The Complete Starfleet Library

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1998

All the Other Things...All the Other Things I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dave Marinaccio
Pocket
167 pages

Contents

Introduction
Picard
Riker
Data
Geordi
Worf
Beverly Crusher
Deanna Troi
Lwaxana Troi
A "Light Diversion"
Wesley Crusher
Tasha Yar
Guinan
Ro Laren
Hugh
Q
Further Explorations
A Side Trip to the Original Series
We Now Return You to the 24th Century...
A Brief Stopover at Deep Space Nine
Benjamin Sisko
Quark
Back Aboard the Enterprise-D...
A Short Rendezvous With Voyager
Janeway
Back in the Alpha Quadrant...
Acknowledgments

Blurb

From the bestselling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek...

Has anyone ever said you watch too much TV? That there is nothing of value to be learned from sitting in front of the television set all day long? Couch potatoes of the world, take heart. The book you now hold is your vindication.

In his previous bestseller, All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek, armchair philosopher Dave Marinaccio took readers on a lighthearted and thought-provoking tour of the human condition, mapped across the adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. "Bones" McCoy and the rest of the crew of the original Starship Enterprise. Now, with All the Other Things I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, he offers new observations on life's everyday challenges, inspired by the Emmy Award-winning science fiction series.

Through engaging anecdotes from his own life, and calling on his near encyclopedic memory of events in the lives of Captain Picard, Riker, Data, Worf and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise-D, Dave demonstrates how the universal appeal and commonsense wisdom of Star Trek: The Next Generation (as well as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager) can help to shape a positive and humorous outlook on life. Often witty, sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, All the Other Things I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation is one self-described couch potato's insightful look at life through Trek-colored glasses.

Praise for Dave Marinaccio's All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek

"Hilarious... a fast, enjoyable, and inspirational read."
- Library Journal

"Could even make a Klingon grin."
- Kirkus Reviews

"The Greeks had Aristotle. The Germans had Friedrich Nietzsche. Star Trek fans have Dave Marinaccio."
- Washington Times

Comments

More light and breezy musings on Trek and life in general, though this time the book is actually a licensed and authorized book. The first and unauthorized volume was published by Crown in 1994.

IQ Book coverThe Complete Next Generation Trek I.Q. Book
Alan Rochussen
Boxtree
496 pages

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
What's Your Rank?
Season One
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven

Blurb

How high is your Star Trek IQ?

Star Trek: The Next Generation was the most popular and entertaining SF television show of all time. With more than half a million fans attending over a hundred conventions annually, the excitement continues today.

If you are serious about your favourite show, here is your chance to prove it, with a unique, entertaining survey-guide that dares to go where no guidebook has gone before -- all the way from the episode #1 ('Encounter at Farpoint') to #177 ('All Good Things...').

This comprehensive, authoritative book covers every single episode, and includes multiple choice questions, character trivia, plot puzzlers, cryptograms, crossword puzzles, word searches and riddles. It is designed not only to test your knowledge of this immortal series, but to improve it dramatically -- and to award you and your friends with a Mission Performance Rating, and an actual Starfleet ranking -- from ensign to admiral.

Comments

As the blurb indicates, this is a Next Generation quiz book, with a few other games thrown in. Each episode gets a half-page synopsis and two or three pages of questions and answers in varying formats.

Rochussen thanks his HarperCollins editor in his Acknowledgements, but although Books in Print lists HarperCollins publishing information for an American edition, I have never seen any confirmation that an American edition was actually published. It isn't mentioned anywhere on their site, nor is it listed by amazon.com or chapters.ca. Barnes and Noble lists it under an incomplete title (Complete Next Generation, the title used in Books in Print entries), but their site includes quite a few books that don't actually exist. According to Books in Print, this book was originally scheduled for 2000, then rescheduled for November, 1999. It was to be published as a 320-page trade paperback under the HarperPrism imprint. It may have been cancelled due to fallout from Viacom's litigation against Citadel for its unauthorized Star Trek book, The Joy of Trek, or it may have been a casualty of the merging of HarperPrism with the former Avon EOS imprint.

Deep Space and Sacred TimeDeep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos
Jon Wagner and Jan Lundeen
Praeger
264 pages

Contents

Preface
Mirror, Mirror: Myth and the Human Condition
Mythos, Chaos, Cosmos
Myth in a Modern Age
The Wellspring of Mythology
Venerating Myth
Interrogating Myth
Plural Vision
Who Mourns for Adonais? Heroes Without Gods
Twilight of the Gods
Humanity on Trial: The Pilot Episodes
Will the Defendant Rise?
Ecce Homo: Behold the Man
Gods in the Closet
Supermen and Flower Children
Galaxy's Child: The Human Estate
The Measure of a Man
Alien-ation
The Machine as Mythic Other
Lord Computer
The Frankenstein Syndrome
Cyborg Motion
Quest for Humanity
Demons and Doppelgangers: The Inexorable Self
The Problem of the Self
Spells and Enchantments
Spirit Possession, Soul Loss, and Ghost Lovers
The Doppelganger Effect
Inside the Plural Self
He's Not Dead, Jim
Celestial Femininity: Gender in the Star Trek Cosmos
Wearing the Interplanetary Pants
Hegemonic Essences
Succubi and Devouring Women
From Janice to Janeway
Tinfoil Bikinis and Political Correctness
The Perfect Mate: Family, Sexuality, and Male Bonding
Federation Family Values
Plastic Women
The Sacred Marriage of Males
Eros, Philia, and Tales of Pon Farr
As Time Goes By
This Side of Paradise: Utopian Visions
Hellish Heavens
Paradise Misplaced
Utopia Reconsidered
Almost Heaven
Up the Long Ladder: Evolution, Progress, and Destiny
Time and Cosmos
The Cosmic Escalator
The Evolutionary Biology of Star Trek
The Stream of History
The Changing Fortunes of the Prime Directive
Code of the West: Racial and Cultural Mastery on the Final Frontier
Tribal Tribulations
Is Star Trek Racist?
Nothing in Particular
Space: The Primal Frontier
Indians in Space
Decentered Cosmos: Trekking Through Postmodernism
Dark Visions
Worlds of Contingency
Through the Looking Glass
Chuang Tsu's Butterfly
Guardians of Forever
Phoenix Rising: Reclaiming Humanism
Descent Into Hell
Can Moby Dick Save the World?
The Postmodern Flight from Humanism
Reclaiming the Dream
The Humanist Enterprise
Far Beyond the Stars
Prospero's Wand: Owning the Mythic Legacy
The Dreamworlds of Trek
Death by Interrogation
Masked Personae
Sorcerers' Apprentices
Myth and Magic on the Orient Express
Notes
Index

Blurb

Deep Space and Sacred Time examines Star Trek's humanist creed, with its faith in the human capacity for compassion, growth and self-guidance. Roddenberry's optimistic vision stressed the tolerance of diversity, the central role of friendship and loyalty, an opposition to prejudice, and the rejection of organized religion and divine authority. Employing the framework of contemporary social analysis, authors Jon Wagner and Jan Lundeen reveal the evolving tension between Star Trek's liberalism and its subliminal messages of gender, race and class dominance; yet they also take issue with the recent wave of criticism that finds only homophobia, sexism, racism, and other "oppressive" forces dominating the Star Trek mythos. Citing hundreds of examples from the first eight Star Trek feature films and the four television series, the authors consider the ways in which Star Trek invites its audience to explore the nature of the self, the essence of humanity, the construction of gender, the possibility of utopia, and the role of narrative in shaping an intelligible cosmos.

Back cover blurb

What could possibly account for the scope and longevity of the Star Trek phenomenon? With legions of impassioned fans, and a life span of 30 years and counting, the Star Trek television and film corpus has made Gene Roddenberry's creation nothing less than an American mythology. Deep Space and Sacred Time examines the many ways Star Trek has served as a mythic reference point for American society -- and suggests that an understanding of this might help us to see ourselves more clearly as a culture. Moreover, this thoughtful and thought-provoking work asserts that Star Trek offers its audience a sense of hope and, in the setting of an orderly cosmos, the possibility for empowerment.

Comments

As the contents and blurb might suggest, this is another of those academic studies of Star Trek. Unlike some of the others, however, this one is written in a readable style, with relatively little postmodernist academic jargon. Also unlike some other academic writing on Trek, this book is not a series of ludicrous arguments supported by a single episode or two taken out of context. Instead, the authors actually seem to think it's important to try to find a meaning from the text rather than to impose a preferred meaning by selectively citing only the episodes that support that interpretation. Wagner and Lundeen seem to be quite familiar with the various incarnations of Trek; more importantly, they actually seem to like the show. Their book is well worth reading.

Double VisionThe Double Vision of Star Trek: Half-Humans, Evil Twins, and Science Fiction
Mike Hertenstein
Cornerstone Press
284 pages

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Infinite Diversity and Unification
Happy Endings in the Final Frontier
Good Guys Versus Bad Guys (And a Few Shades of Gray)
The Heart Has Its Reasons (that Reason Thinks "Illogical")
Which Comes First: The Many or the One?
No Golden Rules Except for This One
"We've Got to Save Humanity"
Spirits, Bodies, and Other Alien Beings
Get a Life (Or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof)
A Starship Named Desire
The Voyage Home
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Index of Episodes

Blurb

Star Trek's undiscovered country

From the half-human Spock, to the "half-Borg" Seven of Nine, Star Trek is riven by inner conflicts -- often unacknowledged. But it is only by examining these contradictions and paradoxes -- the "doubleness" of Trek -- that we can understand this popular TV/film series. Here's a guided romp through Trek's alternative universes -- individual episodes and films, the people behind Trek, and the unexpected implications of Trek's "double vision."

Time to remodulate the Heisenberg Compensator!

Trek is as unpredictable as anything Dr. Heisenberg ever tried to measure:

The classic Trek conflict pits "logic" versus "emotion": but on which side of the debate does Trek finally come down?

Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future promotes tolerance for all species, right? Try telling that to the Borg.

The Prime Directive is about protecting cultural freedom -- but by restricting the culture of those at whom it is directed!

Which is finally "The Cage" for Trek: fantasy, or reality?

Trek is always asking "What does it mean to be human?" Does Trek have any answers to its own questions?

This book draws back the curtain to show what goes on behind Star Trek's boldly-going. A fascinating read for any discerning fan.
- Phil Farrand, author of The Nitpicker's Guides to Star Trek and The X-Files

Trekkers, SF fans, and students of pop culture will be intrigued by this exploration of the mythic, philosophic and generic dimensions of Trek.
- William D. Romanowski, author of Pop Culture Wars: Religion and the Role of Entertainment in American Life

Mike Hertenstein has tackled a closely-meshed topic and teased it out.
- Tom Howard, author of C.S. Lewis: Man of Letters

Comments

This book is a Christian critique of Star Trek and, occasionally, the values it represents (science and secular humanism). The author, Mike Hertenstein, is better known as a reporter for the Christian magazine Cornerstone and co-author of Selling Satan: The Tragic History of Mike Warnke. He may not seem like the most obvious candidate to write this sort of book, but he's quite familiar with the works of C.S. Lewis, who used fantasy and science fiction to discuss and promote Christianity, and his index of episodes includes dozens of episodes of the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. His arguments will be most convincing to his fellow believers. To those who don't share his faith, too often the book is frustrating, because his arguments are based on premises that not everyone shares. It's by no means a perfect book, but for now it's the only one on the subject.

Encyclopedia ShatnericaThe Encyclopedia Shatnerica
Robert E. Schnakenberg
Renaissance Books

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Entries (Shatner A to Zmed)
Appendix 1: A Shatnerography
Appendix 2: Star Trek: A Shatnercentric Episode Guide
Appendix 3: Shatner Fan Club Information
Appendix 4: Shatner-related Internet Newsgroups
Appendix 5: Shatner-related Internet Web Sites
Quiz Answers
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Blurb

Where no book has gone before: into every detail, factoid, and nuance of the personal and professional life of the legendary William Shatner.

acting - alien encounters - butt tightening - directing - Dobermans - Jimmy Doohan - ego - fans - fights - horses - Heather Locklear - marriage - meaning of life - Leonard Nimoy - nude scenes - palimony - Rescue 911 - Gene Roddenberry - Saturday Night Live - sex - Star Trek - Patrick Stewart - T.J. Hooker - Tekwar - toupees - Twilight Zone - weight - women - Adrian Zmed

The Encyclopedia Shatnerica includes A-Z encyclopedic entries; Shatner quotes; the Shatnerific Trivia Challenge; the ten most embarrassing moments in Shatner's life; the ten lousy films that Shatner would prefer to forget; a Shatnerography of his films, television movies and miniseries, television series, television appearances, stage appearances, books, recordings, and awards; a Shatnercentric Episode Guide to Star Trek; and Shatner fan club information, Internet newsgroups, and Web sites.

Comments

William Shatner might not be amused, but the average reader probably will be. The Encyclopedia Shatnerica is a tongue-in-cheek romp through Shatner's life, irreverent but not abusive. Granted, the "butt tightening" entry that discusses how special effects were used in one of the Trek movies to make his butt look smaller might strike some as a bit more than irreverent. But elsewhere Schnakenberg offers more straightforward and even respectful comments (for example, the entries on Twilight Zone and The Andersonville Trial).

Although the book covers all aspects of Shatner's life, Star Trek is given enough attention to merit including The Encyclopedia Shatnerica in a Trek books collection. Not much is new. Schnakenberg draws on familiar sources, including Shatner: Where No Man and Star Trek Memories. Of the uniquely Schnakenbergian contributions, the Shatnercentric Episode Guide is the most entertaining. Schnakenberg rates the episodes based on their inclusion of certain elements ("Kirk gets action," "shirt off," "hand to hand combat," "outwits a supercomputer," and several more). The highest rated episode, "The Paradise Syndrome," gets seven of the ten possible Kirk points.

It's a fun book. Just don't expect too much.

Future PerfectFuture Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth
Jeff Greenwald
Viking
273 pages

Contents

"This Means Something!"
Masters of the Universe
A Decent Haircut
Away Mission I: Maps to the Stars' Homes
The Soul of a New Machine
Away Mission II: Rocket Man
Among the Great Apes
Away Mission III: Klingonisch
Worf Factors
Away Mission IV: Hungarian Goulash
He Is Not Spock
Bad News from Ivor Prime
Away Mission V: Star Trek, Italian Style
Camelot's Sentries
Away Mission VI: Clarke's Orbit
Islands in the Sky
The Skin of a Toy Balloon
The Joy of Klingon
Away Mission VII: The Wired Raj
Delta Blues
Away Mission VIII: Japan -- Three Sectors
My Fair Warrior
Away Mission IX: Do Aliens Have Buddha Nature?
Definitely Not Swedish
Hold the Chicken
Epilogue(s)
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Index

Blurb

Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek is more than the century's most enduring TV show -- it is a global empire and a prime example of what people mean when they say that American culture is taking over the world. The Enterprise warps into light speed in Berlin, Tehran, and Tel Aviv. Pedestrians in Belfast shout "Red Alert!" when British troops grind down the streets. From The Weekly World News to Salman Rushdie, from textbooks on theoretical physics to reports of the Heaven's Gate followers, it's nearly impossible to open a newspaper without running into some reference to the show's science, lingo, or credo.

Why is Star Trek such a phenomenon? Because it's the first great mythology to be created in real time, by real people, for a global audience. From the NASA technicians who built the Mars rover to Tibetan ritual masters in Dharamsala, millions of people around the world have drawn inspiration from the original Star Trek and its spin-offs. Captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard are popular in areas where no one has heard of Paul Bunyan or the Popol Vuh. The Enterprise itself may be the most famous vehicle since Noah's Ark.

Jeff Greenwald, a loyal Trek fan since the first episode ("The Man Trap") aired in 1966 (and now the author of two bestselling travel books), transports himself to the farthest reaches of the Star Trek universe, seeking out the bizarre and amazing ways that "Gene's Vision" has infiltrated global culture. This takes him to a Klingon wedding in Germany, the byways of Florence, and the markets of Bangalore. He hangs out with Hungarian yuppies, eats shabu-shabu with a dozen Tokyo "torrekkis," and visits England's most celebrated rocketeer.

On the homefront, Greenwald talks to the stars and producers who have brought this vision to life. Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, and Rick Berman are among those who discuss the import of Star Trek's thirty-two year reign and their unique place in this new mythology while luminaries like Kurt Vonnegut, science fiction grandmaster Arthur C. Clarke, and the Dalai Lama speak up, measuring humanity-at-large against Roddenberry's optimistic ideal.

For millions of viewers, Star Trek has become a place where science and magic meet, where humanity's highest calling is exploration, its most cherished values freedom and compassion. Yet, as Jeff Greenwald discovers, the people who have elevated the show to this mythic status are very much of this century. For the casual viewer who follows the bleeps and buzzes of world pop culture, Future Perfect is hilarious and enlightening reading. For fans of the show, it's indispensable.

Comments

This is one of the more interesting Star Trek books in recent years, combining chapters on what happens behind the scenes at Paramount with depictions of fandom as it has evolved around the world. It's the 1990s equivalent, in many ways, of David Gerrold's The World of Star Trek and Star Trek Lives by Lichtenberg, Marshak, and Winston. The candor Greenwald elicits from Trek writers and actors makes for occasionally compelling, occasionally annoying (hello, Brannon Braga!) reading. Parts of the book were previously published in somewhat different form in publications like Wired and Salon, so readers can get some free samples before buying the book.

Life SignsLife Signs: The Biology of Star Trek
Susan Jenkins and Robert Jenkins
HarperCollins
189 pages

Contents

Foreword by Lawrence Krauss
Preface
A Face Only a Mother Could Love
Life in Space
How Alien Can You Get?
Whose Brain is It, Anyway? Or Why Parasitic Possession Is Nine-tenths of the Law
Falling in Love With All the Wrong Faces
Not in Our Stars, But in Our Genes
Twenty-nine Years and Counting
The Adventure Continues
Where No One Will Ever Go
Glossary
Selected Readings and References

Blurb

It's a routine mission. The Enterprise-D is in synchronous orbit over a Class-M planet to be surveyed for possible colonization. Commander Riker calls the life science team to its station, then Captain Picard orders a "search for life signs." As the principal investigator on this mission, you're up.

What do you do now?

With Life Signs -- The Biology of Star Trek, you'll know exactly what to do. In this vastly entertaining and informative volume, a research geneticist at a world-renowned medical center and a noted psychiatrist investigate the myriad questions Star Trek raises about "new life and new civilizations." They draw surprising conclusions about everything from the likelihood that any humanoid could be blue in color to the climate on the Vulcan homeworld to what caused the dramatic physiological changes in the Klingon race between the twenty-third and twenty-fourth centuries (something even Klingons themselves avoid discussing).

Life Signs -- The Biology of Star Trek pays special attention to the Federation's astonishing technological advances, probing the accuracy and effects of these developments. How might the food replicators work? (And how would replicated food taste?) Is there any scientific basis for all that hyper-high-tech equipment in sickbay? Will it ever be possible to genetically enhance intelligence (the way Dr. Bashir's wits were sharpened when he was a boy)?

The Jenkinses also chart the remarkable parallels between the Star Trek universe and our own. They find earthly analogues to the Pon farr that puts Vulcans in heat every seven years. They hunt down common creatures reminiscent of the "crystalline entity" and the silicon-based Horta. They even introduce us to the billions of life-forms residing in our own bodies and induce us to wonder whether Jadzia Dax's Trill symbiont is really such a far-fetched notion after all.

Throughout, this engaging and authoritative book bristles with insights on the cutting edge of contemporary biology. Discover how close we are to cloning humans. Examine implants and prosthetics that might make the Borg proud. Watch NASA wrestle with the perils of extended space travel as it plans for a three-year-long manned mission to Mars. And learn where no one has gone before -- or ever will go -- as the Jenkinses highlight some of Star Trek's more notable biological bloopers.

Whether you run your own genetics lab or you ran screaming from high-school biology class, Life Signs -- The Biology of Star Trek will heighten your appreciation for the mind-expanding magic of Star Trek.

Comments

Following the success of The Physics of Star Trek, writers and publishers saw biology as the obvious next book topic. Two were published, almost simultaneously. This book, from the publisher of The Physics of Star Trek, is the shorter and more straightforward of the two, more suitable for younger readers. But for serious Star Trek fans, both books are worth reading. There's some overlap, but the authors involved take sufficiently different approaches to their material that the reader doesn't grow frustrated by repetition.

The Longest TrekThe Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy
Grace Lee Whitney with Jim Denney
Quill Driver Books
198 pages

Contents

Foreword by Leonard Nimoy
"Grace, Are You Sitting Down?"
"Who Am I?"
Going Hollywood
Space, the Final Frontier
These are the Voyages
My Cookies and Milk Days
A Woman in Free-Fall
Sobriety is not for Wimps
Amazing Grace!
The Great Bird of the Galaxy
The Journey Continues
Notes
About the Authors

Blurb

She opened for jazz great Billie Holiday, clowned with Phil Silvers in Broadway's Top Banana, shared an upper berth with Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, flirted with Jack Lemmon in Irma La Douce and murdered the same man over and over again on "The Outer Limits." Her extensive TV credits include "Surfside Six," "Bonanza," "The Untouchables," "Gunsmoke," "The Big Valley," "Hart to Hart," "Batman," and "Bewitched," just to name a few.

In her dream role, Gene Roddenberry beamed her aboard the Starship Enterprise as Yeoman Janice Rand for the original Star Trek series. But a terrifying sexual assault on the studio lot and her lifelong feelings of emptiness and isolation would soon combine to turn her starry dream into a nightmare.

"I had a hole in my gut with the wind blowing through. I was in pain. I craved validation. And I looked for solace in alcohol, drugs and sex."

The life of Grace Lee Whitney is an amazing story. It is the behind-the-scenes story of Hollywood, it is an untold story of the Star Trek world, but above all, it is the story of hope, the story of an awakening, the story of a woman who had to sink to the deepest depths before she could rise to find her true self.

"People ask if this isn't embarrassing to talk about, and well, yes, at least it was in the beginning. But I learned something very important. You're as sick as your secrets. Once a secret isn't a secret anymore, it loses its power over you."

"Grace Lee Whitney has gone where no woman has gone before -- join her. It's worth it!"
- William Shatner

"Personal, moving, and powerful... If you think this is simply another book of Star Trek anecdotes and inside jokes, take a deep breath and plunge in. This is a Star Trek book which will transform people's lives."
- Leonard Nimoy

Comments

Like many of the other Trek autobiographies, this one covers a lot more than just Star Trek. Most important to Whitney, I suspect, is her personal story of recovery from addictions and finding God. That's not the kind of book I generally read, but Whitney's part on Star Trek is one of the least explored. The book is a worthwhile look at an occasionally forgotten figure from the original series.

Multicultural Communication and Popular Culture: Racial and Ethnic Images in Star Trek Multicultural Communication and Popular Culture cover
Marquita L. Byrd
McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing
240 pages

Contents

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Black Screen Images
Blacks in the Original Series
Blacks in The Next Generation
Blacks in Deep Space Nine and Voyager
Blacks as Aliens
Asian Images in Trek
Native American Images in Trek
Latino/Hispanic/Chicano Images in Trek
Racial and Ethnic Images on Screen
About the Author

Blurb

"Lively, scholarly, substantive and unique... the fact that the book contains the author's own case study examples of Star Trek and culture further enriches the... discussion."
Dorothy Williamson-Ige, Chair
Communication Studies, Indiana University Northwest

"Byrd addresses the relationships among stereotypes, self-identity, and images in popular culture. The text is an excellent choice for use in the classroom."
Anntarie Sims, Chair
Communication and Theatre Arts, The College of New Jersey

"Byrd is a Trekker and her familiarity with the intimacies of the TV program enabled her to present her intellectual concepts from the... grass-roots level. Her enthusiasm is hard to disguise and it is wonderfully infectious."
Philip Lynch, Editor in Chief
Woman in the Moon Publications

"Byrd is... the scholar to know and read on the matter of racial and ethnic images in Trek mythology. The work simply has not been done before."
Diane Bogus, Professor of American Literature
DeAnza College

Comments

Unlike the books on race by Daniel Bernardi (below) and Micheal C. Pounds (Race in Space, 1999), Byrd's book spends relatively little time on critical or cultural theory. Instead, Byrd actually looks at the text - the various Trek series -- to see how the shows represent different racial and ethnic groups. She provides context, discussing concepts like race and ethnicity in jargon-free language, then moves to the specific, examining the various characters who represent given groups. For example, she spends two pages describing the character Kasidy Yates as developed on Deep Space Nine, and ends with a few paragraphs on how that character avoids the usual stereotypes of black female characters.

For anyone looking for a relatively light read on the subject of Trek and race, this isn't a bad place to start. Byrd teaches this material as part of a university course, and this book would be suitable for an undergraduate or a (reasonably smart) high school student. The book could be better, though; there are some mistakes, typos, and instances of repetition that some editing and proofreading could have cleared up. As it is, the book often feels like a first draft, written in a burst of enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, this is also a hard book to get; it's published through McGraw-Hill's publishing-on-demand company, Primis Custom Publishing, so there isn't a large press run being distributed to bookstores. Instead, as I understand it, the book would normally be ordered in multiple copies from McGraw-Hill, and the books would be quickly printed (in a just-shy-of-normal-quality trade paperback format). It's assumed that this book will only be ordered for classes, not by individuals. Single copies can be ordered through Amazon.com (that's how I got it), but it's not cheap.

Q's Guide to the ContinuumQ's Guide to the Continuum
Michael Jan Friedman and Robert Greenberger
Pocket
171 pages

Blurb

Captain's log, Stardate Eleventy-leven and eighty-six point negative nine. Charted a blah blah blah with my blah blah crew today, collecting samples of blah blah blah...

Aren't you tired of surveying all the brave new worlds and startling new civilizations of the galaxy with the safe, politically correct members of the Federation? After all, they only have fun when they break their own rules and leave a communicator behind on a planet of curious mimics, or travel through time to play with tribbles. Wouldn't you rather travel the stars with me?

Who am I? Spelled the same way front as back: Q! You've heard of me. All-seeing, all-knowing, dashing beyond comparison. The Q have been here since the dawn of time (and in some cases, a little before that, but that's another story), and we've seen it all. But I've put it all together in a form you can understand. The title? Q's Guide to the Continuum! (Well, what did you think I would call it? Picard's Incessant Droning About Stellar Gas Formations?)

Want to know what the longest-lived race in the galaxy is? It's here. Ever wonder who is the greatest mass-murderer of all time? I know that, too. And are you dying to find out if a certain relative of mine ever played the harpsichord while dressed like a Victorian nobleman? Well, there are some things I won't tell you, but the rest will be revealed in Q's Guide to the Continuum! (Love that title, don't you?) Prepare to be enlightened!

Comments

This is an odd book. It's a mix of old-fashioned clip art and typography, stills from various Star Trek series, and some text told from Q's perspective about all manner of Trek-related things. For example, a page called "The Galaxy's Most Devoted Mother," about the Horta, "The Galaxy's Most Bizarre Death Ritual" (about the Ferengi), "The Most Opportunities for Advancement Declined by a Single Starfleet Officer" (about Riker), and so on. Imagine a print version of a carnival with Q as barker and you've got the idea. It's meant to be humorous. Some may find it so.

The Sev Trek Collective
John Cook
Sevloid Art
80 pages

Contents

Jurassic Trek
The X Generation
Christmas Sev Trek
Sev Trek Punchlines
The Sev Guide to Technobabble
Pus in Boots
The Meaning of Sev
Deep Sev Nine
Deep Sleep Nine
Forager
Rehashed Punchlines
The Cartoonist's Cut
Send in the Clones
The Making of Sev Trek

Blurb

The Sev Trek Collective is a compilation of satirical cartoons published on the Sev Trek web site www.sev.com.au by Australian cartoonist John Cook. Featuring 80 pages of cartoons, parody and comic strips, this book is the collaborative effort of thousands of 'Sevilians' from all over the world.

Enter the Sev Trek Collective and you will:

Assimilate this book to boldly split your sides where no Sev Trekker has been side split before!

Comments

Ian McLean, who provided all the above information on this book, adds the following comments:

Trade sized paperback book published in Australia. Most of this collection of distinctive Star Trek parody comic strips originally appeared over several years on the Internet and comprise several story arcs. TOS, TNG, DS9, and Voyager are all parodied with affection. The Voyager ("Forager") story, "Send in the Clones," debuts in this book. Brief character profiles intersperse the strips and "Punchlines" are humorous captions to Sev Trek cartoons suggested by visitors to the website in online competitions. "The Cartoonist's Cut" shows early drafts and cut panels. "The Making of Sev Trek" chapter describes the evolution of "Send in the Clones" from concept drawings to computer-coloured final art.

For those who have never seen it, Sev Trek is a comic strip that parodies Star Trek while being drawn in a style reminiscent of The Simpsons. I should probably get this one of these days. Thanks to Ian for the information. Cover art swiped from the Sev Trek website.

Secrets of Star Trek: InsurrectionThe Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection
Terry J. Erdmann
Pocket
188 pages

Blurb

The battle for Paradise has begun

Star Trek: Insurrection

New ships! New aliens! New worlds! New adventures!

This is the chronicle of how they came to be -- the story behind Paramount Pictures' newest cinematic epic, the third feature film starring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Follow the making of the movie as told to Terry J. Erdmann by its actors and creators. Look behind the scenes at the creative process from inception to finished work, as seen through the eyes of Rick Berman, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Piller, and many others. Learn about everything from the initial story concepts to designs, set construction, makeup, costuming, visual effects, and much, much more.

Filled with hundreds of behind-the-scenes color photos and sketches, The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection is an intimate account of how the phenomenal ninth Star Trek feature film became a reality.

Comments

This is a lavishly illustrated trade paperback that, as the blurb says, takes the reader behind the scenes of the making of Insurrection. There's not as much detail on the earlier versions of the movie as I'd like, given that Michael Piller's book about his time writing the movie was never published. But anyone who enjoyed the movie or who is interested in everything that goes into making a Star Trek movie, from makeup to spaceship design to special effects, will find this book worthwhile. Erdmann also looks at one particular Insurrection sequence in much more detail in his hardcover coffee table book Star Trek: Action!, also published in 1998.

SFX: The Essential Guide to Deep Space Nine
Future Publishing
98 pages

Contents

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7

Blurb

Six Years of Episodes Previewed & Rated, Plus Season Seven Preview

Episode guides for all first six seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, plus a round-up of all the latest news on season seven. Including... Trivia, Cast lists, Production credits, All episodes reviewed and rated, Quotes from each and every episode.

Comments

All information on this book is provided by Ian McLean, who writes:

This slim UK MMPB-sized book came free with a bagged issue of SFX magazine. Cover and spine title: The Unofficial SFX Episode Guide to Deep Space Nine.

A typical episode entry includes the episode title, an author rating (from D- to A+), "original US airdate" (but not UK, as the show came out on sell-through video before it aired on British TV), writer/director/guest cast credits, a plot synopsis, brief review, episode trivia and soundbytes (character quotes). The main castmembers/characters are overlooked in that no list of credits is given for them. Season 7 is previewed in the last page, with very brief trivia and rumours about five early episodes - and one other called "Dysfunctional", in which Ezri supposedly arranges to have the Dax symbiont removed by an alien doctor because she cannot cope with her new lifestyle.

SFX's writers predict other upcoming events "based on nothing but speculation": the return of Section 31; either Bashir or Jake gets the hots for Ezri; Ezri doesn't get the hots for Worf; there's a bloody big battle in the last episode, which probably has "Prophets" in the title; Sisko will die a hero's death or move onto a higher plane of existence; Worf kills Dukat; Jake gets his first book published; Quark becomes the Grand Nagus; Morn speaks.

Action with and without dustwrapperStar Trek: Action!
Terry J. Erdmann
Pocket
277 pages

Contents

What's It's All About: An Introduction
Star Trek: Voyager: "Hope and Fear"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Tears of the Prophets"
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Star Trek: Insurrection

Blurb

23,719.

That's how many minutes have been committed to film during the thirty-year -- and counting -- history of Star Trek. Since its inception as a groundbreaking show, through its current incarnations on television and as a series of motion pictures, more than 395 hours of Star Trek have been filmed. If you watch it all consecutively, you'd be glued to your television set around the clock for more than 16 days.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create just one sequence of scenes that can last as little as a minute or two? Minutes may not seem like a lot out of thirty years' worth of science fiction magic, but for the thousands of men and women both in front of and behind the cameras, each and every one of those minutes has been a labor of love, blood, sweat, and tears, all created without a net.

With the author as our guide, we will follow the creation of three separate sequences -- one each from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and the upcoming motion picture Star Trek: Insurrection. From the first meetings of the writers to the pre-production meetings, from the concept sketches to the realized set, from the early morning makeup session to the bleary-eyed midnight shooting the author has been there. Peering over the shoulders of the writers, the filmmakers, the graphic artists, and the visual-effects wizards, the author reports each Herculean task as it is accomplished. Action! takes you there for each moment.

After reading Action!, an utterly unique work, you will never watch Star Trek the same way again. (Oh, and in case you haven't timed this, it took you about two minutes to read this flap copy.)

Comments

An expensive but richly illustrated hardcover coffee table book, Action! is a behind-the-scenes book that goes into incredible detail about just a few brief sequences. It's pretty much the opposite approach from most behind-the-scenes books, but that's what makes it so interesting.

Erdmann later wrote the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, the best episode guide yet published about any Star Trek series.

Star Trek and HistoryStar Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future
Daniel Leonard Bernardi
Rutgers University Press
247 pages

Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
The Meaning of Race in the Generation of Star Trek: Where No Text Has Gone Before
The Original Star Trek: Liberal-Humanist Projects and Diegetic Logics
Trek on the Silver Screen: White Future-Time as the Final Frontier
The Next Generation: Toward a Neoconservative Play
Reading Race: Trekking Through Cyberspace on STREK-L
Epilogue: Resisting the Race Toward a White Future
Notes
Select Bibliography
Filmography
Index

Blurb

"An original and insightful exploration of a major component of contemporary American culture."
- H. Bruce Franklin, author of War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination

"Bernardi boldly goes where no scholar has gone before and discovers racial anxiety at the center of the Star Trek story. This careful reading of commercial culture's quintessential mega-text provides invaluable insight into how mass media productions help shape us into the people we are."
- George Lipsitz, author of Time Passages

"Bernardi's thoughtful and provocative analysis of race in Star Trek is wholly original; it challenges viewers to see the series in a new light, and challenges its creators to be more mindful of the implicit messages in their work."
- Rene Echevarria, co-supervising producer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Daniel Bernardi has dissected the history of a myth. If we are ever to track down and expose our semi-conscious racist evasions and dissemblings, we need more books like this one."
- Mike Budd, Florida Atlantic University

"I would have sworn that there was little new any scholar could say about Star Trek. I was wrong. Bernardi opens up a rich new set of issues for scholarly examination, centering around the contradictory expression of race within the series and the fan culture that surrounds us. His analysis is bold, provocative, and challenging, yet consistently fair-minded. He combines a fan's detailed knowledge of the program's universe with the theoretical sophistication necessary to make this book a cutting-edge contribution to the cultural studies of race."
- Henry Jenkins, author of Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture

Star Trek and History examines the representational and narrative functions of race in Star Trek and explores how the meaning of race in the science fiction series has been facilitated and constrained by creative and network decision-making, by genre, by intertextuality, and by the audience. The author interprets how the changing social and political movements of the times have influenced the production and meaning of Trek texts and the ways in which the ongoing series negotiated and reflected these turbulent histories. Most significantly, he tells us why it is important for readers to better understand the articulation of race in this enduring icon of American popular culture.

Comments

This is an often frustrating book. Bernardi's approach is to decide in advance that Star Trek is racist, and then ignore anything that might call his evidence and his thesis into question. For example, in a discussion of the ending of The Motion Picture, he points out how the blond, white Decker achieves a transcendent state by uniting with the machine, V'Ger. Noting that V'Ger takes the form of a woman played by an Asian actress would complicate or refute the point he's trying to make, so he doesn't mention that fact. Later, he discusses The Undiscovered Country, stating that the movie's original aim is anti-racist, but its portrayal of Chang, among other things, makes it racist after all, since Chang so clearly resembles Fu Manchu and schemes to disrupt the peace process, maintaining the cold war between the UFP and the Klingons. Conveniently unmentioned is the fact that white Starfleet characters are also working against the peace process. Bernardi can't have the actual movie contradicting his thesis, because his thesis is more important than what actually happens in the movie.

That's not to say that he's always wrong; he does make some good points. His comments on episodes like "The Paradise Syndrome" and "Elaan of Troyius" are worth reading, though even they occasionally deny key details. (Kirk isn't hailed by the Indians as a leader because he's white, but because the natives saw him come out of the Preservers' obelisk.) Of course, the people who will make this kind of quibble are Trek fans who like the show well enough to know the episodes pretty well, and we aren't Bernardi's intended audience. He's writing for the academic critical studies community, where ignoring inconvenient details for the sake of one's thesis can probably be perfectly acceptable, especially if the right buzzwords or theorists are invoked.

It also seems a bit disingenuous of the author to say that he's ignoring Deep Space Nine and Voyager for now because his book is concerned only with the period from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. It seems like an arbitrary excuse for not substantially revising something that grew out of a dissertation. Why, in 1998, publish a book about race in Star Trek that ignores the two current Trek TV shows, the ones that most challenge the notion of Star Trek as a show strictly by, for, and about white males?

Readers interested in this subject should also see Byrd's Multicultural Communication and Popular Culture (above) and Pounds's Race in Space (1999).

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical ManualStar Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach, and Doug Drexler
Pocket
178 pages

Contents

Introduction by Ira Steven Behr
Authors' Introduction
Deep Space 9
Deep Space Nine Introduction
Station Structures
Command Systems
Computer System
Power Generation Systems
Utilities and Auxiliary Systems
Communications
Transporter Systems
Science and Remote Sensing Systems
Tactical Systems
Environmental Systems
Personnel Support Systems
Emergency Operations
Starfleet, Allied, and Threat Vessels
Starfleet Support Spacecraft
Allied Spacecraft
Threat Force Spacecraft
Acknowledgments
Afterword by Ron D. Moore

Blurb

Unlock the secrets of Terok Nor!

It was once a battered Cardassian ore-processing facility orbiting the planet Bajor. But Terok Nor took on new life when the Cardassians evacuated and were replaced by Starfleet personnel. With the discovery of a nearby stable wormhole connecting the Alpha Quadrant with the Gamma Quadrant, the newly christened Space Station Deep Space 9 became one of the most important installations in known space.

Filled with hundreds of schematic diagrams and illustrations, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual is essential for anyone interested in the ships, technology and weapons of Starfleet and the many different species who frequent the station, including the Klingons, the Bajorans, the romulans, the Cardassians, and the Jem'Hadar.

As an added bonus, four full-color gatefolds have been specially created for this book. In addition to providing an in-depth look at the exteriors of the station, these illustrations also show the Promenade, and highlight the U.S.S. Defiant.

Turning the ravaged outpost into a fully operational station involved much more than a simple name change. The transformation represented an arduous challenge to the Starfleet engineers who were required to merge two divergent technologies. How they achieved that feat, and how the Federation helps the Bajoran government keep the station running smoothly, is revealed in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

Comments

What a difference a few years makes. Instead of black and white line drawings, the foundation of both previous official technical manuals, full color computer-generated art is the rule here. As with the Next Generation Technical Manual, though, the book has no shortage of text, once again written by people who actually worked on the show. Some hardcore tech fans have quibbled about some of the data, especially regarding ships, but in general fans of Star Trek technology will need this.

Star Trek on the BrainStar Trek on the Brain: Alien Minds, Human Minds
Robert Sekuler and Randolph Blake
Freeman
244 pages

Contents

Preface
Star Trek on the Brain
Why Spock Can Cry But Data Cannot
Sex, Memes, and Videotape
Klingons Will Be Klingons
What Geordi Saw and What Quark Heard
Even Starship Captains Get Amnesia
Disordered Brains, Disordered Minds
Today's Brain, Tomorrow's Mind
Who's Who and What's What
Star Trek Episodes Mentioned in This Book
Notes
Index

Blurb

It's the twenty-third century, and something has gone terribly wrong. A transporter mishap has cleaved Captain Kirk in two, leaving the U.S.S. Enterprise in the unsteady hands of both the rash and impulsive Kirk I and the meek and indecisive Kirk II. In neurological terms, the accident has damaged the Captain's prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that stores memories crucial to decision making. ("The Enemy Within" from the original Star Trek series)

Such is the stuff of Robert Sekuler and Randolph Blake's splicing of Star Trek and up-to-date research in psychology and neuroscience in Star Trek on the Brain. The authors' continuing mission: to boldly lead an expedition through the brain and the mind, using anecdotes from Star Trek movies and episodes of the original Star Trek series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. Witness:

- Data, an android, wonders why the smell of perfume is a sexual stimulant for humans. The authors tell us it's because the smell-sensing part of the brain has the power to excite the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that affects sexual and aggressive behavior. ("Angel One" from Star Trek: The Next Generation)

- The Aquitarians implant an electronic device in the brains of their prisoners that jolts them into senseless fits of rage. The device, nicknamed "the clamp." provokes aggression in the prisoners by stimulating the hypothalamus. ("The Chute" from Star Trek: Voyager)

- "It's the lobes," says Nog, a Ferengi, explaining the aural acuity of his immense ears. In fact, it is the lobes -- the lobes of the cerebrum in Nog's brain (and ours) where sounds are analyzed. ("Darkness and Light" from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Comments

I haven't read this one yet, but the subject is intriguing (though some of the subject matter may have already been covered in The Metaphysics of Star Trek or one of the Biology of Star Trek books). The back cover blurb includes some highly favorable quotes from Richard Hanley (author of The Metaphysics of Star Trek), Temple Grandin (among other things, the inspiration for Oliver Sacks' fascinating book An Anthropologist on Mars), Michael Shermer (author of Why People Believe Weird Things and editor of Skeptic magazine), and Elizabeth Loftus (author of The Myth of Repressed Memory). A book praised by so interesting a group of people ought to be... well, fascinating. (If I'm disappointed when I do eventually read it, I'll have to remember to amend or delete the previous sentence.)

Star Trek Science LogsStar Trek Science Logs
Andre Bormanis
Pocket
310 pages

Contents

Making the Incredible Credible: The Science of Star Trek
Federation Science Logs
Astronomical Phenomena
Nuclear and Space Physics
Planetology
Space Medicine
Materials Science
Space Engineering
Exobiology
Afterword
A Basic Science Primer
Bibliography
Glossary of Terms
Index

Blurb

Quasars. Wormholes. Cosmic string fragments. Vulcan mind melds. Bioneural gel packs. Dyson spheres.

If you have ever watched a Star Trek television episode or movie, you've heard many words and phrases like these. over its long history, the Star Trek universe has taken us to undreamed-of worlds, employing scientific concepts that often sounded like complete fantasy. After all, a six-foot-tall humanoid couldn't possibly change into a four-pound bird. Or could he...?

Star Trek Science Logs separates the fact from the fantasy. As science adviser on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, Andre Bormanis is the man to whom the writers and directors turn every day when they want to make their "future science" as plausible and comprehensible as possible. And Bormanis would know: he holds degres in physics and space policy, has conducted research and policy analysis for NASA, and has worked with many top scientists in the fields of astronomy and space science. if there is any basis in contemporary science for exotic spatial anomalies or silicon-based life-forms, Andre will find it.

Now you too can benefit from Bormanis' vast knowledge. From antiprotons to xenotransplantation, it's all in here: clear, concise, entertaining and 100 percent true (well, almost). With the best of Starfleet -- Spock, Jadzia Dax, Harry Kim, Data and others -- accompanying Bormanis as your guides, get ready to embark on a bold journey across the unlimited boundaries of science fact.

Comments

Pocket's own book on the popular subject of science in Star Trek, started a few years earlier by The Physics of Star Trek, takes a rather different approach. Bormanis breaks science and technology into a few key areas and then, in each, spends a page or two on a number of specific examples of Trek tech. Each entry begins with a crew log entry describing the phenomenon (Berthold rays, gene therapy, etc), followed by a discussion by Bormanis about the subject in general. However, it doesn't address key areas of Trek science and technology in nearly as much detail as the unauthorized science books have. Still, it's an insider's view of science and technology as they pertain to Star Trek.

Klingon Honor GuardStar Trek: The Next Generation Klingon Honor Guard Official Strategy Guide
Blaine Pardoe and Dan Plunkett
Brady Games
206 pages

Contents

Introduction
The Way of the Warrior
Game Settings
Weapons
Enemies
Items
Environments
Tactics
Mission Walkthroughs
Mission 1
Mission 2
Mission 3
Mission 4
Mission 5
Mission 6
Mission 7
Mission 8
Mission 9
Mission 10
Mission 11
Mission 12
Mission 13
Mission 14
Mission 15
Mission 16
Mission 17
Mission 18
Mission 19
Mission 20
Mission 21
Mission 22
Mission 23
Mission 24
Mission 25
Mission 26
Mission 27
Death Rite Play
Installation Tips
Cheats

Blurb

Today is a good day to die...

To those who plotted the assassination attempt on High Council Leader Gowron, vengeance must be swiftly delivered. As a member of the elite Honor Guard, it is your blood oath to ensure that this vengeance is final.

Exact glorious revenge on the enemies of the Empire!

Comprehensive strategy -- step-by-step walkthroughs for every level lead you to victory and protect your honor!

Death Rite Coverage -- multiplayer tactics send all who challenge you to Sto-Vo-Kor!

Secret Areas and Cheats Revealed -- discover hidden paths and powerful items!

Plus, complete weapon, item, and enemy profiles, Klingon history, and more!

Comments

Unlike, say, the Judgment Rites game guide, which can almost be read as a work of fiction, this book is of interest to two groups: game players and book collectors. There is some plot to this, and following the illustrated walkthroughs does give some sense of a story being told, but this is first and foremost a player's guide. Even hardcore Klingon fans, if not interested in the game, will find little to read here. For gamers, of course, it could well prove essential.

Actual cover and solicitation coverStar Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies: Generations and First Contact
John Eaves and J.M. Dillard
Pocket
344 pages

Contents

A Word From the Writer
A Word From the Artist
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Acknowledgments

Blurb

Pass the torch. Bring together the best of what has come before and the grandeur of the present to create an undreamed-of future, a radically different look. Create a new ship. Give life to mankind's greatest nightmare, made flesh and metal.

When the decision was made to take the hugely successful television series Star Trek: The Next Generation into the realm of motion pictures, the crew, special-effects artists, and costume and makeup designers knew that they had a wondrous opportunity and several unique challenges ahead. Could they translate this new crew to the big screen, while retaining the magic that made the series one of the most successful syndicated shows ever? Could they create even more "strange new worlds" and vistas for them to explore, on a scale that would inspire awe in its legion of fans? And, most crucially, in its maiden voyage could they meld the two "generations" of Star Trek? Could they find a way, visually, to pass the baton from the Original Series to the crew of The Next Generation?

Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook -- The Movies explores the hectic, frantic and creative works of the movie artists... first, as they valiantly endeavor to meet and overcome the challenges presented by Star Trek Generations, and then as they embark on the massive undertaking of The Next Generation crew's first solo flight, Star Trek: First Contact. The inception of the nexus, the destruction of a starship, the horrific face of the Borg, and the design of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E all began with a single creative spark.

John Eaves, just one of the hundreds of craftspeople who worked their movie magic on Generations and First Contact, joins writer J.M. Dillard to take us on an odyssey into the mind's eye of some of the most visionary artists in the world of motion pictures. Through hundreds of never-before-seen sketches, model photographs and fashion designs, you'll see where it all began, and learn firsthand what it takes to transform the unenvisioned world into glorious reality.

Comments

Lavishly illustrated in full color, this Sketchbook offers storyboards, sketches, photos of models and sets under construction, and more. Most of the book is devoted to First Contact, which had considerably more design challenges. There's not a great deal of text but the pictures help to make up for it.

The rollover image is the early version of the cover as used on Amazon and other places online. Though apparently consistent with the look of the original series sketchbook, it was not actually used. I've included it here because I used to see it sometimes online and think it was a book I'd missed before realizing it wasn't the real cover, and others may have been similarly confused.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Continuing MissionStar Trek: The Next Generation: The Continuing Mission: A Tenth Anniversary Salute
Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Pocket
302 pages

Contents

Foreword by Rick Berman
Introduction: 100 Years of Star Trek
Roddenberry's Revenge: The First Twenty Years
The Voyages of the Starship Enterprise... Seven? -- Preproduction
Uncertain Encounters -- The First Season
Finding Its Measure -- The Second Season
The Best Begins -- The Third Season
The Best Gets Better -- The Fourth Season
It All Comes Together -- The Fifth Season
Approaching Deep Space -- The Sixth Season
Going Out on Top -- The Last Season
A Tale of Two Captains -- Star Trek Generations
On Their Own -- Star Trek: First Contact
The Continuing Mission -- A Look Ahead
Update
Afterword: "The Missing Year" by Robert Justman
Acknowledgments 

Comments 

This is a slightly expanded paperback edition of the 1997 coffee table book. It adds a well-illustrated chapter on the making of Star Trek: Insurrection.

To Seek Out New LifeTo Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek
Athena Andreadis
Crown
274 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Overture: The Starship Leaves the Dock
Act I. A Parade of the Unlikely and the Improbable: The Dramatis Personae Enter the Stage
Scene 1. Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?: Rocks That Brood, Clouds That Ponder -- Sentience in Star Trek
Scene 2. The Q-uantum Choice: You Can Have Either Sex or Immortality
Scene 3. Tin Soldiers and Glass Ballerinas: How Likely Are Androids, Cyborgs, or Shape-Shifters?
Scene 4. Can You Play the Tuba with Holographic Lungs?: The Perils of Cryochambers and Holodecks
Act II. Interspecies Cross-Talk: The Musical Score Develops
Scene 5. Fallout from Transporter Fissions: Unchained Doppelgangers and Monsters from the Id
Scene 6. Cold Fusions: Symbionts and Parasites Search for Hosts
Scene 7. Remote Control: Projections and Invasions by Empaths, Telepaths, and Espers
Scene 8. Rosetta Stones and Black Monoliths: Can a Universal Translator Function?
Act III. Family Matters: The Libretto Unfolds
Scene 9. All is Fair in Love, War, and Starfleet Entrance Exams: From Mendel's Sweet Peas to Tailored Life-Forms
Scene 10. Send Viruses, Guns, and Latinum: New Worlds and the Prime Directive
Scene 11. Is Every Day a Good Day to Die?: Marooned in Monochromatic Societies
Coda: The Infinite Frontier
Index

Blurb

- How Likely are silicon-based life forms such as the Horta?

- Can the Holodoc really wield a laser scalpel?

- Is a universal translator possible?

For thirty years, the Star Trek series, movies, and books have speculated as much about the nature and meaning of life as they have about inorganic concepts such as warp speed, time travel, and black holes. In fact. the original mission of the starship Enterprise was to seek out new life and new civilizations in its quest to answer the most tantalizing question of all time: Are we alone in the universe?

If Star Trek has been about the search for life, To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek is about understanding these discoveries as we encounter them with the crews of the Enterprise, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. In this book, Harvard biologist Athena Andreadis takes a lively, thought-provoking look at Star Trek's approach to the science of human, humanoid, and other life forms, exploring what biological principles are probable or possible on the original show and the three series and nine movies that have followed.

This engaging, deeply informative book makes everyone an armchair expert on the difference between science and science fiction on Star Trek, with keen observations into the series' complex worlds of physiology, psychology, and sociology. For example, the free interbreeding of humanoids makes for great plots, but a host of biological problems: Vulcans bleed green, Klingons purple, and humans red, which means none of them share the same oxygen carrier in the bloodstream (which means no hybrid, and thus no Spock). A shape-shifter with a liquid base, like Security Chief Odo, could never fall in love with a "solid" like Major Kira Nerys -- it is the equivalent to a human loving a turnip. Androids like Data are possible in our future, though the creation of substitute bodies in the holodeck is pure fantasy. The joined Trills are a curious blend of symbiosis and parasitism, raising interesting questions as to how the two beings share consciousness.

This absorbing, illuminating book, rich in scientific detail and full of fascinating references to literature, film, and television, pays tribute to a show that has profoundly shaped the way we understand and view science.

Comments

One of two books carrying the subtitle The Biology of Star Trek, this is the longer of the two, and the more wide-ranging. It's also the more personal of the two. Andreadis has a lived a life split between two cultures, American and Greek, and applies insights from that experience when discussing how alien cultures relate to the Federation in Star Trek.

There is some overlap between the Andreadis Biology and the Jenkins and Jenkins Biology, but reading both will only rarely give rise to moments of deja vu (or, more accurately, deja lu).

Traveling at Warp 7Traveling at Warp 7: A Search for Star Trek
Jim Duriga
Seneca-Secor
133 pages

Contents

Foreword
Proud As a Peacock
When They Appeared
Failed Efforts
The Collection
Dealing Is As...
Let's Get Animated
Starfleet Captain
An Interview With Scotty
The Trek Poetry
The Star Trek Movies
Star Trek - The Next Generation
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine
Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek as Reality
Star Trek Lists
A Little Trivia
Further Voyages
Epilogue

Blurb [from publisher's website]

Traveling at Warp 7: A Search for Star Trek by Jim Duriga traces one fan's fascination with the world of Trek; it includes information about the shows, failed efforts, the movies, and a 1983 interview with actor James Doohan (Scotty).

Comments

I originally wrote: "I haven't actually seen this book. It turned up in a Books in Print search, but for some time I couldn't find out anything about it. I recently found Seneca-Secor's website, and it appears to be a cross between a small press, print shop, and vanity press. The book isn't expensive, and if I get a copy I'll provide more information here."

Now that Amazon is distributing the book, I was able to get a copy. It's a combination of personal commentary on the Star Trek phenomenon with episode guides and movie reviews. There are so many episode guides available now that the personal element is more interesting, but there's not all that much of it. There are short chapters on gaming, collecting, and dealing in Trek memorabilia, among other things.

Note: this is apparently the third edition. According to the foreword, the second appeared in 1992 and the first at some point in the 1980s. Those editions aren't listed on this site. Unlike the current edition, they aren't listed in sources like Books in Print, and are probably more like fanzines than books. (The BiP record I first saw in 1997 listed this as a 1997 book, and a Seneca-Secor book list has it as a 1999 book, but the copy I actually have is copyrighted 1998.)

Trek NavigatorTrek Navigator: The Ultimate Guide to the Entire Trek Saga
Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross
Little, Brown/Back Bay Books
286 pages

Contents

Dedications
About the Authors
An Introduction
Abbreviations and Symbols
The Episodes
Series Ratings
Cast Members' Favorites
Appendix (Apocrypha, Alienated, Bad Borg, Barclay, Boom!, Cloak and Dagger, Debating Team, Dixon Hill, Double Trouble, For God's Sake, Stay Out of the Holodeck!, Future's Past, Here's Mudd in Your Eye, He's Dead, Jim, History Lesson, It's All Relative, It's Elementary, It's the Only Love Money Can Buy!, Kirk Conquests, Klingons, Laugh Riot, Mother's Day, Outbreak, Q&A, Starfleet Law)
Star Trek for All Occasions
Index by Show and Season

Blurb

The world's leading Treksperts give you the book you've been waiting for -- a sharply opinionated episode-by-episode guide to the entire Star Trek saga.

In the galaxy of Star Trek books, there's nothing like Trek Navigator -- a compendium of punchy reviews, in the style of movie reviewers Siskel and Ebert, critiquing every episode of the original Star Trek and The Next Generation, the latest episodes of Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and the complete movie series.

With this invaluable critical guide, you'll know which episodes are worth setting the VCR for -- and when it's better to hit the fast-forward button. The authors provide a complete season-by-season breakdown of the entire saga, no-holds-barred critiques, a one-to-four star rating system, and a unique index that cross-lists episodes under dozens of fascinating categories, from "Boom!" (in which the ship is destroyed) and "Debating Team" (in which Kirk talks a computer to death) to "Bad Borg" (Borg episodes) and "It's Elementary" (in which Data plays Sherlock Holmes).

Comments

The table of contents and blurb pretty much capture what the book is all about. It's a fun, light read; seeing how often you disagree with the authors on the merits of a given episode can be mildly entertaining. Also, they take advantage of their position as writers of an unauthorized book: they give opinions, and they include the animated Star Trek as a worthy part of the canon

Treks Not TakenTreks Not Taken: What If Stephen King, Anne Rice, Kurt Vonnegut, and Other Literary Greats Had Written Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation?
Steven R. Boyett
HarperPerennial
191 pages

Contents

Introduction: When Worlds Collide
The Crusher in the Rye, Not By J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Data, Not By Anthony Burgess
One Beamed onto the Cuckoo's Nest, Not By Ken Kesey
Jurassic Trek, Not By Michael Crichton
The Ship Also Rises, Not By Ernest Hemingway
Less Than Data, Not By Bret Easton Ellis
Trek-22, Not By Joseph Heller
All the Pretty Humans, Not By Cormac McCarthy
Lady Fed, Not By Jackie Collins
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fan, Not By James Joyce
The Vampire LeForge, Not By Anne Rice
Even Captains Get the Blues, Not By Tom Robbins
Q Clearance, Not By Tom Clancy
Moby Trek [abridged], Not By Herman Melville
The Trekking, Not By Stephen King
Fandom Shrugged, Not By Ayn Rand
Holodeck-5, or, God Bless You, Mr. Roddenberry, Not By Kurt Vonnegut
Trek of Darkness, Not By Joseph Conrad
On the Bridge, Not By Jack Kerouac
Oh, the Treks You'll Take!, Not By Dr. Seuss
Acknowledgments

Blurb

Parody: The Final Frontier

Now you can cruise the most hilarious sector of the space-time continuum, with this collection of twenty Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes not by the leading lights of the Western literary tradition: James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Jackie Collins...

Steven Boyett transports you into the sort of alternate universes any avid reader or Trekker would love:

- a Clancy-like realm where the Enterprise crew mobilizes to fix Captain Picard's broken watch
- a Heller-esque domain where you can only get out of Starfleet if you're crazy -- and, if you want to get out of Starfleet, you're clearly not crazy
- a Collins-ish netherworld where Counselor Demanda Troi sleeps and shops her way around the galaxy
- a Melvillean place where the Great White Hole lies in wait

... and many more.

Boldly go where no one has gone before with this stellar combination of high art and high comedy.

Comments

This collection of parodies (originally published in a limited small press edition in 1996) is much more entertaining than Leah Rewolinski's series of Trek parodies, for two reasons. First, there's more than just Trek being parodied. Boyett parodies the styles and famous stories of the writers whose voices he uses. Second, he remembers that brevity is the soul of wit. None of the stories go on for too long, whereas Rewolinski dragged her one-gimmick parody through several books. It helps, though, to have at least some familiarity with the authors being parodied. Anyone who's never read any of the writers being parodied will miss at least half of the humor in this book.

Tribble HandbookThe Tribble Handbook
Terry J. Erdmann
Pocket
30 pages

Contents

Introduction
What We Do Know About Tribbles
What We Don't Know About Tribbles
What We Sort of Know About Tribbles: The Missing Chapter: "More Tribbles, More Troubles"
Does Your Tribble Have a Pedigree?
Twelve Great Jokes That Haven't Been Written... Yet
What Becomes a Legend Most?
Enquiring Minds Want to Know! How Did the Tribble Cross the Road?
How Do You Stuff a Wild Tribble?

Comments

The fourth (and, thankfully, the last) of a series of cutesy pamphlets from Pocket, this is a very brief collection of trivia about tribbles. One nice touch is a section on the animated episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles." The booklet was also available packaged with a tribble.

A Vision of the FutureA Vision of the Future: Star Trek: Voyager
Stephen Edward Poe
Pocket
372 pages

Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Part One - December 5, 1994
The Company
"Eye of the Needle"
The Lot
The Franchise
The Art Department
The Stages
The Shoot
Part Two - The Backstory
Endogenesis
The Vision
The Owners of the Game
Part Three - The Mission
The Secret Meetings
The Mirror
The Creative Process
The Bible
State of Flux
The Pressure Cooker
Something Old, Something New
The System
Show & Tell
T Minus Ten
Part Four - Show Time
False Start
Rolling!
Warp Six
Mythos
Starflight
Appendices
Appendix 1 - Crew List
Appendix 2 - Transfers & New Assignments

Blurb

From its inception, Star Trek: Voyager was destined to be a different kind of series. As the flagship program of the brand-new United Paramount Network, a great deal of attention would be paid to the new captain, her crew and their unique mission to explore the strangest new worlds ever. The producers, writers, actors and myriad staffers expected a challenge. They were not disappointed.

Back in 1968, the mission of Stephen Edward Poe (then writing as Stephen E. Whitfield) was simply to chronicle the Star Trek experience. With the publication of his behind-the-scenes study, The Making of Star Trek, Poe became an integral part of the Star Trek mythos. In A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, Poe brings that same unique perspective to a recounting of the latest Star Trek incarnation. Filled with commentary from the creator/producers to the stagehands whose efforts often go unheralded, A Vision of the Future paints a rare portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the early days of Voyager. Poe exposes not only the nuts and bolts but the hearts and minds of the people who will carry Gene Roddenberry's vision into the twenty-first century.

Comments

Unlike some of the other Pocket nonfiction books of the time, this one skimps on graphics and concentrates on text. Poe goes into some detail of the production of Voyager, exploring behind the scenes. Unlike his first book, however, this one is written by a man who knows that Star Trek is a major cultural phenomenon. Consequently, the book strives for a deeper, more thoughtful approach.

Warped Factors coverWarped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe (audio)
Walter Koenig
Taylor
316 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Short Subject
Preview
Child's Play
An Actor's Revenge
The History of the World -- Part One
The Boy Who Could Fly
The Hunt for Red October
Children of the Corn
California Split
New York Stories
Back to Bataan
The Sky Above, The Mud Below
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
Trouble in Paradise
Back to the Future
The Public Eye
Back to the Future II
Thunderhead -- Son of Flicka
The End of a Day
Untitled (A Work in Progress)
Coming Attractions
Appendices:
Notes to Harve Bennett on Star Trek II
Outline for Star Trek VI: In Flanders Fields
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

Blurb

From childhood to Chekov

"Beneath the tinsel of Hollywood," Oscar Levant once said, "is the real tinsel." Beneath that lies a cornucopia of absurd behavior and bizarre experiences that rival even the most creative silver screen fiction. As a young transplant from New York in the 1950s and '60s Walter Koenig quickly came to know Hollywood as a place of energy and opportunity where life's uncertainties loomed large. Launching an acting career in this unpredictable cultural cauldron, he wound his way through various misadventures before finding he had attained a degree of success that surprised even him.

This is Koenig's story -- from growing up as the neurotic child of Russian immigrants in 1940s Manhattan through his rise to Star Trek fame as Pavel Chekov, Russian navigator of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and beyond. Not a typical Hollywood memoir, Warped Factors is anything but aloof. Koenig's very human narrative is full of the kind of insecurities and quirks anyone can relate to. With wry wit, striking candor, and a true gift for storytelling, Koenig takes us on a sometimes bumpy but often hilarious trip through his galaxy. Blind faith and a healthy sense of irony seem to sustain him as he relates a steady stream of anecdotes, including:

Of course, this amusing memoir also takes us behind the scenes of Star Trek, with fresh perspectives not only on the cast members themselves but also on the development and evolution of the megalithic sci-fi legend. In fact, Koenig includes a number of the script ideas he pitched over the years, including a proposed outline for Star Trek VI (one that saw the deaths of several main crew members, including Kirk) and several for The Next Generation series. Also included are Koenig's notes to producer Harve Bennett on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as well as his commentary on several other projects.

Finally, Koenig offers candid reflections not only on the Star Trek years but on his life and career since. Most notable are his well-received stints on stage and his current role as the insidious Alfred Bester on television's Babylon 5. Enjoying both critical and popular success, Koenig has once again confirmed his enduring position in science fiction's acting pantheon.

Comments

This is one of the more entertaining of the Trek autobiographies, due in no small part to Koenig's sense of humor and irony. He offers the usual combination of personal history and behind-the-scenes Trek lore, as well as some surprises. For example, he worked with Roddenberry on a draft of the latter's unpublished Star Trek novel, The God Thing. There are also a couple of less happy surprises. Canadian SF fans would probably have been amused by whatever Koenig might have to say about the notoriously bad TV series, The Starlost, on which Koenig guest-starred. (The show is mentioned only in passing.) More disappointing is the scarcity of information about Babylon 5. Koenig was rarely well-served in Star Trek by the writing for Chekov, but in Bester he's had a part that has helped a lot of fans understand how much more Koenig is capable of. More information on Babylon 5 would have made the book more complete.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Star Trek: The Original Series

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Odyssey(Star Trek) Odyssey
William Shatner and Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Pocket

Blurb

For three full decades, on television and on film, actor William Shatner has portrayed one of the most dynamic heroes of science fiction: James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise. Now Shatner brings his distinctive blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to reveal the saga of Kirk's second life in three complete novels.

The Ashes of Eden

His voyages over, facing retirement at last, Kirk encounters a beautiful and mysterious woman who lures him into a search for new adventure -- and his lost youth!

The Return

The Borg and the Romulan Empire have joined forces against the Federation, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard.

Avenger

Kirk and Spock, together again, must join forces to save a new generation from an awesome menace unleashed by a ruthless interplanetary conspiracy. And the only man who might be able to stop them is the captain of the Starship Enterprise.

Three powerful stories that only William Shatner could tell.

Comments

This is a trade paperback omnibus of Shatner's first three Star Trek novels, The Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger. Blurb taken from the Pocket website (I'm not enough of a completist to buy omnibus editions of books I already have unless they add something new).

Spectre(Star Trek) Spectre (audio)
William Shatner and Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Pocket

Blurb

For three full decades, on television and in film, actor William Shatner has portrayed one of the most thrilling heroes of science fiction: James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise. Although Kirk was believed to have perished at the conclusion of Star Trek: Generations, his amazing literary resurrection led to a landmark trilogy of national bestsellers, Avenger, The Return, and Ashes of Eden.

Now William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk's remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from the past threatens a new generation of heroes....

Retired and happily in love, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time since his apparent "death" upon the Enterprise-B, events elsewhere in the galaxy set in motion a mystery that may provide Kirk with his greatest challenge yet.

The Enterprise-E, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is exploring an unstable region of space on a scientific mission of vital concern to Starfleet when they discover the last thing they ever expected to find: a lonely, battle-scarred vessel that is instantly recognizable to every member of Picard's crew. Five years after being lost with all hands in the Delta Quadrant, the Starship Voyager has come home!

The commander of Voyager, one Tom Paris, explains that Captain Kathryn Janeway and half of the original crew is dead, but if that is true, who is the mysterious woman who has kidnapped Kirk back on Earth, pleading with him to assist her against a threat to the entire Federation?

All is not as it seems, and soon Kirk is forced to confront the hideous consequences of actions taken more than a hundred years prior, as well as his own inner doubts. After years of quiet and isolation, does he still have what it takes to put things right -- and join with Captain Picard to save the lives of everyone aboard a brand-new Enterprise?

An unforgettable saga peopled by old friends and ancient enemies, Star Trek: Spectre propels Kirk on a journey of self-discovery every bit as harrowing as the cataclysmic new adventure that awaits him.

Comments

This is a sequel to Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger, continuing the adventures of James T. Kirk in the 24th century.

Paperback novels

War Dragons(Star Trek: The Captain's Table 1) War Dragons
L.A. Graf
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even beyond the final frontier.

Captain James T. Kirk must join forces with Captain Hikaru Sulu, new commander of the U.S.S. Excelsior, to resolve a simmering political situation in a distant star system. For more than twenty years, the ancient enmity between Nykkus and Anjiri has resisted the best efforts of Federation diplomats. Now Kirk and Sulu have one last chance to end the bloodshed -- before it erupts into a full-scale interstellar war!

Comments

The first volume in 1998's summer crossover series, this book focuses on captains James T. Kirk and Hikaru Sulu.

The crossover concept is based on a classic fantasy and science fiction concept: a bar in which characters meet to tell stories. Each novel is essentially a standalone book, as the captains tell their tale to the customers in the bar, though there's a very minor subplot set among the bar's regulars that carries over from one book to the next.

Where Sea Meets Sky(Star Trek: The Captain's Table 6) Where Sea Meets Sky
Jerry Oltion
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... fishy or not.

Years before Kirk took command, Captain Christopher Pike guided the Starship Enterprise on a five-year mission. Pike's journey took him to many new and unexplored realms, none more strange or perilous than a devastated star system where huge, space-faring lifeforms, vital to the survival of one inhabited star system, wreak havoc on the humanoid inhabitants of the other. Captain Pike must thrust the Enterprise into deadly danger as he fights to save one innocent civilization without dooming the other.

Comments

Expanding the crossover concept, Where Sea Meets Sky is narrated by Christopher Pike, Kirk's predecessor as captain of the Enterprise.

Assignment: Eternity(Star Trek 84) Assignment: Eternity
Greg Cox
Pocket

Blurb

Captain Kirk first encountered Gary Seven on twentieth-century Earth. Now Seven, a time-traveling operative for unknown alien forces, makes a surprise visit to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Kirk is on an urgent mission to bring relief to a disaster-ravaged planet, but Seven has an agenda of his own -- and he's not above hijacking the Starship Enterprise and sending it on a perilous journey deep into the heart of the Romulan Empire.

Kirk must date to trust Gary Seven once again, as he confronts the possibility that the enigmatic stranger may bring death and destruction to Kirk's own era.

Comments

One of several Star Trek novels by Cox, this is a sequel to the original series episode "Assignment: Earth." Gary Seven also appears in Cox's Eugenics Wars novels.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Novelizations

(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Star Trek: Insurrection (audio)
J.M. Dillard
Pocket

Blurb

Star Trek: The Next Generation is the most popular, longest-running series in science fiction history. Now, after the spectacular worldwide success of Star Trek: First Contact, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise return to the big screen in a thrilling new adventure that captures all the fun and excitement of Star Trek at its best.

Star Trek: Insurrection reunites the hugely popular crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Jean-Luc Picard, Starfleet's finest captain; Commander William T. Riker, his stalwart first officer; Lieutenant Commander Data, the indispensable android; Commander Deanna Troi, the empathic Betazoid counselor; Lieutenant Commander Worf, the fierce Klingon warrior; Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, chief of engineering; and Dr. Beverly Crusher, the ship's able medical officer.

Together, they have faced many challenges over the years, but nothing has prepared them for the unexpected crisis that tests both their skills and their convictions.

On an unnamed planet in a distant sector, Starfleet, in an uneasy alliance with a mysterious new alien species of unknown origin, has discovered a secret with astounding implications that could transform the future of the entire Federation. But this secret has a price that may be more than some are willing to pay.

The secret first turns Data against Starfleet, then draws Jean-Luc Picard and the Starship Enterprise into a tense and dangerous situation that has unexpected effects on every member of the crew -- and presents them with an agonizing moral dilemma. Faced with orders he cannot obey and a crisis he cannot ignore, Picard finds himself torn between his conscience and his uniform.

Bestselling author J. M. Dillard has written a powerful and exciting novel based on the major motion picture directed by Jonathan Frakes ("Commander Will Riker"). Star Trek: Insurrection is sure to delight audiences throughout the world.

Comments

This is the hardcover novelization of the movie, and the second novelization to be unavailable in mass market paperback.

Star Trek: Insurrection(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Star Trek: Insurrection
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

Deep in a region of interstellar space known for its harsh travel conditions, lies a planet with an unimaginable secret. The kind that can save mankind, eliminate war, and erase all suffering.

The kind someone would kill to protect....

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander Riker, Data, Worf, Geordi, and the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew have fulfilled one of humanity's enduring dreams -- to find a fountain of youth. But when the existence of this newfound paradise is threatened, Picard faces a daunting decision -- in order to protect the lives of the inhabitants of this world, he must take up arms... against the Federation itself!

Comments

This is the trade paperback young adult novelization of the movie.

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

(Star Trek: The Next Generation) The Q Continuum
Greg Cox
Science Fiction Book Club

Contents

Q-Space
Q-Zone
Q-Strike

Comments

Not seen. This is an exclusive book club hardcover omnibus of the Q trilogy described below.

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

Blurb

Even in the 24th century, three is definitely a crowd.

lmzadi: to the people of the planet Betazed, including Counselor Deanna Troi of the Starship Enterprise, it means "beloved" and denotes a special closeness that can never be truly broken. Or can it?

In his acclaimed earlier novel, Imzadi, bestselling author Peter David explored the special bond between Deanna Troi and Commander William T. Riker. It revealed new facets of their long and intimate relationship and put that bond to its ultimate test in a powerful and unforgettable story that remains one of the most popular Star Trek adventures ever published. Imzadi was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.

Now David examines the heart of Deanna Troi from an altogether different perspective, as he reveals for the first time the full story of Troi's troubled romance with Lieutenant Commander Worf.

At first glance, they cannot be more different. She is an empath, gentle and acutely sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. He is a fierce Klingon warrior, dedicated to a harsh and warlike code of honor. Brought together, however, by a common need to care for Alexander, Worf's troubled, motherless son, they discover hidden reserves of courage and compassion within each other.

Soon mutual respect leads to much stronger emotions as they embark on an unexpected courtship, much to the surprise and discomfort of William Riker.

But does Worf's future truly lie with Deanna... or on a distant outpost called Deep Space 9? And whom indeed shall Troi ultimately call "Imzadi"?

Imzadi II is a compelling story, an untold chapter in the history of the Starship Enterprise.

Comments

This sequel to Imzadi is one of David's many hardcover Star Trek novels.

Paperback novels

Dujonian's Hoard(Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Captain's Table 2) Dujonian's Hoard
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even if you're Jean-Luc Picard.

For more than two hundred years archaeologists and treasure hunters have dreamed of Dujonian's Hoard, a fabled trove of priceless historical artifacts that may contain technology that will shift the galactic balance of power. A dream was all the hoard seemed -- until a former Starfleet officer goes in search of the treasure and turns up missing. Now everyone from Romulans to Cardassians to an enigmatic female starship captain is looking for Richard Brant, including Worf and Captain Picard, who have gone deep undercover on a secret Starfleet mission to rescue Brant, if he's even still alive....

Comments

Jean-Luc Picard narrates the second volume of the Captain's Table series, as described above.

The Best and the Brightest(Star Trek: The Next Generation) The Best and the Brightest
Susan Wright
Pocket

Blurb

Every year, Starfleet Academy in San Francisco attracts many of the most talented and ambitious young people in the Federation. They come from all over the Alpha Quadrant, from hundreds of worlds and species, to prepare themselves for the challenges of the final frontier.

Meet a new generation of cadets: a newly joined Trill just beginning the first of many lives; a Bajoran Vedek who finds himself torn between his vows and an unspoken love; a reckless young man fond of pushing the limits; a feline alien raised among humans; a brilliant but immature young woman with a lot to learn; and a native-born Earth woman with a talent for engineering.

Together they will learn about courage, life, teamwork, and themselves. Their future is just beginning -- but one of them will not survive!

Comments

Not exactly a Next Generation novel, but labeled as one, this tells the story of a group of Starfleet cadets who occasionally encounter or hear about familiar characters from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

Behind Enemy Lines(Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Dominion War 1) Behind Enemy Lines
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

From the Gamma Quadrant they came -- hordes of fierce Jem'Hadar warriors commanded by the mysterious Changelings, who will stop at nothing to achieve victory over both the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Now that the Dominion has entered into an unholy alliance with the Cardassian military regime and seized control of Deep Space Nine, Starfleet finds itself fighting a losing war against unbeatable odds. As mighty fleets clash in the deadly battleground of space, the fate of the entire Alpha Quadrant hangs in the balance.

The Enterprise-E is patrolling the Cardassian border, bracing for the joint Dominion-Cardassian offensive that Starfleet knows will come soon, when Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew are reunited with a former crewmate, friend, and enemy: Ro Laren. The onetime officer, who defected from Starfleet to join the rebel Maquis, brings disturbing news. Deep behind enemy lines, the Dominion is attempting to build an artificial wormhole that will allow them to bypass the mined Bajoran wormhole and bring fresh reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant, altering the balance of power irrevocably. If Captain Picard cannot stop the project, the new wormhole will guarantee the ultimate victory of the Dominion!

Comments

The success of Pocket's new crossovers and trilogies led to a unique new crossover. Two novelizations by Diane Carey adapted several of Deep Space Nine's Dominion War episodes in book form, while John Vornholt's original novels answered the fans' question of what Picard and the Enterprise crew were doing during the war.

Tunnel Through the Stars(Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Dominion War 3) Tunnel Through the Stars
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

From the Gamma Quadrant they came, hordes of merciless Jem'Hadar soldiers commanded by the shape-changing Founders, who seek to conquer both the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Now that the Dominion has joined forces with the Cardassians, and claimed Deep Space Nine as their prize, Starfleet is running out of time. As a secret military project nears completion, the destiny of the entire Alpha Quadrant depends on the courage of a few.

In the Federation's time of greatest peril, as the Starship Enterprise readies itself for battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard leads a desperate mission of espionage deep into the heart of the hostile Cardassian Empire. Unless they can prevent the Dominion from creating an artificial wormhole, hordes of fresh Jem'Hadar warriors and Changelings will pour into the Alpha Quadrant, dooming the Federation to unconditional surrender. But there may be a traitor along on the mission and Picard finds he cannot trust even his closest allies.

Comments

As above.

Planet X(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Planet X
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

On the planet Xhaldia, ordinary men and women are mutating into bizarre creatures with extraordinary powers. But is this a momentous evolutionary leap or an unparalleled catastrophe? The very fabric of Xhaldian society is threatened as fear and prejudice divide the transformed from their own kin.

Dispatched to cope with the growing crisis, Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise receive some unexpected visitors from another reality -- in the form of the group of mutant heroes known as the uncanny X-Men. Storm, leader of the X-Men, offers their help in resolving a situation that is agonizingly similar to the human/mutant conflicts of their own time and space.

But when hostile aliens appear in orbit around Xhaldia to try and abduct the transformed for use as a superpowered force in an attack on the Federation, even the combined forces of the crew of Starfleet and the X-Men may be unable to prevent an inferno of death and destruction.

Starfleet's finest crew and Earth's greatest mutant heroes will need all their powers and abilities to save the Xhaldian people and stop a deadly threat to the Federation.

Comments

For a year or two, Marvel Comics had the rights to publish Star Trek comics. In an attempt to promote Star Trek to comics readers and vice versa, Marvel published two comics featuring meetings between their mutant superhero team the X-Men and the crews of the original Star Trek and The Next Generation. Pocket then published a sequel in novel form. Marvel has since lost the Star Trek comics license, so more sequels are highly unlikely.

Q-Space(Star Trek: The Next Generation 47 (The Q Continuum 1)) Q-Space
Greg Cox
Pocket

Blurb

The unpredictable cosmic entity known only as Q has plagued Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise since their very first voyage together. But little is known of Q's mysterious past or that of the unearthly realm from which he hails. Now Picard must learn Q's secrets -- or all of reality may perish!

Ever since its discovery, the great galactic barrier has impeded humanity's exploration of the universe beyond the Milky Way. Now a brilliant Federation scientist may have found a way to breach the barrier, and the Enterprise is going to put it to the test. The last thing Picard needs is a return visit from an omnipotent troublemaker so, naturally, Q appears.

But Q has more in mind than his usual pranks, and while the Enterprise struggles to defeat a powerful inhuman foe, Captain Picard must embark on a fantastic odyssey into the history of the Q Continuum itself, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.

Comments

Following the success of the summer crossovers and the New Frontier series, Pocket Books Star Trek editor John Ordover decided to continue moving away from standalone novels by introducing trilogies. The first trilogy, by veteran Trek novelist Greg Cox, returned Q from the Delta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant, and used characters from several original series episodes as well.

Q-Zone(Star Trek: The Next Generation 48 (The Q Continuum 2)) Q-Zone
Greg Cox
Pocket

Blurb

The puckish super-being called Q has bedeviled Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise since their first encounter at Farpoint Station. But little was known of Q's enigmatic past or that of the transcendent plane where he sometimes dwells. Now Picard must discover Q's secrets -- for the sake of all that exists.

While the Enterprise struggles to survive an alien onslaught, Captain Picard has been kidnapped by Q and taken on an astounding journey back through time to that immeasurably distant moment when the Continuum faced its greatest threat. But far more is at stake than simply the mysteries of the past, for an ancient menace is stirring once more, endangering the future of the galaxy, and neither Q nor Starfleet may be able to stop it!

Comments

As above.

Q-Strike(Star Trek: The Next Generation 49 (The Q Continuum 3)) Q-Strike
Greg Cox
Pocket

Blurb

The mischievous creature who calls himself Q has subjected Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to many of their strangest experiences. But little had been known of Q's curious existence or that of the advanced dimension from which he comes. But now Picard knows more than he ever dreamed about an ancient conflict whose consequences might spell the doom of the entire galaxy.

The galactic barrier has fallen and Q's oldest enemy is free once more. Captain Picard and his crew find themselves in the middle of a cosmic war between vastly powerful entities. The future of the Federation may be at stake, but how can mere mortals turn the tide in such a superhuman battle? Picard has to find a way, or neither the Q Continuum nor the galaxy will survive.

Comments

As above.

Young adult books

Deceptions(Star Trek: The Next Generation Starfleet Academy 14) Deceptions
Bobbi JG Weiss and David Cody Weiss
Pocket

Blurb

Before he was an officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise...

Barely three months into his program at Starfleet Academy, Cadet Data is sent to the planet Arunu as part of a class research team investigating ancient ruins. The android is fascinated by the dead planet and its effect on his fellow cadets. All the newcomers -- except Data and the unemotional, pragmatic Dyrondites -- are experiencing the jitters as they approach the artifacts of a culture based purely on emotion. There is a lesson here for each of them. But it is Data who will be put to the test....

Suddenly the communications system breaks down and they're trapped in Arunu. It's sabotage! Someone has discovered the ultimate weapon and plans to leave no witnesses behind. Data must use his relentless logic to infiltrate the enemy and save his friends before it's too late!

Comments

One of three young adult Star Trek novels by the Weisses, this book is about Data as a Starfleet cadet.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Novelizations

Call to Arms...(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War 2) Call to Arms...
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

Based on

"Call to Arms"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

"A Time to Stand"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

"Sons and Daughters"
written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle

"Rocks and Shoals"
written by Ronald D. Moore

"Behind the Lines"
written by Rene Echevarria

"Favor the Bold"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

"Sacrifice of Angels"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Comments

As described above, this was part of a book crossover. Carey's books novelized a number of Deep Space Nine episodes, while John Vornholt's two books described the Dominion War exploits of Picard and the Enterprise.

The titles in the blurb are the episodes novelized in both books, and each book lists all the episodes, rather than the ones in the actual book at hand.

... Sacrifice of Angels(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War 4) ...Sacrifice of Angels
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

Based on

"Call to Arms"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

"A Time to Stand"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

"Sons and Daughters"
written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle

"Rocks and Shoals"
written by Ronald D. Moore

"Behind the Lines"
written by Rene Echevarria

"Favor the Bold"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

"Sacrifice of Angels"
written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Comments

As above.

Far Beyond the Stars(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Far Beyond the Stars
Steve Barnes
Pocket

Blurb

Without warning, Benjamin Sisko is living another life. No longer a Starfleet captain, commander of space station Deep Space Nine, he is Benny Russell, a struggling science fiction writer living in 1950s Harlem. Benny has a dream, of a place called Deep Space Nine and a man named Ben Sisko, and a story he has to tell. But is the Earth of that era ready for a black science fiction hero?

Everyone tells him no, but Benny cannot abandon his dream. One way or another, he will tell the world about Captain Benjamin Sisko and Deep Space Nine.

A moving novel based on an unforgettable Star Trek event!

Comments

Science fiction writer Barnes's only Star Trek novel (although he wrote one of the short stories in The Lives of Dax), this is a novelization of the Deep Space Nine episode of the same title. The cover design is influenced by the design of 1950s science fiction magazines.

Paperback novels

The Mist(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Captain's Table 3) The Mist
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even on the planet Bajor.

Do the people of the Mist have the ultimate cloaking device -- or a gateway to another dimension? Captain Benjamin Sisko doesn't know for sure, but the Klingons, the Cardassians, and the Ferengi Alliance will stop at nothing to obtain the device. Now Sisko finds himself in the middle of a deadly struggle that could change the balance of power throughout the entire Alpha Quadrant!

Comments

The third Captain's Table novel is told from the perspective of Benjamin Sisko.

Vengeance(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 22) Vengeance
Dafydd ab Hugh
Pocket

Blurb

Rumors of a secret alliance between the Dominion and the Klingon Empire lure Captain Sisko and the crew of the Defiant on a desperate mission into the Gamma Quadrant, leaving Deep Space Nine vulnerable to a surprise sneak attack!

Now an elite Klingon task force has seized control of the station, and only Chief O'Brien, Dr. Bashir, and Worf are left to defend Deep Space Nine. But Worf's loyalties are tested when he discovers that the invaders include his oldest friend -- and his own brother!

Comments

This is one of ab Hugh's many Star Trek novels.

Young adult books

Trapped in Time(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 12) Trapped in Time
Ted Pedersen
Pocket

Blurb

A blast to the past!

Jake Sisko is wondering where life will take him next... and the answer is the past!

Chief O'Brien has promised to deliver a gift to a physicist, Professor Jonathan Vance, and Jake and Nog are allowed to accompany him to France. Vance shows them his "time machine," the first one ever to control time jumps with accuracy. When his assistant, Kruger, attacks him and steals the control device, Jake, Nog and O'Brien leap through the portal after him. They find themselves in Normandy, France, in 1944 during the middle of World War II. With Kruger joining the ranks of the Third Reich as a colonel, history is about to be changed forever. Can they stop Kruger from informing Hitler that a secret invasion will happen in Normandy?

Comments

One of several young adult Deep Space Nine novels by Pedersen, this is the last of the series of Jake Sisko and Nog adventures.

Star Trek: Voyager

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Pathways(Star Trek: Voyager) Pathways (audio)
Jeri Taylor
Pocket

Blurb

In her acclaimed novel Mosaic, Jeri Taylor, co-creator and former executive producer of the Star Trek: Voyager television series, explored the previously unrevealed past of Captain Kathryn Janeway, filling in the missing chapters of Janeway's life with a compelling story of bravery, sacrifice, and personal triumph. Now, Pathways traces the winding roads that have led Janeway's fellow officers and closest friends to what may be the greatest crisis of their long journey home.

A deadly encounter with hostile aliens has left Captain Janeway's crew separated from the Voyager and slowly starving to death in a disease-ridden alien prison camp. To keep up their determination as they plot their escape, the crew shares with each other the unlikely paths that brought them all to the U.S.S. Voyager and the Delta Quadrant.

These are the stories of the command crew of U.S.S. Voyager: of a fair-haired youth who seemed destined for greatness -- or disgrace; of a troubled, half-human woman who didn't seem at home anywhere in the galaxy; of a traveler and treasure-hunter who found the greatest prize of all; of a naive young man who lost his love in pursuit of his dreams; of a Vulcan who formed a surprising bond with a human woman of unusual courage and passion; of a child-woman whose boundless curiosity led to a strange new world of marvels and dangers; and of the man who is perhaps closest of all to Kathryn Janeway, the man whose unspoken love and dedication may hold the key to her survival....

They began as individuals, following very different pathways, but together, under the leadership of one remarkable woman, they have become one of the finest teams in the known universe, the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager.

Comments

This is the followup to Mosaic, a hardcover novel exploring the lives of Janeway's crew before they came together on Voyager.

Paperback novels

Fire Ship(Star Trek: Voyager: The Captain's Table 4) Fire Ship
Diane Carey
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even in the Delta Quadrant!

A sudden attack separates Captain Kathryn Janeway from her ship and crew. Soon she is rescued -- but not by Voyager. Alone aboard an alien vessel, Janeway finds herself in the middle of a war she cannot yet understand. She must quickly learn the ways of this new culture and work her way back to captain if she is to protect her new allies from the war that only she knows is coming. Without her ship, all her quick wits and Starfleet experience may not be quite enough to save the Delta Quadrant from war.

Comments

Kathryn Janeway tells her story in the fourth Captain's Table novel.

Echoes(Star Trek: Voyager 15) Echoes
Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Pocket

Blurb

The U.S.S. Voyager finds itself in a system where a planet might have existed, but doesn't. Where the planet should have been, millions and then billions of people are appearing from nowhere and dying in the vacuum of space.

To solve the mystery and save billions of lives, Captain Janeway will have to face alternate versions of herself and the crew of Voyager -- not just one almost-mirror-image, but many. Janeway will have to find a way to work with her alternate selves, with whom she shares much but each of whom has a different agenda. At stake is the survival of Voyager and the lives of billions of innocent people.

Comments

This is one of many Trek novels by Smith and Rusch, who are joined for this book only by fantasy novelist Hoffman.

Seven of Nine(Star Trek: Voyager 16) Seven of Nine
Christie Golden
Pocket

Blurb

Once she was Annika Hansen, an innocent child assimilated by the fearsome, all-conquering Borg. Now she is Seven of Nine, a unique mixture of human biology and Borg technology. Cut off from the collective that has been her only reality for most of her existence, and forced to join the crew of the Starship Voyager, she must come to grips with her surprising new environment -- and her own lost individuality.

Seven of Nine has already captured the imagination of fans all over the world. Now the most sensational new character of the twenty-fourth century stars in her first full-length novel. Resistance is futile.

Comments

One of several novels by Golden, this is the first Voyager novel to focus on the then-new character of Seven of Nine.

Star Trek: New Frontier

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

New Frontier(Star Trek: New Frontier) New Frontier (audio)
Peter David
Pocket

Contents

House of Cards
Into the Void
The Two-Front War
End Game

Blurb

From the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation

A new ship...
A new crew...
A new mission!

The ancient Thallonian Empire has collapsed, throwing an entire sector of the galaxy into chaos and unrest. Billions of sentient beings are faced with starvation, warfare, and worse. Faced with a tragedy of interstellar proportions, Starfleet assembles a new, handpicked crew to help where it can and report what it finds.

Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, recommended by Jean-Luc Picard himself, takes command of the U.S.S. Excalibur, which is manned by Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star Trek: The Next Generation and some of the most dynamic new characters ever to boldly go where no one has gone before!

This special hardcover edition contains the first thrilling adventure that launched Star Trek into a new frontier!

Comments

This is a small hardcover reprint collection of New Frontier novels 1-4, plus a New Frontier minipedia and small poster.

(Star Trek: New Frontier) Star Trek: New Frontier: Prometheans
Peter David
Science Fiction Book Club

Comments

Not seen. This is an exclusive book club hardcover omnibus of Martyr and Fire on High.

Paperback novels

Once Burned(Star Trek: New Frontier: The Captain's Table 5) Once Burned
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even in Thallonian space.

Six years ago, long before he took command of the Starship Excalibur, a young Starfleet officer named Mackenzie Calhoun served as first officer aboard the U.S.S. Grissom. Then disaster struck, and Calhoun took the blame. A court-martial led to his own angry resignation from Starfleet... or so it appeared. At long last Captain Calhoun reveals the true story behind the greatest tragedy of his life.

Comments

Going beyond the original Star Trek/Next Generation/Deep Space Nine/Voyager pattern set by the previous crossovers, Once Burned adds the novels-only New Frontier captain, Mackenzie Calhoun, to the Captain's Table series.

Martyr(Star Trek: New Frontier 5) Martyr
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

From the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation

The triumphant return of Star Trek: New Frontier

With the fall of the ancient Thallonian Empire, civil war threatens the planet Zondar. The arrival of the U.S.S Excalibur is greeted with relief and celebration by the anxious populace, and Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, fresh from his cataclysmic escape form the Thallonian throneworld, is acclaimed as their prophesied savior. But one believer's messiah is another's blasphemer -- and a prime candidate for martyrdom.

When Captain Calhoun is captured, Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne must find him before an alien fleet launches a holy war against the Federation!

Comments

Following the successful launch of the four-part introduction to New Frontier in 1997, this and the following are the first two full-length novels in the series.

Fire on High(Star Trek: New Frontier 6) Fire on High
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

From the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: New Frontier

The continuing voyage of the Starship Excalibur!

On the planet Armista sits a nameless woman. High upon a mountain, she is cradling a weapon unlike anything the Armistans have ever seen. She rocks back and forth on her haunches, singing softly to herself. The weapon is her only company on the planet, since everyone else is little piles of ash. A weapon that could destroy life on one planet could do so again.

Lieutenant Robin Lefler's mother died in a shuttle explosion ten years ago. So is the woman being held prisoner in Thallonian space really Robin's mother? If so, what is her connection to the mysterious woman holding a weapon that could doom entire worlds?

With the lives of billions at stake, Robin Lefler, Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur must find the answers before time runs out for them... and for the struggling remnants of the once-great Thallonian Empire.

Comments

Following the successful launch of the four-part introduction to New Frontier in 1997, these books are the first two full-length novels in the series.

Star Trek Crossovers and Miscellaneous

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

InvasionInvasion!
Diane Carey, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, L.A. Graf, and Dafydd ab Hugh
Pocket

Contents

First Strike by Diane Carey
The Soldiers of Fear by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Time's Enemy by L.A. Graf
The Final Fury by Dafydd ab Hugh

Blurb

The ultimate Star Trek saga, spanning four thrilling adventures!

Long ago, even before the days of myth and legend, our worlds belonged to them. Now, across time and space, comes a fury that will test every one of Starfleet's greatest heroes....

Star Trek: First Strike
Diane Carey

The Invasion begins when Captain Kirk receives a desperate plea for help from the Klingon Empire. A mysterious starship has invaded Klingon space, but the worst is yet to come as Kirk discovers that this ship is only the vanguard of a vast alien fleet intent on conquering the entire Alpha Quadrant!

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Soldiers of Fear
Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch

After a century of peace, the Furies return, more powerful than before. Now their arsenal includes a way to project incapacitating fear into the minds of their enemies. To defeat the enemy and save the Federation, Captain Picard and his crew must first conquer the darkest terrors of their unconscious minds!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Time's Enemy
L.A. Graf

Millennia ago, the Furies were first driven from the Alpha Quadrant, but what became of the enemy that drove them out? The answer may lie in a mysterious starship found frozen in an icy cloud of cometary debris. Now Captain Sisko must discover the secrets of the past to ensure the future of the Federation!

Star Trek: Voyager: The Final Fury
Dafydd ab Hugh

Far from the Federation, now under assault by the Furies, Captain Janeway discovers the very source of the Invasion itself. Now, at last, Voyager takes the battle to the enemy -- for the sake of a home they may never see again!

Collected at last...the bestselling Star Trek epic of all time!

Comments

This is a trade paperback omnibus of the four books in Pocket's first crossover miniseries. The four novels were originally published separately in 1996.

Note: I don't buy omnibus editions unless there's additional or changed material, so the blurb and scan are from Amazon, as this no longer appears to be on the Pocket website.

mass market edition coverStrange New Worlds
Dean Wesley Smith, John J. Ordover, and Paula M. Block, editors
Pocket

Contents

Introduction by Dean Wesley Smith
Star Trek
A Private Anecdote by Landon Cary Dalton
The Last Tribble by Keith L. Davis
The Lights in the Sky by Phaedra M. Weldon
Reflections by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: The Next Generation
What Went Through Data's Mind 0.68 Seconds Before the Satellite Hit by Dylan Otto Krider
The Naked Truth by Jerry M. Wolfe
The First by Peg Robinson
See Spot Run by Kathy Oltion
Together Again, for the First Time by Bobbie Benton Hall
Civil Disobedience by Alara Rogers
Of Cabbages and Kings by Franklin Thatcher
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Life's Lessons by Christina F. York
Where I Fell Before My Enemy by Vince Bonasso
Star Trek: Voyager
Good Night, Voyager by Patrick Cumby
Ambassador at Large by J.A. Rosales
Fiction by jaQ Andrews
I, Voyager by Jackee C.
Monthuglu by Craig D.B. Patton
Because We Can
The Man Who Sold the Sky by John Ordover
The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet by Paula M. Block
Afterwords
My First Story by John Ordover
A Few Words... by Paula M. Block
Contest Rules
About the Contributors

Blurb

Here's what you, the fans, have demanded for decades! An anthology featuring original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager stories written by Star Trek fans, for Star Trek fans!

After a lengthy competition that drew thousands of submissions, these astounding stories, written exclusively by brand-new authors, were selected for their originality and style.

These eighteen fantastic tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk explored the galaxy on the first Starship Enterprise, through Captain Picard 's U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D and from Captain Sisko's Deep Space Nine to Captain Janeway's Starship Voyager, with many fascinating stops along the way.

This all-new volume contains stories by: Landon Cary Dalton, Phaedra M. Weldon, Keith L. Davis, Dayton Ward, Dylan Otto Krider, Ferry M. Wolfe, Peg Robinson, Kathy Oltion, Bobbie Benton Hull, Alara Rogers, Franklin Thatcher, Christina F. York, Vince Bonasso, Patrick Cumby, J.A. Rosales, jaQ Andrews, Jackee C., and Craig D.B. Patton.

Find out what happens in the Star Trek universe when fans -- like you -- take the helm!

Comments

This is the first of a series of anthologies of fan-written Star Trek fiction from each of the TV series. The original edition was a trade paperback; the later mass market paperback added the latest chapter of the Starfleet: Year One serial novel. Stories are selected through a contest, unlike Bantam's two Star Trek: The New Voyages anthologies, which reprinted fanzine stories.

Star Trek Role Playing Games Books

Core Game Book coverStar Trek: The Next Generation Role Playing Game: Core Game Book
Last Unicorn Games
307 pages

Contents

Introduction
Operations
United Federation of Planets
Starfleet
Character Creation
Traits
Tactical
Rules of Engagement
Command
To Boldly Go...
... Where No One Has Gone Before
Rewards
Adventure Among the Stars
Shakedown Cruise
Sciences
Starships
Technology
Galaxy
Aliens
Creatures
Index

Blurb

Space
The Final Frontier
These are the Voyages...

Ever wonder what it would be like to take the Conn of a Galaxy-class starship as you engage a Romulan warbird? Ever wanted to drink Klingon bloodwine with your comrades on the I.K.S. Pagh? What about a shore leave on breathtaking Risa in search of the legendary Tox Uthat? Or a quick trip to Ferenginar to haggle with the Grand Nagus?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Roleplaying Game lets you "make it so" against the backdrop of the greatest science fiction universe ever created. Experience all of the adventure and excitement the galaxy has to offer as you and your friends become the actors in your own Star Trek: The Next Generation adventures, creating new chapters and new stories set in this fascinating universe. Defend the Federation from the onslaught of the Borg, trade phaser blasts with Orion pirates, maneuver your ship through the deadly plasma storms of the Badlands, or explore unknown stars beyond the limits of Federation space.

Adventure awaits you, Captain. Do you have what it takes to boldly go where no one has gone before?

Comments

I've never played a role-playing game, but I collected a lot of the sourcebooks for the FASA Star Trek game in the '80s and have been collecting the newer game books. Some of the book is devoted to game rules, but this is also a well-illustrated guide to the Next Generation universe in the form of an attractive hardcover book. Anyone interested in tech manuals and that sort of thing should at least take a look at this, whether interested in the game or not.

Narrator's ToolkitStar Trek: The Next Generation Role Playing Game Narrator's Toolkit
Kenneth Hite
Last Unicorn Games
61 pages

Contents

Introduction
Narrator's Advice
Advanced Storytelling
Hide & Q
Forms

Blurb

Storytelling isn't easy...

... especially in a universe this big

Any Star Trek game session is only as good as the Narrator who runs it. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation Roleplaying Game, the Narrator acts as director, producer and writer, in addition to playing the roles of the entire supporting cast. While this may seem daunting at first, don't despair; many players find it to be the most challenging and rewarding part of the game. Final Frontier: The Narrator's Toolkit is designed to make your life as a Narrator a little easier.

Packed with storytelling hints and design tricks, Final Frontier: The Narrator's Toolkit gives you all the tools you need to create larger-than-life adventures in the final frontier. It includes:

An indispensable resource for experienced and novice Narrators alike, let Final Frontier: The Narrator's Toolkit take your Star Trek: The Next Generation games to the next level.

Comments

Though the title Final Frontier: The Narrator's Toolkit is used in the back cover blurb, it doesn't appear on the front cover, title page, spine, etc. The book includes a folded cardstock insert with game information for reference purposes.

The First LineThe First Line - Starfleet Intelligence Handbook (Star Trek: The Next Generation Role Playing Game Sourcebook)
Steve Long and Rich Dakan
Last Unicorn Games
96 pages

Contents

Prolog
Introduction
A Secret History
Administration and Operations
The Mission Team
A Spy's Life
Intelligence Technologies
Other Intelligence Agencies
Locations
Intelligence Dossiers
Espionage Campaigns
Starfleet Intelligence Characters
Mission Briefings

Blurb

A sacred trust, a never-ending vigil

A line in the stars

Not all threats to Federation security hail from strange new worlds. Starships and their crews cannot always safeguard the peace. From the Cardassian Obsidian Order to the Romulan Tal Shiar, the Federation is under hidden siege by the espionage agencies of its enemies. In a universe where information can be the greatest prize, it is often more effective to remain in the shadows. The Obsidian Order plots the disgrace of a Starfleet admiral. The Tal Shiar infiltrate the Daystrom Institute. One organization is uniquely qualified to counter these efforts -- Starfleet Intelligence. Although its actions are rarely seen, Starfleet Intelligence maintains an unending vigil over threats to Federation peace. Its agents are the first line of defense.

The First Line: Starfleet Intelligence Handbook gives players and narrators alike a glimpse into this fascinating organization. Infiltrate Cardassian space inside a modified photon torpedo. Slip through the shadows beneath the vast Imperial Senate chambers on Romulus. Follow the trail of nefarious Ferengi merchants selling Federation secrets to the highest bidder. You are the front line and final defense, safeguarding the Federation from unseen threats and hidden enemies. Do you have what it takes?

The First Line: Starfleet Intelligence Handbook provides players with a new direction for their Star Trek: The Next Generation games. Focusing on the shadowy world of espionage in the 24th century, this book provides players and narrators alike with information on running cloak-and-dagger adventures. It includes:

Comments

This is the most current book on the subject; FASA's role playing game had a similar entry, though it was limited to 23rd century information from the original series.

A Fragile PeaceA Fragile Peace: The Neutral Zone Campaign Vol. 1 (Star Trek: The Next Generation Role Playing Game Adventure)
Rachel Barth, Ross Isaacs, Steven Long, Justin Schmid, Greg Stolze, and Jo Walton
Last Unicorn Games
94 pages

Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Romulan Neutral Zone
Aiding and Abetting
Marie Celestial
Blinded by Science
Armistice
Appendix 1

Blurb

A disputed border, an age old enemy, a fragile peace

For over fifty years, the Federation has enjoyed an uneasy peace with the Romulan Star Empire. The cornerstone of this fragile accord has been the Neutral Zone, a buffer one light-year wide that separates the two galactic powers. Although each side has tested the other's resolve in the past, the ramifications of a large-scale violation of the Zone have been unthinkable. Until now...

Rumblings can be heard from the Romulan home systems once more, as shadowy political wheels begin to turn and hidden plans are set in motion. Fleets move in the inner systems and warbirds patrol the border. Some within the Imperial Senate whisper that the Tal Shiar -- the sinister Imperial intelligence arm -- are behind these stirrings. Others speak of a power-mad senator and his personal armada. Do you have what it takes to discover the truth and avert certain war? Will you be able to maintain... the fragile peace?

A Fragile Peace includes:

Comments

This is the necessary source information (plots, background, characters, setting, maps, and more) for a role playing game involving Romulan intrigue.

The Way of KolinahrThe Way of Kolinahr - The Vulcans (Star Trek: The Next Generation Role Playing Game Sourcebook)
Kenneth A. Hite, Ross A. Isaacs, Evan Jamieson, Steve Long, Christian Moore, Ree Soesbee, Gareth Michael Skarka, John Snead, and John Wick
Last Unicorn Games
94 pages

Contents

Introduction
The Way of Kolinahr
The Vulcan Government
The Planet Vulcan
Vulcan Technology
Vulcan Characters
Appendix

Blurb

A violent history

An ancient tradition

An enigmatic people

Vulcan. Hot, volcanic, unforgiving. Home to one of the pillars of the United Federation of Planets -- the Vulcan people. From the Fire Plains to the provinces of Kir and Raal, join us on a tour of this ancient and fascinating world. Climb into the foothills below Mount Seleya or walk the streets of Vulcana Regar. Buy a Vulcan lute in the Grand Bazaar of ShirKahr or sample some plomeek soup from a street vendor's cart in far-off Ta'vistar. When you are ready, prepare to begin your training for the most arduous personal journey of all -- the attainment of the fabled Kolinahr discipline -- as you attempt to banish all emotion.

The Way of Kolinahr includes detailed information on Vulcan history, society and culture, providing the most comprehensive look to date at this fascinating world and its people. Play a Vulcan ambassador or a Vulcan Master of the Jarok Sect of logic. Debate the finer points of multi-phasic particles at the Vulcan Science Institute. Wrestle a sehlat in the hills above Rammat. Learn to use the lirpa and ahn-woon at the Vulcan Institute of Defensive Arts. The splendors of the planet Vulcan await you.

The Way of Kolinahr opens up a multitude of new opportunities for ST: TNG RPG players and Narrators alike. An indispensable resource on the planet Vulcan and its people, The Way of Kolinahr provides all the tools necessary to design and run entire Vulcan episodes and series. It includes:

Comments

Though it's not canonical and is geared to gamers, fans interested in Vulcan culture and history may find this interesting.


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