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Making of Star Trek Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1986
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The story how Stephen E. Whitfield (aka Stephen E. Poe) asked Gene Roddenberry if he could write a book about the series sounds like a fairy tale, but is true. The Great Bird was very forthcoming, and Whitfield was granted access to everything behind the scenes of the still running show, seemingly without any restriction. The book shows production schedules, budgets, private notes, script drafts, production sketches, all things that are usually kept secret or simplified for a larger public. I don't think that something like this would be still possible today. Compared to The Making of Star Trek, Whitfield's last book (he passed away in 2000) on Voyager seems rather superficial.
The Making of Star Trek may be over 30 years old, but it is of more than only historical value. It demonstrates that TV is a business that sometimes doesn't allow technical or artistic perfection. It also shows how many things we may take for granted and that are essential parts of the Star Trek Universe today have taken a rather surprising course change.Read more ›
This is the first book that gave the details of the production of a particular television series, and has served as a model for similar books to follow.
The original "Star Trek" was still in production at the time this book was written, and the book has gone into many reprints.
A good primer for those who follow the current crop of "Star Trek" shows and movies, and are interested in finding out about the classic original.
This book is definitely a must-have for fans of the original series.
Co-written by the creator himself.
It's extremely detailed, and is as much about the making of any TV late-60s series as it is 'Star Trek'. There are bits from shooting scripts, set plans, photographs of noted theatre actor William Shatner in old-age makeup (looking nothing like he looks in genuine old age), profiles of production staff, and programme budgets which, translated dollar-for-dollar, would just about cover the catering bill on 'Star Trek : The Next Generation'. It's worth it for the stream of memos about Vulcan names alone.
Since this was written while the series was in production, it's a good view into how people felt then, even refreshing because Trek had yet to become a pop culture colossus, so the book doesn't have any of that built-in reverence. They were making a good TV show that aspired to be something better than most everything else on then, but in the end it was considered just another TV job, certainly not anything that would become legendary.
For instance, "The Defenders," one of the highest praised, most thoughtful and well-written dramas of the '60s, is scarecely remembered by anyone not old enough to have seen it. Part of the issue with that series had to do with rerun-rights issues, but another part had to do with the times then, when TV was still rather young, and shows were thought of as rather disposable, coming and going without much of an afterlife except for "Lucy" and "Honeymooners" reruns.Read more ›
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bought this originally for around $.75 straight from bookseller when i was around 10 years old. ST was already in syndication at that point, and was one of the most positive... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ophelia
Vintage STAR TREK....in the beginningPublished 6 months ago by William Mark Vaughn of Wordsmith since 2004
It was Okay, a little more beat up than in the photo. It is how ever all there.
What can I say, never have I read a more through account of probably the greatest SCFI show of all time the original Star Trek Series from the 1960's. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lee Pfautch
A great addition to any Sci fi library or devoted fan of the star trek series. This book really goes into immense details of almost every aspect of creating the show... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Spectre Beyler
I bought it new in the 1970's. This is THE foundation book for any true Star Trek fan. A must in any collection!Published 18 months ago by mainejew
I had this book as a teenager and used it as a reference to write a term paper in English II called "End of the Trek?". Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Elspeth Moonwind