Star Trek Log
Star Trek Log Ten (1978).jpg
Cover of Star Trek Log Ten (1978)

AuthorAlan Dean Foster
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBallantine Books
Published1974–1978
Media typePrint (Paperback)
No. of books10

Star Trek Log is a series of ten novelizations based on, and inspired by, episodes of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Animated Series. Published by Ballantine Books from 1974 to 1978, the series was written by Alan Dean Foster and edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey. A 1996 omnibus edition of the series was marketed as a Star Trek: The Animated Series tie-in.

The series is similar to novelizations based on episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series published by Bantam Books, written by James Blish and J. A. Lawrence.

Production

After completing two novelizations for Ballantine Books, Luana[a] (1974) and Dark Star (1974), Foster was approached by editor Judy-Lynn del Rey to adapt episodes of the Star Trek animated series to prose.[1] Foster agreed, and was granted freedom to arrange the adaptations however he wished.

Foster was uncertain how to structure the series initially, but he settled on packaging three episode scripts per book, and attempted to tie them together into a cohesive story. He said of his work on the series, “I had pretty much a free hand. Hence the opportunity to insert little fun bits and pieces.”[1] The first book, Log One, was released during the summer of 1974.

Sales of the first six books "skyrocketed", according to Foster.[1] He was then was approached by del Ray to produce four more books, which he obliged. Log Seven (1976) through Log Ten (1978) were based on one episode script each, which allowed Foster to greatly expand their stories.[2]

Series name

Each book's title follows a simple pattern: Star Trek Log followed by the number in the series. Foster named the books after the captain's log narration in each episode, referring to them as Star Trek "Logs" in Voyages of Imagination (2006).[1] Numbering each book, instead of naming them after an episode was inspired by Blish's series of novelizations, which were numbered Star Trek 1 (1967) through Star Trek 9 (1973).[1][3] That series would later expand to Star Trek 12 (1977). The most recent omnibus editions used the scheme Star Trek: The Animated Series – Log One and Two, etc.

Goodreads lists the series as Star Trek: Logs, but this varies according to which book or edition is searched.[4] The name Star Trek Logs, plural, was adopted by contributors at Memory Alpha, and other fansites. Bibliographic sites, such as LibraryThing and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, list the series as Star Trek Log with each book given its corresponding volume number in the series.[5][6]

Reception

A blurb credited to Cecil Smith of the Los Angeles Times was printed on the cover of Log One (1974), it read: "NBC's new animated Star Trek is… fascinating fare, written, produced and executed with all the imaginative skill, the intellectual flare and the literary level that made Gene Roddenberry's famous old science-fiction epic the most avidly followed program in TV history…"[7] In a review included in his Complete Starfleet Library web project, Steven Roby stated Foster carried the adaptations "into territory that might as well have been a different story altogether."[2] The amount of material included by Foster was "enough to make these books seem almost more like original novels rather than simple adaptations."

Steve Lazarowitz of SF Site said in his review of Logs Seven and Eight (1996) that Foster, "did a great job of getting inside character's heads, as well as adding enough science and pseudoscience to make the stories plausible."[8] For fans of the original series and animated series, Lazarowitz said in his review of Logs One and Two (1996) that the books were "must have."[9]

Blogger Tracy Poff contrasted Foster's adaptation of "shorter episodes" from the animated series against James Blish's adaptations of longer episodes from the original series, saying "after reading ten volumes of Blish’s spartan prose," Foster's prose was "refreshing."[10]

Some volumes in the series received as many as twenty-four printings by Ballantine from 1974 to 1991.[11]

Novelizations

Title Date ISBN
Star Trek Log One June 1974 0-345-24014-6
Star Trek Log Two September 1974 0-345-24184-3
Star Trek Log Three January 1975 0-345-24260-2
Star Trek Log Four May 1975 0-345-24435-4
Star Trek Log Five July 1975 0-345-24532-6
Star Trek Log Six May 1976 0-345-24655-1
Star Trek Log Seven June 1976 0-345-24965-8
Star Trek Log Eight August 1976 0-345-25141-5
Star Trek Log Nine February 1977 0-345-25557-7
Star Trek Log Ten January 1978 0-345-27212-9

Omnibus editions (1993)

Omnibus editions published by Del Rey.[6] Log Ten (1978) was excluded.

Title Date ISBN
Star Trek Log One / Log Two / Log Three January 1993 0-345-38247-1
Star Trek Log Four / Log Five / Log Six July 1993 0-345-38522-5
Star Trek Log Seven / Log Eight / Log Nine August 1993 0-345-38561-6

Animated Series (1996)

Star Trek: The Animated Series omnibus editions were published as part of Star Trek's 30th Anniversary celebration by Del Rey Books. A serialized essay by Foster was included, as well as corrections to the original text. Some printings distributed outside of North America omitted the Animated Series subtitle.

Title Date ISBN
Log One and Two September 1996 0-345-40939-6
Log Three and Four 0-345-40940-X
Log Five and Six 0-345-40941-8
Log Seven and Eight 0-345-40942-6
Log Nine and Ten 0-345-40943-4

Other editions

The series was reprinted by Corgi, and by German publishers Goldmann and Loewe. From 1978 to 1989, facsimile editions of some volumes were manufactured by vanity publishers Aeonian Press and Amereon.[12]

Corgi reprints (1975–76)

Corgi released reprints in limited quantities to the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Reprints for Log Six through Ten were scheduled for 1977, but later withdrawn.

Title Date ISBN
Log One April 1975 0-552-09747-0
Log Two July 1975 0-552-09830-2
Log Three 0-552-10045-9[b]
Log Four March 1976 0-552-10107-9
Log Five November 1976 0-552-10315-2

Raumschiff Enterprise (1993–1995)

The series was translated for the German-language market as Raumschiff Enterprise: Die neuen Abenteuer. Distributed in various formats from 1993 to 1995 by publishers Goldmann and Loewe.

No. Title Goldmann-Verlag Loewe-Verlag
Date ISBN Date ISBN
1 Todeszone Galaxis 1993 3-442-23660-6 1994 3-7855-2741-1
2 Der Überlebende 3-442-23661-4 3-7855-2742-X
3 Der Venus-Faktor 3-442-23662-2 3-7855-2743-8
4 Gefahr im Delta-Dreieck 3-442-23663-0 3-7855-2744-6
5 Ums nackte Leben 3-442-23664-9 1995 3-7855-2765-9
6 Mordsache McCoy 1994 3-442-23665-7 3-7855-2766-7
7 Im Schatten schwarzer Sterne 3-442-23666-5 3-7855-2767-5
8 Himmelfahrtskommando 3-442-23667-3 3-7855-2768-3
9 Ein fataler Fehler 3-442-23668-1
10 Die letzte Mission 3-442-23670-3

Pocket Books reprints (1995)

Published by Pocket Books for the United Kingdom and Australian / New Zealand markets.

Title Date ISBN
Star Trek Logs 1 – 3 April 1995 0-671-85403-8
Star Trek Logs 4 – 6 May 1995 0-671-85404-6
Star Trek Logs 7 – 10 June 1995 0-671-85405-4

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Novelization of Italian film Luana la figlia delle foresta vergine (1968), directed by Roberto Infascelli.
  2. ^ ISBN listed on book cover and front matter is invalid. The correct number is 0-552-10045-5.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Ayers, Jeff (2006-11-14). Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 32–33. ISBN 9781416503491.
  2. ^ a b Roby, Steven Jacques (2015-01-16). "Complete Starfleet Library - 1974 Star Trek Books". www.well.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  3. ^ "Series: Star Trek Original TV Series Adaptations". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ "Star Trek: Logs Series by Alan Dean Foster". Goodreads. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  5. ^ "Star Trek Log | Series". LibraryThing. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  6. ^ a b "Series: Star Trek Log". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  7. ^ Foster, Alan Dean (Jun 1974). Star Trek Log One. New York: Ballantine Books. back cover. ISBN 9780345240149.
  8. ^ Lazarowitz, Steve (2007). "The SF Site Featured Review: Star Trek, The Animated Series: Logs Seven and Eight". SF Site. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ Lazarowitz, Steve (2007). "The SF Site Featured Review: Star Trek, The Animated Series: Logs One and Two". SF Site. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ Poff, Tracy (2015-07-21). "Star Trek Log One by Alan Dean Foster". Other Stuff Exists. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  11. ^ "Publication: Star Trek Log One". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  12. ^ "Publisher Amereon: Books Published in 1980". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-01.