The Complete Starfleet Library

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1984

Best of Trek 7The Best of Trek #7: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
205 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
James Horner -- Who's He? by Eleanor LaBerge
Star Trek Jokes by Valerie Parv
More Star Trek Jokes by Jeff Thorpe
Answer Your Beeper, You Dreamer! by Jacqueline Gilkey
A Linguistic Analysis of Vulcan by Katherine D. Wolterink
Star Trek Lives in German by Charlotte Davis
In Search of Star Trek Fiction by Barbara Devereaux
Star Trek: A Philosophical View by Michael Constantino
Three by Diane Webster
Indiana Skywalker Meets the Son of Star Trek by Kyle Holland
The Truth About Tribbles by J. Matthew Kennedy
Why Spock Ran Amok by Kyle Holland
A Sampling of "Trek Roundtable": Letters from our readers
Biaxial Warp Pods -- The "New" Warp Drive by Philip Davies
Another Look at Captain Kirk's Personality by Deanna Rafferty
Secrets of Star Trek by Richard Mangus
Love in Star Trek -- Part Two by Walter Irwin

Blurb

Answer your beeper, you dreamer!
The truth about tribbles
Why Spock ran amok
Secrets of Star Trek

From how to survive in a world of non-Trekkers, to an analysis of the Vulcan language, to Star Trek jokes that will make you head straight for the transporter room, here is another exciting voyage to the many worlds of Trek. You'll meet your favorite characters, relive treasured moments from stories, TV shows, and movies, and discover what all your fellow Trekkers are saying and thinking about the ever-changing Star Trek scene, as you delve into this space- and time-spanning new collection of articles from Trek magazine.

Comments

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

Collectibles coverThe Official Price Guide to Star Trek and Star Wars Collectibles
House of Collectibles
236 pages

Contents

A Space Age World of Collectibles
Star Trek: From the Beginning
The Star Trek Movies
The Creating of Star Wars
Revenge of the Jedi
Building a Collection
Condition and Care
The Conventions
Dealer Directory
About the Prices in This Book
Recommended Reading
How to Use This Book
Star Trek Listings
Badges and Buttons
Blueprints Books
Bumperstickers
Cards
Cels and Film Stills
Certificates and Diplomas
Comic Books
Convention Programs
Costumes
Games
Household Wares
Identification Cards
Jewelry
Magazines
Medallions
Model Kits
Patches
Photographs
Postcards
Posters
Promotional Items
Records and Sheet
Music
Scripts and Story Boards
Stationery
Toys
Wearing Apparel
Fanzines
Fan Clubs
Star Wars Listings
Action Figures
Blueprints
Books
Cards
Comic Books
Costumes and Clothing
Figurines
Games
Household
Wares
Jewelry
Magazines
Patches and Iron-Ons
Photographs
Posters
Promotional Items
Records
Sheet Music
Stationery
Toys
Fanzines

Blurb

A space age world of collectibles!

Like space itself, the world of Star Trek and Star Wars collectibles is ever expanding. Now fully revised, the second edition of the smash bestseller that brought overwhelming acclaim from fans, critics, and collectors has more listings, more prices, and more information for the dedicated hobbyist.

Due to the response from the fans, this book is now the most complete catalog available of Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles. Which items do you own? Which would you like to find? How much should you pay? The Official Price Guide to Star Trek and Star Wars Collectibles puts a galaxy of information at your fingertips.

- Over 6,000 current collector values for Badges - Buttons - Books - Cards - Cels - Convention Programs - Costumes - Games - Jewelry - Magazines - Medallions - Model Kits - Patches - Photos - Records - Fanzines - and more.

- Expert advice on buying and selling, condition, and building a collection.

- A complete history of Star Trek and Star Wars details the television show and the movies that changed the way we think about science fiction.

- A convenient listing of clubs, fanzines and dealers to keep the collector up to date in this exploding market.

Comments

This is apparently the second of three annual small format price guides from House of Collectibles. They later switched to a larger format and less frequent publication. Information is also available on the 1987 and 1996 editions.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Buena Vista
24 pages plus record

Comments

Not seen. This is a picture book with a 7" record included, tucked into a pocket in the back cover. An edition with a cassette should also be available with slightly different packaging. Buena Vista produced similar sets for Star Trek - The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan in 1983, and The Voyage Home in 1986. According to Ian McLean, the first three were also available together in a large plastic carry case.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Movie TriviaStar Trek III: The Search for Spock: Movie Trivia: A Magic Answer Book
William Rotsler
Wanderer Books (Pocket)

Blurb

Star Trek fans, here's a spellbinding collection of puzzles, word games, and trivia quizzes that will really challenge you!

Test your Star Trek expertise and have loads of fun too.

Comments

Bound at the top rather than the side, incorporating a stiff, blank cardboard sheet inside the back cover, and wrapped in plastic with a yellow highlighter, this isn't quite a typical Star Trek book. It's something more like a notebook. Pages are only printed on one side. Answers are printed in "invisible ink," which will become visible when the highlighter is used on the blank spaces. By now, though, the ink is quite visible without using the highlighter.

Like a much shorter version of James Razzi's old Bantam Star Trek Puzzles and Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles, this book and its companion (below) have a combination of multiple choice and true/false trivia quizzes, crossword puzzles, and other word games. Though the books are obviously tie-ins with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the questions cover considerably more than just that movie. There are questions from the original TV series and the animated series, as well as a couple from less canonical sources. For example, Uhura's first name, Nyota, appears in the second book, though it has never been mentioned in filmed Trek. In other words, the trivia would have been too challenging for the intended audience, while the format of the book, and its brevity, would have limited its appeal to adults.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: More Movie Trivia: A Magic Answer BookMore Movie Trivia cover
William Rotsler
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
32 pages

Blurb

Here's a real challenge for all you Star Trek fans! You'll have loads of fun solving these puzzles, word games, and quizzes while putting your knowledge of Star Trek trivia to a real test.

Comments

As above.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Postcard Book
Wanderer Books (Pocket)

Comments

Not seen. From Jim McCain:

$4.95, isbn 0671501402. A collection of 22 postcards. FROM THE BACKS OF THE POSTCARDS: David and Saavik the Vulcan carry the boy through the snow, The Spacedock, David Marcus, Kirk's son and the co-creator of Genesis, members of the Enterprise Crew, The Klingon Bridge, The Bird of Prey landing on Vulcan, I have been...and ever shall be...your friend, Admiral James Tiberius Kirk, Sarek and Kirk in mindmeld, The Klingon sergeant draws his dagger to kill,Captain Spock, First sighting of the Bird of Prey above Genesis, Lieutenant Saavik and David Marcus at the science panel, The Enterprise approaches the Bird of Prey, The Katra ritual begins, The flash of lightning illuminates the arrival of Kirk and the surviving crew, Kirk watches the Fal-Tor-Pan ceremony, The Bird of Prey attacks, Ambassador Sarek, Spock's Vulcan father, Kirk and Kruge fight it out, Members of the Enterprise crew, Sarek in prayer

World of Star Trek coverThe World of Star Trek
David Gerrold
Bluejay Books
209 pages

Contents

Introduction to the 1984 Edition
Introduction
The First World of Star Trek -- Gene Roddenberry's Dream
The Star Trek Family -- The People Who Made the Enterprise Fly
The Star Trek Phenomenon
Saving Star Trek
Star Trek's Fans
Star Trek -- The Unfulfilled Potential
The Return of Star Trek
Summation
Author's Notes

Blurb

They said it couldn't be done! A science fiction show? On national television?? The network didn't believe it would work. It was the 1960s. Would the public accept a non-human hero with demonic pointed ears? A black woman lieutenant? Impossible!

But Star Trek lives!

This is the story of a phenomenon -- a story as strange and wonderful, in its way, as the Enterprise's trip through space. Even the power of the networks couldn't stop it. And so Star Trek went on to make entertainment history -- with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan -- and now Star Trek III! Here is the complete inside story, as it has never before been told: the men and the women who created the Star Trek universe, from scriptwriters' memos to special effects, plus revealing personal interviews with the series' legendary stars.

The legend of Star Trek lives in the hearts of millions -- now, discover the truth behind the legend. Writer David Gerrold was on the set, watching it all happen: the feuds, the fun, the love -- the magic that is Star Trek. With over 50 pages of photos from your favorite episodes, and stills from all three movies!

Comments

This is a revised edition of the 1973 book. It omits some of the more dated and unnecessary material, like the episode guide, and adds some new material about the movies. This book, in the original or revised form, is one of the classics of Trek nonfiction, and should be in the collection of any TOS fan.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Novelizations

The Search for SpockStar Trek III: The Search for Spock (Star Trek 17)
Vonda N. McIntyre
Pocket

Blurb

No one on the Enterprise can believe that Mr. Spock is gone!

As the crew grieves for Mr. Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genesis can also destroy existing worlds.

The creators of the Device want it given freely to the Galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it will become a force for evil. And the enemies of the Federation will not rest until they seize it -- as their most powerful weapon in the battle to conquer the Galaxy!

Comments

This is the second of McIntyre's three movie novelizations, all of which were reprinted in an omnibus edition in 2004. She has two original Trek novels, as well as several other books.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock StorybookStar Trek III: The Search for Spock Storybook
Lawrence Weinberg
Little Simon (Pocket), UK edition published by Ravette
unpaginated

Comments

This is a large format young readers' adaptation of the movie, heavily illustrated in full color. This is not an abridgement of the Vonda McIntyre novelization, but a separate work by another author. According to Ian McLean, the Little Simon American edition was a hardcover. The Ravette UK edition, which I have, was a trade paperback.

Pocket has since adapted several other movies as children's and young adult books, but has not really done so consistently. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was novelized in the smaller YA paperback size used for William Rotsler's short stories and the more recent Starfleet Academy and Deep Space Nine young adult novels. Pocket skipped the next two movies, then did Generations and the following movies in the usual YA format, but for First Contact Pocket also published three larger story books for younger children, including one in a similar format to this one.

Paperback novels

Trellisane Confrontation(Star Trek 14) The Trellisane Confrontation
David Dvorkin
Pocket

Blurb

The Enterprise has rushed to war-torn Trellisane! Kirk is on the bridge of a Klingon warship, McCoy is dining with cannibals, and the ship is surrounded by Romulans. In the Neutral Zone, power is up for grabs. Now only the ingenuity and raw courage of the Enterprise crew can avert catastrophe!

Comments

This is the first of three Star Trek novels by David Dvorkin, the others being Timetrap and the Next Generation novel The Captains' Honor, written with his son, Daniel.

Corona(Star Trek 15) Corona
Greg Bear
Pocket

Blurb

An awesome, sentient force of protostars -- Corona -- has taken control of a stranded team of Vulcan scientists. The Enterprise has come on a rescue mission, with a female reporter and a new computer that can override Kirk's command. Suddenly, the rescuers must save themselves and the entire Universe -- before Corona unleashes a Big Bang!

Comments

This is Greg Bear's only Star Trek novel. An early fan, he contributed art to the original Star Trek Concordance. Bear is better known for his popular and critically acclaimed science fiction novels, including Blood Music, Eon, and Queen of Angels.

The Final Reflection(Star Trek 16) The Final Reflection
John M. Ford
Pocket

Blurb

Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But on a mission to Earth, Krenn learns a lesson in peace. Suddenly he must fight a secret battle of his own. His empire has a covert plan to shatter the Federation. Only Krenn can prevent a war -- at the risk of his own life!

Comments

The first of John M. Ford's two Trek novels (the other being How Much For Just the Planet?), The Final Reflection was the first novel to explore Klingon culture in depth. It's a book within a book: The Final Reflection is the title of a book about the Klingons being read by the Enterprise crew, who make only a couple of brief appearances. Although Ford's work was borrowed by FASA and incorporated into their Star Trek role-playing game, it has never been considered canon, and some of it has since been contradicted by the newer Trek TV series. Ford is an award-winning writer of fantasy, science fiction, and espionage novels.

In 1999, Pocket reprinted Ford's Trek novels as Worlds Apart Book 1: The Final Reflection and Worlds Apart Book 2: How Much For Just the Planet? The two are not connected, but Pocket has found that standalone novels don't sell as well as multipart books.

My Enemy, My Ally(Star Trek 18) My Enemy, My Ally
Diane Duane
Pocket

Blurb

Ael t' Rlailiiu is a noble -- and dangerous -- Romulan commander. But when the Romulans kidnap Vulcans to genetically harness their mind power, Ael decides on treason. Captain Kirk, her old enemy, joins her in a secret pact to destroy the research laboratory and free the captive Vulcans. When the Romulans discover their plan, the Neutral Zone seethes with schemes and counter-schemes, sabotage and war!

Comments

As John M. Ford developed Klingon culture in The Final Reflection, so Diane Duane developed the Rihannsu (Romulans) in this novel and its sequel, The Romulan Way. And, as happened with John M. Ford's book, some of Duane's work has been contradicted by The Next Generation and the other new Trek series. Even so, these books are still considered among the best of the Star Trek novels.

In 2000, Pocket reprinted My Enemy, My Ally and The Romulan Way as Rihannsu Book 1: My Enemy, My Ally and Rihannsu Book 2: The Romulan Way, prior to the publication of two new Rihannsu books, Rihannsu Book 3: Swordhunt and Rihannsu Book 4: Honor Blade. The Empty Chair was published in 2006 with an omnibus of the previous Rihannsu books, Rihannsu: The Bloodwing Voyages, which reportedly included some revisions to the text.

Tears of the Singers(Star Trek 19) The Tears of the Singers
Melinda Snodgrass
Pocket

Blurb

Captain Kirk and the Enterprise join the Klingons to avert disaster in the Taygeta V system -- where a time/space warp has swallowed a spaceship without a trace. Spock suspects a link between the anomaly and the inhabitants of Taygeta, semi-aquatic creatures killed for the jewel-like tears secreted at the moment of death. But a mutinous Klingon officer threatens the vital mission, as a desperate Kirk and Spock race to save the Taygetians, the Federation -- and the entire universe!

Comments

This is the only Trek novel by science fiction novelist and TV writer Melinda Snodgrass. She was an executive script consultant and writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation; she wrote the episodes "The Measure of a Man," "Pen Pals," "Up the Long Ladder," "Ensigns of Command," and "The High Ground."

Vulcan Academy Murders(Star Trek 20) The Vulcan Academy Murders
Jean Lorrah
Pocket

Blurb

Kirk and McCoy accompany Spock to the Vulcan Academy Hospital, seeking experimental treatment for a badly wounded Enterprise crew member. Spock's mother is also a patient in the hospital, and Kirk soon becomes involved in the complex drama of Spock's family...

Suddenly, patients are dying, and Kirk suspects the unthinkable -- murder on Vulcan! But can he convince the Vulcans that something as illogical as murder is possible? Until the killer is caught, everyone is in danger!

Comments

Before writing her own science fiction novels and her two Pocket Star Trek novels, Jean Lorrah was known in fandom as the writer of such influential and popular fanzines as Epilog and Night of the Twin Moons. The latter in particular inspired a number of fan fiction stories about Sarek and Amanda, Spock's parents, and apparently some minor characters and settings from the fanzines are used in The Vulcan Academy Murders and its sequel, The IDIC Epidemic. Lorrah also wrote the Next Generation novels Survivors and Metamorphosis.

Young adult books

Short Stories coverStar Trek III Short Stories
William Rotsler
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
126 pages

Contents

The Azphari Enigma
The Jungles of Memory
A Vulcan, A Klingon, And An Angel
World's End
As Old As Forever

Blurb

Travel with your favorite Star Trek III characters into five new and original short stories. Join the Enterprise crew as they take their crippled starship into orbit around Azphari, where they meet the strange and dangerously curious people of that planet in "The Azphari Enigma." Go with Lieutenant Commander Uhura to her home in the United States of Africa where she finds her past and present colliding in a life-and-death struggle in "The Jungles of Memory." And on the drab and frozen planet of Osler, meet 7-year-old Pandora, sole survivor of an experiment gone wrong, a child with powers and the willingness to use them to protect her privacy and the secret she must hide in "As Old As Forever." These stories and more will thrill and enthrall all Star Trek fans!

Comments

This is Rotsler's second and last collection of short stories for younger readers, some set after The Wrath of Khan (and not reflecting the events of The Search for Spock), some set before. As with the first book, it's worth reading for adult readers; one story starts with Scotty trying to get drunk to forget Spock's death.

Vulcan treasure coverStar Trek III: The Vulcan Treasure (Plot-It-Yourself Adventure Stories)
William Rotsler
Wanderer Books (Pocket)
117 pages

Blurb

The ancient civil war on Vulcan, between the forces of illogic and the armies of logic, was a conflict that threatened the very structure of that planet. In a desperate move to protect the crown jewels of Vulcan from the continuing conflagration, a small ship left the planet to hide this precious treasure. And never returned!

Now the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise beams down on three moons orbiting the planet Cathy, to track down the mysterious signal being transmitted from the system.

Join your favorite Star Trek III characters in this twisting, many-faceted adventure where you control the action and determine how the stories end. YOU are in command.

Comments

This is another interactive book like 1982's Distress Call, also by Rotsler.

Voyage to Adventure coverStar Trek: Voyage to Adventure (Which Way Books #15)
Michael J. Dodge
Archway (Pocket)
118 pages

Blurb

Welcome to the starship Enterprise!

You're an ensign in the Starfleet and you've been assigned to the Enterprise! With Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, you'll explore amazing new worlds. You might rescue an alien race from a deadly disease, or do battle with a Klingon spy, or time travel to another universe. If you make the right choices, you could be a hero and save the Enterprise. But be careful -- or you, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock could all be in terrible danger! Of course, if you don't like the way your story is going, you can always go back and start a new one!

Comments

Like Distress Call and The Vulcan Treasure, this is an interactive (do this, go to page 12, or do that, and go to page 23) story. Unlike Rotsler's books, this was published in standard mass market paperback format, as part of the Which Way Books series. Only two books in that series were based on Star Trek, the other being 1986's Phaser Fight; the majority were original, standalone stories in a variety of genres.


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