Since James Blish published his novelizations of Star Trek episodes (Bantam, 1967sq), over 840 tie-in novels, anthologies, novelizations, and omnibus editions have made their way to fans eager to follow the continuing adventures of their favourite Starfleet officers and aliens. Though none are to be considered canon, Star Trek tie-in books have supplemented the franchise, providing more stories starring favourite and original characters, furthering plotlines and helping to tide fans over in the years between series and movies. Their authors too have sought out new life and new civilizations, expanding the franchise, detailing its multi-modal universe and history of the future.
The significant influence of tie-in novels on Star Trek fandom, especially on fanfiction, is undeniable. These books have shaped the way fans understand Star Trek. From Diane Duane to Vonda N. McIntyre, from William Rostler to Della van Hise, and dozens more, these authors stand as nearly equal builders of the Star Trek franchise as Gene Roddenberry, his producers, and the creators and producers of later incarnations. Notably, they helped cement the foundational fanfictional slash pairing of Kirk and Spock, one that had previously mostly existed in the underground of fandom.
We once again invite researchers to send 300-700 word essay proposals, due before 31 August 2021. We anticipate final essays of about 8000 words relating to Star Trek tie-in fiction, including but not limited to the following:
- Della van Hise’s Killing Time (Simon & Shuster, 1985, 1986);
- The New Voyages (Bantam, 1976, 1978), Strange New Worlds (Simon & Shuster, 1998-2016);
- Studies of any author, including but not limited to Diane Duane, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, A. C. Crispin, John M. Ford, Peter David, etc.;
- Studies of novels about any specific series or specific novels;
- The children’s/YA novels and novelizations;
- Genres and genre boundaries in the Star Trek novels;
- Representation of gender(s), gender metaphors;
- Representations of race, Humans and non-Humans, race metaphors;
- Translations into languages other than English; the original German tie-in books;
- Explorations of the multi-modality of the Star Trek franchise;
- Other related topics.
Please send proposals and a short bio, including contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 August 2021.
Cultural Studies Programme
Irvine Valley College