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Photonovels, occasionally spelled as Fotonovels, or referred to by the Italian-derived term Fumetti (which actually is the generic Italian word for comics), are print adaptations of television episodes or feature films into a book, using screenshots, or stills, with word bubbles instead of traditional text. While originally marketed as novels, most photonovels made today would be considered a form of graphic novel, a format closely linked to comics; the Disney company revived the format in the late 2010s as "Cinestory", with photonovel-style reproductions of its popular animated films, as well as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

A relatively short-lived phenomena, the format came into vogue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but went out of fashion just as quickly. The main reason for this was that very shortly after its introduction, the advent of visual home media formats, most notably VHS, became widespread, causing the perceived added value of the format to greatly diminish. Due to the visual effects imagery involved, science fiction franchises of the period, like Alien, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Outland, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek were well represented while the format was popular. As far as Star Trek was concerned, the contemporary publications of Bantam Books and Pocket Books have been particularly noteworthy. New outings in the format became nigh non-existent afterwards.

Yet, in December 2013, John Byrne reinvigorated the genre, when he wrote a "lost episode" photonovel comic published by IDW Publishing titled "Strange New Worlds". However, Byrne's concept involved taking digitally edited images from the original series and creating new narratives to simulate what a "lost episode" might have looked like with the original cast.

One of the pioneers of the format, Richard J. Anobile, was commissioned to create "Photostories" for the first two Star Trek films.

Bantam Books' fotonovels Edit

  1. The City on the Edge of Forever
  2. Where No Man Has Gone Before
  3. The Trouble with Tribbles
  4. A Taste of Armageddon
  5. Metamorphosis
  6. All Our Yesterdays
  7. The Galileo Seven
  8. A Piece of the Action
  9. The Devil in the Dark
  10. Day of the Dove
  11. The Deadly Years
  12. Amok Time

Pocket Books' photostories Edit

  1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Photostory
  2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Photostory

IDW Publishing photonovels Edit

  1. "The Mirror, Cracked"
  2. "Time's Echo"
  3. "Cry Vengeance"
  4. "Made Out of Mudd"
  5. "A Scent of Ghosts"
  6. "Resistance"
  7. "1971/4860.2"
  8. "The Survival Equation"
  9. "The Hollow Man"
  10. "Mister Chekov"
  11. "Of Woman Born"
  12. "Swarm"
  13. "The Hidden Face"
  14. "Sam"
  15. "The Traveler"
  16. "Time Out of Joint"
  17. "All the Ages Frozen"
  18. "What Pain It Is to Drown"
  19. "The Hunger"
  20. "Isolation"
  21. "The Enemy of My Enemy"
  22. "An Unexpected Yesterday"

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