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These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One: 1 [Paperback]

Marc Cushman , Susan Osborn
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15 Nov 2013 Season One
In the 1980s Gene Roddenberry and Robert H. Justman gave Marc Cushman permission to write the definitive history of the first Star Trek. They backed their stamp of approval by providing documentation never before shared with the public. These are the Voyages, published in three volumes - one designated for each season of TOS - will take you back in time and put you into the producers' offices, the writers' room, onto the soundstages, and in front of your TV sets for the first historic broadcasts. Included are hundreds of memos between Roddenberry and his staff, production schedules, budgets, fan letters, behind-the-scenes images, and the TV ratings, documenting the making of each episode of the "Classic 79" in staggering detail. Buckle your seat belts, the trek of a lifetime begins here.

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  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Jacobs Brown Press; 2 edition (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989238121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989238120
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Cushman is a WGA screenwriter, a television and film director/producer and an author. Gene Roddenberry took the pitch from Marc for "Sarek," the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation to feature a character from TOS thereby linking the two series together. Other TV assignments include scripts for Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and Diagnosis: Murder, as well as feature films such as In the Eyes of a Killer and the award winning Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney. Marc co-authored the book I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars These are the voyages and this is THE book 8 Dec 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Although there have been a number of behind-the-scenes Star Trek books published before (most notably Stephen Whitfield's Making of "Star Trek" and Robert Justman's and Herbert Solow's Inside "Star Trek") These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season 1 is by far the most comprehensive book yet published and has a level of detail and insight that means even the most hardened fan will find something new to discover.

In 1982 Marc Cushman interviewed Gene Roddenberry for a TV special about Star Trek. At one point Roddenberry indicated 70 boxes of Star Trek production notes, memos, letters, budgets and scripts. Roddenberry told him that there was a book to be written from this treasure trove of material, but also said "You couldn't get that into a book, and I dare you to try."

Fast-forward several decades and Cushman has finally taken Roddenberry up on his suggestion. Having both the time and making the effort to methodically go through and study the thousands of documents from the 70 boxes of production materials (eventually donated to the UCLA) is what sets this book apart.

In order to be able to present such a detailed history we are lucky that Star Trek's key players, such as Gene Roddenberry and Bob Justman wrote so many memos - this wasn't common amongst television professionals at the time, but the fact they did means that many little nuggets of information have been saved, otherwise these insights would have been lost to the ravages of time. Justman's memos are a special delight - being both witty and incisive.

It's no surprise than Gene Roddenberry is central to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last word on the subject. 1 Mar 2014
By Toby
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I have been a fan of the original series since the BBC first started showing it here in1969. Over the years I have bought many books on the subject , as a result I like to think I know a fare amount about the shows production history. However there were many new previously unpublished facts within the pages of this book. The many years the author has spent doing his research have certainly paid off. There are photos through out, black and white unfortunately, but that is for technical reasons.This is only volume one of three, I eagerly await the publication of the other two later this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best behind-the-scenes book about any TREK production, period 11 Dec 2013
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OMG, this is amazing. It's like Stephen E. Whitfield's classic THE MAKING OF STAR TREK on steroids. The level of detail is astonishing. The book covers the conceiving and making of the first two pilot and all the episodes of the first season, quoting hundreds of memos from Gene Roddenberry, Robert Justman, John D.F. Black, and others, and providing a wealth of information that I've never seen anywhere before.

As just one example of the fascinating level of detail: Robert Bloch's script for "What Are Little Girls Made of?" had to be rewritten because Bloch had heavily relied on three of his own older short stories in creating the script -- a fact not disclosed to the STAR TREK producers, but discovered by their outside research firm. No real problem, right? Except Bloch didn't own the copyright to those stories; the magazine they were published in did. There was also concern that the episode infringed on an earlier "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode, and so the twist ending -- that Korby was an android, too -- was added, and not by Bloch.

The book is illustrated with lots of small (although sharp) photographs, many of which are "trims" -- unaired beginnings and endings of scenes, or otherwise unused footage, often taken from old Lincoln Enterprise film clips; others are behind-the-scene photos or publicity shots from other series of guest actors.

I co-edited (with David Gerrold) a book about STAR TREK myself (Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek (Smart Pop series) and I've read every previous making-of TREK book. I say again: none come close to this level of detail.

The book itself is a large-format, handsome, well-produced, print-on-demand edition, fully professional -- and worth every penny. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book about STAR TREK -- by FAR!! 5 Jan 2014
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Over the last 5 decades, there have been a LOT of books written about the making of the original STAR TREK. As a lifelong Trekker, I've read them ALL, but Marc Cushman's THESE ARE THE VOYAGES is the very best of them, by far. The research, background, attention to detail and (most importantly) the breakdown of the making of each individual episode all make this book a landmark achievement and an essential read for both Star Trek fans and anyone with even a passing interest of what it's like to produce a weekly television series (especially a groundbreaking TV series like Star Trek).

Revised, expanded and corrected from the August 2013 edition, this new release is indeed the FINAL word about the making of Star Trek -- or at least, the FIRST SEASON of Star Trek (separate books about Seasons 2 and 3 will be released as the year rolls on, and I can't wait to get my hot little hands on them).

I read some gripes that the revised edition came out so soon after the first edition, but trust me when I say that THIS is the one you want, even if you already have the first edition. All the typos have been corrected, there are a LOT more never-before-seen photos, and this new version has all new interviews with cast and crew members not in the first version, including LEONARD NIMOY -- and that alone makes this revision worth the price of admission.

A must-read in every sense of the word. Entertaining, informative, revealing and -- dare I say it? -- FASCINATING!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the making of the original series; hands down!! 29 Nov 2013
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This is the most comprehensive book ever written about the original series . . . . and it only is the first season!! This book goes into great detail that has not ever been covered in "The Making of Star Trek" or in "Inside Star Trek." This book is on an entirely different level; it is a must have book for fans of the original series. The only problem with this book is at 600 pages; you won't get much done until you finish reading!! It is great and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Witty, Fun, A great READ!!! MORE!!!!!!!!!!! 9 Jan 2014
By BRIAN A. MARCUS - Published on
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My folks MADE me watch 'Lost In Space' because 'Star Trek' was 'Too mature' for me (NOT!). How awful was that! But when they put and old B & W TV in my room I'd turn it on anyway... Star Terk was far out and just wonderful! And now here comes Mr. Cushman's book (part 1 - the 1st year of TOS) and I had to have a look. WOW! It brought me back and gave me everything I ever wanted to know about EACH episode! Stuff you'd never, ever of thought of. Comments from Gene Roddenberry, the producers, the writers, the make-up artists, the costume designers, the model makers, the guest stars, and the stars them selves! Sure, it helps to be a fan. But even if your not, the stories from early TV are rewarding enough. When I was finished all I wanted to do was get the other books and continue this wonderful voyage back in time! I can't say enough about this great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT behind-the-scenes on my favorite show!! 8 Jan 2014
By PiperKev - Published on
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Marc Cushman has set the bar VERY high with this in-depth look at the creation and production of Star Trek during its first season. He gives the "warts and all" story behind each episode, including conflicts over storylines, production woes, personality clashes, etc., as well as what worked, ratings, and fan and critical reaction to each broadcast. Can't wait for the same treatment of Seasons Two and Three!!
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