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Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise (Faq Series) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Clark , David Gerrold
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(FAQ). 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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I wrote Star Trek FAQ, in part, because there are so many other Trek books already out there. The sheer, dizzying multitude of Trek literature can be daunting for casual fans - that silent legion of viewers who love Star Trek but don't speak Klingonese or go to the grocery store wearing a Starfleet uniform (not that there's anything wrong with that). These fans don't regularly attend conventions, may not consider themselves Trekkers, and don't have time to sift through the mountain of Trek-themed works at the local book store or library. Yet their patronage of Star Trek TV series and movies has made the franchise a cultural touchstone. Star Trek FAQ is aimed primarily at this audience, distilling the overwhelming volume of Trek scholarship into easily consumable sips.
However, I'm confident that diehards who purchase every new Star Trek book that reaches the market (may the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your souls) will find much of interest in Star Trek FAQ.  I spent eight months fishing into the nooks and crannies of Trek lore for revealing yet underreported stories and illuminating minutiae. Applause Books' FAQ format enables me to combine this material with more familiar elements of the Star Trek story in unconventional ways, smashing them together in the literary equivalent of a super-collider to produce fresh insights. I'm convinced you'll find the results exhilarating whether this is the first Star Trek book you've read or the fiftieth.

About the Author

Author and film historian Mark Clark writes about classic movies and TV shows. Star Trek FAQ is his third book. A sequel, Star Trek FAQ 2.0, is forthcoming in 2013. Mark is a graduate of the University of Louisville and a former film critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He now resides in Mentor on the Lake, Ohio.

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  • File Size: 5906 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GUEREG
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be An Educated Star Trek Fan! June 17, 2012
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I've been a fan of a few things in my life, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Doors, and I think I'm educated in the fan(aticisms) of my choice. The one common factor I'm finding in reading books in the FAQ series is that I'm discovering new things on subjects I thought I knew well and "The Star Trek FAQ" is no exception.

The "Star Trek FAQ" takes you from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's life through every aspect of the original 79 episode Star Trek series that ran from 1966-1969. I was especially intrigued by the early years of Roddenberry's career, how he went from Los Angeles cop to TV producer, and of the pre-history of Star Trek. Not only reading the biographies (and the post Star Trek lives) of the actors, but also the histories of the shows producers and writers and the input they had under their names and pseudonyms makes you feel you can be a more educated Star Trek viewer.

Author Mark Clark will take you through the trials and tribulations (not tribblations) of Roddenberry's getting Star Trek made from casting to pilots, to the struggles of getting good scripts to the screen, the chemistry of the show's stars and some of their disagreements, the aliens the crew of the enterprise met, the problems and issues the show tackled, as well as the highpoints and low points of the series. The "Star Trek FAQ" also goes into post series life of the animated series, the conventions, the novels and novelizations, Roddenberry's post Trek TV series' and the attempts to revive a Star Trek series and leading right to the movies, inspired as much by Star Trek fandom and being Paramount's antidote to the success of "Star Wars."

There are a couple of minor caveats of the "Star Trek FAQ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR TREK...And Now You Know the Rest of the Story! June 14, 2012
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If any television show deserves the "FAQ Treatment," it's Gene Roddenberry's STAR TREK. Who could have conceived that a show that struggled through three seasons would rise from the ashes of cancellation to become a franchise juggernaut? Mark Clark provides a warts-and-all history of the original ST series in this 2012 Applause Theatre & Cinema Books release.

The sub-title of author Mark Clark's book claims it includes EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE and that's a fair statement. Clark does an excellent job of relating the creation, development and evolution of the show, the pre- and post-STAR TREK careers of the many talented people who shaped and contributed to the show's rich legacy, rivalries and feuds that plagued the show, equipment/props/special effects/costumes that helped create the ST world, notable guest stars, the "new life and new civilizations" encountered on the ship's three-year journey, etc.

STAR TREK FAQ is a wide-ranging, critical yet affectionate and balanced summary of the original STAR TREK world. Along with profiles of the main ST movers and shakers, for instance, it also includes a chapter on "Little-Recognized Contributors." Chapters on Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley are matched by others on "the Shining Moments" of Doohan, Takei, Nichols, Barrett, Whitney and Koenig. And even those poor Redshirts that bit the big one are chronicled! Likewise, chapters examining the dramatic themes and controversial issues the show explored are balanced by a section on "Goofs and Gaffes" that made it into the final cut and one on TV shows that beat ST in the ratings games; one case in point: GOMER PYLE, USMC! Clark's book also details the animated STAR TREK shows, early ST novels, ST comics, Trekkies, ST quotes/mis-quotes and so on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, enjoyable look at Star Trek June 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
YES! YES! YES!

See those three guys on the cover? Bones, Spock, and Kirk? My first tv crushes, my first real celebrity crushes. Now, Scotty is actually my favorite, but he didn't make the cover, boo hiss. Bones is my second favorite and it's a close call, they're practically tied for favorite. I have a photo of James Doohan as Scotty, SIGNED! Heck, Scotty is one of my nicknames (despite my utter lack of mechanical ability). So, yeah, when the egalley of this book became available for review, requesting it was only logical. :) I also ordered a print copy.

Call me a Trekkie, Trekker, Trekaholic, whatever. I'm not too picky about the term used. I'm a fan; not one who knows every last detail down to Zefram Cochrane's birthday (if I did, I wouldn't need the book, lol.) but more than just a casual fan, who, say, knows the names of the big 3 stars but none of others. I'm in the middle. I had a fair amount of knowledge already. That was a pretty good starting base for this book. Actually, this book would be good for the casual fan who wants to know more about the series, and also for the committed fan who wants or needs a new reference source.

This is a comprehensive book that looks at just about everything related to the show (there may be some things forgotten or left out but nothing comes to mind.) Clark made each chapter stand-alone so that the reader can easily skip chapters if they decide:

"While it's perfectly acceptable to read this book front to back, Star Trek FAQ has been designed for nonlinear consumption. Each chapter functions independently. Although this inevitably results in some duplication of information between sections, I have tried to minimize repetition. So feel free to flip around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Lots of info here. Even if you're a die hard Star Trek fan that thinks you already know all there is to know about your favorite TV show there is plenty here that will interest... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Louis A. Carnivale
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information.
A very well written over all view of TOS , lots of information on actors, episodes, sets, etc.. Actually there is a bit too much info; but I just glossed over the parts I was... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robbie Nagy
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but if it's new to you...
I have read, I think, all of the books and heard all of the stories. This isn't anything new. This is old stuff, recycled. To make a buck. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ronald R. Allen Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
There is a lot of research that went into this book. There are some great photos, and then are some photos of VHS tapes which should have been edited out I think. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. D. Plotner
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR TREK TREK FANS
This book is full of useful instights into what went on to make trek and each episodes. I found many things that i was umaware about. its a really good read.
Published 23 months ago by E
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for Every Class of Fan
Chances are, even if you're not a fan of Star Trek (in any of its incarnations), you can reference Captain Kirk, "live long and prosper," and "beam me up, Scottie" in conversation. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by T. Dotts
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Covers a Wide Range of Topics
I found this book while looking for a copy of "The Twilight Zone Companion" at a local bookstore. With it's unassuming cover (and lack of any official Paramount endorsement) I... Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts and surprises
Well written review of one of my favorite tv series. I'm considered a 'die hard' fan and yet was surprised and pleased to read so many insider facts about Star Trek and it's... Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by fieldmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great information for the Trekker, casual or hard-core
Book Info: Genre: Nonfiction/History of TV tie-in Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook eGalley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by K. Sozaeva
5.0 out of 5 stars To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before - Highly Recommended
This "Star Trek FAQ" was clearly very well researched and would be a great starting point for anyone interested in the creation of, arguably, the most influential Science Fiction... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by C. Hill
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I'm Mark Clark and this is my Author Central page. If you've clicked to this screen, you're either curious about my work or afflicted with a twitchy mouse finger. On the off chance that it's the former, here's the lowdown:

I'm an author and film historian who writes about classic movies and TV shows. My most recent works are STAR TREK FAQ: EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST VOYOAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE (2012, Applause Books) and STAR TREK FAQ 2.0: EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FEATURE FILMS, THE NEXT GENERATION AND BEYOND (2013, Applause). STAR TREK FAQ was named to one of Kirkus Reviews' Ten Best lists for 2012.

My previous work includes SIXTIES SHOCKERS: A CRITICAL FILMOGRAPHY OF HORROR CINEMA, 1960-69 (2011, McFarland, with Bryan Senn), and SMIRK, SNEER AND SCREAM: GREAT ACTING IN HORROR CINEMA (2004, McFarland), both of which earned Rondo Hatton Award nominations for Book of the Year. (Not that I'm bragging. Much.)

I've also contributed essays and articles to many other books and magazines including the excellent SCIENCE FICTION AMERICA: ESSAYS ON SF CINEMA (McFarland, 2006), which Amazon won't let me add to the list below because it was edited by my friend David Hogan and by not me.

I'm a proud graduate of the University of Louisville and a former film critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal. I now reside in beautiful Mentor on the Lake, Ohio, with my highly indulgent wife and children.

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