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Gut Wrenching and Haunting Story of the Price of Fame,
This review is from: Inside Trek: My Secret Life with Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry (Paperback)This is not a biography nor is it an autobiography. It is a unique kind of document.
It is Susan Sackett's story and it is the story of Gene Roddenberry's final days, showing the roots of those final events within the years of Star Trek The Motion Picture, and Star Trek: The Next Generation and the deepening and developing intimacy between Susan Sackett and Gene Roddenbery.
Susan Sackett has taken an odd point of view to tell this story of her position in the world of Star Trek. As a writer, I have to admire the tight, disciplined writing.
The story she tells is searingly gut-wrenching, harrowing and filled with anguish dotted with moments of joy and happiness.
It haunted (still haunts) me day and night for a number of reasons.
As primary author of the Bantam paperback Star Trek Lives! and a professional sf/f writer active through those years in Star Trek fandom, I was aware of these events but from an entirely different perspective. This book has filled in the blanks and answered many questions for me.
During the intervening years, I have likewise been aware of the private lives behind the scenes of several very famous and popular writers who ended their days enmeshed in very similar kinds of situations.
Reading this book awakened the feelings of watching such events from the sidelines, helpless to affect the course of things. It also brought home how very ordinary such an extraordinary situation is among the famous and powerful figures of this world.
Sackett's writing style is factual, the language prosaic, completely devoid of purple prose, hyperbole, or passion. And that showcases the realities of this happy/sad situation that surrounded Gene Roddenberry as he fought to give the millions of dedicated fans the show they so richly deserved.
The point of view is entirely Susan Sackett's. These are the events behind the miraculous achievements of Gene Roddenberry, and this is what it felt like to be involved inside those events, and this is the enormous price Roddenberry paid to give us this miracle.
Not once in this narrative is there any speculation, accusation or finger-pointing. There is no blaming, no "flaming" and no attempt to present the motives of others which Sackett could not possibly have known except as supposition through a veil of emotion.
This document is an amazing piece of work, a tour de force of the writer's craft and a bit of history that may one day prove invaluable to researchers if enough copies survive here and there. Put one away for your grandchildren today.
I can't tell you that every word is true. I can tell you that you will not find a more objectively written account of a purely subjective experience anywhere in your public library. Just for that achievement, this book should be studied by every would-be writer. And while you're studying this book, do tally up the price of fame and the cost of glory and ask yourself if you really do want to be a writer after all.
Live Long and Prosper,
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2008 4:31:13 PM PDT
Kendrik Lau says:
You review gave me absolutely no clue to what the book is about. If you are intending not to include any spoiler, there is a better way to write a review than this one.
Posted on Jul 18, 2012 6:40:02 PM PDT
E. Von Ray says:
Thank you for an interesting review. It was only after I finished and saw your name that I realized I had recently purchased a copy of your excellent book Star Trek Lives! I am fascinated with that period of Star Trek, the time between the end of the series and the first film and your book records that period wonderfully.
Anyways, thank you again. I am looking forward to reading Inside Trek by Susan Sackett.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 12:18:39 PM PDT
E. Von Ray -- I'm glad you found these books. People are still talking about Roddenberry's work with creating Star Trek. I found a blog about him via Google+ today and "shared" it. The blog was about how this person had learned a lot about writing from Gene Roddenberry - but mostly from studying the product, not actually having the man, himself, articulate the writing-principles as he did with me as I literally sat at his feet conducting interviews for STAR TREK LIVES! I was also reminded of that today when my newest publisher is preparing e-book release of two of my space-adventure novels, Those of My Blood and it's companion volume, Dreamspy so you will soon have those on Kindle, too.
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