The Star Trek universe, almost from the start, has been bigger than any one show, movie, or narrative. Its vitality hinges on fans adapting and recontextualizing it for their own enjoyment. Given that legacy, Starfleet Academy feels not like an ill-fated video game, but a guilty-pleasure glimpse of an alternate universe—albeit one in which Star Trek failed so horribly that it ended up as a series of direct-to-DVD films. And for those of us who felt horribly cheated by the final adventure of the first, and greatest, James Tiberius Kirk, it feels inexpressibly great to see him back in the fuzzy red-and-white uniform one more time.
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While You Were Offline. These two book sets have been in-and-out of print ever since their first releases. The Blish books have been gathered, twice, into more convenient form. Lawrence following his death. The remainder of this listing of Star Trek fiction is divided into multiple sections, each with their own introduction below.
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For titles ultimately not owned by the Lincoln City Libraries, please consider requesting them through our Interlibrary Loan service. Following mediocre ratings, it was cancelled after its second season, then saved by one of the first-ever write-in campaigns by fans. Following a third, poorly-rated season, NBC cancelled it again. The 79 existing episodes began airing as syndicated repeats in the early s and gradually built a massive following.
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NBC returned the show to the air as a Saturday-morning animated series from to , featuring the voices of most of the original cast members. The following section includes the books released by a variety of publishers primarily Bantam between and , before Pocket Books became the exclusive publisher of Star Trek novels. All of these books feature the characters from Classic Star Trek a. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. The dates listed are for the original, first printings of these titles, although many of these books again, the Bantam releases have been reprinted multiple times.
In , Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered in theaters around the country, introducing a new era for the much-loved characters on-screen and in-print. In theaters, a total of six motion pictures were ultimately released from to , featuring the Classic characters. In the area of novels, Pocket Books became the exclusive publisher of Star Trek fiction.
New novels were released regularly, in numbered sequence, starting in In , the first hardback Star Trek book was released. Following volume 97 in , Pocket Books finally abandoned their sequential numbering system. In addition, since it went off the air in , the STNG cast have reunited for four feature films, beginning with Star Trek Generations. Pocket Books launched the first of their original STNG novels in , again using a numbering sequence.
Pocket published five adaptations of key STNG episodes, also not part of the normal numbering sequence. Beverly Crusher, Lt. Worf, Deanna Troi and in earlier novels Lt. Tasha Yar and boy-genius Wesley Crusher. During the last couple of seasons of DS9, the Federation was involved in a violent, extended war with The Dominion, with station Deep Space Nine often at the heart of the conflict. The first DS9 hardback came out in , and by the numbering sequence had been dropped.
Several novelizations of key episodes also did not follow the normal numbering sequence. The series final episode in featured major changes for most of the primary characters, and the post novels have all focused on the lives of the characters since the series ended. Although this series returned to the concept of the adventures of the crew of an exploratory vessel, it put a twist on that formula in two ways.
Although they occassionally made use of alien technologies that shortened the length of their journey, they also gained a formidable enemy in the form of The Borg, a cybernetic hive culture originally introduced on The Next Generation 10 years earlier. Tom Paris, Lt. The first Voyager hardback arrived in , and numerous episode novelizations were also printed.
This time, the producers chose to try a different take on Star Trek — a prequel series.
By the third season, Earth was being threatened by a mysterious new race from an unknown area of space, and Enterprise was sent in to try to end the threat. Original Enterprise novels first appeared in , by which time Pocket Books had completely abandoned the concept of numbering their new book releases. One of the first original series created for this streaming series was Star Trek: Discovery. Unlike previous Star Trek series, in which each individual episode stood on its own, with Discovery, each short season told a longer interconnected story.
Original Discovery novels first appeared in , shortly after the series launched, written by some of the authors who had been writing books in the other Star Trek series lines. Excaliber, commanded by Captain Mackenzie Calhoun. The Excaliber crew included some characters which had been introduced on The Next Generation, mixed with all-new, completely original character like Calhoun. Since the novels were written by fan-favorite writer Peter David, the answer was a resounding yes, and the New Frontier novels have proven to be very popular.
The first four books, released in , were a single, serialized storyline, later combined into an omnibus edition.
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Stargazer prior to his taking command of the U. Enterprise-D, Pocket Books launched a new series of Stargazer-based novels in The novels feature Picard and his earlier crew, with occasional references to other recognizable characters from the Star Trek the Next Generation continuity. Titan, Pocket Books launched a new series of Titan-based novels in The novels feature Riker, his wife Counselor Deanne Troi, and his new crew, with occasional references to other recognizable characters from the Star Trek the Next Generation continuity.
In , Pocket started a series of e-books featuring a group of previously-unseen characters in Star Trek history — the members of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Despite the presence of a few characters which were introduced on The Next Generation, these stories primarily feature all-new characters. The e-books have proven so popular that some of the S.
Deep Space Nine picked up that concept and expanded it further, presuming that the Mirror Universe featured a tyrannical union of Cardassians, Bajorans and Klingons ruling human slaves with an iron fist.
The Prime Star Trek timeline
Dark Mirror is a standalone novel featuring the Mirror versions of the Next Generation characters. They are portrayed as incomprehensible beasts to the federation: the Klingons participate in self-harm, believe in rebirth in flames, and have a physical appearance that has extended their exo-skeleton to make them look more like wild animals than anthropomorphic beings.
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The new Klingon uniform was clearly inspired by ancient Egyptian breastplates, wired like ribs across their shoulders and upper chest. Even more Egyptianising is the death practice of the Klingons that sees the corpse being wrapped as a mummy, and placed in a beautifully decorated space sarcophagus.
These sarcophagi are then stuck to the outside of their space ships. Though their appearance may be drawn from history, these new, hostile Klingons are base zealots and unrelentingly evil — with an obvious comparison to be made with Islamic State. They are simply our enemy: we possess no shared values, they lie in ambush and react with unremitting violence across the first episodes. The federation officers of the Discovery series are conflicted about reacting to the aggression — and as such are depicted at first as wishy-washy and weak.
In the new Star Trek, violence is the only means to counter violence. For the creators it makes it much easier to accept this by physically placing the Klingons further back in our human past. By physically animalising the Klingons this becomes an easy retreat to the mythical beasts of old. As the monstrous Gorgon sisters were to the ancient Greeks these Klingons are to the Federation.
More than anything this only serves to confirm how far our society has shifted away from hope and idealism for the future. It will be interesting to see how this new Klingon war is resolved in the next chapter of the first season, and whether hopeful aspiration will return or fear of the other is all we can aspire to.
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