Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise (Unofficial and Unauthorized)

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(FAQ). This book is not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures, or the "Star Trek" franchise. Star Trek FAQ tells the complete story of Star Trek , from the before the beginning (the books, films, and TV shows that inspired producer Gene Roddenberry to create Star Trek ) until after the end (when the show emerged as a cultural phenomenon in syndication), and including dramatic behind-the-scenes stories (e.g., Leonard Nimoy's struggle with alcoholism and actress Grace Lee Whitney's controversial firing) often
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(FAQ). This book is not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures, or the "Star Trek" franchise. Star Trek FAQ tells the complete story of Star Trek , from the before the beginning (the books, films, and TV shows that inspired producer Gene Roddenberry to create Star Trek ) until after the end (when the show emerged as a cultural phenomenon in syndication), and including dramatic behind-the-scenes stories (e.g., Leonard Nimoy's struggle with alcoholism and actress Grace Lee Whitney's controversial firing) often omitted from "authorized" histories of the program. Along with in-depth looks at the pre- and post- Trek careers of the show's iconic leads, Star Trek FAQ includes profiles of guest stars and "redshirt" extras alike, as well as the many writers, technicians, and artisans whose efforts enabled Star Trek to take flight. The book also explores the show's unprecedented resurgence in the 1970s with chapters devoted to early Star Trek fiction, merchandising, and the short-lived animated series. Combining a wealth of fascinating information about every facet of the show's production with original analysis of Star Trek 's enduring appeal and cultural influence, Star Trek FAQ goes where no Star Trek book has gone before.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557837929
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 479,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David Gerrold ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Tomorrow Is Yesterday|xv

All Our Yesterdays: The Prehistory of Star Trek

1 Great Bird of the Galaxy: The Pre-Trek Adventures of Gene Roddenberry 3

2 Space Seeds: Credited and Uncredited Influences on the Creation of Star Trek 10

3 The High Command: Executives Who Played Pivotal Roles in the Star Trek Story 23

4 Caged: Revealing Differences Between Star Trek and Its Unaired Pilot 29

5 Spock's Brain: Notable Pre-Trek Appearances by Leonard Nimoy 35

6 The Man Who Would Be Captain: Memorable Pre-Trek Roles for William Shatner 42

7 Spectre of the Gun: Memorable Pre-Trek Roles for DeForest Kelley 52

8 Report to the Bridge: The Pre-Trek Careers of Majel Barrett, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Grace Lee Whitney, and Walter Koenig 61

Enterprise Incidents: Behind the Scenes, 1965-69

9 Alternative Factors: Roads Not Taken to the Second Star Trek Pilot 71

10 Ahead, Warp Factor One: Laying the Foundation 79

11 Engineering Department: The Screenwriters of Star Trek 89

12 Equipment Locker: Sets, Props, Costumes, Makeup, and Special Effects 96

13 Permission to Come Aboard: Unforgettable Guest Stars 104

14 Brief Lives: Untold Tales of Star Trek's "Redshirts" 116

15 Cloaking Device: Little-Recognized Contributors 122

16 Private Little Wars: Rivalries and Feuds 129

17 The Deadly Year: What Went Wrong with Season Three 137

18 Operation-Annihilate!: Shows That Beat Star Trek in the Nielsen Ratings 144

19 Mind Meld: Connections Between Star Trek and Other Classic Sci-Fi Tv Series 152

These Are the Voyages: On the Screen, 1966-69

20 Wolves in the Fold: Monsters and Madmen 163

21 Strange New Worlds: Alternate Earths, Time Travel, and Parallel Dimensions 172

22 New Life and New Civilizations: Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, and More 179

23 Treknological Marvels: Miracle Gadgets of the Twenty-Third Century 189

24 Then Play On: Memorable Musical Moments 197

25 Blooper Reel: Goofs and Gaffes That Survived the Final Cut 204

26 Captain's Log: Evidence That William Shatner Was Really Quite Good 210

27 The Infinite Vulcan: Leonard Nimoy Discovers Spock 218

28 Errands of Mercy: The Unsung Heroism of DeForest Kelley 227

29 The Finest Crew in the Fleet: The Supporting Cast's Shining Moments 235

30 Data Bank: A Thumbnail Guide to the Original Seventy-Nine Episodes 246

Prime Directives: Social Commentary and Recurring Themes

31 A Most Promising Species: Human Exceptionalism 257

32 Whom Gods Destroy: Close Encounters with the (Practically) Divine 264

33 The Last Battlefield: The Corrosive Power of Hate 271

34 What Are Little Girls Made Of?: The Gender Politics of Star Trek 279

That Which Survives: Star Trek in the 1970s

35 Obsession: Syndication and the Power of Fandom 289

36 Amok Time: Post-Trek Projects by Gene Roddenberry, 1970-77 296

37 Shore Leave: Non-Trek Projects for the Enterprise Crew, 1969-78 305

38 Metamorphosis: The Animated Adventures 313

39 "The Damn Books": Early Star Trek Novels and Comics 321

40 A Piece of the Action: Vintage Star Trek Merchandising 330

41 Five-Year Mission: The Long Voyage Back, 1975-79 337

On the Edge of Forever: The Legacy of Star Trek

42 Personal Log: Spouses, Children, and Private Lives 347

43 "Beam Me Up, Scotty": The Quotable (and Misquotable) Star Trek 355

44 Highly Illogical: Notable and Notorious Star Trek Parodies 365

45 Starfleet Commendations: Awards Won (and Lost), 1966-75 373

46 Keep On Trekkin': Famous and Influential Fans 379

Bibliography 387

Index 393

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  • Anonymous

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    Amen 1

    I love star trek

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    A must read for every Star Trek fan

    I’ve been a Trekkie, or Trekker, ever since Star Trek’s second season. My mom wouldn’t let me watch during the first season, because it was described as an “adult science fiction program” and some of the women’s outfits were very risqué for TV back them. I did however sneak a peek at a few season one episodes at a friend’s house from time to time, but didn’t watch full time until season two. I’ve had models of the ships and gadgets, paperback books, blueprints, episode guides, trading cards, Star Fleet manuals, VHS and DVDs…everything and anything that was connected to Star Trek. I even flew to NYC for the 1974 convention. I have since attended several local Star Trek conventions. Over the past four decades I’ve read dozens of books about the classic show, but after a while they all started sounding the same. This book does hash over a lot of familiar territory, but goes far beyond that. In a sense, it boldly goes where no Star Trek book has gone before. It covers other projects by Star Trek’s many actors, writers, produces, and director before and after the original series. Many episodes are discussed in detail from a somewhat different point of view, dealing with various themes like civil rights, political unrest, religion, etc. It discusses the various feuds that formed before, during and after the filming of the three seasons. The book starts out long before Star Trek existed covering its conception, birth, life, death, and its resurrection in syndication and animation. For the first time in quite a while, I was learning new things about Star Trek. I highly recommend this book to every Star Trek fan and even those who aren’t fans, but are interested in how Star Trek has influenced our lives today. I’m now anxious for the next book to come out focusing on the many other Star Trek television series and major motion pictures.

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