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Celebrating Trek's 40th Anniversary - A Reference
Blurb (from publisher's website)
This book was written for the purpose of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry who shared with the world his inspirational dream called Star Trek. Welcome to the wonderful playground created by a visionary before his time.
Seemingly endless amounts of information was received from fans and writers across the world, but only a small measure of the information could be crammed into this tribute book. It is thanks to all the fans that this book has been made possible. Inside you will find:
1) Roddenberry's Original plan for Star Trek
2) Star Trek: How it all began
3) In Honor of Gene Roddenberry
4) In Memoriam (Kelley & Doohan)
5) Trek History
6) Trek's Future
7) Trek and NASA
8) Star Trek Shockers, Surprises & Special Moments
9) Convention Notes
10) Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, DS9, Enterprise
11) Other News: Star Trek stamp, Christie's Trek collection auction, Trek 40th anniversary cons, latest in Trek fandom and online ventures
There's a little something in here for everyone. This is for all Star Trek fans. so enjoy.
Not seen. Despite the publisher name, this is apparently available in paperback. This is another in a series of vanity press books by Moon-Houldson.
Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films
Studying the Star Trek myth from the original 1960s series to the 2009 franchise-reboot film, this book challenges frequent accusations that the Star Trek saga refuses to represent queer sexuality. Arguing that Star Trek speaks to queer audiences through subtle yet distinctive allegorical narratives, the analysis pays close attention to representations of gender, race, and sexuality to develop an understanding of the franchise's queer sensibility. Topics include the 1960s original's deconstruction of the male gaze and the traditional assumptions of male visual mastery; constructions of femininity in Star Trek: Voyager, particularly in the relationship between Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine; and the ways in which Star Trek: Enterprise's adoption of neoconservative politics may have led to its commercial and aesthetic failure.
Published October 2009. Greven is a university professor whose past writing on literature and pop culture includes a journal article on Star Trek and neoconservatism available here.
Jackill's Starfleet Data Sheets Shuttlecraft A-Era Volume 1 Technical Readouts
Not seen. Kristiansen, who has been creating technical material on Star Trek ships since the early 1990s, has gathered a number of his previously individually published data sheets in a new series of trade paperback books. This book includes a number of ships in the style of the Starfleet vessels seen in the movies based on the original series.
Jackill's Starfleet Data Sheets Starships A-Era Volume 1 Technical Readouts
As above. Not seen, but on order.
Jackill's Starfleet Data Sheets Starships A-Era Volume 2 Technical Readouts
Jewish Themes in Star Trek
In the Beginning
Great Bird of the Galaxy
Who Are the Jews?
Live Long and Prosper
Pointed Ears and Jewish Noses
Patterns of Force
Vulcans, Romulans, and Israelis
The Great Triad
From Generation to Generation
Between Two Worlds
Ferengis Are Us?
The God Thing
The Good and Evil Within
The Quest for Eden
The Journey Continues
Appendix A: Vulcan's Forge and Well of Souls
Appendix B: The Torah of Star Trek
Appendix C: Jewish References in TOS Trek
About the Author
Your unauthorized guide to the Jewish future!
Rabbi Gershom boldly takes you where few Trekkers have gone before!
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Jewish Themes in Star Trek, a well-researched and reader-friendly journey into Jewish themes, actors, writers, in-jokes and subtexts in the Star Trek Universe. Inspired by a class he taught at the Minneapolis Talmud Torah, the book explores such things as:
The Jewish origin of the Vulcan salute
How Vulcan culture is based on rabbinical Judaism
"Who is a Jew" in episodes, movies and novels
How Talmudic logic and rabbinic thinking helped expand the Star Trek universe
Plus: proof positive that the Ferengi were based on Yankee traders, not the Jews!
Published April? 2009. It's currently available through lulu.com, though the author announced it as a May book. Rabbi Gershom announced his plans to write this book several years ago, but couldn't find a publisher, so he took the self-publishing approach.
Memories of the Future Volume One
"Encounter at Farpoint, Part I"
"Encounter at Farpoint, Part II"
"The Naked Now"
"Code of Honor"
"The Last Outpost"
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
"Lonely Among Us"
"Hide and Q"
"The Big Goodbye"
The away team returns from the planet with some very good news: It's clean, it's beautiful, it's populated with friendly humanoids... and they really like to do the nasty.
"At the drop of a hat," according to Geordi.
"Any hat," Tasha says, knowingly.
Picard sends a second, larger away team down to the planet to see exactly how many hats they're going to need.
From "Encounter at Farpoint" to "Datalore," relive the first half of Star Trek: The Next Generation's unintentionally hilarious first season through the eyes, ears, and memories of cast member and fan, Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) as he shares his unique perspective in the episode guide you didn't even know you were dying to read.
Enjoy snarky episode recaps!
Expand your Technobabble vocabulary!
Amuse your friends with quotable dialogue!
Boldly go behind the scenes!
Published October 2009. According to Wheaton's blog, this is the first of a series of books collecting his reviews of Next Generation episodes, written from the perspective of a cast member. The first volume reviews first season episodes from "Encounter at Farpoint" to "Datalore;" the second volume is planned to finish the first season. Each episode summary is divided into sections: Synopsis, Quotable Dialogue, Obligatory Technobabble, Behind the Scenes Memory, The Bottom Line, and Final Grade.
As Wheaton writes:
I started at the beginning of the first season, re-watching episodes that I hadn't seen in a decade or longer, faithfully recording and sharing the memories they released. Along the way, I came up with some silly episode recaps, and an interesting perspective on the first season, twenty years after we brought it to life. The columns were very well-received, and tons of readers asked me if they'd be collected into a book. I didn't plan on it originally, but AOL cut TV Squad's budget before I'd even made it to the halfway point of the first year, and I decided that putting the entire season into a book wasn't just a good way to finish the season, it was a moral imperative.
The book looks professionally designed and laid out, with just one tipoff that it's a print-on-demand book from Lulu: there are blank lines as paragraph breaks instead of indents.
Star Trek: A Comics History
Alan J. Porter
Foreword: Trek: A Personal Perspective by Wil Wheaton
Introduction: My Life in Trekking
The Gold Key Missions (1967-1979)
British Trek (1969-1973)
Records and Promotionals (1975-1979)
Star Trek Newspaper Strip (1979-1983)
The First Marvel Missions (1979-1982)
The DC Comics Missions (1984-1995)
The Malibu Comics Missions (1993-1994)
The Second Marvel Missions (1995-1998)
The Wildstorm Missions (1999-2001)
The Tokyopop Missions (2006-2008)
The Continuing Missions (2008-onwards)
Creating Trek: The Interviews
Collecting Star Trek Comics
Now for the first time the complete history of the Star Trek universe in comic books and newspaper strips is chronicled in exhaustive detail with Star Trek: A Comics History. Written by pop-culture historian Alan J. Porter, author of the bestselling James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007, this book is the definitive narrative on the subject. Thirteen information-packed chapters detail the history of Star Trek in comic books and newspaper strips from the first Gold Key titles, to the English newspaper strips, to Marvel and DC's titles, concluding with a look at the most recent comic book incarnations of television's most celebrated sci-fi series.
Originally due April 2009, published September 2009. This is a large trade paperback, well illustrated with comic covers, sample panels, and original artwork. Each section of the book begins with a page or two providing background on the publisher and the series described, followed by entries for each issue (or storyline, for the comic strips) giving the stardate, title, issue number (where applicable), writer, artists, and a synopsis. The chapter "Creating Trek: The Interviews" includes material from interviews with over a dozen comic creators.
Star Trek: A Post-Structural Critique of the Original Series
Teaser: Postmodern Wagon Train to the Stars
Commercial Break: Notes
Act I: "Let's Get the Hell Out of Here": The Politics of Broadcast Television
Commercial Break: Notes
Act II: Alien Sex Fiends, Amorous Androids, and Interstellar Promiscuity
Commercial Break: Notes
Act III: "The City on the Edge of Forever"
Commercial Break: Notes
Act IV: War, Politics, and Life After Season Three
Commercial Break: Notes
About the Author
The Star Trek phenomenon
In this unique monograph, Michael Hemmingson looks beyond the original 1960s Star Trek as mere televisual milestone -- the only TV series to last just three seasons yet create a franchise worth billions of dollars -- and considers the socio-anthropological impact it has had on our culture, language, and science. Star Trek is fiction that moves off the TV screen and into the communal psyche, influencing advances in technology (flip-out cell phones, automatic doors, talking computers), the creation of an artificial language (Klingon taught in universities), and the formation of fan tribes who emulate the cultures within the Star Trek universe.
Hemmingson also examines the socio-economic factors of Star Trek and critiques the Federation's narrow-minded view of utopia. Also included is the first critique in book form of the 2009 Star Trek motion picture. Complete with videography and index.
Published May 2009, this is a short work of academic criticism of the original series. Hemmingson has written and edited several books, including erotica and noir.
Star Trek Archives Volume 3: The Gary Seven Collection
Howard Weinstein and Michael Jan Friedman
The Peacekeeper Part One
The Peacekeeper Part Two
Star Trek: Convergence Part 1: Split Infinities
Star Trek: Convergence Part 2
Collecting four issues of the fan-favorite Star Trek comic books released by DC Comics in the 1990s, written by Howard Weinstein and Michael Jan Friedman, IDW's Star Trek: Archives, Volume 3: The Gary Seven Collection explores the continued adventures of alien-agent-on-Earth Gary Seven. First seen crossing paths with the crew of the USS Enterprise in the 1968 Star Trek second season episode "Assignment: Earth," Seven is stationed on Earth by his otherworldly overseers to prevent nuclear war. And he's not alone. Along with his secretary Roberta, his "cat" Isis, the Beta 5 computer, and his multi-function Servo, Seven must protect the Earth to insure the creation of the United Federation of Planets.
Published January 2009, this collection reprints DC comics featuring Gary Seven, also seen in IDW's 2008 comic Star Trek: Assignment Earth (published in a separate trade paperback collection). "The Peacekeeper" was originally published in DC's Star Trek comic issues 49 and 50 in 1993; "Convergence" first appeared as the Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation annuals in 1995. "The Peacekeeper" was published in trade paperback before, as part of DC's 1995 collection Star Trek: Revisitations; "Convergence" appeared as part of Titan's 2007 collection Star Trek Convergence. All stories also appear in the Star Trek: The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD-ROM.
There is no new material in this volume.
Star Trek Archives Volume 4: Best of Deep Space Nine
Mike W. Barr
Stowaway Part II
Emancipation Part I
Emancipation Part II
Relive events and missions from the first four seasons of television's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in this collection of five full-length comics stories!
Join up with the crew of DS9 as a mysterious toxic mold runs rampart on the station. Where did it come from? Does its appearance coincide with the arrival of a Federation Starship from the Gamma Quadrant? Find out in "Stowaway" and "Stowaway Part II." Then stay put as "The Butcher of Bajor" lives out his final moments aboard DS9... but even he isn't prepared for how things end in "Old Wounds." Finally, in "Emancipation" and "Emancipation Part II," a failed escape attempt by slaves from Chiaran ends with explosive results. But that's not all! Star Trek Archives Volume 4: Best of Deep Space Nine also includes the special 8-page preview "ashcan" story "Hostage Situation."
Published March 2009. The first American reprint collection of Deep Space Nine comics collects several issues of Malibu's run. Several of the comics were previously reprinted in trade paperbacks from the UK publisher Boxtree in 1994 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emancipation and Beyond), but those were not generally distributed in North America.
Star Trek Archives Volume 5: Best of Captain Kirk
The First Thing We Do...
...Let's Kill All the Lawyers!
Trial and Error!
As the Klingons and Nasguls pursue their vendetta against the captain, a deadly bounty hunter is eyeing the price they've placed on his head. But if Kirk is fortunate enough to survive the encounter, will he survive the attentions of his own Federation, eagerly looking for a scapegoat to preserve universal peace?
This six-issue collection includes the fan-favorite "Trial of James T. Kirk" written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David.
Published July 2009. At least some of this material has been published in trade paperback twice before. The three-part "Trial of James T. Kirk" appears in both DC's 1991 The Best of Star Trek and Titan's 2006 The Trial of James T. Kirk. The cover copy is recycled from the Titan collection, so I assume the contents are the same as well, with the exception of the articles reprinted from the British Star Trek magazine.
Star Trek Archives Volume 6: Best of Alternate Universes
Mike W. Barr
The treacherous but intriguing tales of Star Trek's Mirror Universe are presented in this collection of the eight-part Mirror Universe Saga! Witness the deception and desperation that unfolds as the Empire sets out to conquer another universe. It will take all the guile and cunning Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the Enterprise can muster if they hope to ward off the coming Empire invasion, and save themselves in the process!
Published September 2009. This appears to be a reprint of DC's 1991 collection, Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Saga. The book reprints a storyline from DC's Star Trek comic issues 9 to 16 from 1984-85. The book was originally solicited under the DC title, and with cover art from that edition.
Star Trek: Countdown
Mike Johnson and Tim Jones
The countdown to the motion picture event of 2009 begins here, in the exclusive graphic novel prequel to Star Trek, the upcoming blockbuster film from Paramount Pictures!
JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Mike Johnson, Tim Jones, and David Messina present the origin of Nero, the mysterious Romulan who will ultimately threaten the survival of the entire universe. Don't miss this story that brings Star Trek back to the big screen!
Published April 2009. This is the trade paperback reprint of the four-issue miniseries leading into the 2009 Star Trek motion picture; it features the film's villain, Nero, and the Next Generation crew. Johnson and Jones wrote the comic from a story by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Star Trek: Crew
Shadows of the Past
The Ends of Eternity
"John Byrne is doing another Trek series, and as a Trek fan, the world is a much happier place for its existence." - Patrick Hayes, trekweb.com
"Byrne's characterization for the mystery woman of Star Trek is spot on and makes you thirst for more of her tales." - Ray Tate, comicsbulletin.com
Eight years before 'The Cage," the young woman who would become the Starship Enterprise's "most experienced officer" was a lowly cadet assigned to the shakedown cruise of an uncommissioned starship. But that supposedly pedestrian mission may just be the most dangerous of her life!
Acclaimed creator John Byrne brings this story to life, torn from the beginnings of the Federation.
Published November 2009. This is a reprint collection of the 2009 comic miniseries of the same title. Byrne also wrote and illustrated IDW's Assignment Earth comic and some Romulan stories.
Star Trek: Mirror Images
Scott Tipton and David Tipton
In the "Mirror, Mirror" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, an evil Kirk commanded the I.S.S. Enterprise for the Terran Empire. But how did he rise to power in a universe where treachery is rewarded as much as accomplishment? Witness Mirror-Kirk's efforts to unseat Captain Pike and seize command in this collection written by Scott & David Tipton with art by David Messina.
Published January 2009, this reprint collection reflects the current interest in the Mirror Universe, also seen in recent Trek novels from Pocket.
Star Trek: Mission's End
The story the fans have been waiting for!
The most important "lost" tale of the Star Trek saga can now be told: The final mission of the original Starship Enterprise and her crew. What prompts Mr. Spock and Doctor McCoy to retire from Starfleet? What earns Kirk his promotion to Admiral? And what is the mystery of Archenar IV that threatens to tear the Federation itself apart?
All will be revealed in this collection of the five-issue mini-series, with appearances by fan-favorite characters. Written by Ty Templeton with artwork by Stephen Molnar.
Published October 2009. This reprints the 2009 comic miniseries of the same title. The idea of describing the final mission of the Enterprise's five-year mission is one that has come up before, including "The Final Voyage" in DC's 1986 Star Trek Annual 2.
Star Trek Omnibus Volume 1
Marv Wolfman, Mike W. Barr, Tom DeFalco, Martin Pasko, Michael Fleisher, Alan Brennert, and J.M. DeMatteis
The Haunting of Thallus by Marv Wolfman
The Haunting of the Enterprise by Mike W. Barr
The Enterprise Murder Case by Mike W. Barr
Tomorrow or Yesterday by Tom DeFalco
The Expansionist Syndrome by Martin Pasko
Experiment in Vengeance by Martin Pasko
Domain of the Dragon God by Michael Fleisher
Like a Woman Scorned by Martin Pasko
Eclipse of Reason by Alan Brennert and Martin Pasko
All the Infinite Ways by Martin Pasko
We Are Dying, Egypt, Dying by Martin Pasko
The Quality of Mercy by Martin Pasko
There's No Space Like Gnomes' by Martin Pasko
The Long Night's Dawn by Mike W. Barr
A Thousand Deaths by J.M. DeMatteis
After Star Trek made the jump from television to the silver screen, Captain Kirk and company made another jump... to the comics pages! Picking up after the three-part Star Trek: The Motion Picture storyline, IDW's Star Trek Omnibus collects issues $4-18, including the first-ever original Trek stories for comics. Soar with your favourite characters like Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, and more as they battle for the future of the United Federation of Planets... and the entire universe! This is more than 300 pages of Star Trek action that you won't find anywhere else in one collection.
Due April 2009. This book repints issue 4 through 18 of Marvel's 1980-82 Star Trek comics run, dropping only the three-part adaptation of Star Trek - The Motion Picture, which will reportedly be reprinted in an omnibus of movie adaptations. The movie adaptation was originally published as a magazine; it was reprinted in colour by Pocket as a mass market paperback in 1980. Three other issues of the comic ("Eclipse of Reason," "... Like a Woman Scorned!," and "Tomorrow Or Yesterday") were reprinted in a colour mass market paperback edition by Marvel in 1982. The entire run is also available on the 2008 Star Trek: The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD ROM.
Given that the Marvel run followed the Gold Key comics, it's unclear what the cover comment about "the first-ever original Trek stories for comics" is supposed to mean.
Star Trek Omnibus Volume 2: Early Voyages
Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Flesh of My Flesh
The Fires of Pharos
Our Dearest Blood
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
Cloak and Dagger (part one)
Cloak and Dagger (part two)
The Flat, Gold Forever
One of a Kind
The Fallen (part one)
The Fallen (part two)
Now and Then
Taking place ten years before James T. Kirk's famous "Five-Year Mission," Star Trek: Early Voyages showcases the exciting adventures of Captain Christopher Pike and his team aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Including a new perspective on fan-favorite series episode "The Cage," Original Series crew appearances, and Pike's memories of his earliest missions with the Enterprise, this collection contains the entire Early Voyages series, issues #1-17.
Published July 2009. This book reprints the complete run of Marvel's 1997-98 series about Captain Pike. The series ended abruptly, in the middle of an unfinished storyline. These issues are also available on the 2008 Star Trek: The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD ROM.
Star Trek Reader's Reference to the Novels: 1990-1991 Volume 6
Research continues in this sixth effort to collect information from the novels of 1990-1991. Associate with new aliens like Obo, a Belandrid who's a wiz at mechanics, the ;At. who appear to be "warm stone;" Midgwins, Kaldorni, and Dombraatu, now extinct. Meet new villains like Harnessad Dreem seeking revenge on Spock, the blue-eyed Klingon assassin Klass, and old ones who confront Enterprise. Visit new worlds: Zebulon-Theta with no life forms larger than coyotes; Hellsguard a Romulan laboratory; Lahit a homeworld of three distinct sentient beings; Octavius Four; and Kalajia Seven. Expand your knowledge about Captain Pike's first contact; John C. Kirk, a World War II fighter pilot; Captain Kirk's dishonorable discharge from StarFleet; and the adventures of Scotty, Sulu and Chekov in their distant past. Read biographies of Christopher Pike, his Number One, and Janice Rand. Discover Sarek's first name and Spock's full name. Read about Sulu's babies, Uhura's participation in Pan-American games, and Kirk's three wives. Study the Klingon game, similar to chess with a deadly version and be concerned with Kirk's disembodiment. Learn more about plak tow (7 pages) and pon farr (5 pages). Meet the diversity of sentient representative in Enterprise's crew. And discover the secret Vault beneath Starfleet Command Headquarters. Enjoy the latest collected information about the continuing missions.
Published in October 2009, this is the sixth in Underwood's vanity press series of novel encyclopedias.
Star Trek: The Art of the Film
Mark Cotta Vaz
Director J.J. Abrams' new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek features a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before, as it tells the story of how the brash Starfleet cadet James T. Kirk first meets a Vulcan named Spock, and earns the Captain's chair of the Starship Enterprise. The film quickly became a critical and commercial smash hit worldwide, as audiences -- confirmed Trekkers and newcomers alike -- thrilled to a state-of-the-art action epic which both respected the legacy of Gene Roddenberry's archetypal modern myth and forged ahead into an exciting future of its own.
Star Trek: The Art of the Film is a lavishly illustrated celebration of that new vision, tracing the evolution of the movie's look through a stunning array of previously unpublished pre-production art, concept sketches, costume and set designs, unit photography and final frames.
Written by New York Times-bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz in close co-operation with the film's production team, and including a Foreword by J.J. Abrams, this is the essential companion to the film.
Published November 2009. As Pocket has decreased its nonfiction output, Titan, publisher of the official Star Trek magazine, is publishing this book. Titan also published The Making of Star Trek: First Contact by Lou Anders in 1996.
Fans interested in more behind-the-scenes detail of the making of the film should track down 2009 issues of the official Star Trek magazine, also published by Titan.
Star Trek: The Manga: Ultimate Edition
Bryce P. Coleman, ed.
Side Effects prologue by Chris Daws
Foreword by David Gerrold
Side Effects continued by Chris Daws
Forging Alliances by Paul Benjamin
Art of War by Wil Wheaton
Orphans by Rob Tokar
Communications Breakdown by Christine Boylan
The Humanitarian by Luis A. Reyes
'Til Death by Mike W. Barr
Bandi by David Gerrold
Preview of Sensation from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Manga by Diane Duane
Embark on the Ultimate Adventure with the original crew of the Starship Enterprise...
Selected by the fans themselves, this collection features only the very best stories from the first three volumes of the Star Trek manga anthology series. Among them, tales written by such Star Trek luminaries as David Gerrold, writer of the classic episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" and Wil Wheaton, [aka Wesley Crusher] from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Plus, a 28 page sneak preview of the story "Sensation" from the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation manga! Also included in this volume--16 previously black-and-white pages now in brilliant full color, as well as a pull-out poster featuring the amazing cover art of Michael Kelleher!
Published March 2009. This was advertised as a hardcover omnibus edition of the three original series manga published by Tokyopop, but was published as a trade paperback, larger than the original manga editions, but smaller than most comic trade paperback collections. The only new content is a brief foreword by Gerrold, an incomplete story from the Next Generation manga, a fold-out poster, and some colour added to part of one of the reprinted stories.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Generation
Andrew Steven Harris
For the first time ever, IDW Publishing proudly joins forces with Simon & Shuster's Pocket Books division to deliver a Myriad Universes title in conjunction with the Star Trek alternate-universe prose novels.
Starfleet is no more. The Federation lies in ruin and the Klingons have conquered Earth. But a resistance, led by Jean-Luc Picard, seeks to free humanity from Klingon rule. Now, finally, it may have the means to do it: An android named Data, who has scrutinized the timeline and discovered that things are not as they should be. A crucial moment, buried in the past, has gone awry and as the Klingon warlord Worf closes in, time itself is running out....
Published July 2009. This is a collection of the recent comic miniseries set in an alternate universe.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Manga: Boukenshin
Luis Reyes and Bryce P. Coleman, editors
Changeling by David Gerrold
Sensation by Diane Duane
The Picardian Knot by Christine Boylan
Loyalty by F.J. DeSanto
TNG Goes Manga! Untold stories from one of the most renowned science fiction franchises in history, interpreted through Japanese-style sequential art, truly takes the crew of the USS Enterprise where they've never gone before!
Accompanying the away team to the mysterious "Labyrinth of Wisdom," Ensign Wesley Crusher receives a most unexpected lesson in what it means to have compassion for -- and and appreciation of -- his peers.
Responding to a distress call from an archeological expedition, Dr. Crusher encounters a debilitating contagion that defies the laws of medicine -- and may soon spell the end of the crew of the Enterprise.
The Picardian Knot
Suffering from a lack of emotion after his contact with the Vulcan Sarek, there seems to be no cure for Capt. Picard's mind -- except possibly the inexplicable puzzle left behind by an unwanted Romulan visitor.
When Starfleet Command expresses their concern over Picard's brush with the Borg, Commander Will Riker will have his devotion to his captain put to the ultimate test -- possibly at the cost of his own career.
Published April 2009. Originally scheduled for publication in the fall of 2008, this was reportedly pushed back in the wake of financial difficulties at Tokyopop. The word boukenshin is apparently Japanese for "adventurous spirit."
When Tokyopop announced in 2004 that it would be publishing Star Trek manga, the original plan was to feature The Next Generation, but the first three books were original series stories instead. In an interview with Newsarama.com, editor Mark Paniccia described the planned contents: "Mike Barr came up with this cool and creepy space spider story that features the main cast and Jake did a great holodeck story with Worf in Feudal Japan. Chris Dows -- who co-wrote some DS9 stories for me with Colin Clayton back in the Malibu days -- wrote this really fun Q story where he's split into three personalities that can't seem to get along in the midst of a galactic crisis. Scottish scribe Jim Alexander provided a kickin' Klingon battle story and I wrote a little tale that takes place in my favorite alternate reality, the Mirror Universe." These stories are apparently not in this book, and constitute a lost Star Trek manga book.
Thrilling Wonder Stories Volume 2
Winston Engle, editor
Enterprise Fish by David Gerrold
Life Hutch by Harlan Ellison
Where No Scribe Had Gone Before by Marc Scott Zicree
Manifest Destiny by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
The Seventh Order by Jerry Sohl
Scientifacts by James Trefil
The Golden Helix by Theodore Sturgeon
No Studio, No Network, No Problem by Crystal Ann Taylor
A Gift Though Small by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Palladium by Diane Duane
I Canna Change the Laws of Physics! by Adam Weiner
Moon Over Luna by David R. George III
F--- by Richard Matheson
Columbus of the Stars: A Trek Not Taken? by Ib Melchior and Vic Lundin
Float Like a Butterfly by Norman Spinrad
Rock-A-Bye Baby, Or Die! by George Clayton Johnson
The Televisualizer by Scott Ashlin
Dark Energies by Larry Niven
Arena by Fredric Brown
In Memoriam: Sir Arthur C. Clarke & Forrest J Ackerman
Dr. Zotts by Winston Engle
They imagined new worlds... new life... new civilizations
They're the writers of Star Trek and we've got them here!
All-new stories from writers of TV Trek:
David Gerrold ("The Trouble With Tribbles")
Norman Spinrad ("The Doomsday Machine")
Larry Niven (the animated series' "The Slaver Weapon")
Michael Reaves (TNG's "Where No One Has Gone Before") and Steve Perry
Diane Duane (TNG's "Where No One Has Gone Before")
Melinda M. Snodgrass (TNG's "The Measure of a Man")
David R. George III (Voyager's "Prime Factors")
and classic stories from
Jerry Sohl ("The Corbomite Maneuver")
Richard Matheson ("The Enemy Within")
Harlan Ellison ("The City on the Edge of Forever")
Theodore Sturgeon ("Amok Time")
Plus "Arena" by Fredric Brown, the basis of the TV episode, and an unproduced original series storyline by George Clayton Johnson ("The Man Trap")
Marc Scott Zicree, novelist and writer of DS9's "Far Beyond the Stars," celebrates the literary writers who worked on big and small-screen Trek
Crystal Ann Taylor tells the behind-the-scenes story of "World Enough and Time," award-winning episode of Internet series Star Trek: Phase II with George Takei as Sulu
Adam Weiner says "I Canna Change the Laws of Physics!"... but the writers of Star Trek don't have any such qualms!
We take you inside Columbus of the Stars, a 1964 television series proposed by writer-director Ib Melchior (Robinson Crusoe on Mars) about a multinational starship crew visiting unexplored worlds... and show how the pitch crossed paths with a writer-producer named Gene Roddenberry
Plus fun and surprising "Scientifacts" from James Trefil, and a look in "The Televisualizer" with Scott Ashlin at a DVD box set of "Cult Camp Classics." Are they any of the three?
It's not exactly a Star Trek book -- certainly not an official one -- but it's very much about Star Trek in its own way. Eleven of the thirteen stories included here are science fiction stories with no connection to Star Trek beyond their authors, but that's not a bad start. Add a story that was the inspiration for a Star Trek episode, a story outline from an unproduced episode, and several nonfiction articles about Star Trek, and the result is a book that should be of interest to many Star Trek fans.
The original Thrilling Wonder Stories was a pulp SF magazine published from 1936 to 1955. Winston Engle is producing this new version as a series of trade paperback books, organized like an old SF magazine, with a mix of fiction and feature articles, and including illustrations with the stories. The Star Trek focus of this volume will likely be a singular event.
To Go Where No Other Has Gone Before: Gender and Race in Star Trek
Contents (from UMI copy)Abstract
Blurb (from Amazon.com)
The Star Trek television show, part of our popular culture for more than thirty years, reflects contemporary notions of gender and race that offer insight into American culture. However, the complex cultural narratives of Star Trek contain contradictory messages not necessarily supporting one clear ideology and there are moments when they openly question and resist dominant ideologies. Ultimately, there are times when these cultural narratives become potentially subversive, interrogating the ideological constructs of race, gender and power. In this book, Casavant analyzes the construction of race and gender in the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, uses post-colonial theory to examine the ways in which power functions in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, offering that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the most subversive of all Star Trek shows, and examines how dominant constructions of femininity are both interrogated and reaffirmed in Star Trek: Voyager. The book also offers insight into shifts within dominant ideologies over the past three decades by examining the ways in which the cultural narratives of Star Trek both reflect and resist these prevailing paradigms.
Published April 2009. VDM Verlag publishes expensive print-on-demand books, specializing in expensive reprints of academic theses and dissertations. (One of their other imprints publishes books with material taken, unedited, from wikipedia.) Casavant's book reprints her 2003 doctoral dissertation in American Studies at the University of Kansas. The text of the dissertation is available through UMI/Proquest (though not in printed book form) for a considerably lower price; university students and faculty should be able to get the thesis easily through their university libraries.
The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood
When Nicholas Meyer was asked to direct the troubled second Star Trek film, he came to the project as something less than a true believer. A bestselling author (of the Sherlock Holmes-Sigmund Freud mystery The Seven-Per-Cent Solution) and successful director (of the beloved science-fiction-thriller-romance Time After Time), he had never been a fan of the TV series -- or, for that matter, the often absurd conventions of outer space science fiction. But as he read the discarded drafts of earlier scripts and began to ponder the appeal of Kirk, Spock, et al., he realized that their story was fundamentally a classic nautical adventure yarn transplanted in the cosmos, and armed with that insight he set out to revitalize Trek.
The View From the Bridge is writer-director Nicholas Meyer's drolly entertaining account of his involvement with the most highly-regarded and beloved of the Star Trek films -- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country -- and of his own gaining of wisdom in the fractious politics of Hollywood. The offer to direct the second Star Trek feature proved to be more complicated than Meyer expected when he discovered that there was, in fact, no screenplay. With only twelve days to deliver one, Meyer found himself cobbling together a shooting script from scenes and sequences of the previous attempts, during which he was plunged into the arcane minutiae of Star Trek, studio politics, artistic temperament (William Shatner proclaimed his script a "disaster"), a minuscule budget, Gene Roddenberry, and even death threats when a rumor reached outraged fans that Spock might actually die in the film. Despite these and other obstacles, Meyer -- then a relative stranger to the ways of Hollywood -- discovered that he loved the challenge, the camaraderie of his cast, and the resourcefulness of their beleaguered crew, and the sum total of their efforts resulted in one of the classics of the genre.
But Khan was just the beginning, for its phenomenal success drew Meyer back into the fold to cowrite The Voyage Home and to cowrite and direct The Undiscovered Country. Between his Star Trek experiences, he found time to write four more novels and also to helm the epochal and controversial nuclear Armageddon television film The Day After, the Tom Hanks comedy Volunteers, and the Merchant-Ivory production of The Deceivers. Meyer recounts his experiences with all these projects with the wit and skeptical wariness of a native New Yorker transplanted to Hollywood, and the result is one of the most engaging, affectionate, and sheerly funny books about the business of -- and the passion for -- making films in many years.
Advance praise for The View From the Bridge
"Nick Meyer is one of Hollywood's great raconteurs, and a man who's managed to keep his East Coast sensibilities intact after years on the West. In The View From the Bridge he brings those sensibilities to bear in a wonderful account of the creation of some of the best-loved films of the past few decades, and of his career. The result is as inspiring as it is bracingly forthright and funny, all of it infused with a love of the film medium that is becoming all too rare."
- Candice Bergen
"As one would expect, Nicholas Meyer's journey as a novelist, screenwriter, and director who achieved enormous success in all three fields is chock-full of fascinating behind-the-scenes accounts of how things really happen in Hollywood. What comes as a wonderful surprise is the voice of the narrative -- the vulnerability he reveals, his honesty about his own doubts and insecurities, and his open willingness to accept responsibility for his mistakes and failures. He sees himself as a kid with dreams who bounced around and got lucky sometimes. Nick, you are entirely wrong on that point."
- Michael Phillips, producer of The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters
"A consummate motion picture professional, Nick Meyer tells it as it is with complete honesty and outstanding literary skill. His book is a must-read for anyone who wants to obtain a real understanding of the production process as it is reflected in a fascinating personal story."
- Walter Mirisch, producer of In the Heat of the Night, West Side Story, Some Like It Hot, and The Great Escape
"I loved Nick Meyer's The View From the Bridge. It's a hit -- just like Star Trek. He manages to blend great wit with great wisdom."
- David Foster, producer of McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Getaway, and The Thing
"Nick Meyer, with his 'communicator' in place, transports us into that fascinating golden age of the film business -- his business. It's a thrilling, amusing, and moving ride as he introduces us to all those wonderful Hollywood 'aliens.'"
- René Auberjonois, actor and director of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
"A savvy insider's look at the great Star Trek legend that he helped create... and so very much more."
- Larry Turman, producer of The Graduate, The Thing, and American History X
"Writer-director Nicholas Meyer has written a corker of a book. I eagerly await the movie version, and I think I know someone who would be perfect to direct it."
- Larry Gelbart, writer of Tootsie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and writer on M*A*S*H
Published August 2009. This appears to be a memoir by Meyer, who was involved as writer and director in some of the Star Trek movies.
Star Trek: The Original Series
Hardcovers and trade paperbacks
(Star Trek) Mere Anarchy
Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Dave Galanter, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and Howard Weinstein
Introduction by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Things Fall Apart by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
The Centre Cannot Hold by Mike W. Barr
Shadows of the Indignant by Dave Galanter
The Darkness Drops Again by Christopher L. Bennett
The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Howard Weinstein
Its Hour Come Round by Margaret Wander Bonanno
An epic saga spanning thirty years of Star Trek history
Mestiko: a world on the brink of interstellar travel -- and one that is closely and discreetly monitored by the Federation. But when a rogue pulsar sweeps through the star system, threatening to destroy all life on their planet, Starfleet must mount a desperate effort to protect the planet from annihilation.
Under the command of James T. Kirk, the Starship Enterprise is able to mitigate some of the damage -- but the world's surface is still devastated with appalling loss of life. Over the next three decades, the Enterprise and its crew revisit Mestiko -- whether to keep them from falling prey to the machinations of the Klingon Empire or to deliver a new method of replenishing the planet's ozone -- through trials and tribulations, hardship and strife, love and death.
Originally published as six eBooks, Mere Anarchy is the saga of one crew's career-long relationship to one world, and the ties that bound them inextricably together.
Published March 2009. This is an omnibus collection of the ebook miniseries from 2006-2007, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the original series.
(Star Trek) Star Trek
Alan Dean Foster
"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"
One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness, and obscurity.
"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you choose?"
The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.
In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution of the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.
Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.
"The wait is over."
Published May 2009. The novelization of the eleventh Star Trek motion picture is novelized by Alan Dean Foster, author of the Star Trek Log series of animated episode adaptations and a variety of other novelizations (including Star Wars, published under George Lucas's name) and original science fiction and fantasy novels.
This is the first Star Trek novel since 2006 to be released as an audiobook. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, reads the audio version.
(Star Trek) Errand of Fury Book Three: Sacrifices of War
Poised on the verge of interstellar war, Captain Kirk's last best hope that the Federation can stop the Klingons is the people of Organia, avowed pacifists.
Forced to disguise themselves as interstellar traders, Captain Kirk and Mister Spock are trapped on the primitive world of Organia as Klingon Defense Forces occupy the planet. Determined to make the Organians see that they need not bow to oppression, the Starfleet officers sabotage Klingon materiel. In retaliation, the Klingon captain, Kor, executes many Organians. Unconcerned, the Council of Elders begs Kirk and Spock to stop the violence.
While in deep space the forces of Starfleet and the Klingon Empire scramble to position their fleets for the first onslaught of what could be a long and deadly war.
Published January 2009. The concluding volume of the second "Errand of..." trilogy incorporates a retelling of the original series episode "Errand of Mercy."
(Star Trek) Troublesome Minds
First contact becomes an interstellar incident when the Starship Enterprise responds to a distress call from an unknown ship and saves the life of a man left to die by his own people. Berlis, member of a telepathic species calling themselves the Isitri, claims not to know why those from his homeworld want him dead. Captain James T. Kirk wants to believe him, but the damage is done: the Enterprise can neither leave the stranger to die nor turn him over to those who would kill him.
Berlis seems harmless, but his people say he cannot live among them: his telepathy is so strong that their wills are subsumed to his. The same fear that compels the Isitri to seek the death of one of their own drives the neighboring Odib people toward genocide. For every time a "troublesome mind" dominates the Isitri, the Odib pay the price in their own blood.
With Spock becoming erratic under Berlis's influence, and the Isitri begging Kirk to allow them to destroy the man who threatens their existence, matters take a disastrous turn when Berlis makes his way back to Isitra... and an entire world falls to his whims.
Published May 2009. This is Galanter's first solo full-length novel, after several collaborations with Greg Brodeur and novella-length solo ebooks.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
(Star Trek: The Next Generation) Losing the Peace
Fortune has smiled on Lieutenant Jasminder Choudhury, chief of security on the U.S.S. Enterprise. She has survived. But her homeworld, Deneva, one of the planets targeted in the massive Borg invasion, has not. The entire surface has been wiped clean of everything, killing anyone who did not evacuate and rendering the planet uninhabitable. Choudhury is left to wonder whether her family was one of the displaced. Or are they all gone forever?
The Enterprise is just one ship, and Jasminder Choudhury is just one officer, yet her story is being repeated over and over across the galaxy. Hundreds of thousands of displaced persons haunt the space ways, seeking comfort, looking for someplace safe, somewhere, anywhere to find solace. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is ordered to do everything he can to rescue and if need be to recover the lost souls from the Borg invasion.
For the first time in generations, citizens of the Federation know want, uncertainty, and fear. Bloodied yet unbowed, the Federation now stands on the edge of a precipice. The captain of the Enterprise finds himself in the unenviable position of wondering whether it is true that those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace.
Due July 2009. This is Leisner's first Star Trek book to appear under his name alone, following contributions to various anthologies and ebook series.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) The Soul Key
There is a void in the alternate universe that demands to be filled. Iliana Ghemor, the Cardassian operative who years ago was altered in both body and mind to replace Kira Nerys, dreams of fulfilling a prophecy that will mark her as the one true Emissary of that other reality -- a messianic figure who could lead her followers into an era of renewed hope...or an age of deepening darkness.
Ghemor's claim to the mantle of the Emissary is by no means certain, however, as the inexorable pull of providence tugs also at other souls who are swept into the vortex of the Prophets, the remote and timeless beings who have set these strange events in motion.
But the stakes are higher than anyone imagines: for the outcome of this struggle for the fate of one universe will ripple across many others, and become the key to unlocking a future that will prove to be the greatest trial yet for the heroes of station Deep Space 9.
Published August 2009. Woods follows up her debut novel, Fearful Symmetry, with the next Deep Space Nine relaunch novel.
(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) The Never-Ending Sacrifice
A boy looks up. He sees a Cardassian's hand on his shoulder and knows that this is usually a prelude to a beating or, if he is fortunate enough, arrest. The boy knows how many disappeared during the Occupation of Bajor. So he does the one thing he can think of: he bites the Cardassian. Then the nightmare begins.
He is ripped from the family that took him in as an orphan, clothed him, fed him, always loved him unconditionally. And no matter how earnest, how caring the commander of Deep Space 9 is, the boy knows this is all a horrible mistake. How can someone from Starfleet judge him by what he looks like, not by what he is? He prays to the Prophets; he is Bajoran. They all keep telling him that the test proves the large Cardassian man is his father, that the other Cardassian -- that oily gul -- took him away from his father. But the boy keeps telling them that he is Bajoran, he only wants to go home with his father. So they send Rugal home -- to Cardassia.
On the homeworld of the Cardassian Union where sacrifice and devotion to the state are surpassed only by the government's need to keep its people in check, one very lonely boy discovers that if he doesn't resist, his life -- like those of so many others -- will be added to the tally of the never-ending sacrifice.
Published August 2009. McCormack returns to Deep Space Nine with a novel centered on Cardassia and featuring Rugal, a character introduced in the Deep Space Nine episode "Cardassians."
Star Trek: Voyager
(Star Trek: Voyager) Full Circle
When the U.S.S. Voyager is dispatched on an urgent mission to the planet Kerovi, Captain Chakotay and his first officer, Commander Thomas Paris, must choose between following orders and saving the lives of two of those dearest to them. B'Elanna Torres and her daughter, Miral, are both missing in the wake of a brutal attack on the Klingon world of Boreth. With the aid of their former captain, Admiral Kathryn Janeway -- as well as many old friends and new allies -- Voyager's crew must unravel an ancient mystery, placing themselves between two warrior sects battling for the soul of the Klingon people... while the life of Miral hangs in the balance.
But these events and their repurcussions are merely the prelude to even darker days to come. As Voyager is drawn into a desperate struggle to prevent the annihilation of the Federation, lives are shattered, and the bonds that were forged in the Delta Quadrant are challenged in ways that none could have imagined. For though destiny has dealt them crushing blows, Voyager's crew must rise to face their future... and begin a perilous journey in which the wheel of fate comes full circle.
Published April 2009. Beyer, who wrote one of the novels in the String Theory trilogy set during the TV series' timeframe, now picks up where Christie Golden's last post-finale left off, in a novel that also leads up to and follows up on events from the the Next Generation novel Before Dishonor and the Destiny crossover trilogy.
(Star Trek: Voyager) Unworthy
Freed with a thought, the greatest menace to humanity, the Borg, are gone, absorbed into the Caeliar gestalt. But are they? Can this deadly menace that has hovered over humanity for decades truly be gone? Might some shadow of the Caeliar remain? The Federation decides that they have to know, and Starfleet is ordered to find out.
The Starship Voyager leads a fleet into a region of space that has lived in fear of instant annihilation for generations: the Delta quadrant, home of the Borg. Afsarah Eden -- the new captain of Voyager -- is charged with getting answers, to reach out to possible allies and resolve old enmities in the Delta quadrant.
The perfection that was given to the Borg was withheld from Seven of Nine. Left behind, she is living a twilight existence -- neither Borg nor human -- and slowly going mad. The whispers of the Collective, comforting murmurs she has always known, are replaced with a voice deep within her that keeps insisting she is Annika Hansen. Chakotay, the former captain of Voyager, offers to help Seven rendezvous with the ships that Starfleet Command has sent into the Delta quadrant, the probable destination of the mysterious Caeliar.
These are not the friendly stars of the Federation; the unknown and the unexpected are the everyday.
Published November 2009. This novel follows on from Full Circle, beginning the starship Voyager's new role in the new post-Destiny status quo.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Hardcovers and trade paperbacks
(Star Trek: Enterprise) The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing
Michael A. Martin
At the start of the twenty-first century, unconditional war swept across the Earth. A war that engulfed the great and the small, the rich and the poor, giving no quarter. Each side strove for unconditional victory, and as battle built upon battle, the living began to envy the dead.
Chastised by the cataclysm that they had unleashed, the governments of Earth came together. Humanity vowed to put an end to war and to strive for the betterment of every living creature. A united Earth created Starfleet, an interstellar agency whose mission was to explore the cosmos, to come in peace for all mankind. It was a na´ve wish that was battered by interstellar realities, yet man persists in the belief that peace is the way. Banding together with other powers to form a Coalition of Planets, humanity hopes that the strength each can offer the other will allow for peaceful exploration.
However, the rise of the Coalition strikes dread within the Romulan Star Empire. They feel its growing reach will cut them off from what is rightfully theirs. The Romulans know that the alliance is fragile, that the correct strategy could turn allies into foes. Perfecting a way of remotely controlling Coalition ships and using them as weapons against one another, the Romulans hope to drive a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between these new allies.
One Starfleet captain uncovers this insidious plot: Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise. Determined not to lose what they have gained, outmanned and outgunned, the captains of Starfleet stand tall, vowing to defend every inch of Coalition space until the tide begins to turn.
The Romulans now plan to strike at what they see as the heart of their problem. With nothing left to lose, the Romulan Star Empire engages in all-out war against humanity, determined once and for all to stop the human menace from spreading across the galaxy.
Published October 2009. Martin carries the Enterprise story on past the events of Kobayashi Maru in his first novel without regular writing partner Andy Mangels.
Star Trek: New Frontier
Hardcovers and trade paperbacks
(Star Trek: New Frontier) Treason
Peter A. David
It is a time of political upheaval and uncertainty in the New Thallonian Protectorate. Following the brutal assassination of her husband, Si Cwan, former Starfleet officer-turned-newly-appointed-Prime Minister Robin Lefler must now face the growing danger and intrigue surrounding her newborn son and heir to the noble line of Cwan. Following a harrowing assassination attempt, Robin has no choice but to flee New Thallon with her child... seeking refuge with Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur and creating a major diplomatic crisis in Sector 221-G.
The political fallout between the Federation and the New Thallonian Protectorate pales, however, in comparison to the threat of an enigmatic alien race determined to seize the infant Cwan for its own mysterious purposes. But nothing could possibly prepare Calhoun for the shocking betrayal from within -- an act of treachery to aid and abet this alien race -- forever altering the lives of the Excalibur crew....
Published April 2009. As Pocket cuts back on the number of hardcover editions, New Frontier moves to trade paperback format.
This continues the New Frontier series from where the IDW comic miniseries (collected in trade paperback on October 2008) leaves off.
Star Trek: Titan
(Star Trek: Titan) Over a Torrent Sea
Christopher L. Bennett
As the Federation recovers from the devastating events of Star Trek: Destiny, Captain William Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan are ordered to resume their deep-space assignment, reaffirming Starfleet's core principles of peaceful exploration. But even far from home on a mission of hope, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain with them as they slowly rebuild their lives.
The planet Droplet is a world made mostly of water without a speck of solid ground. Life should not exist here, yet it thrives. Aili Lavena, Titan's aquatic navigator, spearheads the exploration of this mysterious world, facing the dangers of the vast, wild ocean. When one native species proves to be sentient, Lavena finds herself immersed in a delicate contact situation, and Riker is called away from Deanna Troi at a critical moment in their marriage.
But when good intentions bring calamity, Lavena and Riker are cut off from the crew and feared lost. Troi must face a life-changing event without her husband, while the crew must brave the crushing pressures of the deep to undo the global chaos they have triggered. Stranded with her injured captain, Lavena must win the trust of the beings who control their fate -- but the price for Riker's survival may be the loss of everything he holds dear.
Published February 2009. The fifth Titan novel (and the second by Bennett) follows on from the events of the Destiny trilogy.
(Star Trek: Titan) Synthesis
The Starship Titan continues on her outward voyage of discovery. Ranging farther and farther from Federation space, Captain William Riker and the crew look forward to living Starfleet's mission: seeking out new life, discovering new civilizations.
Striking a "sandbank" -- a spatial distortion -- the Titan is knocked out of warp, her crew shaken up but uninjured. Titan has stumbled across a battlefield, and floating in it, shattered and in pieces, are the remains of a ship. Searching for survivors, they discover the ship never had a crew. The away team removes the computer core, looking for answers. Once the device is restored, it becomes clear this is not just a computer, but a thinking, reasoning artificial intelligence.
It identifies itself as SecondGen White-Blue, and it comes from a civilization composed entirely of sentient computers. Eons ago these artificial intelligences were charged to be the first line of defense against The Null -- a destructive force so all-consuming that generation upon generation have waged unending war trying to find a way to beat back this terror. Captain Riker offers to assist them, but years of war have left the AIs distrustful and suspicious, especially of organics.
The tide of the battle is turning, and The Null is winning. Set free, it will destroy everything in this system and then, unchecked, spread its mindless destruction into the heart of the Federation.
Published November 2009. Swallow, author of a Terok Nor novel, some short fiction, some episode stories, and a video game, as well as a lot of non-Trek material, contributes the sixth Titan novel.
Star Trek: Vanguard
(Star Trek: Vanguard) Open Secrets
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
The Taurus Reach is in turmoil.
With tensions mounting between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Ambassador Jetanien works frantically on Starbase Vanguard to halt the escalation toward war. Commodore Diego Reyes, the station's former commander, awaits trial for treason, while the shattered mind of his intelligence officer, T'Prynn, becomes the battlefield in a fight for her very life.
But even as matters deteriorate, the discoveries made in the Taurus Reach have captured the imagination of one of the Federation's most promising scientific minds: Dr. Carol Marcus believes she is close to solving a puzzle that will transform her life's work. Meanwhile, an unexpected defection brings a new perspective to the investigation, and Vanguard's Lieutenant Ming Xiong is confronted with an artifact that could be the key to decoding the Taurus Meta-Genome.
But with Operation Vanguard teetering between its greatest breakthrough and a conflict that could engulf two quadrants, its future may depend on the man Starfleet has selected to replace Reyes as base commander: Admiral Heihachiro Nogura.
Published May 2009. Ward and Dilmore, authors of the second Vanguard novel, return with the fourth in the series.
(Star Trek: Vanguard) Precipice
Operation Vanguard is in chaos.
On a post-apocalyptic world in the Taurus Reach, undercover Starfleet Intelligence agent Cervantes Quinn finds an ancient Shedai conduit. Unfortunately, the Klingons have found it first and sent an army to claim it.
Light-years away on Vulcan, reporter Tim Pennington answers a cryptic call for help and ends up stalking interstellar criminals with an unlikely partner: T'Prynn, the woman who sabotaged his career and is now a fugitive from justice.
Meanwhile, Diego Reyes, former commander of Starbase 47, lives as a prisoner aboard a Klingon starship. But his former enemies aren't seeking revenge. In fact, the only man who knows why Reyes is still alive is the one who arranged his kidnapping and faked his death -- the enigmatic Councilor Gorkon.
All their fates, as well as the futures of three great powers, are linked by one thing: the mysterious Mirdonyae Artifact. And unless Doctor Carol Marcus and Ming Xiong can unlock its secrets in time, it might destroy them all.
Due December 2009. Mack, author of two previous Vanguard novels and several other Star Trek novels, continues the ongoing series with its fifth novel.
Star Trek: Mirror Universe
Hardcovers and trade paperbacks
Star Trek: Mirror Universe Shards and Shadows
Margaret Clark and Marco Palmieri, editors
Nobunaga by Dave Stern
Ill Winds by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
The Greater Good by Margaret Wander Bonanno
The Black Flag by James Swallow
The Traitor by Michael Jan Friedman
The Sacred Chalice by Rudy Josephs
Bitter Fruit by Susan Wright
Family Matters by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Homecoming by Peter David
A Terrible Beauty by Jim Johnson
Empathy by Christopher L. Bennett
For Want of a Nail by David Mack
Fractured history. Broken lives. Splintered souls. Since the alternate universe was first glimpsed in the classic episode "Mirror, Mirror," something about Star Trek's dark side has beckoned us, called to us, tempted us -- like forbidden fruit on the Tree of Knowledge. To taste it is to lose oneself in a world of startling familiarity and terrifying contradictions, where everything and everyone we knew is somehow disturbingly different, and where shocking secrets await their revelation.
What began in 2007 with Glass Empires and Obsidian Alliances -- the first truly in-depth foray into the turbulent history of this other continuum -- now continues in twelve new short tales that revisit and expand upon that so-called "Mirror Universe," spanning all five of the core incarnations of Star Trek, as well as their literary offshoots, across more than two hundred years of divergent history, as chronicled by...
Christopher L. Bennett - Margaret Wander Bonanno - Peter David - Keith R.A. DeCandido - Michael Jan Friedman - Jim Johnson - Rudy Josephs - David Mack - Dave Stern - James Swallow - Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore - Susan Wright
Published January 2009, the third Mirror Universe book is a collection of several short stories rather than three short novels.
(Star Trek: various series) A Singular Destiny
Keith R.A. DeCandido
The Shape of Things to Come
The cataclysmic events of Star Trek: Destiny have devastated known space. Worlds have fallen. Lives have been destroyed. And in the uneasy weeks that follow, the survivors of the holocaust continue to be tested to the limits of their endurance.
But strange and mysterious occurrences are destabilizing the galaxy's battle-weary Allies even further. In the Federation, efforts to replenish diminished resources and give succor to millions of evacuees are thwarted at every turn. On the borders of the battered Klingon Empire, the devious Kinshaya sense weakness -- and opportunity. In Romulan space, the already-fractured empire is dangerously close to civil war.
As events undermining the quadrant's attempts to heal itself become increasingly widespread, one man begins to understand what is truly unfolding. Sonek Pran -- teacher, diplomat, and sometime adviser to the Federation President -- perceives a pattern in the seeming randomness. And as each new piece of evidence falls into place, a disturbing picture encompassing half the galaxy begins to take shape... revealing a challenge to the Federation and its allies utterly unlike anything they have faced before.
Published February 2009. According to a TrekBBS post by DeCandido, "A Singular Destiny is a little bit of a different beast. The people who've been clamoring for a Clancy-style political thriller will like this one, as it's about the political fallout from Destiny's events (which will be considerable). It won't feature any of the main crews, although a ship that plays a big role in Destiny will also play a big role here, as well as familiar faces from other parts of the Trek universe. The protagonist will be a civilian character of my own creation."
In 2009, Roddenberry.com, which has sold photocopies of Star Trek scripts for decades, began selling paperback reprints of individual episodes through cafepress.com at a price of US$19.99 each (it would cost more than $5,000 to buy the whole set).
In 2006 Roddenberry.com had begun selling omnibus collections of the original series, reprinting all 79 episodes in thirteen volumes (plus an extra volume with the original version of "The Cage"); as I recall, they had plans to do similar books for The Next Generation, but those never materialized.
Instead of listing the more than two hundred individual booklets, here are representative cover samples. The cover art stays the same from episode to episode, but the text colour scheme changes from season to season.
In 2009, the German publisher Alphascript began publishing expensive print-on-demand collections of wikipedia material related to Star Trek (in addition to well over a thousand other books generated from other wikipedia content). These books will not be covered in detail here, but the ones I'm aware of will be listed in the interest of completeness. There is no editing, no rewriting, just copied and pasted wikipedia entries. If you want wikipedia in print form, you could do it more cheaply yourself using a company like lulu.com. I strongly advise against buying these books.
Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry, Fictional universe, Star Trek: The Original Series, Technology, NBC, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Star Trek: The Animated Series
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster, editors
Star Trek (wikipedia entry)
Gene Roddenberry (wikipedia entry)
Fictional universe (wikipedia entry)
Star Trek: The Original Series (wikipedia entry)
Technology (wikipedia entry)
NBC (wikipedia entry)
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" (wikipedia entry)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (wikipedia entry)
This appears to be the first book focused on Star Trek. It appears that the editors started with the main entry and included some of the other entries linked from it.
Star Trek: The Original Series: List of Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, Theme from Star Trek, List of Star Trek: The Original Series writers, Cultural influence of Star Trek, Star Trek
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster, editors
Star Trek: The Original Series (wikipedia entry)
List of Star Trek: The Original Series episodes (wikipedia entry)
Theme from Star Trek (wikipedia entry)
List of Star Trek: The Original Series Writers (wikipedia entry)
Cultural Influence of Star Trek (wikipedia entry)
Star Trek (wikipedia entry)
It appears that the books contain some of the same entries. The first two books both seem to have the same main entry article.
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek, Nicholas Meyer, Ralph Winter (producer), Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Cliff Eidelman, Hiro Narita, Paramount Pictures, United Federation of Planets, Klingons
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster, editors
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (wikipedia entry)
Star Trek (wikipedia entry)
Nicholas Meyer (wikipedia entry)
Ralph Winter (producer) (wikipedia entry)
Leonard Nimoy (wikipedia entry)
Lawrence Konner (wikipedia entry)
Mark Rosenthal (wikipedia entry)
Cliff Eidelman (wikipedia entry)
Hiro Narita (wikipedia entry)
Paramount Pictures (wikipedia entry)
United Federation of Planets (wikipedia entry)
Klingons (wikipedia entry)
The same main entry again, and some names from the movie credits have their entries included.
Data (Star Trek): Brent Spiner, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Noonien Soong, Sentience, Android, Starship, USS Enterprise (NCC- 1701- D), USS Enterprise (NCC- 1701- E)
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster, editors
Data (Star Trek): Brent Spiner
Star Trek: The Next Generation
USS Enterprise (NCC- 1701- D)
USS Enterprise (NCC- 1701- E)
At least this one doesn't duplicate the main Star Trek entry again...