The Impossible Has Happened: The Life and Work of Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek

The Impossible Has Happened: The Life and Work of Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek

by Lance Parkin


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The Impossible Has Happened: The Life and Work of Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek by Lance Parkin

In May 2017, after waiting over a decade, Star Trek fans worldwide will be glued to their screens watching the debut of the new series, Star Trek: Discovery. In this biography, newly released in paperback, Lance Parkin, author of Aurum's acclaimed Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore, will go in search of the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, revealing new and fascinating facts about both the man and the franchise he created.

This book will reveal how an undistinguished writer of cop shows set out to produce 'Hornblower in space' and ended up with an optimistic, almost utopian view of humanity's future that has been watched and loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Along the way Lance will examine some of the great myths and turning points in the franchise's history, and Roddenberry's particular contribution to them. He will look at the truth in the view that the early Star Trek advanced a liberal, egalitarian and multi-racial agenda, chart the various attempts to resuscitate the show during it's wilderness years in the 1970s, explore Roddenberry's initial early involvement in the movies and spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation (as well as his later estrangement from both), and shed light on the colourful personal life, self-mythologising and strange beliefs of a man who nonetheless gifted popular culture one if its most enduring narratives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781314470
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,282,570
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LANCE PARKIN is a British author, best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, most notably Doctor Who. He is an Alan Moore completist, having followed the comics maestro's career since the 1970s, and in 2001 he wrote an acclaimed guide to Moore's work, which has since been updated and reissued. In addition to contributing pieces to magazines such as TV Zone, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, he is also the co-author of Dark Matters, a guide to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in the USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Earning His Stripes 21

Chapter 2 Show Me Some More of this Earth Thing Called Kissing 53

Chapter 3 Created By… 89

Chapter 4 Syndication as Vindication 123

Chapter 5 Gene Roddenberry's Lost Universes 151

Chapter 6 Fan-Topia 185

Chapter 7 Bigger than Star Wars 221

Chapter 8 The Best of Times, the Worst of Times 267

Chapter 9 Second Chances 289

Chapter 10 Of All the Souls I Have Encountered in My Travels, His Was the Most… 323

Further Reading 359

Notes 371

Index 383

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