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Ballantine Books is a publisher that was given license to produce series of original Star Trek books and Animated Series episode novelizations. Especially noteworthy in this respect was their very first Star Trek publication, the September 1968 reference book publication, The Making of Star Trek, coincidentally the very first one of its kind.

Ballantine Books published the Star Trek material of artist Franz Joseph in 1973, and a series of Star Trek Logs by author Alan Dean Foster. This was not an exclusive license, as comics, technical publications and adaptations were published concurrently by Gold Key Comics and Bantam Books.

Ballantine's Trek material has been reprinted sporadically since then, even after the official license was passed on to Pocket Books in 1979. Again, a noteworthy exception was The Making of Star Trek, which was regularly reprinted by them for over three decades, initially under their own imprint and later on under the Del Rey imprint, resulting in more than thirty reprint editions.

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