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List of Hal Schuster Publications

Updated August 2004

This is not a completely authoritative and reliable checklist, but I'm working toward that by making changes and corrections as often as possible. The list is divided into several main sections: first, Star Trek Files Magazines (this is where the most uncertainty exists, because I have very few of these books, and because there are quite a few of them), then sections by publishing company (NMB, Pop Cult, Schuster & Schuster, and Pioneer), with each section organized by year then alphabetically by title. Where possible, there are links to the entries for these publications in the main body of this website, where more information, including tables of contents and blurbs, may be available. This is mainly the case with the books; many items published as Star Trek Files Magazines are absent from the main website unless they are reasonably booklike or have a good reason to be there (unique subject material, for instance).

Star Trek Files Magazine (1985-1987)

The original Star Trek Files Magazines were the sixteen volumes about the original and animated series. Published in 1985-86, they were written by John Peel and averaged about 50 pages each. According to the Library of Congress, Borgo Press, a small publisher specializing in books about literature and pop culture, reprinted these books a year later for sale to libraries. The early books featured, in various typefaces and sizes, the words "Files Magazine Focus on The Star Trek Files." Later books used different variations on the theme until the Files Magazine concept was dropped. 

(Items in this section that I actually have are in blue.)

Star Trek File One The Early Voyages
Star Trek File Two Time Passages
Star Trek File Three A Taste of Paradise
Star Trek File Four On the Edge of Forever
Star Trek File Five Mission: Year Two
Star Trek File Six Journey to Eternity
Star Trek File Seven The Deadly Years
Star Trek File Eight Return to Tomorrow
Star Trek File Nine Assignment: Earth
Star Trek File Ten The Enterprise Incident
Star Trek File Eleven The Tholian Web
Star Trek File Twelve Whom Gods Destroy
Star Trek File Thirteen That Which Survives
Star Trek File Fourteen All Our Yesterdays
Star Trek File Fifteen The Animated Voyages Begin
Star Trek File Sixteen The Animated Voyages End

Following the original series of books were books by John Peel on the movies.

The Star Trek Files The Motion Picture
The Star Trek Files The Wrath of Khan
The Star Trek Files The Search for Spock
The Star Trek Files The Voyage Home

Oddly enough, within a year or two the Peel movie issues were followed by new titles by Edward Gross profiling each of the Star Trek movies. I didn't realize this until recently, going through the different cover scans I've downloaded from eBay, John Patuto's Cygnus X1 site, and elsewhere. The last title below is a guess; I don't have a cover scan for that one.

Files Magazine Spotlight on the Star Trek - The Motion Picture Movie Files
Files Magazine Spotlight on the Star Trek Movie Files: The Wrath of Khan
Files Magazine Spotlight on the Star Trek III Files:  The Search for Spock
Files Magazine Spotlight on the Star Trek IV Files: The Voyage Home

The original Peel books were recycled as Classic Files, according to listings in other books, though I don't have any independent confirmation of that. It's possible that the three titles below were never actually published under those names but instead became the 1987 Schuster & Schuster book titles Star Trek Files: The First Year, Year Two, and Year Three. If I understand correctly, this material was also collected and reprinted in the single volume hardcover, The Ultimate Trek, a 1988 Schuster & Schuster title and the only Hal Schuster Star Trek hardcover I know of..

Star Trek Classic File One Where No Man I
Star Trek Classic File Two Where No Man II
Star Trek Classic File Three

The Star Trek That Almost WasJohn Peel produced two books about unproduced Star Trek episodes.

The Star Trek That Almost Was
The Star Trek That Never Was

Peel and Gross contributed a number of other titles on various Trek-related subjects. I'm reasonably certain the following actually exist, thanks to listings in price guides, eBay auctions, Cygnus X1 (and to some actual Files publications mailed to me by that site's creator, John Patuto -- thanks!), and so on. 

Files Magazine

Vulcans and Romulans by Edward Gross
Star Trek: The 20th Anniversary Tribute: The Voyage Continues by Hal Schuster

Files Magazine Focus On...

Captains Before Kirk by John Peel
A Complete Character Guide to Star Trek Book One A Through J by John Peel
A Complete Character Guide to Star Trek Book Two [K Through R] by John Peel
A Complete Character Guide to Star Trek Book Three S Through Z by John Peel
The Complete Guide to Star Trek One A Through C by John Peel
The Complete Guide to Star Trek Two D Through H by John Peel
The Complete Guide to Star Trek Three [I Through O] by John Peel
The Complete Guide to Star Trek Four P Through S by John Peel
The Complete Guide to Star Trek Five T Through Z by John Peel
The Monsters and Aliens of Star Trek One by John Peel
The Monsters and Aliens of Star Trek Two by John Peel
Spock and the Vulcans by John Peel
Star Trek Villains: Computer Menaces by John Peel
Villains [:Khan] by Edward Gross
Villains: Klingons by John Peel
The Undiscovered Star Trek Book One by Edward Gross
The Undiscovered Star Trek [Two]: Dagger of the Mind by John Peel
The Undiscovered Star Trek Book Three by Edward Gross
The Undiscovered Star Trek Book Four by Edward Gross
The Undiscovered Star Trek Book Five by Edward Gross
McCoy by John Peel
Scotty by John Peel
Uhura and Chekov by John Peel
Star Trek Crew File Finale by John Peel
The Harry Mudd File

Files Magazine Spotlight On...

Time Travel by Ed Gross
Klingons by Edward Gross

Crew Files Magazine Spotlight On...

Kirk by John Peel
Spock by John Peel

Titles I have seen listed in various sources but have not yet seen in the real world, listed on abebooks or ebay, or as cover scans include: Mad Scientists, Star Trek Comics volumes 1 and 2, Sulu, Tech Files - Star Trek Devices, Nimoy, Shatner, Super Villains, and Tribute Book 2 (assuming that Tribute Book 1 is the 20th Anniversary Tribute listed above). 

I've listed a book above as Vulcans and Romulans, though the cover scan I have shows only Vulcans. Elsewhere, though, I find references to a book called Vulcans and Romulans. This may be something similar to the Uhura and Chekov book. I've seen listings for individual Uhura and Chekov books, and cover scans as well, but from a little more digging it turns out that there was a single edition book with Uhura on the front cover and Chekov on the back. The cover scans I have show price and ISBN information on the Chekov cover but not the Uhura cover, which supports that idea... as does the listing on abebooks for a single Chekov and Uhura book. I suspect the listings for a Vulcans book, a Romulans book, and a Vulcans and Romulans book are referring to the same book. Information to the contrary will be welcomed.

NMB (1987)

Some of the Files Magazines were published as by NMB, but this is the only book (not a File) that appeared under that imprint, as far as I can tell.

Star Trek: The Movies
Edward Gross
113 pages

Pop Cult

These Pop Cult books retained a reference to Star Trek Files Magazine, but were much closer in most respects to the later Schuster books than the earlier Files publications.

1987

The Starship Enterprise
Hal Schuster, editor
1987

1988

Guide to The Next Generation
John Peel

Schuster & Schuster (1987-1988)

It seems possible that Schuster chose this name to confuse prospective buyers of his books. Simon and Schuster is the parent company of Pocket Books, the authorized publisher of Star Trek books. Some websites list Schuster & Schuster books as Simon & Schuster books, so whether Hal Schuster intended that sort of thing to happen or not, it has happened.

With Schuster & Schuster, Hal Schuster began the move to longer, less magazine-like trade paperback books. The books themselves were often reprints of Files Magazine material. Distribution was still mainly limited to comics shops.

1987

Star Trek Files: The First Year
John Peel

Star Trek Year 2
John Peel

Star Trek Year 3
John Peel

1988

The Animated Trek
John Peel

Encyclopedia of Star Trek
John Peel

Federation and Empires
Peel, John

Interviews Aboard the Enterprise
Edward Gross

Making of The Next Generation: From Script to Screen
Edward Gross

Making of The Next Generation: From Script to Screen Part Two
Edward Gross

Next Generation: The Complete Guide
Anonymous

The Ships of Star Trek
James Van Hise

Special Effects of Star Trek
James Van Hise

Star Trek Crew Book
John Peel

Star Trek Fan's Handbook
James Van Hise

Star Trek: In the Beginning: The Creation of a Television Classic
Edward Gross

Star Trek: Reflections of the 60s: How a Television Series Both Reflected and Changed an Era
John Peel

The Trek Universe
James Van Hise

The Ultimate Trek
John Peel

Pioneer

Pioneer was probably Schuster's most successful imprint, as Pioneer books about Star Trek and other pop culture phenomena made it out of the comics stores and into real bookstores. The content wasn't necessarily better, and sometimes it was essentially the same. The books, for the most part, looked cheap: bad covers (sometimes just text in clashing colors), oversized text on pages with too much white space, bad writing, few signs of editing, and other problems clearly distinguished these books from the authorized books. And yet somehow Schuster turned out more than thirty Pioneer Trek books from 1988 to 1995.

Some of the books below have variant titles (one on the front cover, another on the title page, and so on), but they're usually similar enough to identify from the information below. Some may have also been published in multiple editions, with only slight differences from one edition to the next.

The Making of The Next Generation1988

Trek Encyclopedia
John Peel

1989

The Doctor and the Enterprise
Jean Airey

Making of The Next Generation
Edward Gross

The Next Generation Background Briefing
John Peel

The Next Generation File
John Peel

Trek Crew Book
James Van Hise

Trek: The Lost Years
Edward Gross

Untold Tales of The Next Generation
Edward Gross

Trek: The Lost Years1990

Best of Enterprise Incidents: The Magazine for Star Trek Fans
James Van Hise

The Trek Fan's Handbook
James Van Hise

1991

History of Trek
James Van Hise

Trek: The Next Generation
James Van Hise

Trek: 25th Anniversary Celebration
James Van Hise

1992

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

The Man Who Created Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry
James Van Hise

Trek Encyclopedia, Second Edition
John Peel with additional material by Hal Schuster and Scott Nance

Trek: The Making of the Movies
James Van Hise

Trek: The Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes Story of The Next Generation
James Van Hise

1993

Classic Trek Crew Book
James Van Hise

Special Effects of Trek
James Van Hise

Trek Celebration
James Van Hise

Trek: Deepspace Nine
Scott Nance and Chris Keroack

Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Unauthorized Story
James Van Hise

Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book
James Van Hise

Trek: The Next Generation Tribute Book
James Van Hise

Trek: The Printed Adventures
James Van Hise

Trek vs The Next Generation
James Van Hise

1994

Deep Space Crew Book
James Van Hise

Deep Space Nine: A Celebration
Edited by James Van Hise

Let's Trek : The Budget Traveller's Guide to Federation Worlds
James Van Hise

Let's Trek : The Budget Guide to the Klingons
James Van Hise and Hal Schuster

Next Generation Tribute Book Two
James Van Hise

Trek Celebration Two
James Van Hise

Trek Crew Companion
James Van Hise

Trek in the 24th Century: The Next Generation and Deep Space
James Van Hise

Trek: The Encyclopedia
Hal Schuster and Wendy Rathbone

Unauthorized Trek : Deep Space: The Voyage Continues
James Van Hise and Hal Schuster
198 pages

1995

Complete Trek: The Next Generation
James Van Hise and Hal Schuster

Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies
James Van Hise and Hal Schuster


A note about information sources: whenever possible, I've used information from actual copies of the books. Other information comes from listings from booksellers (Amazon, ABEbooks, eBay, and so on), emails from fellow fans, other websites like Cygnus X1, and in a couple of otherwise unconfirmed cases information came from the author. I cannot guarantee that this is complete and fully accurate, but I continue to work on locating copies and more sources of information. If you have corrections or additions, please email me at sjroby@well.com.

More information

Introduction: Files Magazine, Schuster & Schuster, Pioneer, and more...

James Van Hise Interview