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Star Trek

The first series, now referred to as The Original Series, debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. Four spin-off television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation followed the crew of a new starship Enterprise set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, set contemporaneously with The Next Generation; and Star Trek: Enterprise, set before the original series, in the early days of human interstellar travel. Four additional The Next Generation feature films were produced.

As early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science-fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space, he privately told friends that he was modeling it on the classic novel Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels - an adventure and a moral story. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets.

Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek represented similes of contemporary culture. Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as later spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, authority, imperialism, class warfare, economics, racism, religion, human rights, sexism, feminism, and the role of technology.

Star Trek Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not fully forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show humanity what it might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most specifically by ending violence. An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry also gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations. His efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g., they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that the Enterprise have a racially diverse crew. This reflects the problems Roddenberry encountered in making Star Trek happen at all in the culture of the day, but thankfully he was smart enough to overcome these problems.

"[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network."
Gene Roddenberry

Since 1967, hundreds of original novels, short stories, and television and movie adaptations have been published. The first publisher of Star Trek fiction aimed at adult readers was Bantam Books. In 1970, James Blish wrote the first original Star Trek novel published by Bantam, Spock Must Die! Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is the most prolific publisher of Star Trek novels. Star Trek novelists include Peter David, Diane Carey, Keith R. A. DeCandido, J. M. Dillard, Diane Duane, Michael Jan Friedman, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Several actors from the television series have also written or co-written books featuring their respective characters: William Shatner, John de Lancie, Andrew J. Robinson, J. G. Hertzler and Armin Shimerman. Voyager producer Jeri Taylor wrote two novels featuring back story for Voyager characters, and screen authors David Gerrold, D. C. Fontana, and Melinda Snodgrass have penned books, as well.

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Star Trek Books - Inside Information

Star Trek Movie Memories - the inside story of the classic movies

By William Shatner with Chris Kreski

1st UK edition from Harper Collins 1994

Star Trek Movie Memories

Shatner relates in explicit detail what went into the making of all six 'classic' Star Trek movies including all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics and production mishaps along the way.

Paperback 358 pages, ISBN 0006384161

Used like new unread book with slight shelf and browsing wear
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Star Trek Memories - the inside story of the classic TV series

By William Shatner with Chris Kreski

1st UK edition (reprint) from Harper Collins 1993

Star Trek Memories

Shatner talks Star Trek fans where no fan has gone before - behind the scenes of the classic show. He traces the history of this phenomenon and includes stories and behind the scenes antics of the shows most loved characters.

Paperback 306 pages, ISBN 0006379702

Used like new unread book with slight shelf wear
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Captain's Log

William Shatner's personal account of the making of Star Trek V The Final Frontier

As told by Lisabeth Shatner

Captain's Log

In Star Trek Shatner took not only the challenge to star but also to direct and co-write this multi-million dollar epic. This book by his daughter includes his thoughts, earliest scrip ideas, insights into its filming and difficulties. It also has 16 pages of behind the scenes photographs.

Paperback 224 pages, ISBN 1852862556, 1989 Titan Books

Used very good, unread book with some shelf wear and slight tanning to page edges
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The Star Trek Interview Book

By Allan Asherman

The Star Trek Interview Book

Interviews with the original stars and crew of the entertainment phenomenon. This in depth look at the people who helped create the magic of Star Trek from Gene Roddenberry to Harve Bennett, from the man who designed the Enterprise to the woman who played Spock's wife here is a wealth of never before revealed info and trivia.

Paperback 278 pages, ISBN 1852861045, 1998 from Titan Books

Used like new with some shelf wear to top of pages
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Vintage Star Trek Official Cooking Manual

compiled by Mary Ann Piccard from the Logbook of Nurse Christine Chapel

The Star Trek Interview Book

Fabulous recipes from all over the Universe. Written with substituted earth ingredients if original alien produce is not available in your area! This is a rare and interesting publication.

1st edition paperback, 1978 from Bantam Books
AE

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The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers

by Phil Farrand

Star Trek

Six seasons of bloopers, flubs, technical screw-ups and plot discrepancies for discriminating fans. This book is definitely the TNG fan's bible! Masses of facts and trivia about each episode. Hours of sheer delight.

Paperback 432 pages, ISBN 185286513X, 1993 from Titan Books

Used good with slight shelf and reading wear
£8.00
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The Secrets of Star Trek Insurrection

by Terry J Erdman

Star Trek

The story behind the epic Star Trek Movie. There were new ships, new aliens, new worlds and new adventures. This is a look behind the scenes at the creative process from inception to finished work.

Paperback 188 pages, ISBN 0671024949, 1998 from Pocket Books
A

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The Star Trek Compendium

by Allan Asherman

Star Trek

The complete reference book including a show by show guide and over 125 rare and exciting photos.

Paperback 182 pages, ISBN 067168440X, 1989 from Pocket Books
A

Used good with some wear to cover, pages clean and unmarked
£7.00
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Gene Roddenberry: August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991

Star Trek

Star Trek Books - Novels and Episodes

TekWar/TekLords

By William Shatner

Star Trek

Two gripping futuristic thrillers from Star Trek's own Captian Kirk.

Paperbacks: 300 & 255 pages, ISBN 0552135844 & 0552136824 1991 from Corgi

Used like new. Excellent condition with slight tanning to page edges and one page marked.
£8.00
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Star Trek Voyager - Pathways

By Jeri Taylor (co-creator of the hit TV series)

Star Trek

The story traces the winding roads that have led Captain Janeway's officers to what is perhaps the greatest crisis on their long voyage home. Good size print.

Hardback 438 pages, ISBN 0671003461, 1st edition (reprint) 1998 from Pocket Books

Used good with some shelf wear to dust jacket and slight marks to page edges
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Star Trek Day of Honor

By Diane Carey, LA Graf, Michael Jan Friedman, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Katheryn Rusch and Diane G Gallagher

Star Trek

The bestselling Klingon saga complete in one volume. Six complete novels that explore the heart and soul of Klingons everywhere especially concentrating on their unique sense of honor in all its forms.

Paperback 1096 pages, ISBN 0671028138, 1999 from Pocket Books

Used good, shelf and reading wear to cover but uncreased spine
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Star Trek The Next Generation - The Genesis Wave book 1

By John Vornholt

Star Trek

An awesome weapon from the past returns to menace a new generation.

Hardback 308 pages, ISBN 0743411803, 2000 from Pocket Books

Used good, complete with dust jacket, some wear to jacket and page edges
£8.00
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Star Trek Preserver

By William Shatner

Star Trek

Hardback, BCA edition 2000
E

Used good, complete with dust jacket, some shelf wear and slight tanning to inside covers
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Star Trek The Lost Years

By J M Dillard

Star Trek

The five year mission is over. Strange times lie ahead...
What happened between the end of the Original series and the first Star Trek movie?

Published by Pan, 1990
E

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Enterprise Shockwave

novelisation written by Paul Ruditis, originally written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Star Trek

1st edition hardback
ISBN 0743464559

from Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) 2002
E

Used like new, slight shelf wear to dust jacket only
£8.50
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11 STAR TREK novels (Original Series)

adapted by James Blish

Star Trek

Ideal for any Trek fan.

Published by CORGI, 1974, 1st edition paperbacks, some reprints
E

Used very good, all covers intact, slight tanning to pages but otherwise umarked
£45.00
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and more...

Star Trek In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, the "Kelvin Timeline", titled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. A sequel to that film, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered on May 16, 2013. A thirteenth film feature and sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released in July 2016, to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

A new Star Trek TV series, titled Star Trek: Discovery, premiered in 2017 on the digital platform CBS All Access. In the UK it is on NetFlix.

See the official trailer here.

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