The best Star Trek books 📚

Browse the best books on Star Trek as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Anthology

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Anthology

By Gordon Van Gelder

Why this book?

Ray Bradbury and I share birthdays, so I wanted to include him, and he is one of the greats included in this anthology. It also features Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, and more amazing authors. The story, “All Summer in a Day,” is so powerful that it stayed with me my entire life (I read it in 1964, age 9!). I think it stuck with me because it depicts a group of kids my age at that time bullying another classmate into missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity out of sheer meanness…
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The best speculative fiction books that every science fiction author needs to read

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The Seventh Gate

By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

Why this book?

A tremendous conclusion to the Death Gate Cycle series. All that is needed is to enter the final gate and this brings new and old enemies to their doorstep. Magic has greater meaning than in this tale. A tale of treachery and heroism awaits you, take the leap through the seventh gate…
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The best books to take you away from reality

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Starfarers

By Vonda N. McIntyre

Why this book?

Before writing this little gem, the author produced some of the most notable Star Trek novelizations. Then she decided to create her own version of Star Trek and do the stuff she couldn’t do there. The first volume of a series, it kicks things off when the science crew of the good ship Starfarer, upon learning that their brand-new ship is about to be turned over to the military and become a warship, decides to take matters in their own hands and hijack their own starship. Space adventure at its best. 

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The best lost classics of space science fiction

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

By Mark Brake

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.

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

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

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

By Joe Fordham

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. 

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

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

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

By Joe Nazzaro

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. 

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