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4.0 out of 5 stars An insider's look behind the making of Star Trek
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...
Published on November 20, 2006 by Charles Ashbacher

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor knock-off of "The Making of Star Trek"
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"...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insider's look behind the making of Star Trek, November 20, 2006
This review is from: The World of Star Trek (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.

Gerrold also mentions how the show began to show signs of fatigue, as the story lines began to be repeated in an attempt to save money. Star Trek was a high budget show, so there was every attempt to save production costs, often to the detriment of the show. Finally, Gerrold also describes the development of the first three Star Trek feature movies and the fits and starts that took place before the first one was ever made. Given the success of the series of Star Trek movies, it is amazing to read how much time and effort it took to get the first one made.

Gerrold has an insider's view of the Star Trek phenomenon and he tells his stories very well. If you want to go beyond the basics of the series and learn something about how things were really done, then this is a book you need to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The writer of "The Trouble with Tribbles", October 11, 2008
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This review is from: The World of Star Trek (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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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT JOB!!!, February 28, 1999
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"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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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor knock-off of "The Making of Star Trek", 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes of TOS, December 26, 1999
This review is from: The World of Star Trek (Paperback)
One of the first books written about the behind the scenes activities of TOS. Pictures, interviews, and anecdotes from the original production run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for ST fans, March 7, 2014
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Gale Mead (Sonoma, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars old time author of star trek books and scripts, March 22, 2013
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David Gerrold is onev of the old time authors or books and scripts fot ST. Step back into Star Trek history as you read one of his stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars The World of Star Trek, July 29, 2012
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This book is a must-read for those who are interested in writing for television, and even the movies. It is also a must read for those fans that actually take the time to read science fiction. The hard information is only in parts inside, and a lot of other things are simple entertainment. It very much complements 'The Making of Star Trek'. To really learn the art, however, one should have a whole shelf of books on television writing, movie writing, and general fiction writing, and Hollywood production. Therefore, the paperback is a good choice, to hold down the cost of the reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk Re-wrestling a Gorn, It Ain't, February 19, 2010
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David Gerrold, a writer and actor, wrote a great book about the original Star Trek series in 1973 and updated it in 1984. This is unusual because most of the books written about the show or based on the Star Trek are total drivel. They often feature hypothetical blueprints for transporters or ray guns, dull stories about Cap'N Picard chasing Borg out of his shirt sleeves or even worse: Kirk re-wrestling a Gorn he'd already drop kicked in the scaly green snout twenty years ago - really uninspired genre stuff. I think the operational logic behind this concept in mass publishing trade paperbacks is: "%@*# 'em! They'll buy anything". Hey, maybe they're right. Abdom-o-sizers, blue Pith Helmets emblazened with Dr. Who logos and Snuggies featuring Twilight characters don't exactly sell themselves.

As a counterpoint to consumer vapidity, in 1973 David Gerrold, the writer of The Trouble With Tribbles and frequent contributor to the series, sat down to write an intelligent account of the years of development and the strain of production. His book details the unique individuals involved in the first real sci-fi series on American network television. The novel is both a documentary of the series and actors as well as a sometimes wry and sometimes light-hearted look at writing for television and writing in general.

Although The World Of Star Trek is a hard to find classic is a great book accompanied with 100 production and PR photos from the three years Star Trek was actually on the air prior cancellation by brilliant NBC executives. The show's ressurrection, through the wonders of syndication, has driven interest in pointy ears and befuddling electronic gadgetry to an all-time high.
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