Reading on the Frontier: A Star Trek Bibliography

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When I originally set upon my research for my M.A. I had no idea of the extent to which Star Trek had been analysed and critiqued by journalists, critics and academics. After some initial hesitation as to whether I should continue studying Star Trek for my final dissertation, I nevertheless carried on hoping that my labours would measure up to what seemed a virtual palimpsest of existing scholarship. I knew I had some work to do in order to write something new and original, to breathe new life into what my supervisor and colleagues saw as an overdone and outdated field of academic interest. When I had decided to take my research further by doing a Ph.D. on Star Trek I met the inevitable resistance from those who saw it as a foolhardy attempt at making my hobby my work. However, I saw it differently. It is an implausible idea that there is nothing left to study about Star Trek, the series still exists and the fans show no sign of dying out.

This bibliography represents what I have gathered together during my first two years as a Ph.D. student in the way of academic criticism of Star Trek. I myself wanted to list everything I possibly could so that I could see what exactly had been written and more importantly what still needs to be written. I have no doubt that this is not a definitive list, whatever essays and books have been published I am sure there is the same amount if not more still waiting to be published or written by scholars who believe they have something new and original to say about the subject. I have grouped together the articles, dissertations, and books so it might be easier to identify sources. In the book section I have tried to cite individual chapters that are concerned with Star Trek since many anthologies are not necessarily Star Trek based but still contain important work. I have also cited chapters from established Star Trek anthologies to make it easier to distinguish different pieces on all of the Star Trek series and their varied criticisms.

Ultimately I hope that this bibliography will provide future students and existing scholars a firm launch pad from which they can embark on their research. I wanted to gather together as many sources as I could because I grew frustrated at the lack of a coherent reference guide for my own work. However, I will endeavour to update this bibliography because Star Trek has not stopped being written about and, more importantly, it continues to explore the final frontier of space and push our imaginations to the limit.


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