(written from a Production point of view)
Following four test issues, a total of 48 112-page issues were published in three volumes - 24 in Volume 1 and 12 each in Volumes 2 and 3. In addition, ten "special edition" issues sported two covers, the penultimate one of which also had a third cover, for a grand total of 63 covers (including the test-issue covers).
The publisher also offered readers the opportunity to buy faux-leather dark blue cassettes, only obtainable from the publisher, for storage of the magazines. Each cassette was able to hold twelve issues.
Each issue contained numerous interviews, reviews, and ("in-universe") technical schematics and diagrams ("Briefings"). About one-third to one-half of each issue contained repackaged background features and artwork from the Star Trek Fact Files, published by the same company. In part, the largely North American-targeted magazine fulfilled Fabbri's contractual obligations for worldwide distribution to the licensors, as the Fact Files had been sold everywhere but Canada and the US.
Unlike the Fact Files which had been wholly conceived as an in-universe publication, The Magazine was a mixture of in-universe and real-world material and behind-the-scenes articles, including interviews with Star Trek cast members and production staffers. Though not specifically credited as such, most of these interviews were conducted by staff members Ben Robinson and Trisha Palmer. Marcus Riley also contributed to the magazine.
Later, GE Fabbri re-edited this material (previously published in The Magazine and Fact Files) for their 2004 release of Star Trek: The Collector's Edition and 2007's Star Trek: The Original Series - The Collector's Edition, which were published in, and intended for Europe and the Commonwealth.
While about fifteen percent of the content of each issue was taken up with advertising (including merchandise reviews), it was strictly limited to Star Trek-related merchandise, with one to four pages, including some articles disguised as such, serving as an impromptu franchise message board.
Star Trek: The Magazine was created by Midsummer Books Ltd. The production team included: Publisher Peter Edwards, Managing Editor Trisha Palmer, Editor Ben Robinson, Project Coordinator Penny Smartt-Juday, Art Director Rob Garrard, Production Editors Peter Griffiths, Marcus Riley, and Emma Tennant, Designers Peter Green, Paul Britton, and Danny Baldwin, Artists Rob Garrard, Ian Fullwood, Peter Harper, Studio Lidell, Stuart Wagland, and Adam Willis, Art Coordinator Emily Mitchell-Heggs, Writers Robert H. Justman, Rick Sternbach, Herman Zimmerman, Trisha Palmer, and Ben Robinson. Coloring was done by Bright Arts Graphics (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore, and Modern Litho, London. Issues were printed and bound by World Color in Lebanon, Ohio. Their mailing address at publication was in Westport, Connecticut.
These issues are extremely rare, as they were only test-marketed in two cities: Columbus and Seattle. They contained excerpts of articles which were published in their entirety in later issues of the regular run.
|1||Published November 1998.||Looks similar to the May 1999 premiere issue. Instead of the Borg on the premiere issue, there is a Bird-of-Prey. Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, The Son'a, and the Borg.|
|2||Published December 1998.||Cover: Nicole de Boer. Briefings: Deep Space Nine, USS Prometheus, Transporters, and the Borg.|
|3||Published January 1999.||Cover: LeVar Burton. Briefings: Communications, The Dominion, and the USS Enterprise.|
|4||Published February 1999.||Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, Weapons, Starship Voyager, and the Romulans.|
|1||May 1999||Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection Ships, The Borg, The Son'a.|
|2||June 1999||Briefings: Deep Space 9, Starfleet and the Federation, The Klingons, USS Prometheus|
|3||July 1999||Briefings: USS Enterprise, Weapons, and Transporters|
|4||August 1999||Briefings: USS Voyager, Communications, Romulans: 2200s, Starfleet Uniforms: 2266|
|5||September 1999||Briefings: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), Species 8472, Parallel Earths|
|6||October 2001||Briefings: USS Enterprise-E, Tasha Yar, the Voth, galactic archaeology.
Interviews: Patrick Stewart, Rick Sternbach, Ira Steven Behr and Michael Piller.
Features: Gravity, Federation members, Gene Roddenberry tribute, 35 years of Star Trek, Star Trek: Starfleet Command - Orion Pirates.
|Interviews: Nana Visitor, Casey Biggs, Nicholas Meyer, and Ira Steven Behr.
Features: Star Trek: The Next Generation the Seventh Season, The Art of Matte Painting, Designing Hirogen Ships.