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7 essential books every ‘Star Trek’ fan should read

Beam us up, Trekdom.


Jaime Carrillo

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Posted on Apr 8, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:26 pm CDT

In Star Trek’s future, reading makes a big comeback. Be prepared with these excellent Star Trek book or two. They’re just as engrossing as the sci-fi franchise.

1) 50 artists celebrate a half-century of Trek

Published just in time for Trek’s 50th anniversary last year, CBS commissioned artists from around the world to commemorate the series. This compendium contains posters, photos, comic strips, and even textiles to celebrate Trek’s Golden Anniversary. The perfect coffee table book for your ready room (or to add to your Star Trek book collection).

Price: $26.71 (regularly $39.95)

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2) Share in the plight of (and cackle at) brave redshirts

On Captain Kirk’s Enterprise, nobody has it worse than red shirts. Whether they know it or not, they’re disposable, usually just there to introduce whatever danger the bridge crew will face in an episode. Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom is an adorable picture book that depicts a red shirt enduring whatever a harsh galaxy can deal him.

Price: $13.88 (regularly $14.99)

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3) The perfect space-age political science book

All true patriots should know the history of their home country or intergalactic state. Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years tells the United Federation of Planet’s origin story. Everything is covered, from its post-apocalyptic beginnings to first contact and the trials of the diplomats and explorers born under its flag.

Price: $21.85 (regularly $29.95) 

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4) Cook better than Neelix

When you encounter new life and civilizations, you also encounter new treats. Learn how to make everything from plomeek soup to raktajino with the Star Trek Cookbook. Written by the intergalactic gourmand himself, Neelix (Ethan Phillips).

Price: $13.92 (regularly $24)

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5) Survive your Starfleet years with this handy guide

For the selective few who are accepted to Starfleet Academy, their school years can be rigorous. This book covers all the unconventional medicine, dangerous life forms and crazy scenarios a member of Starfleet has to contend with. Your secret weapon to beat the Kobayashi Meru.

Price: $15

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6) Star Trek and cats: need I say more?

Ever wonder what a cat would look like in the captain’s chair? Wonder no more! This flawless Star Trek book puts cats in Trek situations in what may be one of the best books conceived and printed by man. Just try and put it down.

Price: $6.32 (regularly $14.95) 

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7) A Memory Alpha for your bookshelf

Like the Borg, you’re likely after assimilating all the Trek knowledge you can. The Star Trek Encyclopedia covers all you need to know from Trek’s first 50 years in two volumes. All the deep cuts from the 1966 show, to Deep Space Nine, and all the way through Chris Pine are covered here. Written by long-time series producers Michael and Denise Okuda, giving it the serious Trek cred it deserves.

Price: $60+

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*First Published: Apr 8, 2019, 2:00 am CDT