If you want to see how people’s fears and hopes for the world have changed over time, pick up a range ofStar Trek novels. Gene Roddenberry’s original plan for the series was to give people an optimistic vision of the future where the people of Earth could join hands with each other and with the universe and boldly go where no man has gone before. That has meant different things to different people, a number of whom recorded their visions (and thus, their feelings about events that were current to them) in Star Trek novels.

10 Reasons to Read a Star Trek Novel.