Trek-lit reading order

As the continuity of Star Trek novels grows the question is ever changing, but if you're wondering: "What do I need to read before Articles of the Federation?" or "...Destiny?" or "...The Fall?", here are the answers.

If you're a bit lost navigating the sometimes complex web of interconnectivity between the various Star Trek novels in the modern continuity, this is the resource you need. TrekBBS user Thrawn found a most elegant solution, with his brilliant Star Trek Lit-Verse Reading Order Flowchart. Now on the version five, Thrawn and I guide you through the world of Star Trek fiction.

Whether you're a fan of TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise the chart below will show how they spin off into New Frontier, Titan, IKS Gorkon, Vanguard, or Seekers, and crossover into Destiny, Typhon Pact, The Fall, Mirror Universe, and more; letting you chart your own path through the Trek-litverse. Once you've got to grips with the flow chart you might also find some of my lists a useful reference too. Click the image to view larger:

Many thanks to Thrawn for allowing me to share this fantastic resource with you, and for his continued support in making new revisions. For more information on how everything links up, check out the Charting the Novel-verse thread on the TrekBBS, or have a look at The Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Guide.

Not sure where to begin your reading adventure? The chart now highlights several ideal starting points. Here is a full explanation of those suggestions:
  • If you're looking to jump on a relatively up to date point, then The Fall is a good place to start; the five-part crossover brings together most of the 24th century series, and shakes up the status quo for the series as they continue independently after.
  • To more fully immerse yourself in the litverse, the previous big corssover event was the Destiny trilogy - A  great place to jump in, leading to stories from several series set after it. One step back from Destiny is Articles of the Federation, which is the perfect introduction to the world of Federation politics which becomes prominent in Destiny and beyond.
  • DS9 was the first series to enjoy a post-TV relaunch; the main new DS9 adventures start from Avatar. If you'd prefer to jump ahead to the more recent DS9 stories they have a good jumping on point comes after Destiny, in Rough Beasts of Empire.
  • The ongoing TNG narrative really starts from the A Time to… series, but you could jump on from the first book set after Nemesis, Death in Winter. The other branch of TNG, Titan, gets going from Taking Wing.
  • Voyager's first post-Endgame stories start from Homecoming, but the series got something of a second start later with Full Circle.
  • Enterprise's post finale adventures begin from The Good That Men Do. This series also has secondary relaunch with the post Romulan War era in A Choice of Futures.
  • While there isn’t such a solid ongoing narrative for TOS, 23rd century fans can start Vanguard from Harbinger. There is also a small run of TOS stories set after The Motion Picture, those start from Ex Machina.


Alejandro said...

Thanks for the hard work !!! i do really appreciate it.
Do you have plans on updating from time to time ???


Alejandro said...

Thanks for the hard work !!! i do really appreciate it.
Do you have plans on updating from time to time ???


8of5 said...

It's on version 2 at the moment, I'll probably do an update once The Fall is done and we know what effect that has on everything :)

Tor Berggren said...

Thank you so much for updating this. It is possible to find the info yourself on Memory Alpha etc but this is a much easier way to do it and a good way too not scare off new readers with them having to do too much own research.

dwasifar said...

Where is Spock Must Die in this? Also, you have a typo in the title of "Greater Than the Sum."

But... wow, just wow. What a map.

Rev. Andrew Holt said...

Important question: where does "Planet X", the TNG/X-Men crossover, fit in?

Rev. Andrew Holt said...

Important question: where does "Planet X", the TNG/X-Men crossover, fit in?

8of5 said...

Thanks for the note dwasifer, fixed that error now :)

Rev, Planet X doesn't really much connect to the wider continuity as far as I know (I've not read it), but I believe it's a direct sequel to the TNG/X-Men comic Second Contact, which itself takes place immediately after First Contact.

Anthony Lynch said...

This is an amazing reference.
Thanks very much for putting it together.
I've been using it to organise my Trek Books and for reading the 20 or so trek books that I've recently bought in the right order.

Rosita Zenried said...

hi fantastic flow chart!
...what program did you use to create the chart?

Aaron said...

I love you for making this. The Pocket Books Novel-verse is starting to become like it's own Star-Wars-Expanded-Universe-esque canon storyline.

Dan Gagich said...

This is really awesome! I love Star Trek and after watching everything 1000 times over I need new content so I figured I would dive into the book series for the first time. But where to start? This really helps answer that question and gives me a good reference! Thanks!

Benjamin said...

First, I absolutely love this thing. I've been trying to get caught up on Trek lit for a while now and this has been VERY HELPFUL.

A couple constructive comments:
#1 There's a dashed green line going to Serpents Among the Ruins/The Art of the Impossible/Alien Spotlight: Cardassians/Cardassia and Andor that doesn't have a beginning. It's all end arrows, so it's unclear which direction this is supposed to go.

#2 Q Are Cordially Invited. I haven't read it yet so I don't know exactly where it goes but I'm thinking it needs to be included.

8of5 said...

Hi Benjamin, apologies for the very slow reply, I hadn't spotted your comment!

As you might see, we've just posted an updated version of the chart, which might help with your questions, but to expand on them:

#1 We removed the multi-directional Cardassian story arrow because ti was a bit confusing indeed, but the idea was to show how all the Cardassian/Garak stories are generally a bit interconnected. But we can sort of communicate that with the series dots not, so we didn't need the confusing arrows to everywhere!

#2 Q Are Cordially Invited... tells the story of the Picard/Crusher wedding, which took place some time before Greater Than the Sum. But there is a framing story on an unspecified wedding anniversary. As we couldn't spot a reference to which anniversary we've opted to put it down in almost publication order, with the other TNG ebook, just before The Fall.

Tekolar said...

Sadly the site that opens once I click on the flow chart stays blank.

8of5 said...

Working fine for me. Anyone else having problems?

Jannik Pitt said...

Thanks for this graphic, it really helps me and will from now on be my guide :)
Do you have plans on updating it with the new novels that have been and will be released?

8of5 said...

Of course, this is already version four, which includes most of the books coming out this year (that have connections to the wider continuity) and a few even further ahead already. As more books come we'll update accordingly, and also refine the chart once we know more connections in forthcoming books :)

Jannik Pitt said...

That's amazing to hear! Thanks again for your work it really helps!

Kevin Silva said...

Thank you for creating this. Watched all the shows, just now getting into the books!

This helps a bunch!

Shalin Siriwaradhana said...

I have watched the show, its better if you had created this flowchart with standard flowchart symbols

kfcs2000 said...

This is top-notch.

Printed it off and have it laminated already!

Been able to track all my reading and discover what else to read in some logical order.

As a result, just bought 13 new books.

Hunting down the older ones are a bit tricky - been using Abe Books but this can be a wee expensive when you live in Australia.

Booktopia's great for the more popular and/or newer books.

Just wanted to say thank-you

kfcs2000 said...

That should be Book Depository.

Booktopia a place a hardly buy books from - but I do from time to time.

Needless to say, I've never bought any Star Trek from Booktopia.

Have a great day :)

Koen Wijnstok said...

I come back to this flow chart every couple of months. Just to find out which book(s) to read next.
Thanks for the good work!

Terry J. Erdmann said...

The DS9 upcoming book "The Empty Sack" is now titled "Rules of Accusation" and will be out in July, 2016

Kevin Silva said...

Thanks for the update Terry!

Mark Barnett said...


Any update incoming?

8of5 said...

Working on an update right now in fact, I expect it will be up next week some time (complete with the final title for Terry's book!).

Kevin Silva said...

Excited to see it. thanks.

James Bowers said...

Thank you Baby Jesus I found this

Ishmael said...

This list is awesome. Unfortuantely, now that the color palette is up to 19, my mild color-blindness is making matching some of these difficult if not a lost cause. Guessing the circles are too teeny to use iconography, so probably not much to be done for it.

Still, a minor issue with an awesome chart.

8of5 said...

I did revise the colours this time around to try and make them distinct as possible, as someone made a similar remark at the last revision. But yes you're right, due to the rather large number of colours to mark all the different dots, and the dots being too small to do much else it would take a completely different design approach to make it easier to read. It's something we're aware of, but haven't found a solution yet.

Ron Golshtein said...

A great effort / work! Kudos to you brave souls! :)

Joe Scalercio said...

Where does the Genesis Wave fit in?

Monty said...

Ty for your hard work

Manuel Hein said...

Thanks for your work, I'm following this since version 2 and it's an amazing help for me. This is why I love Star Trek - the fans! (also: great that you included Prometheus!)

kfcs2000 said...

Been meaning to catch up with you - thanks for this updated and shared resource. Top-notch! Kimberley.

JLMSM said...

This has been a great resource for catching up on all of the books/series.

I did find one error, though. Somehow, you've omitted A Time to Kill from the TNG:A Time To... saga in version 5.

Thanks again for the hard work and maintenance!

Bernd Perplies said...

This flowchart is really awesome. And thanks for adding "Star Trek Prometheus"

But I found an error, too. "Star Trek: Prometheus: Into the Heart of Chaos" is volume III not II. "The Source of All Fury" is II. And: The connection to "Takedown" is the wrong way round. STP take place just before "Takedown" and while it was written later it references events, that take place at the beginning of "Takedown".


Danie said...

Someone a few years ago said that they printed it, but, when I printed it the text came out way too small to read. Can anyone suggest a way that I can print it (even if it's on multiple sheets of paper that I have to tape together) so that it's a bit more readable? GIMP or something along those lines??

I do love this though. I just got finished watching all the Star Trek serieses episodes, now I'm moving onto all the movies (well, all the 'real universe' movies haven't decided about the reboot ones) and then I plan to read as many novels in the 'correct' order as I can. :)

Austin Harper said...

This chart is great, but do you have a merged list of everything in a single chronological order?

kkhohoho said...

This chart is great and all, but... where's Corps of Engineers? Because I don't see it on there.

Dustin Mowcomber said...

Im thinking of reading Section 31 Control. Do I need to read Disavowed first?

Kevin Silva said...

Absolutely. I think ~most (all) would agree. They are both great reads.

kfcs2000 said...

If I remember right, way back last year I had the following experience.

I had Disavowed as being the next read on DS9 having been through all the others.

But I had to stop reading it after a while - I felt I was missing something.

So, I went a few steps back and read The Fall series (esp. A Ceremony of Losses - I think), and then went through Vanguard, Lovell and Seekers (in that order) - I'm now on Seekers #2.

It's been really interesting getting familiar with all the backdrop as well as having some great reads.

Anyway, whatever you do have a great read. I'm sure you'll be able to get any background info to fill in any detail behind both Disavowed & Control from the Internet (Memory Alpha or Beta) - and thanks for reminding me to order my copy of Control!

Joseph Koo said...

Hi Guys,

This is great work and I am grateful for all the effort you put into creating this master piece.

Just finished the entire STV relaunch and am looking around for another series to tackle.

For the Deep Space Nine series, what is the right order and which one to start first?
Avatar Book One (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (Bk. 1)
Avatar Book Two (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (Bk. 2)
Twist of Faith (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: These Haunted Seas

Seems like Twist of Faith and These Haunted Seas are missing. Maybe you already have them to update for version 6 of your flow chart.

Thank you. Appreciate any advice.


Sonia Ali said...

This chart is great,! Great info with relevant content!! Keep posting! Keep posting, i would love to follow up on your upcoming posts.
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