Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth


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ISBN-10: 0670873993
ISBN-13: 978-0670873999
Length: 273
Published On: 1998-06-01


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Take a journey behind the scenes (and under the skin) of the worldwide Star Trek phenomenon.

Here is a Trek book like no other: an insightful and often hilarious look at the mythmaking machinery behind the planet’s most enduring TV show. Best-selling travel writer Jeff Greenwald sets out to discover how Star Trek – launched in 1966 as a “Wagon Train to the Stars” – has become a global myth. His travels take him from an Indian bazaar to a Japanese spa; from a Klingon wedding in Germany to a Venetian Trekker feast. Along the way, he corners Leonard Nimoy, intrudes upon Kurt Vonnegut, and visits NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the next generation of aerospace wizards are making their Trek-inspired dreams come true. He even has an audience with the Dalai Lama, who shares his surprising views on space travel, aliens, and the Internet.

Future Perfect also journeys into the minds of Star Trek’s creators. Granted sweeping access to the soundstages of Voyager and First Contact, Greenwald conducts lively interviews with stars like Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, and Michael Dorn – and with the writers and producers who keep Gene Roddenberry’s vision alive.

Future Perfect is great reading for anyone interested in how American pop culture has taken over the world. For Star Trek fans, it’s indispensable.

“If you’re wondering how Star Trek affects the lives of millions of people, a very good place to start would be Jeff Greenwald’s highly entertaining Future Perfect.”
-The Washington Post Book World

“It takes a lot of attitude–real-life, boldly-going attitude-to produce a book like this . . . [it’s a book] you’re going to have to have.”
-San Jose Mercury News