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Great Birds of the Galaxy: Gene Roddenberry and the Creators of Trek

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Great Birds of the Galaxy: Gene Roddenberry and the Creators of Trek is an unauthorized reference book published in 1994 that focuses on Gene Roddenberry and other major contributors to the franchise.

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Go behind the scenes on the making of Trek – from "The Cage" (the first episode) and the original series through seven feature films, The Next Generation, Deep Space, and Voyager – with the creators of the 20th century's most enduring television and film series.
The makers of the Trek magic candidly discuss – in their own words – 30 years of science fiction success. You'll visit with these pioneers of the final frontier:
  • Gene Roddenberry, the original "Great Bird of the Galaxy". Beyond Trek, he was the creative force behind Genesis II and The Questor Tapes, and this volume provides episode guides to the unfilmed scripts for both.
  • Gene L. Coon: The forgotten Gene who shaped the original series and is profiled in depth for the first time anywhere.
  • Fred Freiberger: On Trek's third and final season, as well as such science fiction efforts as The Six Million Dollar Man and The Adventures of Superboy.
  • Nicholas Meyer: The director who saved Trek, and is also the directorial force behind Time After Time and The Day After.
  • Leonard Nimoy: Three Men and a Vulcan Director. How he went from Trek star to feature director.
  • William Shatner: From Trek to Tek, the actor/director/writer on nearly 30 years of toiling in the future. Special bonus: an in-depth look at the making of the TekWar TV movies.
  • Rick Berman: Successor to Roddenberry as The Great Bird of the Galaxy.
  • Maurice Hurley: As an early Next Generation executive producer, he kept Trek on track, and even wrote the first screenplay for the seventh film in the series that brought Captain Kirk and Picard together.
  • Jeri Taylor: Trekdom's first female Great Bird, she guided The Next Generation through its final seasons.
  • Michael Piller: After honing The Next Generation, together with Rick Berman he created Deep Space and Voyager.
For the first time under one cover, this collection of Great Birds chronicles the history of Trek, its impact on them and their influence on this 30-year phenomenon.

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