Star Trek: The Lost Books

Updated January 2010

Over the last four decades, several hundred books about Star Trek have been published. A few have almost been published, but for reasons unknown were dropped from a publisher's schedule. A couple have been published in forms different from those intended by their authors, rewritten dramatically by other authors because of Paramount or Pocket objections. And, more recently, at least one has been published and then destroyed by order of Viacom/Paramount lawyers.

Of all the lost books, perhaps the most (in)famous is Gene Roddenberry's The God Thing. In 1977, Starlog quoted Roddenberry's executive assistant, Susan Sackett, as saying that Bantam would be publishing Roddenberry's novel, based on a proposed but rejected script for the first Star Trek movie. Twenty years later, it has yet to be published. Because a lot of information is available about this book, I've created a separate page for it.


Academy by J.M. Dillard
Armada by Robert Sawyer
By Logic Alone by Diane Carey
Clotho's Loom by Carmen Carter
Crucible Omnibus by David R. George III
Engines of Destiny by Gene Deweese
A Flag Full of Stars by Brad Ferguson
For Love and Honor by J.M. Dillard
Gates by Steven E. MacDonald
The God Thing by Gene Roddenberry
Harlequin by Steven E. MacDonald
Harm's Way by Jerry and Kathy Oltion
Killing Time by Della Van Hise
Klingon Trilogy by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
The Last Round-Up Trilogy by Diane Carey
The Millennium Bloom by Mike W. Barr
Moonchild by Steven E. MacDonald
Music of the Spheres by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Orion's Belt by Robert Greenberger
The Space Vampire by David Gerrold
Star T*REK by Jeff Rovin
Star Trek Anthology edited by Kevin Ryan (?)
Star Trek Archives Volume 7: Best of Klingons by Mike W. Barr, Tony Isabella, and Len Wein
Star Trek Archives Volume 8: The Best of Spock by unknown
Star Trek: The Academy Years by Harve Bennett
Starfleet: Year Two by Michael Jan Friedman
Timetwist by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
To Steal a Starship by A.C. Crispin
Treasure's Trade by Howard Weinstein
Unimatrix Zero by Diane Carey
Untitled Lost Era Sisko novel
Untitled Star Trek Novel by Pamela Dean
Untitled Star Trek Novel by Philip Jose Farmer
Untitled Star Trek: Voyager Novel by David McIntee
Untitled Time Travel Novel by Susan Sackett and Fred Bronson
Walking Wounded by Bradley Thompson
The War Virus by Irene Kress
"Way to Eden" Sequel by John Vornholt
Where No Man Has Gone by Max Allan Collins
The Wristwatch Plantation by Larry Niven and Sharman Di Vono
Yesterday Saga by A.C. Crispin

Nonfiction and Miscellaneous

Deep Space Nine, the Ultimate Unauthorized Trivia Challenge by James Hatfield and George "Doc" Burt
Empires in Trek by Edward Gross, Mark Altman, and John L. Flynn
The Law of Trek by Paul Joseph
Mr. Spock's Guide to the Planet Vulcan by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek - The Motion Picture by Preston Jones
Secret Fighting Arts of the Warrior Race by Chet Braun and Tom Twohy
Special Effects Book by Jim Rugg
Star Trek and Christianity by Rob Bowman
Star Trek: Beyond the U.S. Frontier edited by Caroline-Isabelle Caron and Djoymi Baker
Star Trek Collector: Artifacts From the Future by Kevin Stevens
Star Trek Comic Strips Collection edited by Rich Handley (?)
Star Trek Cookbook by Theresa Robberson
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Anthology edited by Robin Anne Reid and Judy Ann Ford
Star Trek Fiction Book by Edward Gross
Star Trek: Insurrection Book by Michael Piller
Star Trek Interviews by Lyndsey Cockwell
Star Trek Memoir by Charles Washburn
Star Trek Reader's Reference by Alva Underwood
Star Trek: New Worlds: Official Strategies & Secrets by Bart Farkas and David Chong
Star Trek Roleplaying Game Unpublished Books by Decipher
The Star Trek That Never Was by Allan Asherman
Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Gene Roddenberry and Susan Sackett
Star Trek: The Role Playing Game Unpublished Books by Last Unicorn Games
Star Trek: Voyager Technical Manual by Rick Sternbach and Tim Earls
Starship Enterprise by Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler
The Unseen Frontier: Declassified Images From the History of the Federation by Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz (?)
The Wisdom of Gene Roddenberry edited by Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Uhura! by Nichelle Nichols, Sondra Marshak, and Myrna Culbreath
Untitled Gene Roddenberry Book by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Visions of Starfleet edited by Marco Palmieri (?)

Untitled Gene Roddenberry Book (circa 1977)

In the About the Authors section in The Price of the Phoenix, a Star Trek novel by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, the authors say that they "have been working on forthcoming books with Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, and Nichelle Nichols." The Shatner book, Shatner: Where No Man...: The Authorized Biography of William Shatner, was published in 1979. The Roddenberry and Nichols books (see below for more on the latter) never materialized.

Uhura! (circa 1978)

In the anthology Star Trek: The New Voyages 2, editors Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath announced plans to work with Nichelle Nichols on a novel called Uhura. The book was never published. I don't know whether it was actually written, but New Voyages 2 did include "Surprise!," a short story by Marshak, Culbreath, and Nichols.

From the Editor's Preface to Star Trek: The New Voyages 2:

...[W]e've interviewed Nichelle for that book, spoken with her about Uhura!, which we are writing with her. [...] We couldn't know a year and a half ago, when we suggested to her that we collaborate on a book, that it would help to set her and us off on a NASA trek which helped to shape not only Uhura! but this New Voyages, with its NASA connection.

Ian McLean adds that, in a footnote in one of the Marshak and Culbreath books, the book is called The Uhura Connection. Ian's recollection is that the book would have been a mix of fact and fiction about Nichols and Uhura, with Uhura exploring the life of her ancestor, Nichols, who had worked with NASA, among other things. (In the 1970s, Nichols worked with NASA to recruit astronauts from minority groups.)

Mr. Spock's Guide to the Planet Vulcan (circa 1979)

The third lost book from Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, this was announced as a forthcoming book in the About the Authors page of their second Bantam Trek novel, The Fate of the Phoenix. According to a Psi Phi post by Ian McLean, the book was later listed as an upcoming book from Pocket, who took over the Star Trek books license and published two more novels by Marshak and Culbreath.

Gates, Harlequin, Moonchild (circa 1980)

Steven E. MacDonald, whose original science fiction novel The Janus Syndrome was published by Bantam, was asked to write two Star Trek novels for Bantam. In an email, he recalls:

My brief basically was to come up with two books that would be the last hurrah for Bantam if they couldn't renew the license, and the first push of the new set if they did. [The] first, Harlequin (aka The Harlequin Game) was written bow to stern completely, and then outlined; the second, Gates, was outlined and sample chapters written. They were then put into the approval pipeline.

And the approval pipeline, as you might well imagine, did nothing. Time passed, time passed...dead.

Harlequin was set on a space station and had the crew being stalked and killed, and then revived; the culprits turned out to be time-traveling researchers who financed their work by simultaneously making a reality show of the proceedings. Gates (which wobbled between that and Mirrorgates) had the Enterprise flung about in time, space, and dimension and winding up in something of a spaceship junkyard. Mysteries to solve, scientific problems to unravel, and a complicated return journey to ensue. I vaguely recall Klingons and others being involved as well -- bit of a Bermuda Triangle In Space, I think.

I suppose I could have recycled both of them, but my enthusiasm for that was not the highest. What did happen a little while later was that Simon & Shuster's own Trek line was beginning. I'd met with John Douglas and he'd been fairly upbeat about the idea of my doing something in the Trek line. I wrote a draft of Moonchild, which involved murder, impersonation, politics, a pleasure planet, and a diplomatic crisis with a powerful alien race whose outlook tended towards the Zen. John liked what I'd done -- it was quirky, sure, but they were going somewhat off the reservation at that point -- and put it into the approval pipeline. [It was reportedly not received well], though no-one could figure out quite why (maybe Uhura flirting with McCoy, non-seriously? The unisex loungewear notion? Who knows?)

Years later, MacDonald made some pitches for stories conceived as either comic miniseries or novels.

I don't think I took a shot at the Trek books for some time, until I pitched Cold Frontier to John Ordover, only to meet, alas, with rejection.

Cold Frontier riffed on an earlier story of mine, and was set on a distant and very cold outpost world where a bunch of misfits have set up shop and thumbed their noses at the Federation; this included a very emotional Vulcan. Throw in a refugee with an experimental Romulan ship, Kirk doing arctic rescue, and so on, and that's either a novel or a long comics story. The novel didn't click with Ordover. Ghosts had to do with that good old standby of energy beings who like to use people as mules.

MacDonald has not yet made any Star Trek sales, but, among other things, he's written the Andromeda novel Waystation, published in 2004, and he has has been involved in some fan-produced Star Trek audio adventures. Thanks to Steven E. MacDonald for the information.

Star T*REK (circa 1980)

Star T*RekThe March, 1981 issue of Starlog profiled SF/fantasy artist Walter Velez. One of the works reproduced was cover art for a book called Star T*REK. According to the caption, this was "a Berkeley book by Jeff Rovin that was never published for fear of a Paramount lawsuit." Judging by the cover, this would have been a parody. The cover by Velez featured the Enterprise (movie-style, but with propellers on the nacelles) at the top, with a crazed McCoy in a bloody lab coat, Kirk with a ludicrous number of medals and ribbons on a TMP-style uniform, and Spock with a dog snout and floppy ears below.

Jeff Rovin has written dozens of books, including joke books, video game books, show biz biographies, and novels in Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. I asked him on the Scarlet Street forum about the book:

Yes, I wrote a parody of the first Star Trek film. It was called STAR T'REK and the nemesis was an intergalactic ship that Towed wREcKs until it went mad and started towing all kinds of ships. There was nothing infringing about it (the Spock character was a half-Dalmatian, Spot, and ship Enderby had a Brit Lit loving computer), but Berkley was owned by MCA at the time and Universal gave in to "brother" Paramount.

We had already gone to bound galleys with a cover, etc.... (Don't have a copy, alas. Part of my settlement with MCA was that I'd give them my copies in exchange for a new two-book deal. I was dumb. I really did give them all my copies.)

The Wristwatch Plantation (circa 1982)

First daily segment

Science fiction novelist Larry Niven, whose short story "The Soft Weapon" was adapted as the animated Star Trek episode "The Slaver Weapon," co-wrote a storyline for the early 1980s daily Star Trek newspaper comic strip with Sharman Di Vono. In his book Playgrounds of the Mind, a collection of short stories, novel excerpts, and commentary, Niven discusses the experience. He mentions that he and Di Vono were interested in getting the story published, either in novel form or as a collection of the newspaper strips. Neither happened. Niven also says the story as presented in the strip featured a rush ending because the artist wanted to quit. The book includes a summary of the originally planned ending. See pages 507-510 of Niven's book for more information.

The strip, which features Niven's alien species the Kzinti, is currently available as part of a comic strip CD ROM collection from Rich Handley. The image above is smaller and lower quality than the version on the CD ROM.

Ian McLean and Allyn Gibson have both mentioned Niven's book in the past, and I thank them for bringing it to my attention.

To Steal a Starship (1983 or 1984)

A.C. Crispin, author of Yesterday's Son and several other Trek novels, proposed a novel that was turned down. She described it in a post on the Pocket Books Star Trek bulletin board:

I did indeed submit a proposal long ago for a book entitled To Steal a Starship. I just loved the idea, which was a really rollicking adventure story, and was very disappointed when the at-that-time Star Trek editor rejected it.

(Looking back, I suspect that part of the reason for that rejection [though this was never stated] was that he was aware of the "hijack the Enterprise" plot thread in Star Trek: The Search for Spock.)

This was back in...I dunno...1983 or early 84, I think.

If the movie was the reason the proposal was rejected, the timeframe is right. The Search for Spock was released during the summer of 1984.

Armada (1984)

In 2002, the Canadian web-based SF magazine Voyageur published sample chapters from a manuscript by award-winning science fiction novelist Robert Sawyer. A few years before the publication of his first SF novel (Golden Fleece, 1990), Sawyer unsuccessfully tried to sell a Trek novel to Pocket.

In 1984, I approached Pocket Books about writing a Star Trek novel. I prepared four sample chapters (the first four chapters of the book), in total 20,000 words, and a 1,400-word outline for the entire novel. The editor liked the submission very much, and asked me to finish it. I was advised by Judith Merril not to do so without a contract, since, of course, there was nowhere else one could sell a Star Trek book. So I asked the editor for a contract. He said he would hand my submission over to Paramount's approval office, and if they gave the go-ahead, he would indeed issue a contract for me to finish the book. Well, Paramount vetoed the idea. Remember, this was long before Star Trek V —and I was proposing a novel in which Captain Kirk has to try to kill God. Paramount said no discussion of religion was to be allowed in Star Trek books, and that was the end of that.

Robert Sawyer has made the sample chapters and outline available through his website at

One of the regulars at the TrekBBS, who goes by the user name The God Thing, emailed Sawyer about Armada and posted Sawyer's reply. According to Sawyer, it would be difficult to finish and publish the novel now because the book was started in the early 1980s, before most of the movies and the newer series. "Subsequent revelations in the later Star Trek movies and series are at odds with what I wrote (although I suppose it would be possible to modify my storyline to work within those constraints)." Sawyer was also concerned about Pocket's constraints. Dave Stern had wanted all novels published during his editorial reign to be as consistent with each other as possible, which Sawyer found problematic. However...

I dearly love Star Trek, and had an absolute blast writing the sample chapters and outline for Armada. But I can't imagine that there's a future for my project, although, as Spock used to say, there are always possibilities ... <grin>.

The Space Vampire (1984)

In a post over on Psi Phi's bulletin board, Ian McLean mentioned a lost book by Star Trek writer and SF novelist David Gerrold, author of the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" and a nonfiction book about the making of said episode coincidentally titled "The Trouble With Tribbles", the nonfiction book The World of Star Trek (two editions), the Bantam novel The Galactic Whirlpool, the novelization of Encounter at Farpoint, the Next Generation series bible, a couple of animated Trek episodes, the lost Next Generation episode "Blood and Fire," and much more.

Ian posted on Psi Phi:

There was to be a Pocket novel by Gerrold entitled "The Space Vampire" in late 1984. Gerrold had submitted a proposal and sample chapters but there was a falling out about royalties. 

Ian's post suggests that the novel may have had some thematic similarities with "Blood and Fire."

Treasure's Trade (1984)

Ian McLean also mentioned a lost book by Trek novelist Howard Weinstein on Psi Phi:

Weinstein's proposed Harry Mudd and Saavik novel, Treasure's Trade, was never announced by Pocket Books as a forthcoming book, although the author read a chapter at a New York Creation Convention in January 1984.

It featured Harry Mudd and would have been the first appearance of Harry since "Mudd's Passion" (TAS) and JA Lawrence's story "The Business as Usual, During Altercations" (in Mudd's Angels, Bantam). Treasure's Trade would have also been the first full length original novel to feature Saavik.

Killing Time (1985)

Killing TimeIn 1985, Pocket Books published Della Van Hise's novel Killing Time, then withdrew it from publication. The wrong draft of the novel had been printed. Pocket had the correct version in the stores pretty quickly, but didn't publicize the change. Van Hise was apparently active in the "slash" fan fiction scene (i.e., fiction about Kirk and Spock as lovers), and she worked a slash subtext into this novel, more overtly in the accidentally printed early draft. The editor at the time had Van Hise rewrite the book to get rid of that subtext. The revised version was used for later printings. 

There are at least fifty changes from the first version to the revised version, some as short as a single word, others as long as a paragraph or two. Most of the excisions involve scenes in which there is physical contact between Kirk and Spock (for example, describing the warmth of Spock's hand on Kirk's face during a mindmeld). But there was also a sentence that described Spock's realization that Kirk was the person Spock was meant to spend his life with. 

Copies of the original can still be found in used bookstores and at conventions, so this book isn't completely lost yet. If the cover has raised letters for the title, it's likely to be the original; if not, check anyway, because at least some copies without raised lettering have the unexpurgated text. Better yet, just check page 41 for a passage that begins, "I understand that you were probably playing with dolls and wearing lipstick until you were twenty!" That appears only in the original.

Charles Washburn's Star Trek Memoir (1986)

Charlie Washburn was profiled in the November, 1986 issue of Starlog (#112) in the article "From the Notes of 'Charlie Star Trek.'" He worked behind the scenes on the show for a year or two. In the interview, he stated his desire to write a book about working on the original series and about being a black man in the television industry. I haven't heard anything about this proposed book since then, and I don't know whether it was ever actually written. From the article:

There are quite a few of the old Star Trek gang that I am still in touch with after almost 20 years. Among those I've seen more than a couple of times are Gene Roddenberry, who I recently talked with when I decided to write a book on my Star Trek recollections....

Academy (1987)

J.M. Dillard, author of several Trek novels, adaptations, and nonfiction books, was profiled in the December, 1987 issue of Starlog (#125). The article, "J.M. Dillard: Blood on the Enterprise," by Daniel Dickholtz, included the following news:

Don't think, however, that Dillard is abandoning Star Trek altogether. Indeed, she is already eager to do a Next Generation book should a series of those tomes develop, and denied the chance to do a "giant novel" about the Vulcan reformation (Diane Duane suggested it to editor David Stern first), she has returned with a different idea: Academy.

"It would be about James Kirk's years at Starfleet Academy," she elucidates. "Washington, D.C. is close to Annapolis, and I got inspired. I had met a couple of midshipmen and interviewed them, and it sounded like there's definitely some interesting things that could happen."

What? No blood-letting? No hatchet-wielding maniacs stalking those hallowed halls? No horror elements at all? "Come to think of it, I really can't say that there are," J.M. Dillard admits. "I guess I'm going to have to clean my act up. Of course, I could have a few nice grisly catastrophes happen on the Academy grounds, but I'll try to control myself and not have any vampires or werewolves lurking around." (p.72)

When The Next Generation went into production, the Star Trek office at Paramount, through Gene Roddenberry or his personal assistant Richard Arnold, imposed a new set of constraints on Pocket's Trek novel program. It's possible that this proposal was one of the many that were turned down due to those constraints.

Clotho's Loom (1988?)

In a live chat on Compuserve in January, 1990, Carmen Carter described a novel she had proposed to then-editor Dave Stern. 

One of the challenges of writing a Trek novel is how to create change in the characters without actually changing the characters. The result is a bit of a straitjacket for the author. So I've been searching for ways in which to explore personality by a side door. [...] For Spock, I wanted to see what would have happened if he had been raised on Earth as if he were human and denying his Vulcan heritage. Used a plot device of alternate universe. Dave felt this had been done to death and though he liked what I had written, he turned the project down. He may have been right. Probably was right. But I still wanted to do it. Sigh.

The title is a reference to Clotho, one of the three Fates of Greek mythology.

The Klingon Trilogy and Timetwist (1988?)

The Signature Edition reprint omnibus Worlds in Collision, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, features an interview with the authors conducted by Kevin Dilmore. Asked about their first dealings with Pocket, they say that Memory Prime, their first published Star Trek novel, was one of three proposals.

Garfield Reeves-Stevens: One was a trilogy--

Judith Reeves-Stevens: -- and it involved Klingons, and took place on the homeworld of Klingon. The other was Timetwist. This was really interesting because they didn't want to have anything involved with time travel to the future, and we didn't get back to that until we got to a variation of it for Federation and Millennium.

Garfield Reeves-Stevens: In our outline, we did have a Federation starship of the future with a Klingon on it. But they said no because it was getting into Next Generation territory. 

[...] The Klingon trilogy was a huge idea. Kirk, McCoy, and Spock ended up being court-martialled, and gosh, did they end up being imprisoned? I know they had to go through a Klingon trial. Hmmm... this all sounds too familiar. (laughs) It was a big three-parter, but it probably was too ambitious for our first time through, so they settled on what became Memory Prime. [p.409]

The Star Trek That Never Was (1988)

book cover On a quarterly basis, Locus, the "newspaper of the science fiction field," lists books due to be published in the next several months. In June, 1988, Locus listed The Star Trek That Never Was by Allan Asherman as a planned October, 1988 release from Pocket Books. It was also listed, with a reproduction of the cover art, in the September, 1988 issue of Science Fiction Chronicle, again as an October release. According to novelist Margaret Wander Bonanno's website, this book "was produced, shipped to the warehouses and, the night before it was due to arrive in bookstores, sent to the shredders instead."

Judging by the cover copy ("adventures written for the original series and its planned sequel"), this was a book about unproduced episodes of Star Trek, covering the same subject as the thin, overpriced books The Star Trek That Never Was and The Star Trek That Almost Was published by the Star Trek Files Magazine group (also known as Schuster and Schuster, Couch Potato Press, Pioneer Books, etc.). Those little ripoffs had plot summaries of episodes written for the original Star Trek and the aborted Phase II series. Interestingly, the cover copy for Pocket's book says that it was "compiled by Allan Asherman, featuring material by Norman Spinrad" et al. Perhaps this book actually reproduced scripts and story treatments, rather than just summarizing them.

As if by coincidence, the Asherman book was due for publication during a writers' strike in Hollywood, and "The Child", the premiere episode of The Next Generation's second season, was based on an unused Phase II script. Did Paramount order Pocket to drop the book so they could have some unused scripts to work with? Maybe. Another script was retooled ("Devil's Due"), and only now has a book on Phase II been published (Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series by Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens).

As for the original series material, Theodore Sturgeon's proposed episode, which would have been in this book, has since been adapted into novel form (The Joy Machine by James Gunn), but we may have lost some other intriguing stories.

By Logic Alone and The Federation Mutiny (1990)

Star Trek novelist Diane Carey was interviewed in the October, 1990 issue of Starlog (#159). In the article, "Beyond the Final Frontier," by Wanda J. Hall, Carey discussed three books that were to have followed her two Piper novels, Dreadnought! and Battlestations!

Due to the loyal following that Piper and company have attracted, Carey and Brodeur are planning to bring them back in a novel called By Logic Alone, and a projected two-book series, The Federation Mutiny. However, neither project is yet on Pocket Books' publication schedule.

In By Logic Alone, Piper struggles to deal with her own primitive prejudices while Kirk matches wits with the only nemesis that he truly feared. The Federation Mutiny deals with a major upheaval in Starfleet that ultimately causes Kirk to accept promotion to Admiral, a post he had previously resisted. Carey notes that, "Mutiny is actually James Kirk's story, in which Piper will be dragged along behind as usual." (p.84-85)

It seems likely that these novels fell victim to Paramount constraints in effect at the time.

Untitled Time Travel Novel (1990?)

Susan Sackett, in her memoir Inside Trek: My Secret Life With Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry, mentions that she and her writing partner tried to rework an unproduced Next Generation episode, sold in 1989 but not used after a change in producers, as a novel.

Gene loved our premise about a female Starfleet historian from far in the future who returns to the 24th century in pursuit of a time-traveling renegade. This story of intrigue, romance, mystery, and time travel, was my first sale [to the TV series]...

Later, we attempted to resurrect our tale by offering it to Pocket Books as a potential novel. The editors liked it immensely, but by the time we began talking about deals, several episodes with similar storylines had been produced, and our book never got off the ground. [p.161]

The War Virus and A Flag Full of Stars (1990-91)

In 1990, Pocket Books announced the creation of a series within a series: The Lost Years, three books that would cover the period between the end of the Enterprise's first five year mission and the reunion of the crew during the V'Ger incident. (In other words, the time between the original TV series and the first movie.) The first book published was J.M. Dillard's The Lost Years; it was to be followed by Brad Ferguson's A Flag Full of Stars and Irene Kress's The War Virus.

Unfortunately, something went wrong. A Flag Full of Stars was delayed by several months and the planned third book, The War Virus, never appeared. Current Pocket Books ST editor John Ordover has said the latter book "didn't work out for reasons I can't really get into." (He once said on CompuServe that it had nothing to do with Paramount.) A then-employee of Pocket, Paul Shannon, posted on usenet that The War Virus "was cancelled because it was submitted in unpublishable condition." 

Ferguson's book isn't completely lost, though; an electronic version was available from his website (; thanks to Alex Rosenzweig for posting the URL on the Pocket Star Trek books bulletin board). The current URL given on his website is, though that doesn't seem to be working now. Brad Ferguson posted his view of the Lost Years situation online in 1991:


What Really Happened to A FLAG FULL OF STARS

by Brad Ferguson

Soon, now, there will appear the umpety-umpth novel in the Star Trek series, A FLAG FULL OF STARS. (As of this writing, it has already appeared in some areas.) My name is on the cover, which might lead you to think that it's my book.

Well, it is and it isn't. Mostly, it isn't.

I first proposed AFFoS to Pocket in 1986, soon after my first Trek novel, CRISIS ON CENTAURUS, appeared. I wanted to do a Trek book set on Earth during the three hundredth anniversary of the first manned lunar landing. That original proposal, which was for a first-generation book, had Captain Kirk and a refugee Klingon scientist defeating an Imperial spy ring that had gained knowledge of an important new source of freely available energy discovered by the scientist.

On December 13, 1987, there was a meeting at Pocket Books to discuss an ambitious plan: the creation of a series of novels set in the "lost years" between the end of the five-year mission and the first film. Editor Dave Stern thought that, with a little tweaking, AFFoS might work as the second book of the proposed three-novel series. Present at the meeting were Dave, Bob Greenberger (who came up with the idea for the series), and writers Jeanne Dillard, Irene Kress and myself. We all got along very well and got a great deal of planning done. The books were to come out, one right after the other, in early 1989.

Too bad it was all for nothing. Gene Roddenberry himself soon enough let it be known that he didn't think the "lost years" should be written about, although I've never been told why. Irene's book was cancelled after it was finished, and it was stated that only two "lost years" books would be produced -- mine and Jeanne Dillard's. I myself added to the problems: I was terribly late in delivering my own book, thanks mainly to ill health, but also thanks more than a little to being stuck on dead center because of an ever-increasing number of restraints on what I could and could not do in the book. ST:TNG had come along, you see, and that meant the Star Trek office at Paramount was giving the novels a great deal of attention.

The preliminary manuscript of AFFoS, due in August 1988, was (finally!) delivered by me to new editor Kevin Ryan at Pocket Books on March 31, 1989. That wasn't the end of it, though, because there then followed a raft of revisions. Some of the revising did indeed have to do with story problems, which is normal and expected ... but most of it had to do with satisfying anticipated objections from the Star Trek office at Paramount -- that is, objections from Gene Roddenberry's assistant, Richard Arnold. Without exception, those pre-emptive revisions weakened the story I was interested in telling. Each revision, by my lights, made the story less special and more bland. I revised AFFoS from stem to stern fully four times between April 1989 and August 1990 -- and, in the end, it was not enough.

Kevin said he was disappointed at the final result and told me that AFFoS had been turned over to Jeanne Dillard for a fifth revision. I was disappointed at that, and perhaps a little surprised, but not angry. To tell the truth, I was relieved; I did not want to have to take yet another whack at the book, and said as much at the time -- and more than once -- on the GEnie computer net. I suggested to Kevin that Jeanne might deserve a byline on the book, but was assured that she would not be doing all that extensive a job. To quote what Kevin told me more than once, it would still be my book. (I never talked to Jeanne about this myself. Perhaps I should have done so. Live and learn.)

I assure you that it is not my book. If AFFoS were a movie, you could perhaps give me a "from a concept by" credit, but that's about all.

I finally received the revised manuscript just a month before publication, and quickly saw the book for what it had become: a hastily produced and clumsily edited cut 'n paste of my stuff mixed with some reasonably good stuff grafted on by Jeanne. Unfortunately, the scars of those grafts clearly show: Our writing styles are vastly different, and AFFoS indicates that they don't mix very well. The book desperately needs some smoothing, and it wouldn't have taken long to do, but there was no time left for it. (I know. I volunteered.)

There are other problems, too. For example, one major character is introduced twice, ten manuscript pages apart -- once by me and once by Jeanne. There are sometimes drastic, and occasionally bizarre, inconsistencies in characterization. Futuristic terminology is awkward: my "viddycams" have been replaced by mundane "cameras," but "watches" have become mysterious "chronos." There are also sentence fragments strewn all over the landscape like slats from a barn after a tornado.

Worst of all -- at least, as I see it -- the ending of the book, fairly downbeat in the original, has been revised drastically and is now "happy." There may no longer be room in the Star Trek universe for anything more thoughtful than a happy ending. The people who license and publish the Trek books may have come to believe that their readers can't handle an ending that isn't "happy." Could be, could be. The folks who produce those romance novels you see in the supermarket think that way, too.

Kevin Ryan tried -- briefly -- to convince me that it's a good book, but I am realistic enough to know better, and he is honest enough not to have tried too hard. It is poorly handled and, in the final analysis, it is not about very much at all. I am stuck with this two-headed yet brainless mutant child who bears my name, and I do not like it. Not at all.

[Copyright (c) 1991 by Brad Ferguson. No changes or deletions can be made without the written permission of the author. Permission to distribute by written and electronic means is hereby granted.]

For what it's worth, Ferguson later wrote a Next Generation novel, The Last Stand (1995), so his relations with Pocket have obviously improved over the last six years. As for The Lost Years trilogy, it was eventually finished, but it became a tetralogy, with the eventual appearance of L.A. Graf's Traitor Winds (1994) and J.M. Dillard's Recovery (1995).

Orion's Belt (1991?)

Ian McLean (who would deserve royalties if this were a for-profit site instead of a personal money sink) mentioned, in a Psi Phi thread about The Lost Years, "'Orion's Belt', the proposed Captain Will Decker novel by Robert Greenberger." Although I read about The War Virus in various places back when The Lost Years trilogy was announced, I had never heard of this book until Ian mentioned it. Robert Greenberger has written several Star Trek novels, some in collaboration with other writers.

Recently asked about Orion's Belt over at the TrekBBS, Greenberger set the record straight.

[T]he idea behind The Lost Years was more or less mine and I did a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work with editor David Stern and the authors. The hope was I could make my fiction debut with a novel in the series, sort of a reward for the hard work since they couldn't pay me.

Turns out, I was not yet ready for my fiction debut. The story, about Sulu & Chekov and without Will Decker, never got beyond two drafts of the proposal. Dave Stern quite rightly suggested I keep working on my prose and I'll be ready sooner or later. The Lost Years should have been a book or two longer than it was but hey, that's the breaks.

(Perhaps there's another lost novel out there somewhere, if Ian was right about someone proposing a Will Decker novel.)

Star Trek: The First 25 Years (1991)

Front cover

(Image provided by Curt McAloney. Click on the image to see the back cover.)

In 1991, Pocket Books promoted an anniversary book by Gene Roddenberry and his longtime assistant, Susan Sackett, called Star Trek: The First 25 Years. It was to have been a heavily-illustrated hardcover book. In addition to listing the book in their schedule, Pocket advertised it in some of its other 1991 books. However, the book was never published, and no definite reason was ever given. Rumor had it that Leonard Nimoy had some kind of problem with some photographs in the book, but that was never confirmed. Until 2002, anyway.

Susan Sackett's book, Inside Trek: My Secret Life With Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry, has some information on the anniversary book. She had originally intended it for the 20th anniversary, but Pocket couldn't reach a deal with Paramount. Eventually, however, everything was cleared up for a 25th anniversary book, written by Sackett with a few quotes from Roddenberry. According to Sackett, the rumor that Leonard Nimoy was responsible for the book's cancellation is true. First he was late in signing off on photos of him in the book, and then he wanted editorial changes made to the text of the book. After a closed-doors meeting with Roddenberry, his lawyer Leonard Maizlish, Leonard Nimoy, and his attorney (but not Sackett), Maizlish told Sackett "that the book was on hold because Leonard Nimoy didn't think the prose 'lofty enough,' as Maizlish put it, and wanted it more in the style of someone like Bill Moyers." [p.189] Adding insult to injury was the later publication of the coffee table book Star Trek: Where No One Has Gone Before, with text credited to Trek novelist J.M. Dillard. According to Sackett, "an extensive amount of the copy was taken from my manuscript (which Paramount owned outright, since I was paid as a writer for hire). When I learned of the proposed book, I contacted Pocket Books, and they hastily cut me a small check and added my name on the front page in the first space under 'Additional Material by.'" [p.190] Inside Trek has a bit more information on this and other books by Sackett, published and otherwise, as well as some new information on Roddenberry's The God Thing.

Curt McAloney typed out the front and back cover text:

A stunning visual celebration of one of the most beloved television series of all time, Star Trek: The First Twenty-Five Years is also the inside story of the show that boldly went where no science fiction series had gone before-as only creator Gene Roddenberry could tell it.

The year was 1966 - and all across America, people were gearing up for another season of shows like "Bonanza," "The Beverly Hillbillies," and "Bewitched." The country was facing war in Vietnam, a nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union, and a civil rights struggle at home. The future looked bleak, at best.

Then on September 8th, Star Trek gave viewers across the country a glimpse of what tomorrow could bring. That date we took the first step in a twenty-five year odyssey across imagination's final frontier, a step that brought us four hundred years into the future, and landed us aboard what would soon become the most famous spaceship of all time. Led by Captain James T. Kirk, his eminently logical science officer Mr. Spock, and chief medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise blazed a trail across the galaxy on a wagon train to the stars -- and invited us along on their voyages to seek out strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations.

[Back flap text]

Here is the story of how creator Roddenberry and his talented team of writers, actors, and behind-the-scenes personnel brought their vision of the future to vivid, unforgettable life. In hundreds of specially selected photographs, you'll relive those voyages, and rediscover the essence of Star Trek: that optimistic vision of the future that captured a legion of fans unprecedented in entertainment history. From the show's initial conception to the record-setting series of motion pictures, from the first television pilot "The Cage" through the smash hit series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Coauthor Susan Sackett conducted literally hundreds of hours of interviews with the show's creative personnel, including stars of both the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation, to provide a glimpse into that future at work. The over two hundred fifty spectacular photographs (over two hundred in full-color) in Star Trek: The First Twenty-Five Years are the result of months of exhaustive research on the part of Richard Arnold, who literally trekked around the world to gather photographic material from private collections, including rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity shots.

Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek - The Motion Picture (1991)

In 1991, Image Publishing was one of a few companies churning out unauthorized behind-the-scenes Star Trek books. Advertised in some of their books was Return to Tomorrow by Preston Jones, which was scheduled for December, 1991, though it was apparently never printed. From the ad:

This volume focuses on the making of the first Star Trek feature. At last, the entire behind the scenes tale is told from the point of view of over 60 people involved in its creation, including Gene Roddenberry, the reunited cast, guest stars, director Robert Wise, screenwriter Harold Livingston and the special effects teams of Douglas Trumbull and John Dykstra, among others. Return to Tomorrow discusses every aspect of production, both positive and negative. It's taken over 10 years, but, finally, the true story is revealed, and you'll find that fact is more startling than fiction! Please send SASE for page count and price, which are TBA.

Recently, through one of the regulars at the TrekBBS, I heard from Preston Jones. Here's his description of the book, for which he's now seeking a new publisher:

Return to Tomorrow - The Filming of Star Trek - The Motion Picture

This work began in the summer of 1979 as a commission from Frederick S. Clarke, the editor of Cinefantastique magazine, to create a double-issue honoring the imminent Star Trek movie, similar to previous special issues covering Star Wars and Close Encounters. Given to understand by my Trek fan friends that they would wish to read as detailed an account as possible, I interviewed sixty participants in the creation of this film, from Roddenberry and his original cast to director Robert Wise, science advisor Isaac Asimov, composer Jerry Goldsmith, screenwriters, set designers, special effects technicians and on and on, up to and including the young Executive in Charge of Production, one Jeffrey Katzenberg. I edited this material like a montage of memories, as if all sixty people were holding a round-robin seminar about the making of the movie. Wherever possible, I let them tell the story in their own words. (This is the same approach taken with my just-published book, Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter.)

Even given that it was impossible to complete this magnum opus in time for the film's opening in December of 1979 -- as I'm sure your readers are well aware, the special effects teams were working on ST-TMP until literally a few days before its premiere -- my editor still had cause to regret the great amount of time I took on this assignment. By the time I was finished, the picture was long gone from theaters, and the completed manuscript totalled some 1800 pages -- more than enough for three books, let alone one. Cinefantastique kept promising its readers that it would print Return to Tomorrow, but this never happened, for reasons known only to Fred, now sadly gone from the planet. My book was never designed to be a muck-raker, but it was an honest, straightforward account of the amazing series of crises and difficulties encountered by this particular big-studio production. One reason why I believe the book should finally be published is that it examines a major motion picture in more detail than any previous book of its kind. Now that a few relatively honest books on the Trek universe have been published in recent years, with no resulting collapse of Gulf and Western or its assets, my hope is that Return to Tomorrow can finally take its place among them.

-- Preston Neal Jones

Edward Gross's Star Trek Fiction Book (1992, 1995)

In 1992, Edward Gross, author of a few unauthorized Trek nonfiction books published by Hal Schuster, posted a message on CompuServe. He asked published pro and fanzine Trek fiction writers to contact him about a book he was writing on Trek fiction. To the best of my knowledge the book never appeared, though keeping track of books from publishers like Image and Pioneer can be difficult. Interestingly enough, fellow unauthorized Trek nonfiction writer James Van Hise published Trek: The Printed Adventures in 1993 through Schuster's Pioneer imprint.

In 1995, Gross appeared online again. This time he solicited readers of Star Trek novels on rec.arts.startrek.current for summaries and reviews of Star Trek novels, to be included in a book he was preparing on Star Trek books. I emailed him and asked about the book (and whether it would be a Pioneer book). He responded that this would be an Image book, because he no longer had anything to do with Pioneer. That was encouraging news, so I wrote up a review of Mission to Horatius and sent it to him. He acknowledged receipt of it, and encouraged me to do a few more. I didn't get around to it, and I didn't hear from him again. The book was never published, but I put the Mission to Horatius review on my home page. Some time later I added a God Thing page, and then it all evolved into this site.

Probe (Music of the Spheres) (1992)

In 1985, Pocket published Margaret Wander Bonanno's first Trek novel, Dwellers in the Crucible. A great deal of the book centered on new characters created by Bonanno. By the time she wrote the sequel, though, Pocket was operating under a new set of restrictions, imposed by the Star Trek office at Paramount.. Authors were not supposed to write much about new characters, but were expected instead to focus on the series regulars. Characters created for one book were not supposed to be brought back in others. Bonanno's novel apparently violated those new rules, and Paramount (in the form of Richard Arnold, representing Gene Roddenberry) insisted on drastic changes and rewrites. Ultimately, as happened with Brad Ferguson's A Flag Full of Stars, the book was substantially rewritten by another writer. And then another. J.M. Dillard did the initial rewrites; Gene DeWeese did the final rewrite. (This is one of the incidents discussed in Tim Lynch's 1991 interview with Richard Arnold.) According to Bonanno, only 7% of her book remained in the finished version.

Though Bonanno reportedly wanted her name removed from the book, that wasn't done. Later, she found another way to express her dissatisfaction: by distributing copies of her original manuscript for Probe, under her original title Music of the Spheres. Many fans who have seen it report that Bonanno's original version is superior. Thanks to the Internet, it's easier to make that determination. You can find out more by going to Bonanno's website, or read a pdf version of her original version.  

Harve Bennett's Star Trek: The Academy Years (1992?)

Harve Bennett, producer of the first several Star Trek motion pictures, proposed a Starfleet Academy story concept for the sixth motion picture. Called The Academy Years, it would have featured a cast of young actors playing younger versions of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. It was rejected in favor of The Undiscovered Country. According to a source who apparently worked for Pocket at the time, there was some discussion of doing a novel based on the unfilmed story. Responding to an earlier post about the possibility of a novelization, someone posted the following:

From: "paul shannon" <>
Newsgroups: rec.arts.startrek.misc
Subject: academy days script ?
Message-ID: <1992Oct27.2408.2052@execnet>
Date: 27 Oct 92 20:34:51 EST
Reply-To: "paul shannon" <>

We are in the discussion stages with Harve at this very moment. It
looks as if it will become a reality.


Paul Shannon --

Paul Shannon posted a few times on usenet as a Pocket employee with some inside information (I've quoted him above on The War Virus). I don't know why this message is signed Scott, though.

Jim Rugg's Special Effects Book (1993)

In February, 1993, Tom Rugg posted a message on Compuserve asking if there was much interest in a book on the special effects of the original Star Trek. His father was Trek special effects whiz Jim Rugg. The younger Rugg hoped to talk his father into doing the book; the two would work on it together.

November 1997 update. Tom Rugg emailed me, saying, "The book was never written. However, I gathered raw material for the book. I taped several hours of interviews with my father, getting details about the effects on each show. I also taped an interview with Al Jones, one of the other effects guys on the show. And I've transcribed most tapes, and my father has edited the transcriptions. Then I got busy with other things, and that's where the book sits. Will the book ever be written? I don't know. I hope so, but I'll need to find some time to do some more interviews (with other participants), or else decide to put together the book using what I have now."

The Law of Trek (1994)

A Boxtree UK edition of one of Image's unauthorized Star Trek nonfiction books included a list of forthcoming books. One was The Law of Trek, described as "A fascinating study of the Trek universe's legal system by Paul Joseph, a professor of Law at Nova University." The book's release was scheduled for October, 1994. To the best of my knowledge the book was never published by Boxtree or Image. 

The book was likely a reprint or an extended version of a paper by Paul Joseph and Sharon Carton. Published in the University of Toledo Law Review in 1992, "The Law of the Federation: Images of Law, Lawyers, and the Legal System in Star Trek: The Next Generation" is a long analysis of how the Federation's legal system is seen to operate in episodes like "Measure of a Man," "The Drumhead," and a number of others. The full text of the paper is available on the web at That paper, with several others, also appears in the 2003 book Star Trek: Visions of Law and Justice, edited by Robert Chairs and Bradley Chilton and published by Adios Press.

Pamela Dean's Star Trek Novel (1994)

In a series of posts on usenet in 1996, Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet, who has published several fantasy novels as Pamela Dean, discussed working on an unpublished Star Trek novel for Pocket. It was clearly not a good experience. The book started as a spec submission to editor Mimi Panitch, who left Pocket before the completed manuscript arrived. Dave Stern passed on it after some discussions and rewrites. Dyer-Bennet tried again later with John Ordover, but again ran into difficulties. She writes of the constraints of the time:

In the first place, they wanted you to give the Enterprise and the central characters from the TV show prominence. They did not want a lot of new characters coming in and actually doing anything in particular. The Enterprise has to be in the center of the action, Kirk and company must solve the problem all by themselves.

They did not want the characters to act outside a narrow range, even if it could be demonstrated that a wider range of behavior was possible to them. I got into trouble over Kirk. Kirk is always supposed to be strong. You can't show him having anything remotely resembling a mental breakdown, regardless of the provocation.

On top of this, they had a pretty rigid set of plot requirements, including the necessity to actually save the universe (rather than some subset of it, rather than learning something new, rather than solving lesser problems) and they wanted there to be a time limit on solving whatever the cosmic problem was.

In a followup, she added:

What I had was the captain of a Federation ship that was actually more powerful than the Enterprise (*gasp*) solve the problem while Kirk was distracted. This did not go over well. I really enjoyed writing it.

The specific remark I got was, "The readers want to know, 'how will Kirk and company save the universe this time?'" Yes, I could probably have got away with just saving the Federation. Actually, I did save the Federation, but since the method employed was not violent or spectacular, and since there was no immediate and catastrophic effect, this didn't go over well.

I've only read some of Dyer-Bennet's short fiction in the Liavek fantasy anthologies, so I have no idea how this novel might have turned out. However, it's unfortunate that she tried submitting the book during a couple of the less inspired eras of the Star Trek publishing program. It's possible that her comments were tinged with a hint of frustration or bitterness, but there have indeed been times when way too many Star Trek novels were about the Enterprise crew saving the universe or the galaxy from destruction (Invasion, Double Helix, Genesis Wave, Maximum Warp....)

Star Trek and Christianity (1994)

In late 1993, Christian writer and academic Frank Beckwith posted on usenet about a new book coming out in 1994. The book, Star Trek and Christianity by Rob Bowman (no relation to the former Trek director), was apparently supposed to be published by the Christian Research Institute. The CRI's Christian Research Journal had published an article of Bowman's on the subject back in 1991. According to Beckwith, Bowman was a fan of Trek, but as a Presbyterian theologian he was also somewhat critical of the show. As far as I know, the book was never published; it's not in Books in Print, not on, and nowhere to be found on the CRI website.

The Wisdom of Gene Roddenberry (1995)

In 1995, HarperCollins listed a book called Wit & Wisdom of Gene Roddenberry in Books in Print. I also came across an ad for it in a comics distributor catalogue under the shorter title above, along with a reproduction of the book's cover. According to these sources, the book was to have been edited by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, due for publication in September of 1995. BiP listed it as a mass market paperback, 96 pages, $6.99, ISBN 0-06-105316-3. But the book never appeared in bookstores. I checked the web site, which Majel apparently set up as an online version of the Lincoln Enterprises catalogue, and the book wasn't listed, so I emailed the address given for information requests and got the following reply:

From Thu May 15 14:00:07 1997
To: Steve Roby
From: (Star Trek Orders)
Subject: Re: "Wisdom of Gene Roddenberry" book?
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 14:00:07 -0800

>Hi. I've seen a listing in Books in Print for a book called The
>Wisdom of Gene Roddenberry, written by Majel Barrett, published
>by HarperCollins, but it's not listed in the books section of
>the Lincoln catalog online. Do you have any information about this
>Thank you.
>Steve Roby

Dear Steve:

That book does not exist and never will until I can get all of his letters
 and his speeches in order.

Thank you for your interest

peace and Love,


(If that's actually from Majel herself, that's pretty neat.) This book may not be lost indefinitely, but it evidently won't be available any time soon.

Empires in Trek (1996)

Before briefly capturing the attention of a larger publisher (Little, Brown), Ed Gross and Mark A. Altman produced several unauthorized Star Trek nonfiction books for Gross's own company, Image, some of which were reprinted in the UK by Boxtree. I have not come across any sign of an Image edition, but for some time both and Waterstone's had a listing for a Boxtree edition. (Waterstone's website was eventually taken over by amazon, and the book is no longer listed.) According to the Waterstone's record, this is "A guide, based on information presented in various episodes over the years, to some of the alien civilizations featured in the Star Trek universe, including Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Vulcans, Bajorans, the Borg and the Dominion. The aspects covered include customs and political ideologies." According to Gross, this book, which was co-written by Gross and Altman with John L. Flynn, was never actually published.

For Love and Honor (1996)

In a September, 1996 issue of his Dateline: Starfleet news bulletin, Bill Mason reported the following:

Here in the AOL-verse, Pocket Books editor John Ordover joined in on a discussion of the status of the Worf/Troi relationship. John noted that no novels would address the relationship since the possibility remained that it could crop up sometime in the show or in a film.

Alert AOL member DebraT2695 pointed out that DS9 producer Ron Moore had been saying for some time on another AOL message board that the producers had declared Worf/Troi a dead issue that would never rise up again in episodes or movies.

Thus (after confirming that), John announced that Pocket *will* be doing a novel that focuses on what happened to the Worf/Troi couple and why it didn't work out. J.M. Dillard is to write the book, which has a working title of "For Love or Honor."

See, you are more powerful than you can imagine. ;D

At some point in late 1996 or early 1997, this book was dropped in favor of Peter David's Triangle: Imzadi II, which was published in 1998. David's book covered the same subject area, but I can't help but wonder how Dillard's novel would have dealt with it.

John Vornholt's "Way to Eden" Novel (mentioned in 1996)

In 1996, on CompuServe, Pocket Books Trek novelist John Vornholt mentioned in a post in the Star Trek forum that he had once proposed a novel based on the not-so-classic Trek episode "The Way to Eden." He didn't say when he'd proposed that particular book. He also didn't seem particularly surprised that Pocket passed on the idea.

Philip Jose Farmer's Star Trek Novel (1996)

According to a Farmer fan's website, science fiction novelist Philip Jose Farmer (most famous for the Riverworld novels) was considering writing a Star Trek novel. Patrick Lozito wrote the following in 1995 on a GeoCities page:

I got my favorite writer a gig. Talking with an editor of Star Trek novels, I mentioned that Voyager was a lot like a script Philip Jose Farmer wrote for the original series. Rejected for being impossible to film --how do you show the Enterprise stranded outside the universe on a TV budget?--the story was rewritten without any Star Trek references as "The Shadow of Space," to be found in Farmer's collection Down in the Black Gang.

This same editor contacted Farmer's agent and a deal was struck. So far, no one know if the book will be in the Voyager series or on of the other ST series, but Farmer will be the most prestigious science fiction author to contribute to Star Trek.

I haven't seen anything else to substantiate this particular item, and the site on which it appeared is a bit frivolous in tone (the above was quoted from a page called "Barsoom Needs Bazooms"). However, the short story mentioned above does exist, and Farmer was offered a chance to write for the original series. His official website has for sale a copy of an early Star Trek bible with some notes handwritten by Farmer on the front page ("protein molecules given off by host are similar to pollen - Desire of the Moth") for US$1,000.

Secret Fighting Arts of the Warrior Race (1996)

Secret Fighting Arts coverPacific Warriors, a California-based martial arts publisher, published a heavily illustrated, 176-page book about Klingon weapons and martial arts called Secret Fighting Arts of the Warrior Race Volume 1 - betleH yIqel, as by HetaQ DoqwI', illustrated by Chet Braun and Tom Twohy. However, according to their website, Paramount/Viacom lawyers insisted they destroy the book. (Its listing on Amazon describes it as being out of print.) The Pacific Warriors website has more information on the book, including a thumbnail reproduction of the cover art.

Update: as of late 1999, the publisher says that some copies are still available through one supplier, Wing Lam Enterprises, though I haven't confirmed that they actually have copies in stock. (WLE's price is US$29.95; the price printed on the book's back cover is US$16.00.) And as of 2004 copies are still occasionally popping up on ebay. It took a few years, but as of February, 2004, I finally have a copy of my own. 

I originally had this as a 1997 book, but thanks to an email from João Paulo Cursino, who has a copy, I now know it was published in December, 1996, so the main site entry for the book is now on the 1996 page.

Star Trek Anthology (1996)

The March, 1996 issue of Locus listed ST Anthology as a November, 1996 Pocket Books release. It was dropped from later Locus publishers' listings, and never appeared on the Pocket Star Trek web site's upcoming books list. Pocket Books ST editor John Ordover confirmed that this book was considered, but was never actually written:

ST: Anthology has indeed been cancelled -- Kevin's idea was that we could get big name best selling authors to write Star Trek stories. I thought they wouldn't be interested. I was right. We got two hundred "Thanks but no thanks" letters.

So this is more of a lost concept than a lost book, as the stories were never actually written.

Star Trek Cookbook (1997)

book coverBack in 1978, Bantam published Mary Ann Piccard's Star Trek Cooking Manual. Nearly twenty years later, Theresa Robberson wrote an unauthorized Star Trek Cookbook. Here's the distributor's blurb, according to 

In a book that takes food preparation and entertaining where no one has gone before, Robberson has created over 130 delightful and delicious recipes based on dishes appearing in the Star Trek television series. Although each dish is most easily prepared through the magic of a replicator, The Star Trek Cookbook gives the average 20th-century cook the opportunity to venture into the future.

Unfortunately, Robberson picked the wrong time to do an unauthorized cookbook, and the wrong publisher. The publisher in question was Carol Publishing Group. Through their Citadel Press imprint, they had just published Sam Ramer's The Joy of Trek. Paramount/Viacom sued on grounds of copyright violation, and that book is now essentially a lost book itself. According to Entertainment Law Digest, Paramount also filed a legal action against Carol Publishing and Theresa Robberson in December of 1997. 

 Making matters worse, Pocket decided to publish its own official Star Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes. Robberson's book wasn't cancelled officially, but its publishing date was repeatedly pushed back, from November 1997, to March 1998, to 2000. The final blow was the collapse of Carol Publishing Group in August 1999. The company claimed not to be bankrupt or out of business, but all staff working on new, as-yet-unpublished books were laid off.

The Noe Valley Voice interviewed Robberson in 1997, when the book's publication seemed to be imminent. The article discusses why Robberson decided to write a Trek cookbook, how she came up with the recipes, why she took the unauthorized route, and more. 

Star Trek Reader's Reference (1997)

In a first for this page, which has been online for several years, this book is no longer lost. It was published in 2001. Click here for more information.

Deep Space Nine, the Ultimate Unauthorized Trivia Challenge (1997 or 1998?)

In 1996, Kensington published The Ultimate Trek Trivia Challenge for The Next Generation, by James Hatfield and George "Doc" Burt. (The two also wrote Patrick Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography.) lists this followup book as out of print, but no other source, including Books in Print and the Kensington website, lists it, and I've never seen it.

Star Trek Collector: Artifacts From the Future (1998)

Originally titled Artifacts of the Future: A History of Star Trek Memorabilia, this book by Kevin Stevens was supposed to be published by Pocket Books but after a long series of delays was removed from Pocket's schedule. Margaret Clark, editor of Pocket's nonfiction Trek books, announced in her Q&A page that Stevens hadn't delivered the book and it was no longer on the schedule. However, it's still listed as active in Books in Print, complete with ISBN (0-671-00463-8) and publication date (November 1998).

Star Trek Interviews (1998) and other online sources listed the book Star Trek Interviews by Lyndsey Cockwell for several months. The original listing was for an 82-page paperback from Cimino Publishing Group, priced at $12.95, due April 1, 1998. Later there was a listing for Star Trek Interviews With CDROM, 84 pages, $24.95, due August 1998, with a new ISBN. More recently, it disappeared from An email from Edward Cimino confirmed that the book was cancelled.

Secret of Vulcan's Fury: Official Strategies & Secrets (1998)

According to Books in Print, Sybex planned to publish a book by Bart Farkas on the Secret of Vulcan's Fury computer game in April, 1998. However, Interplay halted work on the game before it was completed. The game has been cancelled, and, obviously, so has this book, though it was listed in some sources and had been assigned an ISBN (0782123015). Star Trek TV writer D.C. Fontana was involved in writing the game's storyline, and rumor says she would like to rewrite the story as a Star Trek novel. At present, however, Pocket's editorial staff is apparently not interested.

David McIntee's Star Trek: Voyager Novel (1999)

David McIntee, author of several Doctor Who novels and the unauthorized Voyager episode guide Delta Quadrant, almost managed to sell Pocket's John Ordover a Voyager novel after a number of pitches. Then Ordover saw an ad for Delta Quadrant, putting an end to the novel. McIntee was told that Pocket was not allowed to buy books from writers of unauthorized Star Trek books. That may be true, but if it is, it must have imposed recently. John Peel wrote a number of publications for the notorious Hal Schuster and went on to write a few Pocket Star Trek novels. (Peel also wrote both unauthorized Doctor Who nonfiction and officially licenced Doctor Who novels.)

McIntee has discussed the experience in a couple of usenet posts in 2000 and 2002. In 1999, a "Citizen G'Kar", who appeared to be McIntee posting pseudonymously, posted a detailed and lengthy synopsis of the novel on usenet. It's too long to reproduce here, but it shows that the book would have been interesting. Janeway and her crew encounter a world on which families are only supposed to have one child, and extra children end up in the hands of a mysterious corporation. One of the characters, Koschei, previously appeared in the Doctor Who novel The Dark Path as a young version of the Master, the Doctor's nemesis, if I understand correctly. (I have The Dark Path but haven't read it yet.) 

Star Trek: Insurrection (1999)

In an interview archived at, Michael Piller talks about a book he wrote about the making of Star Trek: Insurrection.

Let me clarify this and make it very clear. With the approval of Viacom Consumer Licensing and Pocket Books, I wrote a book during the writing of Star Trek: Insurrection which was meant to be a text book for screenwriters. My pitch to the publisher was to take the reader through the entire process of the development of the film, starting with the idea and showing how changes, problems, opinions, studio requests, financial considerations, would effect the final product. And, in essence, to see if the reader would make the same decisions that Rick and I made as the script evolved.  The book was by no means critical, nor did it burn any bridges, it just showed an insight into the behind-the-scenes of making a Star Trek movie that had never been told before. For reasons I won't go into here, decisions were made at a very high level not to publish the book, which was greatly disappointing to me. However, it does not reflect any dissatisfaction that I had with the final product.  I think Star Trek: Insurrection holds its own when compared to other Star Trek movies. The goals of this particular film were quite different from the ones that preceded it. And for the most part, we met those goals.

Ian McLean, on Psi Phi, quoted another Piller comment on this book from Joe Nazzaro's recent book, Writing SF TV:

I've written a whole book about it, which unfortunately Pocket Books chose not to publish after a
barrage of telephone calls from the studio. The irony is that the people at the studio who complained about it hadn't even read it. It's basically a book for young screenwriters about how an idea turns into a movie, and all the changes that you go through. I talk about the notes from Patrick Stewart, the notes from the studio, a first draft of the story that we threw out and started over...

This is one book I'd really like to see. I can only hope it will appear in some form eventually.

Star Trek: New Worlds: Official Strategies & Secrets (2000)

Star Trek: New WorldsUnlike Secret of Vulcan's Fury, the computer game Star Trek: New Worlds was completed and released. However, for reasons unknown, Sybex cancelled its planned hint book. Originally scheduled for publication in September of 1999 (presumably the game's originally intended ship date), it was postponed until January and, later, August of 2000 before being cancelled.

According to various sources, the book was written by Bart Farkas with David Chong. It was to be 240 pages long, and the price was US$19.99. Like the Vulcan's Fury book, it had been assigned an ISBN (0782126731), and was listed on the Sybex website, from which the cover art at right was taken. (Given the absence of authors' names, this was most likely an early version of the cover.) Sybex has since removed most information about the book from their site, and an employee confirmed by email that the book was cancelled.

(For gamers who might have appreciated this book, there was an official website for the game at, which seems to be gone now, and an unofficial game guide is available in pdf format from Stratos at

Despite the cancellation of the Vulcan's Fury and New Worlds books, Bart Farkas has managed to get a few Star Trek game books into print, including one from Sybex (Star Trek: Klingon Academy Official Strategies & Secrets).

Last Unicorn Games Books (2000)

The Klingon EmpireCardassian UnionLast Unicorn Games published their first Star Trek role playing game book in 1998. Their plans were ambitious: core game books and various supplements related to each of the Star Trek TV series. They never came close to following the schedule printed in the back of the first book, but did publish eighteen books in two years. In 2000, Last Unicorn was bought by Wizards of the Coast. Whether due to WOTC's focus on its latest Dungeons and Dragons revisions, its desire to replace LUG's Icon role playing game system with its own D20 system, or other reasons unknown, Last Unicorn did not publish any Star Trek game books in the first month or two after its acquisition. Although several books were in the works, and at least three were reportedly ready for publication, the final blow came later in the year, when Paramount announced that Last Unicorn had lost the Star Trek role playing game license to Decipher, effective January 1, 2001. Although no official public announcement has been made, sources like have reported that Wizards of the Coast will not publish any Last Unicorn Games Trek material in the time remaining before Decipher's license comes into effect. (Update: this has since proved to be correct.) Last Unicorn's website has not been updated since shortly after the company's acquisition. The Klingon Empire, The Starfleet Exploration Handbook, and The Mirror Universe were reportedly all but completed, and could have been published before Last Unicorn's license expired.

Some material from the sourcebooks is likely to be available in electronic form from authors of the material, but that depends on a number of legal matters. One Last Unicorn author, Steve Long, announced that Spacedock, the Starship Recognition Manual, and the Dominion War book would be available for free in .pdf format, without illustrations. As of April, 2003, the supplements The Dominion War Sourcebook, Spacedock: The Advanced Starship and Construction Manual, Ship Recognition Manual Volume One: The Ships of Starfleet, Ship Recognition Manual Volume Two: The Cardassian Union, Ship Recognition Manual Volume Three: The Klingon Empire, and Ship Recognition Manual Volume Four: Starships of the Original Series Era are available from

At least two Last Unicorn writers have set up websites with some of their unpublished material. S. John Ross has an Untaken Treks page with material he wrote for a number of unpublished books, including information on Deltans, Orions, and more. Steve Kenson has a site called Star Trek: The Lost Episodes with his unpublished work, including information on Cardassians, Klingons, merchants, and Starfleet Security.

Unpublished Last Unicorn books:

Final Frontiers: The Star Trek Films (ST: TOS - Sourcebook, 160 pages, hardcover)

"This sourcebook contains information from the six classic Star Trek movies, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to The Undiscovered Country. Inside, Narrators and players will find ships such as the refitted Enterprise and the Vulcan shuttle, the U.S.S. Reliant and Excelsior; characters such as Commander Kruge, Spock's brother Sybok, and Khan; and tons of information on the locations, events, and technology from the longest running series of science fiction movies."

The Star Trek Guide to Parallel Planets: Hodgkin's Law (ST: TOS - Sourcebook, 128 pages, softcover)

"The complete guide to planetary civilizations in the original series era, this book contains write-ups of planets seen in the show and some all-new worlds. It provides material for running First Contact, survey, and investigation missions on primitive (and often oddly familiar) worlds. From planets contaminated by outside intervention to bizarre parallel worlds, all the facets of Star Trek's popular "planet stories" can be found here."

The Klingon Empire: Blood and Honor (ST: TNG - Sourcebook, 224 pages, hardcover, gatefold map)

"Honorable, bloodthirsty, warlike - the Klingons have been called these, and more. The components of this boxed set include information on playing Klingon warriors, Klingon skills and new traits. Assume the role of a proud Klingon warrior, singing opera on the bridge of his B'rel-class bird of prey. Join a noble House and defend your family's honor in battle, or on the floor of the High Council. Drink bloodwine with your shipmates, and discover what it means to be Klingon."

Operation Stormbird: The Neutral Zone Campaign Vol. 2 (ST: TNG, 96 pages, softcover)

"Capping several months of Romulan sub-plot, Operation Stormbird contains several linked adventures that plunge the Crew deep into a web of treachery and deceit. Operation Stormbird contains four complete adventures that continue the story begun in A Fragile Peace. As the clues begin to fall into place, players slowly discover an elaborate plot that breaches the ancient sanctity of the Romulan Senate itself."

The Starfleet Exploration Handbook: To Boldly Go (ST: TNG - Sourcebook, 128 pages, softcover)

"Space, the final frontier. Starfleet's most important job is to explore where no one has gone before--to meet strange new life-forms and investigate new worlds. To Boldly Go... gives players the tools to fully integrate exploration into their games. Clearly and concisely, it describes how a starship crew seeks out new worlds and explores them. It includes expanded new rules for creating interesting planets, aliens, and cultures, as well as new technology and starships."

The Starfleet Security Handbook (ST: TNG - Sourcebook, 128 pages, softcover)

"Your starship patrols the edge of Cardassian space, when suddenly three Galor-class ships appear! What will they do? You're searching for raiders in the Galorndon Core. Where could they be hiding? Terrorists plot to steal trilithium from a starship's warp drive. How would they do it? The Starfleet Security Handbook has the answers! From interstellar powers like the Cardassian Union and the Romulan Star Empire, to criminals like Arctus Baran and Kivas Fajo, Starfleet security offices face many threats. With this book, you'll be prepared to face any danger."

Call of the Prophets: The Bajorans (ST: DS9 - Setting Book, 128 pages, plus fold-out maps, softcover)

"Artists and architects, builders and philosophers, the Bajoran people live according to a deep faith rooted in their proud and ancient heritage. Call of the Prophets: The Bajorans provides players with a wealth of information on this fascinating world and her people, including information on Bajoran religion, the period of Cardassian occupation, the Bajoran resistance, and the true nature of the Bajoran wormhole."

Dominion War: The Fires of Armageddon (ST: DS9 - Sourcebook, 128 pages, softcover; pdf version available from

"Head into the heart of the most desperate and dangerous conflict in the history of the Federation. Participate in the deadly battle of Tyra, liberate Betazed from her Dominion conquerors, or deal with the repercussions and ramifications of the events of the War. Along the way, you'll learn all about the organization, structure, and tactics of the military forces of the Federation, Klingons, Cardassians, and Dominion. The Dominion War sourcebook also includes dozens of new starships for your Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Roleplaying Game series!"

Merchants & Traders: The Latinum Main (ST: DS9 - Sourcebook, 128 pages, softcover)

"Merchants & Traders is your passport into the fascinating, but never before fully explored, world of commerce in the Star Trek setting. Mix and mingle with Ferengi merchants, Lissepian traders, and Cardassian shopkeepers, and learn how to use them to enhance stories and drive plots. Get involved in trade wars, guild contracts, and deals both licit and illicit. Players and Narrators alike will find fascinating ideas for characters, episodes, and adventures in Merchants & Traders."

The Cardassian Union: Iron and Ash (ST: DS9 - Sourcebook, 192 pages, hardcover + gatefold map)

"Forsaking their passive heritage, the Cardassian Union has become one of the formats military powers in the galaxy, allying itself with the Dominion in a bid for complete interstellar conquest. The Cardassian Union introduces players to this stern and militaristic people. Included is information on Cardassian history and politics, technology and philosophy, and the ongoing course of the Dominion War. Players will find a complete alternate creation system for Cardassian characters, as well as detailed guidelines on running and designing extended series set in Cardassian space."

Through a Glass Darkly: The Mirror Universe (Setting Book, 192 pages, plus maps, hardcover)

"Travel through the looking glass to a parallel universe where everything becomes a dark reflection of itself. Through a Glass Darkly: The Mirror Universe allows players to take existing characters to this distorted setting, or take on the role of their character's dark side. Narrators can set their episodes during the time of the I.S.S. Enterprise and the Terran Empire, as seen in Star Trek, or in the time of the Cardassian - Klingon Alliance from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. So grab your agonizer, grow a beard, and watch your back - because in the Mirror Universe, nothing is what it seems."

The Starfleet Starship Construction Manual Vol. 1: Spacedock (Sourcebook, 60 pages, hardcover; pdf version available from

"Ever wanted to build your own starship? Spacedock: The Starfleet Construction Manual will show you how! It presents detailed rules for ship construction and equipment. Select the type of hull you want, then fill it with equipment you need to journey among the stars - everything from warp engines, to environmental systems, to weapons. If you'd rather use a standard ship, such as a Galaxy-class explorer or Defiant- class escort, you can; the Manual uses the new rules to describe dozens of ships from Star Trek episodes and game products."

The Starfleet Starship Recognition Manual Vol. 1 (Sourcebook, 160 pages, hardcover; pdf version available from

Information on the above titles comes from the Last Unicorn Games website. Other books that were reported to be in the works, according to Steve Long and other TrekRPG forum participants as well as other sources:

The Borg
Deep Space Nine Player's Guide
The Orion Syndicate
The Rigel System
The Dominion Companion
Star Trek: Voyager Core Game Book
Sky Princes of Orion

Starship Enterprise (2000)

Starship Enterprise was due to be a hardcover coffee table book, originally scheduled for 2000. From Margaret Clark's Pocket website Q&A in September, 1999:

Posted by Jake: 
Is There Going To Be A Star Trek Voyager Tech Manual? All Us Voyager Fans Want One Bad. Also Is There Going To Be A Enterprise NCC 1701E Technical Manual?

Margaret Replied: 
Right now, I'm not sure about Voyager, and we have not seen enough of the E for a tech manual. HOWEVER, you will learn about the E in Starship Enterprise a book by Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler, coming in November of 2000.

Later, in March, 2000:

Posted by Steve: 
Hi, Margaret - I just recently noticed that the Okudas' "Starship Enterprise" coffee table book is no longer a go for this year. Why is that? Are they working on the "Big Book o' Starships" in its place? 

Margaret Replied: 
Mike, Denise & Pocket are talking. That's all I can say

(No, that Steve is not the Steve writing this.) Apparently, for whatever reason, no deal could be reached, and the book was dropped from the schedule. Some of what was intended for the book was apparently carried over into the Unseen Frontier book, but that book also failed to materialize. See below for more on Unseen Frontier (and, for that matter, the Voyager Technical Manual).

Starfleet: Year Two (2001?)

Starting in 1999, Pocket ran a serial novel in the backs of its mass market paperbacks. Called Starfleet: Year One, it was collected and published as a book in 2002. According to its author, Michael Jan Friedman, there were originally plans for the story of the beginning of Starfleet to continue. In Kevin Dilmore's interview with Friedman in the Signature Edition reprint omnibus Pantheon, Friedman says:

But what happened was that my book Starfleet: Year One  was supposed to be the first of an original book series. When official details about Enterprise started coming out, it was clear that my vision of the beginning of Starfleet was going to conflict with that vision. Rather than that series happening, we considered a Stargazer book series instead. [p.339]

Star Trek Comic Strips (2001?)

(Looks like this entry will be pulled shortly, as IDW has announced plans to begin reprinting these strips in 2012.)

Shortly before the premiere of Star Trek - The Motion Picture, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate presented a daily Star Trek comic strip. The strip was never very widely syndicated but lasted until 1983. Rich Handley, who wrote an article for Star Trek Communicator about the strip, pulled together copies of all the strips from a number of collectors, and managed to get a number of the earlier UK comic stories from different publications. Unfortunately, for contractual reasons, Pocket has apparently reversed course on the book. According to John Ordover, in a Psi Phi post on April 27, 2001:


I would love to publish a compilation of all the Star Trek strips, and have looked into it. The problem is that the legal stuff is in a huge mess.

There were at least a couple of different syndicators, here and in europe. There were different artists and writers. They all signed different contracts - none of which Paramount has been able to locate (it was a long time ago). In order to publish a book of those strips, we'd have to see whether the syndicators had first right to collect the strips, whether the contracts the artists and writers signed required further payment on compilation, etc. etc. etc.

With the contracts in hand, we could work something out. With them having fallen into limbo, it's not possible to move forward on this.

Sigh again.

And that's where things stood until Handley made all the strips available to fans on CD ROM, in 2005. Mark Martinez's Star Trek comics site has a page describing the storylines, writers, and artists for the strip's four-year run.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Anthology (2001?)

In 1999, Robin Anne Reid and Judy Ann Ford at Texas A&M University issued a call for papers on Deep Space Nine for an anthology of papers:

Call for Papers (Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Anthology; September 15, 1999)

Since the 1997-98 season is the last scheduled one for this series, we are calling for papers for an anthology on ST:DS9. Papers are solicited from any discipline. Analytical and pedagogical papers are welcome. Any topic will be considered, but we are especially interested in issues of:

  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • The Family

According to Reid, papers were written and submitted, some publishers were interested, but for a variety of reasons (no room in publishing schedules, fading interest in Star Trek, and so on), the book was never published. As late as 2004 there was still a slight chance the project would go ahead, but it's definitely not happening now. Papers were returned to contributors some time ago for submission elsewhere.

Engines of Destiny (2001)

This book is no longer lost. Though it had apparently been cancelled, the author, Gene DeWeese, and editors Marco Palmieri and Keith R.A. DeCandido got things moving again, and the novel was published in February, 2005. See the book entry for more information.

Unimatrix Zero (2001)

According to a number of bookstore websites, Pocket published Diane Carey's novelization of the Voyager episode "Unimatrix Zero" in March, 2001, with the ISBN 0671551930. It's possible that such a book was planned, but it was probably never written and definitely never published. (Thanks to Kozara at the TrekBBS for mentioning this.)

The Unseen Frontier: Declassified Images From the History of the Federation (2001, 2002, 2003...)

This book has gone from repeatedly delayed to cancelled. According to a quote from Mojo (Adam Lebowitz) cited in psiphi's books database (temporarily down), this would have been a book of mostly new computer generated images of starship images from major events from Federation history. The book would have looked something like a future issue of National Geographic or a Time/Life book and was expected to be about 150 pages long. The book came into being because of the success of Mojo's Ship of the Line Star Trek calendars for Pocket, which feature new computer graphics shots of Trek spaceships. The psiphi page has many more quotes from Mojo on the book. 

In a post on the TrekBBS on March 6, 2003, editor Margaret Clark discussed the issue in some detail. Here's an excerpt:

Unseen Frontier was brought when we were selling a respectable number of non-fiction books. It had a healthy advance and there was some money in the budget for additional plant (book) costs. But, one thing or another and the author/s could not make the first delivery date, then the second. When it looked like the third date (three years later) was possible, I had to run the numbers on the worksheet again. Not good, our sales had dropped to the point were the book would maybe, after two or three years, make back the advance. But then there were additional plant costs that was wanted, to pay for more art, yet to be delivered. The book numbers dropped into the negative numbers. We tried to see if there was anyway to save the book. No go.

Harm's Way (2002)

Pocket made an attempt to relaunch the original Star Trek books line, rebranding the books as Star Trek: The Original Series. Some early discussion suggested that these books would go back to the early days of Kirk's first five-year mission and tell stories that incorporated more "lower decks" viewpoints. At the time, Pocket was doing a lot of trilogies, and the Original Series relaunch was to begin with two trilogies: The Janus Gate by L.A. Graf and Harm's Way by Jerry and Kathy Oltion, as mentioned in a now lost item on Psi Phi, reported by TrekToday. The first trilogy appeared but was followed instead by Kevin Ryan's Errand of Vengeance trilogy. Since then, the "Original Series" branding and the emphasis on trilogies have been dropped. I've found nothing to suggest what the Harm's Way trilogy might have been about.

Star Trek: Voyager Technical Manual (2002?)

According to a post by Rick Sternbach on the Psi Phi bulletin board, he and Tim Earls, a set designer and illustrator on Voyager, were planning a Voyager technical manual. However, Sternbach and Pocket "didn't see eye-to-eye on certain text issues concerning the DS9 Manual, and I did not believe the advance offered for the Voyager manual was adequate. In fact, it was less than that offered for the DS9 manual.... I chose to walk away from the Voyager book rather than put in too many hours creating brand new material for too little return." Sternbach became a contributor to the monthly Star Trek Magazine, which ended in March, 2003.

The Last Round-Up (2002?)

Answering a question on the Psi Phi bulletin board in June, 2000, about the dropping of numbers from Pocket's Star Trek novels, John Ordover said, "97 will, I think, be a stand-alone by Dayton Ward, then a trilogy by Diane Carey to bring the numbering to an end. Working title is The Last Round-Up. This is all tentative, of course." The plan then was to end the numbered original series novels at 100 and then reboot the series with "Lower Decks"-style novels, looking at major events in original series continuity from the perspective of junior officers and crew. Dayton Ward's novel, In the Name of Honor, was indeed original series novel 97. However, the Carey trilogy has disappeared from the schedule and apparently been replaced by a single novel, The Last Roundup, by Christie Golden. The current schedule shows no more numbered books, so the buildup to 100 has presumably been dropped.

Visions of Starfleet (2002)

In a post on the TrekBBS, Pocket editor Marco Palmieri wrote that he had considered doing a book of fan-produced technical material, particularly "speculative ship designs." Unfortunately, he found it wouldn't be economically viable. 

Where No Man Has Gone (2002)

A few Star Trek websites list a planned September 2002 release of an Enterprise novel, Where No Man Has Gone, to be written by mystery writer Max Allan Collins. Psi Phi listed it for some time then dropped it, leading some fans to wonder what had happened. According to a Psi Phi post from Pocket editor Jessica McGivney, this is probably due to a simple mixup. Collins is not writing any Enterprise novels, but he is writing novels based on the cop show C.S.I. for Pocket. Somehow some information was evidently misinterpreted somewhere between Pocket and fan websites, and it spread for a month or two before being corrected. So it's not really a lost book, but for a short time it appeared to be.

Decipher Roleplaying Game Books (2003-2004)

WorldsKlingonsAfter the abrupt premature ending of the Last Unicorn Games take on Star Trek role playing (above), Decipher took over, introducing Coda, a new role playing game system. Despite the frustration and inconvenience of a change in publisher and rules, the fact that the new publisher was an established Star Trek game manufacturer (the collectible card game) as well as the owner of the official Star Trek Fan Club and publisher of Star Trek Communicator magazine seemed like a promise of stability for a few years. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.

Unlike Last Unicorn, which announced plans for a considerable number of books in a very ambitious publishing schedule, Decipher announced a relatively small number of books. In 2002 and 2003, they published six hardcover books and a Narrator's Screen supplement. More books were scheduled for release in 2003 but never appeared. In January 2004 the majority of Decipher's role playing game staff was laid off. According to former employees, at least a few of the books were ready to be published. To keep interest in the game alive, without actually sending any books to press, Decipher offered four adventures as free pdf downloads from its website in early 2004.

There were occasional announcements that the books were only temporarily delayed. In the summer of 2005, without any official announcement, Decipher shut down the Star Trek fan club and Star Trek Communicator, and was reportedly facing serious financial difficulties. In fall 2005 Decipher announced that the remaining supplements would not be published in book form. Instead, two so far (Worlds and Through a Glass Darkly: The Mirror Universe) have been made available as a pdf ebook through DriveThruRPG, for not much less than the cost of a print edition. Others may follow.

PeacekeepersA couple of 2003 press releases described several unpublished books, two of which appear to have been revised versions of unpublished Last Unicorn books.

Star Trek: Worlds

This 192-page book is an encyclopedic manual exploring significant worlds from the Star Trek shows, with each world including an adventure hook.

Through A Glass Darkly: The Mirror Universe

This core product details the history, locations, and important characters of the Mirror Universe, while also providing players and narrators with the complete game rules including character creation rules, dramatic, and thematic conventions, and adventure seeds.

Blood and Honor: The Klingons

This book is the first in a series of sourcebooks about the various major cultures in the Star Trek universe. It presents detailed coverage of the Klingons, including their cultural conventions, language, history, technology, starships, and physiology.

Peacekeepers: The Guide to Soldiers & Diplomats

This book provides detailed coverage of the soldier and diplomat character professions for the Star Trek RPG, including new traits, special abilities, skills, and elite professions.

Decipher will continue the support of its Star Trek RPG with a series of fall and winter releases including The Next Generation Sourcebook, The Guide to Rogues & Merchants, and Deep Space Nine Sourcebook.

Yesterday Saga (2004)

A.C. Crispin's first Star Trek novel, 1983's Yesterday's Son, was something of a phenomenon. A sequel to the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays," the book introduced Spock's son, Zar, who was born and lived in the distant past of the planet Sarpeidon. A sequel, Time for Yesterday, was published in 1988. Crispin's later Star Trek novels did not tie in to the Zar storyline. Then, back in December, 1999, on the old Pocket Books Star Trek discussion board, she announced:

I'm putting the finishing touches on a proposal for a Star Trek trilogy that begins after the events in the sixth ST film, then takes Our Heroes (and a special guest star a few of you oldsters may remember) back to ancient Vulcan in the time of Surak.

On September 13, 2000, Crispin announced on Psi Phi that Paramount had approved the outline for the trilogy. On December 12, 2003, Bob Manojlovich posted (with her permission) an email from Crispin about the trilogy on Psi Phi. A couple of highlights from that email:

There will be three new books in the Star Trek "Yesterday Saga." Right now the working titles are Return to Yesterday, Yesterday's Vulcan, and Yesterday's Destiny.

The three new books will feature Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Zar going back in time to war-torn Vulcan during the time of Surak, which is also the time of the political/social/ethical schism that brought about the Romulans. Surak himself will be one of the main characters in the books. The characters go back in time to save modern-day Vulcan from being totally destroyed by the actions of a well-meaning, but fanatic, time traveler.

An article by Star Trek novel reviewer Michelle Erica Green, circa 2001, adds the following:

Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Zar -- Spock's son with Zarabeth from "All Our Yesterdays" -- go back to the time of Surak, "because somebody has messed with Vulcan history and the planet Vulcan is dead. The first book is called Return To Yesterday. We'll get to see what Vulcan was like before logic. Dr. McCoy has a raging affair with a Vulcan. The idea of getting to see McCoy with pointed ears just cracks me up."

According to a December 2003 interview on, the trilogy was virtually finished. But on July 2, 2004, editor Marco Palmieri announced in a post on the TrekBBS, "Unfortunately, that project won't be going forward."

Star Trek: Beyond the U.S. Frontier (2004?)

In 2003, the following Call for Papers was circulated through academic listservs and mailing lists:

A collection of essays edited by Caroline-Isabelle Caron (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and Djoymi Baker (Melbourne University, Australia), Star Trek: Beyond the U.S. Frontier will present new studies on perceptions and reception of this American cult television franchise from an international perspective. The editors have already collected several chapters studying Star Trek as viewed from outside the United States of America, and in non-Anglophone cultural contexts. The book has received interest from a major publisher. However, at this point we are seeking to add two chapters, on Star Trek in Asia, South America or Africa. Work on dubbed Star Trek texts in Japan and Brazil are particularly sought, however other submissions will be considered and are encouraged. Please submit a 500 word proposal to Caroline-Isabelle Caron or Djoymi Baker by December 15, 2003. As negotiations are already under way with the publisher, we would appreciate prompt expressions of interest. Please feel free to distribute to interested parties.

I contacted one of the editors by email recently. She confirmed that the project died due to funded research and other real life factors taking priority. It's unfortunate, because the only book that addresses how Star Trek is perceived internationally is Jeff Greenwald's 1998 book Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth, which takes a popular, journalistic rather than academic approach to the subject.

Walking Wounded (2005?)

First mentioned back around 2001, Walking Wounded was announced as a planned post-finale Deep Space Nine novel by Bradley Thompson, a writer on the TV series. David Henderson's Psi Phi website quoted Marco Palmieri as saying, "It deals in part with a group of Dominion War vets who are having difficulty getting past their experiences during the war." Marco announced on July 5, 2005, "Unfortunately, we decided not to go forward with Walking Wounded." It's possible that Thompson is too busy writing for television (currently for the new Battlestar Galactica) to devote time to writing a novel, but that is speculation.

Untitled Lost Era Sisko Novel (2006?)

In 2004, Marco Palmieri's presentation on upcoming Star Trek books from Pocket included a mention of two more Lost Era novels after the original six. As Jackie Bundy reported at TrekToday:

Other as-yet-unscheduled projects that could appear next year or in 2006 are very early in the development process and only the barest of information about them is currently available and this information is subject to change. Among those projects are two more Lost Era novels, one novel that will focus on Picard after his time on the U.S.S. Stargazer, and another that features Sisko and his experiences during the Tzenkethi war.

There were occasional references to the book over the next few years as a project that was still in the earliest stage of development (no author named or, possibly, chosen). Though this book has not officially been announced as cancelled, some authors have said that it's very likely dead following Palmieri's departure from Pocket. (The other book described above is Christopher Bennett's novel The Buried Age, published in 2007.)

Crucible Omnibus (2009)

David R. George's Crucible trilogy (McCoy: Provenance of Shadows, Spock: The Fire and the Rose, and Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering), originally published as three mass market paperbacks in 2006 and 2007, was scheduled to be reprinted in May, 2009 in an omnibus hardcover edition with a significant amount of new material.

In a post on TrekBBS on November 18, 2008, editor Marco Palmieri provided the planned table of contents for the omnibus:

Preface: Talismans and Spells
Prologue: The Potentials of Emptiness
Provenance of Shadows
"The Delicate Currents of the Past"
The Fire and the Rose
"The Weight of Too Few Years"
The Star To Every Wandering
"Into the Void"
Epilogue: Confluence, Enduring

A article on December 30, a book update by Anthony Pascale with information from Pocket editor Margaret Clark, announced that the omnibus had been cancelled. There are several possible reasons, including the Simon and Schuster layoffs in which Palmieri was let go and the news reports that Harlan Ellison was planning to sue over the trilogy's use of concepts and characters from his episode "City on the Edge of Forever."

Star Trek Archives Volume 7: Best of Klingons (2009)

Best of KlingonsScheduled to appear in November 2009, this was cancelled by IDW. IDW's solicitation blurb read:

In stories like "The Wormhole Connection," "The Only Good Klingon...," "Errand of War," "Deadly Allies," "Maggie's World," and "Judgment Day," get a close look at the relationship between the Federation and Klingon Empire. These fierce, warring people present unique challenges to the Federation, and in these classic DC stories get a glimpse of what the future holds for Federation-Klingon relations.

This collection would have reprinted a number of stories by Mike W. Barr, Tony Isabella, and Len Wein: the first four issues of DC's original run of Star Trek comics, which began in 1984, followed by issues 31 and 32 from 1986. The first four were reprinted in 2005 by Titan in their To Boldly Go reprint collection.

IDW's Chris Ryall announced the cancellation in his blog, with no reason provided. Several of IDW's previous books in the series reprinted material that was already widely available in book form from previous licensees, so it's possible that sales weren't high enough to justify releasing another book with material printed as recently as 2005 and released on DVD-ROM in 2008.

Star Trek Archives Volume 8: Best of Spock

Best of SpockScheduled to appear in January 2010, this was reportedly cancelled by IDW. Their solicitation blurb read:

Live long and prosper with this collection of the most logical stories of everyone's favorite Vulcan, Spock. Travel across space as Mr. Spock aides Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew aboard the Starship Enterprise in their quest to explore uncharted territories.

I haven't been able to find any indication of which stories would have been reprinted in this volume. The cancellation of the book was not publicly announced by IDW, but Allyn Gibson, who works for Diamond Comics, mentioned that the book had been cancelled in a post at TrekBBS. The February 2010 cancellations list at Diamond's website includes this book and the planned hardcover edition of Star Trek: Nero.

The Millennium Bloom (2010)

Announced in 2008, Mike W. Barr's The Millennium Bloom was to be a novel about Robert April, who preceded Pike and Kirk as first captain of the Enterprise. It wasn't mentioned when the 2010 schedule was announced in 2009, and apparently the book was dropped after the outline was written.

Delayed Books

The lists of yet-to-be-published books in the pages of Locus and the inside covers of Pocket's Star Trek novels often include books that don't appear when scheduled, but probably aren't yet lost. For example, J.M. Dillard was supposed to have a novel called Discovery out in November 1991. It appeared a few years later, under the title Recovery. More recently, the novel Dyson Sphere was postponed a few times before appearing in 1999. J.G. Hertzler's two-volume Martok story, The Left Hand of Destiny, is the latest example of slipping publishing dates, but by April, 2003, both volumes were in stores.

This may become more of a problem in light of Pocket's schedule cutback. With a large number of series to be represented and only one monthly mass market paperback slot (plus occasional hardcovers and trade paperbacks), some books may be announced three or four years before their actual publication. The loss of two editors has also led to some delays and cancellations.

Note: Until recently, I tried, as much as possible, to link to the original sources of these tidbits of information. Unfortunately, David Henderson's Psi Phi site crashed and lost a lot of data. The TrekBBS seems to automatically delete old threads after a certain amount of time. As a result, I've updated this page to remove links that no longer work. Given how quickly the web changes, of course, there will always be a few links that don't work.