Today marks the historic 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Fifty years ago, September 8, 1966, the iconic sci-fi series premiered on the CBS network. With six TV series (seven if you count the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery show) and thirteen movies, this sci-fi cultural phenomenon is still thriving. The newest movie, Star Trek: Beyond, was well-received as a summer blockbuster and fans are ready for more. It's the perfect time to brush up on your conversational Klingon, crochet a Spock Monkey, or read my favorite Star Trek novel of all-time.
The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
So you've already heard a million times that the show was pitched as "a Wagon Train to the stars" and that Riker sits down in chairs weirdly because of actor Jonathan Frakes' back problems. Ready for some new info? Just published this summer, this uncensored and unauthorized oral history of Star Trek gives fans more unknown details about the magical stories that make up the first 25 years of the franchise, directly from those who lived it.
Trekkies (1997) and Trekkies 2 (2004)
Filmed mainly at cons, these documentaries highlight some pretty intense fans and include a debate about the "trekkie" vs. "trekker" terminology.
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Crewmates on a ship that is not quite the Enterprise in an organization that is not quite the Starfleet notice some unusual patterns and end up questioning the nature of their existence. Another excellent Star Trek-adjacent book with elements of this meta feel is Night of the Living Trekkies, by Kevin J. Anderson, about what would happen if a zombie outbreak started at a Star Trek convention.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Reading about space in fiction got you interested in the reality? Your personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Star Trek: The Next Generation superfan Seth MacFarlane bring you this fascinating documentary series about the history of the universe and our role in it.