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Star Trek FAQ (Unofficial and Unauthorized): Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise (Faq Series) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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However, I'm confident that diehards who purchase every new Star Trek book that reaches the market (may the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your souls) will find much of interest in Star Trek FAQ. I spent eight months fishing into the nooks and crannies of Trek lore for revealing yet underreported stories and illuminating minutiae. Applause Books' FAQ format enables me to combine this material with more familiar elements of the Star Trek story in unconventional ways, smashing them together in the literary equivalent of a super-collider to produce fresh insights. I'm convinced you'll find the results exhilarating whether this is the first Star Trek book you've read or the fiftieth.
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The "Star Trek FAQ" takes you from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's life through every aspect of the original 79 episode Star Trek series that ran from 1966-1969. I was especially intrigued by the early years of Roddenberry's career, how he went from Los Angeles cop to TV producer, and of the pre-history of Star Trek. Not only reading the biographies (and the post Star Trek lives) of the actors, but also the histories of the shows producers and writers and the input they had under their names and pseudonyms makes you feel you can be a more educated Star Trek viewer.
Author Mark Clark will take you through the trials and tribulations (not tribblations) of Roddenberry's getting Star Trek made from casting to pilots, to the struggles of getting good scripts to the screen, the chemistry of the show's stars and some of their disagreements, the aliens the crew of the enterprise met, the problems and issues the show tackled, as well as the highpoints and low points of the series. The "Star Trek FAQ" also goes into post series life of the animated series, the conventions, the novels and novelizations, Roddenberry's post Trek TV series' and the attempts to revive a Star Trek series and leading right to the movies, inspired as much by Star Trek fandom and being Paramount's antidote to the success of "Star Wars."
There are a couple of minor caveats of the "Star Trek FAQ.Read more ›
The sub-title of author Mark Clark's book claims it includes EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE and that's a fair statement. Clark does an excellent job of relating the creation, development and evolution of the show, the pre- and post-STAR TREK careers of the many talented people who shaped and contributed to the show's rich legacy, rivalries and feuds that plagued the show, equipment/props/special effects/costumes that helped create the ST world, notable guest stars, the "new life and new civilizations" encountered on the ship's three-year journey, etc.
STAR TREK FAQ is a wide-ranging, critical yet affectionate and balanced summary of the original STAR TREK world. Along with profiles of the main ST movers and shakers, for instance, it also includes a chapter on "Little-Recognized Contributors." Chapters on Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley are matched by others on "the Shining Moments" of Doohan, Takei, Nichols, Barrett, Whitney and Koenig. And even those poor Redshirts that bit the big one are chronicled! Likewise, chapters examining the dramatic themes and controversial issues the show explored are balanced by a section on "Goofs and Gaffes" that made it into the final cut and one on TV shows that beat ST in the ratings games; one case in point: GOMER PYLE, USMC! Clark's book also details the animated STAR TREK shows, early ST novels, ST comics, Trekkies, ST quotes/mis-quotes and so on.Read more ›
See those three guys on the cover? Bones, Spock, and Kirk? My first tv crushes, my first real celebrity crushes. Now, Scotty is actually my favorite, but he didn't make the cover, boo hiss. Bones is my second favorite and it's a close call, they're practically tied for favorite. I have a photo of James Doohan as Scotty, SIGNED! Heck, Scotty is one of my nicknames (despite my utter lack of mechanical ability). So, yeah, when the egalley of this book became available for review, requesting it was only logical. :) I also ordered a print copy.
Call me a Trekkie, Trekker, Trekaholic, whatever. I'm not too picky about the term used. I'm a fan; not one who knows every last detail down to Zefram Cochrane's birthday (if I did, I wouldn't need the book, lol.) but more than just a casual fan, who, say, knows the names of the big 3 stars but none of others. I'm in the middle. I had a fair amount of knowledge already. That was a pretty good starting base for this book. Actually, this book would be good for the casual fan who wants to know more about the series, and also for the committed fan who wants or needs a new reference source.
This is a comprehensive book that looks at just about everything related to the show (there may be some things forgotten or left out but nothing comes to mind.) Clark made each chapter stand-alone so that the reader can easily skip chapters if they decide:
"While it's perfectly acceptable to read this book front to back, Star Trek FAQ has been designed for nonlinear consumption. Each chapter functions independently. Although this inevitably results in some duplication of information between sections, I have tried to minimize repetition. So feel free to flip around.Read more ›
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A good 'in-between' level of detail for those who are fans of the series, but not necessarily experts on every last detail. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe in Massachusetts
It's OK, but I didn't even finish it because I became bored with it. There's a lot, and I mean a lot of text devoted to recapping and summarizing episodes that as a Trek fan I've... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Mark
Everything you wanted to know about the original Star Trek series and more. Packed with tons of information about the series, the cast and the people that made the show possible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. R. Jones
FAQ Book series tackles Sci-Fi's greatest series starter, Star Trek - the original Series (TOS). In-depth synopses on the 79 episodes, key actors and guests, technology and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mike Clark
a great companion to M. Clark's, no relation, Star Trek FAQ 2, The Next Generation. Detailed synopses on TOS episodes, Animated Series, and early Full-feature movies and related... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mike Clark
Lots of info here. Even if you're a die hard Star Trek fan that thinks you already know all there is to know about your favorite TV show there is plenty here that will interest... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Louis A. Carnivale
A very well written over all view of TOS , lots of information on actors, episodes, sets, etc.. Actually there is a bit too much info; but I just glossed over the parts I was... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Robbie Nagy
I have read, I think, all of the books and heard all of the stories. This isn't anything new. This is old stuff, recycled. To make a buck. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Ronald R. Allen Jr.