512 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek offers a synoptic overview of Star Trek, its history, its influence, and the scholarly response to the franchise, as well as possibilities for further study. This volume aims to bridge the fields of science fiction and (trans)media studies, bringing together the many ways in which Star Trek franchising, fandom, storytelling, politics, history, and society have been represented. Seeking to propel further scholarly engagement, this Handbook offers new critical insights into the vast range of Star Trek texts, narrative strategies, audience responses, and theoretical themes and issues. This compilation includes both established and emerging scholars to foster a spirit of communal, trans-generational growth in the field and to present diversity to a traditional realm of science fiction studies.

    Introduction: Open Hailing Frequencies

    Part I
    Television Series

    1 Star Trek: The Original Series

    Ina Rae Hark

    2 Star Trek: The Animated Series

    John Andreas Fuchs

    3 Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Bowdoin van Riper

    4 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Lisa Alexander

    5 Star Trek: Voyager

    Leimar Garcia-Siino

    6 Star Trek: Enterprise

    Zaki Hasan

    7 Star Trek: Discovery

    Sabrina Mittermeier

    8 Star Trek: Picard

    Justice Hagan

    9 Star Trek: Lower Decks

    Ramón Valle-Jiménez

    Part II


    10 Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Kevin Decker

    11 Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

    Stefan Rabitsch

    12 Star Trek III: Search for Spock

    Janet L. McMullen

    13 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Una McCormack

    14 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Agnieszka Urbańczyk

    15 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Torsten Kathke

    16 Star Trek Generations

    Murray Leeder

    17 Star Trek: First Contact

    Ina Batzke

    18 Star Trek: Insurrection

    Igor Carastan

    19 Star Trek: Nemesis

    Katherine Bishop and Stefan Rabitsch

    20 Star Trek

    William Proctor

    21 Star Trek Into Darkness

    Nathan Jones

    22 Star Trek Beyond

    Peter Goggin

    Part III

    Transmedia and Franchising

    23 Star Trek as Transmedia Storyworld

    Dawn Stobbart

    24 Star Trek as Franchise

    Derek Johnson

    25 Novels

    Sean Guynes and Gerry Canavan

    26 Comics

    Gerry Canavan

    27 Reference Works and Guides

    Ria Narai

    28 Games

    Stefan Hall

    29 Music

    Veronika Keller

    30 Merchandise

    Victoria Godwin

    Part IV

    Fandom and Paratexts

    31 Fandom History

    Karen Hellekson

    32 Star Trek Fandom around the World

    Larisa Mikhaylova

    33 Fan Fiction

    Katie Heffner

    34 Fanvids

    Charlotte Stevens

    35 Fan Tourism and Conventions

    Lincoln Geraghty

    36 Fandom and Intellectual Property Rights

    Rebecca Tushnet

    37 Documentaries

    Allison Whitney

    38 Parody and Homage

    Michael G. Robinson

    39 Pornography

    Michael Fuchs

    40 Star Trek in the Classroom

    Elizabeth Baird Hardy

    Part V

    Social Themes

    41 History and Historiography

    Martin Gabriel

    42 Sex and Romance

    Carey Milsap-Spears

    43 Environment and Ecology

    Ali Sperling

    44 War and Conflict

    Mareike Spychala

    45 Colonialism and Imperialism

    E. Leigh McKagen

    46 Religion and Spirituality

    Douglas Cowan

    47 Science and Technology

    Amy Chambers and R. Lyle Skains

    48 Medicine and Care

    Jason T. Eberl

    49 Language and Communication

    Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

    Part VI

    Social History

    50 Race

    Harvey Cormier

    51 Gender

    Danielle Girard

    52 Queerness I: Representations of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People

    Bruce Drushel

    53 Queerness II: Transgender and Nonbinary Representation

    Si Sophie Pages Whybrew

    54 Disability

    Olivia Riley

    55 Age and Aging

    Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

    56 Nonhumanoid Alien Life

    Will Tattersdill

    57 Posthuman Life

    Lisa Meinecke

    58 Economic Systems

    Jonathan Thornton

    59 Ethics

    Adam Kotsko

    60 Utopia

    Simon Spiegel


    Leimar Garcia- Siino is an independent scholar. She is the media reviews editor of the SFRA Review and has recently co-edited the special issue Global Utopian Film and TV in the Age of Dystopia for SFFTV with Sean Guynes.

    Sabrina Mittermeier is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in British and North American History at the University of Kassel, Germany. She is the author of A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: Middle-Class Kingdoms (2021), the editor of Fan Phenomena: Disney (2023), and, with Mareike Spychala, of Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery (2020).

    Stefan Rabitsch is an Associate Professor in American Studies with the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo, Norway. A self-declared "Academic Trekkie," he is the author of Star Trek and the British Age of Sail (2019), co-editor of Set Phasers to Teach! Star Trek in Research and Teaching (2018), and co-editor of Fantastic Cities (2022).


    "This book is essential. Capturing the whole of one of the largest franchises in popular culture is an almost impossible task and the editors have brought together exactly the right people to lay the foundation for an understanding of Star Trek. The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek is useful both to scholars finding their footing and scholars working on their newest project. But, also, it is an accessible text for fans of the franchise interested in exploring further."

    Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Editor of Star Trek as Myth and Author of Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s Myth and History


    "Finally, a Star Trek handbook that is as big—and big-hearted—as the franchise itself! Whether you’re interested in Star Trek as a transmedia phenomenon, cultural touchstone, or IP juggernaut, this anthology has you covered. With essays that are both thought-provoking and clearly written, this anthology is a must have for scholars and fans alike."

    Lisa Yaszek, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech and editor of The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women from The Pulp Era to Ursula K. Le Guin


    "Science, society, and media would not be what they are today without Star Trek. This collection recognizes how television’s most inexhaustible franchise has exercised the imaginations of generations of storytellers and critics. Every entry in the Handbook questions Trek’s powerful symbolism while offering vital perspective on its legacy in the real world."

    André Carrington, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction