Through four decades, five television series comprising over seven hundred episodes, ten feature films, and an animated series, fandom’s thirst for more Star Trek stories has been unquenchable. From the earliest short-story adaptations by James Blish in the 1960s, followed by the first original Star Trek novels during the seventies, and on throughout the eighties,

Through four decades, five television series comprising over seven hundred episodes, ten feature films, and an animated series, fandom’s thirst for more Star Trek stories has been unquenchable.

From the earliest short-story adaptations by James Blish in the 1960s, followed by the first original Star Trek novels during the seventies, and on throughout the eighties, nineties, and into the twenty-first century, fiction has offered an unparalleled expansion of the rich Star Trek tapestry. But what is it that makes these books such a powerfully attractive creative outlet to some and a compelling way to experience the Star Trek mythos anew to others?

Voyages of Imagination takes a look back on the first forty years of professionally published Star Trek fiction, revealing the personalities and sensibilities of many of the novels’ imaginative contributors and offering an unprecedented glimpse into the creative processes, the growing pains, the risks, the innovations, the missteps, and the great strides taken in the books.

Author Jeff Ayers has immersed himself in nearly six hundred books and interviewed more than three hundred authors and editors in order to compile this definitive guide to the history and evolution of an incomparable publishing phenomenon. Fully illustrated with the covers of every book included herein, Voyages of Imagination is indexed by title and author, features a comprehensive timeline, and is a must-have for every fan.

Through four decades, five television series comprising over seven hundred episodes, ten feature films, and an animated series, fandom’s thirst for more Star Trek stories has been unquenchable.

From the earliest short-story adaptations by James Blish in the 1960s, followed by the first original Star Trek novels during the seventies, and on throughout the eighties, nineties, and into the twenty-first century, fiction has offered an unparalleled expansion of the rich Star Trek tapestry. But what is it that makes these books such a powerfully attractive creative outlet to some and a compelling way to experience the Star Trek mythos anew to others?

Voyages of Imagination takes a look back on the first forty years of professionally published Star Trek fiction, revealing the personalities and sensibilities of many of the novels’ imaginative contributors and offering an unprecedented glimpse into the creative processes, the growing pains, the risks, the innovations, the missteps, and the great strides taken in the books.

Author Jeff Ayers has immersed himself in nearly six hundred books and interviewed more than three hundred authors and editors in order to compile this definitive guide to the history and evolution of an incomparable publishing phenomenon. Fully illustrated with the covers of every book included herein, Voyages of Imagination is indexed by title and author, features a comprehensive timeline, and is a must-have for every fan.

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Kevin Lauderdale says:

The stories behind *every* piece of professional Trek fiction “Voyages” is an amazing resource that’s fun to read. Every piece of authorized Star Trek fiction ever published is in here: over 500 novels, the ebooks, the anthologies . . . From “Spock Must Die!” (1970) to David George’s “Crucible” Trilogy (2006-2007).For each book and short story you get a cover reproduction, publication date, page count, and a short, non-spoiler summary of the plot. And then you get the backstory . . . And that’s what this volume is all about: how the…

Steve Roby says:

If you read Star Trek books, you need this First, some minor quibbles that should not discourage anyone from buying this book:The grammar in the plot synopses is sometimes shaky. That could be the result of the difficulty of summing up a novel in a few lines, at least in part, but the book has an unusually large number of dangling modifiers. There were a few entries that, in my opinion, at least, were lacking in key information. For example, the entry on the Generations novelization should have mentioned the fact that the…

Michael P. Kukielka "BORG" says:

The Essential Companion to Star Trek Fiction I am not a big Star Trek Fiction consumer but I bought this book because I wanted the ability to review the increasingly complicated history of Star Trek Fiction. This book does a superb job bringing the book franchise into focus and is an essential part of the Trekkers’ reference collection.

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