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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061664693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061664694
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shatner's career as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, author, and horseman has spanned more than fifty years. One of pop culture's most recognizable figures, he is also a major Hollywood philanthropist. Shatner and his wife and three married children live in Los Angeles.

Chris Kreski was a writer and consultant for MTV and a head writer of The Daily Show. He cowrote Star Trek Memories and Star Trek Movie Memories, as well as several other books with William Shatner.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mad Saint Uden VINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Firstly, yes I am a star trek fan.
When I read this book i think it came as much of a shock to me as it did to the author to find out what is fellow "crewmates" thought of him. The way this is handled shows a man who grows simply my making the journey of writing this book. At the begining you do get a feel of Shatners self importance, moving through anger & disbelieve to a need to make up for past behavious. This is more telling than the anecdotes contained in the writing as many of them are already familier to fans, although it is nice to get them from Shatners point of view and collected in one place.
Good read, more interesting for non trek fans wanting an insight or just a nice thing to have in your collection if you are a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Killie on 16 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
"Star Trek Memories" written by William Shatner and Chris Kreski is not really an autobiography but is actually a recollection of the Original Series itself. It is written chronologically taking the reader from the initial creation of the series right through to its cancellation.

Shatner basically covers the three seasons of "Star Trek" detailing what he remembers about the episodes, guest stars and other escapades that occurred throughout the Original Series production run. However he doesn't just rely on his own memories as he supports them via commentary gleaned from interviews he held with other cast and crew members. I liked this as it enabled him to provide some added details that he may have been unable to provide if he had just relied on his own memories.

Don't let this fool you however; the book still does have a Shatner slant which can bother some people as the guy does have an ego and can be a bit of a ham, all of which does come across at times. Personally, I like Shatner's sense of humour so I found myself enjoying his commentary and the manner in which he recollects the various events despite his ego. In fact, I was actually quite impressed by some of Shatner's honesty in that he does admit early on that he was at times blinded by his own thoughts and didn't really appreciate how his actions affected his crew mates.

One minor issue I did have with these memoirs is that there is a lot of time dedicated to the first season but as we move onto the second and then the third the amount of detail reduces. In fact, I think more time was spent detailing the campaign to save Star Trek for a third season than was actually spent going over the events of the season's production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a review of the 1996 paperback edition of a book that William Shatner wrote with Chris Kreski. We all know Shatner can write, and that he can write well, but there is no indication here of where Shatner ends and Kreski begins. The first edition was published in 1993 when there was talk of a `Generations' film in the offing.

There are nineteen chapters. Early on we are told that the book is not "going to run through detailed synopses of every episode ... It's not going to provide exacting blueprints of the `Enterprise' or speculate on adventures that might have been." Instead, Shatner relates, "what I CAN tell you about" is "how `Star Trek' was created, produced, written, filmed, edited and polished ... I can also let you in on all of the onstage, sidestage and backstage goings-on ..." (Beware that word `all'.) Shatner tells us this just after he's recounted how at the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre in 1991, when the seven `Star Trek' stars are to sign their names in cement, not only does DeForest Kelley hog most of the space limiting their scrawls, but he also fails to remember how to spell his name!

The preliminaries over, Shatner starts his tale with Gene Roddenberry's career using quotes from Majel Barret and other members of Roddenberry's pre-`Star Trek' circle. Indeed, for the rest of the book, it often feels like a documentary script as Shatner hands over to Kelley or Nimoy or members of the backroom team of writers and producers to comment on this development or that issue.

A lot of detail follows on the pilot episodes and then on how the series hit the ground running as soon as the green light was given (which was by no means a simple process).
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Format: Hardcover
While Star Trek made a great deal of television history, there were many other significant consequences. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first show to make significant profits via syndication. It was so popular that three subsequent television series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager" each ran for years. Finally, there is also the enormous number of books about Star Trek. I own nearly one hundred Star Trek novels and have read nearly every one of the "memories" books written by a major cast member of the original series.
In this book, Shatner sets down many of his recollections about the original series. To his credit, Shatner is very honest about things, giving all of the other major players the opportunity to contribute to the book. Those contributions are included even when they are critical of his actions on and off camera. In defense of Shatner, it is difficult to see how it could have been any other way. This was a show about a quasi-military ship that by necessity had to operate independently of any central command structure. The captain of the ship was lord of his surroundings, so the premise of the show was that all the action had to resolve around the captain. Secondly, television shows, especially in that period of time, revolved around the stars of the show.
These are the reasons why I have always taken comments critical of Shatner by the secondary members of the cast with a grain of salt. Had the show simply languished and died off, none of them would have ever achieved the fame that they did. Therefore, they are criticizing the very means whereby they achieved their fame.
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