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Star Trek

I’ve a particular interest in how fictional characters and worlds change over the years. How they are handled by different authors, in different media, in different decades and centuries fascinates me.

All serial fiction has shades of this, but one could hardly ask for a better example than Star Trek: conceived in 1960 as a television program, first aired on September 8, 1966, and then expanding into several television series comprising over 700 episodes, 12 movies (and counting), hundreds of books, and numerous comics, video games, and all manner of other material.

My project is ambitious: watch everything; read everything; play the games; and learn about any of the material that I can’t experience firsthand. I’ve got a good start, having watched over the years all of the television shows, but that leaves the much vaster expanded universe mostly unexplored.

Whenever possible, I’ll be reading the books in publication order, to get a better feel for how the Star Trek universe actually developed.

Publications of primary interest

Date Publication
1967-01 Star Trek by James Blish
1968 Mission to Horatius by Mack Reynolds
1968-02 Star Trek 2 by James Blish
1969-04 Star Trek 3 by James Blish
1970-02 Spock Must Die! by James Blish
1971-07 Star Trek 4 by James Blish
1972-02 Star Trek 5 by James Blish
1972-04 Star Trek 6 by James Blish
1972-07 Star Trek 7 by James Blish
1972-11 Star Trek 8 by James Blish
1973-08 Star Trek 9 by James Blish
1974-02 Star Trek 10 by James Blish
1974-06 Star Trek Log One by Alan Dean Foster
1974-09 Star Trek Log Two by Alan Dean Foster
1975-01 Star Trek Log Three by Alan Dean Foster
1975-03 Star Trek Log Four by Alan Dean Foster
1975-04 Star Trek 11 by James Blish
1975-08 Star Trek Log Five by Alan Dean Foster
1976-03 Star Trek Log Six by Alan Dean Foster
1976-03 Star Trek: The New Voyages by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath (eds.)
1976-06 Star Trek Log Seven by Alan Dean Foster
1976-08 Star Trek Log Eight by Alan Dean Foster
1976-09 Spock, Messiah! by Theodore R. Cogswell and Charles A. Spano, Jr.
1977-02 Star Trek Log Nine by Alan Dean Foster
1977-07 The Price of the Phoenix by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath
1977-08 Planet of Judgment by Joe Haldeman
1977-11 Star Trek 12 by James Blish & J. A. Lawrence
1978-01 Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath (eds.)
1978-01 Star Trek Log Ten by Alan Dean Foster
1978-05 Mudd’s Angels by J. A. Lawrence & James Blish
1978-09 Vulcan! by Kathleen Sky
1978-11 The Starless World by Gordon Eklund
1981-06 The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre

Publications of secondary interest

Date Publication
1968-09 The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield
1973-05 The Trouble with Tribbles by David Gerrold
1973-05 The World of Star Trek by David Gerrold
1975-07 Star Trek Lives! by Jacqueline Lichtenberg et al.
1975-11 Star Trek: Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph
1976-06 Star Trek Blueprints by Franz Joseph
1976-10 Star Trek Concordance by Bjo Trimble
1977-01 Letters to Star Trek by Susan Sackett (ed.)
1978-04 The Best of TREK by Walter Irwin & G. B. Love
1986-12 Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek by Daniel Cohen

Publications of tertiary interest

Date Publication
1975-11 I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy
1977 Vulcan Language Guide by April Publications
1977 Meaning in Star Trek by Karin Blair
1977-06 Star Trek Quiz Book by Brad Dunning & Bart Andrews
1977-08 Star Trek Puzzle Manual by James Razzi
1977-11 The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison1
1977-11 Where No Man Has Gone Before by Samuel A. Peeples1
1977-12 The Trouble With Tribbles by David Gerrold1
1978-01 A Taste of Armageddon by Robert Hamner & Gene L. Coon1
1978-02 Metamorphosis by Gene L. Coon1
1978-05 All Our Yesterdays by Jean Lisette Aroeste1
1978-05 The Galileo 7 by Oliver Crawford & S. Bar-David1
1978-06 A Piece of the Action by David P. Harmon & Gene L. Coon1
1978-07 The Devil in the Dark by Gene L. Coon1
1978-08 Day of the Dove by Jerome Bixby1
1978-09 The Deadly Years by David P. Harmon1
1978-10 Amok Time by Theodore Sturgeon1

Publications of no particular interest

Date Publication Note
1976-10 The Star Trek Reader by James Blish Omnibus: Star Trek 2, Star Trek 3, Star Trek 8
1977 The Star Trek Reader II by James Blish Omnibus: Star Trek 1, Star Trek 4, Star Trek 9
1977-09 The Star Trek Reader III by James Blish Omnibus: Star Trek 5, Star Trek 6, Star Trek 7
1978-03 The Star Trek Reader IV by James Blish Omnibus: Star Trek 10, Star Trek 11, Spock Must Die!

  1. From a series of ‘fotonovels’. Essentially comic books made from screencaps of the television series, with text bubbles added in. 

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