Star Trek

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

by
Gene Roddenberry
Cover image: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Pocket Books (1979)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date December 1979
Original Price $2.50
ISBN 0671830880

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a novelisation of the first Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Back Cover Blurb
The writer-producer who created Mr. Spock and all the other Star Trek characters — who invented the Starship Enterprise, who gave the show its look, its ideals — puts it all together again here in his first Star Trek novel!

Their historic 5 year mission is over. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, all the crew have scattered to other jobs or other lives. Now, they are back together again on a fabulously refitted U.S.S. Enterprise as an incredibly destructive power threatens earth and the human race.
Other Editions
Cover image: Star Trek, The Motion Picture, Futura (1979) Star Trek: The Motion Picture
UK | Paperback | Futura | 1979 | 1.00 | 0708817254
Like many movie tie-ins, the Futura edition included eight pages of colour photographs in the centre.
It came from an unexplored quarter of the galaxy.

It ignored all attempts to communicate with it.

And it annihilated all opposition with energy bolts of unimaginable ferocity.

Computer projections showed that it would enter the solar system in precisely three days.

The USS ENTERPRISE, refitting in dry dock, was the only craft that Starfleet Command could send to intercept the Cloud in time...

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
UK | Hardback | Severn House | 1980 | 0727806319
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
UK | Paperback | Titan Books | September 1988 | 2.95 | 1852860693 | No.14
Novelised Movie
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
   Screenplay: Harold Livingstone
   Story: Alan Dean Foster
   Release Date: December 1979
Notes
Cover image: Star Trek, The Entropy Effect, Orbit (1981)
  • As well as being the only Star Trek book to be written by Gene Roddenberry, The Motion Picture was also the first one to be published by Pocket Books — prior to 1979 the vast majority of the books based on the series had come from either Bantam or Ballantine. Having managed to get their foot in the door, the license to publish original fiction based on the series followed in 1981, with Vonda N McIntyre's The Entropy Effect being their first release.
  • The novelisation isn't the only way in which fans can re-experience The Motion Picture, as a full-colour photonovel based on the movie was also released by Pocket Books.
Cover image: Star Trek, Phase II - The Lost Series, Pocket Books (1997)
  • The Motion Picture had a very rocky production, beginning life as a script titled In Thy Image, written by Harold Livingstone and based on a storyline by Alan Dean Foster. The script was originally developed to be the pilot episode for a new Star Trek television series, but when Paramount's plans for their own television network and Star Trek Phase II fell through, Plan B swung into operation — Star Trek on the big screen.

    Harold Livingston's first draft of In Thy Image, as well as Alan Dean Foster's original treatment, was eventually published in Phase II — The Lost Series from Pocket Books in 1997.

    Although the basics of the story remain the same, such as the presence of Ilia and Will Decker, there are some notable changes, not least Lieutenant Xon in place of Mr Spock. The more familiar V'ger is instead name Ve-jur and is also identified as being Voyager 18 rather than Voyager 6.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

by
Vonda N McIntyre
Cover image: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Pocket Books (1982)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date July 1982
Original Price $2.50
ISBN 0671456105
Book Number #7

The Wrath of Khan is a novelisation of the second Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Back Cover Blurb
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR WARP-10 EXCITEMENT!

The galaxy's ultimate future is in the hands of James Kirk, Mr. Spock and the indomitable crew of the Enterprise...

The Galaxy's ultimate weapon is in the hands of the evil Khan and his followers.

A battle that will shake the universe cannot be avoided... And the ultimate adventure is about to begin!
Other Editions
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
UK | Hardback | Severn House | 1982
Cover image: Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, Futura (1982) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
UK | Paperback | Futura | 1982 | 1.25 | 0708880959
The back cover blurb to the Futura edition is exactly the same as for the original Pocket Books edition.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
United States | Hardback | Gregg Press | 1984 | $10.95 | 0839828322
Cover image: Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, Pocket Books (1982) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
United States | Paperback | Pocket Books | August 1986 | $3.50 | 0671634941
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
UK | Paperback | Titan Books | September 1988 | 2.95 | 1852860715 | No.15
Cover image: Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, Pocket Books (1984) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
United States | Paperback | Pocket Books | 1994 | $5.50 | 0671741497

The Wrath of Khan was also released as part of the Duty, Honor, Redemption omnibus in 2004.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
   Screenplay: Jack B Sowards and Nicholas Meyer
   Story: Jack B Sowards and Harve Bennett
   Release Date: June 1982
Notes
Cover image: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Photostory, Pocket Books (1982)
  • The novelisation of The Wrath of Khan was Vonda N McIntyre's second Star Trek book, and was the first in what would effectively be a trilogy of stories that would end with her novelisation of The Voyage Home.
  • The novelisation by Vonda N McIntyre wasn't the only way in which fans could re-experience The Wrath of Khan as, like The Motion Picture, a photonovel based on the movie was released by Pocket Books. Sadly, however, The Wrath of Khan was in black and white, a step down from the earlier volume, which had been in full colour throughout.
  • The complete script to The Wrath of Khan was released by OSP Publishing in 1994.
Cover image: Star Trek, Star Trek 2, Corgi Books (1972)
  • The character of Khan had originally featured in Space Seed, an episode from Season 1 of the television series in February 1967. Famously, a minor continuity error crept into the movie as, when Chekov and Terrell are captured on Ceti Alpha V, Khan is able to recognize Chekov — an amazing feat for even an intellect such as Khan's, because Walter Koenig didn't join the cast until Season 2!

    More positively, continuity with the original episode was maintained by having Khan once again played by Ricardo Montalban, who, at the time of the movie's release, was in the middle of a seven year stint as Mr Roarke in ABC's Fantasy Island.

    The original television episode was novelised by James Blish for Star Trek 2, released by Bantam Books in 1972.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

by
Vonda N McIntyre
Cover image: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Pocket Books (1984)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date June 1984
Original Price $2.95
ISBN 0671495003
Book Number #17

The Search for Spock is a novelisation of the third Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Back Cover Blurb
NO ONE ON THE ENTERPRISE CAN BELIEVE THAT MR. SPOCK IS GONE!

As the crew grieves for Mr. Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genesis can also destroy existing worlds.

The creators of the Device want it given freely to the Galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it will become a force for evil. And the enemies of the Federation will not rest until they seize it — as their most powerful weapon in the battle to conquer the Galaxy!
Other Editions
Cover image: Star Trek III, The Search for Spock, Panther (1984) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
UK | Paperback | Panther | August 1984 | 1.95 | 0586064427
The back cover blurb to the Panther Books edition is exactly the same as for the original Pocket Books edition.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
UK | Hardback | Severn House | 1985 | 0727811428
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
United States | Hardback | Gregg Press | January 1985 | $12.95 | 083982839X

The Search for Spock was also released as part of the Duty, Honor, Redemption omnibus in 2004.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
   Script: Harve Bennett
   Release Date: June 1984
Notes
  • The Search of Spock was essentially the second part of a movie trilogy which had begun with The Wrath of Khan and which would conclude with The Voyage Home in 1986. Rather tidily, Vonda N McIntyre would be reponsible for novelising all three of them.
  • A young adult novelisation, written by Lawrence Weinberg under the title The Search for Spock Storybook, was also published. Like most children's novelisations of the time, it was a large-format book with numerous colour photographs throughout.
Cover image: Star Trek III: The Search fo Spock, OSP Publishing (1994)
  • The complete script to The Search for Spock was released by OSP Publishing in 1994.
  • As well as seeeing the re-birth of Spock, The Search for Spock also saw the end for the original Enterprise, which had been refitted just prior to the events of The Motion Picture and which Kirk was forced to blow-up while in orbit round the Genesis planet. While the end of the movie and would see the regular characters forced to slum it in a captured Klingon Bird-of-Prey, the Enterprise-A would be unveiled after Kirk and his crew had been court-martialed on their eventual return to Earth at the conclusion of The Voyage Home.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

by
Vonda N McIntyre
Cover image: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Pocket Books (1986)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date December 1986
Original Price $3.95
ISBN 0671632663

The Voyage Home is a novelisation of the fourth Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Back Cover Blurb
At last, Admiral James T. Kirk and the crew of the late starship Enterprise begin the long voyage home.

But their trip is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious, all-powerful intruder. Suddenly, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew must journey back through time to twentieth-century Earth. For only there can they save the future — by rescuing the past!
Other Editions
Cover image: Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home, Grafton (1987) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
UK | Paperback | Grafton | 1987 | 2.50 | 0586073183
The back cover blurb to the Grafton edition is exactly the same as for the original Pocket Books edition.
Cover image: Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home, Severn House (1987) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
UK | Hardback | Severn House | July 1987 | 9.95 | 0727815199
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
United States | Cassette | Simon & Schuster Audio | September 1987 | 067164629X
Abridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
United States | Paperback | Pocket Books | 1994 | $5.50 | 0671702831

The Voyage Home was also released as part of the Duty, Honor, Redemption omnibus in 2004.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
   Screenplay: Steve Meerson & Peter Krikes and Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer
   Story: Leonard Nimoy & Harve Bennett
   Release Date: November 1986
Notes
  • The third and final book in Vonda N McIntyre's trio of Star Trek movie novelisations, bringing to a conclusion the storylines which had begun with The Wrath of Khan and continued in The Search for Spock.
Cover image: Star Trek, Probe, Pocket Books (1992)
  • The complete script to The Voyage Home was released by OSP Publishing in 1994. A young adult novelisation of The Voyage Home was also released.
  • Unusually, a sequel novel to The Voyage Home was published by Pocket Books in 1992. However, although Probe would be released with Margaret Wander Bonanno's name on the cover, the book was actually completely re-written prior to publication by JM Dillard, with Gene DeWeese later providing a final polish. The full story of the transformation of Bonnano's Music of the Spheres into Probe can be found on her website at margaretwanderbonanno.com. Suffice to say, it's a tale that rivals only the fiasco surrounding Jim Mortimore's rejected Doctor Who novel Campaign for publishing intrigues and non-existent communication.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

by
JM Dillard
Cover image: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Pocket Books (1989)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date June 1989
Original Price $4.50
ISBN 0671680080

The Final Frontier is a novelisation of the fifth Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Other Editions
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
UK | Hardback | Severn House | October 1989 | 10.95 | 0727840215
Cover image: Star Trek V, The Final Frontier, Grafton (1989) Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
UK | Paperback | Grafton | 1989 | 3.50 | 0586208941

THE ENTERPRISE EMBARKS ON HER MOST FANTASTIC ADVENTURE OF ALL!

The planet Nimbus III. A desolate, forbidding world, situated in the heart of the Neutral Zone. Unremarkable, except for one thing: Nimbus III is the site of an unprecedented attempt at cooperation among the galaxy's three major powers. Here, to this "Planet of Galactic Peace", the Klingons, Romulans, and the Federation have all sent ambassadors, who are working together to develop the planet — an experiment that, if it succeeds, could transform the galactic balance-of-power.

But now terrorists have seized control of Nimbus III. And when Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise attempt a dramatic rescue, they discover a threat unlike any other they have ever faced. A threat that will force them to confront the inner demons of their own, secret pasts — and the forbidden secrets that lie at the center of the galaxy itself...

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
United States | Cassette | Simon & Schuster Audio | 1992
Abridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
   Screenplay: David Loughery
   Story: William Shatner & Harve Bennett & David Loughery
   Release Date: June 1989
Notes
  • The Final Frontier was the first Star Trek movie novelisation to be written by JM Dillard, who would gone on to write all of them up to and including Nemesis in 2002.
  • Unlike The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home, a junior novelisation was not published.
  • The complete script to The Final Frontier was released by OSP Publishing in 1994.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

by
JM Dillard
Cover image: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Pocket Books (1992)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date January 1992
Original Price $4.99
ISBN 0671758837

The Undiscovered Country is a novelisation of the sixth and final Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Other Editions
Star Trek VI: The Undiscover Country
United States | Cassette | Audioworks | September 1987 | 067175873X
Abridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by James Doohan.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
UK | Hardback | Severn House | June 1992 | 13.99 | 0727843850
Cover image: Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country, Grafton (1992) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
UK | Paperback | Grafton | March 1992 | 3.99 | 058621660X

THE KLINGONS ARE PROPOSING PEACE
Does this mean the end of war or the end of history?

Stardate 8679.25: Internal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic collapse...

To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire — negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility between the two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to escort the Chancellor safely into Federation space.

But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to a sudden halt — and places Kirk and Dr. McCoy in the hands of the Federation's greatest enemy. With time running out, Spock and the Enterprise crew must work to uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the most destructive conflict it has ever known!
(Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa Bunko | 1992
Novelised Movie
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
   Screenplay: Nicholas Meyer & Denny Martin Flynn
   Story: Leonard Nimoy & Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal
   Release Date: December 1991
Notes
Cover image: Star Trek, Probe, Pocket Books (1992)
  • The complete script to The Undiscovered Country was released by OSP Publishing in 1994.
  • Parts of The Undiscovered Country featuring Captain Sulu and the USS Excelsior were later used in the Voyager episode Flashback, novelised by Diane Carey in 1996. The episode was Voyager's contribution to the Star Trek 30th anniversary celebrations

    The adventures of Captain Sulu have also featured in the novels The Captains Daughter and The Lost Era: The Sundered, as well as in three original audiobooks in the
  • The Undiscovered Country was the final time that the entrire cast of the original Star Trek series would appear on screen together. Kirk, Scotty and Chekov would all feature in the following movie, Generations, with Spock appearing in 2009's Star Trek.
Star Trek

by
Alan Dean Foster
Cover image: Star Trek, Pocket Books (2009)
Country United States
Format Paperback / eBook
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date May 2009
Original Price $15.00
ISBN 978-1439158869

Star Trek is a novelisation of the first in a trilogy of movies which feature an alternate universe version of the original crew of the Enterprise.

Back Cover Blurb
"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.

"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

"The wait is over."
Other Editions
Cover image: Star Trek, Pocket Books (2010) Star Trek
United States | Paperback | Pocket Books | August 2010 | $7.99 | 1439194874
Cover image: Star Trek, Simon and Schuster Audio (2010) Star Trek
United States | CD | Simon & Schuster Audio | August 2010 | 978-1442336421
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the movie.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek
   Script: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
   Release Date: May 2009
Notes
  • A novelisation of the prequel movie, featuring a completely new cast in the parts made famous in the 1960s television series and the movies between 1989 and 1991.
Cover image: Star Trek, Log One, Ballantine (1974)
  • Alan Dean Foster was previously connected with the Star Trek universe in the 1970s when he developed the story which was later turned into the the script to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Earlier in the same decade he had also written ten novelisation based on Star Trek: The Animated Series for Ballantine and Del Rey, in the process adapting all twenty-two episodes of the television series.
  • A series of original young adult novels, featuring the versions of the characters which appeared in the 2009 movie, was launched by Simon Spotlight in November 2009. The first title to be released was Rick Barba's The Delta Anomaly.
Star Trek Into Darkness

by
Alan Dean Foster
Cover image: Star Trek Into Darkness, Pocket Books (2013)
Country United States
Format Paperback / eBook
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date May 2013
Original Price $16.00
ISBN 978-1476716480

Star Trek Into Darkness is a novelisation of the second in a trilogy of movies which feature an alternate universe version of the original crew of the Enterprise.

Back Cover Blurb
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Other Editions
Cover image: Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon and Schuster Audio (2013) Star Trek
United States | CD | Simon & Schuster Audio | May 2013 | $29.99 | 978-1442362697
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Alice Eve who played Carol Marcus in the movie.
Novelised Movie
Star Trek Into Darkness
   Script: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
   Release Date: May 2013
Notes
  • Novelisation of the second movie featuring the new cast.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Storybook

by
Lawrence Weinberg
Cover image: Star Trek III: The Search fo Spock, Little Simon (1984)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Little Simon
Publication Date 1984
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0671476629

The Search for Spock Storybook is a young adult novelisation of the third Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Other Editions
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Storybook
UK | Paperback | Ravette | 1986 | 0906710588
Novelised Movie
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
   Script: Harve Bennett
   Release Date: June 1984
Notes
  • The Search for Spock was the very first young adult book based on one of the Star Trek movies. As with most such examples from the time, the book liberally illustrated with photographs from the movie. The book is Lawrence Weinberg's only contribution to the Star Trek universe.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

by
Peter Lerangis
Cover image: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Wanderer (1986)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Wanderer
Publication Date 1986
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0671632434

The Voyage Home is a young adult novelisation of the fourth Star Trek movie to feature the cast from the 1960s television series.

Novelised Movie
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
   Screenplay: Steve Meerson & Peter Krikes and Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer
   Story: Leonard Nimoy & Harve Bennett
   Release Date: November 1986
Notes
  • A young adult novelisation which was liberally illustrated with photographs from the movie.
Star Trek: Duty, Honor, Redemption

by
Vonda N McIntyre
Cover image: Star Trek, Duty,m Honor, Redemption, Pocket Books (2004)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication Date 2004
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0743496604

Duty, Honor, Redemption is an omnibus edition of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Notes
  • The eBook edition of this omnibus is the only way in which it is possible to get an electronic copy of The Voyage Home. The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock have both also been made available individually as eBooks.