The Star Trek Litverse Chronological Reading List

In the waning days of the 20th century, and across the first two decades of the 21st century, the paperback publisher Pocket Books created an enormous, sprawling, self-contained, internally-consistent continuation of the Star Trek multiverse, picking up from the end of the television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and involving dozens of authors and hundreds of books. The aim was to continue the story lines of the three great Star Trek shows set in the 24th century. Altogether, this Star Trek Litverse chronicles the roughly 15 years after the final Deep Space Nine episode and includes not just characters and situations from The Next Generation and Voyager, but other realms of the franchise, including some that only appear in novel form. The stories are all connected together, sometimes tangentially and sometimes directly, borrowing characters from the minor and major realms of Trek and elevating them, and sharing continuity across story lines.

To understand why this is special, you have to understand what came before this effort and what is currently happening after it. Prior to the Litverse, books bearing the Star Trek name, many of which are great, sought only to be congruent with the various Star Trek television shows, as if each book in question could just be another episode on TV. The books did not continue, and often contradicted each other.

And after the Litverse, the books being released had nothing to do with this gigantic continuity, but instead were specifically tie-in stories to the newer Star Trek shows, such as Discovery and Picard.

In this, the Litverse stands apart, not just in its special efforts for Trek but for literature in general — how often do multiple authors spend decades building a giant, continuing, shared story like this? And it is very well done, being totally satisfying if you are a Trek fan.

Below is a reading list, set with an in-universe chronology, which aims to chronicle the main trunk of reading for the Star Trek Litverse. This list is for those of us who wish to take this special journey from start to finish, completing as much of that journey as possible. It is, as of right now, marginally incomplete. As I read through, I am making adjustments to make this list more complete, more inclusive, more accurate.

If you couple this list with the Almighty Star Trek Litverse Reading order Flow Chart (version 5, circa 2020), an amazing resource put together by Thrawn and 8of5 (found behind the link, at thetrekcollective.com), and if you keep Memory Beta at the ready, then this list will be of value to you as you travel the Litverse road. And you should travel it, because it is a lot of fun. If you are especially a Trek fan who misses the great spurt of 24th century shows in the 1990s, who loved the big universe those shows created and who loved the way those stories were crafted, then the Star Trek Litverse is going to scratch an itch you maybe didn’t realize you had. It is beautiful to behold.

So, without further ado, the list is below. It will be updated periodically, here, in this space, as I read through the various titles. However, if there is something you’d like to correct, a suggestion you’d like to make, then leave a comment or send me a message and I will do my best to factor in your ideas. I want this to be a resource for anyone.

Everything below is a book, unless specifically acknowledged as a graphic novel, or a film or television episode.

Open questions: Does the Vulcan Souls Trilogy get included? What about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Revenant?

Is it possible the brief Wildstorm Star Trek comics are all considered in this continuity? The four issue mini-series, Divided We Fall” is in there, with several crossover characters from the DS9 Relaunch section of the Litverse. More info here: https://bit.ly/2XS9zJe

The Star Trek Litverse Chronological Reading List

2372

DS9 — Revenant (51405.9) / [December 2021]

2374

TNG — Immortal Coil — 2374 (51405.9) / [February 2002]

TNG — The Battle Of Betazed — 2374 / [2 April 2002]

DS9 — Hollow Men — 2374 / [26 April 2005]

2375

Star Trek: Insurrection — 2375 (film)

DS9 — “What You Leave Behind” — 2375 (television)

TNG — The Gorn Crisis — 2375 [51701.3] / [January 2001] (graphic novel)

TNG — Gemworld: Book 1–2375 / [1 February 2000]

TNG — Gemworld Book 2–2375 / [1 February 2000]

DS9 — Prophecy And Change — 2369–2375 / 25th Century / [23 September 2003]

Star Trek: Tales Of The Dominion War — 2373, 2374, 2375 / [3 August 2004]

2376

TNG — Maximum Warp: Dead Zone — 2376 / [1 March 2001]

TNG — Maximum Warp: Forever Dark — 2376 / [1 March 2001]

DS9 — The Left Hand Of Destiny 1–2376 / [1 April 2003]

DS9 — The Left Hand Of Destiny 2–2376 / [1 May 2003

DS9 — A Stitch In Time — 2376 / [5 June 2000]

Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Cardassians — Year Unknown / [9 December 2009] (graphic novel)

DS9 — N-Vector Chapter 1–2376 / [August 2000] (graphic novel)

DS9 — N-Vector Chapter 2–2376 / [September 2000] (graphic novel)

DS9 — N-Vector Chapter 3–2376 / [October 2000] (graphic novel)

DS9 — N-Vector Chapter 4–2376 / [November 2000] (graphic novel)

DS9 — Avatar 1 — April 2376 / [1 May 2001]

DS9 — Avatar 2 — April 2376 / [1 May 2001]

DS9 — Section 31 — Abyss — 2376 / [1 July 2001]

Gateways — One Small Step (TOS) — 2268 / [1 August 2001]

Gateways — Chainmail (Challenger) — 2275 / [1 August 2001]

Gateways — Doors Into Chaos (TNG) -2276 / [1 September 2001]

Gateways — Demons Of Air And Darkness (DS9) — 2376 / [1 September 2001]

Gateways — No Man’s Land (VOY) — year unknown, presumably 2376 / [1 october 2001]

Gateways — Cold Wars (NF) — 2376 / [1 october 2001]

Gateways — What Lay Beyond (Crossover) — unknown year, presumably 2376 / [1 November 2001]

Gateways -Here There Be Monsters (SCE) — 2376 / [15 November 2001]

DS9 — Divided We Fall — 2376 (ends on 53181.9) / [May-August 2001]

DS9 — Mission Gamma — Twilight — 2376 / [September 2002]

DS9 — Mission Gamma — This Grey Spirit — 2376 (53471.3) / [September 2002]

DS9 — Mission Gamma — Cathedral — 2376 / [October 2002]

DS9 — Mission Gamma -Lesser Evil — 2376 / [November 2002]

DS9 — Rising Son — April-August 2376 (53267.5) / [January 2003]

DS9 — Unity — September 2376 / [November 2004]

DS9 — Worlds Of DS9 1 — November-December 2376 / [25 May 2004]

DS9 — Worlds Of DS9 2 — October 2376 (53777.5 to 53785.4) / [25 January 2005]

DS9 — Worlds Of DS9 3 — November-December 2376 / [25 january 2005]

Mirror Universe — Glass Empires — 2155–2371 / [20 February 2007]

Mirror Universe — Obsidian Alliances- 2165–2377 / [20 march 2007]

Mirror Universe — Shard And Shadows — 2165–2377 / [6 January 2009]

Mirror Universe — The Sorrows Of Empire — 2267–2295 / [29 December 2009]

2377

(These DS9 novels pick up from Worlds Of DS9 Book #3 and the Mirror Universe series)

DS9 — Warpath — January 2377 / [28 march 2006]

DS9 — Fearful Symmetry — 2377 / [24 June 2008]

DS9 — The Soul Key — 2377 / [28 July 2009]

TNG — The Genesis Wave: Book 1–2377 / [August 2000]

TNG — The Genesis Wave: Book 2–2377 / [April 2001]

TNG — The Genesis Wave: Book 3–2377 / [January 2002]

Mirror Universe — Rise Like Lions — 2277–2281 / [29 November 2011]

2378

DS9 — The Never-Ending Sacrifice — 2370–2378 / [25 August 2009]

TNG — A Time To Be Born — 2378 / [1 February 2004]

TNG — A Time To Die — 2378 / [24 february 2004]

TNG — A Time To Sow — 2378 / [30 March 2004]

TNG — A Time To Harvest — 2378 / [27 April 2004]

VOY — “Endgame” — 2378 (television)

VOY — Homecoming — 2378 / [June 2003]

VOY — The Farther Shore -2378 / [July 2003]

VOY — Spirit Walk — Old Wounds — 2378 / [November 2004]

VOY — Spirit Walk — Enemy Of My Enemy — 2378 / [30 November 2004]

2379

TNG — A Time To Love — 2379 / [25 may 2004]

TNG — A Time To Hate — 2379 / [29 June 2004]

TNG — A Time To Kill — 2379 / [27 July 2004]

TNG — A Time To Heal — 2379 / [31 August 2004]

TNG -A Time For War, A Time For Peace — 2379 / [October 2004]

Star Trek: Nemesis — 2379 (56844.9) (film)

2380

Titan — Taking Wing — 2379–2380 (56941.1) / [1 April 2005]

TNG — Death In Winter — 2380 / [20 September 2005]

TNG — Resistance — 2380 / [28 August 2007]

TNG — Q&A — 2380 / [25 September 2007]

TNG — Before Dishonor — 2380 / [30 October 2007]

Titan — The Red King — 2380 (57024.0) / [October 2005]

Star Trek — Articles Of The Federation — 2380 / [25 may 2005]

TNG — Greater Than The Sum — 2380 / [29 July 2008]

Titan — Orion’s Hounds — February-March 2380 (57137.8–57223.6) / [27 December 2005]

2381

Titan — Sword Of Damocles — 2381 (58358.1) / [27 November 2007]

Destiny — Gods Of Night — February 2381 / [30 September 2008]

Destiny — Mere Mortals — 2381 / [28 october 2008]

Destiny — Lost Souls — 2381 / [25 November 2008]

TNG — Losing The Peace -2381 / [30 June 2009]

Star Trek — A Singular Destiny — 2381 / [27 January 2009]

VOY — Full Circle — 2378–2381 / [31 march 2009]

VOY — Unworthy — 2381 / [29 September 2009]

VOY — Children Of The Storm — 2381 [31 May 2011]

Titan — Over A Torrent Sea — February-August 2381 / [24 February 2009]

Titan — Synthesis — 2381 / [27 October 2009]

2382

Typhon Pact — Zero Sum Game — April-August 2382 / [26 October 2010]

Typhon Pact — Seize The Fire — 2381–2382 (59641.5–59663.4) / [30 November 2010]

Typhon Pact — Rough Beasts Of Empire — 2381–2382 / [28 December 2010]

Typhon Pact — Paths Of Disharmony — 2382 / [25 January 2011]

Typhon Pact — The Struggle Within — 2382 / [4 october 2011]

Typhon Pact — Plagues Of Night — April 2382-August 2383 / [29 may 2012]

Typhon Pact — Raise The Dawn — August 2383-September 2384 / [26 June 2012]

Typhon Pact — Brinkmanship — November 2383 / [25 September 2012]

TNG — Indistinguishable From Magic — 2382 / [29 March 2011]

Titan — Fallen Gods — November 2382 (59833.8) / [31 July 2012]

VOY — The Eternal Tide — 2381 / [28 August 2012]

VOY — Protectors — September 2381-January 2382 / [28 January 2014]

VOY — Acts Of Contrition — 2382 / [30 September 2014]

VOY — Atonement — 2282 / [25 August 2015]

VOY — A Pocket Full Of Lies — 2382 / [26 January 2016]

2384

TNG — Cold Equations — The Persistence Of Memory — 2384 / [30 October 2012]

TNG — Cold Equations — Silent Weapons — 2384 / [27 November 2012]

TNG — Cold Equations -The Body Electric — 2384 / [26 December 2012]

TNG — The Stuff Of Dreams — October 2384 / [25 March 2015]

TNG — Q Are Cordially Uninvited — 2380 / [6 october 2014]

VOY — Architects Of Infinity — August 2382 [27 march 2018]

VOY — To Lose The Earth — Unknown Year [13 October 2020]

2385

The Fall — Revelation And Dust — August-September 2385 / [27 August 2013]

The Fall — The Crimson Shadow — August-September 2385 / [24 September 2013]

The Fall — A Ceremony Of Losses — August-September 2385 / [29 October 2013]

The Fall — The Poisoned Chalice — September-October 2385 / [26 November 2013]

The Fall — Peaceable Kingdoms — October 2385 / [31 December 2013]

TNG — The Light Fantastic — November 2385 / [24 June 2014]

DS9 — Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found) — Unknown Year / [1 September 2014]

DS9 — The Missing — 2385 / [30 December 2014]

DS9 — Rules Of Acquisition — 2371 / 2385 / [4 July 2016]

DS9 — Sacraments Of Fire — 2385 / [30 June 2015]

DS9 — Force And Motion — 2381 / 2386 / [31 May 2016]

DS9 — The Long Mirage — January 2386 / [28 february 2017]

DS9 — Original Sin — 2385 / [26 September 2017]

DS9 — I, The Constable — 2385 / [13 November 2017]

Titan — Absent Enemies — November 2385 / [24 February 2014]

Star Trek — Takedown — November 2385 / [27 January 2015]

2386

DS9 — Section 31 — Disavowed — January 2386 / [28 October 2014]

DS9 — Section 31 — Control — Unknown Year / [28 March 2017]

Titan — Sight Unseen — Early 2386 / [29 september 2015]

TNG — Armageddon’s Arrow — 2386 / [26 May 2015]

Prey — Hell’s Heart — 2286/2386 / [27 September 2016]

Prey — The Jackal’s Trick — 2293/2367/2386 / [25 October 2016]

Prey — The Hall Of Heroes — 2382/2386 / [29 November 2016]

TNG — Headlong Flight — June 2386 / [31 January 2017]

TNG — Hearts And Minds — 2386 / [30 May 2017]

Titan — Fortune Of War — 2386 / [28 November 2017]

TNG — Available Light — November 2386 / [9 April 2019]

DS9 — Enigma Tales — 2386 / [27 June 2017]

2387

TNG — Collateral Damage — February 2381 / January 2387 / [8 October 2019]

Coda — Moments Asunder — 2387 / [28 September 2021]

2388

Coda — The Ashes Of Tomorrow — 2388? / [26 October 2021]

Coda — Oblivion’s Gate — 2388? / [30 November 2021]

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Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan

Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan

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Filmmaker, Photographer, &, Armchair Anthropologist. Lover of books, languages, science & extinct nations. Creator of Trekspertise & The Wikisurfer podcast.