The best non-fiction Star Trek books for Trekkies and science nerds

Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated by Star Trek since I was a young child and went to my first convention, seeing a gorgeous Uhura walk by trailed by three gentlemen dressed as Mr. Spock. One of my local librarians must have been a Trekkie because I checked out stacks of novels from the likes of James Blish and Vonda McIntyre. Now, as an author myself, I feel privileged to have not only been a Trekkie for many years but to have written a book about Star Trek with one of my best friends. I hope you enjoy these Star Trek books, and the many others that are coming this year and beyond, as much as I have. 


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The Tao of Trek

By James T. Lambert, Troy Lambert,

Book cover of The Tao of Trek

What is my book about?

Star Trek has always tackled ethical questions on the screen, questions about not only whether we can do something, but whether we should. This book provides a background of the various Star Trek series and a look at the philosophy behind it from Roddenberry’s original ideas all the way to Discovery and Lower Decks.

The Star Trek franchise has changed the world, and the world has changed Star Trek. From the Prime Directive to Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, this book explores how they relate to Taoism, Buddhism, and other aspects of both western and eastern philosophies. A book by fans and for fans, this is a must-read for any Trekkie.

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The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend

By Robb Pearlman, Jordan Hoffman,

Book cover of The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend

Why this book?

Much of what I learned about real friendship I learned from Star Trek. From the many episodes of the original series I saw in syndication to the heartbreaking ending of Wrath of Kahn, the principle of “I am, and forever will be, your friend,” has influenced many of my friendships over the years. 

This book explores those friendships we have seen on screen, from Kirk and Spock, to Picard and Data, from Janeway and Seven of Nine to Bashir and Garak. Told through the eyes of fans, this is a great gift to yourself or your best friend if you want to make them jealous.

The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend

By Robb Pearlman, Jordan Hoffman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Star Trek Book of Friendship as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Star Trek has energized friendships for over 50 years. Whether it's exploring a convention, beaming into a movie theater, or joining in on a landing party watch party, generations have been as united in their love of the franchise's bold storytelling and stunning action as they are in the honest fully realized relationships of their favorite characters.

Created by fans for fans, with a foreword from Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo and Ethan Phillips, this is a first-of- its-kind, fully authorized celebration of Star Trek's most enduring and endearing friendships, including Kirk and Spock, Picard and Data, Janeway and Seven…

Star Trek Shipyards: Alpha Quadrant and Major Species Volume 1: Acamarian to Ktarian

By Ben Robinson,

Book cover of Star Trek Shipyards: Alpha Quadrant and Major Species Volume 1: Acamarian to Ktarian

Why this book?

I got a sneak peek at this book at a convention, and it’s absolutely stunning. For the hard-core Trekkie, this is a must-have. It showcases detailed looks at ships from the Alpha and Beta Quadrants as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Each ship is profiled in extreme detail, with technical specs, the ship’s history, and some cool renderings created using the original models created for the show. 

While I didn’t get to study every profile, this book contains 40 ships, including the Anaxar cargo vessel, the Breen Warship, the Cardassian Bok'Nor, the Cardassian military freighter, the Ferengi shuttle, the Gorn warship, the Husnok warship, and the Jem’Hadar battlecruiser.

Looking for a birthday or Christmas gift for a Trekkie this year? This may be top on their list. 

Star Trek Shipyards: Alpha Quadrant and Major Species Volume 1: Acamarian to Ktarian

By Ben Robinson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Star Trek Shipyards as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Science of Star Trek: The Scientific Facts Behind the Voyages in Space and Time

By Mark Brake,

Book cover of The Science of Star Trek: The Scientific Facts Behind the Voyages in Space and Time

Why this book?

Did I mention that I am a Trekkie and a science nerd? When I was in eighth grade, my science project was on ani-matter. I was thrilled to discover that it was a real thing, not just something Star Trek made up. In fact, Star Trek has inspired many things, from the cell phone to the tablet, and even Bluetooth communication devices.

In this book, Mark Brake explores all those things, from cyborgs and aliens to planet hunting, and even asking when we will boldly go into the galaxy. It’s available for pre-order now and drops on May 26.

The Science of Star Trek: The Scientific Facts Behind the Voyages in Space and Time

By Mark Brake,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Science of Star Trek as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Boldly go where no man has gone before and discover the real science behind the cyborgs, starships, aliens, and antimatter of the Star Trek galaxy.

Star Trek is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. It has changed our cultural landscape in so many ways since it first aired in 1966. The franchise has generated billions of dollars in revenue, leading to a wide range of spin-off games, novels, toys, and comics. Star Trek is noted for its social science, too, with its progressive civil rights stances and its celebration of future diversity that began with The Original…

Star Trek: First Contact: The Making of the Classic Film

By Joe Fordham,

Book cover of Star Trek: First Contact: The Making of the Classic Film

Why this book?

Star Trek: First Contact for me symbolized a return to the big screen for Star Trek, and the introduction of the Borg, one of the constant “villains” in the series from that point forward. But one of the things that has always fascinated me has been how these movies themselves spawned innovation in filmmaking. 

This is certainly no exception, and Joe Fordham expertly explores how this film did just that in a coffee table book filled with never before seen production art, cast interviews, and more. 

Star Trek: First Contact: The Making of the Classic Film

By Joe Fordham,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Star Trek as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An in-depth look at the making of Star Trek: First Contact, featuring rare and previously unseen production art and new and exclusive cast and crew interviews.

Twenty-five years ago, Star Trek: First Contact saw Picard, Data, and the Enterprise crew go back in time to stop the Borg before they could prevent Earth's first contact with an alien species and assimilate the entire planet.

Celebrate this landmark anniversary by taking a deep dive into the stories behind this beloved film. This beautiful coffee-table book is full to the brim of archival material, behind-the-scenes photography, concept art, production designs, and much…

Star Trek: The Art of Neville Page: Inside the Mind of the Visionary Designer

By Joe Nazzaro,

Book cover of Star Trek: The Art of Neville Page: Inside the Mind of the Visionary Designer

Why this book?

This is another work I got a preview of, and just loved it. Like the creating of the films, the creation of the props and costumes that make the aliens, well, so alien is absolutely fascinating. For Trekkies, you’ll recognize everything from Star Trek (2009) forward to Discovery and Picard.

Perhaps the most attractive part of this book? The concept sketches and early ideas for each creature are illustrated. The reader gets a glimpse inside the mind of the artist and sees where the initial ideas came from. It’s another must-have for the shelf of any dedicated Trekkie. 

Star Trek: The Art of Neville Page: Inside the Mind of the Visionary Designer

By Joe Nazzaro,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Star Trek as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Showcasing his entire Star Trek career to date, this visually stunning retrospective celebrates the inventiveness of Neville Page's designs.

During a career spanning over twenty years, visionary creature designer Neville Page has applied his considerable expertise to the creation and development of the aliens of the Star Trek Universe. From the movies Star Trek (2009) through to Star Trek Beyond (2016), as well as the shows Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, Page's incredibly detailed and intricate work has yielded some of the franchise's most memorable characters.

Featuring captivating concept art and detailed sketches, Star Trek: The Art of…

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