Despite being set in a future world where books are treated like antiques, the Star Trek series has inspired a huge library of novelizations and independent books.
Before you check out the movie this weekend, brush up on your Star Trek bibliography at The Complete Starfleet Library–a database with pictures, trivia, and detailed information about every Star Trek book. The site even has links to all the Star Trek e-books, a growing list of futuristic digital titles.
Here’s an entry about a famous Star Trek episode turned into a “fotonovel,” a fascinating bit of publishing history: “An entertaining reminder of a time when very few people had VCRs, the photonovel is the next best thing to having a show on tape. It’s a cross between a TV show, a comic book, and a paperback book, as it’s made up of 300 full color photos from an episode, with dialogue and captions printed comic book style (word balloons, etc.), in standard paperback format.”