The fifty-year mission The complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star Trek : the next 25 years from The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams

Mark A. Altman

Book - 2016

The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words--sharing the inside scoop they've never told before--unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations--and tribbles--that have remained deeply buried secrets... until now.

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New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press 2016.
Item Description
Volume two: the next 25 years.
Sequel to: The fifty-year mission : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star trek : the first 25 years / Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Physical Description
xi, 848 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Mark A. Altman (author)
Other Authors
Edward (Edward A.) Gross (author)
  • Prefix / by Mark A. Altman
  • Dramatis personae
  • Rebirth of a (trek) nation
  • The next generation (1987-1994). Back to the future ; All aboard ; A matter of honor ; Magic Mike ; Hungry like the wolf ; A seven-year mission
  • The next generation movies (1994-2002). Generation next ; Making contact ; Love is the drug ; Send in the clone
  • Deep Space Nine (1993-1999). Far beyond the stars
  • Voyager (1995-2001). Woman of the year
  • Enterprise (2001-2005). It's been a long road
  • J.J. Abrams & beyond (2009-2016). Star-ting over ; Heart of darkness
  • Still boldly going (1966-24th century). To infinity and beyond ; The never-ending trek.
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The second volume of Altman and Gross' comprehensive oral history of Star Trek is even more massive than the first, which covers the first 25 years, because it has more ground to cover as it tackles the four spin-off shows (a fifth is on the way in 2017) as well The Next Generation and J. J. Abrams' feature films. After several attempts to bring Star Trek back to the small screen, Star Trek: The Next Generation set sail with a new captain and a new Enterprise in 1987. Though the show grew to be both a ratings and a critical hit, the behind-the-scenes drama made for a rocky experience. Once Michael Piller took the reins in season three, however, the show stabilized, and its success paved the way for Deep Space Nine, which pushed the limits of the franchise by focusing on complex, serialized stories and nuanced interpersonal conflict among its characters; Voyager, which ventured into a heretofore unexplored area of the galaxy; and Enterprise, the prequel, which struggled to find its footing. J. J. Abrams' 2009 reboot movie breathed new life into the franchise, proving Trek still had plenty of life in it. A must-read for fans, this lively oral history offers a plethora of insight into the making of the enduring popular franchise.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

With this volume, Altman and Gross complete their two-part oral history of Star Trek, which began with The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years, with verve. They begin in 1986 with the announcement of Star Trek: The Next Generation, going through to the J.J. Abrams-directed films in 2009 and 2013. An infectious giddiness underlies the interviews; people are sincerely excited to talk about Star Trek. Of the panoply of voices in the book, those involved with The Next Generation are the most insightful. This spin-off, after all, marked the biggest question in the series' history: could they raise the show from the dead? With the success of Next Generation, the three subsequent series, and Abrams's film reboots, it's easy to forget what a gamble this represented. Luckily, it paid off, and now another film is coming in 2016, with a new television series scheduled for 2017. This is an intimidatingly lengthy book, but also a page-turner. Longtime fans will find a lot to chew on, and newer fans will feel like old pros after reading this splendidly crafted work. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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