The Complete Starfleet Library

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2004

Blood and Fire coverBlood and Fire
David Gerrold
BenBella Books
208 pages

Blurb

Praise for David Gerrold and The Star Wolf Series:

"David Gerrold knows Star Trek better than anyone, and here's his take at how it really should have been; the Star Wolf series is Star Trek done right -- moral conundrums, fascinating characters, and pulse-pounding action. Highly recommended."
- Robert J. Sawyer, author of Hominids

"The story moves along at the speed of light." 
- Publisher's Weekly

"[Gerrold] looks at a real problem: How do you turn a jinx ship into a fighting unit? The answer to that question has often made a great story, and it does this time too. David has studied the master story tellers, Heinlein and Forrester and Conrad, and it shows."
- Jerry Pournelle

"The adventure's there, the action moves along nicely, and the villain is as nasty as anyone could wish."
- Analog

"David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein's storytelling - and often better."
- Orson Scott Card

"Gerrold elevates his story line above standard battle-driven fare by focusing on the intense war of wits between the Star Wolf's fully dimensional human crew and its unique alien adversary. He produces intelligent and entertaining hard SF that remains blessedly free of the militaristic stereotypes rampant in other examples of the subgenre."
- Booklist

"Halfway into the story, we'll already know more about poor Commander Korie, and his whole accursed crew, and every compartment in their jinxed ship, than we ever learned about Kirk and the Enterprise in three seasons and several feature films. Equally important, that ship and those people will go somewhere, and be changed profoundly by what happens to them along the way."
- Spider Robinson

Blood and Fire, David Gerrold's latest novel, brilliantly concludes Gerrold's legendary Star Wolf trilogy.

Comments

The great lost Next Generation episode is novelized as part of Gerrold's own fictional universe. The names have been changed, but not much else has, as the book follows the script very closely. The main addition to the novel is a subplot involving a paranoid artificial intelligence called a LENNIE, which is based on Gene Roddenberry's lawyer, Leonard Maizlish, the man who kept the episode from being produced. Is it a Star Trek book? Well, it's based on a Star Trek script, by someone closely associated with both the original series and the beginning of The Next Generation, and it comments allegorically on Star Trek -- so, yes, it belongs here.

In 2007, NESFA Press published the original script version of "Blood and Fire" as part of a collection of Gerrold's work called The Involuntary Human. That book is not primarily about Star Trek, so it does not have a separate listing on this site.

For more information on the script, the novel, and more, see the feature article From Star Trek to Star Wolf: David Gerrold's Worlds of Star Trek.

Infinite Diversity in Infinite CombinationsInfinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: The Multicultural Evolution of Star Trek
Katja Kanzler
Universitätsverlag Winter
263 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Theoretical Landscape
Multiculturalisms
Science Fiction
Genre Troubles
To the Screen
Aliens and Others
Popular Culture
Ideological Battles
Representations and Constructions
The "Vision": Star Trek's Construction as Multicultural Utopia
"Evolution": Content Features of Star Trek's Multicultural Identity
Textualizing Star Trek's Multicultural Identity
Species -- Race -- Ethnicity
Reading the Alien
"A Cuchi Moya!": Star Trek's Native Americans
Bad Guys and Others: Searching for a Good Villain
Imagining Hybridity
Sex(uality) -- Gender
"Where No Man Has Gone Before": Engendering Star Trek
Reproduction and Parenting
Sexual Mobilities: Of Queers, Androgyns and Others
"Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations": The Fans' Star Trek
Conclusion
Bibliography

Blurb

Since its first appearance on the small screen in 1966, the multimedia franchise Star Trek has attracted an unprecedented fan-following in the U.S. and beyond. For many viewers, it has been Star Trek's ostensible representation of a multicultural utopia that fascinated them.

This book seeks to elucidate the semiotics of Star Trek's popular multiculturalism. Engaging Cultural Studies and American Studies theory, the book proceeds from a discussion of Star Trek's self-fashioning as a multicultural 'vision,' to readings of its changing articulations of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual difference, and concludes with case studies of two fan-communities' creative appropriations of Star Trek's promise of an egalitarian future.

Comments

Though the publisher of this academic critique is German, the text of the book is in English. It's a dissertation for an American Studies program and the book is Volume 115 in the publisher's American Studies: A Monograph Series. An earlier short article by Katja Kanzler, "Shakespeare is the Original Klingon: Englishness in Star Trek" can be read online in an issue of Twin Peaks: A Newsletter for American Studies.

Though I haven't read the book yet, the bibliography of sources and episodes viewed suggests Kanzler has done a lot of research.

Just a GeekJust a Geek
Wil Wheaton
O'Reilly
267 pages

Contents

Foreword
A Note to the Reader
Introduction
This Monkey's Gone to Heaven
Act I
Where's My Burrito?
Wil Wheaton Dot Net
SpongeBobVega$ Pants
Breaking News
The World Has Turned
Act II
Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before
Last Place You Look
Balance
Act III
A Sort of Homecoming
April's Fool
Alone Again, Or...
"You're Gonne Be a Great Writer Someday, Gordie"
Act IV
The Wesley Dialogues
All Good Things
Epilogue: Hooters 2: Electric Boogaloo
Appendix A. The WWDN FAQ
Appendix B. Selected Interviews
Acknowledgments
Further Reading

Blurb

The story begins in the summer of 2000. When asked by a waitress, "Didn't you used to be an actor?" Wil Wheaton realized that he'd become what he'd always feared: "I was a has-been. I 'used to be an actor' when I was a kid!" In the spotlight for nearly his entire childhood, Wil starred in the movie Stand By Me at the tender age of 12 and grew up on television as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. But after Star Trek, the roles he expected didn't materialize, leaving Wil to grapple with the big questions: could he avoid the pitfalls that typically befall a child star, create a real life, and define success on his own terms?

Just a Geek is the story of how Wil faced down his constant companion, the ghost he calls "Prove To Everyone That Quitting Star Trek Wasn't A Mistake." The key to banishing that ghost turned out to be the weblog, or online journal, that he launched in 2001 at wilwheaton.net. On his weblog, Wil shared -- with stunning and fearless honesty -- his real life: the struggles of being a working-class actor, the joys of being married and raising two stepchildren, and the experience of growing up on the Starship Enterprise. The kid actor was now a writer too, with an audience of nearly a million readers a month.

Not the usual celebrity biography, Just a Geek fleshes out the stories that started on the weblog. Wil takes you with him to auditions, to Star Trek conventions, to his living room, and into the deepest reaches of his soul. Along, the way, he realizes that he's happy to be... Just a Geek!

Both funny and poignant, the book chronicles Wil's journey to rediscover himself and come to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for having previously been famous. Engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will surprise you and make you laugh.

Blurb (back cover)

Will the real Wil Wheaton please stand up?

"Here's the gimmick: Wil isn't *just* a geek. He's a geek who's come from nerdvana -- the Paramount lot where they dropped the first Trekbomb and forever changed the world -- to tell us that it's not all it's cracked up to be. He's also a geek who can *write*. Finally, he's a geek who's unafraid to sit at the keyboard and open a vein. There's a lot of scorching honesty mixed in with these convulsively funny memoirs."
- Cory Doctorow, Author of Eastern Standard Tribe and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, co-editor of boingboing.net

Comments

A book that's published by O'Reilly, a well-respected computer book company, and blurbed by science fiction writer/software evangelist Cory Doctorow, has serious geek credentials. That it's written by a Star Trek cast member who is a blogger who is knowledgeable about computers makes it pretty much a geek grand slam. 

The book looks at the last few years in Wheaton's life, as he tries to come to terms with being someone who used to be famous while keeping up hope that his acting career will take off again. Meanwhile, he's constructing an identity for himself that doesn't necessarily depend on acting or Star Trek, taking on the roles of husband, stepfather, blogger, and writer, and finding satisfaction there. Wheaton is surprisingly candid and honest. He's also affecting. His writing on his time on the Nemesis set captures a series of intense emotional reactions.

As a book, this is stronger than his debut, Dancing Barefoot, which was more of a series of individual short pieces. Like that book, this draws on Wheaton's blog, but expands greatly upon it. Serious fans will want both, though, because the  "SpongeBobVega$ Pants" chapter in this book contains only selected excerpts from the longer version in Dancing Barefoot. Or, I suppose, you could dig through the various blog entries and read it at www.wilwheaton.net.

StarFleet Assembly ManualsStarFleet Assembly Manuals: Ultimate Modeling Edition
Paul M. Newitt
CultTVman

Contents

Foreword by Steve Iverson
Introduction
StarFleet Assembly Manual 1: Assembly Procedure for Heavy Cruiser Starships
StarFleet Assembly Manual 2: Assembly Procedure for Klingon Battlecruiser [and] Romulan Bird of Prey
StarFleet Assembly Manual 3: Advanced Assembly Procedure for Heavy Cruiser Starships
Appendices
Corrections
About Allen Everhart
Resources, Reference, and Bibliography
What is the Real Color of the Classic Enterprise? An Update for the SFAM Special Edition
The Studio Models
Tips for the Polar Lights Kits by Jay Chladek
The K-7 Space Station Kit
Building the Nomad Prop as Seen on Enterprise
Constitution Class Shuttlebay How To
Model Concepts by Geoffrey Mandel and Doug Drexler
About Paul M. Newitt or "What Happened After the SFAM Series?" A Personal Experience
Acknowledgments

Blurb

What color is the Enterprise?

The books that started it all: scale modeling with electronics, lights and special effects. Updated from the original 1977-78 editions with the actual color of the Enterprise and much more.

Comments

This is a somewhat updated reprint of three fan-produced booklets from the 1970s. It's an extensively illustrated guide to making Star Trek model kits of the time (the Enterprise, the Klingon ship, and the Romulan ship) look as authentic as possible. Model builders will want this (as well as the book Spaceships at the Final Frontier: Building Star Trek Models), of course, but longtime fans who remember their own flawed attempts at building those old AMT models in the 1970s and haven't touched a model kit since may well enjoy this for nostalgic reasons, as I did. Fan tech manual fans may also enjoy it.

Star Trek Crosswords 3Star Trek: Crosswords Book 3
John M. Samson, ed.
Pocket
59 pages

Blurb

If you know who played Lieutenant Hawk in Star Trek: First Contact and the name of Picard's first Chief of Security Officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise, this is the book for you!

The third book in this series includes fifty never-before-published puzzles devoted entirely to Star Trek. Edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson, these crossword puzzles will chllenge your knowledge of the everyday and the obscure related to every Star Trek series and movie. Grab a cup of raktajino, and solve them all.

Comments

The title and blurb say it all. This is in the same spiral-bound format as the previous books in the series.

Star Trek Crosswords 4Star Trek: Crosswords Book 4
John M. Samson, ed.
Pocket
59 pages

Blurb

If you know which Star Trek: The Next Generation episode let you experience Worf's Age of Ascension and what color synthale should be, this is the book for you!

The fourth book in this series includes fifty never-before-published puzzles devoted entirely to Star Trek. Edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson, these crossword puzzles will challenge your knowledge of the everyday and the obscure related to Star Trek. Grab a cup of raktajino, and solve them all.

Comments

As above.

Star Trek Reader's ReferenceStar Trek Reader's Reference to the Novels: 1984-1985
Alva Underwood
AuthorHouse
322 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Format
Star Trek Reference Book
Abbreviations
[alphabetical entries]
Appendix A: Stardates
Appendix B: Quotations
Appendix C: Crew Complement of Enterprise
Appendix D: Warp Factor
Appendix E: Main Characters
Appendix F: Diversity of Stars
Appendix G: Works Consulted

Blurb

Want to know more about the characters of the original series? Want to know about the origins of the Klingons and Romulans as well as other aliens? Interested in playing the Klingon Game, learning the levels of mind touch, and meeting new Enterprise crew members? This third reference, focusing on the novels of 1984-1985, expands the data compiled in the references for the novels 1970-1979 and 1980-1983.

Within these pages are biographies of the eight main characters, a description of the starship Enterprise, and plot summaries of the thirteen novels between 1984-1985. Immerse yourself in the world of Star Trek found in the novels and enjoy a reference tool for the reader of Kirk's adventures.

Comments

This is the third in a series of encyclopedic reference guides to Star Trek novels, following Star Trek Reader's Reference: Novels 1970-1979 and Star Trek Reader's Reference to the Novels: 1980-1983. Since those books, the name of Underwood's publisher has changed from 1stbooks to AuthorHouse. By either name, it's a vanity press, but the quality of these books isn't bad, and they can be ordered through major online book retailers.

This volume covers the novels from The Trellisane Confrontation through Pawns and Symbols. Interestingly, it's longer than its predecessors, while covering fewer books. This continues to be a rather impressive venture for a vanity press publication. As a single-author series, though, it seems unlikely ever to catch up to the present day.

Technologies of Disappearance coverStar Trek: Technologies of Disappearance
Alan N. Shapiro
AVINUS Verlag
369 pages

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The First Virtual Reality
The Last Computer
The Transporter
Symbolic Exchange
Time Travel
Wormhole
Cyborg Spock
Android Data
Becoming Borg - Seven of Nine
Warp Speed
The Founding of Futurity
References

Blurb

Our society dreams of making Star Trek's technologies real. University scientists, computer technologists and science fiction media fans strive to bring to fruition:

But does Star Trek's worldview coincide with the unbridled high-tech enthusiasm of recent years? Or is there a tension between the show's originality and the Borg-like assimilation of its creativity by the Star Trek industry? Focusing on the stories themselves, the author reveals the basic principles behind Star Trek that contest the ideology of mainstream technoscience, consumer culture, and liberal humanism promoted by Paramount Pictures.

Bringing together the passion of a true fan and an intellectual reflection on science, technology and media culture, Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance explains the real reasons for Star Trek's global mass appeal for the very first time. The encounter between thought and a popular subject mutually transforms both, and brings about genuine movement in ideas.

Comments

I haven't read this yet, but it looks interesting. It's a little worrisome that Shapiro mentions Arthur and Marilouise Kroker in his Acknowledgments, given that I've found what I've read (and heard, on the Spasm CD) of their work to be a bit too self-consciously postmodernist, but the book appears to cover some relatively new territory for academic Trek critiques. The usual suspects like Baudrillard and Haraway appear in the bibliography. More promisingly, though, flipping through the book shows that a lot of space is spent actually discussing Star Trek episodes. Looks like a must read for anyone who ever spent a lot of time reading Mondo 2000, Mediamatic, 21C, and the first few years of Wired. Like me, for instance. 

Star Trek: The Key CollectionStar Trek: The Key Collection
Checker Book Publishing Group
227 pages

Contents

Scotty, I Need More Color
The Planet of No Return
The Devil's Isle of Space
Invasion of the City Builders
The Peril of Planet Quick Change
The Ghost Planet
When Planets Collide
The Voodoo Planet
The Youth Trap

Blurb

Star Trek comics debuted in 1967, the year after the original televison series premiered, and continued on an irregular serial schedule until 1979 under Western Publishing's Gold Key imprint (newsprint paperback collections dubbed "The Enterprise Logs" were also printed in the 1970s.)

The comics feature the original Starship Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, et al) in Star Trek adventures which couldn't be produced in any other medium and remain available nowhere else. 

Eventually, sixty full-color issues would be published. This, Checker's first collection, includes the original issues one through eight, featuring art by Nevio Zaccara (issues 1 and 2) and Alberto Giolitti (issues 3-8). 

Though writing credits on the first eight issues were not given, subsequent writers for these rare comic gems included Len Wein, George Kashdan and Doug Drexler.

Comments

Though to some extent modeled on the old Enterprise Logs collections, there are significant differences for better and for worse. 

The good news is that this is a nicely bound book with sturdy, glossy pages. All eight issues are reprinted in full. 

The downside? Well, the little extra features added to the first Enterprise Logs are not included, which may annoy completists. The Enterprise Logs reprinted nine comics per volume; Checker is doing eight. Much more important is the problem with the colour. Where the hell is the blue? Compare page after page even to an old, yellowing newsprint copy of Enterprise Logs, and you'll see that the colours here just aren't right. I wonder if the green shirts (instead of yellow) worn by Kirk and other Enterprise crew members looked like an error to someone at Checker, who colour-corrected much too vigourously to make the shirts look closer to yellow. Unfortunately, this changed the look of a lot of the other art. It's too much to expect that original inked pages without colour could easily be found, allowing for new colour work to be done, but I doubt that this is the best that could be done.

This is the first volume of a series that is expected to reprint all of Gold Key's Star Trek comics.

Star Trek: The Key Collection 2Star Trek: The Key Collection Volume 2
Checker Book Publishing Group
221 pages

Contents

A Fine Wein
The Legacy of Lazarus
Sceptre of the Sun
The Brain Shockers
The Flight of the Buccaneer
Dark Traveler
The Enterprise Mutiny
Museum at the End of Time
Day of the Inquisitors
Captain James T. Kirk: Psycho-file
A Page from Scotty's Diary
Portrait of a Starship: The Enterprise

Blurb

Star Trek comics debuted in 1967, the year after the original televison series premiered, and continued on an irregular serial schedule until 1979 under Western Publishing's Gold Key imprint.

The comics feature the original Starship Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, et al) in Star Trek adventures which couldn't be produced in any other medium and remain available nowhere else. 

Eventually, sixty full-color issues would be published. This, Checker's second collection, includes the original issues nine through sixteen, dating from 1971-72, and features art by Alberto Giolitti. These Trek issues were also among the early works of renowned comics writer Len Wein, best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing and the New X-Men -- including Wolverine. He also went on to write Justice League of America, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Batman, Superman and many, many others.  

Comments

This second volume includes three of the brief special features from the first Gold Key Enterprise Logs. It also, fortunately, has more faithful colour reproduction than the first Checker volume.

Jigsaw BookStar Trek: The Next Generation Jigsaw Book
Five Mile Press

Blurb

Venture into the "final frontier" aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, with all your favourite crewmembers and alien species from Star Trek: The Next Generation like Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, and the dreaded Borg as you piece together the four jigsaws in this book.

Comments

This large hardcover book has four thick cardboard pages, each with a 96-piece jigsaw puzzle that can be removed and reassembled on the page. Thanks to Ian McLean for bringing this Australian publication to my attention.

(This book is larger than my scanner, so this is a slightly revised version of a graphic from a bookstore website.)

A Tribute to James DoohanA Tribute to James Doohan: "Scotty": A Reference
Ruby Moon-Houldson
Authorhouse

Contents

Final Journeys
Beam Me Up Scotty... One Last Time
Who Was Gene Roddenberry and What is Star Trek?
Lyrics to the Star Trek Theme Music
James Montgomery Doohan
Bio of Montgomery Scott (Scotty)
Input and Poems by Fans
The Miracle Worker
Scotty Quotes and Other Quotes
Star Trek Trivia
Star Trek Series Episodes and Movie Facts
Other Bios
Star Trek and Shakespeare
TOS Bloopers
Episode Titles That Have Been Humorously Mistranslated
Star Trek Recipes
The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
Federation Articles and General Orders
Star Trek History
Online Groups for Star Trek Fans
Conclusion

Blurb

A Tribute to James Doohan "Scotty" is a reference book designed especially for fans of Star Trek. Many years of hard work and diligent research has been compiled together into what rests between the covers of this book. Here one will find many facts, lots of trivia, and bios of your favorite actors and characters in the world of Star Trek. This book serves as a reference for those who are looking to discover facts that one may have overlooked over the years. There is also trivia for those who like to test their knowledge as it relates to the world of Star Trek. Do you know the words to the Star Trek theme music? No? They're in here. Ever wanted to make a Vulcan or Klingon food dish? Check out the recipes in here. Do you know the Articles and General Orders of the Federation? No? They are in this book. It is never too late to join the vast world of Star Trek, so join in with many others and see what this book has to offer. This reference book is written as a Tribute to Doohan (as well as Nimoy) who we've all grown to love and respect.

Comments

Like its predecessor, A Tribute to Spock: A Reference Guide, this vanity press publication is an odd mishmash of stuff, including a reappearance of some of the poetry/monologues from the first book, several pages of trivia regarding the episodes in which you can see that James Doohan is missing a finger on one hand, material reprinted from other sources without proper attribution (for instance, the Federation Articles and General Orders from the Star Fleet Technical Manual, some recipes from Pocket's Star Trek Cookbook), and a lot of other material likely to confuse anyone who might expect an actual tribute to Doohan or an actual reference book. Like the first book, this makes very little reference to anything post-Next Generation, and there's not much Next Generation content there, either. It reads like a series of infodumps from random Trek websites shoved between the covers of a book. Not recommended.

The Vulcan LanguageThe Vulcan Language
Mark R. Gardner
Vulcan Language Institute/lulu.com
416 pages

Contents

The Vulcan Language Institute
An Introduction to Vulcan Linguistics
Golic Vulcan-Federation Standard Dictionary
Federation Standard-Golic Vulcan Dictionary
Introduction to Golic Vulcan Grammar
Traditional Golic Vulcan Phrases
Golic Vulcan Lessons
Vulcan Culture
Philosophy and Teachings of Surak
Vulcan Disciplines and Religions
Vulcan Rituals and Ceremonies
Vulcan Foods and Dishes
Vulcan Leisure-Time Activities
Professions & Trades
A History of the Planet Vulcan
Sciences
Earth Sciences Page
Geology, Geophysics & Mineralogy
Medical Sciences
Medical Terminology
Biology, Botany & Zoology
Main Technology Page
Proposed Method for Writing Vulcan Names
Internet Resources

Comments

One of a handful of Star Trek-related titles available on the self-publishing website lulu.com, this is a very large trade paperback that collects a considerable amount of information from the Vulcan Language Institute website. Unlike the Klingon language, which has a few officially created reference sources for Klingon language enthusiasts to build on, the vast majority of the content here is fan-created.

Interestingly, the copyright page claims that the material in the book was taken from the website without the permission of Mark Gardner, which, if not an attempt to avoid legal problems relating to trademark or copyright infringement, is a violation of lulu.com rules regarding ownership of intellectual property.

Where No Car Has Gone BeforeWhere No Car Has Gone Before: Achieving the Impossible Dream
John Mercer and Ken Hudnall
Omega Press

Blurb

Star Trek

Just the name of the series calls to mind the USS Enterprise and the intrepid crew that explored the galazy and defended the Federation from the dangers of space. Gene Roddenberry's creative genius gave rise to an entire series of space adventures. However, there was one creation that he didn't originate that was Sevenuvnine, the one and only Star Trek Car. These are the continuing adventures of the one and only Sevenuvnine!

Resistance is futile!

Contents

Dedication
Special Thanks
More Than a Television Show
Man With a Mission
The Birth of Sevenuvnine
The Journey Begins
Unexpected Roads
Be Careful What You Wish For
The Adventure Continues
More Stars Than in the Heavens
John Mercer & Sevenuvnine Play Las Vegas
Taking Time for Reflections
On to El Paso
The Great Bird of the Galaxy Star Trek Convention
An Exciting Saturday in El Paso Del Norte
Assorted Memories From Behind the Scenes
A Few Remarks From the First Officer of Sevenuvnine
John Mercer
The Process
That's a Wrap
Appendix A
Index
Pictures

Comments

This is a self-published or vanity press book telling the story of the making of a Star Trek car, by the owner, Mercer, as told to Hudnall, author of several thrillers, as well as anecdotes about taking the car to conventions, getting it signed by and photographed with Star Trek cast members, and so on. The subtitle on the cover is Achieving the Impossible; on the title page, it's Achieving the Impossible Dream.

Pocket Star Trek Novels

Star Trek: The Original Series

Novelizations

Duty, Honor, Redemption(Star Trek) Duty, Honor, Redemption
Vonda McIntyre
Pocket

Contents

Introduction: Harve Bennett: The Man Behind the Movies by Terry J. Erdmann
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Blurb

Cadets that enter Starfleet Academy have two mantras drilled into them from their very first day. They must do their duty for the Federation and Starfleet, and they must strive to honor their oath as Starfleet officers. Among those who have best embodied these guiding principles and who have strived to live up to the coda "to boldly go" are those who once served aboard the Starship Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Who, then, was better to guide the next generation of officers? After Kirk became an admiral, the officers of the Enterprise were promoted, and several became Academy instructors. Transformed from a ship of the line to a training vessel, the Enterprise's days of active duty are behind her -- until a frantic message from a distant outpost interrupts a training exercise and pulls the ship back into action.

Admiral Kirk is forced to take command of the Enterprise in order to stop an old nemesis from commandeering what could be the most deadly weapon ever devised. In the course of his actions, the crew will find itself facing death... and life -- as they deliberately violate their Starfleet oaths, travel through time to save Earth, and ultimately earn redemption in the eyes of the Federation.

Now, for the first time ever in one volume here are the novelizations of three Star Trek films: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, all by award-winning author Vonda McIntyre.

Comments

One of Pocket's Signature Edition reprint omnibus editions in trade paperback, this collects McIntyre's movie novelizations. Blurb taken from the Pocket website.

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Exodus(Star Trek) Vulcan's Soul Book I: Exodus (audio)
Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz
Pocket

Blurb

Following their bestsellers Vulcan's Forge and Vulcan's Heart, Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz embark on a new trilogy chronicling the latter-day adventures of one of Star Trek's most beloved characters, shedding new light on his world's shocking history.

One year after the end of the Dominion War, the Romulan Star Empire comes under attack by a mysterious and alarmingly powerful enemy calling itself the Watraii, a species with a long-standing vendetta against the Romulans. Yet though they remain tenuously allied, the Federation, the Romulans, and the Klingons are unready to become embroiled in another sustained conflict, forcing Ambassador Spock, Admiral Uhura, Admiral Chekov, Captain Saavik, and some unexpected allies to defy their governments in order to meet the new threat head-on. But the first blood drawn may prove to be among the dearest of all.

Unknown to the defenders, the secret behind the Watraii's attack is buried in Vulcan's violent ancient past, during the time of Surak himself, when the proto-Romulans -- staunch opponents of Surak's reforms -- were compelled to take their chances among the cold and distant stars. Now Spock must begin the first leg of a long and dangerous road to learn the truth... before his hopes for the future become ashes.

Praise for Vulcan's Forge

"A dramatic tale, one that answers long-standing questions about Spock's life choices. Fascinating!"
- Leonard Nimoy

"Comprehensively excellent, marked by brisk pacing. Lovely dry wit, gripping action scenes, detailed world building... Insightful handling of the classic characters and inventive creation of new ones... Readers unfamiliar with the whole backstory will appreciate this bright addition... and dedicated fans will find it a feast."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Vulcan's Heart

"Lots of fan-pleasing momemnts... Sherman and Shwartz smoothly connect the dots between bits of the Star Trek universe that have always deserved closer attention."
- The New York Post

"Sherman and Shwartz develop familiar Star Trek characters and background in realistic detail while remaining faithful to the underlying concepts and values of the Star Trek universe. Their enthralling novel should attract non-Trekkers in appreciable numbers and, of course, Trekkers in swarms and hordes."
- Booklist

Comments

This is the first book in a new trilogy by the authors of Vulcan's Forge and Vulcan's Heart. Though the trilogy is set in the 24th century, the main characters are from the original Star Trek.

Sand and Stars(Star Trek) Sand and Stars
Diane Duane and A.C. Crispin
Pocket

Contents

Introduction by Terry J. Erdmann
Spock's World by Diane Duane
Sarek by A.C. Crispin

Blurb

Vulcan: linchpin member of the United Federation of Planets. Home to a civilization dedicated to o'thia, the ruling ethic of pure logic. But it was not always so; thousands of years before, Vulcans were a violent, warlike race, with tempers surpassed only by the planet's hot, arid sands. The philosopher Surak would show his people another way, teach them to reject their emotions and embrace logic and knowledge. The Vulcans would evolve and prosper, eventually exploring the stars and attaining further enlightenment as they encountered other cultures.

In the twenty-third century, Commander Spock, Captain Kirk, and the U.S.S. Enterprise are summoned to Vulcan when its people consider seceding from the Federation and returning to their isolationist ways. Vulcan's savage history becomes fully revealed as Spock, his father Sarek, and Kirk work to preserve the planet's future from anti-Terran factions with hidden agendas. The crisis is twofold for the half-human Spock -- should Vulcan secede, he will be required to resign from Starfleet and return home, or forever sever ties with his homeworld.

Years later, a decades-old plot to destroy the Federation from within forces Ambassador Sarek from the bedside of his dying wife, Amanda. The ambassador's decision widens the long-standing rift between himself and Spock at a time when they must pool their resources together. While the Enterprise crew contends with Romulans, Klingons, and the mysterious Freelans, Sarek's only comfort comes from reading Amanda's journals, which reveal more about his human spouse, his son, and himself than he ever realized.

Comments

This is a Vulcan-themed Signature Edition reprint omnibus. Blurb taken from the Pocket website.

Paperback novels

The Case of the Colonist's Corpse(Star Trek) The Case of the Colonist's Corpse
Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll
Pocket

Blurb

When Captain Kirk faced court-martial, he chose the best lawyer in the Federation -- Samuel T. Cogley, a cranky old man who prefers books to padds and people to computers.

Now, once again, it's Sam Cogley for the defense!

The planet Aneher II sits in the middle of the Neutral Zone, and neither the Klingon Empire nor the Federation can claim it. Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, any such contested colony world will go to the party -- Federation or Klingon -- which shows it can best develop the planet.

At first the two colonies live in peace, but it's a fragile peace, one shattered when Administrator Daniel Latham, the head of the Federation colony, is found murdered, and Commander Mak'Tor, the head of the Klingon colony, is found crouched over Latham's body, a discharged phaser still hot in his hand.

When Lieutenant Areel Shaw of Starfleet is assigned to prosecute Mak'Tor, Sam Cogley volunteers to defend the accused Klingon. But when Cogley's own investigation provides the prosecution with its key piece of evidence and his courtroom tactics unexpectedly backfire, can even the galaxy's most brilliant defense attorney win the day in...

The Case of the Colonist's Corpse

Comments

Though they've worked on Star Trek comics, this is the first Trek novel for both writers, and it's not a typical one. Following on from the original series episode "Court Martial," Isabella and Ingersoll present another legal case for that episode's characters Sam Cogley and Areel Shaw, this time as a mystery novel modeled on Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels. The retro touches include the stylized cover art and the dye on the edge of the pages.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Paperback novels

A Time to Be Born(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Be Born
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

The site of one of the Dominion War's fiercest battles, the Rashanar Sector now contains a vast interstellar graveyard littered with the lifeless hulks of hundreds of devastated starships. The explosive destruction of so many varied warp drives has severely distorted the space-time continuum in this region, resulting in dangerous unleashed energies and bizarre gravitational anomalies.

The Enterprise has been assigned to patrol the perimeter of the danger zone, while other vessels carry out the difficult and highly hazardous task of retrieving the bodies of the dead from the wrecked warships.

To some alien races, the former battleground is hallowed space. To others, including the rapacious Androssi, it is a scavenger's paradise, ripe for salvage. None expect this ship's graveyard to hold a deadly secret that will force the android Data to make a heart-wrenching decision about the path his life will take -- and that will endanger not only the Enterprise, but Picard's future in Starfleet.

Comments

A Time to... is a series of nine novels leading up to the events of Nemesis, setting up the changes in the Next Generation status quo that come in and after that movie. It was originally planned to be a series of twelve novels, but one duology was dropped and the final duology became a single volume, with some elements carried forward into a post-Nemesis novel.

Vornholt's duology introduces certain ongoing plot elements that play out over the series, while telling an essentially complete story in two volumes.

A Time to Die(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Die
John Vornholt
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

It was supposed to be a mission of mercy, until the unthinkable occurred: the destruction of the U.S.S. Juno, killing all hands on board. Starfleet Command has unjustly assessed the actions of Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew during that fateful assignment to the Rashanar Battle Site -- the sector that saw one of the fiercest conflicts of the Dominion War, and which is now a hazardous interstellar graveyard filled with hundreds of devastated starships. While the court-ordered medical evaluation that relieved Picard of command is ongoing, there is growing speculation that his illustrious career may be coming to an end.

To clear his former commander, acting captain William Riker and a demoralized skeleton crew agree to conduct a covert operation, and must venture the Starship Enterprise back into Rashanar to track down a mythical menace -- one that may already be responsible for the annihilation of countless fully armed starships. Unbridled hostility and the promise of death lurk at every turn, but they could never imagine that their only chance of survival may lie in the unexpected return of a long-absent friend....

Comments

As above.

A Time to Sow(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Sow
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

More than two centuries ago, the Dokaalan sent an unmanned probe into the void, bearing a distress call for anyone who could save their doomed world. But the message reached Federation space too late to save the planet or its people.

Or so it was believed....

Generations later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E are stunned to discover the last of the Dokaalan -- now only a colony fighting to stay alive in a decrepit asteroid mining complex. Although their home planet was destroyed long ago, the survivors hope to someday transform a nearby planet into a new home for their people. But bitter divisions exist among the Dokaalan, sowing the seeds of sabotage and terrorism -- and placing Picard and the Enterprise in the middle of an escalating crisis that can only lead to total destruction!

Comments

The series continues with another duology that can stand more or less on its own while also moving forward a few ongoing plot threads.

A Time to Harvest(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Harvest
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

Still reeling from the disastrous events that have rocked all of Starfleet and tarnished the career of one of the Federation's most decorated captains, Picard and his crew must now endure the unthinkable: scandal, ostracism, and an uncertain future. But despite all that has occurred, none aboard the Enterprise have forgotten their duty as Starfleet officers....

Assigned to assist the imperiled Dokaalan -- a small colony of refugees who maintain a precarious existence in a rapidly disintegrating asteroid mining complex -- the Enterprise crew must somehow aid this alien race in terraforming a nearby planet so that it might someday provide a new home for their kind. But violent acts of sabotage soon turn a humanitarian crisis into a deadly confrontation. To save the Dokaalan from extinction, Picard must uncover the presence of an old adversary -- and prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions!

Comments

As above.

A Time to Love(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Love
Robert Greenberger
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

One hundred years ago, the recurring conflicts between the Bader and the Dorset ended mysteriously when both races colonized the distant planet Delta Sigma IV -- a world located far from the destructive wars of their people -- and quickly became the Federation's perfect example of interspecies cooperation. But there are now rumblings of trouble in paradise, as an investigation led by Kyle Riker -- Commander William Riker's estranged father -- into this harmonious society has discovered a shocking, immutable truth: over the next few generations, the reaction to a native gas will spell the extinction of Delta Sigma IV's inhabitants.

Captain Picard and his crew, still recovering from the tragic events that have tarnished the career of one of the Federation's most decorated captains, must come to the aid of a world that once knew only peace, but now faces emerging violence and chaos... and Commander Riker must confront the reality that his own father may be held responsible for Delta Sigma IV's almost certain downfall!

Comments

Greenberger's two books move certain ongoing plot threads forward while also telling a mostly standalone story in two books.

A Time to Hate(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Hate
Robert Greenberger
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

The recurring blood feuds between the Bader and the Dorset ended mysteriously a century ago when both races colonized the planet Delta Sigma IV. But, unknown until now, it was a reaction to a naturally occurring gas that led to their harmonious existence... a reaction that would eventually mean certain death for the planet's inhabitants. What the Enterprise crew believed was a cure for the population -- a treatment introduced into Delta Sigma IV's environment by Kyle Riker, a man at odds with his son, Commander William Riker -- has instead triggered worldwide carnage, as long-suppressed aggression and hostility are suddenly and violently unleashed.

Caught in a world on the brink of self-destruction, Captain Picard -- a man still waging his own personal battle for redemption in the eyes of his commanding officers -- must somehow find a way to resolve this catastrophic event and save his crew, even as the implications of his actions may ultimately doom an entire race....

Comments

As above.

A Time to Kill(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Kill
David Mack
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

At the height of the Dominion War and unknown to all save those in the highest levels of command, the Federation secretly armed the neutral planet Tezwa with devastating weapons -- part of a contingency plan against the Dominion if the front lines collapsed. But Tezwa also lies near the border of the Klingon Empire... making the Federation's covert strategy in direct violation of their fragile peace treaties, and creating the potential threat of scandal and all-out war.

Now Tezwa's power-hungry prime minister is all too eager to flex his newfound military muscle, menacing a nearby Klingon border world. Sent on an urgent diplomatic mission, Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew are caught in the crossfire as the crisis quickly escalates. With time running out and billions of lives at stake, only one man can avert the looming disaster -- Ambassador Worf, who must choose between his oath to the Federation and his loyalty to Martok, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire....

Comments

Mack's duology leads directly into the concluding volume, introducing some new story elements that also play out in the post-Nemesis novel Articles of the Federation.

A Time to Heal(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time to Heal
David Mack
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

A cataclysmic war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire has been miraculously averted, and a new government is finally in place on the planet Tezwa. But deadly secrets still threaten the fragile peace accord.

Rebels still loyal to the old Tezwa regime have captured Commander Riker and are willing to kill to achieve their goals... the Orion Syndicate is interfering in the rebuilding -- and may also be involved in much more than that. But the most devastating revelation of all threatens the very foundations of the Federation itself -- leaving Captain Picard to possibly face the very conflict that he labored so hard to prevent....

Comments

As above.

A Time for War, a Time for Peace(Star Trek: The Next Generation) A Time for War, a Time for Peace
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pocket

Blurb

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.

Until now.

Following the scandalous Tezwa affair, the Federation president's resignation forces an election, with the future of the United Federation of Planets to be determined by who emerges victorious from a hotly contested vote. But it is the fate of the entire galaxy that may actually be decided on Qo'noS, as the Federation embassy is seized by terrorists whose actions expose intrigue reaching the highest levels of Klingon government -- and it will take all of Ambassador Worf's skills to keep the fragile Federation-Klingon alliance from collapsing. And while this potential intergalactic chaos looms, Commander Riker finds his plans for command and marriage soured by a brutal, high-level inspection of the ship from which the crew may not escape unscathed....

The epic miniseries comes to a shocking conclusion -- one that will leave the Star Trek universe changed forever!

Comments

All of the ongoing plot threads are brought to a climax in this volume, especially those introduced in the last duology. The book's end coincides with the beginning of Nemesis, and the story lays some of the groundwork for Pocket's new post-Nemesis fiction. Following the A Time to... series are the standalone novel Articles of the Federation, building on the political storylines of this last volume and focusing on Federation President Nan Bacco; the Titan series, beginning with Taking Wing and following the adventures of Riker's new command; and the continuing Next Generation series centering on Picard and the Enterprise after Nemesis, beginning with Death in Winter.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Paperback novels

Cardassia and Andor(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Worlds of Deep Space Nine Volume One: Cardassia and Andor
Una McCormack and Heather Jarman
Pocket

Contents

Cardassia: The Lotus Flower by Una McCormack
Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman

Blurb

Within every federation and every empire, behind every hero and every villain, there are the worlds that define them. In the aftermath of Unity and in the daring tradition of Spock's World, The Final Reflection, and A Stitch in Time, the civilizations most closely tied to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can now be experienced as never before... in tales both sweeping and intimate, reflective and prophetic, eerily familiar and utterly alien.

Cardassia: The last world ravaged by the Dominion War is also the last on which Miles O'Brien ever imagined building a life. As he joins in the reconstruction of Cardassia's infrastructure, his wife Keiko spearheads the planet's difficult agricultural renewal. But Cardassia's struggle to remake itself -- from the fledgling democracy backed by Elim Garak to the people's rediscovery of their own spiritual past -- is not without opposition, as the outside efforts to help rebuild its civilization come under attack by those who reject any alien influence.

Andor: On the eve of a great celebration of their ancient past, the unusual and mysterious Andorians, a species with four sexes, must decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure their survival. Biological necessity clashes with personal ethics; cultural obligation vies with love -- and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane returns home to the planet he forswore, to face not only the consequences of his choices, but a clandestine plan to alter the very nature of his kind.

Comments

The three-part Worlds of Deep Space Nine series continues the post-finale continuity in a new way. Each book contains two long novellas or short novels, each set on on a planet associated with the series and featuring characters from the series. The first book includes stories by new Trek novelist McCormack and relaunch veteran Jarman.

Star Trek: Voyager

Paperback novels

Old Wounds(Star Trek: Voyager) Spirit Walk Book One: Old Wounds
Christie Golden
Pocket

Blurb

The eagerly awaited continuation of Homecoming and The Farther Shore!

Captain Chakotay is ready to prove himself as the new commanding officer of the Starship Voyager -- but skeptics back at Starfleet Command are watching him closely for any sign that he will revert to his renegade Maquis ways. His first mission as captain, to transport a group of displaced colonists back to their home planet of Loran II, seems easy enough: make sure the planet is safe for colonization, unload the settlers, and head back to Earth. He even has an extra reason to enjoy the trip -- his sister, Sekaya, has joined the mission as a spiritual advisor to the gentle, peace-loving colonists.

But when the crew arrives at Loran II, they discover a mysterious storm, an ominously deserted settlement -- and a hidden threat from Chakotay's past that could destroy them all. Will Chakotay's first mission as captain of Voyager also be his last?

Comments

The post-finale story, begun in 2003's Homecoming, continues.

Enemy of My Enemy(Star Trek: Voyager) Spirit Walk Book Two: Enemy of My Enemy
Christie Golden
Pocket

Blurb

The eagerly awaited continuation of Old Wounds!

Captain Chakotay and his sister, Sekaya, are being held captive beneath the surface of Loran II by a Changeling -- an outcast Founder masquerading as Chakotay's second-in-command, Andrew Ellis. To Chakotay's horror, the Changeling gives the two prisoners over to the infamous Cardassian scientist Crell Moset, who plans to use Chakotay's Sky Spirit-enhanced DNA to create a super species that will bring him the fame and acceptance he craves.

Leaving Chakotay and Sekaya to their fate, the Changeling assumes Chakotay's image and infiltrates the Starship Voyager, putting the entire crew at risk. Dr. Jarem Kaz and Lieutenant Harry Kim, increasingly suspicious of their captain's odd behavior, turn to Admiral Janeway and Lieutenant Commander Tom Paris for help. As Paris races to save Voyager from catastrophe, the real Chakotay must undertake a "Spirit Walk" that could set him and his sister free -- or lead to their ultimate destruction....

Comments

As above.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Paperback novels

Daedalus's Children(Star Trek: Enterprise) Daedalus's Children
Dave Stern
Pocket

Blurb

Crippled by a freak accident, Enterprise has crossed over into an alternate universe -- and into the middle of a civil war set off by a brutal warlord who has used technology stolen from the Daedalus to enslave his people.

Forcibly removed from their ship, imprisoned and brutalized by their captors, Captain Archer and crew soon find themselves confronting an even more immediate challenge than escape -- subtle biochemical differences in this universe that make their continued survival an impossibility. Every hour they spend in this parallel continuum brings them closer to death.

Yet Archer discovers that in order to recapture Enterprise, he may have to cripple his ship once again. And even if he manages to find a solution to that dilemma, one last survivor of the doomed flight of the Daedalus stands between Enterprise and her safe return home....

Comments

This is the conclusion of the two-part story begun in Stern's 2003 novel, Daedalus. It's also the first to use the altered series title, Star Trek: Enterprise, rather than the original title, Enterprise, used for the first two seasons of the TV series.

Star Trek: New Frontier

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

After the Fall(Star Trek: New Frontier) After the Fall
Peter David
Pocket

Blurb

"Peter David is the best Star Trek novelist around." - Starburst

Peter David's unforgettable novels of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the Starship Excalibur remain one of Star Trek's most popular book series among fans. Now, David takes the New Frontier universe in a bold new direction that will at once shock, thrill, and delight longtime and brand-new readers of this acclaimed series.

Three years have passed since the events depicted in the novel Stone and Anvil, and for the past and present crew members of the U.S.S. Excalibur, life has taken many surprising twists and turns. Captain Elizabeth Shelby has been promoted to admiral and heads Space Station Bravo... while her former ship, the U.S.S. Trident, has a new captain. Soleta has left Starfleet to embrace the perils of exploring her Romulan heritage. The powerful Zak Kebron serves as the Excalibur's counselor and head of security.

And Mackenzie Calhoun? Well, Mackenzie Calhoun's still who he is.

As Si Cwan, prime minister of the New Thallonian Protectorate, prepares to marry off his sister Kalinda in a politically advantageous pairing that will strengthen his newly restored empire, the bride-to-be is abducted just before the wedding in a calamitous event that threatens to destabilize the entire sector -- especially since Kalinda's abductor is someone all too familiar.

As the Excalibur, the Trident, and the entire Thallonian fleet attempt to bring order to their sector of space, none could ever suspect that a mysterious alien force may also be playing a part in Kalinda's disappearance -- and that the entire galaxy may soon face a long-forgotten enemy.

If you haven't had an opportunity to explore Peter David's New Frontier, After the Fall is the perfect novel in which to discover the wondrous, all-original Star Trek book series that TV Zone hails as "unmissable."

Praise for Peter David and Star Trek: New Frontier

"A new Star Trek novel by Peter David is always a good bet... David has made good use of minor characters from the Star Trek universe."
- SF Site

"If you still haven't climbed aboard the Excalibur, then this really is the moment to do it... You'l laugh and cry at once."
- Starburst, on Stone and Anvil

"He effortlessly makes the most of his own characters while developing some from small-screen Trek."
- Dreamwatch

Comments

2004's New Frontier novel moves the series continuity forward a few years, introducing a number of changes.

Star Trek: S.C.E.

Paperback novels

Foundations(Star Trek: S.C.E.) Book Five: Foundations
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket

Blurb

The first full-length novel starring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers!

"A perfect opportunity to be introduced to a wonderful set of characters that fulfill a distinctive role and provide a fresh and unusual perspective on the Star Trek universe."
- Trek Nation

Now it can be told: The origin of the S.C.E.!

In the twenty-fourth century, the U.S.S. da Vinci and its S.C.E. team led by Commander Sonya Gomez roam the galaxy, solving the technical problems of the universe in a state-of-the-art ship. But the road to the da Vinci was a difficult one, as the S.C.E. had to go through its share of growing pains back in the twenty-third century....

Even as the da Vinci spearheads a dramatic rescue of a runaway vessel, Captain Montgomery Scott recalls his younger days as the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain Kirk -- and his own encounters with a much different Corps of Engineers. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone, to the planet Beta III in the wake of the Landru computer, to the uncharted regions of deep space, Scotty joins forces with the battered old U.S.S. Lovell to bring the S.C.E. into the future!

Comments

The fifth S.C.E. collection is more like a novel than its predecessors, as it reprints a three-part story (Foundations, books one through three) by S.C.E. veterans Ward and Dilmore dealing with the early days of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers.

Wildfire(Star Trek: S.C.E.) Book Six: Wildfire
Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Mack, J. Steven York, Christina F. York
Pocket

Contents

Enigma Ship by J. Steven York and Christina F. York
War Stories by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Wildfire by David Mack
About the Authors

Blurb

Gripping new adventures of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers!

Whenever there's a need to fix, repair, or salvage, Starfleet calls in the crack S.C.E. team on the U.S.S. da Vinci. Under the command of Captain David Gold and Commander Sonya Gomez, the S.C.E. solves the unsolvable, from finding a Starfleet vessel lost inside a holographic ship to doping out new technology captured during the Dominion War.

However, the da Vinci's mission to Galvan VI will prove to be the S.C.E.'s greatest challenge to date, as they must salvage the U.S.S. Orion from the turbulent atmosphere of a gas giant. As if that wasn't enough, the Orion is carrying the prototype of the deadly Wildfire device -- a protomatter warhead that can ignite gas giants into stars -- and the planet seems to be home to a strange alien life-form that may have been responsible for the Orion's destruction!

Comments

The sixth S.C.E. collection reprints three stories originally published as five ebooks.

Star Trek: Stargazer

Paperback novels

Enigma(Star Trek: Stargazer) Enigma
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

Without warning, a Starfleet ship is overwhelmed by a mysterious, alien aggressor -- one who appears to possess an intimate knowledge of the vessel's tactical technology. Then a second Starfleet ship is attacked. And a third.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer -- a Constellation-class starship -- is ordered to help form a desperate line of defense against the aggressor. But it seems nothing can stop the aliens' headlong plunge into the heart of the Federation.

Or rather, nothing in front of them can. Trailing one of the alien attack formations is a tiny Starfleet shuttle with a half dozen crewmembers aboard. One of them is Picard's first officer and best friend, Gilaad Ben Zoma.

Another is Arlen McAteer, the ambitious admiral who has made it his business to relieve Picard of his command.

Can Ben Zoma and McAteer work together to unlock the secret of the alien assault? Or will their differences sabotage their effort -- and deprive the Federation of its last hope for survival?

Comments

This is the fifth book in the ongoing Stargazer series.

Maker(Star Trek: Stargazer) Maker
Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Blurb

Ensign Andreas Nikolas, heartsick over the loss of his Mirror Universe lover, has resigned his post on Jean-Luc Picard's starship, the Stargazer, to seek a home on the freighter Iktoj'ni.

All he wants of his new life is a chance to forget his troubles. And that's what he gets -- until the Iktoj'ni is taken over by a monstrous alien with unbelievable powers and a disdain for all forms of life.

Without saying why, the alien sends the freighter hurtling toward a part of space inhabited by the Ubarrak, the Federation's deadliest and most xenophobic enemy. And Nikolas, who fears that the incident will start a war, can't convince his captor to turn back.

Picard's only hope of stopping the alien menace is Serenity Santana -- a woman who once abused his trust in the name of her people's survival. Now she's back, asking for the captain's trust a second time.

Picard desperately needs Santana's help in his struggle to save his galaxy. But will she justify his faith in her -- or once again twist it to serve her own shadowy ends?

Comments

This is the sixth book in the series.

Star Trek: The Lost Era

Paperback novels

Catalyst of Sorrows(Star Trek: The Lost Era) Catalyst of Sorrows
Margaret Wander Bonanno
Pocket

Blurb

The year is 2360

She was trained to be a killing machine. Abandoned as a child, without home or family, past or future, Zetha survived only by her own cunning in the back alleys of Romulus before being taken by the Tal Shiar and remade into one of its deadliest weapons. But Zetha is about to undertake a mission unlike any in her experience.

The mysterious return of a virulent scourge thought to be long extinct threatens devastation on a scale almost too horrific to contemplate. Zetha's only hope of stopping it is across the Neutral Zone -- among the enemies of Romulus. Now Admiral Uhura, centenarian chief of Starfleet Intelligence, must decide what to do with the knowledge Zetha has risked her life to bring to her. In order to stop the spread of the disease that is already ravaging the Romulan Empire, Uhura must assign a hand-picked team of Starfleet officers to covertly trace the contagion to its source -- and do whatever is necessary to contain it.

But the world awaiting Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Tuvok, Dr. Selar, and Zetha herself is a hot zone of secrets, deceptions, and subtle machinations revealing an imminent holocaust beyond anything the away team expected, or what they could hope to combat.

Comments

The last of the Lost Era novels (for now, at least) is the first new Trek novel in over a decade from Bonanno, author of a few original series novels, including Strangers From the Sky. Her novel Probe went through some difficulties during the approvals process and ended up being rewritten by another writer and disowned by the author. A couple of years ago, some fans contacted Bonanno through the Internet to try to persuade her to return to Star Trek, which led to online discussions with Pocket editor Marco Palmieri, which in turn eventually led to the publication of this book. Catalyst of Sorrows features an older version of Uhura from the original series and younger versions of Selar from The Next Generation, Sisko from Deep Space Nine, and Tuvok from Voyager.

Star Trek Crossovers and Miscellaneous

Hardcovers and trade paperbacks

Strange New Worlds VIIStrange New Worlds VII
Dean Wesley Smith, John J. Ordover, Elisa J. Kassin, and Paula M. Block, editors
Pocket

Contents

Introduction by Dean Wesley Smith
Star Trek
A Test of Character by Kevin Lauderdale
Indomitable by Kevin Killiany
Project Blue Book by Christian Grainger
The Trouble With Tribals by Paul J. Kaplan
All Fall Down by Muri McCage
A Sucker Born by Pat Detmer
Obligations Discharged by Gerri Leen
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Life's Work by Julie A. Hyzy
Adventures in Jazz and Time by Kelly Cairo
Future Shock by John Coffren
Full Circle by Scott Pearson
Beginnings by Jeff D. Jacques
Solemn Duty by Jim Johnson
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Infinite Bureaucracy by Anne E. Clements
Barclay Program Nine by Russ Crossley
Star Trek: Voyager
Redux by Susan S. McCrackin
The Little Captain by Catherine E. Pike
I Have Broken the Prime Directive by G. Wood
Don't Cry by Annie Reed
Star Trek: Enterprise
Earthquake Weather by Louisa M. Swann
Speculations
Guardians by Brett Hudgins
The Law of Averages by Amy Sisson
Forgotten Light by Frederick Kim
Contest Rules
About the Contributors

Blurb

Our seventh anthology features original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise stories written by Star Trek fans, for Star Trek fans!

Featuring new stories by new writers and a few contest veterans, Strange New Worlds VII spans the entire Star Trek universe from the original days of Captain Kirk and throughout the tenures of Captains Picard, Sisko, and Janeway and back in time again to Archer. Each of these unforgettable stories explores the past and future of Star Trek from many different perspectives.

This year's contributors include Kevin Lauderdale, Kevin Killiany, Christian Grainger, Paul J. Kaplan, Muri McCage, Pat Detmer, Gerri Leen, Julie Hyzy, Kelly Cairo, John Coffren, Scott Pearson, Jeff D. Jacques, Jim Johnson, Anne E. Clements, Russ Crossley, Susan S. McCrackin, Catherine E. Pike, G. Wood, Annie Reed, Louisa M. Swann, Brett Hudgins, Amy Sisson, and Frederick Kim.

Comments

This is the seventh volume of Pocket's annual anthology of fan-written fiction.

Tales of the Dominion WarTales of the Dominion War
Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Pocket

Contents

Introduction by Keith R.A. DeCandido
What Dreams May Come by Michael Jan Friedman
Night of the Vulture by Greg Cox
The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Blood Sacrifice by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz
Mirror Eyes by Heather Jarman & Jeffrey Lang
Twilight's Wrath by David Mack
Eleven Hours Out by Dave Galanter
Safe Harbors by Howard Weinstein
Field Expediency by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
A Song Well Sung by Robert Greenberger
Stone Cold Truths by Peter David
Requital by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
The Dominion War Timeline compiled by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Blurb

For two seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine chronicled the intense struggle of the Federation, fighting alongside the Klingons and the Romulans against the overwhelming forces of the Dominion in some of the most exciting hours of television ever produced.

Now, for the first time, see how the Dominion War affected the entirety of the Star Trek universe. From the heart of the Federation to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. From the front lines of Klingon space to the darkest recesses of the Romulan Empire. From the heroic members of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to the former crew of the U.S.S. Stargazer. From the edge of the New Frontier to the corridors of station Deep Space 9.

Some of the finest Star Trek novelists have been gathered to provide a dozen new tales from this seminal period in galactic history. Heroes from three generations -- Sisko, Picard, Spock, Kira, Calhoun, Klag, McCoy, Gold, and so many more -- brought together in these...

Tales Of The Dominion War

Greg Cox • Peter David • Keith R.A. DeCandido • Michael Jan Friedman • Dave Galanter • Robert Greenberger • Heather Jarman & Jeffrey Lang • David Mack • Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels • Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz • Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore • Howard Weinstein

Comments

Though the Dominion War was shown on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, it would have had to affect characters we know from other Star Trek series. A number of veteran Star Trek novelists present characters from the original Star Trek, The Next Generation, S.C.E., New Frontier, and more finding themselves entangled in the War. 

The Hand of KahlessThe Hand of Kahless
John M. Ford and Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket

Contents

Introduction: Klingons -- An Evolution by Terry J. Erdmann
The Final Reflection by John M. Ford
Kahless by Michael Jan Friedman

Blurb

The fiercest battles and proudest warriors throughout Klingon history are said to reflect the honor and glory of the race's first emperor, Kahless the Unforgettable. But history is not always truthful. And for both the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets, the real truth may be too difficult to accept.

In the pages of a novel disclaimed by Starfleet, an enemy offers his perspective on events that transpired during the formative years of Klingon-Federation relations in the early twenty-third century. Chronicling the life story of Krenn, a Klingon war strategist who learns of peace while on a mission to Earth, the novel is a testimony to his efforts to preserve the honor of his people... by preventing total war against the then-struggling Federation.

Nearly a century later, a clone of the revered Kahless oversees the Klingon Empire. But when the myths and legends associated with the original emperor are disputed following the discovery of an ancient scroll, the new Kahless faces treason from within his own council, and impending civil war that could tear the empire apart. His sole chance for restoring his people's shattered faith must come from the outside -- specifically, from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Worf of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Comments

Another in Pocket's Signature Series of trade paperback reprints, this collects two Klingon novels: The Final Reflection, an original series novel first published in 1984, and Kahless, a Next Generation novel first published in 1996. Blurb taken from the Pocket website.

Pocket Star Trek Ebooks

Star Trek: S.C.E.

The Demon(Star Trek: S.C.E. 36) The Demon Book 2
Loren L. Coleman and Randall N. Bills
Pocket

Blurb

Over the years, the S.C.E. team on the U.S.S. da Vinci has solved innumerable problems, and escaped from numerous deathtraps, from the ravages of interspace to the gas giant of Galvan VI. Now, they must enter the outer reaches of a deadly black hole known as "the Demon" in order to rescue an away team from a hidden Resaurian prison teetering on the edge of the singularity.

But the Resaurians will do everything they can to preserve their secrets, and keep the da Vinci from getting out of the Demon alive!

Comments

Thus far, this two-parter is the only Star Trek fiction by Coleman and Bills.

The Demon Book 2 will be available in book form in Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Aftermath, due out in November 2006.

Ring Around the Sky(Star Trek: S.C.E. 37) Ring Around the Sky
Allyn Gibson
Pocket

Blurb

The Tellarite colony world of Kharzh'ulla is a planet of many wonders, but its greatest feature is the Ring, a massive orbital construction, serviced by a series of "space elevators." During the Dominion War, the elevators were damaged by a Jem'Hadar attack. Now, a year and a half later, the elevators have weakened to the point that the entire Ring may collapse, endangering the planet's population -- unless the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci can save them.

But Kharzh'ulla also contains several deadly secrets from Lieutenant Commander Tev's youth. In order for the S.C.E. to save the planet, Tev must face more than one demon from his past...

Comments

This is the first published Star Trek fiction by Gibson, another discovery of the S.C.E. line who has since contributed to the anthologies No Limits and Constellations.

Orphans(Star Trek: S.C.E. 38) Orphans
Kevin Killiany
Pocket

Blurb

A colony ship careens out of control through space on the border between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. A joint rescue mission made up of both Klingon and Starfleet engineers is sent to investigate. But the S.C.E. team from the U.S.S. da Vinci and their Klingon counterparts soon find themselves with a more difficult problem than they realized. The colony isn't just out of control -- it's dying.

The inhabitants of the colony ship are a pre-industrial society that has no inkling of their deadly fate. Can Federation and Klingon engineers work together to save the colony ship from total destruction?

Comments

This is Strange New Worlds contributor Killiany's first S.C.E. story.

Grand Designs(Star Trek: S.C.E. 39) Grand Designs
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket

Blurb

Tensions between two planets in the Rhaax system have abated to the point where the sides have agreed to disarmament. The S.C.E. crew on the U.S.S. da Vinci is sent along with a Federation diplomat to act as weapons inspectors to make sure that the terms of the cease-fire and disarmament are followed.

But soon the S.C.E. learns that neither side has any intention of truly disarming -- and then Tev, P8 Blue, and Soloman are captured by one side. Captain Gold must find a way to rescue his crew, and keep the peace, before both planets explode!

Comments

This is one of several S.C.E. ebooks by the prolific writing team of Ward and Dilmore.

Failsafe(Star Trek: S.C.E. 40) Failsafe
David Mack
Pocket

Blurb

When a cultural observation probe malfunctions and crash-lands on a pre-warp world, the S.C.E. is sent in to destroy it before the technology falls into the hands of a civilization not prepared for it. Unfortunately, when Commander Gomez and her team arrive, they find that the device has already been captured by terrorist forces who intend to reverse-engineer the technology into a weapon that will change the balance of power on their world to deadly effect!

Now it's a race against time for the S.C.E. to find and destroy the probe before it's too late!

Comments

This is one of several S.C.E. stories by Trek novelist Mack.

Bitter Medicine(Star Trek: S.C.E. 41) Bitter Medicine
Dave Galanter
Pocket

Blurb

A routine salvage operation becomes a desperate rescue mission, as the U.S.S. da Vinci encounters a failing abandoned ship -- that isn't so abandoned! There is one survivor aboard the derelict vessel: a boy who carries a most deadly disease.

Even as the S.C.E. works to salvage the ship, Dr. Lense must race the clock to find a cure for the boy -- or condemn him to live out his days alone on the dying vessel!

Comments

This is Trek novelist Galanter's first solo S.C.E. tale, following his 2002 collaboration with Greg Brodeur, Ambush.

Sargasso Sector(Star Trek: S.C.E. 42) Sargasso Sector
Paul Kupperberg
Pocket

Blurb

The assignment seemed mundane enough: clearaway a "junk pile" of abandoned ships that are adrift in a region of space that is in the way of a convoy of colony vessels en route to a new world. But the S.C.E.'s missions never stay routine for very long...

Odd occurrences start happening all over the U.S.S. da Vinci, compounded by the fact that none of their solutions for clearing the ships seems to be working. Soon, the very nature of reality becomes endangered, and Soloman must interface with a powerful alien computer to keep the da Vinci from falling victim to the...

Sargasso Sector

Comments

Novelist and comics writer and editor Kupperberg contributes his first Star Trek prose fiction, and his first Star Trek writing since writing two issues of DC's Star Trek comic in the mid-1980s.

Paradise Interrupted(Star Trek: S.C.E. 43) Paradise Interrupted
John S. Drew
Pocket

Blurb

For centuries, Risa has been the garden spot of the Alpha Quadrant, the place to go for rest, relaxation, and recreation. When the S.C.E. crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci learn their latest assignment is to Risa, they expect to find themselves in paradise.

But paradise isn't what it used to be. Something is draining power from the complex weather systems that keep the planet pleasant, and if the S.C.E. doesn't determine the cause soon, Risa as they know it will cease to exist forever!

Comments

The S.C.E. team visit Risa, a planet seen in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. Drew is another of the S.C.E. line's newly discovered writers.

Where Time Stands Still(Star Trek: S.C.E. 44) Where Time Stands Still
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket

Blurb

Before the twenty-fourth-century adventures of David Gold, Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci came the more rough-and-tumble Starfleet Corps of Engineers of the twenty-third century. In the wake of an incident involving the Starship Enterprise and the infamous Delta Triangle, Lieutenant Commander Mahmud al-Khaled and the crew of the run-down U.S.S. Lovell must "open" the Triangle -- and also find a lost generation ship that was last seen entering the phenomenon. But the mission grows even more complex when the Gorn arrive, demanding -- at gunpoint -- that the Gorn criminals inside the Triangle be returned to them.

A gripping new twenty-third-century drama in the tradition of Foundations!

Comments

As the blurb makes clear, this is another adventure of the 23rd century S.C.E. team introduced in Ward and Dilmore's Foundations. It's also a sequel to the classic animated series episode "Time Trap."

The Art of the Deal(Star Trek: S.C.E. 45) The Art of the Deal
Glenn Greenberg
Pocket

Blurb

The U.S.S. da Vinci is sent to Vemlar to aid in the construction of a new research-and-development facility, run by an interstellar business tycoon named Rod Portlyn. But there is more to Portlyn's business dealings than meet the eye, as a group called Taru Bolivar is trying to sabotage the Vemlar project.

Soon the combined crews of the da Vinci and the Starship Enterprise find themselves embroiled in a conflict that may lead to disaster!

Comments

Comics writer Greenberg, whose previous Star Trek writing experience took the form of Marvel's Star Trek Untold Voyages comic, makes his prose premiere with a crossover with The Next Generation.

Spin(Star Trek: S.C.E. 46) Spin
J. Steven York and Christina F. York
Pocket

Blurb

The S.C.E. thought it would be a simple task: a derelict vessel heading straight for the inhabited world of Locra needs to be diverted to avoid catastrophe. However, the derelict isn't as easy to deflect as it would seem -- the S.C.E. team must figure out how to operate the vessel before it crashes and destroys the Locra civilization.

The derelict isn't the only thing on this mission with a secret, and even as Commander Sonya Gomez and her crack team try to unlock the secrets of the ship, Captain David Gold must find out what the Locra are hiding.

Comments

This is the second S.C.E. story by the Yorks.

Creative Couplings(Star Trek: S.C.E. 47) Creative Couplings Book 1
Glenn Hauman and Aaron Rosenberg
Pocket

Blurb

Fabian Stevens thought he was doing an old friend a favor by helping her and some eager young Starfleet Academy cadets test a new prototype vessel. There's a practical joker among the cadets, but Stevens figures that will just keep everyone on their toes...

Meanwhile, Captain David Gold faces one of the greatest challenges of his career: marrying off his daughter to a Klingon ambassador's son. Unfortunately, the ambassador has very particular ideas about the ceremony...

Comments

Hauman and Rosenberg, both S.C.E. veterans, collaborate here for the first time.

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