The making of “Star Trek” by Stephen E. Whitfield

This book sets the standard for ‘Making of…’ works that very few others achieve. It is a proper production history of the original ‘Star Trek’ series written from the ‘inside’ but without the sort of marketing spin that studios now insist upon, examining the background of Gene Roddenberry, the story of the development of the concept and the production, and the work on making the show look the way it does. It is a proper history, rather than fanboy guff. Interestingly, it was first published part-way through the original show’s third, and final season, and so takes no account of the snowballing of interest in the show subsequent to its cancellation – perhaps a good thing.

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