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Star Trek 1 (Star Trek #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,486 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
First of a series in which Blish adapted the scripts from the
original Star Trek series into novelette format.

Included in this volume: Charlie's Law (Charlie X), Dagger of the Mind, The Unreal McCoy (The Man Trap), Balance of Terror, The Naked Time, Miri, The Conscience of the King.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 28th 1976 by Bantam Books (first published 1967)
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Alejandro
Space... The Final Frontier...


I am aware that this is a quite longer review than usual, but since it's an anthology, I thought that it was the only fair way to express my thoughts on each story collected on the book.

A FASCINATING PROJECT

This is the first novelization published featuring episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series. Oddly enough, the novelization didn't published the episodes in the aired order, so if you are looking for the adaptation of Where No Man has Gone Before, the fir
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Jul
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Blish #1 episodes 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14 (airdate order)

warning for nitpicking!

I don't even know where to start. On one side, I really enjoyed reading them, a few in particular. On another hand, a lot of things irked me about it. Maybe they're unimportant, I don't know.

I have no problem with either "Charlie's Law" or "Dagger of the mind", except that the first one got rid of the duet-scene (but I get it, I don't even know how it would be like on paper), and "Dagger" felt really stiff and awkward
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Yvensong
This anthology of several early Star Trek episodes, like many anthologies, is a hit and a miss. Some of the stories really captured the feel of the story and the characters, while others really missed that mark.
Sath
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
We've been rewatching the original series of Star Trek lately, the remastered dvds in fact. And I thought this would be the perfect time to start reading the original Star Trek episode novelisations, which I've never read before.

This book contained 7 episode novelisations; Charlie's Law, Dagger of the Mind, The Unreal McCoy, Balance of Terror, The Naked Time, Miri, The Conscience of the King. All of them reworked from the original scripts into short stories, by James Blish.

I was glad to read the
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Dustin
This first book in the series (simply named “Star Trek”) adapts “Charlie X” (under the episode’s earlier working title of Charlie’s Law”), "Dagger of the Mind", "The Unreal McCoy" (which was the working and IMO better title for a.k.a. "The Man Trap"), "Balance of Terror", "The Naked Time", "Miri", and "The Conscience of the King"

This book, clocking in at 140ish pages, doesn’t much page count to the seven episodes it covers. The story “Charlie’s Law” is bereft of most description, (Blish apparent
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stormhawk
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
I don't know if rereading books from one's youth counts as a second childhood, but I'm having one right now ... revisiting a lot of old favorites, including the James Blish Star Trek "novelizations," although Short-Storyizations would be closer to the truth. Each Original Series episode is compacted down to short-story length, and something gets lost in translation. The stories are close to the episodes, but don't match exactly ... dialog changes, situtation changes, character changes. I can tel ...more
Susan
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, science-fiction
These stories are based on the tv series, though sometimes have been changed a bit. They are a fast read, not delving into much detail. Actually, I almost think some of the stories are better read as stories than a ST episode.

Enjoyable and I am ready to start the next one!
Vance
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Star Trek... expanded my horizons into science fiction.
S. J.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, people who want a different perspective on the episodes
Recommended to S. by: Wanting to read in the printed universe of the series
*4 Stars*

*The Gush*
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I grew up on this series, though I only watched what was on tv on reruns. All of these particular episodes are ones I was previously very familiar with. Surprisingly, that was not needed. These short write ups of the episodes are at once familiar and not. I had read somewhere that these were sometimes written up from early versions of the scripts and that does show. Some of the stories end slightly differently or have w
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Peter Wrenshall
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of the original series can get the entire collection of scripts as novelletizations (not sure if that’s a real word, but you know what I mean). They are a bit short and might have been stretched out a bit. And the text is more workmanlike than a labor of love. But it's great to be able to read the original series like this.
Elisa
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, hardcopy
I enjoyed this. I liked reading it and trying to remember the episode (I haven't seen them in a while). the only story I didn't really like was the last one.
Brian
Goodreads rating: 3 out of 5 (I liked it!)

I’ve been a fan of the original Star Trek since I first saw it as a kid in the 70’s. My earliest memory of the show is “Arena”, one of the better known episodes, in which Kirk is forced to fight a duel with a reptilian alien. For a 4-year-old it was kind of scary and intense…and I was forever hooked.

But let’s face it, Star Trek was not great science fiction. There was a whole lot that was just plain silly in a typical Star Trek script (and I’m not referr
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Tracy Poff
This review also appears on my blog.

I've read a good number of Star Trek books, over the years. Since I came rather late to the Star Trek universe, I'm quite used to thinking of the expanded universe as a sprawling thing, composed of many books by a similarly vast number of authors. Of course, it wasn't always this way. Once, there were no Star Trek books at all.

And then, there was one: Star Trek by James Blish.

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Star Trek is a collection of seven short
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David King
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
“Star Trek 1” by James Blish was the first Star Trek novel ever released and is a collection of Original Series scripts adapted into short story form rather than being an original piece of work. The seven stories included in this collection are all from season one and are as follows:

Charlie's Law (Charlie X)
Dagger of the Mind
The Unreal McCoy (The Man Trap)
Balance of Terror
The Naked Time
Miri
The Conscience of the King

Reading this collection was an interesting experience for me as I was looking fo
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Amy Softa
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-paper
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek I took a break from my current read to read this anthology of short stories which were adapted from the TOS. I do believe it might also be the first Star Trek book, but I’m not 100% on that as the order of Trek books is difficult to pin down. In this book it lists Spock Must Die before this one so it might be the first. I own that one as well and will read it eventually. (Note: after checking Goodreads I see Spock Must Die was published in 1970 ...more
Francisco
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Moving on to the first set of novelizations I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by them. These were written in the UK by James Blish up until number 7 or 8 and after that ghost-written by his wife J. A. Lawrence. This volume includes novelizations of 7 episodes from the original series: "Charlie X" (under the name "Charlie's Law" in the book); "Dagger of the Mind"; "The Man Trap" (under the name "The Unreal McCoy"); "Balance of Terror"; "The Naked Time"; "Miri" and "The Conscience ...more
Mike McDevitt
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
It's the first book I read on my kobo e-reader (early birthday present from my wonderful wife!). All things being equal, I'm ninety percent sure I read this in some school or public library before I was 10, but I couldn't have sworn to it before today.

At that time, I would've rated it higher. Pre-VCR, pre-PVR, if you wanted to know what happened in the first few episodes of Star Trek, you'd have to have been watching them on the right day at the right time in 1966. Or sat desperately pining for
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Michael Kaiser
The first Star Trek book ever published, written before the show was aired. As a collection of episode adaptations based only on early draft scripts, it was interesting to get a different tweak on episodes I've watched countless times. I liked getting inside the character's heads as only a novel can do. Some specific thoughts on the stories...

- The Unreal McCoy (AKA The Man Trap) - I love that Kirk knows there's no way his officer would have eaten a strange alien root. In the episode, they all w
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Jimyanni
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
The James Blish "Star Trek" series is a twelve book series of adaptations of the stories from the original "Star Trek" television series. Frankly, Blish didn't do a very good job of it, and most of the series is pretty weak, even for a longtime fan of the television series. The stories in this book were some of the best episodes in the series, but Blish never did see an episode, so far as I know; he was given preliminary scripts to work from, had very little if any feel for the characters as por ...more
Joel
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I stumbled upon this at a local used book store in Lebanon, OH (Chapters - pretty nice little place) and had to buy it. I was always a bigger reader than my brother, but he had a whole horde of Star Trek tie-ins but I never read a single one of them. I remember this particular line on his shelves so I figured I'd give it a try... if for no other reason than nostalgia.

Fascinating (ahem) read... the book was published in 1967 and is seven novelizations of episodes from the tv show... each around t
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George
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ταξίδι στ'αστέρια. Ή αλλιώς Star Trek βιβλίο πρώτο, του μεγάλου συγγραφέα επιστημονικής φαντασίας Τζέιμς Μπλις. Πρόκειται ουσιαστικά για μια συλλογή 7 διηγημάτων, τα οποία βασίζονται σε επεισόδια της πρώτης σεζόν του Star Trek που ξεκίνησε να προβάλλεται το 1966.

Βαριέμαι να αναλύσω το κάθε διήγημα ξεχωριστά, απλά θα αναφέρω ποια διηγήματα υπάρχουν στη συλλογή και σε ποια επεισόδια της τηλεοπτικής σειράς βασίζονται, αντίστοιχα. 1. Ο νόμος του Τσάρλι - Charlie X (2ο επεισόδιο). 2. Μαχαίρι στο μυα
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Jessica
Dec 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-trek
I picked up this book because I wanted to get into reading Star Trek novels. I love the series and grew up with reruns of it on the TV.
Obviously this book is old. I got my copy from paperbackswap.com and it is old and yellowed and smells just like a little old book from the 70s should smell.

The book is basically just the first couple of episodes except worse. It wasn't like reading a book based on the movie these days with a little extra added in, maybe some dips into people's thoughts. No, it
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Kelly
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ya gotta go with the classics!
(though honestly, giving these a strict star rating is a bit irrelevant, as they're sort of outside the stream of normal literary discourse)
James Blish was given the task of turning each episode of the original Star Trek series into prose form, and he did a great job of it. Some of them must have been easier than others --Harlan Ellison's "City on the Edge of Forever" and David Gerrold's "The Trouble With Tribbles" were no doubt two of the easier ones. But Blish man
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Brad
Fun adaptations, albeit not the best written. Blish has a tendency to overuse adverbs and takes your knowledge of the ship and character's appearances for granted. He'll repeatedly talk about how emotionless Spock is but rarely paint a picture of the scene.

However, his tendency to rush endings often works better for the stories. In "Miri" for example, which is one of the longer stories in the book, the final piece works a little better in the episode because Blish does away with the hokey ending
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OJ Svartheim
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
My overall comment of the first Star Trek novelizations by James Blish, is that they were not the worst, but by far no the best either. To be honest, they made for an unfortunate first impression of Blish's writing skills. In hindsight, I suspect that the author felt somewhat restricted by having pre-determined material to work with, as he received the actual episode scripts for the TV show, to convert them into short stories. It was probably not the best circumstances for him to unfold creative ...more
Yaaresse
When i was a kid, my older sister's friend GAVE me the entire collection. (I know!) Over the next few years, I read them all in order, starting the first one the day after I finished the last one. Loved them. I'm not sad that I didn't hang onto them and can only hope they still exist to make some other fan happy. (But I doubt it because...well, paperbacks, you know?)

The adaptations got better in the later volumes, but it was Star Trek whenever and wherever I wanted with having to put up with th
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Ed Wyrd
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
I have the first 6 in this series of 12 adaptations of the original Star Trek episodes. I read them almost 50 years ago and plan on rereading them. As a fan of the original Star Trek, these stories are an interesting curiosity. This first book was published in January 1967, and I'd have to wonder if James Blish had time to see any of the episodes. The stories, based on the screenplays, are short (8 in 136 pages) and offer little in the way of character development and provide no time to build su ...more
Ellie
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up in New Orleans in a second-hand book shop, but despite how inexpensive it was I'm still not sure it was worth my time.

Yes, it was awesome to see some of the Star Trek episodes translated into short story form - but the sexism in this book was rampant. I realize that that's how it was in society at the time Star Trek OS was filmed, but that still doesn't make it okay. The sexism really overshadowed the whole book and cast the rest of the story in a permanently dreary light.

If you
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Trev
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit cautious coming into this book. With only about 20 pages given to each episode I wondered how the author would fit everything in.
James Blish manages it though. If you were to think of the episode in your head and give a summary, this book is what you'd produce. Whilst small details aren't in abundance the plot points are all here. There are a few moments that take you out of the Trek world (Spock appearing with a clipboard holding many sheets of paper...), but for the most part an ex
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Kim Godard
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth
Let me just say that thanks to a friend of mine, I became fanatic about the original Star Trek and also the books. (However, never so far as to dress up or go to conventions--thank heaven.) I could, within the first 10 seconds of the show, tell you the name of the episode, the characters, and what it was about. All the books are merely the story of the episodes you saw on television. I loved them. Of course, there were my favorites, which after the passage of so many years, I can't remember the ...more
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James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

In the late 1930's to the early 1940's, Blish was a member of the Futurians.

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent 1942
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