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Star Trek

The Complete Unauthorized History

Star Trek The Complete Unauthorized History
Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343593
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Illustrations: 532 color & 27 b/w photos
Size: 9.5 x 11.125
Weight: 0.19 lb.
Published: Nov. 8, 2012
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This is the first book to combine an authoritative history of the Star Trek franchise—including all six television series and eleven feature films—with anecdotes about the show from those who helped shape it from the outside in: the fans. Star Trek expert Robert Greenberger covers everything from show creator Gene Roddenberry’s initial plans for a series combining science-fiction and Western elements, the premiere of the original series in 1966, its cancellation, the franchise’s return in an animated series, and its subsequent history on television and film, up to expectations for the 2013 J.J. Abrams film. Along the way, Greenberger analyzes Star Trek’s unique cultural impact and tremendous cult following, including the famous (and first ever) save-the-show mail campaign. But this isn't a sugarcoated history; this book chronicles the missteps as well as the achievements of Roddenberry and others behind the franchise.

Approximately two dozen sidebars provide personal experiences of dedicated Trekkies who influenced or became a part of the franchise. Star Trek fandom is unparalleled in the effects it has had on the franchise itself. The book is illustrated with a large collection of photographs of memorabilia, many of which have never been seen before in print.


Robert Greenberger (Fairfield, CT) has long worked in the pop culture field including tenures at Starlog Press, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Weekly World News. His most recent works include The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, Spider-Man Vault (co-written with Peter David) and Stan Lee
"Our buddy Bob wrote another book! I can't think of a better person to cover the history of the venerable science fiction franchise Star Trek than Robert Greenberger, himself a contributor to the universe, having authored novels and comics." - Johanna
"The author tends to seek out the more colourful or hidden facts. Sometimes that means geeky trivia; sometime it means juicy gossip - and he isn't under any pressure from above not to tarnish The Great Bird Of The Galaxy's halo. He's also more interested than an "official" historian might be in fandom - as you might expect, given that he was there at the very first Star Trek convention in 1972." - Ian Berriman
“Taking an expansive view of the "Star Trek" cosmos, the book combines an authoritative history of the 46-year-old franchise -- including all six television series and 11 feature films -- with anecdotes from fans. Graphic designer Mike Okuda and his wife, Denise, and astronauts Thomas D. Jones and Mario Runco Jr., are among the trekkies who share their memories, along with several of the show's writers and producers.” - Connecticut Post
"For fans of any of the Star Trek series…this is a splendid book to have in one’s collection.” -
“With all five TV series now streaming on Netflix, and the latest movie due in May (2013), this is the perfect gift for indomitable Trekker – and the more casual fan” - Grand Rapids Press
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1 Gene Roddenberry’s Dream
2 The Pilots
3 Star Trek: The First Season
4 Star Trek: The Second Season
5 Star Trek: The Third Season
6 The Animated Series
7 The Fans Take Ownership
8 Going to the Movies
9 The Motion Picture
10 The Sp ock Trilogy
11 In Search of God
12 Creating The Next Generation
13 The New Frontier
14 The Next Generation Goes to the Movies
15 Deep Space Nine
16 Voyager
17 Enterprise
18 Star Trek Rebooted
19 Star Trek’s Place in History
20 Star Trek’s Future
What No Fan Had Seen Before (Maggie Thompson)
The Birth of Trekzines (Devra Langsam)
A Space Pirate Story and a Dream (Howard Weinstein)
Strange New Magazines (Paul Simpson)
When Fans Created Trek (Rich Kolker)
Permission to Come Aboard (Dayton Ward)
Along for the Ride (Michael and Denise Okuda)
The Many Universes of Star Trek (Steve Roby)
Pitching in Space (Lisa Klink)
The Never-Ending Trek (Mark A. Altman)
To Seek Out New Fans and New Worldviews (Kalliope Dalto)
Fan Films Come of Age (David Galanter)
The Enterprise in Space (Mario Runco Jr.)


December 10,2012
Bloomberg News has selected Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History as one of its top picks for gift books this holiday season. Learn More.
October 31,2012
When Bob Greenberger came to the first "Star Trek" convention in New York City in 1972, he discovered that the universe of the sci-fi show went far beyond the bridge of the USS Enterprise. Now he's written a book about his favorite sci-fi show. Learn More.