Today STAR TREK spans five television series, eight 
feature films and several interactive 
CD-ROMs. In addition, the STAR TREK afficionado had 
hundreds of novels to choose from with dozens more being published 
each year. It was not always thus. Those of us who were loving 
STAR TREK in the late 1960's and into he early 1980's remember 
a time when STAR TREK was not so abundant. In the years 
between 1969 and 1981, we had only the animated series 
(22 half hour episodes), reruns of the original series, 
one movie and a handful of novels. In those 12 years there 
was published only 15 original novels and two collections of 
short stories. This was before Pocket Books gained the rights 
to publish STAR TREK books.

  This site is a guide to those early STAR TREK novels. Chronologically listed below are these 17 books. For each there is a book cover picture, writer credit, publication date, ISBN number, page count, story synopsis and comments. Currently, the synopses are simply the text that appeared on the back of each book, but I intend to provide full synopses as I find time. The comments included for each book will be fleshed out as well. I invite you to use this guide as a way to explore these classic novels, and I encourage you to buy and read any book that may interest you.

  The cover images are links to Amazon.com if the book is in print, or to Advanced Book Exchange (abebooks.com) if the book is out of print. This site is a guide to these early books, it is not intended as a replacement for them. The list of books below are links that will scroll the main body of the page down to the selected book. To scroll back up to the list of books, click on any of the "Index" buttons in the main body of this page. The cover images shown below are from the first edition of each book. Some books were reissued a number of times, each time with a different cover illustration.


Mission to Horatius - (1968)
Spock Must Die - (Feb 1970)
STAR TREK: The New Voyages - (Mar 1976)
Spock, Messiah - (Sep 1976)
The Price of the Phoenix - (July 1977)
Planet of Judgment - (Aug 1977)
STAR TREK: The New Voyages 2 - (Jan 1978)
Mudd's Angels - (May 1978)
Vulcan! - (Sep 1978)

The Starless World - (Nov 1978)
Trek to Madworld - (Jan 1979)
World Without End - (Feb 1979)
The Fate of the Phoenix - (May 1979)
Devil World - (Nov 1979)
Perry's Planet - (Feb 1980)
The Galactic Whirlpool - (Oct 1980)
Death's Angel - (April 1981)


Mission to Horatius. Written by Mack Reynolds.
Illustrated by Sparky Moore.
Published in 1968 by Whitman Books.
No ISBN, 210 pages

  Synopsis: The Enterprise has been on patrol too long--the crew is restless and irritable especially that Dr. McCoy, the engines are straining, and food is running low. But Captain Kirk is under sealed orders to head to the far away Horatius system to answer a mysterious distress call from some decidedly anti-Federation colonists. When our intrepid crew tries to help, they run afoul of stone-age creeps, drugged fanatics, and oppressed clones. To make matters worse, they face a moral conflict with Federation General Order One, the so-called Prime Directive, which mandates noninterference with native cultures.

This book was originally intended for young readers.

This book had been out of print for 30 years but was reprinted in a facsimile edition in 1999 by Pocket Books, with an introduction by John Ordover. The facsimile edition is available through Amazon.com


Spock Must Die

Written by James Blish.
Published in February 1970 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-05515, 118 pages

  Synopsis: Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves in the middle of an undeclared war by the Klingon Empire...

The Organians should be consulted about the war but their entire planet has disappeared - or been destroyed...

Mr. Spock entered the Transporter Chamber. His image would be flashed to Organia by the huge machine's faster-than-light tachyons. But the experiment failed. Suddenly there were two Mr. Spocks. One of them had to be destroyed... But which one?

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com


STAR TREK: The New Voyages.

Edited by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath.
Published in March 1976 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-02719, 236 pages

  Synopsis: This book is a collection of short stories:

  • "Ni Var" by Claire Gabriel
  • "Intersection Point" by Juanita Coulson
  • "The Enchanted Pool" by Marcia Ericson
  • "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited" by Ruth Berman
  • "The Face on the Barroom Floor" by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman
  • "The Hunting" by Doris Beetem
  • "The Winged Dreamers" by Jennifer Guttridge
  • "Mind-Sifter" by Shirley Maiewski

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

In 1977, Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath also edited a second book of STAR TREK short stories called STAR TREK: The New Voyages 2.


Spock, Messiah.

Written by Theodore R. Cogswell and
Charles A. Spano, Jr.
Published in September 1976 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-10159-5, 182 pages

  Synopsis: A defective mind link turns the logical Mr. Spock into a fiery revolutionary who sets out to convert the planet Kyros with fire, sword and a forbidden philosophy. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew must summon all their skill and cunning in a race against time on hostile planet. Can they destroy the fiendish mind that holds Spock captive before it destroys them?

This book is currently out of print.


The Price of the Phoenix.

Written by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath.
Published in July 1977 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-10978-2, 182 pages

  Synopsis: Captain Kirk is Dead - Long Live Captain Kirk! Spock, Doctor McCoy and the other crewman of the Starship Enterprise experience a stunning double-shock. The first, painful blow is Captain Kirk's tragic death. Then, captain Kirk's miraculous rebirth reveals the most awesome force the Enterprise has ever encountered. Spock is forced into a desperate gamble for Kirk's human soul against Omne - the ultrahuman emperor of life beyond life, and death beyond hell...

This book is currently out of print.

Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath later wrote a sequel to this book, called The Fate of the Phoenix in 1979.

Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath also edited two books of STAR TREK short stories, STAR TREK: The New Voyages in 1976, and STAR TREK: The New Voyages 2 in 1977.


Planet of Judgment.

Written by Joe Haldeman.
Published in August 1977 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24168-0, 151 pages

  Synopsis: On a routine diplomatic mission to Starfleey Academy, our sensors detected the presence of a rogue planet in space, orbited by a sun no larger than a pea - a circumstance impossible to explain by any known scientific law. Assuming the star to be an artificial construct, a landing party was dispatched to the planet's surface, where I am now recording this log: where we are now trapped. Two of my crewman are dead, victims of this savage planet Spock has named Anomaly, a planet where none of our equipment works and none of our science applies... a planet that cannot exist.

This book is currently out of print.

Joe Haldeman also wrote World Without End.


STAR TREK: The New Voyages 2.

Edited by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath.
Published in January 1978 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-11392-5, 252 pages

  Synopsis: This book is a collection of short stories:

  • "Surprise!" by Nichelle Nichols, Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath
  • "Snake Pit" by Connie Faddis
  • "The Patient Parasites" by Russell Bates
  • "In the Maze" by Jennifer Guttridge
  • "Cave-In" by Jane Peyton
  • "Marginal Existence" by Connie Faddis
  • "The Procrustean Petard" by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
  • "The Sleeping God" by Jesco von Puttkamer

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath also served as editors of the first book of STAR TREK short stories, STAR TREK: The New Voyages.


Mudd's Angels.

Adapted by J. A. Lawrence.
Published in May 1978 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24666-6, 177 pages

  Synopsis: This book is comprised of three stories featuring the character Harry Mudd:

  • "Mudd's Woman" adapted from a script by Stephen Kandel
  • "I, Mudd" adapted from a script by Stephen Kandel
  • "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations" by J. A. Lawrence

This book is currently out of print.

This book was reissued in November 1994 under the title "Mudd's Enterprise."

J.A. Lawrence was James Blish's wife and after his death she completed the last two episode novelizations that he had begun, and added a third story of her own. This book's three stories are held together by some transitional prose by Lawrence.

This book was originally intended to contain all of the Harry Mudd STAR TREK episodes including the animated episode "Mudd's Passion", but the novelization rights to all of the animated stories were held by Ballantine Books at the time.


Vulcan!

Written by Kathleen Sky.
Published in September 1978 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-12137-5, 175 pages

  Synopsis: Spock beamed down to a murderous planet in a dangerously shifting universe... A universe where a series of freak ion storms has changed the boundaries of space... where Arachne IV, inhabited by a strange race, may be lost forever to the Federation... where Spock is sent on a death-defying assignment into a war of ant-types along with a brilliant, beautiful, bigoted scientist who hates Vulcans!

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

Kathleen Sky also wrote Death's Angel.


The Starless World.

Written by Gordon Eklund.
Published in November 1978 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24675-5, 152 pages

  Synopsis: While investigating rumors of renewed activity by the Klingon Empire within the Galactic Core, the Enterprise made contact with a shuttlecraft from the U.S.S. Rickover, a starship presumed lost with all hands over 20 years ago. The lone occupant of that shuttlecraft - Thomas Clayton, once my roommate at Starfleet Academy, now the self-proclaimed chosen son and favored prophet of a deity he calls Ay-nab. I had planned on disregarding Clayton entirely - until control of our engines was seized by an as-yet-unexplained outside force... a force, Clayton insists, that is now taking us to meet his god.

This book is currently out of print.

Gordon Eklund also wrote Devil World.


Trek to Madworld.

Written by Stephen Goldin.
Published in January 1979 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24676-3, 177 pages

  Synopsis: I am faced with one of the most difficult decisions of my career. Three days ago, the Enterprise, was ordered to proceed at maximum warp to Epsilon Delta IV, where 700 colonists are slowly dying of radiation poisoning. Our journey there was interrupted when Enowil, an eccentric being of unbelievable power, seized control of the ship, as well as one Klingon and one Romulan star cruiser. Offering anything in his power to give as a reward, he has asked all of us for help in solving what he refers to as a "private matter." I've seen evidence of his power: it's incredible. If I decline, if I take the ship and leave, both the Romulans and the Klingons have a chance to obtain what could be an unstoppable weapon... and change the galactic balance of power. But if I stay, I am surely condemning the 700 colonists on Epsilon Delta IV to a slow and painful death.

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

Stephen Goldin, this book's author, has a web site and enjoys receiving comments from his readers via e-mail.


World Without End.

Written by Joe Haldeman.
Published in February 1979 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24174-5, 150 pages

  Synopsis: The Enterprise is temporarily in orbit around an alien "Starship" (actually an artificial planetoid approximately 217.352 kilometers in diameter) of unknown origin, aboard which Captain Kirk and a landing party of four are stranded. They are currently detained in a prison cell, awaiting interrogation.

Far more immediate is the condition of the Enterprise. The ship has been "snared" by wires apparently composed of the same alien craft (a substance harder than any known to Federation science) - wires which are draining off our power reserves at an alarming rate remaining on board the Enterprise (and crashing to the surface of the planetoid once our power is gone), or joining the Captain inside the alien spacecraft. A fascinating dilemma.

This book is currently out of print.

Joe Haldeman also wrote Planet of Judgment.


The Fate of the Phoenix.

Written by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath.
Published in May 1979 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-27932-7, 262 pages

  Synopsis: With the Romulans approaching the boundaries of Federation space and the Klingons threatening to break the Organian peace treaty, Captain Kirk and his crew face a new peril in the person of Omne, the powerful and twisted creator of the Phoenix process.

This book is currently out of print.

This book was a sequel to Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath's 1977 book The Price of the Phoenix.

Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath also edited two books of STAR TREK short stories, STAR TREK: The New Voyages in 1976, and STAR TREK: The New Voyages 2 in 1977.


Devil World.

Written by Gordon Eklund.
Published in November 1979 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24677-1, 153 pages

  Synopsis: In a state of severe shock, Mr. Spock has been permittedto beam back aboard the Enterprise - the rest of the landing party and I remain stranded on Heartland. I am convinced that the only person who can help us is Jacob Kell, the man we came here seeking. His years spent alone here have made him capable of somehow communicating with whatever force rules this planet, the force that has struck down two of my crewman... the same force that drove all but one of this planet's original 100 colonists completely insane.

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

Gordon Eklund also wrote The Starless World.


Perry's Planet.

Written by Jack C. Haldeman II.
Published in February 1980 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-13580-5, 132 pages

  Synopsis: Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the Enterprise crew face battle with the Klingons in a strange world ruled by a "human" who's been dead for 300 years! Soon the entire crew has fallen under the planet's mysterious force - stripped of their power to wage war - as the subhuman Immunes advance... and the Klingon legions hover overhead!

This book is currently out of print.


The Galactic Whirlpool.

Written by David Gerrold.
Published in October 1980 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24170-2, 223 pages

  Synopsis: The young woman brought back aboard the Enterprise by Lieutenant Riley's contact team is responding well to treatment: physically, there's no question she's going to be fine. I'm more worried about the culture shock, the mental strain imposed by the sudden discovery that the world she's grown up thinking of as the be-all and end-all of the universe is nothing more than a spaceship - a ship we need her to help to gain control of before it and her entire world are destroyed. So far, her response has been to regard everything that's happened as a "demon trick": this could be masking some deeper strain, but we don't have the time right now for a gradual indoctrination. The captain has to convince her - and soon - that the crew of the Enterprise is not composed of "demons" - And he'd better do it before she gets a good look at Spock...

This novel was actually an adaptation of an unproduced two-part episode that Gerrold wrote prior to "The Trouble With Tribbles."

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com


Death's Angel.

Written by Kathleen Sky.
Published in April 1981 by Bantam Books.
ISBN: 0-553-24983-5, 212 pages

  Synopsis: The U.S.S. Enterprise undertakes a highly sensitive mission, ferrying ambassadors from across the Federation to controversial peace talks. One by one, the opponents of the proposed détente with the Romulans are murdered - victims of a mysterious Angel of Death. And the killer may be an Enterprise crew member - maybe even Captain James T. Kirk...

This book is still in print and is available through Amazon.com

Kathleen Sky also wrote Vulcan!


STAR TREK is a Registered Trademark of Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The above mentioned books were published by Bantam Books, and by the Whitman Publishing Division of Western Publishing Company, Inc.

Email: curtdan@ridgecrest.ca.us