(written from a Production point of view)
Short story adaptations of six Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, fourth collection in the series.
- From the book jacket
- Six assignments in space and time In the name of the Federation Council and the Starfleet Command, Spock and the Enterprise crew grapple with:
- A Silicon-Based Monster
- An Interplanetary Spy
- An Amorous Amazon
- A Misguided Mobster "Boss"
- A Time-Jumping Technician
- And the Mind-Enslaving Elders of Talos IV, in the "Hugo" Award-Winning Episode "Menagerie."
- Blish discusses episode selection and upcoming books in the series.
- All Our Yesterdays
- A 22-page adaptation of TOS: "All Our Yesterdays".
- The Devil in the Dark
- A 21-page adaptation of TOS: "The Devil in the Dark".
- Journey to Babel
- A 23-page adaptation of TOS: "Journey to Babel".
- The Menagerie
- A 26-page adaptation of TOS: "The Cage". As he explains in a foreword and afterword, Blish found it too difficult to incorporate the framing story of Spock's court martial from the episodes "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II", so he settled for adapting the original script for the first pilot.
- The Enterprise Incident
- A 21-page adaptation of TOS: "The Enterprise Incident".
- A Piece of the Action
- An 18-page adaptation of TOS: "A Piece of the Action".
Background information Edit
Some, but not all of the stories in this volume were based on early draft scripts, which explains why there are some significant differences between the printed version and what actually appeared on screen. Due to the lead times required for publication of print books such as these, Blish was forced to use the scripts available from Desilu and Paramount Pictures promotions, some of which were draft scripts that had been discarded, while others were actual filming scripts. After this volume, the series had finished it run, and filming scripts were available. This is reflected in the increased accuracy of the adaptations in the remaining volumes of this book series.
As many of these draft versions have been lost in the years since the series ended, Blish's adaptations are now seen as valuable resources for those researching how the early episodes evolved from script to film.
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