Bantam Books was the first publisher given license to produce
series of original Star Trek novels and episode novelizations.
The company began publishing Star Trek material in the late 1960s
and continued until the license was awarded to Pocket Books in 1979.
This was not an exclusive license, as comics, technical publications
and Animated Series adaptations were published concurrently by Gold
Key Comics and Ballantine Books.
Bantam's Trek material began with a series of episode novelizations
by author James Blish, then moved on to more original fare. 1970 saw
the publication of Blish's Spock Must Die!, the second original Star
Trek novel (the first being Mission to Horatius, by fellow SF writer
Mack Reynolds, in 1968); twelve others followed from 1976 through to 1981.
Although I had collected these novels I never had the desire to read
them until recently (early 2009). The following documents are my take on
synopsizing the entire plot of each book, as such there are spoilers
abound. Hailing Frequencies Closed and ahead Warp Factor Two!