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The Motion Picture (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (May 23, 2000)
  • Publication Date: May 23, 2000
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0VGG
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry Bridges on October 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gene Roddenberry's novelization of "Star Trek -- The Motion Picture" is a book I've always liked, and is far superior to the movie on which it's based. The first "Trek" movie works neither as science fiction cinema nor as a "Star Trek" adventure. Gene's book, by contrast, works both as science fiction and as "Star Trek".

Needless to say, the book and the movie have the same plot, which proceeds just as slowly in both versions -- but the book remains engaging throughout due to the insight it gives us into the characters' thought processes. Gene is able to do things in the prose format which the movie could not do, such as presenting the opening attack on the Klingon ships as a thought transmission from Starfleet Command which Jim Kirk receives while visiting the Library at Alexandria (which Gene correctly predicted would someday be rebuilt). We gain much more insight into the civilization of 23rd-century Earth, and into the characters and how they have changed since the end of the original series, than the movie gives us. Gene even manages to address the eternal question of whether or not Kirk and Spock's relationship was more than friendship in a way which is completely true to both characters and to Gene's own philosophy -- and is also very funny.

Over the years some fans have questioned whether or not Gene actually wrote this book. I don't know why -- his stylistic fingerprints are all over it. The book deals with many of the themes and concepts that recurred throughout Gene's work. It clearly could have been written by no one else.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ray Lefebvre on March 6, 2011
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The film version of this story has often gotten some heat over the years since its release in 1979. Most often it's been labeled as too slow, too much focus on visual f/x and not enough character. Some years ago the Director's Edition of the film addressed the pacing criticisms in a well edited cut along with some freshened up f/x as they were meant to be done originally. But sadly a new film cut can't put in what wasn't filmed in the first place.

Gene Roddenberry's novelization goes some way in providing background and context to the events that are played out on the screen. This book actually moves along at a good clip, and while it isn't written with a lot of style it does accomplish what it sets out to do: fill in the blanks that might seem to be missing in the film. Also, unlike some novelizations of movies, I can't really think of anything in here that contradicts the movie.

I love the film Star Trek - The Motion Picture, particularly the Director's Edition, yet even I admit it needed a little more character drama. If the movie had included some of the materiel in the novelization a little more closely some of the criticism regarding lack of character wouldn't have arisen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Marden on May 22, 2011
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While I'd never been a fan of the film, I'd been looking for something outside the normal vein that could still ring with an air of authority after a decade-long lapse from Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's credit as this piece's author flagged this volume as something fitting the bill (I was thankfully unaware of claims it had been ghostwritten; for me, the characters seem too vulnerably human to have come from the depressingly romantic realist writers I've come to associate with Star Trek fiction).

Roddenberry covers instances of technology and commentary never mentioned within canon, including Starfleet cranial implants and Kirk's views on a rumoured romantic relationship between himself and Spock. The introduction, written by Roddenberry from Kirk's point of view, should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in future movie/series material, and is almost worth the purchase price in itself.

Favourite quotes:
- "I have always looked upon the Enterprise and its crew as my own private view of Earth and humanity in microcosm. If this is not the way we really are, it seems to me most certainly a way we ought to be. During its voyages, the starship Enterprise always carried much more than mere respect and tolerance for other life forms and ideas - it carried the more positive force of love for the almost limitless variety within our universe. It is this capacity for love for all things which has always seemed to me the first indication that an individual or a race is approaching adulthood." - Kirk
- "Vejur was everything that Spock had ever dreamed of becoming. And yet Vejur was barren! It would never feel pain. Or joy. Or challenge. It was so completely and magnificently logical that its accumulation of knowledge was totally useless."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philo xephon on June 27, 2011
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Now you'd think a movie novelization usually isn't very good and with the title Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Book most would stear clear. However, this is a book every Star Trek fan (especially TOS) should read. The majority of fans I know look at The Motion Picture as a very boring movie (or story). When the directors cut was released I bought it and realized this story embodies many of Star Trek's biggest motifs. Yes, it isn't an action movie but it is very deep and the book adds so much to both the story and the over all Star Trek universe as seen by Gene Roddenberry. If this guy says it's canon, who can argue. Some of the coolest additions were the alien ruins from an unknown race found on the moon, all flag officers in the Federation have a brain implant communicator for emergencies and when Admiral Kirk refects on a TV show called "Star Trek" created (inaccurately) so all the people of the United Federation of Planets can watch Kirks legendary 5 year mission explains why the show looks fake. I mean we all go along with it but deep down we all know the future doesn't look like cardboard painted red with flashy lights on them. Another point to this fact is ST II: TWOK, where Khan has a Starfleet logo around a chain around his neck. A logo that didn't exist in TOS TV series. Aluding to the fact that things were a little more realistic that previously envisioned.
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