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Old January 12 2015, 06:38 AM   #1
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Charting the Memoirs-verse

So I haven't read any bios or memoirs of anyone who worked on Star Trek. I'd like to read some of them because sometimes it feels like I'm only getting part of the story from what's on screen.

I was wondering if we could get a thread that lists which actor, crew, writer, and so on have written books?
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Old January 12 2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Off the top of my head...

Nimoy - I am Not Spock, I am Spock
Shatner - Star Trek Memories, Star Trek Movie Memories, Up Till Now
Takei - To the Stars
Wheaton - Just a Geek
Kelley - From Sawdust to Stardust (biography, not autobiography)
Doohan - Beam Me Up, Scotty
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Old January 12 2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

And more:

Grace Lee Whitney - The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy
Nichelle Nichols - Beyond Uhura
Terry Lee Rioux - From Sawdust to Stardust, The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy
Kristine M. Smith - DeForest Kelley, My Life and Times with a Remarkable Gentleman Actor
Walter Koenig - Warped Factors
Walter Keonig - Chekov's Enterprise: A Personal Journal of the Making of Star Trek - The Motion Picture
David Alexander - Star Trek Creator - The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry
Joel Engel - Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and Man Behind Star Trek
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Old January 13 2015, 02:59 AM   #4
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Susan Sackett -- Inside Trek: My Secret Life with Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry
Yvonne Fern -- Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation (be sure and get the revised second - paperback - edition)
Lawrence Montaigne -- A Vulcan Odyssey
Sean Kinney -- Captain Pike Found Alive!
Paul Olsen -- Creating the Enterprise
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Old January 13 2015, 03:03 AM   #5
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Just read Chekov's Enterprise over the weekend.
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Old January 13 2015, 04:47 AM   #6
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

I've been reading memoirs all through 2014, and have read most of them now.

I got my reading list from here:

http://www.well.com/~sjroby/lcars/bioindex.html

I'd love to have someone to discuss the memoirs with, JRoss, so SNAP TO IT!

I just finished reading Beyond Uhura, but I've also read:

Star Trek Memories (read this and Movie Memories when it was first released, but I also own the audiobook versions which I've listened to countless times.)

Star Trek Movie Memories
Get a Life

Up Until Now (the audiobook)

I Am Not Spock
I Am Spock


From Sawdust to Stardust (De Kelley bio)

Beam Me Up, Scotty by Doohan (and Peter David)

Chekov's Enterprise by Koenig (although this is more like Koenig's diary on the making of TMP. He also wrote Warped Factors, which is the only TOS actor bio I still need to read, but if Chekov's Enterprise is an indication, Warped Factors will be a fun read.)

To the Stars by Takei (I read this one back in high school)

The Longest Trek by Grace Lee Whitney

Star Trek Creator by David Alexander (Roddenberry bio)
Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation
Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man
by Joel Engel
Inside Trek by Susan Sackett

View from the Bridge by Nick Meyer
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Old January 13 2015, 05:30 AM   #7
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Kirstie Alley's funny book, "How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life", has a section on the casting ordeals for ST II.

Whoopi Goldberg wrote "Book", but no TNG memories that I recall.

Gary (Soval) Graham has an acting reflections book, "Acting & Other Flying Lessons".
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Old January 13 2015, 06:33 AM   #8
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

From the "crew" side of things, there's Beyond the Clouds, a biography of Matt Jefferies, written by his brother.
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Old January 13 2015, 01:07 PM   #9
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Avro Arrow wrote: View Post
From the "crew" side of things, there's Beyond the Clouds, a biography of Matt Jefferies, written by his brother.
Have you read it yet?

I got my hands on a copy recently but have not gotten around to it yet.
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Old January 14 2015, 05:33 AM   #10
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^ Sorry, no, I haven't read it.
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Old January 15 2015, 02:51 AM   #11
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Oh, and I thought of some more:

Wil Wheaton - Just a Geek
Wil Wheaton - Dancing Barefoot
Wil Wheaton - The Happiest Days of Our Lives

I have these as audiobooks, and they're terrific. Wil reads them, of course, and does a great job.
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Old January 15 2015, 05:46 PM   #12
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Patrick Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography by James Hatfield

The Encyclopedia Shatnerica: An A to Z Guide to the Man and His Universe by Robert Schnakenberg
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Old January 15 2015, 10:26 PM   #13
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Speaking of Wil Wheaton, there's also his Memories of the Future, Volume I, collecting a series of blog posts he wrote about TNG Season 1.
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Old January 16 2015, 04:41 PM   #14
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Patrick Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography by James Hatfield
Interesting note. I believe this is the same James Hatfield who wrote Fortunate Son, the unauthorized biography of George W Bush that detailed Bush's drug use, as well as Bush being AWOL fron his military duties in the '70's. Hatfield died under questionable circumstances shortly before 9/11.
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Old January 16 2015, 08:48 PM   #15
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Re: Request for a sticky thread: Charting the Memoirs-verse

Hah, I forgot Chekov's Enterprise and Memories of the Future even though I've read the darn things.

Also, Wallace Shawn is an essayist of some note. He has not written an autobiography that I'm aware of, but he does have several books to his name.
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