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For the Titan Magazines publication, please see Star Trek Magazine.

Star Trek: The Magazine was an officially authorized magazine published from April 1999 to March 2003 by Fabbri Publishing (US), the US arm of UK publisher GE Fabbri.

Following four test issues, a total of 48 112-page issues were published in three volumes - 24 in Volume 1 and 12 each in Volumes 2 and 3. In addition, ten "special edition" issues sported two covers, the penultimate one of which also had a third cover, for a grand total of 63 covers (including the test-issue covers).

The publisher also offered readers the opportunity to buy faux-leather dark blue cassettes, only obtainable from the publisher, for storage of the magazines. Each cassette was able to hold twelve issues.

Each issue contained numerous interviews, reviews, and ("in-universe") technical schematics and diagrams ("Briefings"). About one-third to one-half of each issue contained repackaged background features and artwork from the Star Trek Fact Files, published by the same company. In part, the largely North American-targeted magazine fulfilled Fabbri's contractual obligations for worldwide distribution to the licensors, as the Fact Files had been sold everywhere but Canada and the US.

Unlike the Fact Files which had been wholly conceived as an in-universe publication, The Magazine was a mixture of in-universe and real-world material and behind-the-scenes articles, including interviews with Star Trek cast members and production staffers. Though not specifically credited as such, most of these interviews were conducted by staff members Ben Robinson and Trisha Palmer. Marcus Riley also contributed to the magazine.

Later, GE Fabbri re-edited this material (previously published in The Magazine and Fact Files) for their 2004 release of Star Trek: The Collector's Edition and 2007's Star Trek: The Original Series - The Collector's Edition, which were published in Europe and the Commonwealth.

While about fifteen percent of the content of each issue was taken up with advertising (including merchandise reviews), strictly limited to Star Trek-related merchandise, with one to four pages, including some articles disguised as such, serving as an impromptu franchise message board.

IssuesEdit

Test Issues | Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3
Test Issues
These issues are extremely rare, as they were only test-marketed in two cities: Columbus and Seattle. They contained excerpts of articles which were published in their entirety in later issues of the regular run.
Issue # Month Cover Contents
1 Published November 1998. Star trek magazine nov98 cover Looks similar to the May 1999 premiere issue. Instead of the Borg on the premiere issue, there is a Bird-of-Prey. Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, The Son'a, and the Borg.
2 Published December 1998. Star trek magazine dec98 cover Cover: Nicole de Boer. Briefings: Deep Space Nine, USS Prometheus, Transporters, and the Borg.
3 Published January 1999. Star Trek The Magazine test issue 2 cover Cover: LeVar Burton. Briefings: Communications, The Dominion, and the USS Enterprise.
4 Published February 1999. Star trek magazine feb99 cover Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, Weapons, Starship Voyager, and the Romulans.
Volume 1
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1 May 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 1 cover Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection Ships, The Borg, The Son'a.

Interviews: Patrick Stewart, Rick Berman, Ira Steven Behr and Brannon Braga.

Features: Creating Seven of Nine, The Crew that Never Was, Designing Tricorders, Herman Zimmerman's Production Diary (Part 1), An Inside Look at "Dark Frontier".

2 June 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 2 cover Briefings: Deep Space 9, Starfleet and the Federation, The Klingons, USS Prometheus

Interviews: Kate Mulgrew, D.C. Fontana, Jason Alexander

Features: Star Trek: Insurrection Concept Art (Part 1), Herman Zimmerman's Production Diary (Part 2), Designing the Cardassian Freighter, Star Trek Memories: Tim Russ

3 July 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 3 cover Briefings: USS Enterprise, Weapons, and Transporters

Interviews: Leonard Nimoy, Armin Shimerman, Peter Lauritson, Michael Westmore

Features: Star Trek: Insurrection Concept Art (Part 2), Dan Curry: Star Trek's VF Supremo, Star Trek's Art Department PAs, Designing the Akira-class, Making PADDs

4 August 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 4 cover Briefings: USS Voyager, Communications, Romulans: 2200s, Starfleet Uniforms: 2266

Interviews: Nicole deBoer, John de Lancie,

Features: Creating Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Part 1), Star Trek: Insurrection Concept Art (Part 3), Joe Longo Property Master, Star Trek Memories: Andre Bormanis

5 September 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 5 cover Briefings: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), Species 8472, Parallel Earths

Interviews: Garrett Wang, Brannon Braga, Wil Wheaton

Features: Designing the Hypospray, Creating Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Part 2), Visual Effects: From Motion Control to Computer Animation, Karen Westerfield Makeup Artist

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6 October 2001 Star Trek The Magazine volume 2 issue 6 cover Briefings: USS Enterprise-E, Tasha Yar, the Voth, galactic archaeology.

Interviews: Patrick Stewart, Rick Sternbach, Ira Steven Behr and Michael Piller. Features: Gravity, Federation members, Gene Roddenberry tribute, 35 years of Star Trek, Star Trek: Starfleet Command - Orion Pirates.
Column: John D.F. Black and Mary Black.

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Volume 3
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Interviews: Nana Visitor, Casey Biggs, Nicholas Meyer and Ira Steven Behr.

Features: Star Trek: The Next Generation the Seventh Season, The Art of Matte Painting, Designing Hirogen Ships .
Briefings: Deep Space 9: Support Craft, USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A, Starship Operations.
Starfleet Technical Database: Aeroshuttle

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