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Inside Star Trek: The Real Story is a first-person reference work chronicling the production of The Original Series by series co-producer Robert H. Justman and executive in charge of production Herbert F. Solow. It was first published in 1996.

Publisher's description

Paperback back cover
In the spring of 1964, a rumpled, soft-spoken ex-cop named Gene Roddenberry walked into the office of Herbert F. Solow, the new head of production at Desilu Studios. Roddenberry presented an idea for a new science fiction television series called Star Trek. Immediately seeing the show's potential, Solow struck a script development deal with Roddenberry on the spot. Soon, Solow and Roddenberry brought Robert H. Justman on board and together the three men embarked on an incredible odyssey that would make television history.
Inside Star Trek is a comprehensive look at the development and life of a television and cultural phenomenon. It is also the story no one else could tell. Between them, Solow and Justman had a hand in virtually every aspect of the development and production of Star Trek – from the battles with NBC and the internal conflicts with studio executives to the behind-the-scenes decisions about actors and their characters, writers, scripts, directors, budgets, and the endless details of weekly television production.
At last, here is the simple, fascinating and accurate account of a unique television series launched against astronomical odds – a series that transported millions of viewers into another world and into an unprecedented, thirty-year, multimedia, multibillion-dollar cultural phenomenon.


  • Who Are They?
  • Preface
  • Prologue: Riding the Red-Eye
  • Act One: Genesis: The Two Pilots
    • 1. The Back Story: Boy, Could He Tap-Dance
    • 2. A Dreamer of Dreams
    • 3. Get on Board, Li'l Chilun
    • 4. Magic Time: The First Pilot
    • 5. The Good Witch of the East
    • 6. Magic Time Revisited: The Second Pilot
    • 7. Strange New Worlds
    • 8. The Key to the Asylum
  • Act Two: The First Season: A Struggle For Life
    • 9. Another Fine Mess
    • 10. And Then I Wrote
    • 11. New Faces of 1966: The Actors
    • 12. These Are the Voyages: The First Season
    • 13. Haute Couture
    • 14. Gene's Genes
    • 15. Who's on First? The Pecking Order
    • 16. Flirting with Disaster
    • 17. Running on Empty
    • 18. On the Edge of Forever: Waiting for Harlan
  • Act Three: Death and Transfiguration: The Second and Third Seasons
    • 19. Saved by the Bell
    • 20. Money, Money, Money
    • 21. A Shoe Drops: The Second Season
    • 22. If They Give You Any Trouble, Screw Them!
    • 23. First, the Good News: The Final Season
  • Act Four: Rebirth: Star Trek Lives!
    • 24. Reborn in Reruns
    • 25. All Our Yesterdays
  • Epilogue: Live Long and Prosper
  • Acknowledgments
  • Authors' Biographies
  • Index


Real people

Majel BarrettJames DoohanHarlan EllisonD.C. FontanaEdith KeelerDeForest KelleyNichelle NicholsLeonard NimoyGene RoddenberryWilliam ShatnerGeorge Takei
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Alexander the GreatIsaac AsimovJack BennyRay BradburyAl CaponeRaymond ChandlerJesus ChristCleopatraJohn FordSigmund FreudClark GableDavid GerroldGilbert and SullivanRobert HeinleinMark LenardRod SerlingWilliam ShakespeareTheodore SturgeonRonald ReaganJules VerneH.G. WellsStephen E. Whitfield


Daniel AldenAlice seriesAndreaRobert AprilDavid BaileyBalokBeckwithPhilip BoyceChristine ChapelPavel ChekovZephram CochraneJ. Mia ColtNancy CraterDeciusElaanElizabeth DehnerSean FinneganGuardian of ForeverRoberta LincolnLee KelsoLeila KalomiKara (Eymorg)Lee KelsoKerasJames T. KirkRoger KorbyLazarusLebecqueLokaiFlavius MaximusM-113 creatureLeonard McCoyGary MitchellHarry MuddNonaNumber OneCarolyn PalamasChristopher PikeMark PiperJanice RandRizzoRukMontgomery ScottGary SevenShahnaKhan Noonien SinghBarbara SmithSpockTommy StarnesStonnHikaru SuluLwaxana TroiKeeperT'PauTyreeVina
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Achilles (myth)D'ArtagnanDevilGodMickey MouseSanta ClausSatanTarzan

Starships and vehicles

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ambulanceBotany BayD7-class Klingon battlecruiserUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • EnterpriseGalileo (class F shuttlecraft) • Model TUFO


CaliforniaClevelandHawaiiHollywoodLos AngelesManhattanNew York
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Earth (AfricaAtlantaBroadwayCairoCanadaCasablancaChicagoEgyptEnglandFloridaGermanyHong KongKarachiKoreaKremlinLondonMalibuMiddle EastMinnesotaMontrealMoscowMount EverestOhioOK CorralOld FaithfulOntarioPalm SpringsPhilippinesRomaniaRomeSanta BarbaraSouth PacificTexasUSSRVietnamVirginia) • Eden (myth)JupiterRegulusTalos IVVenus

Races and cultures

AlienBetazoidGornHortaHuman (AmericanBedouinCommunistEnglishEuropeanGermanHunIrishJapaneseJewishRussian) • KlingonOrionTalosianVulcan

States and organizations

California Institute of TechnologyDesilu StudiosFilmationHarvardHellJet Propulsion LaboratoryNASAParamountPrinceton UniversitySan DiegoSpace AcademyStarfleetUnited States Air ForceUniversity of California, BerkeleyUCLAUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States Army Air ForceUnited States Marine CorpsUnited States National GuardUnited States NavyYale University

Science and technology

artificial gravitybeeperbiobedcommunicatorcomputerdeflector shieldelectricityFeinbergerlife supportmachine gunmedical tricordermedscannerPADDphaserphaser riflephoton torpedopower cellrevolverriflescalpelspace buoyspacesuitstardatestylustelephonetransportertricorderuniversal translatorviewscreenwarp drivewarp power

Ranks and titles

actorastronautcaptaincarpenterchief engineerchief medical officercommunications officercrewmandirectordoctorengineerengineering officerfirst officergladiatorgovernorhelmsmanjournalistlawyerlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical officernavigatornursephysicistpilotpolice officerpolicemanpresidentprinceprofessorscience officersecond in commandsecretaryvice presidentwizardyeoman

Episodes and films

The Original SeriesThe Animated SeriesPhase IIThe Next GenerationDeep Space NineVoyager
The Original Series episodes
"A Private Little War" • "The Alternative Factor" • "Amok Time" • "And the Children Shall Lead" • "The Apple" • "Arena" • "Assignment: Earth" • "Balance of Terror" • "Bread and Circuses" • "The Cage" • "Charlie X" • "The City on the Edge of Forever" • "The Corbomite Maneuver" • "Court Martial" • "Dagger of the Mind" • "The Deadly Years" • "The Devil in the Dark" • "Elaan of Troyius" • "The Enemy Within" • "The Galileo Seven" • "The Gamesters of Triskelion" • "I, Mudd" • "Journey to Babel" • "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" • "The Man Trap" • "The Menagerie" • "Metamorphosis" • "Miri" • "Mudd's Women" • "The Naked Time" • "Obsession" • "The Omega Glory" • "Operation -- Annihilate!" • "Return to Tomorrow" • "Shore Leave" • "Space Seed" • "Spectre of the Gun" • "Spock's Brain" • "The Trouble with Tribbles" • "This Side of Paradise" • "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" • "Turnabout Intruder" • "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" • "Where No Man Has Gone Before" • "Wolf in the Fold"
The Next Generation episodes
"Encounter at Farpoint" • "Haven" • "The Neutral Zone"
The Motion PictureThe Wrath of Khan

Film, TV and literature

2001: A Space OdysseyAlice in WonderlandBibleDante's InfernoGone with the WindHamletMission: ImpossibleThe Time MachineThe Twilight ZoneThe Wizard of Oz
Reference works
Gene Roddenberry: The Last ConversationThe Making of Star TrekThe Trouble with TribblesThe World of Star Trek

Other references

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Production history

1 June 1996
First published in hardcover (Pocket Books)
First released as an audiobook (Simon and Schuster Audioworks)
1 June 1997
First published in paperback (Pocket Books)
1 July 1998
Published as a German hardcover (Heyne Verlag)
3 November 1998
Video adaptation released in America on VHS
25 November 1999
Video adaptation released in Japan on VHS


Related works


Star Trek reference works
In-universe BlueprintsStar Fleet Technical ManualMedical Reference ManualSpaceflight ChronologyMonstersThe Motion Picture BlueprintsMapsBiographiesKlingon DictionaryWho's Who in Star Trek (Issue 1Issue 2) • Mr. Scott's Guide to the EnterpriseThe Worlds of the FederationTNG Technical JournalTNG Technical ManualChronologyEncyclopedia (Volumes 1234) • Ferengi Rules of AcquisitionFederation PassportThe Klingon WayNCC-1701-D BlueprintsThese Are the Voyages...Federation Travel GuideLegends of the FerengiKlingon for the Galactic TravelerQ's Guide to the ContinuumDS9 Technical ManualThe Tribble HandbookThe Klingon HamletCookbookCelebrationsStarship SpotterThe Hologram's HandbookThe Starfleet Survival GuideStar ChartsShips of the LineCaptain Kirk's Guide to WomenHaynes Manuals (USS EnterpriseKlingon Bird of Prey) • Federation: The First 150 YearsOn Board the USS EnterpriseA Very Klingon KhristmasStellar CartographyKlingon Art of WarAutobiographies (James T. KirkJean-Luc PicardKathryn JanewaySpock) • Hidden Universe Travel Guides (VulcanKlingon Empire) • Shipyards (Starfleet Ships, 2151-2293Starfleet Ships, 2294-The FutureThe Klingon FleetFederation MembersBorg & Delta Quadrant, A to K Delta Quadrant, L to ZAlpha Quadrant, A-KAlpha Quadrant, L-Z) • Illustrated Handbooks (NCC-1701-DNCC-1701 & 1701-AVoyagerDeep Space 9) • Body by StarfleetKirk Fu Manual
Real world The Making of Star TrekThe World of Star TrekInside Star TrekMaking of The Motion PictureCompendiumMaking of The Wrath of KhanTNG CompanionMake-Up FX JournalWhere No One Has Gone Before: A History in PicturesMaking of DS9The Art of Star TrekInside Star Trek: The Real StoryMaking of First ContactPhase II: The Lost SeriesTOS SketchbookThe Continuing MissionScience LogsTNG Sketchbook: The MoviesAction!Secrets of InsurrectionQuotable Star TrekDS9 CompanionAliens & ArtifactsVOY CompanionVoyages of Imagination101Star Trek: The Art of the FilmArt of Star Trek OnlineA Comics History365Star Trek VaultVisual DictionaryCostumesNew Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek ComicsTNG: WarpedThe Star Trek Book50 Artists 50 YearsDesigning Starships (The Enterprises and BeyondThe USS Voyager and BeyondThe Kelvin TimelineDSC Designing StarshipsDS9 and Beyond) • Lost ScenesOfficial Guide to TASThe Motion Picture: Inside the Art & Visual EffectsArt of DSCVOY: A CelebrationThe Artistry of Dan CurryDesigning the Final FrontierTOS: A Celebration

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