Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek

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Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show’s enduring appeal and influence, and examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock’s irrationality, Scotty’s pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural...
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Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek

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Overview


Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show’s enduring appeal and influence, and examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock’s irrationality, Scotty’s pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural phenomenon on subsequent science-fiction television programs is explored, as well as how the show laid the foundation for the science fiction genre to break into the television medium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100877
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself, When Harlie Was One, and the Chtorr, Dingillian, and Star Wolf series. He also wrote "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of Star Trek, which was voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time. He lives in Northridge, California. Robert Sawyer is the author of several science fiction novels, including the Nebula Award–winning The Terminal Experiment and the Hugo Award–nominated Calculating God.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : welcome abroad the enterprise 1
Forword : the trouble with Trek 5
Star Trek in the real world 17
I remember Star Trek ... 33
All our tomorrows 41
The prime question 57
We find the one quite adequate 87
Who am I? 101
What have you done with Spock's brain?!? 115
Lost secrets of pre-war human technology 125
Exaggerate with extreme prejudice 135
To Bololy teach what no one has taught before 153
Who killed the space race? 163
Alexander for the modern age 169
Now Star Trek liberated television 185
Being better 197
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