Star Trek (Blish)

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James Blish wrote a series of short stories adaptations of Star Trek episodes from 1967 to 1975, called simply Star Trek. The adaptations were generally written based on scripts (often earlier versions than filmed), and initially without reference to the finished episodes, as they had not yet aired in the United Kingdom, Blish's base of operations.

James Blish was credited as the adapter for the stories for Star Trek 1 through to Star Trek 11, although in Voyages of the Imagination, it is acknowledged that after "Star Trek 7" or "Star Trek 8", the stories were ghost-written by Blish's wife, J. A. Lawrence, and her mother, without the knowledge of editor Frederik Pohl. Star Trek 12, published after the death of Blish in July 1975, was credited to Blish and Lawrence. The stories were collected in four hardcover titles named The Star Trek Reader 1,2,3 and 4 in 1976 and 1977. The Harry Mudd stories had been saved for a novel, and were eventually published along with an original story written by Lawrence as Mudd's Angels.[1]

Bantam Books republished the stories in 1991, in three volumes, one per season (excluding the Harry Mudd stories).

Alan Dean Foster wrote a similar series of Star Trek Logs, adapting episodes of the animated series.


  1. Star Trek, 1967 (a.k.a. Star Trek 1)
    1. "Charlie's Law" (a.k.a. "Charlie X")
    2. "Dagger of the Mind"
    3. "The Unreal McCoy" (a.k.a. "The Man Trap")
    4. "Balance of Terror"
    5. "The Naked Time"
    6. "Miri"
    7. "The Conscience of the King"
  2. Star Trek 2, 1968
    1. "Arena"
    2. "A Taste of Armageddon"
    3. "Tomorrow Is Yesterday"
    4. "Errand of Mercy"
    5. "Court Martial"
    6. "Operation: Annihilate!"
    7. "The City on the Edge of Forever"
    8. "Space Seed"
  3. Star Trek 3, 1969
    1. "The Trouble With Tribbles"
    2. "The Last Gunfight" (a.k.a. "Spectre of the Gun")
    3. "The Doomsday Machine"
    4. "Assignment: Earth"
    5. "Mirror, Mirror"
    6. "Friday's Child"
    7. "Amok Time"
  4. Star Trek 4, 1971
    1. "All Our Yesterdays"
    2. "The Devil in the Dark"
    3. "Journey to Babel"
    4. "The Menagerie" (really "The Cage" since "The Menagerie"'s framing story was not adapted)
    5. "The Enterprise Incident"
    6. "A Piece of the Action"
  5. Star Trek 5, 1972
    1. "Whom Gods Destroy"
    2. "The Tholian Web"
    3. "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
    4. "This Side of Paradise"
    5. "Turnabout Intruder"
    6. "Requiem for Methuselah"
    7. "The Way to Eden"
  6. Star Trek 6, 1972
    1. "The Savage Curtain"
    2. "The Lights of Zetar"
    3. "The Apple"
    4. "By Any Other Name"
    5. "The Cloud Minders"
    6. "The Mark of Gideon"
  7. Star Trek 7, 1972
    1. "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
    2. "The Changeling"
    3. "The Paradise Syndrome"
    4. "Metamorphosis"
    5. "The Deadly Years"
    6. "Elaan of Troyius"
  8. Star Trek 8, 1972
    1. "Spock's Brain"
    2. "The Enemy Within"
    3. "Catspaw"
    4. "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
    5. "Wolf in the Fold"
    6. "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
  9. Star Trek 9, 1973
    1. "Return to Tomorrow"
    2. "The Ultimate Computer"
    3. "That Which Survives"
    4. "Obsession"
    5. "The Return of the Archons"
    6. "The Immunity Syndrome"
  10. Star Trek 10, 1974
    1. "The Alternative Factor"
    2. "The Empath"
    3. "The Galileo Seven"
    4. "Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
    5. "A Private Little War"
    6. "The Omega Glory"
  11. Star Trek 11, 1975 (a.k.a. Day of the Dove)
    1. "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
    2. "The Squire of Gothos"
    3. "Wink of an Eye"
    4. "Bread and Circuses"
    5. "Day of the Dove"
    6. "Plato's Stepchildren"
  12. Star Trek 12, 1977 (with J.A. Lawrence)
    1. "Patterns of Force"
    2. "Gamesters of Triskelion"
    3. "And the Children Shall Lead"
    4. "The Corbomite Maneuver"
    5. "Shore Leave"
  13. Mudd's Angels (Lawrence), May 1978 (a.k.a. Mudd's Enterprise)
    1. "Mudd's Women"
    2. "I, Mudd"
    3. "Business As Usual, During Altercations" - original novella.


  1. ^ Ayers, Jeff (2006). Voyages of the Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. Pocket Books. ISBN 1-4165-0349-8.