The Complete Starfleet Library

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1988

Animated TrekThe Animated Trek
John Peel
Schuster and Schuster
76 pages

Contents

Introduction
Animated Credits
Introduction to Episode Guide
Episodes

Comments

It would be a pleasure to be able to recommend this book, because there are so few books that deal with the animated series in depth. Unfortunately, this book does not merit recommendation. Like many Hal Schuster publications, it's badly laid out and profusely illustrated with a combination of very badly reproduced images from the animated series and uninspired fan art of the Enterprise. Each episode is summarized in some detail for a few paragraphs. Peel then adds a couple of paragraphs critiquing the episode in a very casual, conversational writing style. His comments are generally negative in tone, as mine here must also be.

Best of Trek 13The Best of Trek #13: A Brand New Collection for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
204 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Medical Practice in Star Trek: Cures and Catcalls by Sharron Crowson
Star Trek Fandom in Austria by Karen Embacher
The One Who is Spock by Joyce Tullock
Pon Farr and the Search for Identity by Kyle Holland
A Comprehensive Look at the Klingons: Their History and Their Empire by Adam G. Alsop
Permission to Come Aboard: An Enterprise Crew Roster and Biography by Jonathan Bell
Love and Death in the Star Trek Universe by Janeen DeBoard
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Star Trek Books, or What Uhura's First Name Really Is by William Rotsler
Monsters in Star Trek -- A Different Perspective by Miriam Ruff
Dateline: Starfleet by R.L. Bryant
Stalking the Wild Star Trek COLLECTIBLE, or In Search of Lost Treasures by Mark Alfred
Star Trek Episode Titles and Their Meanings by Tom Lalli
Special Section #1: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
A Flight of Fancy -- A Voyage Home by Hazel Ann Williams
The Initiation of Spock by T.C. Johns
Star Trek IV: First Impressions by Les Leist
Special Section #2: The Starship Enterprise
The Once and Future Starship by David Gardiner
A History of the Starship Enterprise -- A New Examination by Jeffrey Heine
You Will Not Believe a Starship Can Fly! by Maurice Molyneaux

Blurb

Pon Farr and the search for identity
The initiation of Spock
Stalking the wild Star Trek collectible
The once and future starship

From a complete run-down of the entire crew of the Enterprise, to a journalistic look at the hottest headlines of the future, to a different perspective on Spock and his Vulcan/human heritage, this latest collection reveals whole new dimensions of the Star Trek universe. From the first TV episodes to the latest novels and movies, here are yet more fascinating facts and debates about the characters, the episodes, the pluses and paradoxes -- about everything that makes Star Trek the special experience that it is.

Comments

See the entry for the first volume for my comments on this series. Note: one of the articles is by William Rotsler, who wrote several of Pocket's books for younger readers, including Star Trek II Biographies. The article is about Rotsler's experiences writing those books.

Best of Trek 14The Best of Trek #14: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Signet Books
220 pages

Contents

Introduction
Reflections on Star Trek: Past, Present, and Future by Gail Schnirch
A Look at Star Trek in Print by Matt G. Leger
A Guide to Star Trek Blueprints by Michael J. Scott
You Can Go Home Again: Some Early Thoughts on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home by Debbie Gilbert
Star Trek as a Psychological Necessity by Cheryl A. Jann
Intrarelationships by Michelle A. Kusik
The Rise of the Empire: A Chronology of the "Mirror" Universe by Jody A. Morse
Coming to Terms With the Wolf by Katherine D. Wolterink
Star Trek and Secularization: A Critical Analysis by Laurie Huff
The Price of Life -- An Exploration of Sacrifices in Star Trek by Amanda F. Killgore
Star Trek Mysteries Solved By Our Readers With Commentary by Leslie Thompson
Even More Star Trek Mysteries Solved! by Leslie Thompson
Wrathfully Searching for Home: The Star Trek Trilogy by Walter Irwin & G.B. Love
Beyond the Voyage Home by Amanda F. Killgore
Special "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Section
Speculations on The Next Generation by Keith Rowe
Star Trek: The Next Generation -- First Impressions by S. Hamilton-Nelson
Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Review and Commentary by Walter Irwin
Resonances by Neal R. Shapiro
Trek Roundtable -- Letters From Our Readers

Blurb

The rise of the empire
Coming to terms with the wolf
Even more Star Trek mysteries solved!
Wrathfully searching for Home

From an overview of Star Trek through the years to expert reviews of books and collector's blueprints, from an intriguing exploration of the history of the dreaded "mirror" universe to reflections on and speculations about the new TV series, here is the latest collection of fun- and fact-filled articles about the characters, episodes, movies, meanings, and new directions being explored in the ever spreading, interstellar territory of Star Trek.

Comments

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

Encyclopedia of Star TrekThe Encyclopedia of Star Trek
John Peel
Schuster & Schuster
301 pages

Contents

The Characters
The People

Blurb

"The definitive book about Star Trek..."
TV Gold

"An essential book for Star Trek fans..."
Enterprise Incidents

Comments

One of many book published by Hal Schuster using content from his earlier Files Magazines, this is ugly and overpriced. The first section consists of capsule descriptions of characters and alien races from the original series, animated series, and the first few movies. The second half is a collection of very short entries on the cast, guest stars, and selected behind-the-scenes personalities. Even when this was published, better books were available (for considerably lower prices).

Incidentally, the blurb quotes are questionable, to put it mildly. I've never heard of TV Gold. As for Enterprise Incidents, to the best of my knowledge, it had ceased publication before this book was published. More to the point, however, Hal Schuster, who published this book, published Enterprise Incidents. James Van Hise, who edited Enterprise Incidents, wrote several books for Hal Schuster. So the second quote, at least, is suspect.

Trekkie MemorabiliaEncyclopedia of Trekkie Memorabilia
Chris Gentry and Sally Gibson-Downs
Books Americana
269 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What's It All About
Your Star Trek Collection (Where to Buy/How to Sell)
Storing Your Collection
Alphabetical Listing
Artwork and Cels
Blueprints
Clothing and Accessories
Film and Photography
Games
Hobby Kits
Housewares
ID's
Printed Wallhangings
Jewelry
Literature
Music
Posters and Posterbooks
Props
School and Office Supplies
Scripts
Toys
Trading Cards
Promoting Star Trek
Bibliography

Comments

Obviously quite dated by now, this book is of interest only to completists. Somewhat amateurish compared to the House of Collectibles price guides, this book was never updated in this form. Instead, the authors later wrote a three-volume guide for another publisher (Greenberg's Guide to Star Trek Collectibles). At the time, that may well have been more exhaustive than the competition, but now it's also out of date and considerably more expensive than the single-volume books published by House of Collectibles.

Federation and EmpiresFederation and Empires
John Peel
Schuster & Schuster
143 pages

Contents

Introduction
Federation
The Forming of the Federation
The Federation Council
Starfleet Command
Star Bases
Starfleet Academy
The Enforcement of Peace
The Future
Vulcans
Vulcan
History
Culture
Society
Belief
Notables
Klingons
Background
War and Beyond
Confrontation and Alliance
The Future
Romulans
History
Culture

Comments

Badly laid out, plenty of poorly reproduced black and white photos filling up the pages... this has the potential to be useful, but its mix of poor production qualities, rehashed information from old TV episodes and movies, and a little new speculation makes it an item of questionable value. Being a Hal Schuster publication, it's likely that most or all of the content of this book appeared previously in Schuster's earlier Files Magazine format. 

Guide to The Next Generation
John Peel
Pop Cult
83 pages

Blurb

The Episodes
The Characters
The Actors
Plus a look ahead at the future of The Next Generation

Comments

Not seen. Information from ebay listing cover scan and abebooks listings. Pop Cult was one of many names used by Hal Schuster's publishing company.

Interviews Aboard the EnterpriseInterviews Aboard the Enterprise
Edward Gross
Schuster & Schuster

Contents

Jerry Sohl
Robert Butler
James Goldstone
Samuel Peeples
Gary Lockwood
John D F Black
Stephen Kandell
Michael O'Herlihy
James Komack
Art Wallace
Carey Wilbur
Norman Spinrad
Jon Povill
Joe Jennings
Jonathan Frakes
Joe Scanlan
Paul Lynch
Katharyn Powers
Michael Baron
Richard Krzemien
Marina Sirtis

Comments

Not seen. This book contains interviews with writers, directors, and actors from the original Star Trek and The Next Generation. Thanks to Chris Cirella for the cover scan and list of interviews.

Leonard Nimoy: A Star's Trek
John Micklos, Jr.
Dillon Press
64 pages

Contents

Summary
On the Outside
Hollywood Bound
Mr. Spock
Life was Never Dull
Back to Star Trek
Index

Comments

Not seen. This is a biography of Nimoy for younger readers. According to Ian McLean, the original Dillon Press edition appeared in 1988. The book was listed on this site as a 1992 edition due to information on a later edition published by Silver Burdett. Ian also supplied the contents listing. He adds, "It's part of the 'Taking Part' series of biographies written for children.... Other biographies in the series include Prince Charles, John Glenn, Janet Jackson, Sally Ride, Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Steven Spielberg, etc."

Making of The Next Generation: From Script to ScreenThe Making of The Next Generation: From Script to Screen
Edward Gross
Schuster and Schuster
103 pages

Contents

Introduction
Number One
Encounter at Farpoint (including an interview with the villain)
Naked Now (including an interview with the director)
Code of Honor (including an interview with the writers)
The Last Outpost (including an interview with the writer)
Where None Have Gone Before (including an interview with Deanna Troi)
Data: A.K.A. Questor

Blurb

The incredible behind the scenes story of how a television show is created from story concept to final episode

Including interviews with the writer sand directors

Bonus!!! Exclusive interviews with the stars that play Data, Riker, Deanna Troi and Q

Comments

I didn't make the "writer sand directors" typo above. It's on the book cover. I didn't write "stars that play" instead of "stars who play." It's on the cover. That kind of quality control (along with the dull cover design, bad page layout, ridiculously high price, and minimal amount of worthwhile content)... this can only be a Hal Schuster production. And so it is. I don't know if this is actually what happened, but I'd guess that Gross did a few interviews for SF magazines and then concocted a book from them. That would explain the book's focus on just a handful of episodes, including one or two real stinkers, and the presence of the only vaguely relevant article at the end of the book that compares Data to Gene Roddenberry's non-Trek character Questor (from The Questor Tapes.)

In 1988, there were no other books about The Next Generation for sale. Now, however, the number of currently available Next Generation books makes this one of interest to completists only.

Script to Screen Part TwoThe Making of the Next Generation From Script to Screen - Part Two
Edward Gross
Schuster & Schuster
98 pages

Contents

Introduction
Lonely Among Us
Justice
Interview: Joe Scanlan
The Battle
Hide & Q
Conversations With John De Lancie
The Unfilmed Next Generation: An Interview: Richard Krzemien
The One and Lonely
Dead on My Feet
The May Fly
Two Yuffs Too Many

Blurb

The incredible behind the scenes story of how a television show is created from story concept to final episode

Including interviews with the writers and directors

Bonus!!!

Exclusive look at the episodes that were never aired!

Comments

A companion to the above volume, with the trademark desktop publisher newbie layout and white space issues, this is another Hal Schuster product. Like its predecessor, this looks at the evolution of a few stories from early outlines and drafts to the finished product. The last section of the book is a series of unproduced story ideas by Richard Krzemien, who received a story credit for "The Last Outpost." Another book, the creatively titled The Making of The Next Generation (without the From Script to Screen part), published in 1989 and also written by Edward Gross and published by Hal Schuster under the then-new Pioneer imprint, also had a section of unproduced episode plot summaries.

Next Generation: The Complete GuideNext Generation: The Complete Guide
Anonymous
Schuster & Schuster
161 pages

Contents

Introduction
Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
Background
Who is Macha Hernandez?
Enterprise 1701-D
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Commander William Riker
Lt. Commander Data
Lieutenant Worf
Dr. Beverly Crusher Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Security Chief Tasha Yar
Lt. J.G. Geordi La Forge
Wesley Crusher

Comments

In 1988, when there were few books available about The Next Generation, buying this book might have seemed like a good idea. Now, however, there are many better choices than this poorly produced book. Though no author is identified on the cover or in the book, the same episode summaries appear in a later Hal Schuster publication credited to James Van Hise, and another, similarly titled book (The Complete Trek: The Next Generation, Pioneer, 1995) is also credited to Van Hise.

The Ships of Star Trek
James Van Hise
Schuster & Schuster

Comments

Not seen. However, judging by other Schuster & Schuster publications, this is probably a poorly designed book with some information on various starships from the original series, with blurry photographs. According to a used bookstore website, this book offers "complete histories of the Starship Enterprise, Shuttle Galileo and Romulan Bird Of Prey, with technical details, exclusive photos and missions and battles." It may be a reprint of two or three of the old Star Trek Files books.

Ships of the Star FleetShips of the Star Fleet Volume One
Calon Riel
Mastercom Data Center
unpaginated

Contents

Preface
State of the Fleet
Ship Classifications
Glossary
Cruisers
Constitution class
Bonhomme Richard class
Coronado class
Achernar class
Enterprise class
Belknap class
Constitution (II) class
Endeavor class
Tikopai class
Enterprise (II) class
Frigates
Surya class
Coventry class
Avenger class
Daran class
Knox class
Endurance class
Cyane class
Appendix
Strike Cruiser - Belknap class

Blurb

"The definitive publication on the subject... a must for any being interested in Star Fleet strength." - Starship Design

"This manual should be required reading for every strategic planner in the Federation." - Starship Interstellar

"An unrivaled reference text... lavishly illustrated, easy to use, and highly insightful." - Academy Literary Review

"The best coverage of Federation spacegoing services... a treasure chest of information." - TacFleet Journal

Comments

This fan-produced trade paperback is a collection of well-illustrated and laid out ship blueprints and schematics. A more professional-looking revised edition, by Riel and Todd Guenther, was published in 1997, under the title Ships of the Star Fleet: Cruisers and Frigates. Guenther and Mastercom also published Ships of the Star Fleet: Akyazi-Class Perimeter Action Ships in 1993. These unauthorized books are not explicitly identified as being based on Star Trek, but they are clearly meant to be taken as such. Thanks to Alex Rosenzweig for information on the 1997 edition.

Special Effects of Star Trek
James Van Hise
Schuster & Schuster

Comments

Not seen. Hal Schuster reissued it as a Pioneer book in 1993 as The Special Effects of Trek. It may have been revised for that edition.

Star Trek Crew Book
John Peel
Schuster & Schuster

Comments

Not seen. This may have been a 1987 book, but most books published under the Schuster & Schuster imprint (as opposed to Hal Schuster's other imprints) appeared in 1988. This is probably a collection of material previously printed as several volumes of the Star Trek Files series. Though Schuster often recycled material, the 1989 Pioneer book, The Trek Crew Book, was written by James Van Hise, not Peel.

Enterprise Command BookThe Star Trek Enterprise Command Book
Edited by Hal Schuster
Schuster & Schuster
111 pages

Contents

James T. Kirk
Interview With William Shatner
Kirk's Early Days
A Bold Style of Command
His Most Demanding Missions
The Captain Kirk of the "Mirror" Universe
Yesterday and Today
Mr. Spock
Interview With Leonard Nimoy
Spock's Early Days
A Reserved Style of Command
His Most Demanding Missions
The Mr. Spock of the "Mirror" Universe
Yesterday and Today

Comments

As part of the usual recycling of material found in so many Hal Schuster books, this includes material that also shows up in other Schuster publications. Much of this material appears in James Van Hise's Trek Crew Book, although there some content is credited to Scott Nance and Jay Wilson. In this case, a potentially interesting idea -- a study of command styles -- is an excuse for lots of familiar photographs, bad layout, and recycled content.

Star Trek Fan's HandbookThe Star Trek Fan's Handbook
James Van Hise
Schuster & Schuster
79 pages

Contents

Intro - A Guide to Star Trek Fandom
Star Trek Fan Clubs
Star Trek Fanzines
The Star Trek Welcommittee
Star Trek Fan Adventures

Blurb

A complete guide to clubs, conventions, fanzines and everything else you need to become happily involved in the exciting world of Star Trek Fandom!

Comments

A typical Hal Schuster publication, this contains material available elsewhere for less, sabotaged further by poor design, layout, and so on. Most of this thin book (cover price US$12.95) would have been available for a fraction of that cost from the Star Trek Welcommittee, and even at the time much was probably out of date. There's a list of clubs, a list of fanzines, two short articles by fans about their Trek experiences, and a few illustrations, mostly fanzine covers. As short as the book is, it's padded by its bad layout, with plenty of empty white space on every page. In typical Schuster fashion, the title on the cover and title page is not the title on the book's spine (Files Magazine: Fan Handbook) or the copyright page (Files Magazine Special Issue: The Star Trek Handbook). Like other Files "Magazines," this is a large (but thin) trade paperback, overpriced compared to other books of its era and especially by comparison to actual magazines.

Ironically, the cover photo is a still from the classic Saturday Night Live skit featuring William Shatner at a Trek convention. The skit that mocked fandom is used to sell a book trying to cash in on fandom.

Pioneer, Schuster & Schuster's successor company, printed a revised edition of this book in 1990.

Star Trek Interview BookThe Star Trek Interview Book
Allan Asherman
Pocket
278 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Stars
Gene Roddenberry
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Walter Koenig
Grace Lee Whitney
The Pilots
Robert Butler
James Goldstone
Samuel A. Peeples
The Writers
Jerry Sohl
Stephen Kandel
George Clayton Johnson
Norman Spinrad
Jerome Bixby
The Producers
Robert Justman
Fred Freiberger
The Directors
Lawrence Dobkin
Ralph Senensky
Marc Daniels
Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars
Tasha Martel
Michael Forest
Technical Crew
Joe D'Agosta
Al Francis
Walter M. Jefferies
Jack Finlay
Joe Sorokin
Douglas Grindstaff
Gerald Fried
George Duning
Robert Raff
Fabien Tordjmann
The Movies
Robert Fletcher
James Horner
Harve Bennett

Blurb

There's never been anything quite like Star Trek. More than twenty years after Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the crew of the starship Enterprise first came to television, their original adventures continue to garner new fans -- while their new movies break box-office records! Now, in dozens of interviews especially conducted for this volume, noted Star Trek expert Allan Asherman presents an in-depth look at the people who helped create the magic of Star Trek -- both on-screen and off. From Gene Roddenberry to Harve Bennett, from the man who designed the Enterprise to the woman who played Spock's wife, here is a wealth of never-before- revealed information and fascinating trivia, including:

It's all here in The Star Trek Interview Book -- something no true Star Trek fan will want to miss!

Comments

The contents and blurb pretty much tell the story. This is a collection of transcripts of interviews with a considerable number of the people who made the original Star Trek. Though this book seems to be almost forgotten now, it's a highly recommended read for fans of the original series.

Star Trek: In the Beginning: The Creation of a Television Classic
Edward Gross
Schuster & Schuster

Comments

No actual copy seen, but it has been listed on ebay, with a cover scan. It's another Hal Schuster publication. Gross later wrote a similar book for Image Publishing, 1991's Trek Classic: 25 Years Later.

Star Trek: Reflections of the '60s
John Peel
Schuster and Schuster

Comments

Not seen. According to blurbs on bookstore websites, Peel discussed Trek as part of the social change that happened during the 1960s. Although many Schuster & Schuster and early Pioneer books were reprint collections of Star Trek Files Magazine material, this may have been an original work.

TNG-1: A Concordance and Episode Guide
Larry Nemecek
Mystar Press

Contents

Foreword
Episode Listings
By Aired Order
By Production Order
By Stardate
By Abbreviation Code
The Credits
The Regular Cast
The Top-Level Shuffle: Tracking Producers and Editors
Directors, Film Editors and Composers
Writers
The Rest of the Fleet
The Episodes
Synopses, Guests Lists, Major Credits and Concordance References, by Order of Airing
The Concordance
Over 600 Alphabetized References and Definitions Coded to Their Episode or Other Work of Origin

Comments

The above information is drawn from the second edition, published in 1989, though sections obviously new to the second edition are listed only in the second edition entry.

Larry Nemecek wrote and published a series of four trade paperback guides and concordances to the first four years of The Next Generation. He was then selected to write the official Pocket book, The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion. Nemecek's original books were apparently inspired by Bjo Trimble's Star Trek Concordance, which also started as a fan publication (though not bound in paperback) before leading to an official edition. Nemecek also followed Trimble's lead by dividing the book into two main parts: a series of episode summaries followed by a concordance, which in both cases is actually more like an encyclopedia. The concordance section of the TNG books was dropped from the Pocket version, and the episode listings were rewritten.

Trek EncyclopediaThe Trek Encyclopedia
John Peel
Pioneer Books
365 pages

Contents

The Characters
The People
The Planets
Appendix: Ships & Devices

Blurb

"An essential book for Star Trek fans..."
Enterprise Incidents

A unique reference to every actor, director and writer to work on the series plus complete details on each of the characters and alien races and much, much more!

Comments

A revised edition of The Encyclopedia of Star Trek (see above), this adds an uglier cover, cheaper paper, and 60 or so pages written without much research or thought, but with some feeble attempts at humor, by the author. For example:

Capella IV

Story: "Friday's Child"

Capella IV is a hands-off world. If you land here, the natives chop your hands off. Seriously, the effects are not pleasant - you are likely to find yourself vacationing at Federation expense on Tantalus if you do try and land on Capella. They have a few internal problems that have to be sorted out before the place is opened up for tourists.

The native race, frankly, leaves a lot to be desired. They have plenty of odd customs, most of which end up in the demise of anyone who breaks them. They also tend to be nomadic warriors, and fight quite frequently for power, women and anything else that they want badly enough. It's most depressing, really. They are an inventive bunch, but their inventiveness is mostly limited to inventing new weapons and new ways to kill people with them.

Catulla

Story: "The Way to Eden"

Catulla is, of course, one of the Federation planets. It's pretty dull for the most part.

This is, of course, one of Hal Schuster's books. It's pretty awful for the most part.

Trek UniverseThe Trek Universe
James Van Hise
Schuster & Schuster
96 pages

Contents

Introduction
Books & Periodicals
Other Merchandise
Fiction
Comic Books
Folios & Blueprints

Blurb

A companion volume to The Star Trek Fan's Handbook. A complete guide to the hundreds of books, fanzines, magazines, blueprints, comics, buttons, posters, towels, bumperstrips and other items a Star Trek fan cannot live without!

Comments

This is not a helpful book for collectors. Though it lists a number of items, it gives very little information about them. It's not well organized or laid out, being a Hal Schuster production. (Schuster's notoriously poor quality control extends to the name of the publisher as printed on the book's spine being Sschuster & Schuster. Also, typically, the title on the verso of the cover page, The Star Trek Universe, does not match the title as given elsewhere.) A couple of points that may make this of some interest are the photos of a few interesting collectibles and other items, and a six page survey by Wendy Rathbone of the Bantam Star Trek novels, no doubt recycled from another Schuster publication or an issue of Van Hise's Enterprise Incidents magazine.

The Ultimate Trek
John Peel
Schuster & Schuster

Comments

This was an expensive hardcover reprint collection of John Peel's Star Trek Files Magazine publications. To the best of my knowledge, this was the only hardcover Star Trek book Hal Schuster ever published, and with a cover price of $75, as I recall, that's not surprising. 

Thanks to Matti Hollberg for helping me confirm that this existed.

Who's Who in Star TrekWho's Who in Star Trek
John Townsley
Star
109 pages

Blurb

To boldly go where no man has gone before...

Apart from the first two pilots, all 79 Star Trek episodes were filmed within three years, between 1966 and 1969 -- not a long production life for what would become the world's No 1 Science Fiction TV series. Now, almost 25 years after it all began, repeats of the TV series are still shown regularly all over the world and four full-length feature films have proved the timeless popularity of Captain Kirk, Mr Spock and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise.

Who's Who in Star Trek brings together for the first time everybody who contributed to this Science Fiction phenomenon, the actors, writers, producers and directors -- not to mention the special effects designers -- who made Star Trek the greatest cult TV series of all time.

Includes the stars of the new TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation

Comments

This is a British book that was not widely distributed in North America. It was a reprint of an April Publications book, published in 1984, which may have been something more like a fanzine (I don't recall ever seeing it in Books in Print). The Star version is a mass market paperback. People involved with the show are listed alphabetically by surname, followed by a brief description of their connection with the show. Star Trek novelists and high profile fans are included with the actors and others mentioned in the blurb. 

Ian McLean confirms that the first edition was a fanzine, so it's been removed from this site. 

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Star Trek: The Original Series

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

paperback cover(Star Trek) Spock's World (audio)
Diane Duane
Pocket

Blurb

Ever since 1966, when the very first episode of the original Star Trek television series aired, casual fans and devoted Trekkers alike have been captivated by the alien Mr. Spock and his enigmatic home planet Vulcan. Now, for the first time anywhere, here is an in-depth look at the secret history of both.

It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. Enterprise from halfway across the galaxy, to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve the very future of the Federation, the innermost secrets of the planet Vulcan are laid before us, from its beginnings millions of years ago to its savage prehistory, from merciless tribal warfare to medieval court intrigue, from the exploration of space to the the development of c'thia -- the ruling ethic of logic. And Spock -- torn between his duty to Starfleet and the unbreakable ties that bind him to Vulcan -- must find a way to reconcile both his own inner conflict and the external dilemma his planet faces... lest the Federation itself be ripped asunder.

Diane Duane, author of three previous bestselling Star Trek novels and an episode of the new Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, as well as countless other bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels, has crafted a tale of unprecedented scope and imagination, at once a generations-spanning historical novel and a thrilling science fiction adventure. Spock's World is the book that the series fans have waited twenty years for.

"I am Spock...

I hold the rank of Commander in the Starfleet of the United Federation of Planets; I serve as First Officer of the Starship Enterprise...

I am the son of two worlds. Of Earth, whose history is an open book... and of Vulcan, whose secrets have lain hidden beneath its burning sands...

Until now."

Comments

Arguably the first original Star Trek hardcover novel (depending on whether you count Mission to Horatius), this book told two stories, the history of Vulcan and a political crisis involving the Enterprise crew, in alternating chapters.

Paperback novels

Final Frontier(Star Trek) Final Frontier (audio)
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

In the bestselling tradition of Enterprise and Strangers From the Sky, here is the third giant Star Trek novel:

Final Frontier

This is the story of a hero -- and a moment forever lost to history.

It is a tale of Starfleet's early days, of a time before the Star Trek we know. The story of a secret mission gone horribly wrong -- and an instant in time when the galaxy stood poised on the brink of one final, destructive war. It is the story of a ship since passed on into legend, and a man we knew only as the father of Starfleet's greatest captain.

His name is Kirk. Commander George Samuel Kirk. He is a warrior, born and bred to battle. Now destiny has placed the fate of a hundred innocent worlds on his shoulders.

And put the power of the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen in his hands...

Comments

The third and last of the original series "giant" paperback novels from Pocket, this was Carey's first novel about the early days of the Enterprise and its captain, Robert April, and George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk. It was followed in 1992 by Best Destiny. Final Frontier was published in January, between Bloodthirst and The IDIC Epidemic.

IDIC Epidemic(Star Trek 38) The IDIC Epidemic
Jean Lorrah
Pocket

Blurb

I.D.I.C -- Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. More than just a simple credo, for those of the planet Vulcan it is the cornerstone of their philosophy.

Now, on the Vulcan Science Colony Nisus, that credo of tolerance is being being put to its sternest test. For here, on a planet where Vulcan, Human, Klingon, and countless other races live and work side by side, a deadly plague has sprung up. A plague whose origins are somehow rooted in the concept of I.D.I.C. itself. A plague that threatens to tear down that centuries-old maxim and replace it with an even older concept.

Interstellar War.

Comments

This was the second of Lorrah's two original series novels, following The Vulcan Academy Murders. She also wrote two Next Generation novels.

Time for Yesterday(Star Trek 39) Time for Yesterday (audio)
A.C. Crispin
Pocket

Blurb

Time in the galaxy has stopped running its normal course. That can only mean one thing -- the Guardian of Forever is malfunctioning. To save the universe, Starfleet Command reunites three of its most legendary figures -- Admiral James T. Kirk, Spock of Vulcan, and Dr. Leonard McCoy -- and sends them on a desperate mission to contact the Guardian, a journey that ultimately takes them 5,000 years into the past. They must find Spock's son Zar once again -- and bring him back to their time to telepathically communicate with the Guardian.

But Zar is enmeshed in troubles of his own, and soon Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves in a desperate struggle to save both their world -- and his!

Comments

This is Crispin's second sequel to the episode "All Our Yesterdays," after Yesterday's Son.

In 1999, Pocket reprinted Crispin's two Zar books as The Yesterday Saga Book 1: Yesterday's Son and The Yesterday Saga Book 2: Time for Yesterday. In 2000, Crispin announced that a new proposed Zar trilogy has been approved by Paramount. Unfortunately, Pocket editor Marco Palmieri announced in 2004 that the trilogy had been cancelled.

Timetrap(Star Trek 40) Timetrap
David Dvorkin
Pocket

Blurb

In a remote area of Federation space, the Enterprise picks up an urgent distress signal -- from a Klingon vessel! Tracing the S.O.S., the crew finds the Klingon cruiser Mauler, trapped in a dimensional storm of unprecedented power. Yet paradoxically, the ship refuses both the Enterprise's call and the offers of help.

Determined to discover what the Klingons are doing in Federation space, Kirk beams aboard their ship with a security team, just as the storm flares to its highest intensity. As the bridge crew watches in horror, Mauler vanishes from the Enterprise's viewscreen.

And James T. Kirk awakens... one hundred years in the future.

Comments

This is one of three Trek novels by David Dvorkin.

Three-Minute Universe(Star Trek 41) The Three-Minute Universe
Barbara Paul
Pocket

Blurb

The Sackers. In all Captain James T. Kirk's travels, he has never found a race more universally shunned and abhorred. Their mere appearance causes most Federation members to become violently ill.

Now the Sackers have performed a deed whose brutality matches their horrifying exterior. They have stolen a revolutionary new scientific device -- murdering an entire race in the process -- and used it to create a rip in the fabric of space, a hole through which another universe is rapidly leaking. Unless Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise can find a way to stop the new universe's expansion, it will consume -- and utterly destroy -- our own.

Comments

This is Paul's only Trek novel.

Memory Prime(Star Trek 42) Memory Prime
Gar Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens
Pocket

Blurb

It is the central core of an immense computer library -- an elite network of research planetoids. Here, the Pathfinders -- the only artificial intelligences legally permitted to serve the Federation -- control and sift the overwhelming dataflow from thousands and thousands of research vessels across the galaxy...

Now the greatest scientists in the Federation have gathered here for the prestigious Nobel and Z-Magnees prize ceremonies -- unaware that a deadly assassin is stalking one of them. And as Captain Kirk struggles to save his ship from sabotage and his first officer from accusations of murder, he discovers the hidden assassin is far from the deadliest secret lurking on Memory Prime...

Comments

A sequel to the episode "The Lights of Zetar," this is the first of many Trek books by the Reeves-Stevenses. Their later books include novels, nonfiction, and collaborations with William Shatner.

Final Nexus(Star Trek 43) The Final Nexus
Gene DeWeese
Pocket

Blurb

Uncounted centuries ago, an unknown race from beyond our galaxy created a series of interstellar gates -- shortcuts across our universe -- and then disappeared, leaving behind no clues to their fate, or the operation of their system. Twice before, the Enterprise has used the system to traverse the galaxy, and returned each time no wiser to the gates' operation.

Now it is imperative that they find out. For the gates are breaking down, taking the very stars in the sky with them. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of the Enterprise crew, and their ability to communicate not only with creatures from another world -- but from another universe as well.

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by DeWeese.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Paperback novels

Ghost Ship(Star Trek: The Next Generation 1) Ghost Ship
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

First in a brand-new series of original novels, based on the hit television show:

Star Trek: The Next Generation

1995: A mysterious creature destroys a Russian aircraft carrier -- and just as mysteriously disappears...

And three hundred years later, Counselor Deanna Troi awakens in her quarters from a nightmare, a nightmare where she senses (and understands) the voices of the crew lost aboard that ship, a crew whose life-essences were somehow absorbed by the creature that destroyed their ship long ago.

Now, Picard must discover a way to communicate with the creature - or he and his crew will be similarly absorbed by the "ghost ship"!

Comments

Ghost Ship was the first original Next Generation novel. At the time it was written, the show had not yet actually aired, so Carey had to work from scripts and series background material. Consequently, some of the character portrayals are noticeably different from the characters as seen on the show.

Peacekeepers(Star Trek: The Next Generation 2) The Peacekeepers
Gene DeWeese
Pocket

Blurb

Exploring a deserted alien spaceship, Lt. Commander Data and Lt. Geordi LaForge suddenly find themselves transported light-years away -- into the prison cell, into the middle of a deadly conflict!

While Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise search feverishly for the missing crewmen, Data and LaForge discover they are in a station almost identical to the one they were exploring, high in orbit around an Earth-type world. Years before, the occupants of that planet accidentally stumbled onto the ship and its advanced technology -- and since then, have used its weapons to keep the nations on the planet below disarmed, and at peace.

Now their own arrival has precipitated a crisis on the station. Somehow, Data and LaForge must find a way to restore trust between the planet below and the station's guardians up above -- before a final, destructive war breaks out!

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by DeWeese.

Children of Hamlin(Star Trek: The Next Generation 3) The Children of Hamlin
Carmen Carter
Pocket

Blurb

The Hamlin Massacre -- every Starfleet officer knows the tale. The tiny Federation outpost of Hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population ruthlessly slaughtered, before the first defense shields could be raised. Even worse, the colony's children disappeared without a trace, abducted by the aliens who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers.

Now, fifty years later, the Choraii ships have appeared again. But this time the Federation is ready; this time the Choraii must pay for what they need. The precious metals can only be bought with the Hamlin children still living with their captors.

This time, the Choraii must face Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- and the crew of the starship Enterprise...

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by Carter.


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