The Complete Starfleet Library

Index and Overview By Year

Updated January 2004

1967 First Star Trek book, James Blish's Star Trek (several TV episodes adapted as short stories), published by Bantam
1968 First nonfiction book, The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield, and first original novel, Mission to Horatius by Mack Reynolds, and second Blish adaptation
1969 Third Blish adaptation
1970 First original novel from Bantam Books, Spock Must Die by James Blish
1971 Fourth Blish adaptation
1972 Four more Blish adaptations
1973 Two nonfiction books by David Gerrold, "The Trouble With Tribbles" and The World of Star Trek, and another Blish adaptation
1974 Another Blish adaptation and first two volumes of animated series adaptations by Alan Dean Foster, Star Trek Log One and Star Trek Log Two
1975 First memoir by a Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy's I Am Not Spock, first technical manual, Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph, another nonfiction book (Star Trek Lives!), and more adaptations by Blish and Foster
1976 Star Trek's tenth anniversary, and the first year with more than ten Star Trek books, including an original novel (Spock, Messiah), a collection of fan fiction (Star Trek: The New Voyages), reprint collections of Gold Key Star Trek comics, more Foster adaptations, and Bjo Trimble's Star Trek Concordance, the first episode guide and encyclopedia
1977 More than twenty Star Trek books, including the usual adaptations and original novels, as well as children's books, the first photonovels, another manual (Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual), and several unofficial/unauthorized nonfiction books, including the first trivia quiz book
1978 More photonovels and original novels, the last Bantam adaptation (Mudd's Angels by J.A. Lawrence, James Blish's widow), the last Foster adaptation, the first Star Trek cookbook, and more unauthorized nonfiction books, including two on Trek and religion, and the first of the long-running Best of Trek collections of nonfiction about Trek by fans
1979 More Bantam novels, William Shatner's first book (Shatner: Where No Man...: The Authorized Biography of William Shatner, by William Shatner, Sondra Marshak, and Myrna Culbreath), and the first Pocket Star Trek books, tying in to the release of Star Trek - The Motion Picture, including the first Pocket Trek novel, Gene Roddenberry's adaptation of the movie
1980 More movie tie-ins from Pocket, some of Bantam's last Trek novels and nonfiction (Star Trek Maps), and the second Best of Trek book
1981 The last Bantam original Star Trek novel, Death's Angel by Kathleen Sky, and the first three Pocket original Trek novels, starting with Vonda McIntyre's The Entropy Effect, the first of four editions of Pocket's Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman, and more Best of Trek books; fewer than ten Star Trek books for the first time since 1975 
1982 Wrath of Khan tie-in books from Pocket, including Pocket's first YA Star Trek books (Star Trek II Short Stories and others by William Rotsler), Pocket original novels, and a paperback reprint of three issues of Marvel's Star Trek comic, for a total of ten books
1983 More Pocket novels, unauthorized nonfiction, and the first price guide
1984 Search for Spock tie-in books, more novels, and more unauthorized nonfiction
1985 More Pocket novels, including the accidental printing of the wrong draft of Killing Time, the first Klingon Dictionary, and more unauthorized nonfiction, including Hal Schuster's Files Magazine publications and the first political critique of Star Trek, Jay Goulding's Empire, Aliens and Conquest
1986 Voyage Home tie-ins and more of the usual: novels (including the first "giant" novel, Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda McIntyre), Best of Trek books, etc.
1987 The first Next Generation book (David Gerrold's novelization of "Encounter at Farpoint"), and more of the usual
1988 The usual novels, including the first three original Next Generation novels, starting with Diane Carey's Ghost Ship, the first Pocket hardcover novel, Spock's World by Diane Duane, and a flood of unauthorized nonfiction from Hal Schuster and others, including episode guides, ship manuals, and more
1989 Final Frontier tie-ins, the usual novels, authorized and unauthorized nonfiction, and one work of unauthorized fiction (Hal Schuster's reprint of Jean Airey's The Doctor and the Enterprise
1990 More of the usual, including the first "giant" Next Generation novel, Metamorphosis by Jean Lorrah, plus the first of seven Star Wreck parodic novels, Star Wreck: The Generation Gap, by Leah Rewolinski
1991 Novels, including the first Next Generation hardcover novel, Reunion by Michael Jan Friedman, a Next Generation Technical Manual, unauthorized nonfiction, reprint volumes of DC's Star Trek comics, and a reprint of an unauthorized Trek comic in book form, Atelier Lana's Star Trekker
1992 More novels, comic reprints, parodies, nonfiction authorized and unauthorized, and two of the first serious studies of fandom, Camille Bacon-Smith's Enterprising Women and Henry Jenkins's Textual Poachers
1993 Popular unauthorized books from major publishers, with William Shatner's Star Trek Memories and Phil Farrand's first Nitpicker's Guide, authorized nonfiction from Pocket, including the Star Trek Chronology, plenty of unauthorized nonfiction from small companies, the first Deep Space Nine adaptation (Emissary by J.M. Dillard) and the first three original Deep Space Nine novels, starting with Peter David's The Siege, and the first three YA Starfleet Academy novels, also by Peter David
1994 Another big year, with several biographies (including two major biographies of Gene Roddenberry), plenty of other unauthorized and authorized nonfiction, the first computer game hint book, the seventh and last Star Wreck parody, several Trek movie screenplay reprints, Generations tie-ins, new YA editions of several older Next Generation novels from Globe Fearon, the first four YA Deep Space Nine novels about Jake Sisko and Nog, starting with Brad Strickland's The Star Ghost
1995 More (auto)biographies, more unauthorized books, more Pocket nonfiction and novels (including William Shatner's first novel, The Ashes of Eden, the first Deep Space Nine hardcover, Warped, by K.W. Jeter, the first Voyager adaptation, The Caretaker, by L.A. Graf, and the first four original Voyager novels, starting with The Escape by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch), the small press hardcover edition of Harlan Ellison's book  City on the Edge of Forever, the end of Hal Schuster's unauthorized nonfiction factory, and Lawrence Krauss's The Physics of Star Trek, which spawned a series of books on science as portrayed by several SF series
1996 Nearly eighty Star Trek books, for a record yet to be beaten, including First Contact tie-ins, novels, including the Invasion! crossover series and the first Voyager hardcover novel, Jeri Taylor's Mosaic, unauthorized nonfiction (trivia, biographies, episode guides, critical analyses, and the last of the Best of Trek books), children's books, the first limited edition of The Klingon Hamlet from the Klingon Language Institute, and two revised paperback editions of previously hard-to-get hardcovers, Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation
1997 Noticeably fewer books (but still more than sixty), perhaps because of the numerous thirtieth anniversary and movie tie-in books published in 1996, but still a considerable number of novels (including the first novels in the books-only New Frontier series by Peter David) and nonfiction books, including Pocket's book on the lost Star Trek Phase II series, a Pocket book available only to action figure collectors (A Star to Steer Her By), two non-Trek novels that were nonetheless inspired by Star Trek (Warp, about a Trek fan, and Beyond the Beyond, a mystery novel about a Trek-like TV series), and an unauthorized nonfiction book that had a large but unintended effect on Trek publishing: Sam Ramer's The Joy of Trek, which became the first unauthorized Trek book to incur Paramount's wrath in the form of a lawsuit, which in turn led to the cancellation of a number of other planned unauthorized Star Trek books
1998 More of the same, including unauthorized nonfiction in the form of a number of academic critiques of Star Trek, a collection of short stories parodying both Star Trek and the styles of a number of famous writers (Treks Not Taken), more autobiographies, the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, the Encyclopedia Shatnerica, role playing game books from Last Unicorn Games, and more Pocket fiction, including the last YA books, the first trilogy, and the first Strange New Worlds anthology of fan-written fiction
1999 More of the same again, with more academic critiques making up the majority of unauthorized books, more novels, more Last Unicorn Games books, and the first book about The Music of Star Trek
2000 Noticeably fewer books (under fifty for the first time since 1993), with the trend towards fewer unauthorized books (aside from academic studies) continuing, several computer game books, the final two Last Unicorn Games role playing games books, the first Wildstorm Star Trek graphic novel, The Gorn Crisis, and more Pocket fiction, including the introduction of a new ship and crew at the end of the New Earth series
2001 The decline continues. Fewer than forty books this year. The last year with fewer Star Trek books was 1991. Exactly one unauthorized Star Trek book appeared in 2001, the oft-delayed December release, The Religions of Star Trek. Aside from that, there were the usual Pocket novels and only two Pocket nonfiction books, some authorized computer game hint books, and some graphic novels and comic collections from Wildstorm. Best thing from Pocket in 2001: the relaunch of Deep Space Nine in a series of novels following "What You Leave Behind" and introducing several new characters. Worst thing from Pocket in 2001: producing another contrived crossover series and ending each book in a cliffhanger that's resolved in a hardcover book. Especially when you realize that there's no connection between the stories in the hardcover; they're just a series of stories finishing the novels.

Update: turns out I'd missed a couple of things in 2001. There was a small press hardcover of fan fiction, another Klingon Language Institute Shakespeare translation, another unauthorized nonfiction book, and a very late book on Star Trek novels that had been listed on the Lost Books page for years, taking the total slightly over 40.

2002 A bit of an upswing, to nearly fifty books, thanks in part to omnibus reprint collections, multiple movie novelizations, and a new role playing game license. The novels are going strong, expanding the line with Enterprise, Stargazer, and the first two collections of S.C.E. ebooks. On the nonfiction side, things are a bit bleaker. Only four books from Pocket that aren't novels, and for another year there are no big coffee table books. The only big news in nonfiction is Star Trek Charts and, in the world of unauthorized books, Susan Sackett's tell-all. 
2003 About the same number of books again. Two new unauthorized nonfiction books (an episode guide and an academic look at Star Trek and the law) appeared, as well as the first of what may be many crossword puzzle books from Pocket. The novels are still strong, with highlights including the Lost Era miniseries, a hardcover novel (Unity) wrapping up a number of subplots in the Deep Space Nine relaunch (which will continue), a new Klingon series, I.K.S. Gorkon, and a New Frontier anthology with other writers exploring Peter David's creation. Meanwhile, several of Decipher's role playing games book planned for 2003 were delayed, though they are expected to be published eventually.
2004 36 books, the lowest number in several years. The Decipher role playing game books never appeared. Checker published the initial volumes in a series of books reprinting the old Gold Key Star Trek comics. David Gerrold's notorious unproduced Next Generation script "Blood and Fire" finally appeared in book form (as a novel set in one of his own fictional universes, but very close to the original script and incorporating a great deal of thinly veiled commentary about his Next Generation experience). The big event in Pocket's novel line was the nine book series leading up to the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and building the foundation for several 2005 releases set after Nemesis. Two crossword puzzle books are the only nonfiction Star Trek books published by Pocket.
2005 Star Trek: Enterprise is cancelled. Having already essentially given up on publishing nonfiction books, due to poor sales and high production costs (with the notable and laudable exception of a biography of DeForest Kelley), Pocket cuts its fiction publishing schedule. The number of books published drops below 30. The last year with fewer Star Trek books was 1990.