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Star Trek On the Brain: Alien Minds, Human Minds, by Robert Sekuler and Randolph Blake (W.H. Freeman, $21.95).

Synopsis: A pair of psychologists explores the intricacies of the human mind, using as a guide their collection of tapes of every episode from all four Star Trek series and all eight movies.

Representative quote: "Looking at the message pad, Kira is dumbfounded, but Dr. Bashir understands: O'Brien is suffering from aphasia. His thought processes are normal, but he can't make himself understood--and he can't understand others."

Noteworthy flaw: Only one mention of tribbles.

The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, by Grace Lee Whitney (Quill Driver Books, $14.95).

Synopsis: The actress who played Yeoman Janice Rand on the first season of Star Trek recounts the three months she worked on the show, the highlight of her troubled life spent battling alcoholism.

Representative quote:

"That night, as I got into my old Chevy and pulled onto the street, I saw a full moon in the sky. And I thought to myself, I can't believe it! I'm actually sober!"

Noteworthy flaw:

"Then I saw Jesus."

Star Trek: Movie Memories, by William Shatner, with Chris Kreski (HarperCollins, $25).

Synopsis: Wise, reflective Shatner recalls movies made with unhappy, litigious Leonard Nimoy, repulsive, moneygrubbing Gene Roddenberry, and the whole nitpicky, self-loathing Star Trek crew.

Representative quote: "I hated our new uniforms. Ugly, form-fitting, pastel-colored, one-piece jumpsuits, these things itched even worse than our old TV series togs."

Noteworthy flaw: Candor not extended to toupee.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): book covers.

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