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College Hosts Author Reception

On Monday, September 12, Moberly Area Community College will host a reception in honor of Alva Underwood’s newest book, Star Trek Reader’s Reference to the Novels 1992-1993, in the Alumni Museum of the Moberly Campus. A review of Star Trek history with the author and a reception at 2PM is open to the public. Underwood will also be a guest lecturer during the 11AM Contemporary Literature class on campus.

For 27 years, Underwood taught at Moberly Area Community College as an integral part of the English department. After retirement, she combined her deep-seated passion for the Star Trek series with her love of research. With hundreds of novels, TV shows and movies produced since Gene Roddenberry’s conceptual world debuted in 1966, Underwood saw an unfulfilled need for fans.

“In my reading, I kept seeing the same characters [and themes]. I started indexing them for my own sake. It was so much fun, I kept doing it,” said Underwood.

This is the seventh Star Trek reference volume produced by Underwood. Her series is a compilation of material related to the franchise from 1970 through the 90s and focuses on content found in Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books novels. Pocket Books hold the rights to distribute new Star Trek literature.

At the reception, Underwood’s previous books will be available for sale and a variety of Star Trek memorabilia will be on display.

Underwood also worked closely with Randolph county historian Ralph Gerhard on the History of Moberly Public Library as well as authoring Living Faith, A History of Ebenezer Baptist Church.


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