Lost Federations

‘An innovative and unusual account of Star Trek’s lost voyages that makes for a fascinating alternate history’ – Brian J. Robb, Sci-Fi Bulletin

‘This is, quite simply, as comprehensive an examination as you could ever hope for . . . engaging and informative, Lost Federations will sit comfortably alongside the very best writing not just on Star Trek in all its many forms, but also on entertainment media as a whole’ – Lee Thacker, Set the Tape


Space. The final frontier. These were almost the voyages of the starship Enterprise.

We think we know the history of Star Trek. Born at the height of 1960s popular culture, the five-year mission of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew faced early cancellation, bounced back with a series of beloved movies in the 1980s and gave way to a fleet of successful sequels and spin-offs that kept on exploring strange new worlds.

In Lost Federations: The Unofficial Unmade History of Star Trek, author A. J. Black tells a different story. This is an alternate history of the franchise, one filled with roads not taken, from early 1960s feature-films and spin-offs, the original sequel Star Trek: Phase II in the 1970s, via epic planned movies such as Planet of the Titansand into many untold episodes, arcs and character stories from The Next GenerationDeep Space Nine and Voyager, all the way through to the modern era. 

Bringing together pre-existing material over decades for the first time in one space, plus some new reflections from Star Trek writers and analysis of how it all fits into the wider cultural trends of the last sixty years, Lost Federations invites you to boldly explore a history you may not already know...


Published October 2023


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