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As a rule, Star Trek makes no effort to maintain continuity outside of its Live-Action Television series and films — in fact, for a while, there was a directive that tie-ins couldn't reference anything except the live-action canon. Novels, comics, video games, roleplaying games, technical manuals etc. draw from their common origins, but exist largely independent of each other save for occasional Shout Outs or borrowed elements.

There is a modern line of Star Trek novels from Pocket Books which make an effort to be consistent in regards to continuity. Most novels from the year 2000 on are generally set within the same reality. This continuity is discussed on the Star Trek Novel Verse page.

Some of the older books have been retroactively absorbed into the "Novel Verse" continuity, most have not.

A new continuity was created with Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.

Other show-specific Novels that have followed the new literary canon include:

There is also the Star Trek Autobiographies series that is its own continuity.

There are (naturally) many Star Trek comic books, including:

  • Star Trek (Gold Key series, 1967-1978) — set during the Original Series
  • Star Trek (Marvel series, 1979-1981) — set after Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek (DC series, 1984-1996)
    • Volume 1 (56 issues, 1984-1988) — set after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and around the next two films, with a few issues set during the Original Series or ST:TMP era
    • Volume 2 (80 issues, 1989-1996) — set after Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, with several issues set during the Original Series
  • Star Trek The Next Generation (DC series, 1988-1996)
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine (Malibu series, 1993-1996)
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine (Marvel series, 1996-1998)
  • Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Marvel series, 1996-1998)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (Marvel series, 1996-1998)
  • Star Trek: Early Voyages (Marvel series, 1997-1998: set during Christopher Pike's command of the Enterprise)
  • Star Trek: Untold Voyages (Marvel mini-series, 1998: set after Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine: N-Vector (Wildstorm miniseries, 2000)
  • Star Trek The Next Generation: The Gorn Crisis (Wildstorm hardcover, 2000)
  • Star Trek Divided We Fall (Wildstorm miniseries, 2001)
  • Star Trek: Year Four (IDW miniseries, 2007) — six issue mini-series, describing the Enterprise's fourth year of their Five-Year Mission
  • Star Trek Countdown (IDW miniseries, 2009) — Billed as the "official prequel" to the rebooted Star Trek film and written by the screenwriters, it initially wasn't clear whether this is merely a part of the Expanded Universe, or canon in its own right. After being questioned on certain (minor) inconsistencies between the comic and the final version of the movie, the screenwriters declared it non-Canon.
  • Star Trek: Mission's End (IDW miniseries, 2009, takes place after Star Trek: The Original Series but before Star Trek: The Motion Picture) — Details the final official mission of the Enterprise's "Five year mission".
  • Star Trek (IDW series 2010-2016) — Initially a retelling of Original Series episodes based on the alternate timeline started off by the 2009 film. It later started telling original stories, and also crossed back over into the original timeline at points.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation² (IDW miniseries, 2012) — Crossover miniseries with Doctor Who; also part of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
  • Star Trek: Waypoint (IDW series 2016-) — An anthology comic telling stories from across the Star Trek universe (original timeline).
  • Star Trek The Next Generation: Broken Mirror (IDW series 2017-) — A comic book series featuring Captain Picard in the Mirror Universe and his crew trying to revive the Terran Empire.
  • Star Trek vs. Transformers (IDW series 2018-2019) — A crossover with The Transformers using the art-style of the original animated series.
  • Star Trek: The Q Conflict (IDW series 2019) - A crossover between TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY
  • Star Trek: Year Five (IDW series, 2019-2021) — Replacing Mission's End as the final mission, the series tells of final missions of the crew of the Enterprise, attempting to stop a plot by the Tholians.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (IDW series, 2022) — a three issue mini-series starring the crew of the Cerritos.
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - The Illyrian Enigma (IDW series, 2022-2023) — a five issue mini-series taking place between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season one and two dealing with the events of the season one finale.

There are also a number of novels prior to the Novelverse. Some of these are:

There are also the Animated Series Novelizations by Alan Dean Foster, Star Trek Logs which not only novelize, but also expand the plotlines of the Animated Series.

There are also many Star Trek games that have their own page.

There are also several audio dramas, including:

  • Passage to Moauv
  • In Vino Veritas
  • The Crier in Emptiness
  • The Time Stealer
  • To Starve a Fleaver
  • A Mirror for Futility
  • The Logistics of Stampede
  • The Man Who Trained Meteors
  • The Robot Masters
  • Dinosaur Planet
  • The Human Factor