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The show the network could not kill!The World of Star Trek was the second real-world Star Trek reference work. Released in 1973, David Gerrold's book was the first to examine the phenomenon of the series as well as assess its format, structure, and writing. Gerrold expanded it in 1984 with text and photos from the first three movies. In 2016, it was reprinted with a new introduction reflecting the show's 50th anniversary.

Description[]

1984 edition back cover
They said it couldn't be done! A science fiction show? On national television?? The network didn't believe it would work. It was the 1960s. Would the public accept a non-human hero with demonic pointed ears? A black woman lieutenant? Impossible!
But Star Trek lives!
This is the story of a phenomenon — a story as strange and wonderful, in its way, as the Enterprise's trip through space. Even the power of the network couldn't stop it. And so Star Trek went on to make entertainment history — with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan — and now Star Trek III! Here is the complete inside story, as it has never before been told: the men and women who created the Star Trek universe, from scriptwriters' memos to special effects, plus revealing personal interviews with the series' legendary stars.
The legend of Star Trek lives in the hearts of millions — now, discover the truth behind the legend. Writer David Gerrold was on the set, watching it all happen: the feuds, the fun, the love — the magic that is Star Trek. With over 50 pages of photos from your favorite episodes, and stills from all three movies!

Contents[]

1973 edition[]

  • Part One: The First World of Star TrekGene Roddenberry's Dream
  • Part Two: The Star Trek Family — The People Who Made the Enterprise Fly
  • Part Three: The Star Trek Phenomenon — Saving Star Trek
  • Part Four: Star Trek — The Unfulfilled Potential
  • The Return of Star Trek...?

1984 edition[]

  • Part One: The First World of Star Trek — Gene Roddenberry's Dream
  • Part Two: The Star Trek Family — The People Who Made the Enterprise Fly
  • Part Three: The Star Trek Phenomenon — Saving Star Trek
  • Part Four: Star Trek — The Unfulfilled Potential
  • Part Five: The Return of Star Trek

References[]

"Real" people[]

William CampbellJames DoohanDeForest KelleyWalter KoenigNichelle NicholsLeonard NimoyGene RoddenberryWilliam ShatnerGeorge TakeiBjo Trimble
Referenced only 
Kirstie AlleyIsaac AsimovBarry AtwaterMajel BarrettHarve BennettBibi BeschJohn D.F. BlackJames BlishRay BradburyMerritt ButrickSteve CarabatsosArthur C. ClarkeLee ColeStephen CollinsGene L. CoonRobin CurtisJoe D'AgostaMarc DanielsCharles DickensHarlan EllisonIrving FeinbergJerry FinnermanPaul FixD.C. FontanaGerald FordGhandiJerry GoldsmithJames GoldstoneBarry GoldwaterD.W. GriffithLloyd HaynesRobert HeinleinAdolf HitlerJames HornerJohn HoytJeffrey HunterMatt JefferiesJoe JenningsLyndon B. JohnsonRobert H. JustmanJohn F. KennedyStanley KubrickMark LenardHarold LivingstonGary LockwoodCelia LovskyMalcolm McDowellNicholas MeyerMike MinorRicardo MontalbanGeorge PalSamuel PeeplesJoe PevneyFred PhillipsJanos ProhaskaGayne RescherSusan SackettJoe SargentJack SowardsTheodore SturgeonJud TaylorJ.R.R. TolkienDouglas TrumbullPenny UngerTeresa VictorMort WernerWilliam WindomPaul WinfieldRobert WiseJane Wyatt

Characters[]

AdamAhabBalokJames BondPhillip BoyceRhett ButlerChristine ChapelLiviana CharvanekPavel ChekovRobinson CrusoeDeciusWillard DeckerMatthew DeckerDevilAlbert EinsteinElaanCharlie EvansLucas FelliniBenjamin FinneyFrankensteinFrankenstein's monsterSigmund FreudDorothy GaleGavBarry GiottoAmanda GraysonGuardian of ForeverHamletAdolf HitlerHodinSherlock HolmesHoratio HornblowerAttila the HunIliaKang, son of K'naiahBoris KarloffEdith KeelerJohn F. KennedyKerasGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.James T. KirkJames T. Kirk (android)KloogKoloth, son of LassharKoraxKrellKrugeLalLandruLangLosiraMaabMaraDavid MarcusCarol MarcusMartaAngela MartineLeonard McCoyJoanna McCoyMing the MercilessGary MitchellMickey MouseHarry MuddNatiraNomadNumber OneOdonaO'HerlihyScarlett O'HaraOedipusPanChristopher PikeTongo RadJanice RandKevin RileyMira RomaineRukSaavikS'alathSarekMontgomery ScottEbenezer ScroogeRod SerlingRota SevrinShahnaKhan Noonien SinghSpockSpock (mirror)StonnHikaru SuluHikaru Sulu (mirror)SupermanSurakTalosian MagistrateThannThelevRobert TomlinsonT'PauT'PringTarzanClark TerrellTrelaneNyota UhuraNyota Uhura (mirror)V'GerVaalJanet WallaceJohn WayneXonYarnek

Starships and vehicles[]

aircraft carrierairplaneBoeing 747Botany BayUSS Constellation (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • cruiserEnterpriseUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise (Enterprise-subclass refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • USS GrissomjetKlingon battlecruiserKlingon bird-of-preyChR Memenda (Vas Hatham-class Romulan bird-of-prey) • USS ReliantSaturn Vshuttlecraftspace shuttlestarshipsubmarineV-2 rocket

Ground vehicles[]

automobile (BuickCorvettetaxi) • bicyclebusfire trucktruck

Locations[]

Alpha CentauriCeti Alpha VDelta VEminiar VIIthe galaxyGarden of EdenGenesis PlanetLuna (Clavius crater) • Magellanic CloudsMarsOrganiaOzRegula I space stationSolTriskelionVendikarVulcanVulcan Science Academy

Earth locations[]

Beta IIIAmericaBurbankCanadaChicagoClevelandColoradoCzechoslovakiaDenverDetroitEarthEdwards Air Force BaseEmpire State BuildingEnglandGeorgiaGermanyGreat BritainGriffith ParkHollywoodHungaryIowaIsraelJapanJet Propulsion LaboratoryKansas CityKoreaLos AngelesMiamiMilwaukeeMontrealNew OrleansNew York CityOregonPasadenaPennsylvaniaPoughkeepsieRussiaSan FranciscoSan Francisco Naval YardsSeattleSouth CarolinaTexasUnited KingdomUnited StatesVietnamWashington, D.C.

Races and cultures[]

AndorianandroidAsianDeltanelfgoblinGornHortaHuman (AfricanAmericanChineseChristianEnglishFrenchGermanGreekIrishJapaneseJewishMexicanMongolNaziPolishRussianScotsmanScottishSwahiliTurkish) • KelvanKlingonOrganianRigelianRomulanTellaritetrollVulcan

States and organizations[]

FederationIBMIndustrial Light & MagicKelvan EmpireMENSANASAParamountParamount PicturesRoman EmpireRomulan EmpireRoyal Air ForceStarfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) Starfleet CommandUnited States Air ForceUnited States Navy

Science and classification[]

agony boothairlockartificial gravityatomic powerclass Mcloaking devicecommunicationscommunicatorcomputerengineengineeringenvironmental suitforce fieldforce screengas maskGenesis devicehyposprayinterstellar communicationJefferies tubejet enginelaser beamlaser cannonlibrarylibrary computerlife supportlirpamachinemagnetic bootmetal detectormissilePADDphaserphoton torpedoradarradiorobotrobot torpedoshieldsstylussubspace radioswordtelevisiontime portaltractor beamtransportertransporter roomturboliftUnited Space Shipvideo tapeviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titles[]

admiraladvisorambassadorastronautbotanistcaptaincaptain of engineeringchief engineercommandercommunications officercookcopcowboycrewmandentistdetectivediplomatdoctorensignFederal Marshalfirst officerguardhelmsmanhigh priesthijackerhistorianlieutenantlieutenant commandermasonmechanicmedical officermess officerminermobstermutineernunnurseofficerphilosopherpolicemanporterPresident of the United States of Americapriestprincessscience officerscientistsenatorsergeantslavesoldierstewardteachertraitoryeoman

Media[]

2001: A Space OdysseyBewitchedBonanzaBuck RogersDoc SavageDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Doctor WhoFlash GordonForbidden PlanetGenesis IIGodzillaGunsmokeI Love LucyKing KongMission: ImpossiblePlanet of the ApesThe Outer LimitsThe Twilight ZoneThe Untouchables

Star Trek publications[]

Chekov's EnterpriseConcordanceThe Making of Star TrekOn the Good Ship Enterprise • The Trouble with Tribbles (reference)

Star Trek series and films[]

The Original SeriesThe Animated SeriesStar Trek: Phase IIThe Motion PictureThe Wrath of KhanThe Search for Spock

Star Trek episodes[]

A Piece of the ActionA Private Little WarA Taste of ArmageddonAll Our YesterdaysAmok TimeAnd the Children Shall LeadThe AppleArenaBalance of TerrorBread and CircusesBy Any Other NameCatspawThe ChangelingCharlie XThe City on the Edge of ForeverThe Cloud-MindersThe Conscience of the KingThe Corbomite ManeuverCourt MartialDagger of the MindDay of the DoveThe Deadly YearsThe Devil in the DarkThe Doomsday MachineThe EmpathThe Enemy WithinThe Enterprise IncidentErrand of MercyFor the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the SkyFriday's ChildThe Galileo SevenThe Gamesters of TriskelionI, MuddThe Immunity SyndromeIs There In Truth No Beauty?Journey to BabelThe Lights of ZetarThe Man TrapThe Mark of GideonThe MenagerieMiriMirror, MirrorThe Naked TimeThe Omega GloryOperation -- Annihilate!The Paradise SyndromePatterns of ForcePlato's StepchildrenThe Return of the ArchonsThe Savage CurtainShore LeaveSpace SeedSpectre of the GunSpock's BrainThe Squire of GothosThat Which SurvivesThis Side of ParadiseThe Tholian WebThe Ultimate ComputerTomorrow is YesterdayThe Trouble with TribblesTurnabout IntruderThe Way to EdenWhat Are Little Girls Made Of?Where No Man Has Gone BeforeWho Mourns for Adonais?Wolf in the Fold

Other references[]

18th century20th century19201930s23rd centuryalienalternate realityAlice seriesAmazing GraceamberAmerican Civil WarantimatterapeApollo programarmyarthritisauto destructbagpipesballoonbaseballbathroombattleshipbeamBeyond Antaresbirthdayblastoneuronbloodbluffbonebookbrainbridgebriefing roomcabincameracaptain's chaircarrier pigeonCatholicismcavecementcentrifugechessChristmasChristmas treecitycivilizationcobracoffeecold warcollegecolonistcolonycometcomic bookcomputerConstitution of the United Statescoppercorbomitecordrazinecorridorcourtroomcrewculturedandeliondaydecadedestroyerdétentedilithium crystaldimensiondinosaurdivorcedobermandogdollardragondress uniformdrugdrydockdungeonecologyeggemotionengine roomEnglish languageespionageexecutionfairy talefanzineFederationFederation lawfencingfestivalfirst contact teamfive-year missionflyfood slotfuneralgalactic barriergalaxygalleygamblinggasgodgoldgovernmentgraduationgravityGreat Bird of the GalaxyhaikuhairHalloweenheartheavenheliumhelmhelmethigh schoolhistoryhonorhospitalhourillusionionJapanese languagejudgejunglekaratekatrakazooKobayashi Maru scenarioKolinahrkoon-ut-kal-if-feelanguagelaunch padleadlieutenantlightlight yearliteraturelogiclovemachetemagazinemagicmarriagemattermedalmedicalmind meldminingminutemobmoneymonthmoustachemoviemugatomustachemythnewspaperoperaOrganian Peace Treatypaintingparadepeacepeace treatypeanut butterpetroleumphilosophypilotplagueplak towplanetplanetoidplaypolicepon farrPrime Directivequadrantquarantineraces and culturesradarradiationratrecordrecreation roomrefitregistry numberrestaurantrockrocketRomulan alesalt vampireschizophreniaschoolsciencescience fictionsecondsecurityship commissioningshore leaveshuttlesickbaysiliconslaverysleeper shipsoap operasolar systemsoupspacespace stationspaceshipspecial effectsspeed of lightsporestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)Starfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniform (early 2270s)Starfleet uniform (2278-2350s)starshipsteelsubmarinesurgerytachyontechnical journaltechnologytelevisionTheory of General Relativitythree dimensional chesstimetoilettooltransporter roomtranswarp drivetreasontribbleUnited Space ShipuniversevacuumvenomvirusVulcan luteVulcan nerve pinchVulcan Peace SignwarweatherweddingwhaleWorld War IWorld War IIyearzenitezero gravityzombie

Timeline[]

Production history[]

April 1973 
First published by Ballantine Books. (ISBN 978-0-345-23403-2)
November 1975 
Seventh printing. (Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-24938-8)
November 1979 
Updated cover. (Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-28571-3)
May 1984 
Revised edition by Bluejay Books. (ISBN 978-0-312-94463-6)
April 1986 
British paperback edition by Virgin Books. (ISBN 978-0-7535-0090-3)
November 1986 
Fifth Bluejay printing. (ISBN 978-0-312-94463-2)
28 January 2014 
Kindle edition. (BenBella Books, ISBN 978-1-939529-57-2)
6 September 2016 
50th anniversary introduction, Ty Templeton cover art. (Comicmix, hardcover: ISBN 978-1-939888-47-1, paperback: ISBN 978-1-939888-43-3)

Appendices[]

Background[]

  • Author David Gerrold thanked Starlog for providing interviews in his coverage of the first three movies, and credited the magazine on the title page of the 1984 edition.
  • Format and concept recommendations in the book, such as making Pavel Chekov a security chief, adding additional exits to the bridge, showing that bathrooms existed on starships, and setting a precedent that the landing party should not be led by the ship's CO, were reflected in future Star Trek productions. Producer Harve Bennett told Gerrold that the book was helpful in the planning stages of his films.
  • Gerrold cited 67 Star Trek episodes by name.

Images[]

Related media[]

Connections[]

Star Trek reference works
In-universe BluprintsStar Fleet Technical ManualMedical Reference ManualSpaceflight ChronologyMonstersMapsBiographiesKlingon DictionaryWho's Who in Star TrekMr. 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 & Beta Quadrant, Vol. 1) • 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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