Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Strange New Worlds 2016.jpg
Cover of Strange New Worlds (2016)

Edited byDean Wesley Smith (1998–2007)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Published1998–2016
Media typePrint (Paperback)
No. of books11
Websitestartrekbooks.com

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a science fiction anthology series of licensed, fan-written, short stories based on, and inspired by, Star Trek and its spin-off television series and films. The series was published by Simon & Schuster, from 1996 to 2016, edited by Dean Wesley Smith, with assistance from John J. Ordover and Paula M. Block. The collected stories were submitted by amateur writers.

The series concluded in 2007.[1] A new edition was announced in 2015, scheduled for release as part of Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebration.[2]

Production[edit]

The concept for the series was developed by John J. Ordover;[3] to offer opportunities amateur writers and fans to gain experience by submitting stories for publication. A similar concept to The New Voyages, originally published by Bantam Books in the late 1970s.[3] With the assistance of Paula M. Block, the director of Star Trek licensing at Paramount Pictures, legal questions were studied and submission guidelines for the stories were developed. Block had previously attempted to muster support for a continuation of The New Voyages format, but these efforts were not successful until her partnership with Ordover.[3]:486

A contest format was chosen as the best method for encouraging submissions.[4] Block and Ordover recruited established anthology editor Dean Wesley Smith to review and select stories for publication.[1][3] Only residents of the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec, were able to submit stories. And each story had to be original—not formally published elsewhere. One of the terms of the contest required each story include established Star Trek characters created for any of the films or television series.

Winning submissions were written by Dayton Ward, Ilsa J. Bick, and Geoffrey Thorne, who each later published Star Trek novels. The fourth volume included "jubHa’", a Klingon language story written by Lawrence Schoen.[5] Schoen had previously contributed to The Klingon Hamlet, which was reprinted by Pocket Books the same year.

In January 2007, Smith announced via his blog that "Ten years was enough. It was a fun ride."[1] The series concluded with the tenth volume released July 2007.

Simon & Schuster and CBS revived the series as part of Star Trek's 50th Anniversary celebration. Smith was not involved; however, he discouraged submissions by amateur writers due to what he described as CBS's "onerous" licensing terms and submissions guidelines.[6] The final volume was released as an ebook exclusive on October 3, 2016. No new editions have been announced as forthcoming by ViacomCBS or Simon & Schuster.

Reception[edit]

A review of Strange New Worlds (1998), originally published in Now Voyager,[a] Issue 22, criticized the collected stories for not including "much that's strange—or much that's new, either … almost any fanzine, and many of the stories available on the Net, include material that's bolder and more speculative."[7] The volume did include "fairly entertaining stories" by Alara Rogers and Kathy Oltion, but the selection for Voyager-fans was not a "worthwhile investment."

Publishers Weekly described Strange New Worlds IV's collected stories as "attractive not in spite of but because of readers' knowing how it will come out."[4] The stories offered challenges for the characters "to let them show what they can do." However, the writers' "ingenuity is challenged as they speculate on the consequences of some detail while staying within the established history" of the Star Trek television series and films.

Volumes[edit]

Title Editor Date ISBN
Strange New Worlds Dean Wesley Smith July 1998 0-671-01446-3
Strange New Worlds II May 1999 0-671-02692-5
Strange New Worlds III May 2000 0-671-03652-1
Strange New Worlds IV May 8, 2001 0-7434-1131-5
Strange New Worlds V May 28, 2002 0-7434-3778-0
Strange New Worlds VI June 17, 2003 0-7434-6753-1
Strange New Worlds VII June 29, 2004 0-7434-8780-X
Strange New Worlds 8 July 19, 2005 1-4165-0345-5
Strange New Worlds 9 August 22, 2006 1-4165-2048-1
Strange New Worlds 10 July 10, 2007 978-1-4165-4438-8
Strange New Worlds 2016 (ebook) (No editor credited) October 3, 2016 978-1-5011-6158-2

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Now Voyager was the official newsletter of the Kate Mulgrew Appreciation Society—Kate Mulgrew's official fan club—published from 1995 to 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, Dean Wesley (January 1, 2007). "A New Challenge". www.deanwesleysmith.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Strange New Worlds Fan Fiction Contest Returns for 2016". www.startrek.com. October 8, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Ayers, Jeff (November 14, 2006). Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. p. 471. ISBN 9781416503491.
  4. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: STAR TREK: Strange New Worlds IV by Dean Wesley Smith". Publisher's Weekly. April 30, 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Schoen, Lawrence (May 2000). "jubHa'" [Immortality Undone]. In Smith, Dean Wesley (ed.). Strange New Worlds III (in Klingon). New York: Pocket Books. pp. 285–88. ISBN 9780671036522.
  6. ^ Smith, Dean Wesley (October 13, 2015). "Not Editing New Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Big Publishing Dean Wesley Smith - - The Passive Voice". www.thepassivevoice.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Shaffer-Shiring, Brenda (December 1998). Green, Michelle Erica (ed.). "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds". Now Voyager. Vol. 4 no. 5. Kate Mulgrew Appreciation Society, Inc. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2020.

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