The Fifty-year Mission

The Fifty-year Mission

The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek. The First 25 Years

Book - 2016
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The first volume of an oral history of Star Trek includes uncensored, never-before-told stories from the people who were there, including television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators and the cast.

McMillan Palgrave
Volume one of a fifty year oral history of Star Trek by the people who were there, in their own words, sharing never-before-told stories.

This is the unauthorized, uncensored and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon. The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing fifty-year mission -a mission that has spanned from the classic series to the animated show, the many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films.

Make no mistake, this isn't just a book for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.

& Taylor

An oral history of "Star Trek" includes uncensored, never-before-told stories from the people who were there, including television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and the cast.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781250065841
Branch Call Number: 791.4575 G878
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Altman, Mark A. - Author


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Jun 25, 2018

Simply terrific stuff.

I am a person who LOVES DVD extras; this is over 400 pages (25 hours of listening) of unedited, unauthorized and unapologetic behind-the-scenes stories of the first 25 years of Star Trek creativity.

The stories contained are fearless in exposing the warts, egos and political maneuvers that created this thing.

Highly recommended - if you're a fan.

Oct 08, 2017

I just happened to change my circumstances (moving from Toronto to Vancouver to enrol in BCIT) in 1966, just in time to start watching the first season of Star Trek. Watched the first two seasons completely. By then, most people knew it was something different, at least. Many thought "unique" and "one of a kind."

I'm not a Trekkie. But I am fascinating with production details of TV/movies. So, I picked this book up and thought, "what the heck..."

Wow. The book is an ORAL history, as recalled by dozens of people associated--sometimes obliquely, sometimes intimately--with its gestation and creation and the final products (various series and the movies, too.). You want "Inside stories"? You've got them, on every page.

I had NO idea just how unique and special this series was, and have finally been able to answer the question: "Why do so many people continue to watch a TV show now over half a century old as something MORE than a curiosity or as a study in vintage entertainment?

Want the answer(s), too? This is the book. As Spock would say, "Fascinating."


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