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This is the index and introduction for Trek reference sources.

Books/Blueprints

The following books and blueprint sets were officially licensed for publication by Paramount Pictures or CBS Consumer Products, aka "The Franchise":

Title Author(s)
The Art of Star Trek Ree Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Conversational Klingon Okr Marc Okrand
The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition Beh Quark as told to Ira Steven Behr
Haynes USS Enterprise Press-Out and Build Manual Beh Ben Robinson, Marcus Riley
Inside Star Trek: The Real Story Sol Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman
Klingon Bird of Prey Owners' Workshop Manual Okr Ben Robinson and Rick Sternbach
The Klingon Dictionary Okr Marc Okrand
Klingon for the Galactic Traveler Okr Marc Okrand
The Klingon Way Okr Marc Okrand
The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Sac Susan Sackett (with Gene Roddenberry)
The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ree Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise Joh Shane Johnson
Official Star Trek Cooking Manual Pic Mary Ann Piccard
Power Klingon Okr Barry Levine and Marc Okrand
Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual Pal Eileen Palestine, ed.
Star Fleet Technical Manual Jos Franz Joseph
Star Trek Blueprints Jos Franz Joseph
Star Trek: Build the USS Enterprise Oku Toy Zany
Star Trek: Celebrations Oku Maureen McTigue
Star Trek Chronology Oku Michael and Denise Okuda
Star Trek Cookbook Phi Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes
Star Trek: Federation - The First 150 Years Phi David A. Goodman
Star Trek Encyclopedia Oku Michael and Denise Okuda
Star Trek Maps May designer Jeffrey Maynard
Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series Ree Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Star Trek Science Logs Bor André Bormanis
Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology Gol Stan and Fred Goldstein (illustrations by Rick Sternbach)
Star Trek: Star Charts Man Geoffrey Mandel
Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual Jos Franz Joseph
Star Trek Sticker Book Oku Michael and Denise Okuda and Doug Drexler
Star Trek Universe New Newfield Publications
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual Zim Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach, and Doug Drexler
Star Trek: Federation Passport Dil Jeanne M. Dillard
Star Trek: Federation Travel Guide Fri Michael Jan Friedman
Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations Fri Michael Jan Friedman
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Blueprints Kim David A. Kimble, illus.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Makeup FX Journal Wes Michael Westmore and Joe Nazzaro
Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual Stu Rick Stuart and John Terra
Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies Eav John Eaves and Jeanne M. Dillard
Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Journal Joh Shane Johnson
Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual Ste Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda
Star Trek: The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints Ste Rick Sternbach
Star Trek: The Original Series Sketchbook Sol Herbert F. Solow and Yvonne Fern Solow
Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide Mac David Mack
Star Trek: These Are the Voyages... Kur Charles Kurts
Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Rud Larry Nemecek
The Tribble Handbook Erd Terry J. Erdmann
USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual Erd Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley
The Worlds of the Federation Joh Shane Johnson

Companions

A "Companion", also on occasion referred to as "Compendium" or, more to the point, "Episode Guide" is a reference works that collects information on productions that are produced/released sequentially as part of a series. The defining characteristic of such a work is that its contents is organized on a per episode/outing basis – either by their production, or by their release chronology in the series. Companions can consist of a simple (non-in-universe POV) recapitulation of each individual series' outing (either television, film, or both, where motion picture productions are concerned), as indeed most such works started out as, typically as fan productions.

However, it has become commonplace to greatly enhance such works with elaborate production background information, while still organized around, and adhering to, the established chronology. Bjo Trimble's Star Trek Concordance unlicensed fan production was actually the very first such work thus enhanced where the Star Trek franchise was concerned (becoming officially licensed after-the-fact, incidentally), and served as the template for Allan Asherman's later officially licensed The Star Trek Compendium, which set the stage for ever more enhanced such works (mostly officially licensed) to have followed suit since, with Marc Cushman's three (unlicensed) These Are the Voyages: TOS volumes as the high water mark for the time being.

While it is most obvious that the vast majority of the published companions only concern themselves with the motion picture productions, there actually is one notable exception; the 2006 Voyages of Imagination book does not deal with the live-action franchise, but rather with the Star Trek novels print franchise.

Title Author(s)
A Star Trek Catalog Tur Gerry Turnbull
The Star Trek Compendium Ash Allan Asherman
Star Trek Concordance Tri Bjo Trimble
The Star Trek Guide Cla J.E. Clauss
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion Erd Terry J. Erdmann with Paula M. Block
Star Trek: Discovery - The Official Companion collective
Star Trek: Discovery Guide to Seasons 1 and 2, Collector's Edition collective
Star Trek: The Next Generation 365 Erd Terry J. Erdmann with Paula M. Block
Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion Nem Larry Nemecek
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission Ree Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series Har Aaron Harvey and Rich Schepis
Star Trek: The Original Series 365 Erd Terry J. Erdmann with Paula M. Block
Star Trek - The Original Series: A Celebration Rob Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling
Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration Rob Ben Robinson and Mark Wright
Star Trek: Voyager Companion Rud Paul Ruditis
These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One Cus Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Two Cus Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Three Cus Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage - Season One Gur Gerald Gurian
To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage - Season Two Gur Gerald Gurian
To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage - Season Three Gur Gerald Gurian
Voyages of Imagination Aye Jeff Ayers and John Vairo, Jr.

The "Companion" format was not restricted to books only, as the genre magazine Cinefantastique, became renowned for its Star Trek series-themed issues in the 1990s, which featured series episode guides with heavy background information coverage on the season in question. The magazine actually outperformed the official franchise publications in the production background information department by far during that decade.

Scripts

Several script collections have been published, some by Pocket Books, and some by Roddenberry Productions.

Title Author(s)
The Q Chronicles Various
Becoming Human: The Seven of Nine Saga Various

Other works

The following books contain, critical reviews of Star Trek, acadamic treatises on Star Trek and compilations of references from Star Trek, but were published by parties other than Paramount Pictures and its licensees, aka "unofficial publications":

Title Author(s)
All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek Mar Dave Marinaccio
Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions to the End of Time Kra Lawrence M. Krauss
Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek Har Taylor Harrison, Elyce Rae Helford, Kent A. Ono, and Sarah Projansky
Eth The Ethics of Star Trek Bar Judith Barad and Ed Robertson
Fade In: The Making of Star Trek Insurrection Pil Michael Piller
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Dru Bruce E. Drushel
Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth Gre Jeff Greenwald
I'm Working on That Sha William Shatner with Chip Walter
Is Data Human?: The Metaphysics of Star Trek Han Richard Hanley
Eth The Joy of Trek Ric Samuel Ramer
Life Signs: The Biology of Star Trek Jen Susan C. Jenkins and Robert Jenkins
Liv Star Trek Lives! Lic Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak, and Joan Winston
Mak The Making of the Trek Conventions Win Joan Winston
Mea The Meaning of Star Trek Ric Thomas Richards
Phy The Physics of Star Trek Kra Lawrence M. Krauss
Sexual Generations: Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gender Rob Robin Roberts
The Star Trek Craft Book Ber Angie Pedersen
Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future Ber Daniel Leonard Bernardi
Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant Dec Kevin S. Decker and Jason T. Eberl
Star Trek Revealed Dev Carol Devine
Star Trek The Next Generation: 20th Century Computers and How They Worked Fly Jennifer Flynn
To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek And Athena Andreadis
Who's Who in Star Trek Tow John Townsley
The Double Vision of Star Trek Her Mike Hertenstein
Treknology: Star Trek's Tech 300 Years Ahead of the Future McL Justin McLachlan
Star Trek: Enterprise Logs Gre Carol Greenburg
Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made it to a Theater Near You - For Better or Worse McL David S. Cohen

International work

The following books are reference works that do not have English-language counterparts, and are therefore foreign-language originals. These can concern both officially franchise licensed, as well as unofficial publications:

Title Original Language Author(s) Year
Das Star Trek Universum German Ralph Sander 1998
Die Philosophie bei Star Trek: Mit Kirk, Spock und Picard auf der Reise durch unendliche Weiten German Henrik Hansemann 2013
Die Philosophie in Star Trek German Olivia Vieweg, Klaus Vieweg 2016
Die STAR TREK Physik German Metin Tolan 2016
Trek Science German Stephan Thiesen 1997 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2009 (3rd)
Unendliche Weiten: Lösungsorientiert denken mit Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock und Dr. McCoy German Simone Stölzel 2012
Star Trek: Official Guide 1 - Star Trek The Next Generation Japanese Dullmax 1995 (1st), 2002 (2nd)
Star Trek: Official Guide 3 - Official Database Japanese Osamu Kishikawa 1998 (1st), 2004 (2nd)
Star Trek: Official Guide 4 - Mechanics Japanese Osamu Kishikawa 1999
Star Trek: Official Guide 5 - The Ultimate Japanese Dullmax 2001
Le Droit selon Star Trek French Fabrice Defferrard 2015

CD-ROMs

Biographies/Autobiographies

Most (auto-)biographies are unofficial publications, as it allows its author(s) to freely voice more critical opinions if they feel that such is warranted. The only five known officially licensed (auto)biographies are the To the Stars (1994), Beam Me Up, Scotty (1996), From Sawdust to Stardust (2005) biographies, as well as Walter Koenig's earlier 1980 Chekov's Enterprise autobiography, dealing with his personal experiences on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Lisabeth Shatner's 1989 Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier biography dealing with her father's experiences on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as both an actor as well as a director. In contrast, William Shatner's own, and – as per his well-known character trait – more outspoken, autobiographies are all without exception unofficial, precisely because they are all more critical of the franchise.

Yvonne Fern's 1994 Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation biography constituted an oddity, because it became officially licensed after-the-fact in 1996.

Title Person/Subject Author(s)
Beam Me Up, Scotty James Doohan James Doohan with Peter David
Beyond the Clouds: The Lifetime Trek of Walter "Matt" Jefferies, Artist and Visionary Matt Jefferies Richard L. Jefferies
Beyond Uhura Nichelle Nichols Nichelle Nichols
Born with Teeth: A Memoir Kate Mulgrew Kate Mulgrew
Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier William Shatner Lisabeth Shatner
DeForest Kelley: A Harvest of Memories DeForest Kelley Kris M. Smith
The Enterprise NCC 1701 and The Model Maker Richard C. Datin, Jr. N. Datin McDonald
Flying Starships Ronald B. Moore Ronald B. Moore
From Sawdust to Stardust DeForest Kelley DeForest Kelley and Terry Lee Rioux
Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation Gene Roddenberry Yvonne Fern
Get a Life! William Shatner William Shatner with Chris Kreski
I Am Not Spock Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy
I Am Spock Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy
Just a Geek Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton
The Keys to the Kingdom Michael Eisner Kim Masters
Leonard Nimoy: A Star's Trek Leonard Nimoy John Micklos, Jr.
Longest Trek, The: My Tour of the Galaxy Grace Lee Whitney Grace Lee Whitney with Jim Denney
Man Between the Ears: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy, The Leonard Nimoy James Van Hise
Man Who Created Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry, The Gene Roddenberry James Van Hise
Patrick Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography Patrick Stewart George Doc Burt and James Hatfield
Spin on Spiner, The Brent Spiner Mimi Braverman
Star Trek: Creating the Enterprise Paul Olsen Paul Olsen
Star Trek Memories William Shatner William Shatner with Chris Kreski
Star Trek Movie Memories William Shatner William Shatner with Chris Kreski
Swords, Starships and Superheroes: From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules - A TV Writers Life Scripting the Stories of Heroes Paul Robert Coyle Paul Robert Coyle
To the Stars George Takei George Takei
Up Till Now: The Autobiography William Shatner William Shatner with David Fisher
Warped Factors, aka Beaming Up and Getting Off Walter Koenig Walter Koenig

See also

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