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The Best of Trek #10: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Diversity in Combination by Alan Manning
The Brilliant Door by Joyce Tullock
Boots and Starships by Walter Irwin
The Naming Game by Nicky Jill Nicholson
One More Time: Time Travel in Star Trek by Kay Kelly
Star Trek and Me by G.B. Love
Vulcan as a Meritocracy by Carmen Carter
The Search for Spock: Film vs. Novelization by Bill Abelson
Trek Roundtable -- Letters From Our Readers
Why Kirk Will Remain an Admiral by Joseph Rochford
The American Ideal in Star Trek by Lisa Kenas
A Lexicon of Vulcan by Katherine D. Wolterink
Memories of Star Trek by Colleen Arima
How Star Trek Affected Me by Colleen Arima
The Neglected Whole by Elizabeth Rigel
The Star Trek Films: Variations and Vexations by Mark Alfred
Star Trek Chronology, Part II by Jeffrey W. Mason
A Letter From Terence Bowden
The Second Star Trek Fan Poll Results Compiled by G.B. Love
Best of Trek Author Index, Volumes 1-10 Compiled by Deanna Rafferty
Why Kirk will remain an admiral
Boots and starships
One more time: time travel
A lexicon of Vulcan
A special celebration of Star Trek in its first twenty years with... an examination of the true meaning of names in the series... a revelation of the basic rules of time travel, and an in-depth look at the entire supporting cast. Here is another fascinating collection full of information about all your favorite characters, episodes, and events in the ever-expanding universe of Star Trek.
See the entry for the first volume for my comments on this series. Note: this volume includes an article by Carmen Carter, who later wrote some Star Trek novels for Pocket Books.
The Best of Trek #11: Featuring a Complete Guide to the Original Episodes
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Will the Real Lieutenant Saavik Please Stand Up? by Nancy Buchhorn
The Search for Vulcan by D. Jarvis Smith
Inserting Imagination by Bobby Bryant
A Star for Vulcan by Anne B. Collins
A Problem of Identity: Was Holmes a Vulcan? by Patricia Dunn
The Twenty-Third Century Woman by Patricia Lee Johnson
Star Trek: The New Arthuriad? by Lynette Muir
Why Did David Have to Die? by Gail Eppers
The Serving of Revenge by Janeen S. DeBoard
A Chain Is Only As Strong by Rowena Warner
The Blind Spot -- A Rebuttal by Jody A. Morse
Will the Real Captain Kirk Stand Up! by Shirley R. Gibbons
Star Trek Episode Guide Compiled by The Editors
The Neglected Whole -- Or, "Never Heard of You" -- Part Two by Elizabeth Rigel
Speculation: On Relationships, Responsibilities, and Risk by Sharron Crowson
The Classic Star Trek by Linda M. Johnston
The Journey to -- and Beyond -- The Search for Spock by Hazel Ann Williams
Three by Debbie Gilbert: Galactic Terpsichore?, The Minerals of Star Trek, The Great Bird Has Impeccable Taste
Road to the Enterprise (and Beyond) by David Gardner
Mind Trek by M.H. Lewis
Star Trek: Odyssey of Salvation by Sister Mary William David, S.N.D.
In Defense of Pon Farr by Katherine D. Wolterink
A problem of identity: was Sherlock Holmes a Vulcan?
Kirk in Camelot
The twenty-third century woman
Unsung heroes -- Chekov and Sulu
From a look at bellydancing among the stars to Chekov on the analyst's couch, this eye-opening selection is bursting with information about all your favorite Trek characters. Trek comes alive in a special section on the original TV episodes: the first airing dates, the stars, the directors, the writers, and the special guests. Here's your chance to transport yourself into the farthest reaches of the universe of Trek. Everything you ever wanted to know about this fabulous world is at your fingertips.
See the entry for the first volume for my comments on this series.
The Official Price Guide to Star Trek and Star Wars Collectibles
Sue Cornwell and Mike Kott
House of Collectibles
I haven't seen this edition, but detailed entries are available for the 1984, 1987 and 1996 editions. (The 1996 edition drops the Star Wars material and has a different title.) This was apparently the first of the series to be printed as a trade paperback, somewhat larger than a standard mass market paperback, after three annual editions published as very small paperbacks.
Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.
This is an unauthorized, self-published Star Trek novel. Unlike most fan fiction, however, this is not in fanzine format, but instead in trade paperback format, printed by Metropole Litho, who print books for a number of publishers. That's why it's listed here.
The Reckoning is a sequel to Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath's Pocket novel The Prometheus Design. After this book was published, Walker was advised by Pocket and/or Paramount not to try this again, and she returned to standard fanzine format for her subsequent fanfic.I don't know whether Walker ever tried selling the book through retail channels (there's no price or UPC bar code on the cover), but she did sell a number of the books at conventions. Copies are hard to find now, though I know at least one fellow collector found a copy in late 2002 or early 2003.
Star Trek Activity Book
Peter Lerangis, illustrations by Carlos Garzon
One of four similarly packaged books issued by Pocket's Wanderer imprint in 1986, along with the Adventure Coloring Book, the Alien Coloring Book, and the Puzzle Book (all below), this is a magazine-sized, staple-bound book with a sturdy color cover. Jeffrey Oh did all four covers. The interior pages are made of the usual lower quality paper used in coloring books. The Activity Book is somewhat like James Razzi's 1970s books for Bantam, but much shorter and aimed at a younger readership. The illustrations are line drawings suited for coloring, but each page has some sort of game or activity (mazes, connect-the-dots drawings, find the difference between two pictures, what's wrong with this picture, word search puzzles, and so on). The answers are on the last few pages. The Star Trek Puzzle Book (below), also by Lerangis and Garzon, has a similar mix of puzzles and games.
Star Trek Adventure Coloring Book
Ellen Steiber, illustrations by Paul Abrams
Published in the same format as The Star Trek Activity Book (above), this is a straightforward coloring book. There are captions by Steiber but there's no ongoing plot or story. The likenesses by Abrams are rather poor, but a five-year-old with crayons likely won't notice.
Episodes referred to (featuring often unrecognizable likenesses) include "Errand of Mercy," "I, Mudd," "Mirror, Mirror," "Shore Leave," "The Galileo 7," "Bread and Circuses," "Catspaw," "A Piece of the Action," "The Deadly Years," "Amok Time," "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," and "Space Seed."
Star Trek Alien Coloring Book
Trewin, Peter, illustrations by Paul Abrams
Published in the same format as The Star Trek Activity Book (above), this is a straightforward coloring book. There are captions by Trewin but there's no ongoing plot or story. As above, the likenesses by Abrams are rather poor.
Episodes referred to in this coloring book include "Journey to Babel," "Who Mourns for Adonais," "The Apple," "The Trouble With Tribbles," "Return of the Archons," "Arena," "Devil in the Dark," "Catspaw," "The Man Trap," and "Shore Leave." Among the random alien illustrations, there's an Andorian, complete with an instruction in the text to colour him blue. Despite the cover art, nothing in the book draws on the motion pictures.
The Star Trek Compendium
The Father of Star Trek
The Series Takes Shape
The Long Road Back
The Second Television Series
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Road Ahead
The Voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise
Index of Principals
"Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations -- to boldly go where no man has gone before..."
On September 8, 1966, those now-familiar words first introduced an entire generation of television viewers to Star Trek. Over the course of its three-year network run, the show developed a fan following unprecedented in entertainment history -- a following that is still growing with the release of each new Star Trek motion picture.
Much of the show's appeal came from its blueprint for the future -- a future where man had put aside his differences to reach the stars. Star Trek gave us a Russian and an American working side-by-side, television's first interracial kiss, the name for America's first space shuttle -- Enterprise -- and a host of unforgettable characters: the unflappable Captain Kirk, his half-human science officer Spock, the irascible Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and ever-resourceful engineer Montgomery Scott, to name but a few.
The Star Trek Compendium is your official guidebook to the Star Trek universe. Relive the voyages of the starship Enterprise with a complete show-by-show guide to the series (as well as the Emmy Award-winning animated shows and the Star Trek movies), including plot summaries, fascinating behind-the-scenes production information, and credits for each. Follow the creation of Gene Roddenberry's series step-by-step -- and Star Trek's road to the big screen. Illustrated with over 125 specially selected photographs -- including at least one from each episode -- and fully indexed, this is the indispensable reference work to one of the most memorable television shows of all time -- Star Trek.
The second edition of Asherman's book is extensively revised. The book is reorganized, laid out differently, and better illustrated. This edition also adds a bit of coverage of the animated series, the unproduced Phase II series, and the second and third movies. Future editions essentially reprinted most of the content but revised and reorganized the last few pages to add newer movies.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
24 pages plus record
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 reportedly produced similar sets for Star Trek - The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, and The Search for Spock. Because The Wrath of Khan was released the year after the movie, according to its copyright information, I've listed the other sets in the years after the release of their respective movies. If necessary, I will correct that when I get more information.
Star Trek Puzzle Book
Peter Lerangis, illustrations by Carlos Garzon
Like Lerangis and Garzon's Star Trek Activity Book (above), this is a collection of mazes, games, and puzzles for young readers, published in the same format as the coloring books also described above.
Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek
The History of Star Trek
Star Trek Technology
Aliens and Alternate Universes
Star Trek Trivia Quiz
Are you a trekker?
Do you know how a Vulcan's eyes are different from an Earthling's eyes?
Do you know who played Captain James T. Kirk in the pilot episode of Star Trek? (It wasn't William Shatner.)
Do you know how Khan Noonian Singh escaped from Earth?
Whether you know the answers to these questions or not, if you like Star Trek, you'll enjoy this book. It's filled with facts about:
- Captain Kirk and William Shatner
- Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy
- villains and aliens.
- fans and films and more!
- Plus -- a Trekker trivia quiz, and lots of photos.
So open the cover of this book, and get ready to go "where no man has gone before."
Cohen's second Trek book for young readers is a general overview of the original series, ending with a short trivia quiz section. There's little here for the adult reader who has already read the more recent nonfiction books about the show. (Incidentally, whoever wrote the back cover copy quoted above screwed up. True, William Shatner wasn't in the first pilot, but neither was the character James T. Kirk. Jeffrey Hunter played Christopher Pike. Cohen gets that right in the book, at least.)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Vonda N. McIntyre
At last, Admiral James T. Kirk and the crew of the late starship Enterprise begin the long voyage home.
But their trip is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious, all-powerful intruder. Suddenly, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew must journey back through time to twentieth-century Earth. For only there can they save the future -- by rescuing the past!
This is the third and last of McIntyre's movie novelizations. It is currently available in Duty, Honor, Redemption, an omnibus edition with the first two.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The adventure continues as Admiral Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise face a courtmartial on Earth for having saved Spock. On their way back to face the consequences, an extraordinary threat to the existence of the planet itself occurs, triggering yet another adventure.
This is a young readers' adaptation of the movie in the standard Pocket YA format (i.e., somewhat larger than a regular paperback). Like Weinberg's ST III book, this is a separate work from the McIntyre novelization, with many color illustrations from the movie.
(Star Trek) Enterprise: The First Adventure
Vonda N. McIntyre
The adventure begins
"I heartily recommend Enterprise The First Adventure as a most creative and enjoyable tale of Star Trek's beginning..."
-- Gene Roddenberry
He was the youngest man to captain a starship in Federation history. His crew included an untried first officer -- and a maverick ship's surgeon. In the years to come, the voyages of Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise would become legend.
But before their historic five-year mission began, before the crew meshed into the superb unit that would journey across the galaxy, before the legend took shape, there was the mission that brought them together for the first time.
Here, at last, is that untold story -- the first voyage of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and all the rest of the Enterprise crew -- the most eagerly-awaited Star Trek adventure of all!
By Hugo and Nebula Award winner Vonda N. McIntyre
McIntyre's second and last original Trek novel was the first of Pocket's "giant" novels (i.e., paperbacks more than 276 pages long). It was followed by two more original series giant novels and two Next Generation giant novels, before the idea was dropped in favor of hardcover novels in 1988. Enterprise was published in September, between the release of Demons and Battlestations.
(Star Trek 27) Mindshadow
The tranquil planet of Aritani has suddenly come under attack by a vicious and unknown enemy. The Enterprise rallies to the scene, only to plunge into a deadly nightmare: Spock is found mysteriously injured, his mental powers crippled and weak, and Kirk uncovers an evil Romulan plot -- with a cunning double agent in the middle. As Spock begins to regain his memory, Kirk strives to expose the agent. But only Spock's knowledge can stop the Romulans... from controlling the universe!
This is the first of Dillard's many Star Trek books. Her later books include original novels, novelizations, and nonfiction books. She has also become a popular horror writer under the name Jeanne Kalogridis.
(Star Trek 28) Crisis on Centaurus
Massive computer malfunctions are plaguing the Enterprise when Kirk suddenly receives a shocking message from Star Fleet Command: Centaurus has been bombed and annihilated; thousands are dead. Give whatever help you can. Centaurus is a beautiful, peaceful planet, home to many humans -- including McCoy's daughter Joanna.
The crew risks beaming down to investigate. But Kirk is thrown into a deadly struggle between violent enemy terrorists and vengeful Centaurians. Now Lt. Uhura, left alone in command, must jeopardize the crippled Enterprise to save Centaurus, Kirk -- and Joanna McCoy!
Ferguson's first novel, this was followed by A Flag Full of Stars (see the Lost Books page for more information), the Next Generation novel The Last Stand, and the Next Generation Starfleet Academy young adult novel The Haunted Starship.
(Star Trek 29) Dreadnought!
Star Empire is the Federation's most powerful new weapon -- a dreadnought, first in a class of super-starships -- capable of outgunning a dozen Klingon cruisers, or subduing a galaxy.
On the eve of her maiden voyage, Star Empire is stolen by terrorists who demand a rendezvous with the Enterprise -- and with Lieutenant Piper, stationed aboard Kirk's ship on her first training cruise. Now Piper must discover why her friends from Starfleet are among the terrorists... and why they insist the ship was stolen not to attack the Federation -- but to save it!
Diane Carey's first Trek novel is also the first of two novels about her character Piper, from whose perspective the story is told. More Piper novels were planned but never materialized; see the Lost Books page for more information. Carey has since become one of Pocket's most prolific novelists; she has written at least two dozen Star Trek novels, including several episode novelizations.
In 1999, Dreadnought! and its sequel, Battlestations, were reprinted as books 1 and 2 of Fortunes of War, a retroactively assigned title.
(Star Trek 30) Demons
Long before the Federation, powerful force invaded our galaxy and almost destroyed it... a force that began with possession and madness, and ended in murder!
A Starfleet research expedition to the farthest reaches of the galaxy has unearthed that force once again... and brought its silent evil back to the planet Vulcan. Now Spock must defeat the demons that threaten his friends and family, or the Enterprise will become the instrument of the galaxy's destruction!
This is Dillard's second of many Trek novels, following Mindshadow.
(Star Trek 31) Battlestations!
Back on Earth enjoying a well-deserved shore leave, Captain Kirk is rudely accosted by a trio of Starfleet security guards. It seems he is wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of transwarp -- the Federation's newest, most advanced propulsion system. Could Captain Kirk, Starfleet's most decorated hero, be guilty of stealing top-secret technology?
With the aid of Mr. Spock, Lt. Cmdr. Piper begins a desperate search for the scientists who developed transwarp -- a search that leads her to an isolated planet, where she discovers the real -- and very dangerous -- traitor!
Carey's second novel, this is also the second (and, to date, last) novel told from the perspective of Enterprise junior officer Piper. The two were reprinted in 1999 under the banner Fortunes of War.
Young adult books
Star Trek: Phaser Fight (Which Way Books #24)
Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel
You're the star of your own Star Trek adventure!
Welcome aboard, ensign! You've been assigned to duty on the Starship Enterprise. Your mission: Investigate a mysterious meteor belt with Captain Kirk... or help Bones combat a deadly disease... or fight an alien race with Mr. Spock. You choose -- you can beam over to a phantom ship overrun with fierce mirror-creatures... or match wits with a giant alien who wants to crush the Enterprise like a bug. But choose carefully, or the Enterprise and you could be lost forever!
The last of four interactive books for young readers, and by far the worst. It features, among other things, aliens with mirrors for bodies, and a space monster lightyears in length with humanoid hands and arms. It's possible to tell a story suitable for younger readers while remaining true to the spirit of Star Trek, but the Siegels didn't make the effort to do so.