STAR TREK IN PRINT

A LOOK AT THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE AS PRESENTED IN NOVELS 

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THE ORIGINAL SERIES HAS ENJOYED A LONG RUN IN PRINT FORM. STAR TREK HAS BEEN A TITLE AVAILABLE THROUGH POCKET BOOKS SINCE DECEMBER OF 1979, WHEN THEY FIRST PUBLISHED A NOVELIZATION OF "STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE". THESE STORIES CONTINUE TO EXPAND ON THE ADVENTURES OF NOT ONLY CAPTAIN KIRK AND HIS FAMED FIRST FIVE YEAR MISSION, BUT ALSO VISITS THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN PIKE WHEN HE COMMANDED THE SHIP, AND LEAPS FORWARD TO CHRONICLE THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN HIKARU SULU ABOARD THE U.S.S. EXCELSIOR.

 

ALSO SET IN THE EARLY DAYS OF KIRK'S FIRST FIVE-YEAR MISSION IS THE ORIGINAL NOVEL SERIES STAR TREK VANGUARD. IT TELLS THE STORY OF A HUGE FEDERATION STARBASE CONSTRUCTED IN A REGION OF SPACE CALLED THE TAURUS REACH. THE STATION'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR FEDERATION DEEP SPACE MISSIONS - BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. IT HAS ANOTHER MISSION. IN THE TAURUS REACH, A SAMPLE HAS BEEN FOUND OF A SUPER-COMPLEX GENETIC STRUCTURE, FAR MORE ADVANCED THAN ANYTHING SEEN BY FEDERATION SCIENCE. IF ITS SECRETS COULD BE UNLOCKED, IT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE ADVANCES IN SCIENCE A THOUSAND-FOLD, OR UNLEASH POTENTIAL FOR WEAPONS EQUALLY ADVANCED. STARFLEET ISN'T THE ONLY ONE TO KNOW OF THIS META-GENOME. KLINGONS, THOLIANS, AND ROMULANS HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST IN THE MYSTERIES OF THE TAURUS REACH. IN THEIR PURSUIT TO LEARN MORE, THEY RISK RE-AWAKENING A RACE WHICH ONCE DOMINATED THIS AREA OF SPACE, AND POSSESSES ENOUGH POWER TO RECLAIM IT.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE CONTINUING TO FILM THE NEXT GENERATION AFTER "STAR TREK NEMESIS" FINISHED ITS RUN IN THE THEATRES. THEY ALSO INDICATED THEY WOULD NOT BE PURSUING THE "VOYAGER". "DEEP SPACE NINE", AND "ENTERPRISE" PROPERTIES.  POCKET BOOKS WAS PERMITTED TO TAKE UP THESE PROPERTIES AND HAD FREE LICENSE TO TAKE THEM NEW DIRECTIONS. THE TALENTED AUTHORS HAVE STEPPED UP TO THIS CHALLENGE ADMIRABLY TO BRING US NEW STORIES WORTHY OF THE SHOWS AND FILMS THAT INSPIRED THEM.

STARTING IN FEBRUARY OF 2005, POCKET PICKED UP THE NEXT GENERATION WHERE "STAR TREK NEMESIS" LEFT OFF. CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD STILL COMMANDS THE U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, BUT FINDS HIMSELF WITH A NEW FIRST OFFICER, AND SEVERAL NEW KEY BRIDGE OFFICERS. THESE BOOKS CONTINUE THE SAGA.

IN MAY OF 2001, POCKET BOOKS INITIATED WHAT IT CALLED THE FIRST OF ITS "RE-LAUNCHES" OF TREK SERIES. THEY STARTED WITH "STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE". FOLLOWING THE EVENTS OF THE SHOW'S FINAL EPISODE, WE FIND THE STATION RESTRUCTURING UNDER A NEW COMMAND STAFF, WITH KIRA NERYS IN CHARGE. THIS REMARKABLE SERIES OF BOOKS CONTINUES THE "DEEP SPACE NINE" STORY, AND INTRODUCES COLORFUL, NEW CHARACTERS WHO WORK REMARKABLY WELL WITH THE ESTABLISHED CHARACTERS FROM THE SHOW. THE BOOKS ARE FULL OF ACTION, AND IMPRESSIVE STORYTELLING.

ALSO ENJOYING A "RE-LAUNCH" IS "STAR TREK VOYAGER". THE BOOKS COVER EVENTS FOLLOWING THE HISTORIC RETURN OF U.S.S. VOYAGER FROM THE DELTA QUADRANT, AND EXPLORE IN DEPTH THE CHARACTERS AS THEY MOVE ON FROM THE EXPERIENCE THAT BROUGHT THEM ALL TOGETHER. THE NEWEST TITLES HAVE TAKEN A SURPRISING TURN - DISCOVER WHY THE CREW HAS AGREED TO TAKE VOYAGER BACK TO THE DELTA QUADRANT...

"STAR TREK ENTERPRISE" WAS A SERIES WHICH WAS TAKEN OFF THE AIR JUST AS IT WAS BEGINNING TO COME INTO ITS OWN. POCKET HAS PICKED UP THE SERIES TO CONTINUE TO CHRONICLE THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ARCHER AND HIS CREW, AND IS NOW DELVING INTO THE ROMULAN WAR, A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD IN CAPTAIN KIRK'S HISTORY.

AUTHOR DAVID MACK'S EPIC TRILOGY BRINGS TOGETHER THE WORLDS OF "ENTERPRISE", "NEXT GENERATION", "DEEP SPACE NINE", "VOYAGER", AND "TITAN" IN A STORY ABOUT A MASSIVE INVASION BY THE BORG, ON A SCALE NEVER BEFORE IMAGINED. THE OUTCOME OF THIS SERIES PAVES THE WAY FOR A NEW DIRECTION FOR ALL THE TREK STORIES SET IN THE 24TH CENTURY. KEITH R.A. DECANDIDO PROVIDES A PROPER EPILOGUE TO DAVID MACK'S SERIES IN "A SINGULAR DESTINY".

A SERIES SET AFTER "STAR TREK NEMESIS", WE FOLLOW CAPTAIN WILLIAM RIKER AND HIS WIFE, DEANNA TROI, ABOARD A BRAND NEW STARSHIP, U.S.S. TITAN. ITS MISSION IS ONE OF DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION, AND RIKER'S CREW IS PERHAPS THE MOST CULTURALLY DIVERSE IN ANY SHIP OF THE LINE.

A SERIES OF ORIGINAL STORIES WHICH BEGAN EXCLUSIVELY AS 'E-BOOKS', AND ARE NOW BEING DISTRIBUTED IN PRINT. THE STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOLLOWS THE 'MIRACLE WORKERS' OF THE 24TH CENTURY, AND THEIR REMARKABLE ADVENTURES AS THEY MEET THE ENGINEERING NEEDS OF THE NEXT GENERATION.

WRITTEN BY AUTHOR PETER DAVID, STAR TREK NEW FRONTIERS FOLLOWS AN ORIGINAL CREW ABOARD THE U.S.S. EXCALIBUR UNDER COMMAND OF CAPTAIN MACKENZIE CALHOUN

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, AUTHOR KEITH R.A. DECANDIDO TAKES US WHERE NO OTHER TREK SERIES HAS GONE: TELLING THE ADVENTURES OF A SHIP OF THE KLINGON EMPIRE, FROM THE KLINGON PERSPECTIVE. THE FIRST THREE NOVELS FOLLOW THE I.K.S. GORKON AND HER CREW, AND THE SERIES EXPANDS WITH BOOK FOUR, LOOKING MORE AT THE EMPIRE AS A WHOLE.