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The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years (Hardcover)

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    While it doesn't hurt to be a Star Trek fan to dive into this unauthorized oral history, it is by no means necessary. The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years is an exploration of a pop-culture phenomenon that has dramatically changed the colliding landscapes of television and culture. Gross and Altman follow the trajectory that led to Star Trek being one of the largest fanbases, nay, even paving the way for all future fanbases to proliferate and exist in the way they do today. The genius of this book lies in the editing: told in the words of the designers, writers, actors, and producers who made it happen. A book that celebrates the epic spirit of boldly going where no one has gone before. (Ashanti)

    — From Ashanti


    This is the unauthorized, uncensored and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon. The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing fifty-year mission -a mission that has spanned from the classic series to the animated show, the many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films.

    Make no mistake, this isn't just a book for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.

    About the Author

    EDWARD GROSS has an extensive history of covering film and television as a member of the editorial staff of a wide variety of magazines, including CINESCAPE, STARLOG, CINEFANTASTIQUE, SFX, FEMME FATALES, MOVIE MAGIC, LIFE STORY and SCI-FI NOW. He has written numerous non-fiction books and, along with THE FIFTY-YEAR MISSION coauthor Mark Altman, has written more about Star Trek over the past 35 years than just about anyone else.MARK A. ALTMAN has been hailed as "the world's foremost Trekspert" by the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Altman is a former journalist for such publications as THE BOSTON GLOBE, CINEFANTASTIQUE and GEEK. He is also the writer/producer of the beloved romantic comedy, FREE ENTERPRISE, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack as well as the hit TV series AGENT X, CASTLE, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS and FEMME FATALES.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781250065841
    ISBN-10: 1250065844
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
    Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
    Pages: 576
    Language: English