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A living pop culture legend and one of American film and television's most enduring stars, William Shatner will forever be associated with the role of James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. Star Trek Memories is Shatner's classic behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired. A television phenomenon that suffered from shaky ratings from its first broadcast in 1966 through its entire run, Star Trek ...

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Overview

A living pop culture legend and one of American film and television's most enduring stars, William Shatner will forever be associated with the role of James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. Star Trek Memories is Shatner's classic behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired. A television phenomenon that suffered from shaky ratings from its first broadcast in 1966 through its entire run, Star Trek nevertheless exploded into a worldwide, billion-dollar industry. Avid Trekkers who were onboard at the launch, as well as fans of the later Trek incarnations, will be delighted with this eye-opening, eminently fascinating "captain's log" from James Kirk himself.

For the millions of Star Trek fans throughout the country, here is an in-depth, insider's view of the wildly popular television series. William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) offers a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account based on his personal recollections and those of his co-stars. Photos and illustrations.

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Finally, the Captain's Log that a zillion Trekkers have been waiting for. This isn't an omnibus Star Trek history. Shatner (a.k.a. Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise) and Kreski (editorial director of MTV) stick to Stardate mid-1960's and the original TV series, skipping both the Star Trek movies (presumably the subject of a future Shatner memoir) and the multiple series spinoffs. No matter; what remains is a fascinating account of network TV in its post-Beaver, pre-Bunker teenage years. Shatner works against his reputation for hogging the limelight (which he confronts head-on in the final chapter) by remaining off-camera for the first quarter of the text while recounting Gene Roddenberry's early Hollywood career and the making of the pilot, the "absolutely, incontrovertibly brilliant" The Cage. Tidbits tumble forth: at first Roddenberry envisioned a Captain Robert April at the helm of the USS Yorktown, with a half-Martian "satanic" Mr. Spock at his side. As the high concept took flesh, a fight arose among studio executives over Spock: How important should he be? What should his ears look like?—questions that attained even greater importance when, to everyone's bewilderment, the mind-melding Vulcan bested Kirk as the focus of the Trekker cult. Soon the rest of the cast signed on, along with ace producer Gene Coon, whom Shatner praises to the detriment of icon Roddenberry: "Roddenberry created Star Trek, and Coon made it fly." Shatner's favorite program ("The Devil in the Dark"), Leonard Nimoy's clashes with management, why laser-guns became "phasers": there's enough here to satiate the most avid Trekker, delivered with pop and pizazz. After just three years, atired cast called it quits, or so they thought. Today, Star Trek prospers, and so will this memoir—most probably at warp speed. ("Over 130 never-before-seen photographs"—not seen)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061664694
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Star Trek Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 484,187
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William  Shatner

William Shatner's career as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, author, and horseman has spanned more than fifty years. One of pop culture's most recognizable figures, he is also a major Hollywood philanthropist. Shatner and his wife and three married children live in Los Angeles.

Chris Kreski was a writer and consultant for MTV and a head writer of The Daily Show. He cowrote Star Trek Memories and Star Trek Movie Memories, as well as several other books with William Shatner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    A Memour to read

    "Space the final frontier" is what the captain of the enterprise of the series Star Trek: the next generation would continue to say for years. A sucessor to the original black and white series of the famous titan we knew as Star Trek. But how did such a wide sensation we know now star out and what was it like inside the sets of the original show that started it all. This story written by none other that William shatner (aka Captain James Tiberius Kirk) along with some of the original co-actors and co-workers can explane how it started, what went on backstage, the pranks that were pulled, the emotions between each other, and how the series had ended (but not for long). All are perfectly explained in this book through the eyes of star treck's workers. A book were pranks and amazing feats are acomplished, where stories are told of comedy and humor, where an adventureoccurs everyday, and a book that tell where it all began is a book that I seriously approve to you, the star treck fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Not what it claims to be.

    This book is about the people behind the scenes, and really not much else. There were a few insights about the cast, but mostly it seemed to center on the production of the show.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    Glad to see coming out in paperback

    I read this book when it came out in hardcover, some 16 years ago, right through to the end. Shatner fills the narrative with hundreds of tidbits and anecdotes about the original series that will entertain any trekkie, and lots of the rest of us too. He really fills in the blanks with background on the producers, writers, set designers, and actors that made Star Trek what it was then and is now. He gives the history and inspiration and development which led to many of the items and concepts that are so much a part of the Star Trek experience, such as the Enterprise, the titles and credits, the sets, the characters, etc.
    Very entertaining.

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