Get Lost in Star Trek

By Camille T. RSS Thu, May 21, 2009

I was first introduced to Star Trek during my summer vacation in 9th grade.  It was 1994 and science fiction was big business, the television show The X Files had developed a huge following, and aliens were back in vogue. Every week day I spent the afternoon watching re-runs of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and was amazed at this future world, where star ships traveled at warp speed (faster than the speed of light) and their only mission was the exploration of the galaxy (“to go where no man has gone before”) and provide help where needed. For a slightly geeky teenager this was paradise.

But Star Trek wasn’t just an adventure show, it explored the controversial topics of war, peace, use of technology,  democracy, economics, religion, human rights, feminism, xenophobia, and racism,  and presented them all in allegories which left you to ponder and make your own decisions. The Next Generation caused me to watch the original Star Trek series (the one led by Captain Kirk and Spock). The television series was so successful (despite only being on air for three seasons) that it spawned five additional television series, 11 feature films, and a host of novels, comic books, and merchandise. The latest Star Trek film was released this month to great fanfare. Even Philadelphia’s own The Franklin has an exhibit on Star Trek, running from May 16 through September 20.

Below you will find a couple Star Trek films and books in the Free Library’s catalog. Please keep in mind many of these items have a limited quantities, so be prepared to place items on hold. But I’m sure if you’re a Star Trek enthusiast or just want to dig deeper into this fictional world, you won’t mind the wait. To find more Star Trek titles try searching our catalog.



  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 


  • Star Trek Chronology: the history of the future by Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Star Trek Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
  • The Klingon Dictionary by Marc Okrand (reference book)
  • Spock Must Die! by James Blish (the first original Star Trek novel)

    Are you a Star Trek fan too? Feel free to leave a message below; it’ll be great to hear from fellow Star Trek fans.



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    What a great post! Thanks.
    Laura - Philly
    Friday, May 22, 2009

    I'm not, but I still love your post!
    phillygrrl - Olney
    Friday, May 22, 2009

    I love most Star Treks. I watched the Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine. I can't wait to see the new movie.
    Keema - Philadelphia
    Friday, May 22, 2009

    I remember when Star Trek first came out, I'm suprised at how much attention it's gotten since then.
    Larry Johnson - Example: Philadelphia
    Monday, June 1, 2009

    A few weeks ago I had the chance to take my kids to the latest Star Trek film. It was the second one that I got to see on the big screen. I remember the last time I went (over 10 years ago), there was a bunch of trekkies dressed up in cool outfits. That was in Fresno, CA. When I went to the theater in San Jose, CA, I didn't see any noticeable trekkies. I'm not sure if it's because of the area...anyways, it was great to see my 4 and 12 year old excited watching the new Start Trek movie. I'll have to introduce my kids to the Director's Edition!
    Charles - San Jose, CA
    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    I absolutely LOVE Star Trek, but not have yet seen Star Trek Zero. I fell in love with the series as a child growing up laying on the floor watching it with my father. I then enjoyed the newer series when coming home from going out with friends seeing reruns. I have yet to see the new movie, but am looking forward to it since it is supposed to be the prequel to the original series. Can't wait to check it out. John Rank: Captain Job:
    John - Virginia
    Monday, June 8, 2009

    I LOVED Star Trek when I was a child. In fact I think I refer to some of the Star Trek episodes in Chuck
    Chuck - San Diego
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Thanks for reporting. I love Star Trek and television series has influenced much of my life. I hope to visit the exhibit very soon and to enter into the atmosphere of Interprise starship. Patty "" Swanson
    Patty - Example: Philadelphia
    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Great post. I am a huge fan of Star Trek. My fav has to be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Awesome film and would imagine most people would agree :). I did really enjoy the new Star Trek film. Had a slightly different feel to it but still loved it.
    David Black - UK
    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    star trek is the best now that there is a new movie out too and more to come.
    ssenterprise - Florida
    Friday, September 11, 2009

    The new star trek Abrams has taken Star Trek the Original Series and retooled it for an entirely new generation. And he did it without most of the usual cheap clip-on concepts that most screenwriters and directors have used this past couple decades, although some fans have a differnt view.
    Rodz - Johnson
    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    I LOVED Star Trek when I was a child. In fact I think I refer to some of the Star Trek episodes in Chuck Chuck - San Diego
    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Star Trek is wonderful!
    Monday, February 29, 2016