The Complete Starfleet Library

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1992

Best of the Best of Trek IIThe Best of The Best of Trek II
Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love
Roc
383 pages

Contents

Introduction
Diversity in Combination by Alan Manning
The Brilliant Door by Joyce Tullock
Boots and Starships by Walter Irwin
The Neglected Whole, or, "Never Heard of You": Part I by Elizabeth Rigel
The Neglected Whole, or, "Never Heard of You": Part II by Elizabeth Rigel
The Classic Star Trek by Linda M. Johnston
The Journey to -- and Beyond -- The Search for Spock by Hazel Ann Williams
Star Trek: Odyssey of Salvation by Sister Mary William David, S.N.D.
Star Trek Lives in My Life by Jacqueline A. LongM
Tomorrow Man by Joyce Tullock
Keeping the Faith, or How to Live Through a Star Trek Convention by Ingrid Cross
Walking on Water and Other Things James Kirk Can't Do by James H. Devon
The Neglected Whole, Part III: The Engineer and the Doctor by Elizabeth Rigel
Cheaters and Katras: A Short Discussion of Death by Douglas Blake
Star Trip III: In Search of Taxi -- A Star Trek Parody by Kiel Stuart
Medical Practice in Star Trek: Cures and Catcalls by Sharron Crowson
Reflections on Star Trek: Past, Present, and Future by Gail Schnirch
A Guide to Star Trek Blueprints by Michael J. Scott
Star Trek Mysteries Solved by Our Readers With Commentary by Leslie Thompson
Even More Star Trek Mysteries Solved by Leslie Thompson
Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Review and Commentary by Walter Irwin
Same Sexism, Different Generation by Tom Lalli
You Have the Conn: The Star Trek Video and Computer Games by Dan Skelton
The Men at the Helm: Captains Kirk and Hornblower by Mark Alfred
Walking the Decks of the Real Enterprise by Sally Jerome
The Disappearing Bum: A Look at Time Travel in Star Trek by Jeff Mason
Star Trek's Third Season: A Worthwhile Mixture of Success and Failure by Gregory Herbek
Uniforms by Lieutenant David Crockett

Blurb

From The Best of Trek series a veritable encyclopedia of Star Trek lore

It began as a curiosity -- that most unusual creation: a science fiction television program that boldly took us where no one had gone before. A wise and adventure-filled mixture of reality and fantasy, Star Trek was a weekly paradigm of what humankind could become. Now, twenty-five years later, the tales of a starship and her crew have evolved into a full-blown phenomenon that has produced films, a second-generation television series, bestselling books, and a plethora of conventions. Culled from the pages of The Best of Trek, the classic analyses, projections, character studies, and opinions contained herein provide a wealth of information on where Star Trek has come from and where it may be headed, with special emphasis on the changing nature of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Edited by Walter Irwin and G.B. Love, here is a definitive look at the best of Trek from the fans and pros alike who share a deep and abiding love for a TV show that lives on and prospers in all its incarnations.

Comments

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

Charting the Undiscovered CountryCharting The Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI
Mark Altman, Ron Magid, and Edward Gross
Cinemaker Press
127 pages

Contents

An Introduction
The Devil and Bill Shatner
Starfleet Academy
On the Beach
The Gang's All Here
Wanted: Master Thespians
Starfleet's Sexiest Vulcan
The Human Adventure is Just Concluding
Somebody's Got to Shoot the Future
ILM Gets "A Piece of the Action"
Designing the Future
Of Molds and Monsters
Propping Up a Starship
Scoring the Undiscovered Country
Bridging the Generations
This is the End... Or Is It?
Appendix A: Kitumba

Blurb

"This may very well be the best book ever written about Star Trek."
- Mitch Rubinstein, Galactic Journal Magazine

"Highly recommended."
- Advance Comics Magazine

The bestselling authors of New Voyages: The Next Generation Guidebook take you behind the scenes of the final Star Trek film, The Undiscovered Country. Together, Mark A. Altman, Ron Magid and Edward Gross trace the history of the project from preproduction to the premiere, with exclusive and candid interviews with those who created it, including:

William Shatner - Leonard Nimoy - DeForest Kelley - Michael Dorn - James Doohan - Walter Koenig - Nicholas Meyer - Ralph Winter - Next Generation's Rick Berman - Steven Charles Jaffe - Mark Rosenthal - Kim Cattrall - The ILM Special Effects Team - Greg Jein - Cliff Eidelman - Harve Bennett - Denny Martin Flinn - The Make-Up Team - Hiro Narita - George Takei - And more!

Discover how the best of the Star Trek films was brought to life in less than a year, as well as the Trek voyages that never made it to the screen, including the controversial prequel, Starfleet Academy, and the unfilmed Klingon adventure, "Kitumba."

Re-live the making of The Undiscovered Country as told by those who brought the film to life, and examine the missing footage that would have re-introduced the cast and Carol Marcus, the astounding special effects which transformed Iman into William Shatner, Saavik's last stand, and learn what went wrong with Star Trek V as candidly recounted by its director, William Shatner.

Comments

The blurb offers more than a little hyperbole. This is hardly the best Star Trek book ever written. Given its limited focus -- the making of one movie -- it's hard to see how it could be. Nor had the authors written anything that could seriously be called a bestseller. Still, it's a reasonably good book, one of the first to emerge from the ranks of former Hal Schuster scribblers that's actually worth buying. It's still not quite a fully professional publication, as the cover art and layout demonstrate, but it's better than the books published by Schuster under the Pioneer imprint.

The authors cover the making of the movie in chapters that occasionally feel like separate magazine articles, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that some of them had been. If Galactic Journal still existed by the time of The Undiscovered Country, it might well have published them, explaining the fulsome blurb from Mitch Rubinstein. (Schuster's stable is well accustomed to this kind of logrolling; some of Schuster's books had new blurbs of praise from James Van Hise's Enterprise Incidents magazine years after that magazine had ceased publication, but at a time when Schuster was publishing books by Van Hise.)

There are a couple of nice features about this book. Instead of focusing exclusively on the movie that was actually made, the writers include a chapter about the movie that was almost made: Harve Bennett's Starfleet Academy, which would have featured a new cast as Kirk, Spock, and the others in their Academy days. Also, as an appendix, they summarize "Kitumba," the unused Star Trek Phase II script that would have been the first epic look at life inside the Klingon Empire if Phase II had been produced instead of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (This episode is also summarized in the more recent Pocket book on Phase II, which I cannot recommend too highly.)

Enterprising WomenEnterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth
Camille Bacon-Smyth
University of Pennsylvania Press
338 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Part I: Who Are These People and What Are They Doing?
Introduction: Studying Fandom
The Media Fanzine Community
Fan Fiction and Material Art
Part II: A Closer Look at the Community and Its Art
Training New Members
Second Stage Initiation: Learning About Videotape
Reading Fan Fiction
Visual Meaning
Part III: Transgression and Identity
Identity and Risk
Homoerotic Romance
Suffering and Solace: The Genre of Pain
Looking Backward: Play, Creativity, and Narrative
Appendix A. Methodology
Appendix B. An Introduction to the Language of the Fan Community: Glossary
Appendix C. Who Are Fanziners? Demographics
Appendix D. Kraith Timeline
Bibliography
Index

Blurb

Enterprising Women is a study of the worldwide community of fans of Star Trek and other genre television series who create and distribute fiction and art based on their favorite series. This community includes people from all walks of life -- housewives, librarians, secretaries, and professors of medieval literature. Ninety percent of its members are women. They take settings, plots, and characters from Star Trek, Blake's 7, Miami Vice, and other science fiction and action-adventure series and modify the settings, rework the plots, create new characters, and invent new interactions among old characters.

The fiction and art that result from this re-creation are published in magazines called "fanzines" and sold through an intricate network of conventions, word of mouth, cross-advertising, and catalogs. All of the community's publications are underground and are not sold for profit. No one in the community makes money from her writing, drawing, editing, or distributing of fan art and fiction.

Camille Bacon-Smith asks the question: Why do members of this community -- who have jobs and families to take care of -- spend time, energy, and money creating and sharing pictures and stories about worlds they have seen only on television? Using a theoretical framework drawn from ethnolinguistics, mass communications studies, literary theory, the sociology of play, and feminist studies, and calling upon knowledge gained from years of participant observation in the fan community, the author shows us how members of the community use their fiction and art to help them cope with real-life problems and to find support and comfort in community. While the results are often surprising, sometimes, disconcerting, they are always a tribute to the struggle of the artist in all of us to be seen, to be heard, and to matter in our community.

Enterprising Women is valuable not only for what it reveals about the fan community but, equally important, for what it tells us about how audiences receive and use mass media entertainment. It will be a unique resource for students and scholars of literature, American studies, women's studies, and popular culture.

Comments

The above tells you what the book is like. What it doesn't tell you is that this book is remarkably readable for an academic work. It's also relatively light on the usual academic references to French theorists. If you're interested at all in the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom, as opposed to being interested in Star Trek itself only, this book is well worth reading.

Exploring Deep Space and BeyondExploring Deep Space and Beyond
Mark A. Altman and David Ian Solter
Cinemaker Press
126 pages

Contents

An Introduction
Prologue
Adventures in Deep Space
Creating Deep Space
Out of the Cage & Beyond Farpoint-- The Pilot
The Cast-- New Kids on the Block
Deep Space Illustrations
Michael Westmore-- Make-Up Maestro
F/X on DS9
The Season Begins
Treks into Deep Space
Beyond Deep Space-- SF's Other Odd Numbered Space Station
Patrolling Deep Space: Space Rangers
Appendix A. The Critics Take on "DS9"
Appendix B. Directing "Deep Space" by Edward Gross

Blurb

Welcome to the edge of the final frontier: deep space, where only man's space stations protect the galaxy

With 16 pages of full color photographs!

Exploring Deep Space... And Beyond is the first comprehensive unofficial guide to the new wave in science fiction television. Chronicling the making of television's most important genre shows located on the outskirts of explored space, Exploring Deep Space begins by looking at the history of space stations in fact and fiction, followed by an indepth analysis of the creation of Deep Space Nine, the hit syndicated television series from Paramount Pictures.

Also lying on the fringes of the final frontier are Warner Bros.' Babylon 5, a space station on which the five warring intergalactic federations come together in search of peace; and CBS' Space Rangers, an ambitious action/adventure set in the cosmos from the creative team behind Backdraft and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Featured in this volume are:

- Deep Space creators Rick Berman and Michael Piller
- Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski
- Space Rangers creator Pen Densham
- The cast of Deep Space Nine, including Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois and Terry Farrell
- Space Rangers' Captain Jeff Kaake
- And many more

Exploring Deep Space... And Beyond is your roadmap to the future.

Comments

According to the back cover blurb, this book "is the first comprehensive unofficial guide to the new wave in science-fiction television." Supposedly it's a study of the new space station-based TV shows. Really, though, it's a book that's about 90% devoted to Deep Space Nine, with short chapters on Babylon 5 and Space Rangers. It also reads more like a collection of articles from science fiction media magazines than a coherent monograph. That's not surprising, given that Mark Altman is a frequent contributor to SF magazines and former editor of the magazine Sci-Fi Universe. Still, it was the first nonfiction book about DS9, and it's considerably better than the books produced by Cinemaker's chief competitor, the Hal Schuster empire.

Greenberg's Volume 2 coverGreenberg's Guide to Star Trek Collectibles: F-Postcards
Christine Gentry and Sally Gibson-Downs
Greenberg

Contents

Collecting Trek!
Reference Guide
How To Use This Book
Abbreviations
Classic and Movie Cast
Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast
Glossary of Collectible Terms
Episode Abbreviation Guide
F
Fabrics
Fanzines
Film Clip Frames
Film Reels
First Aid Supplies
Flashlights
Food Packages
Food Premium Cards
Frisbees and Gliders
Funny Money
G
Glasses
Greeting Cards
Gum Cards
H
Harp
Hats and Helmets
I
Invitations
Iron-ons and Transfers
J
Jackets
K
Key Chains and Key Holders
Kitchen Helpers
Kites
Knife
L
Letter Openers
License Plates
Lighter
Lighting Fixtures
Lithographs
Lobby Cards and Stills
Lunch Boxes
M
Magazines
Magnets
Mailbox
Matches
Medical Equipment Props
Membership Cards
Memo Holder
Memo Pads
Metal Detector
Minature Replicas
Mirrors
Mobiles
Model Rockets
Models
Molding Kits
Money Clip
Mugs and Steins
N
Needlepoint Kits
Newsletters
Notebooks
Notecards
Note Pads
O
Ornaments
P
Painting Kits
Pajamas
Paper Dolls
Paperweights
Parchment Credos
Patches
Pencils and Pens
Pendants
Pen Holders
Pennants
Phaser/Weapon Kits and Props
Phaser/Weapon Toys
Photo Cards
Photographs
Pillow
Pinball/Arcade Games
Pins
Planetarium
Plants and Accessories
Plates
Playbills
Postcard Books
Postcards

Comments

From the authors of 1988's Encyclopedia of Trekkie Memorabilia, published by Books Americana, comes the second in an expensive trilogy of Trek price guides. Thanks again to Jason Odom for the cover scan and contents.

Greenberg's Volume 3 coverGreenberg's Guide to Star Trek Collectibles: R-Z
Christine Gentry and Sally Gibson-Downs
Greenberg

Contents

Preserving Your Collection
Reference Guide
How To Use This Book
Abbreviations
Classic and Movie Cast
Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast
Glossary of Collectible Terms
Classic Episode Abbreviation Guide
P
Poster Books
Posters
Press Books
Press Kits
Program Souvenirs and Cards
Promotional Materials
Prozines
Puppets
Puzzles
R
Records and Compact Discs
Rings
Robe
Role Playing Games
Role Playing Publications
Rubber Stamps
Rugs
S
Scripts (Originals)
Scripts (Reproductions)
Sheet Music
Ship Toys
Shirts
Shoes and Shoelaces
Shorts Sets
Signs
Sleeping Bags
Slides
Small Press
Socks
Souvenir Kits
Spoons
Stamps
Standup
Stationary
Statues
Sticker Albums
Sticker Premiums
Stickers
Storyboards
String Art Kits
Stuffed Animals
T
Tank
Target Games
Telephone Promos
Ties and Tie Tacs
Totes
Towels
Trading Cards
Train
Trays
Tricorders
Truck
U
Umbrella
Underwear
Uniforms
V
Video Cassettes
Video Discs
Video Games
Viewers
Visor
W
Wallets
Wall Hangings
Wallpaper
Wastepaper Baskets
Watches
Whistle
Wind Sock
Y
Yo-Yo
Z
Zap Switch
Addendum

Comments

As above. Thanks again to Jason Odom for the cover scan and contents.

Jackill's Volume 1Jackill's Star Fleet Reference Manual: Ships of the Fleet Volume 1
Eric Kristiansen
128 pages

Contents

Intro Page Numbers
Statistics
Torpedo/Sensor Intro
Torpedoes
Sensors
Shuttle Intro/Size
Aquatic Shuttle
Light Fighter
Shuttlecraft Standard
Travel Pod
TurboLift
Dry Dock Introduction
Dry Dock Size Comparison
Dry Dock I
Dry Dock II
Dry Dock III
Dry Dock IV
Ships Introduction
Ships Size Comparison
Destroyer
Fast Destroyer
Heavy Destroyer
Interceptor
PT Destroyer
Command Cruiser
Cruiser
Dreadnought
Fast Cruiser
Heavy Cruiser
Light Cruiser
Assault Frigate
Attack Frigate
Frigate
Heavy Frigate
Heavy Transport/Tug
Light Transport/Tug
Transport/Tug
Containers
Closing

Comments

Like the Ships of the Star Fleet series, this is a fan-produced paperback technical manual. There may have been two early editions of the first volume, but an extensively revised edition was published in 2006. This book was followed by two later volumes in 1993 and 1995. Kristiansen also created Jackill's Light Attack Craft, which included ships from a number of media SF sources.

Klingon DictionaryThe Klingon Dictionary: English/Klingon Klingon/English (audio)
Marc Okrand
Pocket
191 pages

Contents

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

Blurb

Including new material from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek VI!

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

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

Comments

This is a reprint of the 1985 edition with two differences. First, there's an 19-page Addendum section that adds new material, organized by the section the material would be in if it had been incorporated into the main text instead of simply added at the back. Second, instead of a standard mass market paperback this is a larger trade paperback with a completely new cover design, though the blurb is recycled from the previous edition. The audio cassette tie-in to this book was called Conversational Klingon (roll your mouse over the book cover image to see the audio cover). There was also a 1993 cassette called Power Klingon.

As of 2007 this is still the most current edition of this title, but Okrand followed up on it with the book Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, published in 1997.

Lost Voyages coverLost Voyages of Trek and The Next Generation
Bill Planer
Cinemaker Press
110 pages

Contents

Lost Voyages: An Introduction
Trek Classic
The Return of Star Trek 1975-1977
Star Trek II The Television Series (1977-78)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1986-)

Blurb

Who is the Vulcan named Xon and why did he replace Spock as Enterprise science officer?
What was Gene Roddenberry's last story concept for Star Trek?
Why wasn't there a fifth season "Q" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation?

These are among the questions answered in Lost Voyages of Trek & The Next Generation, a comprehensive guide to the greatest unfilmed Star Trek adventures spanning the show's 26 year history. Among the tales:

- Trek classic: "He Walked Among Us," written by Norman Spinrad and Gene L. Coon
- The unfilmed Star Trek movies: including a Gene Roddenberry time travel adventure and "The Billion Year Voyage" by Robert Silverberg
- Star Trek II (the series): "In Thy Image," "The Child," "The Savage Syndrome," "Kitumba," "Practice in Waking," "A War to End Wars," "Devil's Due," "Deadlock" and others.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: "The Immunity Syndrome," "The Crystal Skull," "Blood and Ice," Gene Roddenberry's "Ferengi Gold" and "I.Q. Test."

In addition to detailed summaries of these Star Trek adventures, you'll meet many of the individuals behind them and learn exactly why they never made it to the screen. Some of Star Trek's best stories have been left untold, but Lost Voyages boldly takes you on a guided tour through two generations of adventure.

Comments

Cinemaker was not affiliated with Hal Schuster, the man behind Star Trek Files Magazine, Psi Fi Movie Press, Schuster & Schuster, Couch Potato Press, Pioneer, and sundry other publishers of unauthorized Trek books. And yet in at least one place this book steals several paragraphs, word for word, from Edward Gross's 1989 Pioneer book, Trek: The Lost Years. However, the British edition of this book, published by Boxtree in 1995, credits Edward Gross and Mark Altman as the authors. Bill Planer is a pseudonym, not a plagiarist, which makes this one of many cases of Altman and Gross recycling their own words.

Lost Voyages is one of several unauthorized books published over the years that offers summaries of unfilmed Trek story treatments and scripts. Unlike most others of its type, this one includes the original series, Star Trek II, and The Next Generation. Its story summaries are often more detailed than those in the other books. Some of its content has been made unnecessary by Pocket's Star Trek Phase II book, but there's still some material here that would be new to most fans. 

The Man Between the Ears: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
James Van Hise
Pioneer

Comments

Not seen, but presumably similar in format to the Roddenberry book below.

Man Who Created Star Trek: Gene RoddenberryThe Man Who Created Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry
James Van Hise
Pioneer
156 pages

Contents

Introduction: The Worlds of Gene Roddenberry
In the Beginning
Television
Creating Trek Frontier
Classic Trek
After Star Trek... Sex, Marriage & Tarzan
Pilots and Projects
The Trek Revival
Trek on the Big Screen
Gene Gets His Star
The Next Generation
Honors for Roddenberry and Trek
Final Bow
Appendix One: Television Writing and Producing Credits of Gene Roddenberry
Appendix Two: Original Star Trek Proposal Dated March 11, 1964
Appendix Three: Press Release of January 6, 1978
Appendix Four: Episode Guide: Have Gun, Will Travel
Appendix Five: Episode Guide: The Lieutenant
Appendix Six: Episode Guide: Classic Star Trek
Appendix Seven: Bibliography

Blurb

Gene Roddenberry was both a man and a creative genius, a good friend and an often hardheaded opponent. He knew what he wanted and pursued his vision with almost ruthless singlemindedness. He made friends and enemies, always with large gestures. Even those whose careers he made viewed him with mixed feelings; those who he fought still respect him.

This is the story of an almost larger-than-life man who created one of America's and the world's enduring myths, Star Trek, from the birth of the vision through development and up to the voyages of The Next Generation.

Years in Hollywood as a police officer and writing experiences on The Lieutenant and Have Gun Will Travel helped form the man and the way in which he worked. Struggles and early cancellation of Star Trek affected him. Later failures of his most cherished projects Police Story, Genesis II, The Questor Tapes, Planet Earth, Spectre and Tarzan changed him once again. But final redemption came with the rebirth of Star Trek on the movie screen and proving lightning can strike twice by creating The Next Generation.

The Man Who Created Star Trek reveals Roddenberry's career as never before, in both its triumphs and failures. More importantly, it tells the story of the man behind the public figure.

Comments

Every so often even Hal Schuster and Pioneer Books came up with something that didn't look too shoddy and that filled a gap. This was one of those times. Van Hise didn't do any interviews or real research; instead, he pulled this together from a number of books and magazine and newspaper articles. Still, this was the first Roddenberry biography. There's no real need to track it down, though; it's been made redundant by the Roddenberry biographies by David Alexander and Joel Engel.

New Voyages IINew Voyages II: The Next Generation Fifth Season Guidebook
Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
Image Publishing
108 pages

Contents

New Voyages II: An Introduction
Who's Who on The Next Generation
Rick Berman: Executive Producer
Michael Piller: Co-Executive Producer
LeVar Burton: Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn: Worf
Michelle Forbes: Ensign Ro
Jonathan Frakes: Commander William T. Riker
Whoopi Goldberg: Guinan
Gates McFadden: Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis: Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner: Lieutenant Commander Data
Patrick Stewart: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The Next Generation 5th Season Guidebook
Redemption Part II 
Darmok 
Ensign Ro 
Silicon Avatar 
Disaster 
The Game 
Unification Part I 
Unification Part II 
A Matter of Time 
New Ground 
Hero Worship 
Violations 
The Masterpiece Society 
Conundrum 
Power Play 
Ethics 
The Outcast 
Cause and Effect 
The First Duty 
Cost of Living 
The Perfect Mate 
Imaginary Friend 
I, Borg 
The Next Phase 
The Inner Light 
Time's Arrow, Part I 
Exclusive Preview: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Blurb

The new voyages of the Starship Enterprise continue in this companion volume to the bestselling New Voyages: The Next Generation Guidebook.

New Voyages II: The Next Generation 5th Season Guidebook chronicles the making of Star Trek's unprecedented fifth season, featuring interviews and commentary from the creators and stars of the show.

Onboard for New Voyages II are Rick Berman - Michael Piller - Patrick Stewart - Jonathan Frakes - Brent Spiner - LeVar Burton - Marina Sirtis - Michael Dorn - Ron Moore - Jeri Taylor - Brannon Braga - Peter Alan Fields - Cliff Bole - Les Landau - Corey Allen - Winrich Kolbe - Chip Chalmers - Rob Legato - Dan Curry - David Livingston - Richard James - Michael Westmore and many others.

Also included in this all-new volume are profiles of the Next Generation cast, a behind-the-scenes look at the show's state of the art special effects, and an exclusive preview of the new spin-off, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as reviews of every fifth season episode from the "Siskel & Ebert of Star Trek", Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross.

Comments

The authors' later Captains' Log books, published by Little, Brown, recycled the contents of this book and its predecessor, 1991's New Voyages. See the 1991 entry for more on the publishing history of the Altman and Gross books.

Debt of HonorStar Trek: Debt of Honor
Chris Claremont, Adam Hughes, Karl Story, and Tom McGraw
DC Comics
96 pages

Blurb

Space, the Final Frontier...

For 25 years these words have promised many things: action, adventure, intrigue, humor... and now these elements are combined into one epic story, spanning James T. Kirk's entire career as he -- and he alone -- pieces together the truth about the greatest threat ever known to the populated galaxy.

Since his days as a young lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Farragut, Kirk has known that a malevolent entity with an agenda that includes conquering all space. The problem is that he seems to be the only one alive to ever witness their existence, not once but repeatedly. Just one other person admits to their existence, but she's the enemy. They must put aside their feelings in order to collect the best and the brightest to man three starships -- one each from the United Federation of Planets, the Romulan Empire, and the Klingon Empire -- and then seek out these new lifeforms and defend their right to exist.

This graphic novel brings together one of comics' most acclaimed writers, Chris Claremont, with one of the most accomplished artists, Adam Hughes, to present this all-new graphic novel. The story touches on all the eras of Star Trek, saluting Gene Roddenberry's epic creation.

[from the back cover:]

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves teamed with the Klingons and Romulans to fight a galactic threat that no government dares admit exists...

A stunning 96-page adventure, celebrating Star Trek's ongoing legacy by the top talents in the comics business today.

Comments

Star Trek's first expensive original hardcover graphic novel and still the best, this was followed by a less satisfying sequel in the pages of one of DC's Star Trek comics.

The Modala ImperativeStar Trek: The Modala Imperative
Michael Jan Friedman, Peter David, and Pablo Marcos
DC Comics

Contents

On Second Thought... by Walter Koenig
A Little Seasoning
Tools of Tyranny
The Price of Freedom
For Whom the Bell Tolls
In Memory Yet Green...
Lies and Legends!
Prior Claim
Game, Set and Match!

Blurb

Modala, a peaceful, developing world, is suddenly thrown into turmoil when the government uses alien technology to subjugate the population. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise get embroiled in the battle, only to find themselves a part of the revolution.

A hundred years later, the Enterprise returns to Modala, bringing with them survivors of that adventure -- Spock and McCoy. The centennial celebration is abruptly halted by the arrival of the Ferengi, and Captain Picard must rely on these living legends to help save Modala... again.

For the first time anywhere, a crossover of characters from these smash hit series. A graphic novel with action, danger, humor, and plenty of excitement!

Comments

First published in 1991 in comic form (four issues each of Star Trek: The Modala Imperative and Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative, by Weinstein and David respectively), this book was the first Trek crossover, aside from McCoy's cameo in "Encounter at Farpoint."

Star Trek: The Next Generation AnnualStar Trek: The Next Generation Annual
Marvel Comics

Contents

Mission Report: The Hand of the Assassin (Part 1)
Species Profile: The Borg
Mission Briefing: Engineering
Species Profile: The Romulans
The Special Effects
Species Profile: The Klingons
Uniforms & Civilian Outfits
Mission Briefing: Weapons & Technology
Mission Report: The Hand of the Assassin (Part 2)

Comments

Like the earlier Star Trek Annuals from World, this is a hardcover, published in the UK, that combines reprinted material from comics (in this case, DC's, not Gold Key's) with articles. The comic is issue 14 of DC's Star Trek: The Next Generation comic, first published in 1990. This is apparently the only Next Generation Annual of its type.

Star Trek: The Next Generation CompanionThe Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion
Larry Nemecek
Pocket
214 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Rebirth
Creation in Flux
Assembling the Team
Of Stars and Starships
Drafting a Crew
Faces for the Names
Countdown and Launch
First Season
Second Season
Third Season
Fourth Season
Fifth Season
Beyond the Future
Indices
ST: TNG Episode Index
Writers
Directors

Blurb

In September of 1987 -- more than twenty years after the original Star Trek television show first aired -- millions of Trek fans across the country sat down in front of their TV sets for the debut of an all-new series of Star Trek adventures. No expense had been spared in bringing this new show to life, yet even the most faithful of Trek fans had their doubts -- could the magic of the original series be duplicated?

The answer to that question soon proved to be a resounding yes. Led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (brilliantly portrayed by noted Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart), Commander William Riker, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data, the U.S.S. Enterprise blazed a trail of understanding across a hostile galaxy. Guided by the vision of series creator Gene Roddenberry (who had also created the original show), Star Trek: The Next Generation brought to vivid life a future where cooperation and mutual understanding proved the key to solving humanity's problems -- and enabled galactic civilization to flourish.

Here at last is the official guide to the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D -- a compendium of information including plot summaries and credits for each show, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into the Star Trek universe. You'll see the genesis of the new series, and hear from the stars and production personnel responsible for its success. Illustrated with over one hundred fifty photographs (including at least one from every episode), this is the official reference guide to the latest chapter in the Star Trek legend -- Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Comments

Well before this book was published, Larry Nemecek had started producing an annual series of episode guide/encyclopedia books independently, through MyStar Press. At least one or two other writers had hoped to be selected to do the official Next Generation episode guide, including Jim Shaun Lyon, whose own Next Generation encyclopedia was available on CompuServe, but ultimately Nemecek was chosen. His book follows the template set by Allan Asherman's Star Trek Compendium. Each episode is summarized in a few paragraphs, which are followed by a few more paragraphs discussing the episode and providing some behind-the-scenes trivia tidbits. Two more recent editions have been published to bring the book up to date.

Attack of the JargonitesStar Wreck II: The Attack of the Jargonites
Leah Rewolinski, illustrations by Harry Trumbore
St. Martin's Paperbacks
118 pages

Blurb

Ship's log, star wreck date 555-1212...

Fresh off their spectacular victory over the dreaded Cellulites, Captain Jean-Lucy Ricardo and Captain James T. Smirk -- along with their plucky crews aboard the U.S.S. Endocrine -- are looking forward to a little r-and-r. Captain Ricardo wouldn't mind a quiet book and a cup of Earl Grape tea. And Captain Smirk? He's on the verge of marrying Counselor "Dee" Troit -- and ending his reign as the galaxy's most eligible bachelor.

Suddenly, without even a commercial interruption, the original Endocrine pops out of a wormhole -- and before you can say "He's dead, Jim" for the thousandth time, Smirk, Mr. Smock, Zulu, and the other golden oldies are back aboard it, bringing all their futon torpedoes up to snuff. Then a desperate Starfreak contacts Captain Ricardo with the news that the dreaded alien Jargonites are poised to invade Earth.

It's up to both Endocrines (as you might have guessed) to defeat the Jargonites -- even if it means messing up Smirk's wedding plans in the process!

Comments

The second of seven Star Wreck parody books, this is pretty much interchangeable with any of the others.

Time WarpedStar Wreck III: Time Warped
Leah Rewolinski, illustrations by Harry Trumbore
St. Martin's Paperbacks
117 pages

Blurb

The space-time continuum will never be the same again!

The crews of Captain Jean-Lucy Ricardo and Captain James T. Smirk blunder through the timeline to retrieve a videotape accidentally transported into the future -- which has spawned a bizarre "wrekkie" cult of U.S.S. Endocrine crew wanna-bes.

Aghast at the prospect of being idolized at a wrekkie convention, Ricardo, Mr. Smock and their fellow "Cons" want to confiscate the tape and prevent the wrekkie movement from ever happening... while Smirk and the other "Pros" hope to encourage the wrekkies, and soak up their share of fan worship.

As they rewrite history in visits to the Civil War and World War II, and reshape the future through encounters with the evil Bored and lost crewmate Yasha Tar, the cosmic question becomes: how much timeline can these two teams rewrite, anyway?

Comments

Third of seven Star Wreck parodies. The blurb should be enough for you to judge whether you'll find these amusing.

Textual PoachersTextual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture
Henry Jenkins
Routledge
343 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Get a Life!": Fans, Poachers, Nomads
How Texts Become Real
Fan Critics
"It's Not a Fairy Tale Anymore": Gender, Genre, Beauty and the Beast
Scribbling in the Margins: Fan Readers/Fan Writers
"Welcome to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk": Slash and the Fan-Writing Community
"Layers of Meaning": Fan Music Video and the Poetics of Poaching
"Strangers No More, We Sing": Filk Music, Folk Culture, and the Fan Community
Conclusion: "In My Weekend-Only World...": Reconsidering Fandom
Appendix
Fan Texts (Prepared by Meg Garrett)
Sources
Index

Blurb

"Get a life," William Shatner told Star Trek fans. Yet, as Textual Poachers argues, fans already have a "life," a complex subculture which draws its resources from commercial culture while also reworking them to serve alternative interests. Rejecting stereotypes of fans as cultural dupes, social misfits, and mindless consumers, Jenkins represents media fans as active producers and skilled manipulators of program meanings, as nomadic poachers constructing their own culture from borrowed materials, as an alternative social community defined through its cultural preferences and consumption practices.

Written from an insider's perspective and providing vivd examples from fan artifacts, Textual Poachers offers an ethnographic account of the media fan community, its interpretive strategies, its social institutions and cultural practices, and its troubled relationship to the mass media and consumer capitalism. Drawing on the work of Michel de Certeau, Jenkins shows how fans of Star Trek, Blake's 7, The Professionals, Beauty and the Beast, Starsky and Hutch, Alien Nation, Twin Peaks and other popular programs exploit these cultural materials as the basis for their stories, songs, videos, and social interactions.

Addressing both academics and fans, Jenkins builds a powerful case for the richness of fan culture as a popular response to the mass media and as a challenge to the producers' attempts to regulate textual meanings. Textual Poachers guides readers through difficult questions about popular consumptions, genre, gender, sexuality, and interpretation, documenting practices and processes which test and challenge basic assumptions of contemporary media theory.

Comments

Like Bacon-Smith's Enterprising Women, this is a book by someone who is both academic and fan, explaining fannish behavior in ethnographic terms. Roughly half the book deals with Star Trek directly or indirectly. Now, when so much fan activity occurs in other ways (creating websites, participating in IRC discussions, and so on), these books seem to be as much history as ethnography. Still, for anyone interested not just in Star Trek but in Star Trek fandom as well, this book is recommended.

TNG-4: A Concordance and Episode Guide
Larry Nemecek
Mystar Press

Comments

Not seen. This is Nemecek's second of four unofficial episode guides and encyclopedias. Each book covered a single season of The Next Generation. He also wrote an authorized episode guide, The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, for Pocket Books.

Trek EncyclopediaTrek Encyclopedia Second Edition
John Peel, Scott Nance, and Hal Schuster
Pioneer
211 pages

Contents

Introduction
The Characters
The People
The Worlds
Appendix: Ships & Devices

Blurb

Now includes all six movies and The Next Generation!

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

"An essential book for Star Trek fans... even better than the first indespensible [sic] edition." - Enterprise Incidents

Comments

Another Hal Schuster production, this is actually the third Trek encyclopedia to be published by one of his companies, following John Peel's The Encyclopedia of Star Trek (Schuster & Schuster, 1988) and Peel's The Trek Encyclopedia (Pioneer, 1988). It would be followed by Hal Schuster and Wendy Rathbone's Trek: The Encyclopedia in 1994, which actually contained new material.

The Enterprise Incidents quote points to both Schuster's quality control and integrity. First, there's a typo right on the cover of the book. Second, not only was Enterprise Incidents published by James Van Hise, who wrote many of Schuster's books, and later published by Schuster himself, to the best of my knowledge it ceased publication well before 1992.

Trek: The Making of the MoviesTrek: The Making of the Movies
James Van Hise
Pioneer
150 pages

Contents

The Making of the Movies
The Motion Picture
The Wrath of Khan
The Search for Spock
The Voyage Home
The Final Frontier
Undiscovered Country
Future in Question

Blurb

When Star Trek went off the air after its third season on television, it seemed that the voyages of the Starship Enterprise had ended. It looked as if we had seen the last of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the rest of the intrepid crew. Even more than ten years later, no further adventures had happened, except for a handful of cartoons.

Then, in 1979, came the heralded arrival of the first Star Trek feature film -- Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- and a phenomenon was reborn. since that time, four more films, each a box-office success, have appeared to critical and popular acclaim. Trek: The Making of the Movies chronicles the on-screen and behind-the-scenes stories of each of these five films, as well as the sixth, and perhaps, final film, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Trek: The Making of the Movies offers a wealth of trivia, including information on the Star Trek II that never appeared and the aborted Star Trek VI: Starfleet Academy. Van Hise includes interviews with the stars of the movies, as well as with those who worked behind cameras and editing machines to bring them to the screen.

It is in the films that the biggest and boldest Trek stories have been told: new characters have been introduced, favorite heroes have ome and gone, and the adventures have continued. This book is a must for all fans of Star Trek, science fiction fans, film buffs, and all who are interested in the continuing Star Trek saga.

Comments

One of several Hal Schuster publications about the movies, this one doesn't appear to recycle as much of the content of the others as might be expected. It is still, however, largely a gathering of material from previously published sources and offers little new.

Trek: The Unauthorized...Trek: The Unauthorized Behind-the-Scenes Story of The Next Generation
James Van Hise, ed.
Pioneer
132 pages

Contents

Behind the Scenes by T.S. Braxton
The Prime Directive by Wendy Rathbone
Malaise in Wonderland by David Gardner
Data by K. Joyce McDonald and Richard Heim, Jr.
Guinan and Picard: Who Were They? by Kay Doty
The Klingon Episodes
The Borg Episodes by Beth Wesley and James Van Hise
The Next Generation We Never Saw
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine

Blurb

From the publisher of The Trek Encyclopedia, Trek: The Lost Years, Trek: 25th Anniversary Celebration and Trek: The Next Generation comes the real story behind the popular syndicated television dramatic series the most import [sic] book ever written about The Next Generation

The secret story behind the creation of The Next Generation

Exclusive look at The Next Generation you never saw

Preview of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Created for syndication, Star Trek: The Next Generation was free of some of the network restrictions of the earlier show, yet problems abounded in the form of staff conflicts. In the show's early seasons, Roddenberry refused to compromise his vision and, in forcing others to change theirs, became estranged from writers (and longtime friends) David Gerrold and Dorothy Fontana, and even had disputes with the Writer's Guild of America over the show.

The series thrived despite the conflicts. This book reveals the hidden history of the series, from its earliest days, when old Star Trek alumni such as William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy questioned the wisdom of creating a different Star Trek, to the show's present success.

Plus The Next Generation scripts we never saw, the many story ideas submitted before the show finally took shape, which demonstrate both early approaches to the characters and directions never taken.

Comments

Although the title and blurb suggest that this is a no-holds-barred story about what really happened behind the scenes, it's no such thing. Instead, it's a random collection of articles on Next Generation-related topics, including some material printed in earlier Pioneer books.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Star Trek: The Original Series

Novelizations

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (audio)
J.M. Dillard
Pocket

Blurb

The Klingons are proposing peace. Does this mean the end of war or the end of history?

Stardate 8679.25: Internal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic collapse...

To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire -- negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility between the two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to escort the Chancellor safely into Federation space.

But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to a sudden halt -- and places Kirk and Dr. McCoy in the hands of the Federation's greatest enemy. With time running out, Spock and the Enterprise crew must work to uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the most destructive conflict it has ever known!

Comments

This is Dillard's second movie novelization.

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Probe(Star Trek) Probe (audio)
Margaret Wander Bonanno
Pocket

Blurb

Star Trek -- a vision of humanity's future that has captivated audiences worldwide for a quarter century. Those audiences made Spock's World and The Lost Years, the first two Star Trek hardcover novels, nationwide bestsellers -- and flocked by the millions to see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the most popular of all the Star Trek motion pictures.

Here now is Probe -- an epic-length novel that at last picks up the story of the USS Enterprise where Star Trek IV left off. A novel that reveals the secrets behind the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Earth -- and whose reappearance now sends Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and their shipmates hurtling into unparalleled danger... and unsurpassed discovery.

Winds of change are sweeping the galaxy. The Romulan Praetor is dead, and with his passing, the Empire he ruled is in chaos. Now, on a small planet in the heart of the Neutral Zone, representatives of the United Federation of Planets and the Empire have gathered to discuss initiating an era of true peace....

But the talks are disrupted by a sudden defection -- and as accusations of betrayal and treachery swirl around the conference table, news of the probe's reappearance in Romulan space arrives. And the Enterprise crew find themselves headed for a final confrontation with not only the probe -- but the Romulan Empire.

Comments

This is Bonanno's third Star Trek novel, and her first hardcover. A sequel to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, this was also supposed to be a sequel to Bonanno's first Trek novel, Dwellers in the Crucible. Bonanno has disowned this version of the novel because of the rewrites done by a second author following complaints from Paramount's Star Trek office. For more information, see the Lost Books page.

paperback reprint cover(Star Trek) Best Destiny (audio)
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

To date, there have been four smash Star Trek original series hardcovers: Spock's World, The Lost Years, Prime Directive, and Probe; and two Star Trek: The Next Generation hardcovers: Reunion and Imzadi. Each of these much-anticipated books has been a huge New York Times bestseller, providing exciting, epic stories that have thrilled readers with the best in science fiction. Now, Pocket Books is proud to present Best Destiny: the incredible story of James Kirk as a teenager on his first adventure in space with his father George Samuel Kirk -- an adventure which gives young James his first look at a Starship called the U.S.S. Enterprise.

In Best Destiny, noted Star Trek author Diane Carey mixes the past and the present of Star Trek in an epic-length story of unparalleled danger and momentous self-discovery -- a story that gives a first-ever look at the personal history of the man who would later command the Starship Enterprise: James T. Kirk.

As James T. Kirk prepares to retire from a long and illustrious Starfleet career, events in a distant part of the Federation draw him back to a part of the galaxy he had last visited as a young man -- a mysterious world called Faramond whose name takes Kirk on a journey back to his youth.

At sixteen, Kirk is troubled, estranged from his father, and has a bleak future. However, a trip into space with Kirk's father George and Starfleet legend Captain Robert April changes James Kirk's life forever, when a simple voyage becomes a deadly trap. Soon Kirk and his father find themselves fighting for their lives against a vicious and powerful enemy.

Before the voyage ends, father and son will face life and death together, and James T. Kirk will get a glimpse of the future and his own Best Destiny...

Comments

Carey's first hardcover novel, this is a sequel to her novel Final Frontier.

Paperback novels

Faces of Fire(Star Trek 58) Faces of Fire (audio)
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

En route to Alpha Malurian Six to settle a dispute between two religions, the U.S.S. Enterprise first stops to do a routine check on the progress of a terraforming colony on Beta Canzandia Three -- a colony whose inhabitants include Carol and David Marcus.

While Spock is left behind at the terraforming colony to continue his scientific studies, the rest of the crew heads to Alpha Malurian Six to find the dispute has turned to war.

As Kirk, McCoy, and Scotty search for a solution to end the conflict, a ship piloted by a Klingon faction arrives at the terraforming colony to take control of the facility. When colonists are imprisoned, Spock and David must defeat the Klingons or face certain death...

Comments

This is one of Friedman's many Star Trek novels.

Disinherited(Star Trek 59) The Disinherited
Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Robert Greenberger
Pocket

Blurb

Gamma Xaridian--a peaceful Federation research colony that becomes the third Federation world to suffer a brutal attack at the hands of a mysterious alien fleet. With Lt. Uhura gone on an important mission of her own, Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to investigate the attacks, only to find the planets completely devastated.

When another nearby colony is attacked, the U.S.S. Enterprise is ready and encounters a fleet of quick, small and deadly ships. Though Kirk and his crew manage to turn the raiders away, the U.S.S. Enterprise is severely damaged and the aliens escape.

As Kirk and his crew prepare for their next encounter with the raiders, Mr. Spock makes a startling discovery about the purpose behind the alien attacks -- a purpose that, if realized, could have deadly consequences for the Federation and the U.S.S Enterprise...

Comments

This is the second of three novels by this group of writers.

Ice Trap(Star Trek 60) Ice Trap
L.A. Graf
Pocket

Blurb

Sent to the icebound planet of Nordstral to investigate a mysterious outbreak of insanity, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves drawn into another, even deadlier mystery upon their arrival. A team of research scientists has disappeared on Nordstral's frozen wasteland, leaving no clue to their whereabouts, and no hint of their fate.

While Uhura and Chekov tackle the mystery surrounding the scientists' disappearance, Kirk and McCoy search for the truth behind the outbreak of mental illness. But both teams soon find themselves in danger, as the planet undergoes a series of massive earthquakes and electromagnetic disruptions. Unable to contact the U.S.S. Enterprise, both teams must fight for their lives as they try to solve the mystery of Nordstral -- before the world tears itself apart!

Comments

This is the first novel by the pseudonymous writing team whose name stands for "Let's All Get Rich And Famous." Julia Ecklar, one of the team, also wrote the novel The Kobayashi Maru, as by Julia Ecklar. Her writing partner, Karen Rose Cercone, has written several non-Trek books under her own name. Melissa Crandall was reportedly the third member of the team for this book only; under her own name, she wrote Shell Game, published in 1993.

Sanctuary(Star Trek 61) Sanctuary
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

The planet Sanctuary -- A fabled world in unexplored space which is thought to be the last refuge of the persecuted, home to both the justly and unjustly accused. Though its name has been translated into every language in the galaxy, Starfleet has never known its exact location.

When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is assigned to capture a dangerous criminal named Auk Rex, their pursuit takes them to an unexplored sector of space. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy continue the pursuit in a shuttlecraft, following Auk Rex to the surface of the planet, Sanctuary. Soon, Kirk and his crew are locked in a life and death struggle on the mysterious planet, which harbors deadly secrets and never releases its visitors.

Comments

This is one of Vornholt's many Trek novels.

Death Count(Star Trek 62) Death Count
L.A. Graf
Pocket

Blurb

The disappearance of Andorian scientific genius Muav Haslev fuels tensions between the Orions and Andorians -- tensions that come dangerously close to full scale war. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called to Starbase Sigma 1, located on the edge of Andorian-Orion space, to patrol the sector as a deterrent to hostilities.

On arrival, the crew encounters an inexplicable series of events, beginning with missing equipment and shipboard malfunctions. After a deadly transporter accident, Kirk suspects sabotage -- suspicions that are confirmed by the mysterious murders of three Federation officials. Now, Kirk and crew must put together the fragmented pieces of the puzzle, before the Starship Enterprise faces destruction and the galaxy faces interplanetary war.

Comments

This is the second of many Trek novels by L.A. Graf (Julia Ecklar and Karen Rose Cercone).

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Novelizations

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

Blurb

Based on the historic television episode, noted author Michael Jan Friedman re-creates all the excitement and wonder that has captivated fans of both smash Star Trek television series in Captain Montgomery Scott's incredible tale of danger and survival.

In the tradition of Unification, here is the story that fans of the original Star Trek series and Star Trek: the Next Generation have been clamoring for -- Montgomery Scott's return to the Star Trek universe and his encounter with Captain Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D.

Missing in space for seventy-five years, Scotty manages to survive against incredible odds, only to be found by the newest crew of the Starship Enterprise. Though rescued, Scotty soon finds himself lost in a world that he barely recognizes, a world that has passed him by...

But the adventure is not over for Captain Scott who must do the impossible when the new U.S.S. Enterprise faces a very old danger in a remote sector of space. This time, Captain Picard and his crew will need more than all of their courage and all of their skills to save the great Starship from destruction. This time, they will need a miracle worker...

Comments

This is an novelization of the episode "Relics," the episode featuring James Doohan as Montgomery Scott from the original series.

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

paperback reprint cover(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Imzadi (audio)
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

It began with Spock's World, the first Star Trek hardcover and an eight-week national bestseller. Next came The Lost Years, Prime Directive, Probe and then Reunion, the first Star Trek: the Next Generation hardcover -- all of them major New York Times bestsellers. Now, Pocket Books, proudly presents the second Star Trek: The Next Generation hardcover: Imzadi, the long awaited novel that takes the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the outer limits of time to the inner reaches of the human heart.

Years before they served together on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, Commander William Riker and ship's counselor Deanna Troi had a tempestuous love affair on her home planet of Betazed. Now, their passions have cooled, and they serve together as friends. Yet the memories of that time linger and Riker and Troi remain Imzadi - a powerful Betazoid term that describes the enduring bond they still share.

During delicate negotiations with an aggressive race called the Sindareen, Deanna Troi mysteriously falls ill... and dies. But her death is only the beginning of the adventure for Commander Riker -- an adventure that will take him across time, pit him against one of his closest friends, and force him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls Imzadi.

Comments

Peter David's first hardcover Trek novel is set before and after the main series continuity, and involves the relationship between Riker and Troi. A sequel, Triangle: Imzadi II, deals with Troi and Worf.

Paperback novels

Spartacus(Star Trek: The Next Generation 20) Spartacus
T.L. Mancour
Pocket

Blurb

Answering a distress call, the U.S.S. Enterprise finds a damaged alien vessel -- the Freedom -- crewed by a race known as the Vemlans. Their captain, Jared asks for assistance in repairing his ship -- assistance Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are only too happy to provide. But once begun, their relief efforts are interrupted by the arrival of an entire fleet from Vemla, who claim that Jared and his crew are escaped slaves -- and their property!

As Jared and his people plea for protection and the right to be free, Captain Picard is caught between the demands of his conscience and the dictates of the Prime Directive. And when the Vemlan fleet threatens to fight if the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn't stand aside, Picard must choose between the safety of his ship... and the annihilation of an entire race.

Comments

This is Mancour's only Star Trek novel.

Chains of Command(Star Trek: The Next Generation 21) Chains of Command
W.A. McCay and E.L. Flood
Pocket

Blurb

While exploring a group of devastated class-M planets in a remote sector of space, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is shocked to discover a group of human slaves on a forbidding, glacial world. When the slaves revolt against their human overseers, Captain Picard and his crew sympathize with the slaves plight but cannot interfere in the conflict.

After the revolt is a success, Captain Picard learns that both the slaves and the overseers were controlled by a mysterious bird-like race called the Tseetsk, who are coming to reclaim their property. With time running out, the rebels kidnap Captain Picard and Counsellor Troi -- drawing the U.S.S. Enterprise into the middle of their deadly plan of vengeance.

Comments

This is the only Trek novel by McCay and Flood.

Imbalance(Star Trek: The Next Generation 22) Imbalance
V.E. Mitchell
Pocket

Blurb

The Jarada are a mysterious race of insectoid beings with an extreme devotion to protocol. When this usually reclusive race offer to open diplomatic relations with the Federation, Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are quickly ordered to Jarada to negotiate the exchange of Ambassadors.

When the ship arrives, the Jarada seem uncharacteristically friendly. They invite Picard to send down members of his crew and negotiations proceed both quickly and smoothly. Suddenly, however, the Jarada change. They cut off Commander Riker and his away team from the U.S.S. Enterprise and initiate an unprovoked attack on the ship, Now Picard must unravel the aliens' mystery before it's too late for the away team -- and the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Comments

This is Mitchell's first Next Generation novel and second Star Trek novel of four.

War Drums(Star Trek: The Next Generation 23) War Drums
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

The planet Selva -- a lush colony world settled by a hardy group of humans, who found the planet already inhabited by a small gang of young Klingons. When violence erupts between the two groups, Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to render assistance.

Worf leads a landing party to the planet while the Starship Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. On Selva, Worf and his party find that the old hatreds and prejudices between humans and Klingons are revived, and the settlers are out for blood. Now, Worf must prevent a horrible massacre, before all of them fall prey to Selva's deadly secret... and raging fury.

Comments

This is one of Vornholt's many Trek novels.

Nightshade(Star Trek: The Next Generation 24) Nightshade
Laurell K. Hamilton
Pocket

Blurb

After two hundred years of civil war the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is nearly unbreathable, and the people themselves are dying. Now, the two warring factions have finally sat down to talk peace, and Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to help them negotiate a settlement.

Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counselor Troi beam down to Oriana, just as the Starship Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Alone on the planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise team learns that there are people that would rather finish the devastating conflict than talk peace. Suddenly, Picard is accused of murder and the delicate negotiations have fallen into the hands of Lt. Worf.

Now, Worf and Troi must unravel the truth and prevent planet-wide disaster, before time runs out for the people of Oriana and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

Comments

This is Hamilton's only Trek novel. She is better known for a series of vampire novels.


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