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

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

by Mark Clark


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557837929
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: FAQ Series
Pages: 414
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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Perednia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long time ago in our galaxy, not one far away, network television found itself hoodwinked when writer/producer Gene Roddenberry promised NBC "Wagon Train to the stars" and instead delivered the beginning of a new part of our culture, Star Trek.For those who grew up on TOS (The Original Series), whether as teens waiting for 10 p.m. on Friday nights that final season or the syndication every weekday that endlessly recycled the original 79 episodes, Star Trek had it all and promised it all. We didn't kill ourselves during the Cold War. We ended Vietnam. We became an integrated society. We fulfilled President Kennedy's promise of space exploration. We could dream of becoming astronauts and our dreams could come true. We didn't have to be the popular kids to find a place to fit in, as David Gerrold eloquently explains in his foreward to a new compilation of behind-the-scene facts, background material and episode highlights, Star Trek FAQ.Clark's compendium has many strengths, whether the reader is a first-generation Trekker or wondering what that big 2009 movie was based on. Clark provides a concise, highly readable, rundown of the original influences and executives in various companies who contributed to what became Trek. Although Trek was Roddenberry's baby, he had to run the gauntlet of studio and network approval to get that baby on the air.The ins and outs not only show how difficult it is for any show to get on the air with any vestige of its original intent intact, it also chronicles how the Trek universe was refined and designed to become what ultimately became beloved. For example, the FAQ has excellent point-by-point notations of the contrasts between the original pilot -- "The Cage" -- and the final program that aired. Spock originally was meant to be more curious than logical. Jeffrey Hunter's Pike is closer to Roddenberry's version of Horatio Hornblower than that swashbuckler James Tiberius Kirk ended up being.The episode guide is not "full service" because, as Clark notes, "there are plenty of those available elsewhere". However, all are included with thumbnail plot sketches and notes about other aspects such as broadcast history, guests and even such details as changes in scores and opening credits.Worthwhile ideas to consider abound. In noting how Trek differed because it posits that mankind has survived and improved, there is a quick roundup of SF antecedents. It's about as cheery as The Hunger Games and other current examples of the popular YA genre of dystopian fiction. The chapter itself admirably brings together the examples of how mankind shows its better nature by rejecting killing and slavery through the run of TOS. Another Trek theme of a better civilization with cool gadgets that is still run by the people who made the gadgets, and not the gadgets themselves, is detailed in a thoughtful manner. Religion and other social issues also are dealt with as part of Roddenberry's overall philosophy, refracted through the lens of the individual Trek episodes. A philosophy can be determined from the show: Hatred hurts and kills. Humanity is better than that. Religion is one way people have tried to control others over the years. Technology is a tool for humanity but not more important than its creators. IDIC (Infinite Diversitiy in Infinite Combinations) may have originated with the logical Vulcans, but it is a philosophy of empathy and acceptance, not mere tolerance.The book also addresses, with specific examples, how TOS reflects the 1960s and the attitudes of men born in the 1920s who didn't quite get how their view of women didn't mesh with their intent to portray a future of equality and non-prejudice.Subsequent Trek series are woven into the various accounts when necessary. That this is done without having the whole Trek universe take over the book, which remains focused on TOS, is an achievement worthy of praise.Clark is not afraid to let his opinion show. The author really does not like Nimoy's singing and
jasonpettus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Even the author of this trying book admits right in the introduction that there is now already a plethora of well-written books regarding each and every little sub-topic that exists concerning the long-running Star Trek franchise; and so that begs the question of why we should care about this newest one, or indeed why it even exists at all. And the answer after wading through this filler-crammed fluff piece is, "Hmm, I'm not exactly sure," which besides the serviceable, Wikipedia-quality cores of each chapter are otherwise padded out with the very definition of "page-filling pablum;" the trouble starts right at the beginning, with multi-page looks at every tiny little previous acting part every cast member of the original Star Trek had had before joining the show in the mid-1960s, and just pretty much gets worse from there. It's not terrible, which is why it isn't getting a terrible score; but like the author says, I found it difficult to understand why it even exists, and recommend that you instead pick up a better-written specific guide to whichever topic in particular you're most interested in.Out of 10: 7.1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.