boingboing at July 2nd, 2013 18:09 — #1
David Gerrold carefully documented the story, from first draft through airing, of his fan-favorite Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles. I've carefully guarded my copy of this paperback since my teens. Gerrold's memories of working on the set are fantastic: One day, I showed up at the set and William Shatner said, "Hi, kid.… READ THE REST
stefanjones at July 2nd, 2013 19:05 — #2
I had that book when I was a tweener Trek fanatic! It is full of great stuff. Like, almost-were episodes Gerrold wrote. One was about a hypnotic teddy bear that Spock eventually had to phaser. In another a crew member separates into past, present, and future selves.
Um, hey. If you live near Portland, the Atomic Arts folks are presenting "Trek in the Park" one last time, and can you guess what episode of Original Trek they're dramatizing?
They did a preview at the end of last year's episode:
jimh at July 2nd, 2013 19:11 — #3
Now I just REALLY want to know what Shatner said to him.
geoduck at July 2nd, 2013 19:14 — #4
I just hope Gerrold gets the rest of his War Against the Chtorr book published one of these years..
jlw at July 2nd, 2013 19:30 — #5
I really liked the first installment or two of that series, but damn did he lose it by 3 or 4.
logruszed at July 2nd, 2013 21:37 — #6
Sadly, this looks to be the final season of TitP
Unless they launch "Next Gen in the Park" which would be awesome.
abaronofsky at July 2nd, 2013 23:23 — #7
I read this in middle school, though I don't remember if it was from my school's library, or my town's local branch. I remember Gerrold including instructions on how to write in to the props department and snag yourself a leftover tribble. I wonder if it worked...
nelsie at July 3rd, 2013 02:42 — #8
Damn, I regret losing my copy of that book. It was so inspirational to read.
fnordius at July 3rd, 2013 06:04 — #9
"Unprintable but deadly" makes it sound like something in the "you'll never work in this town again" but with panache. Alas, I suspect neither remember what it was.*
*That could be the real reason why he didn't print the answer. He couldn't remember it verbatim and didn't want to risk getting sued for false statement.
algomeysa2 at July 3rd, 2013 10:00 — #10
This was a great book, as was his THE WORLD OF STAR TREK analysis of the series and Trek fandom.
In the TRIBBLES book, he included a tribble pattern. Not that it was that complicated, but including it is was caused my sister to get some artificial fur from a craft store and whip up a tribble for me on her sewing machine.
I had it for 25 years, and only got rid of it when it seemed probable that it was more dust mite-filled than polyurethane.
I met David Gerrold last year at Dragon Con.
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amorette at July 3rd, 2013 10:44 — #11
Oh, I read and re-read this book, back when I thought I was going to write scripts for Star Trek. I remember it most fondly and am sure it is stuffed amongst my books to this day.
algomeysa2 at July 3rd, 2013 14:06 — #12
That picture of TREK IN THE PARK reminds me of this bit from the web in 2007:
Edward Gorey's TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES!
jimh at July 3rd, 2013 21:51 — #13
I'll grant you that he probably didn't want a lawsuit.
But in my experience, writers, and especially screen writers, are very good at remembering dialogue verbatim. I think he remembers it.
boingboing at July 7th, 2013 18:09 — #14
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