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Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek" (Smart Pop) [Paperback]

David Gerrold , Robert J. Sawyer
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30 Mar 2007 Smart Pop
Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show's enduring appeal and influence, and examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock's irrationality, Scotty's pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural phenomenon on subsequent science-fiction television programs is explored, as well as how the show laid the foundation for the science fiction genre to break into the television medium.

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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100877
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,055,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating ; ) 24 Oct 2006
Some of the chapters go over territiory that may be familiar to dedicated fans like the history of the show, its battles with cancellation and what Gene Roddenbury was trying to accomplish with the original series but for me it was all really informative. I found the other essays in the book with hardly any exception to be very insightfull and really made me think about some of the story lines in detail I had never considered. I already knew the show was important for the civil rights movement and commentary on the vietnam war but this book opened my mind to other aspects such as religion on the show and how much sence the prime directive really makes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it before 24 Jun 2013
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One of the few books I have reordered for my home library having lost most due to an accident. Looking forward to reading it again. Intelligent and varied essays for those who think the current films are rubbish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking book on the original Star Trek 2 April 2009
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I'm amazed that there are not more reviews of this terrific book about the original "Star Trek" TV series. Does that mean that not many people are reading BOARDING THE ENTERPRISE? Fans should definitely read this book, because it's a great anthology of perspectives about the show, mostly positive, but since it's "completely unauthorized," some negative views as well. Most of the authors are, like me, clearly fans of the original "Star Trek" and have been much influenced by it, but are willing to admit that it had its shortcomings too. These essays are very wide-ranging, from D.C. Fontana's "I Remember Star Trek" that is largely behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the show, to "What Have You Done With Spock's Brain?" by Don DeBrandt about Vulcan society and identity, to "Who Killed the Space Race?" by Adam Roberts that looks at the relationship between science fiction and real space travel, to "The Prime Question" by Eric Greene that ponders meanings behind various episodes and aspects of "Star Trek," and so on through 15 usually fascinating essays.

Greene's "The Prime Question" was helpful to me in pointing out that the show's inconsistences in applying the Prime Directive (which advocated non-interference with alien societies) reflected a difference of opinion between two of the show's producers, Gene Roddenberry and Gene L. Coon, and those inconsistencies actually provide an interesting debate on the pros and cons of interference. Another of my favorite essays was "Star Trek in the Real World" by Norman Spinrad, in which the famous sci-fi author argues persuasively that the alien Mr. Spock was important to our society in promoting the acceptance of other ideas and cultures. Another well-known sci-fi writer and media professor, Paul Levinson, points out in "How Star Trek Liberated Television" that the show's success in syndication was the first salvo in the struggle to liberate us from the dominance of the big three TV networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. Some essays I found less enlightening, but one must remember that from infinite diversity comes infinite combinations! Notice too that this is NOT a book intended to provide a huge amount of detail about the original Trek, but rather is perspectives about the meanings and impact of the show. I have read a substantial amount about "Star Trek," especially the original series, and BOARDING THE ENTERPRISE is the most interesting book of perspectives about the original "Star Trek" that I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Aug 2013
By Janet Merriam - Published on
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It's always fun to get "insider" information on the history of Star Trek. I have read a lot of ST books and this one taught me a few things!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative read. 8 Mar 2013
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It was nice to get the inside perspective on Star Trek from the writers themselves and from other science fiction writers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great 26 Oct 2013
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This reads like one of The Best of Trek books, or one of the Van Hise/Schuster collections, but not quite as good as either. In particular, it's very uneven, both in content and style. I'd hazard a guess that the editor knew some Trek luminaries like Fontana and Spinrad, and the found a bunch of academics to write a bunch of academic stuff. It's OK, and the price is right, but I'd rather have another Best of Trek.

For the luminaries stuff, there's really no new information here, at least as long as you've been reading Trek nonfic for a while. Now if the editor had gotten DC Fontana to talk about what it was like working with Roddenberry, especially on TNG...that would have been worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boarding the Enterprise 27 Mar 2007
By Linda J Owens - Published on
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I enjoy this book because its like a bible of the 'inside information' on the specs and technical info about the Enterprise and the Federation. I enjoy writing fan-fiction, so this is a treasure chest of info.
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