In The World of Star Trek, David Gerrold opens up dialogue on the people, places, and events that made Star Trek one of the most popular series ever. Gerrold discusses what was successful and what wasn’t, offering personal interviews with the series’ legendary stars and dissecting the trends that developed throughout the seasons.
The complete inside story of what happened behind the scenes of the Star Trek universe, from scriptwriters’ memos to special effects and more, The World of Star Trek is the companion all Trekkies need for the most all-encompassing breakdown and analysis of Star Trek.
|Edition description:||Revised with New Intro for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated book The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One, works that quickly established him in the hard science fiction genre during the 1970s. He also wrote The Trouble with Tribbles episode of Star Trek—one of the most popular Star Trek episode of all time, and is the author of the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I picked this up at our local used bookstore for something less than a dollar and didn't expect much from it beyond the usual behind the scenes stories, most of which I could probably tell myself at this point. But The World of Star Trek was a delightful surprise. It's divided into four sections--one on Roddenberry's original concept for the show, one on the production of the show, one about fan response, and one on the show's unfulfilled potential. The whole book was enjoyable, but the first and last sections were the most interesting (the sections on production and fan response, while offering some nice tidbits I had not heard before, were mostly old news to me). Gerrold provides insightful discussion in these sections about how television worked in the sixites, how Star Trek did (and did not) work within that model, why (from the point of view storytelling, rather than demographics) Star Trek was so successful, and why the show basically fell apart in the third season. Overall a decent standard behind the scenes book (and with a somewhat unique perspective compared to later such books, as this one was published in that limbo after the show went off the air when it was clear that it still had legs but no concrete plans for further series or a movie were in the works) coupled with a thoughtful, considered critique of the show as a whole. Recommended enthusiastically for fans of TOS and conditionally for anyone interested in television or writing.