The Fifty-year Mission

The Fifty-year Mission

The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek. The Next 25 Years, From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams

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This is the true story behind the making of a television legend. There have been many books written about Star Trek , but never with the unprecedented access, insight and candor of authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross. Having covered the franchise for over three decades, they've assembled the ultimate guide to a television classic.

The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek , told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words--sharing the inside scoop they've never told before--unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations--and tribbles--that have remained deeply buried secrets... until now.

The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two includes the voices of hundreds television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast, who span from the beloved The Next Generation and subsequent films through its spin-offs: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well J.J. Abrams' reimagined film series.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250089465
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 S79gro v.2
Characteristics: xi, 848 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gross, Edward (Edward A.)


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Jun 25, 2018

Even better than the first volume.

Sure I watched the original series but Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise, that was my Star Trek.

Once again it is just packed with insights some readily known others scathing. But it still manages to make me wonder how the shows ever made it to the screen. There was so much interference by the creators, studios, networks that all managed to dumb down the product.

What rally made me unhappy was how the powers that be consistently underestimated the audience.

I loved this series of books. If you like knowing what happened on the set an in the writers room, then you'll love these books.

Highly recommended.

Apr 15, 2018

Book highlighted the dangers of a corporation tapping into Star Trek Well too many times, office politics & the decreasing quality on successive series culminating with Enterprise. Ugh.
Author interviewed cast writers, producers, executives & behind the scene crew on various franchises for a more balanced & nuanced big picture.

Sep 24, 2016

This book (and volume one as well) will be enjoyed and appreciated by true fans of Star Trek, as well as anyone who wants to know how a television series is conceived and executed. There are plenty of fascinating nuggets of information (such as why Whoopi Goldberg desperately wanted a part on Next Generation, and Stephen Hawking's appearance on the show). Both volumes of this book are very long and include discussions of in-fighting and disagreements about many issues; some of that could have been cut. But if you love Star Trek, this two-volume series is enjoyable and informative (and often mesmerizing).

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