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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
1979-01 Trek to Madworld by Stephen Goldin
1979-02 World Without End by Joe Haldeman
1979-05 The Fate of the Phoenix by Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath
1979-11 Devil World by Gordon Eklund
1979-12 Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry
1980-02 Perry’s Planet by Jack C. Haldeman II
1980-10 The Galactic Whirlpool by David Gerrold
1981-04 Death’s Angel by Kathleen Sky
1981-06 The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre
1981-08 The Covenant of the Crown by Howard Weinstein
1981-10 The Klingon Gambit by Robert E. Vardeman
1982-03 The Prometheus Design by Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath
1982-04 The Abode of Life by Lee Correy
1982-07 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
1982-12 Distress Call! by William Rotsler
1982-12 Star Trek II: Short Stories by William Rotsler
1983-01 Black Fire by Sonni Cooper
1983-03 Triangle by Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath
1983-06 Web of the Romulans by M. S. Murdock
1983-08 Yesterday’s Son by A. C. Crispin
1983-10 Mutiny on the Enterprise by Robert E. Vardeman
1983-12 The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane
1984-01 Star Trek: Voyage to Adventure by Michael J. Dodge
1984-02 The Trellisane Confrontation by David Dvorkin
1984-04 Corona by Greg Bear
1984-05 The Final Reflection by John M. Ford
1984-06 The Vulcan Treasure by William Rotsler
1984-06 *Star Trek III: The Search for Spock * by Vonda N. McIntyre
1984-07 My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane
1984-09 The Tears of the Singers by Melinda M. Snodgrass
1984-11 The Vulcan Academy Murders by Jean Lorrah
1985-01 Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan
1985-03 Shadow Lord by Laurence Yep
1985-05 Ishmael by Barbara Hambly
1985-07 Killing Time by Della Van Hise
1985-09 Dwellers in the Crucible by Margaret Wander Bonanno
1985-11 Pawns and Symbols by Majliss Larson
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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
1979-10 A Star Trek Catalog by Gerry Turnbull
1979-10 Star Trek Speaks by Stan Goldstein, Fred Goldstein, Susan Sackett
1979-12 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology by Stan Goldstein, Fred Goldstein
1980-01 The Monsters of Star Trek by Daniel Cohen
1980-02 Chekov’s Enterprise: A Personal Journal of the Making of Star Trek – The Motion Picture by Walter Koenig
1980-03 The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Susan Sackett, Gene Roddenberry
1980-03 The Best of Trek #2 by Walter Irwin
1980-05 Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Photostory by Richard J. Anobile
1981-01 The Best of Trek #3 by Walter Irwin, G. B. Love
1981-03 The Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman
1981-12 The Best of Trek #4 by Walter Irwin
1982-08 The Best of Trek #5 by Walter Irwin
1982-10 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Photostory by Richard J. Anobile
1982-10 The Making of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by Allan Asherman
1982-12 Star Trek II Biographies by William Rotsler
1983-09 The Best of Trek #6 by Walter Irwin
1984-06 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Storybook by Lawrence Weinberg
1984-06 Star Trek III: Short Stories by William Rotsler
1985-03 The Best of Trek #8 by Walter Irwin, G. B. Love
1985-09 The Best of Trek #9 by Walter Irwin
1985-12 The Klingon Dictionary by Marc Okrand
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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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