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These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, Volume 1 (1970-75) is an unlicensed reference book published by Jacobs Brown Press that provides a history of Star Trek beginning with the cancellation of Star Trek: The Original Series, and continuing through the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The first of a projected two-volume series, it was written by Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn from a purely production point of view. As with the authors' previous book project, Gerald Gurian served on this project as photo contributor as well.

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These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, Volume 1 (1970-75), in hardback and 763 pages in length, with hundreds of pictures, is the first in a two-book set chronicling the period in Star Trek history spanning the cancellation of the original series and continuing through the making and release of 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In between these two events, Star Trek became a worldwide phenomenon. Factors in this renaissance were a boom in syndication, the coming of the conventions and fanzines, and an unparalleled expansion in merchandising. As the number of fans multiplied in massive proportions, and the reruns of the "Classic 79" episodes topped the ratings for their time slots in cities across America and around the world, curious developments were taking place behind the scenes.
Volume 1 opens with a foreword by the legendary D.C. Fontana (Star Trek writer extraordinaire, Original Series story editor, and Animated Series associate producer). It focuses on the first half of the decade, including Roddenberry projects Pretty Maids All in a Row, Genesis II, The Questor Tapes, Planet Earth, Strange New World, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and much more. Volume 2 (scheduled for Summer 2019) picks up the story with the second half of the 1970s. It will narrate Roddenberry’s final pilot film of the decade, Spectre, plus the aborted "Phase II" Trek series, the numerous starts and stops for a movie version, and, lastly, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. No stone is left unturned.

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Previous volume:
First volume in series
These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s Next volume:
Not yet announced
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