The World of Star Trek (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/4/18
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This collector's edition tells the inside story of "Star Trek". It covers all the people, places and events that made the show one of the most popular series ever. The author, David Gerrold, is winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
The Kindle edition of "World of Star Trek" is a reprint not of the '70s version of the book, but rather of the 1984 edition, which includes much expanded material on fandom, the interrupted effort to create a second Trek TV series, and the three hit theatrical movies which followed. However, I still found myself remembering a large number of passages and anecdotes held over from the original volume; my tattered paperback edition of the book evidently made a far bigger impression on me than was obvious at the time.
"World of Star Trek" is written by David Gerrold, who's still quite active in sci-fi fandom and is a fun follow on social media even today in 2014. The book contains material not only on the genesis and production of ST:TOS, which will be quite familiar to you from thousands of other sources, but also contains a number of candid interviews with all of the original cast, recorded in the early 1970s when fandom was still young and not yet jaded. These early unguarded quotes from the likes of Shatner, Nimoy, Kelly, Doohan, Koenig, Sulu, Nichols, might well give you a new perspective on the original cast.
Gerrold also spends a fair bit of time critiquing what was wrong with ST:TOS -- illogical premises, production flaws, and a breakdown of originality and credibility in the scripts. These criticisms were probably more groundbreaking when the book first came out in 1973 -- they're now widely-held and institutionalized opinions found all across fandom. But, what's remarkable about this critique now, is that the solutions Gerrold gave, for some hypothetical future Trek series, were adopted almost entirely wholesale into Star Trek:TNG, a show not even on the drawing board when the second edition of this book was released in 1984. Gerrold almost certainly saved Star Trek, as this book doubtless helped inspire ST:TNG (on which Gerrold worked during its first season), which came to surpass ST:TOS in popularity and which in turned three more (increasingly poor) follow-up TV series.
Gerrold also accurately addresses what was wrong with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and what was so, so right about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However, his complaints about Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (which revolve mostly around the destruction of the original Enterprise in that movie) no longer hold up very well, now that we know there were five follow-up vessels bearing the name Enterprise, as well as two other TV series not featuring the Enterprise at all. But, even the look at Search for Spock is an interesting time capsule, as it was written before the movie had even enjoyed its theatrical release.
Priced very reasonably, and written in a very funny and engaging style (even the footnotes are must-reads), this book is well worth a few hours of your time even today. Even the references to the primitive pre-Internet "computer bulletin boards" to which Trek fandom was migrating, show that Gerrold was quite ahead of his time in writing about Star Trek in 1984.
Peppered with behind-the-scenes stories of (and interviews with) the cast and crew and incisive analyses of the show's episodes and characters, all written in a highly engaging, witty and personal style, this memoir/commentary was actually released twice -- once in the 1970s when TREK fandom was just beginning to build up a head of steam, and a new updated version following the release of the first two STAR TREK theatrical films. If you want real insight into what made this franchise the enduring hit that it is, you can't do very much better than to pick up a copy of David's book. It makes a perfect bookend to the canon of Trekker meta-literature with STAR TREK LIVES! by Sondra Marshak et al., which tells the same story from a fan's perspective and is every bit as good.
This is a greatly entertaining book well worth the attention of any Star Trek fan, and for the price a rather incredible bargain as well.