Fifty Years of Star Trek

The glorious day has finally arrived, the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the first episode of Star Trek.

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Today is my scheduled time to post about writing.  Perfect.  Star Trek has influenced countless storytellers just by opening our imaginations to the possibilities.  I thought I’d focus on one episode, however.  The Trouble with Tribbles is one of my favorite, along with City on the Edge of Forever.  That’s Captain Kirk in a pile of Tribbles above.

***Edited to Add:   Actually, today is my Wild West posting day.  For a Trekkie, I’m really lousy at math.  I will now hang my head in shame.  Did you know Gene Roddenberry originally pitched Star Trek as a ‘Wagon Train to the Stars?’  ***

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I loved this one so much I had to read all about the writer, David Gerrold.  He was just a young guy starting out when he sold this script to Star Trek.  Awesome story.  Go check it out.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gerrold

 

A lot came out about the original during another Star Trek anniversary when each of the two still playing spin-offs did a tribute episode to the Original Series.

Star Trek Voyager did one about Mr. Sulu in one of the films, The Undiscovered Country.

And Deep Space Nine did ‘Trials & Tribble-ations,’ going back in time and combining its characters with the original cast and episode.  It was amazing.  I’ve watched it a bazillion times.  I read the novelization.siskokirk

http://www.startrek.com/database_article/trials-and-tribble-ations

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/star-trek-deep-space-nine-diane-carey/1103852406?ean=9780743420839

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!  I look forward to many more adventures to come.