‘Star Trek’: 3 New Books Take a Look Behind the Scenes

It seems like the stream of Star Trek books and comics is endless. A rushing river of titles that will never dry up. And for Trekkies, that’s definitely a good thing. But among the plethora of trek titles, three upcoming books stand out due to their collectibility. These books promise to dive into the history of the franchise and its canon. They’re the kinds of books you could easily give as a gift, so if you like to do your holiday shopping early, read on.

‘Star Trek – A Celebration’

William Shatner as James Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and DeForest Kelley as McCoy in 'Star Trek'
William Shatner as James Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and DeForest Kelley as McCoy in ‘Star Trek’ | CBS/Getty Images

As Comicbook reports, all three books will come to fans via Hero Collector, the publishing arm of Eaglemoss. The first, Star Trek – A Celebration, will offer background about the making of the original series. Written by Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling, it will include archival conversations, photos, and drawings, some of which have never been seen before.

“Our goal was to craft a book that was the written and visual equivalent of a great convention,” Spelling said. “We’ve brought fresh eyes to everything and tried to strip the myths away from the reality,” he added.

As a franchise that has been around for over five decades, there is certainly plenty of lore that has been built up around its production. Fans will likely enjoy gaining some insight about which stories are true and which are fabrications or exaggerations.

The book will also go beyond stories of the cast to offer details about writers, directors, costume designers, prop builders, makeup artists, and more. It will drop on September 21 and is available for pre-order now on the website of Penguin Randomhouse.

‘Star Trek Starships: 2294-The Future’

Edited by Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley, this one will give fans a chronological history of prominent Starfleet ships in the 24th Century and later. Some of these will include the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, U.S.S. Voyager, the U.S.S. Defiant and, as a happy surprise, the U.S.S. Nog, among others. 

Beginning with the original series and the Enterprise NCC-1701, the ships have always served as characters, themselves. When something bad happens to one of the ships, it hurts almost as much as it does when it’s one of the humanoid characters. So a book that’s all about some of our favorite vessels, as well as some of the lesser-known ones, is likely to be pretty popular.

‘Star Trek – Designing Starships: Deep Space 9 And Beyond’

If you thought one new book about Starfleet ships was enough, think again. This book, also edited by Ben Robinson, will take a look at the design process for the U.S.S. Defiant, and dozens of other vessels. It will also explore the concept behind the Deep Space Nine space station.

This one differs from Star Trek Starships: 2294-The Future. While that book delves into the canonical history of the ships, Designing Starships will take readers through the behind-the-scenes creative process of conceptualizing them and bringing them to life. It will include interviews with award-winning concept artists from multiple series.

With so many new shows, books, comics, and fan events, it is certainly a good time to be a Trekkie.

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