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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Trials and Tribble-ations" from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


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.

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  • 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
  • Lights! Camera! Tribbles!
  • Tribble-ations
  • Acknowledgments

Background information

  • The Magic of Tribbles was intended to be released with a toy tribble in Christmas 1997, but this never happened (although Erdmann's The Tribble Handbook would include one) and the book was shelved until 2001, becoming the first reference book to be released in eBook form only. It was also considered for inclusion in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. [1]

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