Charting the Memoirs-verse

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  1. JRoss

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    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?
     
  2. Etoile

    Etoile Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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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
     
  3. bbailey861

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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
     
  4. Daddy Todd

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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
     
  5. Daddy Todd

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    Just read Chekov's Enterprise over the weekend. :techman:
     
  6. EnriqueH

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    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
     
  7. Therin of Andor

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    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".
     
  8. Avro Arrow

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    From the "crew" side of things, there's Beyond the Clouds, a biography of Matt Jefferies, written by his brother.
     
  9. EnriqueH

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    Have you read it yet?

    I got my hands on a copy recently but have not gotten around to it yet.
     
  10. Avro Arrow

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    ^ Sorry, no, I haven't read it.
     
  11. Daddy Todd

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    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.
     
  12. elric428

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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
     
  13. Stevil2001

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    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.
     
  14. Daddy Todd

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    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.
     
  15. Etoile

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    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.
     
  16. trampledamage

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    This is turning into a good collection of titles. I will sticky it.
     
  17. Harvey

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    Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herb Solow and Bob Justman is a must read memoir about the making of the original series.
     
  18. Daddy Todd

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    Shatner: Where No Man by William Shatner, Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath is one of the weirdest things I've ever read. Seriously psychedelic. Should only be read with incense and peppermints.
     
  19. Sybok Was Wrong

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    I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their minds blown.This is a seriously bizarre book. "The WAY I wanted a Dog..."

    This sits next to "Captain Quirk",
    "Encyclopedia Shatnerica", & " The Transformed Man" on my shelf.
     
  20. Sybok Was Wrong

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    This & Solow's "Star Trek Sketchbook" are probably the most insightful books into the making of TOS. And David Gerrolds' "Making of Star Trek" & "The Trouble with Tribbles"- excellent!

    I find most of the autobiography books disappointing. The actors don't seem to remember a lot. They recite a lot of what they've said in interviews 100x before. Or the history we're already aware of. I want the little details of their experiences on set, and rare pics.

    I'd like to see Rick Berman, Marina Sirtis, or Michael Dorn put out candid books while they still have lucid memories!
     
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