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Bantam Books

Bantam Books was the first publisher given license to produce series of original Star Trek novels and episode novelizations. It is currently part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House. Bantam Books was established in 1945, and is one of the largest and most successful adult fiction publishers in the United States. Apart from Star Trek material, Bantam Books also published a large number of Star Wars novels.

Bantam Books starting publishing Star Trek material in the late 1960s and continued until the license was awarded to Pocket Books in 1979. This was not an exclusive license, as comics, technical publications and Star Trek: The Animated Series adaptations were published concurrently by Gold Key Comics and Ballantine Books.

Bantam's Trek material began with a series of episode novelizations by author James Blish. Bantam has reprinted these, and its other original novels sporadically since then, even after the official license was passed on to Pocket. In the UK, Corgi Books published local editions in the '70s, and Titan Books did reprints during the '90s.

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