In their new book, “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek,” co-authors Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman intend to deliver the definitive story of Star Trek, as told by the people who lived it.
The book contains excerpts from hundreds of interviews the authors conducted with cast, crew, writers, directors, studio executives and other key people associated with the franchise. Both authors have decades-long relationships with Star Trek and are well-equipped to guide the reader on this journey.
“Volume One: The First 25 Years” focuses on the original 1966 television series — its creation and development, achievements, production challenges and cancellation after three seasons. Also included are dedicated chapters on the rise of fandom, “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” the failed attempts to relaunch the series including “Star Trek: Phase II,” and each of the first six Star Trek films.
The number of individual voices contained in “The Fifty-Year Mission” is truly impressive, with comments sourced from almost 200 people. Altman told me that “we reached out to so many people no one had ever spoken to before” and estimates that about 90 percent of the interviews were conducted over the last few years, with older material used primarily to hear from those who have passed away.
Gross also noted that “so many of the people involved with Star Trek over the years were not only willing to talk about their experiences with the franchise, but they were dedicated to make sure that the story was told in full.”