star Trek - The Motion Picture, the amount of movie-related information is limited. 

Note: the title page names the publisher as Star Fleet Publications Office, as part of the book's attempt at verisimilitude. The verso of the title page credits Interstellar Associates as the actual publisher. Some sources erroneously list Star Fleet Publications Office as the publisher.

U.S.S. Enterprise Punch-Out Book
Tor Lokvig and Chuck Murphy
Wanderer (Pocket)
18 pages (8 pages full color die-cut pieces)

Blurb

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

This second in a series of punch-out books based on Star Trek - The Motion Picture features a scale model of the U.S.S. Enterprise itself. By assembling the die-cut pieces, an exact replica of the famous starship can be made using no glue, no paste and no scissors. The finished model can be displayed on a desk, bookshelf or hung from the ceiling as a mobile. The blueprints for making this model are the exact same blueprints used in making the U.S.S. Enterprise featured in the motion picture.

Comments

Not seen.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Novelizations

Star Trek - The Motion PictureStan Lee Presents The Full Color Comics Version of Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Marv Wolfman
Marvel Comics
Pocket
159 pages

Blurb

Television's most acclaimed science fiction series is now a great new motion picture, and a mighty Marvel illustrated epic!

Comments

This is a reprint, in mass market paperback format, of the movie adaptation originally printed by Marvel in magazine format. It was written by Marv Wolfman, with art by Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson. The same material also appears in a third format, as the first three issues of Marvel's first monthly Star Trek comic. Unfortunately, Marvel produced the adaptation on a very tight schedule, and the art suffered accordingly.

A note on the cover scan: as the maple leaf logo near the top left corner suggests, this is the cover of the Canadian edition. The original American edition would have been essentially identical except for the maple leaf.

Photostory coverStar Trek - The Motion Picture: The Photostory
Edited by Richard J. Anobile
Pocket
unpaginated

Blurb

Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and the rest of the crew meet their greatest challenge -- in all the brilliant color and excitement of the great motion picture hit!

Comments

Like Mandala's fotonovels of the late 1970s, this book presented its story using color stills from the show with comic book-style word balloons. Unfortunately, the book is marred by production problems. In some panels, word balloons obscure characters' faces. Many photos are reproduced backwards. Some scenes are omitted.

A note on the cover scan: as the maple leaf logo on the bottom right corner suggests, this is the cover of the Canadian edition. The original American edition would have been essentially identical except for the maple leaf.


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