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Star Trek: The Magazine
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Publisher: Fabbri Publishing (US)
Published: 1999-2003
No. of issues: 48+4 test issues

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Star Trek: The Magazine was an officially authorized magazine published from April 1999 to March 2003 by Fabbri Publishing (US), the US arm of UK publisher GE Fabbri.

A total of 48 112-page issues were published in three volumes - twenty-four in volume 1 and twelve each in volumes 2 and 3. In addition, several "special edition" issues sported multiple covers. The publisher also offered readers the opportunity to buy faux-leather dark blue cassettes, only obtainable from the publisher, for storage of the magazines, each cassette capable of holding twelve issues.

Each issue contained numerous interviews, reviews, and (in-universe) technical schematics and diagrams ("Briefings"). About one-third to one-half of each issue repackaged background features and artwork from the Star Trek Fact Files, published by the same company. The largely North American-targeted magazine fulfilled the contractual niche in that country promised by Fabbri after the Fact Files were sold everywhere worldwide except the Unites States and Canada. Unlike the Fact Files, which was wholly conceived as an in-universe publication, The Magazine was a mixture of in-universe and real-world, behind-the-scenes articles. GE Fabbri introduced this formula in edited form in Europe and the Commonwealth in their 2004 release of Star Trek: The Collector's Edition and the 2007 UK and Commonwealth only release of Star Trek: The Original Series - The Collector's Edition, using material originally written for The Magazine.

While about fifteen percent of the content of each issue was taken up with advertising (including merchandise reviews), that was limited to Star Trek related merchandise.

Issues

Test Issues | Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3
Test Issues
These issues are extremely rare, as they were only test-marketed in two cities: Columbus and Seattle. They however, only contained excerpts of articles which were later published in their entirety in later issues of the regular run.
Issue # Month Cover Contents
1 Published November 1998. Star trek magazine nov98 cover Looks similar to the May 1999 premiere issue. Instead of the Borg on the premiere issue, there is a Bird-of-Prey. Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, The Son'a, and the Borg.
2 Published December 1998. Star trek magazine dec98 cover Cover: Nicole DeBoer. Briefings: Deep Space Nine, USS Prometheus, Transporters, and the Borg.
3 Published January 1999. Star Trek The Magazine test issue 2 cover Cover: LeVar Burton. Briefings: Communications, The Dominion, and the USS Enterprise.
4 Published February 1999. Star trek magazine feb99 cover Cover: Patrick Stewart. Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection ships, Weapons, Starship Voyager, and the Romulans.
Volume 1
Issue # Month Cover Contents
1 May 1999 Star Trek The Magazine volume 1 issue 1 cover Interviews: Patrick Stewart, Rick Berman, Ira Steven Behr and Brannon Braga.

Features: Creating Seven of Nine, The Crew that Never Was, Designing Tricorders, Herman Zimmerman's Production Diary (Part 1), An Inside Look at "Dark Frontier".
Briefings: Star Trek: Insurrection Ships, The Borg, The Son'a.

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Volume 2
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1 May 2001 Star Trek The Magazine volume 2 issue 1 cover 1
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6 October 2001 Star Trek The Magazine volume 2 issue 6 cover Interviews: Patrick Stewart, Rick Sternbach, Ira Steven Behr and Michael Piller.

Features: Gravity, Federation members, Gene Roddenberry tribute, 35 years of Star Trek, Star Trek: Starfleet Command - Orion Pirates.
Briefings: USS Enterprise-E, Tasha Yar, the Voth, galactic archaeology.
Column: John D.F. Black and Mary Black.

7 November 2001 Star Trek The Magazine volume 2 issue 7 cover
8 December 2001 Star Trek The Magazine volume 2 issue 8 cover 1
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Volume 3
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1 May 2002 Star Trek The Magazine volume 3 issue 1 cover
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Interviews: Nana Visitor, Casey Biggs, Nicholas Meyer and Ira Steven Behr.

Features: Star Trek: The Next Generation the Seventh Season, The Art of Matte Painting, Designing Hirogen Ships .
Briefings: Deep Space 9: Support Craft, USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A, Starship Operations.
Starfleet Technical Database: Aeroshuttle

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