The Proper Reading Order for the Star Trek Novels in a Handy Flowchart

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Have you been wanting to dive into the world of Star Trek novels, but aren't sure where to start? Check out the Almighty Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Order Flowchart, which lays out which books should come earliest on your reading list.


Created by TrekBBS members Thrawn and 8of5, this flowchart doesn't suggest one single starting point for getting into the Star Trek books, but instead outlines which books come before which in terms of the modern series' continuity. So you can reach for characters from the various TV shows, read the crossover novels, and immerse yourself in the tales of the Klingon Empire with minimal confusion.

Go see the chart in all of its glory at the Trek Collective, where 8of5 has listed some good books with which to begin your Star Trek reading journey, depending on which quadrant of the galaxy you're most interested in exploring.

Almighty Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Order Flowchart [Trek Collective via MetaFilter]



Okay. On the subject of reading-lists... my mother (70+) asked me around a year ago to suggest some SF&F books to read, having read like literally none except The Hobbit. She was curious about the genre and wanted to try it out.

I gave her this:

SF&F Introductory Overview List

Difficulty (Simple, light) 1 ——————- 5 (Complex, rewarding)

Ender's Game(Orson Scott Card) 4 Hard sci-fi


Serenity(T.V) 2 Space western, best t.v. sci-fi


Nevernever(Terri Windling) 2 Urban fantasy

Fahrenheit 451(Ray Bradbury) 3 Socio-political sci-fi

Solomon Kane's Homecoming(Robert E. Howard) 1 Fantasy poem, [Google]

Callahan's Crosstime Saloon(Spider Robinson) 2 Humorous soft sci-fi, short stories, series

The Deed of Paksenarrion (Elizabeth Moon) 3 Epic fantasy, trilogy

Welcome to the Monkey House(Kurt Vonnegut) 3 Socio-political sci-fi, short stories

Drink Down the Moon(Charles DeLint) 2 Urban Fantasy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(Douglas Adams) 3 Humorous surreal sci-fi, trilogy

Starship Troopers(Robert Heinlein) 3 Hard sci-fi

Dragonlance Chronicles(Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weiss) 3 Epic fantasy, trilogy

The Mote in God's Eye(Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle) 4 Hard sci-fi

Myth Adventures(Robert Lynn Asprin) 3 Humorous satirical low fantasy, series

Tam Lin(Pamela Dean) 4 Urban fantasy, college, literary

World War Z(Max Brooks) 3 Horror sci-fi

Swordspoint(Ellen Kushner) 3 French social intrigue fantasy

Thieves World(Robert Lynn Asprin) 3 Low fantasy, short story collections, series

The Initiate Brother(Sean Russell) 4 Chinese historical fantasy fiction, duology

Foundation(Isaac Asimov) 4 Epic sci-fi, series

Conan (Robert E. Howard) 4 Heroic fantasy, series

Neuromancer (William Gibson) 4 Cyberpunk sci-fi

Watership Down (Richard Adams) 4 Heroic fantasy

Gates of Fire(Steven Pressfield) 4 Spartan historical fiction

The Once & Future King (T.H. White) 4 Epic fantasy, series

Snowcrash (Neal Stephenson) 5 Cyberpunk sci-fi

Dune(Frank Herbert) 5 Epic sci-fi, series

A Game of Thrones(George R.R. Martin) 5 Epic fantasy, series

Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) 5 Epic fantasy, trilogy

Red Mars

Green Mars

Blue Mars(Kim Stanley Robinson) 5 Epic hard sci-fi, trilogy

I grabbed most of these from my bookshelves because then she could just read through the list. The order is roughly from simpler to more complex. I dunno how far she's made it. :P

I had a little list of older classics as well that were mostly for historical context.

Any opinions? (and apologies for length but I am curious)