These Are the Voyages (book series)

These Are the Voyages is a three-volume non-fiction reference book series by Marc Cushman with Susan Osborn about Star Trek: The Original Series. The information revealed inside primarily comes from production documents that were donated by Star Trek creator/producer Gene Roddenberry and show co-producer Robert H. Justman to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[1]

These Are the Voyages
  • These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season One
  • These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Two
  • These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Three

AuthorMarc Cushman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherJacobs Brown Press
Media typePrint
No. of books3
WebsiteOfficial website

There is one book for each of the three seasons of Star Trek: TOS. The first book documenting the first season of the show, These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season One was published in 2013. These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Two was published in 2013 and These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Three in 2015.

ContentsEdit

Originally, These Are the Voyages was to be published as one book, but with over 2,000 pages of material, it was decided to break it into three books, one book for each season.

TOS, Season OneEdit

These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season One
 
Front Cover
AuthorMarc Cushman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectStar Trek
Published2013 (Jacobs Brown Press)
Pages580
ISBN978-0-9892-3811-3

The first book documents hundreds of previously unpublished insights, including recollections from actors, directors, producers, and production crew.[2] The book collects original staff memos (including memos dictated by Roddenberry while reading drafts to the series scripts),[3] contracts, schedules, budgets, network correspondence, and the censor reports from NBC. Also included in this first book is the history of what was involved in getting the series accepted by NBC,[4] the failed first pilot, and the ultimatums surrounding the second pilot.

TOS, Season TwoEdit

These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Two
 
Front Cover
AuthorMarc Cushman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectStar Trek
Published2014 (Jacobs Brown Press)
Pages688
ISBN978-0-9892-3814-4

As in the first book, this second book documents hundreds of previously unpublished insights, including recollections from actors, directors, producers, and production crew.[5] The book collects original staff memos (including memos dictated by Roddenberry while reading drafts to the series scripts), contracts, schedules, budgets, network correspondence, and the censor reports from NBC. Also included in this second book are excerpts of fan mail and many other indications that Star Trek had become a huge success despite the series uncertain future. There are also details of Bjo Trimble's letter writing campaign to save Star Trek from cancellation, and the tens of thousands letters that arrived at NBC as a result.

TOS, Season ThreeEdit

These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season Three
AuthorMarc Cushman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectStar Trek
Published2015 (Jacobs Brown Press)
Pages754
ISBN978-0989238175

The third book basically uses the same format as the previous two, documenting hundreds of previously unpublished insights about the show's third season, as well as collecting original staff memos, contracts, schedules, budgets, network correspondence, and the censor reports from NBC. Also included are NBC's decision to move the show to the 10:00 pm Friday night "death slot", Roddenberry reducing his direct involvement and being replaced by Fred Freiberger as the producer, the budget cuts that significant reduced the quality of the show, and what ultimately became a futile fan campaign to save Star Trek again from cancellation.

HistoryEdit

In 1982, Marc Cushman interviewed Gene Roddenberry for a TV special about Star Trek. Later in 1989, he pitched the story for the episode "Sarek", for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Roddenberry gave Cushman all the scripts from the original series and showed him the immense amount of documents he had saved. He invited Cushman to take his previous research for the TV special, expand on it by utilizing the UCLA Archives, and turn it into a book.[1] Cushman was too busy with his own career as a screenwriter and director to begin work on the book until after Roddenberry had died, but during those years, he continued to collect interviews from the creative staff (Justman, D.C. Fontana, John D. F. Black), members of the production crew, the cast, and guest players.[6] In 2007, he began writing the book.

ReceptionEdit

At the 40th Saturn Awards, Cushman received a Special Recognition Award for his work on the book series.[7] Chris Gardner of Stuff.co.nz rated it 4/5 stars and called it "a compelling read for the Star Trek aficionado as well as anyone interested in television history."[8] Wesley Britton of Blogcritics quoted Rod Roddenberry's statement that "these are the new essential Star Trek reference books."[9]

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