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Inside Trek: My Secret Life with Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry Paperback – May, 2002
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Whether you can read through all the minutiae of affairs, trips, trysts, binges, indulgences, excesses, and emotional fits, all between the creation and development of an iconic tv series, movie, second iconic tv series, another set of films, and many college and convention appearances and a couple book publications as well as the other screenplays that came before during and after, well that is a function of your interest in the man and not necessarily the author, whom the book tries to focus upon. But indeed still despite his many and quite human foibles, Gene proves to be the greater fascination than Susan, try as she may to spin the cosmos her way.
"Inside Trek" is assistant Susan Sackett's account of her life in the company and service of Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry, as an administrative assistant, and later as an intimate companion.
I needed to read this book. Why? Because of the particular window it opened, into the daily life of this public figure, and onto the timespan which it covered, Ms Sackett's span of association with Star Trek from the early 70's through the day of Roddenberry's death in 1991. As a fan of Star Trek in all of its forms, I found that previous 'insider' books about the show would hint at things or give a wink and a nod in skirting any detailed mention of Roddenberry's personal habits and appetites. This book purported to bring that kind of personal detail to light, from the account of one who was a firsthand witness.
The story is told in a simple, linear and straightforward style by Ms. Sackett; the cool tone paints a frank portrait of the personal and professional times during the years that Roddenberry was attempting to revive Star Trek as a prime-time series, then as a movie franchise, and the roller coaster ride that lead to the launching of Star Trek TNG. The real story was different than I had guessed, and I would have never known without this account coming to light.
Some might be bothered by the occasional mention of the intimate encounters between Roddenberry and Sackett. It's the mix of the public story and intimate story and all the details you pick up along the way that makes this book a good read. You'll come away with a new sense of the transition from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek to Rick Berman's Star Trek.