A new 'Star Trek' book goes behind the scenes of the saga

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:16 AM Written by 

star trek faq 20Last year's "Star Trek FAQ" by Mark Clark detailed minutiae of the original 1960s TV series, much of which has been reported previously. 

This year, Clark's sequel book, "Star Trek FAQ 2.0" ($22.99, Applause), offers behind-the-scenes coverage of the making of the "Star Trek" movies and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Of the two books, "2.0" offers more stories that haven't been handed down a million times before.

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Actually, that declaration should come with a caveat: "Star Trek FAQ 2.0" largely seems to be a stitched together from content found in previously published books.

Readers who have consumed every biography by a "Star Trek" actor or producer may come away from "2.0" with nothing new to show for it. But for those of us who are interested in the franchise but not enough to read everything ever published will appreciate the way Clark pulls together details from a myriad of sources.

Because the "Star Trek" movie series -- both with the original and "Next Gen" casts -- were largely made in the 1980s and 1990s before the constant stream of pop culture news that's available now, information on the films' plotting was not always easy to come by.

Clark provides suggested and abandoned plot ideas for many of the movies, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's objections to just about anything ever suggested for the movie series and the recollections of the cast and crew for a highly readable and entertaining survey of the "Trek" films.

The book also chronicles "The Next Generation" TV series but only touches on "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and "Enterprise." Clark also gives his own critiques of the "Trek" films and offers plenty of behind-the-scenes dirt on squabbles and disagreements among producers, studio executives and cast members.

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