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The Magic of Tribbles: The Making of Trials and Tribble-ations was an ebook reference work released in 1991 that detailed the real-world production of DS9 episode: "Trials and Tribble-ations". It was written by Terry J. Erdmann and Gary Hutzel with interviews recorded during the production.


Originally conceived of more than thirty-five years ago, these diminutive creatures have become stars in their own right. With uncanny grace and ease they have won hearts and upstaged stars.
They are tribbles.
When the writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine were looking for the perfect episode with which their characters could pay homage and interact with the crew from the original Star Trek, "The Trouble with Tribbles" instantly came to mind.
Here is the story of how the wizards of Star Trek were able to create the magic that enabled — with nothing more than countless hours of work — ordinary actors to time-travel. This is the story behind the creation of the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations." This is The Magic of Tribbles.


  • Introduction
  • Genesis – Let There Be "Cool"
  • A Mission from God
  • Green Light
  • All I Ask Is a Small Ship (and a space station and a battle cruiser)
  • Countdown To "Tribble-ation"
  • Pay No Attention to the Man Behind That Curtain
    • Hanging out in the corridor
    • She'll cross that bridge when she comes to it
    • Mr. Spock lends a hand
    • And Keiko was even there to see it
    • Jim, Ben. Ben, Jim.
  • Lights! Camera! Tribbles!
  • Tribble-ations
    • Memories of Lenny
    • Does your tribble have a pedigree?
    • Say what?
    • How did the tribble cross the road?
    • How do you stuff a wild tribble?
    • If a tribble blows up in space, can you hear it squeak?
    • What's my motivation here?
  • Acknowledgments



Julian BashirNilz BarisPavel ChekovArne DarvinJadzia DaxMarion DulmurCyrano JonesJames T. KirkJerry LewisJohn LurryGariff Lucsly KolothWalt MathisonLeonard McCoyKira NerysKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienOdoMontgomery ScottBenjamin SiskoSpockNyota UhuraDierdre WatleyWorf, son of Mogh

Starships and vehicles[]

class F shuttlecraftUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS ExcelsiorUSS HorizonIKS Gr'oth (D7-class Klingon battle cruiser) • motorcycleSpacematic


Deep Space Station K-7Earth (CaliforniaIllinoisLas VegasMassachusettsPennsylvaniaSmithsonianSmithsonian Air and Space MuseumWashington, D.C.) • Sigma Iotia II

Races and cultures[]

BajoranHuman (ChineseEnglishFrenchJewish) • FerengiIotianKlingon (HemQuchQuchHa')

States and organizations[]

FederationFederation Department of Temporal InvestigationsIndustrial Light & MagicStarfleet

Science and classification[]

engine nacelleholodeckintercommachinemedical tricordermedscannerPADDradiospace stationtelevisiontime travelturbolift

Ranks and titles[]

bartendercaptainchief engineercowboylieutenantsecurity guardtechnician

Reference publications[]

The Making of Star TrekThe Star Trek SketchbookA Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager

Reference authors[]

Dan CurryDoug DrexlerDavid GerroldDenise OkudaMichael OkudaStephen PoeGene Roddenberry

Other references[]

1960s19681970s23rd century24th century3-D checkersanimalbarbarbarbattle cruiserThe Beatlesbombbridgecaptain's logcenturyChicago Mobs of the Twentiescorridorengineeringengineering hullfoods and beverageshairkevasKlingon uniformlamplanding bayminiskirtminutemonthOctoberparadoxpenguinpigpizzaplasticpredestination paradoxratrecreation roomscience fictionspaceStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)technologythree-dimensional chesstime looptime traveltombtribbletrilliumviruswarp speedweddingWesternwood



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