"Star Trek" Memories Paperback
Beginning in 1966 as something a little out of the ordinary for prime-time TV, and suffering from shaky ratings throughout its entire run, "Star Trek" went on to spend the better part of the next three decades exploding into a worldwide, billion-dollar industry.
How did this happen? What made the show so unique that it spawned a devoted global following?
A living pop culture legend and one of American film and television's most enduring stars, William Shatner will forever be associated with the role of James T.
Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise."Star Trek Memories" is Shatner's own behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired.
Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first-hand account from Captain Kirk himself. And fans of the later "Star Trek" incarnations will get to see where it all began. Originally written in 1993 and now in trade paperback for the first time, William Shatner's "Star Trek Memories" is the definitive reminiscence of the show that has become a true cultural phenomenon.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 01/05/2009
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9780061664694
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Review by PolymathicMonkey
I bought this because it was on sale quite cheap in BN's "bargain bin," and because I am an avid TOS fan. I was a little bit worried that this was going to be very focused on Shatner, who, coincidentally, I am *not* a big fan of. But he surprised me with a very enjoyable read. Shatner (who confusingly is known as "Bill" to all of Hollywood but "William" to us outsiders, and therefore consistently referred to as "Bill" by everyone in the book. It's hard to keep straight that when they say "Bill" they are referring to Shatner, whom the average person has never heard referred to by that name!) has interviewed many of his former co-stars and behind-the-scenes folks involved with the series, and provides a fun, amusing, and sometimes sad overlook of one of the most epic sci-fi series to ever grace the small screen. He didn't focus on himself (much), but on the series, how it came about, all of Roddenberry's hard work and dedication, the insight into how the characters were formed and how the cast & crew functioned. It really was a lovely insight into areas of the show that we viewers never got to see, and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the series/genre.