Essential Star Trek Voyager Reading

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I have been thinking a lot about Star Trek Voyager since the recent release of Kirsten Beyer’s latest book in the Relaunch series Atonement. First and foremost I have been thinking that I am now 3 books behind and I had better get going since I really want to know what is happening with the Voyager crew.

But it has also caused me to look back at the Voyager books of yore.  Certainly you should go an explore it all but some of the highlights for me have been the Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch Voyager novels. Dafydd ab Hugh‘s Invasion novel was excellent and The String Theory Trilogy is not to be missed.

Amazon – Section 31: Shadow (Star Trek Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Section 31: Shadow – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager, No 9: Invasion Book No 4)
iBooks – Star Trek: Invasion! #4: The Final Fury – Dafydd ab Hugh

Amazon – String Theory, Book 1: Cohesion (Star Trek Voyager: String Theory) (Bk. 1)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #1: Cohesion – Jeffrey Lang

One unique element of the Voyager novels is that Jeri Taylor, one of the creators of Voyager, wrote two novels giving more backstory to the characters she helped create.  They are Mosaic and Pathways and they are both worth a read.

Amazon – Mosaic (Star Trek Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Mosaic – Jeri Taylor

Amazon – Pathways (Star Trek: Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Pathways – Jeri Taylor

Christie Golden

BUT!  If you love the Star Trek Voyager live action TV show but have not yet started on the novels your best bet is to start with a Christie Golden numbered novel.  When Christie Golden writes a Voyager novel it is the most warm, comfortable and familiar thing you have ever experienced.  The character voices are perfect and the interactions are right on.  I can’t help but smile with every page.

I started watching Voyager late.  The show was already over and I devoured the DVD sets.  When I finally finished with Endgame I was not satisfied.  I NEEDED more Voyager.  Luckily for me there were the Voyager Relaunch novels, the first four of which were written by Christie Golden.  I loved the Homecoming books but was not as thrilled with the Spirit Walk books.  I must not have been the only one because there was a 5 year gap between Christie Golden’s Spirit Walk Book Two and the next Voyager book Kirsten Beyer’s novel Full Circle.

Amazon – The Murdered Sun (Star Trek Voyager, No 6)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: The Murdered Sun – Christie Golden

Amazon – Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming – Christie Golden

Kirsten Beyer

During that 5 year gap a few things happened elsewhere in the Star Trek Novel Universe.  First and most importantly in Peter David’s novel Before Dishonor under the Next Generation heading Admiral Janeway is killed.  I won’t tell you how because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. (Open mouth and insert foot.)  Then David Mack’s Destiny Trilogy happened and the entire Star Trek Universe got shaken up.

Amazon – Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Before Dishonor – Peter David

Amazon – Star Trek: Destiny
iBooks – Star Trek: Destiny: The Complete Saga – David Mack

All of these events took a heavy toll on the Voyager crew.  Kirsten Beyer picks up the pieces in her novels and does such a good job of letting the pain develop our characters.  She moves the narrative forward away from safe familiar territory and into unknown waters.  I cannot wait to jump back into Kirsten Beyer’s Star Trek Voyager.

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement – Kirsten Beyer

If you would like to see a reading order for the Voyager novels I recommend the Wikipedia page for Star Trek books.  I will put a link below.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook to join the conversation.  Enjoy!

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