10 best Star Trek Pocket Books in the universe

We boldly go to the 10 best books that non-canon Star Trek has to offer

The Entropy Effect Star Trek

1. The Entropy Effect by Vonda N McIntyre (1981)

The first of the Pocket Books line, McEntyre’s book was infamous before release for being the book that kills Kirk. Don’t worry fanboys; he gets better.

Destiny Star Trek

2. Destiny by David Mack (2008)

Mass destruction like you’ve never seen (read) before, these three books are the definite word on the Borg.

Before Dishonor Star Trek

3. Before Dishonor by Peter David (2007)

You’ll either detest or love this book, but it’s necessary reading for the pure shock value of one of the events and its effect on future novels.Avatar Star Trek

4. Avatar by SD Perry (2001)

The book that began the Deep Space 9 relaunch, and introduced immediate fan favourite Elias Vaugh.

Cold Equations Star Trek

5. Cold Equations by David Mack (2012)

Mack resurrects a character who never should have died, as well as one who should have stayed gone: that’s right, Wesley Crusher is back.

Typhon Pact Star Trek

6. Typhon Pact by David R George III (2012)

The Romulans, Gorn and other antagonists join together to found their own alliance in this trilogy, the ‘Typhon Pact’.

How Much For Just The Planet Star Trek

7. How Much For Just The Planet? by John M Ford (1987)

This sees Kirk et al belting out musical numbers before engaging in a pie-fight, while they somehow stay in character.

My Enemy My Ally Star Trek

8. My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane (1984)

The premise was obliterated by later canon, but it remains a fascinating insight into the Romulan culture.

Enterprise The First Adventure Star Trek

9. Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N McIntyre (1986)

If you disliked JJ Abrams’ re-telling of Kirk’s first mission dip into this alternate take.

The Return Star Trek

10. The Return by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

When a Borg/Romulan team-up allows Kirk to be resurrected by nanites, he jumps at the chance.

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