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The Trouble with Tribbles by David Gerrold

The Trouble with Tribbles (1973)

by David Gerrold

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Gives an interesting perspective of the progress of a story from idea, to script to actual episode.
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Erwin Blocker and Gene Coon and Gene Roddenberry and William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley and Jim Doohan and Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nicols and Majel Barnett and George Takei and all the other good people who made it possible
But I'm sure they'll understand that this book is a special one - so it has to be for 
        Betty Ballantine
who's pretty special herself.
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This book is the story of a television script, where it came from, how it was written, how it was eventually filmed and finally got onto the air as an episode of STAR TREK.
In 1966, I was a rabbit.
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The Complete Story of one of Star Trek's most popular epidodes:
  • From first draft to final shooting script
  • The how and why of a TV writing
  • Three previously unpublished episodes
  • Workong on STAR TREK lot
  • Personal stories of the stars
  • 32 pages of photos
  •  Original illustrations by Tim Kirk


Back in 1966 NBC began airing the first intelligent science fiction series the tube had ever seen, STAR TREK, Its impact was immediate.

Around the same time, a fellow named David Gerrold wsa discovering he wanted to be a writer. He was still in college when he saw his first STAR TREK episode, but he knew that was the market he wanted to crack.

He had never written anything professionally before so it is certainly among the more improbable events in creation that David Gerrold and STAR TREK should have gotten together. But then science fiction is full of the improbable made fact. And David Gerrold, with the single-minded dedication of a new talent making itself known, found a way to make the improbable happen.. not only did he sell the story, but he wrote the script as well for what turned out to be one of the most popular episodes of a series whose popularity itself has become a legend.

So this is the blow-by-blow account of how a TV story gets sold, how the script gets written, how it is translated into a final script despite the money (or lack of it), the censors (oh, those touchy networks!): it is the story of the men who cut, and change, and re-write; it is the story of the men behind the scenes, and of the action - all of whom have ideas on how to change, re-arrange, rework.

And it is of course the story of the man who has to pull all those elements together into a show that can be aired. It is, (no pun intended) an exhausting and illuminating work.
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