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1:  What is STRO
   
I've been a fan of Star Trek since I caught the first season of Next Generation on TV. I used to tape all the episodes so I could watch them in order later. Then I discovered the massive number of books and comics that fleshed out more of the universe. Sure they were contradictory at times, but I loved reading through the universe. How they fit together however could be confusing, especially once you start throwing in the original series, Enterprise, DS9, Voyager and the random other series that only showed up in books such as New Frontiers.
     
    So was born the Star Trek reading order. It's my, and hopefully your, way to travel through the Star Trek universe. But lets face facts, it will probably be more than a five year mission.
     
2:  What is the Main Universe and Abramsverse?
   
The main universe is everything tied into the world of the original shows. There are a few alternate universe, such as the shatnerverse, which are somewhat contradictory and a few that are of alternate futures that don't really fit in. The main universe is all of the material I could find that can reasonably be tied into the original shows.
     
   
In 2009 Paramount did a reboot of sorts of the series with a new Captain Kirk, new Spock, and New Enterprise. Since this was helmed by J.J. Abrams it has come to be known as the Abramsverse (although sometimes it's called the Kelvinverse after the first ship we see in the movie). There have since been several movies plus a few books and comcis that round out the universe. These stories tread over a lot of the same ground and stories from the original show, it was desided to create a separate Abramsverse.
     
   
If you are planning on consuming both, the suggested way is to read to the end of the main order, and then pick up the Abramsverse order.
     
3:  What are Eras?
   
Star Trek is somewhat dividable into groupings based on the era/crew that the story is about. Era is probably not the right word, but neither is series really, so it's what I'm going with. While it's not arbitraty, there is some crossover from time to time, so I know it can be confusing, but it seems like a good way to break up the order. You will find buttons in the top menu for each of these eras, if you would prefer to read just titles about that. Below are a list of the groups we currently break the order into
     
    Enterprise: This era covers the crew of the first Starship enterprise under the command of Jonathan Archer, and continues through to the early days of the Federation. This covers every adventure members of this crew take part in, regardless if they are actually on the enterprise or not.
     
    Discovery: This series is set between the adventures of Jonathan Archer but before the days of James T Kirk, and follows the adventures of the USS Discovery.
     
    TOS: This stands for The Original Series and covers the adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of the original run of Star Trek. It includes both the original show all the way through the movies and covers a wide range or years.
     
    Vanguard: This era focuses on one particular starbase, the Vanguard, and takes place around the same time as the events in The Original Series.
     
    The Lost Years: These were stories published about the Star Trek universe between the last adventures of the original Star Trek crew and the crew of The Next Generation. This includes the two versions of the Enterirse between Kirk's 1701-A and Picard's 1701-D, as well as other stories written to build out the universe, including advenutres of former members of Kirk's crew.
     
    Stargazer: Before he commanded the Enterprise D, Jean Luc Picard was the captain of the USS Stargazer. This is a fairly short run of books covering these early adventures of Picard aboard the USS Stargazer.
     
    TNG: This era focuses on the adventures of the USS Enterprise under the command of Jean Luc Picard and runs through the length fo the show, many novels and several movies. It predates the adventures in DS9 and Voyager but then continues contemperarily with those as well.
     
    New Frontier: Set around the same time as The Next Generation, this era focuses on the USS Excalibur under Mackenzi Calhoun as they explore a new sector of the universe.
     
    DS9: This era/series is contemperary with the later half of The Next Generation and focuses on Benjamin Sisko and the space station DS9. It covers the same general time periods as later TNG stories and Voyager.
     
    Voyager: This era covers the wayward travlers of the USS Voyager under the command of Kathryn Janeway as it attempts to return to Federation Space. The events of these stories take place in the same general time periods as later TNG stories and DS9.
     
    IKS Gorkon: This series generally covers the adventures of the IKS Gorkon as it explored the universe, although was later repurposed to tell other stories set in the Klingon Empire. It takes place in the later years of The Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager.
     
    Titan: This era follows William Riker after he leaves the Enterprise and is given his own command, the USS Titan.
     
4:  Why Don't You Have [Fill in the Blank]?
   
I've tried to get everything I could find put in the order, if at all possible, including the alternate Mirror Universe that plays a continuing role in the show. There are a few titles that could not be shoved in, and have been left out, but those are on a case by case basis. If there is a title you think should be in, but isn't, let me know in the forums and we can figure out together if it can be fit into the order.
     
5:  Submitting Content
   
User contributed content is always wanted, needed, appreciated, and loved. However, to keep there are a few guidelines to the the type of content we are looking for.
     
    Comments: Comments are more or less free game, express your views on a particular issue, story arc, character, reply to the thoughts of others, or just make observations. The only 2 hard guidelines for comments are:
      1. No flaming or attacking other commenters. Disagreeing and debating is fine but it should not devolve into personal attacks.
      2. As this is an all ages site, please keep the profanity to a most a pg-13 level.
     
    Reviews:These should be fully thought out and complete reviews. Take a look at some of the reviews in the News & Reviews part of the site to see the quality that is desired. If the review is one or two sentences, it might be more appropriate as a comment rather then a full issue review. Submitted reviews that pass muster will also be featured in the News & Reviews part of the site. Reviews will be edited before pushed live for grammar, spelling, and punctation.
     
    Synopsis:Issue Synopsis should be complete descriptions of everything that happens in the issue. It does not have to be panel by panel, but there should be enough information for someone checking the synopsis to have a complete understanding of all notable events in the comic. If a review is one or two short paragraphs, it is probably not complete enough to be used. Do not worry about spoilers, synopsis are by their very nature spoilers. Also, leave comments or thoughts on quality of story or art out of synopsis, it is a strict presentation of events. For thoughts and comments, these are more appropriate for reviews or comments.
     
    Blurbs: Blurbs are brief teasers for the issue. They should be short and spoiler free while still giving a sense of what the issue is about. These are similar to the back of a book or inside dust cover.
     
    Suggestions & Questions: This is for anything that is wrong on the issue. Missing or incorrect character and group listings, if a read online option is available from marvel but is not listed, if a creator is wrong, if the issue is in the wrong place, or something else similar to this. When submitting a correction, please include information on what should be done to fix the listing (add this character, move this issue to be after this other issue, etc). If there is a question, it should be sent in an e-mail or in the forums, as there is no way to respond directly to the person who submitted the suggestion. Please be clear in your suggestions. Mention the full name of missing people, put in the correct title if it is wrong, etc.
     
    Trade/Collection Suggestions: If this book is included in a trade publication or other collected work that might be easier for readers to find then the original issue, it can be suggested here. Make sure to include enough information so the trade publication can be identified.
 
 
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