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For the first movie in the Star Trek franchise, please see Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

A chilling journey through worlds beyond imagination. – Short story adaptations of seven Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, first collection in the episode adaption series.


Originally titled simply Star Trek, this is the first Star Trek tie-in book ever published, pre-dating Mission to Horatius and The Making of Star Trek. Within nine months of initial publication it was re-printed five times. It was retitled Star Trek 1 after subsequent volumes in the series were published.


The stories in this, and the subsequent eleven volumes of the adaption series, were based on early draft scripts, and there are some significant differences between the printed version and what actually appeared on screen, based on the final script draft, which Blish had no access to. Due to the lead times required for publication of print books such as these, James Blish was forced to use the only scripts available from Desilu promotions, which were early draft scripts that had been discarded. As many of these draft versions have been lost in the years since the series ended, Blish's adaptations are now seen as valuable resources for those researching how the early episodes evolved from script to film.

In 2016 Mike and Denise Okuda (re-)confirmed the status and value of Blish's episode adaptations, when a cache of Original Series outtake footage was rediscovered, some of which in concordance with the information Blish had already divulged in his adaptations. (Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray Disc-special feature, "Inside the Roddenberry Vault, Part 1")

Background information Edit

Incorporated into The Star Trek Reader II (E.P. Dutton, April 1977) along with Star Trek 4 and Star Trek 9.

Cover gallery Edit


Charlie's LawEdit

A 22-page adaptation of TOS: "Charlie X".


Sam Ellis 
Medical division crewman who was temporarily sent into nothingness by Charlie.

Dagger of the MindEdit

A 17-page adaptation of TOS: "Dagger of the Mind".

The Unreal McCoyEdit

A 14-page adaptation of TOS: "The Man Trap".


Archaeologist. "Bierce" was referred to as Robert Crater in the episode.
Nancy Bierce 
Nancy was referred to as Nancy Crater in the episode.


Regulus VIII 
Eighth planet in the Regulan system. "Regulus VIII" is referred to as M-113 in the episode.

Balance of TerrorEdit

A 22-page adaptation of TOS: "Balance of Terror".

The Naked TimeEdit

A 15-page adaptation of TOS: "The Naked Time".


La Pig 
"La Pig" was referred to as Psi 2000 in the episode.


A 27-page adaptation of TOS: "Miri". Miri's planet is not an exact double of Earth.

The Conscience of the KingEdit

A 19-page adaptation of TOS: "The Conscience of the King".

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