The Complete Starfleet Library

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1985

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

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Nimoy's The Search for Spock: Unrepentant by Kyle Holland
Beneath the Surface: The Surrealistic Star Trek by James H. Devon
Some Thoughts by C.J. Nicastro
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock -- Review and Commentary by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Kirk and Duty by William Trigg and Dawson "Hank" Hawes
A Discussion on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by Rita D. Clay
The Black and White Cookie Episode by Kiel Stuart
Star Trek Mysteries Solved... Again! by Leslie Thompson
The Trek "Fan on the Street" Poll
Whither Star Trek? On Possibilities Past and Future by Barbara Devereaux
A Letter From Peggy Greenstreet
Mythology and the Bible in Star Trek -- Part I by Mary Hamburger and Sarah Schaper
Trek Roundtable: Letters from our readers
Star Trek III: A Return to the Big Story by Joyce Tullock

Blurb

Nimoy's "The Search for Spock": unrepentant
The black and white cookie episode
The Trek "fan on the street" poll
Star Trek mysteries solved -- and resolved!

From an investigation into the future of the "new" Spock and the "renegade" crew of the Enterprise, to a look at James T. Kirk from his cadet days to his desk days as admiral; from confrontations with ancient gods to clashes with Klingons and Romulans, here is your brand-new passport to the worlds of Trek. From the first TV episode to Star Trek III and beyond, you'll find the latest speculation and information about the magic and meaning of Star Trek in this all new collection from Trek magazine.

Comments

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

Best of Trek 9The Best of Trek #9: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
207 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Speculation on Star Trek IV by Tom Lalli
Star Trek Fans -- The Blind Spot by Janeen S. DeBoard
Brother, My Soul: Spock, McCoy, and the Man in the Mirror by Joyce Tullock
And the Children Shall Sue by Kiel Stuart
Star Trek in the Classroom by Jeffrey H. Mills
Star Trek in Comic Books -- Another Look by Walter Irwin
All About Chapel by T.A. Morris
Speculation: On Power, Politics, and Personal Integrity by Sharron Crowson
"Approaching Evil" and "Love in Star Trek"-- A Rebuttal by Philip Carpenter
Thoughts on The Search for Spock by Arden Lowe
Mythology and the Bible in Star Trek -- Part II by Sarah Schaper and Mary Hamburger
Trek Roundtable -- Letters from our readers
Out of the Womb by Joyce Tullock
The Three-Foot Pit and Other Stories by Ingrid Cross
In Search of Spock: A Psychoanalytical Inquiry by Harvey R. Greenberg

Blurb

Mythology and the Bible in Star Trek
Star Trek fans -- the blind spot
An update on Star Trek comics
Spock, McCoy, and the man in the mirror

From an in-depth look at how fanzines get started -- and how to write for them -- to an inquiry into what Spock might learn on a psychoanalyst's couch, to a complete new update of all the Star Trek comics ever published, here is a thrilling panorama of the galaxies of Trek. You'll enter the inner worlds of all your favorite characters and explore the endless possibilities of movies, TV, and the phenomenon that is Star Trek in this sometimes controversial and always fascinating new collection of articles from Trek magazine.

Comments

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

Empire, Aliens and Conquest
Jay GouldingEmpire cover
Sisyphus Press
95 pages

Contents

Preface
Federation or Empire
How Alien Are the Aliens?
Genesis and Armageddon
Imperialism in Space
Conclusion
Glossary
References

Blurb

On land, on sea and now in space, the United States in its tactics and goals seems as ruthless and instrumental as the Soviet Union. The powerlessness of everyday individuals comes to the forefront when we recognize how little impact peace protest has on warrior nations. In the 1960's, the American power wielders feared war protesters who rejected the frontier spirit and its consequences, especially in the Third World. At a time when the U.S. had acquired a questionable world profile, television shows like Star Trek emerged to resurrect the American Dream, to give a disenchanted American populus something to hope for, a new religion to grasp onto and worship, a new frontier to explore, one far from the problems of the Twentieth Century. But what is the morality of shows like Star Trek? What do we find beneath the surface glimmer of the brave characters? What is the politics of the universe that they live in? Is science fiction a mere journey into the fantasy of the future or does it subtly reflect the presuppositions of American culture and politics? Are the prejudices and contradictions of that society mirrored in television? The first and foremost 'strange new world' that Trekkers ought to explore is their own -- the one conspicuously absent from the television series. Can we discover other forms of relations outside of war and destruction? Are our dreams to be banalized with a future that looks like the mystical star-spangled days of the wild West? The thrust of Empire, Aliens and Conquest is to invite readers to reflect on how political values portray themselves in popular culture.

Comments

The subtitle says it all: "A critique of American ideology in Star Trek and other science fiction adventures." This is a somewhat academic (though not too dry) analysis of the politics of Star Trek and, to a much lesser extent, Star Wars.

Klingon DictionaryThe Klingon Dictionary: English/Klingon Klingon/English
Marc Okrand
Pocket

Contents

Introduction
The Sounds of Klingon
Grammatical Sketch - Introduction
Nouns
Verbs
Other Kinds of Words
Syntax
Clipped Klingon
Dictionary
Introductory Remarks
Klingon-English
English-Klingon
Klingon affixes
English index to Klingon affixes
Appendix: A Selected List of Useful Klingon Expressions

Blurb

Finally, a comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax! The only one of its kind, this dictionary includes fundamental grammar rules, words, and expressions that illustrate the nature of the complex Klingon culture, as well as:

Plus: The Klingon translation and pronunciation of representative phrases like "Always trust your instincts," "Activate the transport beam," and "Surrender or die!"

Comments

Marc Okrand, a linguist, was hired by Paramount to create a believable Klingon language for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. This first edition of the Dictionary was a relatively short mass market paperback. The language was developed more for later movies and TV episodes, and an expanded trade paperback edition of the Dictionary was published in 1992. Pocket also produced two instructional audio cassettes, and Okrand later wrote the books Klingon for the Galactic Traveler and The Klingon Way: A Warrior's Guide. The popularity of the Klingon language led to the creation of the Klingon Language Institute, publisher of The Grammarian's Desk and the first edition of The Klingon Hamlet, since reprinted by Pocket in revised form.

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

Contents

Market Review
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 
Bumper Stickers 
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 
Badges and Buttons
Blueprints
Books 
Bumper Stickers
Cards 
Comic Books 
Costumes and Clothing 
Figurines 
Games 
Household Wares 
Jewelry 
Magazines 
Models
Patches and Iron-Ons 
Photographs
Posters 
Promotional Items 
Records 
Scripts and Story Boards
Sheet Music 
Stationery 
Toys 
Videos
Fanzines 
Fan Clubs

Comments

Not seen. Contents and cover scan provided by Jason Odom. The House of Collectibles price guide has a somewhat confusing publishing history. Apparently there were at least three annual editions, dated 1983, 1984, and 1985, in small paperback editions, with no authors credited on the cover. In 1986 the first larger trade paperback edition was published, and the names of Sue Cornwell and Mike Kott appeared on the cover. This was evidently considered a new first edition, as the 1987 edition was clearly marked as the second edition, though it was actually the fifth book published in the series. Later editions followed in 1991 and 1996. More information is available on the 1984, 1987, and 1996 editions.

Official Star Trek Quiz BookThe Official Star Trek Quiz Book
Mitchell Maglio
Wallaby
256 pages

Contents

Star Trek History
Star Trek Technology
Alien Life Forms in the Star Trek Universe
James T. Kirk
William Shatner
Mr. Spock
Leonard Nimoy
The Crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise
Series Regulars
The Episodes
Photo Quiz
Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
For the Experts
Answers
Bibliography

Blurb

Now you can test and expand your knowledge of the amazing Star Trek adventures! Even a Starfleet Commander would be challenged by the probing questions in every category from the television series and movies, including:
- An episode-by-episode quiz
- Photo-questions
- Technical knowledge
- Star Trek history
- Aliens
- Cast regulars and guest stars
- Central characters
- Questions for the true expert
and more!

Whether you're a Starfleet Admiral or an eager Plebe -- the mission never ends with The Official Star Trek Quiz Book!

Comments

The second Pocket trivia book, this is much better produced book, in trade paperback format on better paper with more illustrations. There's also more variety in the types of questions, and there are sections on the first three movies.

Star Trek Annual 1986
World Distributors

Comments

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

Star Trek That Almost Was coverThe Star Trek That Almost Was
John Peel
Psi Fi Movie Press
47 pages

Contents

Introduction
The Story Treatments
The Screenplays
Pin-Ups

Blurb

This is the story of the Star Trek that could have been but never was! Step inside and take a look at adventures of your favorite starship that were scheduled to appear as a second television series, several years after the first had left the air. Stories were written, casting was made, directors were chosen -- and then, at the very last minute, with just days before shooting was to begin, the entire project was abandoned! Learn about the new Vulcan Science Officer of the Enterprise, read of the wondrous adventures that were set to take place and discover the reason why none of this really happened!

Comments

This being a Hal Schuster production, it should come as no surprise that the cover blurb actually describes another book, The Star Trek That Never Was (see below). This book contains skimpy retellings of plot outlines for proposed episodes for the original series that were never filmed. Stories summarized are "Rockabye Baby, Or Die," by George Clayton Johnson (who wrote "The Man Trap" and several Twilight Zone episodes), "The Joy Machine" by Theodore Sturgeon (who wrote "Shore Leave" and "Amok Time" and many classic science fiction stories and novels; this was turned into a novel by James Gunn); "The Lost Star" and "The Godhead" by John Meredyth Lucas ("The Changeling" and several other TOS episodes), "Shol" by Darlene Hartman, "Pandora's Box" by Daniel Louis Aubry, "The Aurorals" by Frank Paris, "Perchance to Dream" by J.M. Winston, and "He Walked Among Us" by Norman Spinrad ("The Doomsday Machine" and several classic SF stories and novels).

There may be as much as twenty pages' worth of text in this book. The rest of the space is filled with black and white behind-the-scenes photos from the original series, at least one used twice. While it's interesting to read summaries of proposed episodes by the likes of Sturgeon and Spinrad, this is still a rather typical Hal Schuster book: badly produced, short on content, overpriced. Most of the other Files Magazines have not been described in detail on this site; this one and the one following are exceptions because the content is relatively uncovered elsewhere.

Star Trek That Never WasThe Star Trek That Never Was
John Peel
Psi Fi Movie Press
51 pages

Contents

Introduction
The Untold Tales
Profile: Xon
The Star Trek Music
Alexander Courage
Jerry Goldsmith
James Horner

Blurb

The episodes that were never made... every television series has story treatments and screenplays that are never aired. The reasons why they never reach the screen can differ, but they are always interesting. What is even more interesting is the glimpse into a Star Trek that could have been that these tales provide. And, of course, a look into the inner workings of the Star Trek creative staff. What did they like and what did they reject? This volume tells the tale!

Comments

In a typical Hal Schuster publishing screwup, this book's back cover blurb proudly describes the contents of another book entirely -- in this case, The Star Trek That Almost Was (see above). This is the book described on that book's cover, a very brief exploration of the unproduced Star Trek Phase II series from the last 1970s. Described in this book are the unfilmed episodes "In Thy Image" (which eventually became, with extensive rewriting, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), "Kitumba," "Dead Lock," and "Tomorrow and the Stars." Considerably more information is available in the Star Trek Phase II book by Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens, published by Pocket.

Because the author had only a few pages of material on the Star Trek II series, the rest of the book is full of photographs and a section on Star Trek soundtracks.

Trivia ManiaTrivia Mania: Star Trek
Xavier Einstein
Zebra Books
238 pages

Blurb

It's time to explore new trivia and seek out new answers. Use your impulse power to try and answer the following Star Trek stumpers...

1 What was the name of the leader responsible for the theft of Spock's brain?
2 The Enterprise visited which planet in "And the Children Shall Lead"?
3 Fatigue and depression were the two major effects of the virus in "Immunity Syndrome." T or F?
4 Yeoman Rand became the obsessive desire of young Charlie in what episode?
5 Which Star Trek character wore a beard in "Mirror, Mirror"?
6 Captain Kirk's cabin was on what deck of the Enterprise in the TV series?
7 "Revenge is a dish that is best served cold" is whose proverb?
8 Kirk communicates with the cloud creature with a universal __________.
9 The sight of the Medusa without a protective visor can cause what?
10 What was the real name of Spock's "pet" as a child?

For the answers to these and more than 1,000 others, keep on reading -- at warp speed! You'll find that this is the logical way to fill your memory banks with trivia mania!

Comments

This is just another of the many unlicensed, unofficial trivia quiz books. It was published as a mass market paperback, one of a series of "Trivia Mania" books about popular TV shows.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Paperback novels

Uhura's Song(Star Trek 21) Uhura's Song
Janet Kagan
Pocket

Blurb

Years ago, Lt. Uhura befriended a diplomat from Eeiauo, the land of graceful, cat-like beings. The two women exchanged forbidden songs and promised never to reveal their secret.

Now the Enterprise is orbiting Eeiauo in a desperate race to save the inhabitants before a deadly plague destroys them. Uhura's secret songs may hold the key to a cure -- but the clues are veiled in layers of mystery. The plague is killing humans, threatening other planets -- and Kirk must crack the code before the Enterprise succumbs!

Comments

This is the only Trek novel by Janet Kagan, who has since become a popular science fiction writer.

Shadow Lord(Star Trek 22) Shadow Lord
Laurence Yep
Pocket

Blurb

Angira is a primitive, violent planet -- and young Prince Vikram returns from Earth filled with new ideas. When Sulu and Spock accompany Vikram home, they walk into a bloodbath: reactionary forces, afraid of any modernization, have seized Vikram's rightful throne. Suddenly the men from the Enterprise are on an underground journey with a Prince who is coming of age. The future of Angira is at stake, and each man's survival depends on his skill -- and daring -- with a sword!

Comments

This is the only Trek novel by Laurence Yep, who has written a number of young adult novels.

Ishmael(Star Trek 23) Ishmael
Barbara Hambly
Pocket

Blurb

The Enterprise is on a peaceful mission at Starbase 12 when a bizarre cosmic phenomenon causes a Klingon ship to suddenly vanish -- with Spock aboard for the ride. Spock's last message from the Klingon ship is cryptic and frightening. The Klingons are traveling into the past, searching for the one man who holds a vital key to the future. If they can kill that man, the course of history will be changed -- and the Federation will be destroyed!

Comments

Prolific fantasy/science fiction/horror writer Barbara Hambly's first Trek novel is an odd one: it's a crossover between Star Trek and the TV series Here Come the Brides. Mark Lenard, who played Sarek, also played Aaron Stemple in Here Come the Brides, which was set in 19th century Seattle, Washington. This was not an officially sanctioned crossover; there was no mention of Here Come the Brides anywhere, and apparently nobody picked up on the author's joke until the book was published. There are also reportedly a number of other in-jokes in the book involving several other series.

Hambly has since written the original series novels Ghost-Walker and Crossroad.

Killing Time(Star Trek 24) Killing Time
Della Van Hise
Pocket

Blurb

Second History: a Romulan time-tampering project that has transported the Enterprise and the galaxy into an alternate dimension of reality. Now, Kirk is an embittered young ensign and Spock is a besieged Starship commander.

Lured into a Romulan trap, Captain Spock and Ensign Kirk must free themselves from both their captors and their own altered selves... before the galaxy hurtles toward total destruction!

Comments

The only Pocket novel by fan fiction writer Della Van Hise, this book appeared in two versions, when an early draft was mistakenly used for the first printing. Van Hise was apparently active in the slash fan fiction scene (i.e., fiction about Kirk and Spock as gay lovers), and she worked a slash subtext into this novel, more overtly in the accidentally printed early draft. The editor at the time had Van Hise rewrite the book to get rid of that subtext. Pocket published the first version accidentally, but made sure to use the revised version for later printings.

There are at least fifty changes from the first version to the revised version, some as short as a single word, others as long as a paragraph or two. Most of the excisions involve scenes in which there's physical contact between Kirk and Spock (for example, describing the warmth of Spock's hand on Kirk's face during a mindmeld). But there was also a sentence that described Spock's realization that Kirk was the person Spock was meant to spend his life with. If you're still unsure which version you're reading, check page 41 for a passage that begins, "I understand that you were probably playing with dolls and wearing lipstick until you were twenty!" If it's there, you have the unrevised version.

Dwellers in the Crucible(Star Trek 25) Dwellers in the Crucible
Margaret Wander Bonanno
Pocket

Blurb

Warrantors of Peace: the Federation's daring experiment to prevent war among its members. Each Warrantor, man or woman is hostage for the government of his native world -- and is instantly killed if that world breaks the peace.

Now Romulans have kidnapped six Warrantors, to foment political chaos -- and then civil war -- within the Federation. Captain Kirk must send Sulu to infiltrate Romulan territory, find the hostages, and bring them back alive -- before the Federation self-destructs!

Comments

This is Bonanno's first Trek novel. According to various sources, her original version of Probe, called Music of the Spheres, was originally intended as a sequel to Dwellers in the Crucible, but due to changes in Paramount's book licensing constraints, the book was heavily rewritten by another author and Bonanno disowned the final result. Copies of her original manuscript have sometimes been sold at conventions.

Pawns and Symbols(Star Trek 26) Pawns and Symbols
Majliss Larson
Pocket

Blurb

Threatened by a deadly famine, the Klingon Empire is on the verge of igniting a mad interplanetary war of conquest. When an earthquake destroys a remote Federation research station, Jean Czerny, agricultural scientist, succumbs to amnesia. Stranded on enemy borders, she is imprisoned by Kang, the evil commander of a Klingon battleship. Now Kirk must play a dangerous game of mind strategy to prevent a savage attack on the Federation!

Comments

This is Larson's only Trek novel, and perhaps her only book -- under this name, at least.


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