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Title: Star Trek Concordance
Publisher: Mathom House Enterprises/Mathom House Publications, then Ballantine Books, the Citadel Press
Editor(s): Bjo Trimble
Type: resource
Date(s): 1969, 1973
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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cover of advertising flyer, see other images in gallery below[1]

Star Trek Concordance of People, Places and Things is compiled and written by Dorothy Jones, and edited by Bjo Trimble. The zine is a resource of people, places, air dates, lists of actors and episode synopses. It includes an extensive index.

It was first published in summer 1969 and had 84 pages. Star Trek Concordance had a supplement, published in 1973 (adding Third Season entries), followed by Ruth Berman's unauthorised 24-page Additions and Corrections to the Star Trek Concordance and Supplement in 1974.

In 1976, Ballantine Books published a pro version of the Concordance, which was later endorsed by Paramount as an official guide.

It was revamped and reissued in 1996 by Citadel Press to include the movies and some relevant-to-TOS episodes of TNG and DS9.[2]

It was parodied in 1975 in the zine Comicordance.

It is one of the very earliest Star Trek zines published. For others, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

Had the Eye of Gene Roddenberry

The Trimbles included a blurb from Roddenberry in a 1973 flyer:

Dear Bjo, thak you for the STAR TREK CONCORDANCE. I was delighted at the wealth of detail and the overall accuracy. Please do send me a copy of the third season supplement when completed.

It was good seeing you at the convention.

Sincerely yours, Gene Roddenberry

Originally Heavily Promoted as a Fan Publication

From a 1973 flyer:

THE STAR TREK CONCORDANCE OF PEOPLE„ PLACES & THINGS is an incredible fan project involving over two years of collecting information, double-checking and writing it up, more than 200 hours of typing, plus layout, pasteup, and preparation, and ridiculous amounts of time and the man-power in printing it up on an old offset machine in a friend's garage! This, plus the time and money involved in communications to obtain art and assistance from interested people must make the STAR TREK CONCORDANCE one of the largest fan endeavors ever presented.

For "Mathom House" is NOT a business, but a fan (i.e. non-profit) publishing venture. THE STAR TREK CONCORDANCE is a fan project, written, edited, illustrated and published by non-professional people who loved the show!

The Transition from a Fan Publication to a Pro Publication

In 1976, the whole non-profit thing was jettisoned. From the Equicon (1976) program book:

As of the end of April, Mathom House will cease to publish & sell the amateur Concordances: all 3 seasons & and both animated seasons will be gathered in one professional book on the general order of the STAR-FLEET MANUAL (not a pocketbook).

This book is the main reason for extra problems in putting on Equicon/FILMCON at the same time: we hope you will understand the double strain of trying to meet a book deadline & handle a large con, too when Bjo also has the problem of getting tendonitis to slow everything down considerably.

Getting all the Concordance material into one book (& out of our hair!) is a big thrill but lots of hard & strenuous work. Correlating material, adding, correcting & retyping everything has taken almost every waking hour for some time now, but we think it will be worth it & and hope you will, too.

The Concordance's Origins and Some Conflict Regarding this Zine's Creation

In 1977: "Bjo Trimble would like all doubters to know, once & for all, that Dorothy Jones Heydt does, indeed, get her fair share of royalties collected from The Star Trek Concordance sales." [3]

From a 1999 interview:

[Interviewer asks]: Your Star Trek Concordance has long been considered the definitive guide to the original Star Trek television series. What inspired you to write the book? What the extent of Dorothy Jones Heydt's involvement in the book? Without videotape, how did you manage to gather such detailed information from each episode?

[Trimble responds]: Dorothy was a very focused person in the 60s, with only 2 interests: Star Trek and her religion. She began making notes on 3x5 cards about everything Trek. I have always liked encyclopedias, and said that would make a book, and we began to work on one. Dorothy and I both watched episodes on TV and on a friend's early VCR (it was tape, wound through the machine much like an old audio tape recorder). We both make many notes. I did the actual writing, though I stupidly credited Dorothy as the total author in the fan edition and me as only the editor. Dorothy's cattiness about females shows up in the original edition. When time came for re-writes, Dorothy had lost interest and turned the project over to me. I took it from there. [4]
In a 2011 interview, Bjo Trimble explained:
The Concordance started with a young lady taking copious notes on episodes as they were viewed. I started helping her. When she had shoeboxes full of 3x5 index cards, I suggested that we put together a sort of encyclopedia fanzine. But it began to take too long and she lost interest. When we finally produced the Concordance fanzine, I was foolish in giving the young lady all the writing credit, which was not entirely true. For subsequent publications of the book, she had no input at all. John and I produced the first fan-published edition on an offset press in our basement. If you purchased a copy and happened to be in town, you had to come to our house to collate your own book! [5]

More Conflict Regarding the "Additions and Corrections Issue"

In 1974, a fan (Ruth Berman) created a 24-page supplement to this zine called "Additions and Corrections to the Star Trek Concordance and Supplement. It includes excepts from letters to Ruth Berman from Kay Elliott (Stella Mudd), Patrick Horgan (Chairman Eneg), Frank Vinci (Leonard Nimoy's stand in), Jane Wyatt (Amanda), Gene Dynarski (Ben Childress), Booker Bradshaw (Dr. M'Benga), and Ed McCready (numerous characters). The zine was mimeographed and stapled.

Bjo Trimble was quite negative about this zine. See the "Additions and Corrections to the Star Trek Concordance and Supplement" for her comments.

Table of Contents

The original printing of the Star Trek Concordance by Dorothy Jones. March 1969. Edited by Bjo Trimble. 84 pages. Mathom House Publications. Art by Alicia Austin, JB, George Barr, Greg Bear, Mattewillis Beard, Bonnie Bergstrom, Johnny Chambers, Tim Courtney, Katherine Cribbs, Nancy Criss, Wendy Fletcher, Greg Jein, Tim Kirk, Cathy Hill, T. Rhodes, Don Simpson, Bjo Trimble, Robert Wadey, Bernard Zuber, and John Tenniel (illustrations from Alice in Wonderland). Printed offset, brad bound.

The updated version of the Star Trek Concordance by Dorothy Jones. 1969. Edited by Bjo Trimble. 84 pages. Mathom House Publications. Updated and with an added index. Art by Alicia Austin, JB, George Barr, Greg Bear, Mattewillis Beard, Bonnie Bergstrom, Johnny Chambers, Tim Courtney, Katherine Cribbs, Nancy Criss, Wendy Fletcher, Greg Jein, Tim Kirk, Cathy Hill, T. Rhodes, Walt Simonson, Don Simpson, Bjo Trimble, Robert Wadey, Bernard Zuber, and John Tenniel (illustrations from Alice in Wonderland). Printed offset, brad bound.

The 3rd Season Supplement to the Star Trek Concordance by Bjo Trimble and Dorothy Jones. 1973, 70 pages. Mathom House Publications. 70 pages. Art by Alan Andres, Alicia Austin, Terri Austin, Stevie Barnes, Randy Bathurst, Greg Bear, Liz Danforth, Ron Demers, Frances Evans, Karen Flanery, Jackie Franke, C. Lee Healey, Barbi Johnson, Clair Mason, T'Eri Moore, Rosalind Oberdieck, D. Carol Roberts, Clarica Dee Scott, Bob Short, Walt Simonson, Sylvia Stanczyk, Bjo Trimble, Kristina Trott, Ev Turner, Bill Warren, and Ellen Winder. Printed offset, brad bound. From Boldly Writing: "The Third Season Supplement to the Star Trek Concordance... On the title page, the credits include "compiled and edited by Bjo Trimble and Dorothy Jones" and "edited by Bjo Trimble." In her editorial comments, Bjo added, "My detail-and-source checkers: Ruth Berman, Debbie and Devra Langsam, Carol Lee, Mickey [Michelle] Malkin, Joyce Yasner, and Maureen Wilson...."

Color Book

Star Trek Concordance Color Book was published in 1973.


Reactions and Reviews


As stated in the Introduction, this Concordance covers the first two seasons of Star Trek (1966 to 1968), but we are promised supplements for other seasons.


Within this general framework , which quickly became clear to the viewers, individual adventures or episodes were written by a variety of authors, whose names are available in the Concordance. Assuming no pseudonyms, I count 39 authors or co-authors, the most frequently recurring of which are D. C. Fontana and Gene L. Coon with respectively seven and nine script authorships attributed. We might expect this wide range of authors to fly off in all directions like sparks from a grindstone, but the general framework of the series. presumably with some editorial work by script consultants for the series has kept the adventures channelized enough not to offend the sensibilities of the enthusiastic viewers who have developed into fans of one stock character or another and who have object ed vociferously when one script or another has placed a favorite in a role out of character.

This generalization is not so true of the names used in the episodes, and that is our paramount concern here. The Concordance begins with solid material to replace the ephemeral flicks on the TV screen —a summary of each of the episodes, giving title, with a code identification usually pertinent initials (MT = "The Man Trap"), the"Star Date" fixing the time, the date of the initial airing, the the author, the names of any characters other than stock characters, and a list of other persons who appear and special names used, then a one-paragraph summary of the episodec For admirers of the series this part promises invaluable information. We are told that the data presented come from (1) audio-tapes of the episodes (evidently fans copied the words with tape recorders) (2) supplemented by script (a valuable source if you can get them), (3) the Writers- Directors Guide, and -4) some help from the Studio, Spellings were taken from the scripts.

Some very appropriate black-on-white drawings illustrate certain entries.


Meanwhile the fans of Star Trek will find good help in this reference work as they await the supplement with the same data on the remaining episodes. [6]


[regarding an edition that came out in 1976]:

A hefty volume containing a wealth of information concerning the Star Trek episodes, both live-action and animated. The volume is divided into three main parts: Fan Art, Summaries, and Lexicon.

The Fan Art section has reproductions of artwork by fandom's best-Alicia Austin, George Barr, Tim Courtney, and others; some of these artists have gone on to become professionals. This is a good representation of artwork, taken from the original Concordance series. This updated version, though, has a welcome addition by Robert Wood depicting the different styles of insignia used on various ships.

The Summaries, listed in order of air date, contain a brief, but complete, synopsis of each episode. There is a cast listing and cross-reference to the Lexicon after each summary. The animated episodes have somewhat longer summaries, which are enhanced by the animated artwork of Robert Kline and other Filmation artists. Like the previous live-action episodes, there are cast listings and cross-references.

The Lexicon, a Star Trek dictionary, lists all the people, places, and things related to Star Trek. After each description is a reference to the episode it is taken from. Not only are terms defined, but where possible, brief biographies are given on characters; also information listings on Weapons and Armament, Vulcan words, Diseases and Drugs, Computers, Medical Terminology, Ships and Shuttlecraft, Starships, and Slang.

Further reference materials include a listing of episodes by Star Date [Time Line), and are in alphabetical order.

The cover is a wrap-around view of the Enterprise against a starry background. Though unimaginative in itself, the front cover is a useful "index wheel" placed on the saucer section. Any episode can be located quickly not only by page number, but by Star Date and call letters as well.

An 8 1/2 x 11 inch paperback with attractive, easy-to-read type, the "STAR TREK Concordance" is a valuable reference addition to any Star Trek fan's bookshelf. [7]


If ever there was a book that fitted the description of containing more than one cared to know on a subject, this is it. Included are plot synopses of the episodes, each of which is followed by the cast, list of characters, and vocabulary. Fully half of the book is occupied with the lexicon, a painstaking listing of every conceivable character, planet, scientific term, etc, mentioned throughout both the live action and animated series. Both regular and guest actors are also highlighted, in addition to the production crew member. This large-sized edition (8 1/2 x 11") is pleasing to the eye as well as to the intellect. Reproductions of scenes from the animated series are interspersed throughout the lexicon section, and a gallery of fan art is very impressive. To refer to this as "fan art" is perhaps misleading, as the quality of most of the renditions are of professional caliber. Some works will be remembered from the original fan publication of the Concordance. The Concordance is a prime example of the lengths to which Trekkers will go to amass trivia. Originally a fan effort by Dorothy Jones derived from the live action series, the Ballantine version details all 18 animated episodes as well. The quality of Trek fans to not remain content with existing materials, but to create more for their imagination, is undoubtedly a significant factor in the realization of this book. When an answer is needed for a technical or trivial question, this is the source one should consult first. The few errors that have been discovered are usually so esoteric that only a grand master of trivia could detect them, and do not spoil the quality of the rest. [8]


  1. ^ Iowa Digital Library. Star Trek Concordance advertising flyer, accessed 28 November 2009.
  2. ^ Memory Alpha, accessed September 21, 2009.
  3. ^ from A Piece of the Action #55 in 1977, a rare (from APOTA) sort-of personal statement by Bjo Trimble
  4. ^ from Trekworld/reference link
  5. ^ from an interview at Trek Web, posted 9.1.2011, accessed 9.4.2011
  6. ^ from Triskelion #3
  7. ^ by M. Shreve in Star Trekkin' #7 (1976)
  8. ^ from TREKisM #5 (1979)