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The World of Star Trek Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1975


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 12, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345249380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345249388
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,593,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
As someone who viewed the original Star Trek series when it aired for the first time, I can be considered an original Trekkie. While the science segment of the science fiction was often weak, the ideas and the vision for the future that it represented extended beyond what anyone could have imagined at the time. It represented a future where humanity had finally been able to end the conflicts on Earth, build a mighty fleet of star ships and find species on other planets that became allies. However, the future was not altogether rosy.

In episodes such as "The Space Seed" there were allusions to a ghastly, incredibly destructive nuclear war on Earth. It was hinted that this was the event that finally galvanized the human race to end conflict and join together. There were also the continuous conflicts between the Federation and the Romulans and Klingons. However, while there was the mention of a brutal war having been fought between the Federation and the Romulans, war is averted in the two episodes where the Enterprise and the Romulans meet.

Gerrold was the writer of "The Trouble With Tribbles" considered by many to be the best episode in the original series. He takes us behind the scenes in the creation, piloting and filming of the original series. He pulls no punches in his description of Star Trek, describing the strengths and weaknesses of the series. When something was done poorly, he explains that some of the failures were a consequence of the time. The late sixties was a time when women and minorities were not given strong roles, what you see in the original series was ground-breaking for the times. Any attempt to go any farther than what was done was blocked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tgfabthunderbird on October 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
David Gerrold chronicles the beginnings of Star Trek, as well as its growing pains, and its evolution up to and including "The Search for Spock."

This is an insider's look at the show, with a great deal of discussion on what Gene Roddenberry had in mind: the characters as they came to him, how the USS Enterprise came about, and the constraints that a commander would have to work under in deep space.

Just getting a show, any show past treatment form to the executives is tough enough; despite Roddenberry's proven track record as a creator and writer, this one was not an easy sell, as Gerrold points out. The network was not pleased with the creation of Spock, nor did they like the idea of a woman being First Officer (Majel Barrett, the later Nurse/Dr. Chapel and Mrs. Roddenberry). It was either the alien or the woman, and one had to go.

Gerrold also points out the scientific errors, such as people falling out of their chairs (MIT students can do a better than us of explaining it), and there's other holes big enough to drive Enterprise-E through, but Star Trek was also supposed to be fun in its own way.

Actors, writers, and many of the behind the scenes people speak openly and freely about their experience, and all agree it was one they'd trade for nothing.

Gerrold also pays tribute to the determined efforts of Bjo Trimble, the lady who pretty much single-handedly saved the show from extinction after season two. He looks into the fans themselves, and how their love of the show translated into their real lives.

All in all, a book I've read and enjoyed many times. The show will never die, no matter what.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The World of Star Trek" is a masterpiece! With episodes, interviews, pictures, and TONS of information about the cast, sets, makeup, etc., it's no wonder that it's my favorite Star Trek book. I highly suggest that any Star Trek-or even science fiction in general-fan should READ THIS BOOK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beikokunotora on December 10, 2013
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Unlike "The Making of Star Trek" this was clearly a hastily put-together work. The interviews with the actors and production people are superficial at best and the included photos look like screen shots, blurry and in some cases upside down! If you are interested in the original Star Trek I would recommend Steven Whitfield's "The Making of Star Trek" instead. The world of Star Trek was a huge disappointment and I will not be keeping it.
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Format: Paperback
Lots of great info and insights into the making of the series and the first three films. My only complaint is that the Kindle version does not include the photos that are part of the print edition. Would love to see this updated to include Trek's more recent evolutions.
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