To begin, here’s a brief history of Trek publishing, courtesy of the introduction to Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion by Jeff Ayers:
In 1967 Bantam Books acquired the rights to publish adaptations of Star Trek episodes. Noted science fiction author James Blish was approached to write short stories based on the episodes, working entirely from scripts.
Around the same time, now-defunct publisher Whitman commissioned author Mack Reynolds to craft the first original Star Trek novel. Published in 1968, this young adult novel was entitled Mission to Horatius, and was Whitman’s only foray into Trek fiction.
During it’s run, Bantam also published two original Star Trek short story anthologies and thirteen original novels, edited by science fiction luminary Frederick Pohl.
In 1979, Simon and Schuster’s mass-market publishing division, Pocket Books, became the official publisher of Star Trek books with the release of of the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In 1981, Pocket published it’s first original Star Trek novel, Vonda N. McIntyre’s The Entropy Effect.
But McIntyre wasn’t the only woman who dipped her toes into the Trekverse. New Trek novels are still being published to this day. For the sake of “brevity”, we’ll only be looking at the novels published between the ’70s and 2006, the year Star Trek celebrated it’s 40th anniversary. Anthologies won’t be included either.
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Together, they wrote The Price of the Phoenix (1977), The Fate of the Phoenix (1979), The Prometheus Design (1982), Triangle (1983),
Sky with Owen Hannifen at Funcon, 1968.
Her books are: Vulcan! (1978) and Death’s Angel (1981)
Black Fire (1983)
Web of the Romulans (1983)
The Wounded Sky (1983), My Enemy, My Ally (1984), The Romulan Way (1987), Doctor’s Orders (1990), Spock’s World (1988), The Empty Chair (2006), Intellivore (1997), Dark Mirror (1993),
The Tears of the Singers (1984)
The Vulcan Academy Murders (1984), The IDIC Epidemic (1988), Survivors (1989), Metamorphosis (1990),
Uhura’s Song (1985)
Della Van Hise
Killing Time (1985)
Margaret Wander Bonanno
Dweller’s In the Crucible (1985), Strangers From the Sky (1987), Probe (1992), Burning Dreams (2006), Catalyst of Sorrows (2004)
Pawns and Symbols (1985)
Mindshadow (1986), Demons (1986), Bloodthirst (1987), Recovery (1995), The Lost Years (1989), Surak’s Soul (2003)
Dreadnought! (1986), Battlestations! (1986), The Great Starship Race (1993), First Frontier (1995), Swordhunt, (2000), Honor Blade (2000), Final Frontier (1988), Best Destiny (1992), Ghost Ship (1988), Ship of the Line (1997), Station Rage (1995), First Strike (1996), Day of Honor (1997), Fire Ship (1998), Wagon Train to the Stars (2000), Belle Terre (2000), Challenger (2000), Red Sector (1999), Chainmail (2001), Cadet Kirk (1996)
Dreams of the Raven (1987), The Children of Hamlin (1988), Doomsday World (1990), The Devil’s Heart (1993)
The Three-Minute Universe (1988)
Judith with her husband and coauthor Garfield.
Memory Prime (1988), Prime Directive (1990), Federation (1994), The Return (1996), Avenger (1997), Spectre (1998), Dark Victory (1999), Preserver (2000), Captain’s Peril (2002), Captain’s Blood (2003), Captain’s Glory (2006), The Millennium Trilogy (2000)
Some of the novels listed she co-wrote with William Shatner himself!
The Cry of the Onlies (1989)
The Kobayashi Maru (1989), with Karen Rose Cercone: Ice Trap, Death Count, Firestorm, Traitor Winds, Present Tense, Future Imperfect, Past Prologue
The Pandora Principle (1990)
Enemy Unseen (1990), Windows On A Lost World (1993), Imbalance (1992), Atlantis Station (1994)
Home is the Hunter (1990)
Shell Game (1993)
Heart of the Sun (1997), Across the Universe (1999), Garth of Izar (2003), A Fury Scorned (1996)
With Susan Shwartz she wrote Vulcan’s Forge (1997), Vulcan’s Heart (1999), Exodus (2004), Exiles (2006)
Chains of Command (1992)
Laurell K. Hamilton
Guises of the Mind (1993)
Sins of Commission (1994), The Tempest (1997), Violations (1995), The Best and the Brightest (1998), One Small Step (2001), The Badlands Duology (1999), Dark Passions Duology (2001)
Dragon’s Honor (1996)
To Storm Heaven (1997), Warchild (1994)
Tooth and Claw (2001),
The Battle of Betazed (with Susan Kearney, 2002)
Proud Helios (1995), The Garden (1997)
Hollow Men (2005)
The Avatar Duology (2001), Rising Son (2003), Unity (2003), Cloak (2001)
Mission: Gamma, Book Two (2002), Evolution (2006), Balance of Nature (2003), 10 Is Better Than 01 (2006)
Bless the Beasts (1996)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Mosaic (1996), Pathways (1998)
Christina F. York
Enigma Ship (2002), Spin (2004)
Malefictorum (2005), Progress (2006)
Ilsa J. Bick
Lost Time (2005), Wounds Duology (2005), Well of Souls (2003)
Phaedra M. Weldon
Kathy with her husband, Jerry.
The Flaming Arrow (2000)
Starfall (1995), Nova Command (1995), Crisis On Vulcan (1996)
Loyalties (1996), Quarantine (1997)
Bobbi JG Weiss
Breakaway (1997), Lifeline (1997)
The Haunted Starship (1997)
Diana G. Gallagher
Arcade (1994), Day of Honor: Honor Bound (1997), The Chance Factor (1997)
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Who’re your favorites?
Up next, my final post in the Queens of Sci-Fi Series will be on the women writers of the Star Wars Expanded Universe!