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 LeeÆs How to Write Comics (co-written with Stan Lee). He has over a dozen Star Trek books to his credit in addition to editing the comic book adaptations for eight years.
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.
"For fans of any of the Star Trek series…this is a splendid book to have in one’s collection.” - TrekToday.com
“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
“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