The Complete Starfleet Library

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1991

The Best of Star TrekThe Best of Star Trek
Mike Barr, Diane Duane, Peter David, Tom Sutton, Dan Jurgens, Curt Swan, James Fry, and Gordon Purcell
DC Comics
240 pages

Contents

Introduction by Nicholas Meyer
Foreword by Robert Greenberger
Mortal Gods
The Final Voyage
Double Blind Part One
Double Blind Part Two
Retrospect
The Trial of James Kirk Part One: The First Thing We Do...
The Trial of James Kirk Part Two: ... Let's Kill All the Lawyers!
The Trial of James Kirk Part Three: Trial and Error!
Bios

Comments

A selection of stories first published from 1984 to 1990, this offers a variety of story styles, including some humorous work by Trek novelists Duane ("Double Blind") and David ("The Trial of Captain Kirk").

Best of Trek 16The Best of Trek 16: From the Magazine for Star Trek Fans
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Roc Books
208 pages

Contents

Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Review and Commentary by Walter Irwin
Walking the Decks of the Real Enterprise by Sally Jerome
Children in Star Trek by Elizabeth Ann Osborne
Star Trek and the Miracle Myth by Joyce Tullock
The Final Frontier is the Human Heart by Mark Alfred
Falling Out of Standard Orbit by David Winfrey
The Disappearing Bum -- A Fun Look at Time Travels in Star Trek by Jeff Mason
Humanism in Star Trek -- An Alternative Approach by Ron Beshears
The Giant Star Trek Novel by Susan M. Steele
A Critique of Spock's World by Lou E. Mason
Star Trek's Third Season: A Worthwhile Mixture of Success and Failure by Gregory Herbek
All Vulcan in One Tightly Wrapped Package by Karla Taylor
Ask Not What Your Federation Can Do For You: Kirk as a Kennedy Figure by Judy Klass
Uniforms by Lieutenant David Crockett
The Empath by Tom Lalli

Blurb

Walking the deck of the real Enterprise
Falling out of standard orbit
All Vulcan in one tightly wrapped package
Ask not what your Federation can do for you...

Star Trek, the original TV show, the motion pictures, the new series -- for over two decades the ideas, dreams, and imaginative vision of this media phenomenon have captured an ever-growing audience of all ages and backgrounds. Each volume in this ongoing series created by and for Star Trek fans by Walter Irwin, G.B. Love, and their fellow enthusiasts, has continued to uncover fascinating new facets of the constantly expanding Trek universe. This latest collection returns to these irresistible realms where, with the aid of the experts, you'll learn more about the inner workings of Star Trek: The Next Generation... investigate some intriguing leads on Data's true origins and purpose... find out what really makes the Enterprise fly... and have a front row view of all your favorite stars, episodes, and films in -- The Best of Trek 16

Comments

See the entry for the first volume for my comments on this series. Note: contributor Judy Klass is the author of the Pocket Star Trek novel The Cry of the Onlies.

Survey coverFederation Technological Survey
Lawrence Miller
New Eye Studio

Contents

Federation Historical Timeline
Starships
Klingon & Ferengi Starships
Weapons
Shuttlecraft
Space Probes & Torpedos
Communication Devices
Starbases & Space Stations

Comments

This is currently being sold through Star Trek collectibles dealers like Intergalactic Trading Co. and New Eye Studio. There's no copyright statement, no proper title page, no publisher name; in short, nothing that could help a person identify the source of this book, other than the last page being a New Eye ad. 

The book is a collection of schematics and blueprints from different eras of Trek. Though it follows the lead of the old Franz Joseph Star Fleet Technical Manual in some respects (mixing a few pages of text with a lot of ship plans and other diagrams), it's clearly a product of the Next Generation era, using an LCARS-influenced page layout.

Note: after first listing this book on the site on an unknown year page, I received an email from the author, Lawrence Miller, who gave some backstory on the book's creation, his dealings with the publisher, and his more recent publications. I hope to have a look at some of them soon to determine whether they should be covered on this site. Miller publishes his works himself now and sells them through his eBay store.

Greenberg's Volume 1 coverGreenberg's Guide to Star Trek Collectibles A-E
Christine Gentry and Sally Gibson-Downs
Greenberg

Contents

Star Trek Lives!
Reference Guide
Abbreviations
Classic Cast
Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast
Glossary of Collectible Terms
Classic Episode Abbreviation Guide
A
Action Figures and Accessories
Action Figure Sets
Activity Pads
Address Books
Address Labels
Animation Cels
Animation Drawings
Art Prints
Audio Cassettes
B
Badges and I.D. Cards
Banks
Bed Linens
Belt Buckles
Belt Pouches
Belts
Binoculars
Blueprints
Board Games
Bookcovers
Bookmarks
Bookplates
Books
Book Sets
Books (Translations and Foreign Editions)
Books (Trek-Related)
Bop Bag
Brush and Comb
Bumper Stickers
Business Cards
Buttons (Photo)
Buttons (slogan)
C
Cachets
Calculators
Calendars
Card Games
Car Hangers and Kinetic Passengers
Certificates
Chairs
Charms
Checkbook Covers
Chess Sets
Clocks
Coaster
Coins
Colorforms
Coloring Kits
Comic Books
Comic Books (Foreign and Translations)
Comic Premiums
Comic Specials
Comic Syndications
Communicator Kits and Props
Communicator Toys
Computer Prints
Computer Software
Contests
Convention Booklets and Bags
Costumes
Credit Cards
Cups and Cup Holders
Curtains
D
Decals
Decanters and Accessories
Decorations
Diplomas
Dish Sets
Dolls and Play Sets
Doorknob Hangers and Signs
E
Earrings
Ears
Eight-Track Tapes
Erasers
Events
Exhibits

Comments

From the authors of 1988's Encyclopedia of Trekkie Memorabilia, published by Books Americana, comes the first in an expensive trilogy of Trek price guides. The cover scan and contents were provided by Jason Odom.

History of TrekThe History of Trek
James Van Hise
Pioneer
145 pages

Contents

Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)
Introduction: A Phenomenon Unexcelled
A Dream in the Making
A Near Miss and a Solid Hit
Onward to the Stars With Hope (The First Season)
Steady As She Goes (The Second Season)
An Area of Turbulence (The Third and Final Season)
Moving Through Limbo and Beyond (The Lost Years... to Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
Sailing the Silver Screen (The Movie Trilogy)
A New Generation Embarks
The Old Guard Stumbles; The New Wave Triumphs
The Torch is Carried On
The Future Beckons, Bright and Bold
Checklists
Classic Star Trek
Animated Star Trek
The Next Generation

Blurb

A narrative history of a phenomenon.

Perhaps no television series in the nearly 50 year history of the medium has had as much written about it as Star Trek, but perhaps that is because there is so much to say. Even when the series was first airing in the Sixties, a book was already on the stands chronicling its behind-the-scenes creation. And after the show was cancelled in 1969, people continued to write about it, actually increasing interest in the series until it returned in the form of a $40 million feature film in 1979.

The History of Trek tells the incredible tale of a television series that limped through three seasons and changed the world. Not only are the origins of the original series revealed in interviews with cast and creative satff; not only is the fascinating story of the series that almost was told; not only does the book take the reader behind the scenes for six movies and an entire new series of Next Generation adventures... but the real life adventure is also uncovered. Astronauts and scientists were inspired by the amazing stories. Artists and writers turned to their crafts after watching the most inspirational series in the history of television.

This is a unique book told by James Van Hise, perhaps the only writer who could have told it. Van Hise published his first magazine devoted to Star Trek over a decade ago and has continued his fascination, and his chronicling, of the series ever since. Now he creates his magnum opus, virtually a love letter to a most deserving show.

Comments

Despite the claims made by the blurb, this is, essentially, a series of episode summaries with some background material. HarperCollins published a revised version of this Hal Schuster publication in 1995 under the title The Unauthorized History of Trek.

Making of the Trek FilmsThe Making of the Trek Films
Edward Gross, Kay Anderson, Wendy Rathbone, Ron Magid, Sheldon Teitelbaum
Image Publishing
172 pages

Contents

An Introduction
Road to the 23rd Century
The Press Conference
Gene Roddenberry, An Unpublished Interview
A Wise Move
The Script's the Thing, So Where Is It?
The Wrath of Khan: An Introduction
Project Genesis
The Search for Nimoy
The Scripts of Wrath
The Meyer Connection
F/X & Costumes
Production Design
Amazing Places
Spock's Ears
ILM Effects, Part II
Computer Imaging
The Score
"He's Dead, Jim"
Commenting on Khan
Beginning the Search
Starship Security
Dressing Up the Search Party
Designing the Search
The Search for Genesis
Exit: Stage 15
Shooting Spock
A Fruitful Search
The Voyage Begins
Penning The Voyage Home
Blue Skies & Star Fields
Eye of the F/X Storm
"There Be Whales Here"
Beams Up & Warp Drives
Splitting the Red Sea... Almost
Bringing The Voyage Home
Captain's Log: The Final Frontier
The Final Screenplay...?
Nobody Said It Was Gonna Be Easy
F/X in The Final Frontier
"Hi, Bones. Mind If We Drop In?"
Props & Make-Up
Singin' the F/X Blues
Oh, God!
The Lost Ending
Summing Up The Final Frontier
The Undiscovered Star Trek VI
The Undiscovered Country
Appendix 1: Gene Roddenberry, 25 Years Later
Appendix 2: The Bennett Years
Appendix 3: Star Guests
Appendix 4: The Unfilmed Star Trek II

Blurb

Go behind the scenes on each of the Star Trek features: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search For Spock, The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier, and The Undiscovered Country.

Featuring interviews with:

Gene Roddenberry - William Shatner - Leonard Nimoy - DeForest Kelley - James Doohan - George Takei - Walter Koenig - Nichelle Nichols - Stephen Collins - Persis Khambatta - Ricardo Montalban - Bibi Besch - Kirstie Alley - Merritt Butrick - Robin Curtis - Mark Lenard - Catherine Hicks - Lawrence Luckinbill - Harold Livingston - Alan Dean Foster - Dennis Clark - Jack Sowards - Steve Meerson - Peter Krikes - David Loughery - Robert Wise - Nicholas Meyer - Robert Sallin - Harve Bennett - Andrew Probert - The Special Effects Teams - and many more.

Learn the entire saga and read of the Star Trek films you never saw, including a version of Star Trek II that featured all of the elements of The Wrath of Khan with the exception of Khan; as well as the aborted Star Trek VI: Starfleet Academy, which would have been a prequel to the original series.

The 25th Anniversary celebration continues!

Comments

One of a series of Image Publishing books bearing the words The History of Trek on the cover, this is not so much a book as a collection of magazine articles. The material originally appeared in a variety of magazines, including Cinefantastique, American Cinematographer, and Enterprise Incidents. Anyone who has only read the official Pocket books will probably find some new information here, and it's a better-produced book than some of the other unauthorized books about the movies, especially the Hal Schuster publications.

Listed as contributing writers are Dennis Fischer, Randy Lofficier, Jean-Marc Lofficier, Marc Shapiro, and Tom Rogers.

New VoyagesNew Voyages: The Next Generation Guidebook
Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
Image Publishing
168 pages

Contents

New Voyages: An Introduction
Season One
On Location With The Next Generation
Season Two
Stepmother of The Child
Season Three
The Best of Both Series
Season Four
The Devil and Captain Kirk
Making First Contact

Blurb

Overcoming skeptical fans and critics alike who believed that a Star Trek without Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock would never work, Star Trek: The Next Generation is more popular than ever, having already filmed 100 episodes, while preparing to warp into its fifth season.

New Voyages: The Next Generation Guidebook provides credits, original airdates, synopses and reviews of every show of the first four seasons. The reader is taken on a guided tour through the 24th century via the commentaries of the show's various writers, directors, producers and cast members, who fought against overwhelming odds to rise above mediocrity and achieve phenomenal success.

Those interviewed include:

Dorothy Fontana - John D.F. Black - Jonathan Frakes - Herb Wright - Marina Sirtis - Tracy Torme - Michael Dorn - Maurice Hurley - Rob Legato - Rob Bowman - Joseph Scanlan - Jennifer Hetrick - Rick Berman - John de Lancie - Hannah Louise Shearer - Cliff Bole - Les Landau - Michael Reaves - Corey Allen - Paul Lynch - Katharyn Powers - Michael Baron - Robert Lewin - David Livingston - Melinda Snodgrass - Colm Meaney - Robert Iscove - Ron Moore - Richard Krzemien - Michael Piller - and more.

This is the complete saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation, culminating in an exclusive preview of its all-new fifth season.

Comments

Another volume in Image Publishing's History of Star Trek series, this one is for hardcore completists only, because everyone else likely has its contents in slightly different form elsewhere. Some of it appeared in Galactic Journal; other parts may have appeared in Cinefantastique. A second volume, covering the fifth season, appeared in 1992. In 1993 the material was recycled in the Image edition of Captains' Logs, which was followed by two Supplemental editions from Image (and Boxtree in the UK), each covering another season of The Next Generation (and probably also reprinting material from Cinefantastique or Sci Fi Universe). All these books were superseded by the Little, Brown editions of the same authors' Captains' Logs books, which added some newer material.

The books appeared as follows:

New Voyages: The Next Generation Guidebook, Image, 1991
New Voyages II: The Next Generation 5th Season Guidebook, Image, 1992
Captains' Logs: The Complete Trek Voyages, Image, 1993
Captains' Logs Supplemental, Image, 1993 (Boxtree, 1994)
Deep Space Log Book: A First Season Companion, Boxtree, 1994?
Captains' Logs Supplemental II, Boxtree, 1995
Deep Space Log Book: A Second Season Companion, Boxtree, 1995
Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, Little, Brown, 1995
Captains' Logs Supplemental: The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, Little, Brown, 1996
Trek Navigator: The Ultimate Guide to the Entire Trek Saga, Little, Brown, 1998

Only a collector needs all of these. The average fan would do just as well with the official Pocket episode guides, though Trek Navigator makes more of an attempt at humor and opinion than the officially licensed books ever do.

Price GuideOfficial Price Guide to Star Trek and Star Wars Collectibles
Third Edition
(Cornwell, Sue) (Kott, Mike)
House of Collectibles
277 pages

Comments

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.)

Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.

Starfleet Dynamics coverStarfleet Dynamics
David John Schmidt
Starfleet Academy Training Command Press
193 pages

Contents

Preface
Masthead
Foreword
Table of Contents
Command Department
United Federation of Planets
Starfleet
Commanding Officer's Responsibilities
Uniforms
Operations Department
Bridge
Weapons Systems
Navigation
Strategy & Tactics
Starships, Spaceships, and Civilian Vessels
Communications Department
Communications Systems
Equipment
Sensors
Computer Systems
Buoys
Sciences Department
Stellar Survey Procedures
Spacecraft Analysis
Technology Update File
Equipment
Medical Department
Shipboard Systems
Field Equipment
Ship's Services Department
Shipboard Responsibilities
Anti-Grav Units
Security Department
Organization & Procedures
Equipment
Abandoning Ship
Extra-Vehicular Activity Procedures
Engineering Department
Power Systems
Propulsion Systems
Ship Construction
Shipboard Systems
Damage Control
Appendix
Lexicon
About the Design Team

Blurb

The 23rd century officer's bible

Technical information updated to Stardate: 9100.00

All-new format and layout -- easy to access files

Thorough and complete articles -- over 150 illustrations

Special 25th anniversary collector's edition

"A must-read textbook for all Starfleet Cadets and Midshipmen in any Training Program." 
- Commodore M. Thurlow
Federation Marine Corps

"... invaluable reference volume to any Starfleet Officer -- worthy successor to the Tech Manual."
- V.Adm. J. Horowitz
Flagship U.S.S. Nimitz

"Starfleet has kept the peace for over 100 years. Without question, the key to this performance has been the training given its Officers. This manual carries on that fine tradition."
- R.Adm. E. Rogers (ret.)
Starfleet Academy

Comments

This is a professional-looking fan-produced technical manual, more or less updating the Franz Joseph Technical Manual for the movie era. The extensively revised 1991 version is the 25th Anniversary (of Star Trek) Edition; previous editions were published as Starfleet Officer Requirements. At least one such previous edition was also published as a trade paperback; any earlier editions may have been fanzine-style publications.

Star Trek: An Annotated GuideStar Trek: An Annotated Guide to Resources on the Development, the Phenomenon, the People, the Television Series, the Films, the Novels and the Recordings
Susan R. Gibberman
McFarland & Company
434 pages

Contents

Preface
The Television Series, 1966-1969
Development
Episodes
Cancellation
Design and Special Effects
Characters
Reviews
Return Rumors and False Starts
The Phenomenon
Trekkies and Trekkers
Conventions
Continuing Popularity
Collectibles
Daily Influence
Legal Issues
Philosophical and Psychological Analyses
Games and Trivia
The People
Gene Roddenberry
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Walter Koenig
Majel Barrett
Grace Lee Whitney
Writers
Directors
Guest Stars
Others
The Animated Series, 1973-74
Development
Episodes
Reviews
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
The Making of the Film
Design and Special Effects
The Cast
Reviews
Box Office
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Making of the Film
The Death of Spock
Design and Special Effects
The Cast
Reviews
Box Office
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
The Making of the Film
Design and Special Effects
The Cast
Nimoy as Director
Reviews
Box Office
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
The Making of the Film
Design and Special Effects
The Cast
Nimoy as Director
Reviews
Box Office
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
The Making of the Film
Design and Special Effects
The Cast
Shatner as Director
Reviews
Box Office
Previews of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (Television Series, 1987- )
Development
Episodes
Design and Special Effects
Cast and Characters
Writers, Producers and Directors
Reviews
The Novels
Novelizations
Original Novels
Novels Written by Star Trek People
Star Trek Discography
From the Series
From the Films
From The Next Generation
Comedy
Performed by the Star Trek Cast
Original Book and Record Sets
Story-Records of the Films
Books on Tape
Star Trek on Video
Original Series Episodes
Animated Episodes
Films
Index

Comments

This is a remarkable, if now dated, effort. The bulk of the book is a series of entries on various articles, papers, books, and other resources relating to Star Trek, organized by subject. The annotations are sometimes rather long, as much as half a page, which makes them particularly valuable for anyone unable to get the original item.

The book, despite including over 1300 numbered items, is not complete. Its contents are drawn largely from large mainstream newspapers, key SF media magazines like Starlog and Cinefantastique, TV Guide, and a sampling of more obscure sources. Still, the scope of the book is remarkable, and anyone who's seriously interested in Trek from the beginning to 1991 will make some interesting discoveries here. (And anyone who wants to write about that era of Trek history, assuming there's anything still left to be said, will find this book indispensable.)

Star Trekker coverStar Trekker
Atelier Lana
Antarctic Press
160 pages

Blurb

Attention all members of the Federation!

The Constellation II is ready to leave dry dock for space. It is being commanded by Commander Aya Nakajima and her crew of misfits.

Join in on the fun as the crew have endless parties, go back in time to eat whale, fight Klingons for fun, face off with the famous crew of the Enterprise, and much, much more.

See why the U.S.S. Enterprise is the only focus of the Star Trek series.

Comments

This is a translated, edited, and touched up version of a series of Star Trek parodies in manga (Japanese comic book) format. It's a very strange black-and-white comic book in paperback form, best suited for fans fascinated by both Star Trek and manga.

Classic Episodes 1 coverStar Trek: The Classic Episodes Volume 1
James Blish
Bantam Books
646 pages

Contents

Introduction by D.C. Fontana
The Man Trap
Charlie X
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Naked Time
The Enemy Within
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
Miri
Dagger of the Mind
The Corbomite Maneuver
The Menagerie
The Conscience of the King
Balance of Terror
Shore Leave
The Galileo Seven
The Squire of Gothos
Arena
Tomorrow is Yesterday
Court Martial
The Return of the Archons
Space Seed
A Taste of Armageddon
This Side of Paradise
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The Alternative Factor
The City on the Edge of Forever
Operation-Annihilate!

Comments

This book and its two companions contain reprints of the contents of the original series adaptations from the Bantam books Star Trek 1 through Star Trek 12. The contents of those books have been reorganized, so that the three newer editions each contain the adaptations of a season's worth of episodes. New introductions were added. For reasons unknown, the adaptations from the two Mudd episodes, first published in the book Mudd's Angels, were not included.

Classic Episodes 2Star Trek: The Classic Episodes Volume 2
James Blish
Bantam Books
647 pages

Contents

Introduction by David Gerrold
Amok Time
Who Mourns for Adonais?
The Changeling
Mirror, Mirror
The Apple
The Doomsday Machine
Catspaw
Metamorphosis
Journey to Babel
Friday's Child
The Deadly Years
Obsession
Wolf in the Fold
The Trouble With Tribbles
The Gamesters of Triskelion
A Piece of the Action
The Immunity Syndrome
A Private Little War
Return to Tomorrow
Patterns of Force
By Any Other Name
The Omega Glory
The Ultimate Computer
The Paradise Syndrome
Bread and Circuses
Assignment: Earth

Comments

See above entry on the first volume for more information.

Classic Episodes 3Star Trek: The Classic Episodes Volume 3
James Blish
Bantam Books
627 pages

Contents

Introduction by Norman Spinrad
Spock's Brain
The Enterprise Incident
And the Children Shall Lead
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Spectre of the Gun
Day of the Dove
For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
The Tholian Web
Plato's Stepchildren
Wink of an Eye
The Empath
Elaan of Troyius
Whom Gods Destroy
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
The Mark of Gideon
That Which Survives
The Lights of Zetar
Requiem For Methuselah
The Way to Eden
The Cloud Minders
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays
Turnabout Intruder

Comments

See above entry on the first volume for more information.

Star Trek: The Mirror Universe SagaStar Trek: The Mirror Universe Saga
Mike W. Barr, Tom Sutton, and Ricardo Villagran
DC Comics
192 pages

Contents

Introduction by A.C. Crispin
...Promises to Keep
Double Image
Deadly Reflection!
The Tantalus Trap!
Masquerade!
Behind Enemy Lines!
The Beginning of the End....
Homecoming...

Comments

This book reprints the first eight issues of the DC Star Trek comic to follow their adaptation of Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Kirk faces an invasion from the mirror universe first encountered in the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror." The storyline's original title, as shown on the first page of each issue, was "New Frontiers." IDW reprinted the comics in this collection in 2009 as Star Trek Archives Volume 6: Best of Alternate Universes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical ManualStar Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual
Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda
Pocket
184 pages

Contents

Introduction by Gene Roddenberry
Authors' Introduction
USS Enterprise Introduction
Spacecraft Structure
Command Systems
Computer Systems
Warp Propulsion Systems
Impulse Propulsion Systems
Utilities and Auxiliary Systems
Communications
Transporter Systems
Science and Remote Sensing Systems
Tactical Systems
Environmental Systems
Crew Support Systems
Auxiliary Spacecraft Systems
USS Enterprise Flight Operations
Emergency Operations
Conclusion
Afterword by Rick Berman
Index, Key to Acronyms, and Units of Measure

Blurb

Written by Rich Sternbach and Michael Okuda, the technical advisors to Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual takes you on a guided tour through the new U.S.S. Enterprise. From the bridge to the shuttlebays, from the transporter room to crews' quarters, this book provides a never-before-seen glimpse at the inner workings of the most incredible Starship ever conceived by two of the designers who helped create it.

Full of diagrams, technical schematics, and ship's plans, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual also takes a detailed look at the principles behind Star Trek's awesome technology -- from phasers to warp drive to the incredible holodeck!

A must for all fans, this is the one book that examines the full spectrum of technology behind the fantastic Star Trek: The Next Generation universe -- and gives fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into the making of the hit television show!

Comments

Although there had been other Star Trek technical manuals before this one, none had been produced by people who actually worked on the show, and none went into this level of detail. Heavily illustrated as the book is, it also has a great deal of text that sets out how each of the ship's systems is meant to work in the fictional universe of Star Trek. The book apparently got its start from an internal paramount document called the Writers' Technical Manual (subtitled "Or, 'Yes, but which button do I push to fire the phasers?'"). That document was a technical supplement to the Writers'/Directors' Guide. However, the Pocket version expands the manual from a short, photocopied, stapled handout to a well laid-out and designed book. For Treknology fans, this is one of the key texts.

Trek ClassicTrek Classic: 25 Years Later
Edward Gross
Image Publishing
125 pages

Contents

The Trek Begins
Wagon Train to the Stars
"The Cage"
Where No Man
Space... The Final Frontier
These Are the Voyages
Season Two Begins
Star Feud?
The Changing Season
Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming
The Continuing Voyages
Roddenberry Backs Off
Freiberger Steps In
The Final Voyages?
Epilogue

Blurb

Trek Classic: 25 Years Later is an indepth examination of the original series. The text provides an overview of SF-TV in the 50's and 60's, featuring the commentaries of such luminaries as Joseph Stefano, producer of The Outer Limits. It then takes an unprecedented look at Star Trek, featuring a complete episode guide and the commentaries of a wide variety of individuals, including:

William Shatner - Leonard Nimoy - DeForest Kelley - George Takei - Walter Koenig - James Doohan - Nichelle Nichols - Gene Roddenberry - John D.F. Black - David Gerrold - Dorothy Fontana - John Meredyth Lucas - Steven Carabatsos - Joseph Pevney - Marc Daniels - George Clayton Johnson - Norman Spinrad - Art Wallace - Gilbert Ralston - Carey Wilbur - Michael O'Herlihy - Vincent McEveety - Fred Freiberger - Margaret Armen - Jerome Bixby - Jerry Sohl - Robert Butler - James Goldstone - Samuel Peeples - Stephen Kandel - Gary Lockwood - James Komack - Ricardo Montalban - Judy Burns - Adrian Spies - Paul Schneider - Robert Justman - and many more!

This is the first truly honest look at the original series, presenting the candid and uncensored views of those who brought the magic to life.

Comments

Though I haven't yet read this book, I suspect the blurb overstates its merits somewhat. A quick glance through the book shows several pages of episode summaries and several pages of the same old Trek history. Almost certainly not the worst of its type, it's equally unlikely to be the best. For hardcore original series fans and completists.

Trek: The Next GenerationTrek: The Next Generation
James Van Hise
Pioneer
153 pages

Contents

Background
Season One
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four

Blurb

From the publisher of The Trek Encyclopedia, Trek: The Lost Years and Trek: 25th Anniversary Celebration comes the definitive book of The Next Generation

- Complete episode guide

- Exclusive profiles of the actors and actresses

- Biographies of the major characters

The Next Generation is now in its fifth season and continues the adventure of Star Trek where no one has gone before. Captivating new characters and fantastic stories continue to explore the amazing future of the world of Star Trek. The Next Generation has already experienced more exciting adventures than did the original crew, and the story has only just begun.

For the first time in print, Trek: The Next Generation reveals the complete behind the scenes tale of the creation of the new series. Learn how each major character was developed. Explore each of their fantastic voyages. Meet the actors and actresses who bring Picard, Riker, Data and all the other fabulous heroes to life. Discover the startling views of the original cast including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and how they now feel.

Comments

Another Hal Schuster product with typically poor production values, this was the first Next Generation episode guide in bookstores. The first edition of Pocket's Next Generation Companion was produced after the show's fifth season; this book arrived after the fourth. The episode summaries are supplemented by brief biographies of the cast and characters. Better alternatives to this book now exist, including an updated edition of the Pocket book.

Although the words "The Voyage Continues" appear to be part of the title on the book's front cover, the cataloguing in publication material on the verso of the title page indicates that it is not part of the official title.

Trek 25th Anniversary Celebration coverTrek 25th Anniversary Celebration
James Van Hise
Pioneer
147 pages

Contents

Star Trek at Twenty-Five
The Sixties
A Look Back at the Sixties
From Conception to Legend
Star Trek, 1966-1969
Science Fiction Concepts
Photo Feature: The Smithsonian Exhibit
The Seventies
A Look Back at the Seventies
The Animated Voyages
David Gerrold: Third Season to Animated
An Interview With De Forest Kelley
Star Trek at the Wax Museum
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Photo Feature: Movieland Wax Museum
The Eighties
A Look Back at the Eighties
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Behind the Scenes of The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Trilogy Concludes
Star Trek V: Almost the Final Voyage
Mr. Spock in Hollywood
Roddenberry at the Museum of Broadcasting
A Talk With Nicholas Meyer
Photo Feature: Smithsonian Exhibit Two
The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Future
The Future of Star Trek
Photo Feature: Movieland Premiere

Blurb

In this 25th anniversary of Star Trek, journey into both the past and future of this remarkable vision of mankind's destiny.

They said it wouldn't last, and after its cancellation in 1969 it looked as if it wouldn't. But the fans refused to let it die. Today, 25 years after it was created, Star Trek thrives as never before.

Trek: 25th Anniversary Celebration explains the enduring phenomenon beginning in 1966 and continuing on into the future. Journey from cancellation to revival, from revelation of its after life in conventions to its triumphant return in 1979 on the wide screen and its continuation onto a Next Generation. Visit the tributes at the Smithsonian and the Movieland Wax Museums. Witness Leonard Nimoy get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985. Go behind the scenes of the motion picture series and The Next Generation. Finally, learn the future of Star Trek beyond its 25th anniversary. The series may still be going strong for its 100th anniversary in 2,066, continuing to prove the enduring power of Star Trek.

Comments

Another poorly produced book from Hal Schuster. The blurb suggests the book is a history of the Trek phenomenon, but it reads like a collection of previously published articles and interviews crammed into a book with a few new pages of connecting material rather than a single and cohesive work.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Star Trek: The Original Series

Paperback novels

Ghost-Walker(Star Trek 53) Ghost-Walker
Barbara Hambly
Pocket

Blurb

Elcidar Beta Three -- a tranquil, undisturbed planet strategically located between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Home to the Midgwins, a race of people who throughout all time have lived in peace with their planet, and themselves. But now, times are changing. Unwilling to embrace any form of technology, the Midgwins have exhausted their world's natural resources, and stand on the brink of global famine.

When Captain Kirk and the Enterprise arrive to aid the Midgwins, they find themselves caught up in that race's struggle for survival... a struggle whose climactic battle pits them against a creature of darkness and shadow -- an entity who roams the Enterprise corridors as if it owned them -- an enemy who will not hesitate to kill to achieve its ultimate goal...

Comments

This is the second of Hambly's three Trek novels. Hambly has also written a considerable number of fantasy, horror, and science fiction novels.

Flag Full of Stars(Star Trek 54 (Lost Years 2)) A Flag Full of Stars
Brad Ferguson
Pocket

Blurb

It has been eighteen months since the Starship Enterprise completed her historic five-year mission and her legendary crew has separated, taking new assignments that span the galaxy.

On Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk has married and started a new life as the Chief of Starfleet operations where he is overseeing the refit of his beloved ship, now commanded by a new Captain -- Willard Decker. Kirk's only tie to his former crewmates is his Chief of Staff, a young Lieutenant Commander named Kevin Riley.

But Kirk's new, quiet life changes when he meets a scientist named G'dath who is on the brink of perhaps the greatest scientific discovery in a century. G'dath's invention could mean tremendous strides in Federation technology, or -- in the wrong hands -- the subjugation of countless worlds.

When Klingon agents capture this new technology, Admiral Kirk and Lt. Commander Riley are all that stands between peace and devastation for the entire Federation.

Comments

The second book in the trilogy that started with Dillard's The Lost Years and ended up becoming a tetralogy, A Flag Full of Stars is not the book as originally written. See the Lost Books page for more information.

Renegade(Star Trek 55) Renegade
Gene DeWeese
Pocket

Blurb

For nearly a hundred years, the planet Chrellkan IV has enjoyed a peaceful relationship with the colony on the third planet of its star system. However, relations between the two worlds take a deadly turn as rebel colonists take over Chrellkan III and turn against their mother world.

To prevent the conflict from escalating into full-scale war, Starfleet orders Captain Kirk and the Enterprise to moderate the dispute. On arrival, Kirk sends Spock and McCoy to investigate the rebel's claims. But seconds after beaming down, the two officers are taken hostage and then -- according to sensors -- killed. Devastated by his loss, Kirk must try to learn the truth behind the mysterious rebellion that has claimed the lives of his two closest friends.

Kirk's investigation leads him to uncover a dangerous plot against the Federation -- a plot driven by revenge that may make the Federation's highest law, the Prime Directive, an instrument of violence and destruction.

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by DeWeese.

Legacy(Star Trek 56) Legacy
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

A routine survey of the planet Alpha Octavius Four turns disastrous as Spock is attacked and poisoned by a huge creature and Kirk's landing party is trapped underground by a violent earthquake. As Spock fights for his life in sickbay, Scotty organizes a search for Kirk and his men. However, rescue efforts must cease when the U.S.S. Enterprise is called away to the Beta Cabrini system where a mining colony is under heavy attack.

At Beta Cabrini, the U.S.S. Enterprise faces off against a Marauder named Dreen -- a man that Spock had watched his former captain Christopher Pike defeat years before. Fighting the effects of the poison, Spock struggles to his feet and takes command of the ship. Soon, Spock and Dreen are locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse -- a game driven by mad revenge that can have only one survivor!

Comments

This is one of Friedman's many Trek novels.

The Rift(Star Trek 57) The Rift
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away -- much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.

Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock's party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorian fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another fifty years.

Comments

This is one of David's many Trek novels, and his first original series novel. It's the second consecutive novel to involve Kirk's predecessor Captain Christopher Pike.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Novelizations

Unification(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Unification
Jeri Taylor
Pocket

Blurb

Based on the epic two-part television episode, here now is the story Star Trek fans have awaited for five long years, the story that bring together Spock -- the enigmatic Vulcan who personified the original, classic Star Trek -- with the crew of the Next Generation.

Screenwriter Teri Taylor brings all the excitement and wonder that have captivated fans of the smash television series Star Trek: The Next Generation to this story of Spock's forbidden journey into the heart of the Romulan Empire -- and the U.S.S. Enterprise's desperate attempts to discover the reasons for his mission there.

Join now with Captain Picard, Lieutenant Commander Data, and the rest of the Next Generation crew on a voyage of unsurpassed adventure, a voyage that brings them to the edge of history -- and forces them to confront a shattering betrayal!

Comments

One of a small number of books by writers of the TV series, Taylor's first novel is a novelization of The Next Generation's "Unification" two-part episode. She later wrote two original Voyager novels, Mosaic and Pathways.

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Reunion(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Reunion (audio)
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

In the grand tradition of Spock's World, The Lost Years, and Prime Directive -- each a blockbuster New York Times bestseller -- Pocket Books presents the eagerly awaited, first Star Trek: The Next Generation hardcover: Reunion, a novel of mystery, intrigue, and peerless adventure...

Before he commanded the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard was the captain of the legendary deep space exploration vessel, the U.S.S. Stargazer, on an incredible twenty-two year voyage. Now, Picard's past and present collide on board the Enterprise as he is reunited with his former crew in a fantastic adventure that takes the Enterprise crew into the heart of the Romulan empire.

Together, Captain Picard, Commander Riker, Lt. Commander Data and the rest of the Enterprise crew must join forces with the former crew of the Stargazer to solve the mystery of Picard's past before a ruthless assassin unleashes a terrible revenge that threatens the entire galaxy.

Comments

Following the success of the original series hardcover novels, Pocket started the Next Generation hardcover series with Friedman's novel about Picard's reunion with some of his Stargazer crew. Friedman has since written a number of novels about Picard and the Stargazer, now being published under the Star Trek: Stargazer banner.

Paperback novels

Vendetta(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Vendetta
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

The Borg -- half organic being and half machine, they are the most feared race in the known galaxy. In their relentless quest for technological perfection, they have destroyed entire star systems, enslaved countless peoples, and, in a single brutal attack, decimated Starfleet's mightiest vessels. Only a final desperate gambit by Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew stopped the Borg from conquering the entire Federation. And now they have returned...

Vendetta

In the bestselling tradition of Metamorphosis and The Lost Years, here is the newest Star Trek Giant Novel, a story of vengeance and obsession.

Answering a distress call from a planet under attack by the Borg, the Enterprise meets Delcara, the lone survivor of an alien race the Borg obliterated. Blinded by hatred, Delcara seeks the ultimate revenge -- the complete destruction of her race's executioners. But the Enterprise crew learns that Delcara's vengeance carries a terrible price, for once unleashed, the destructive force she commands will annihilate not only the Borg, but countess innocents as well...

Comments

The second and last of the Next Generation "giant" novels, Vendetta is a sequel to the original series episode "The Doomsday Machine" and The Next Generation's "Best of Both Worlds" two-parter. Like David's three young adult novels in the Starfleet Academy series, this can be considered a precursor to his New Frontier series. Vendetta was published in May 1991, between Contamination and Boogeymen.

Fortune's Light(Star Trek: The Next Generation 15) Fortune's Light
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

Dante Maxima Seven -- a world known to its inhabitants as Imprima. A world where Madragi -- huge social/economic entities wealthy beyond compare -- control the fate of millions...

Years ago, William Riker was part of the Starfleet delegation that opened Imprima to the Federation. Now the disappearance of an old friend -- Teller Conlon, who also served on that team -- draws Riker and the Enterprise across the galaxy, back to Imprima.

Because the jewel known as Fortune's Light -- one of Madraga Criathis's most priceless possessions -- has been stolen. And Teller Conlon stands accused of its theft. Now Riker must discover the truth behind the disappearance of both his friend and Fortune's Light, no easy task on a world where treachery and intrigue are commonplace... and where even an old friend's embrace may conceal the deadly bite of a dagger's blade.

Comments

This is one of Friedman's many Trek novels.

Contamination(Star Trek: The Next Generation 16) Contamination (audio)
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

The Enterprise crew is stunned when famed scientist Lynn Costa is murdered in one of the ship's science labs. She and her husband Emil were known as science's greatest ongoing collaboration and, together, they had received the Federation's highest honors for their achievements in scientific research.

Determined to see the culprit brought to justice, Captain Picard assigns Lt. Worf and Counselor Deanna Troi to the case. Their routine investigation of the ship's science labs soon reveals a dangerous web of deceit, betrayal, and madness. Now, Worf and Troi find themselves struggling against a ruthless assassin set on revenge -- for whom murder is only the beginning...

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by Vornholt.

Boogeymen(Star Trek: The Next Generation 17) Boogeymen
Mel Gilden
Pocket

Blurb

Eric Baldwin is the Federation's premier exologist, a specialist in all manner of alien life forms -- and one of Captain Picard's oldest, most trusted friends. But Baldwin's discoveries have made him enemies across the galaxy, and now he wants Picard to help protect him by erasing all traces of his existence.

But Picard soon finds himself with little time to worry about Baldwin's problems. For the Enterprise has suddenly become a strange, dangerous place -- a ship where assassins lurk around every corner, and even old trusted friends are not what they seem. Threats all masterminded by the strangest race of aliens Picard and his crew have yet encountered...

Comments

This is Gilden's only Next Generation novel. He later wrote an original series novel and a young adult Deep Space Nine novel.

Q-in-Law(Star Trek: The Next Generation 18) Q-In-Law (audio)
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

When two powerful rival families of the spacefaring merchant race called the Tizarin are to be joined through marriage, the U.S.S. Enterprise is chosen as the site for the wedding. Though Captain Picard is pleased by the happy duty, his pleasure is cut short by the arrival of the Federation delegate from Betazed: Lwaxana Troi -- the mother of ship's counselor, Deanna Troi.

Despite Lwaxana Troi's romantic overtures toward the captain, the celebration seems to go smoothly until the situation is further complicated by the arrival of the notorious and all powerful being called Q -- who has come to examine and challenge the human concept of love. Suddenly, the festivities are in turmoil, the powerful Tizarin families are on the verge of war, and Lwaxana Troi is determined to teach Q a lesson in love that he will never forget...

Comments

This is one of David's many Trek novels, and his first involving Q.

Perchance to Dream(Star Trek: The Next Generation 19) Perchance to Dream
Howard Weinstein
Pocket

Blurb

On a routine mission to survey Domarus IV -- a class M world with no intelligent life -- a U.S.S. Enterprise shuttle crewed by Data, Troi and Wesley Crusher is captured by a race called the Tenirans who claim the world for themselves. As Captain Picard tries to negotiate with the captain of the Teniran ship, the shuttle suddenly disappears in a blaze of color and light.

Picard demands to know what's happened to the shuttle and its crew, but the Tenirans deny any part in their disappearance. Suddenly, Captain Picard vanishes from the bridge and finds himself alone on the planet's surface with the Teniran captain. As the two captains begin to work together, they realize that they are not alone on Domarus IV as they confront an incredible alien force with the power to transform a world -- or to destroy it.

Comments

This is one of several Trek novels by Weinstein.


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