I thought about putting this in the Lit forum, but the book itself is really just a jumping off point for a larger discussion of Trek fandom and more particularly the fandom of the '60s, '70s and '80s. I first read David Gerrold's The World Of Star Trek when it was first published in 1973. I didn't immediately get some of his remarks that I initially took as unfair criticism Hey, I was only 14. But on closer inspection and a second reading I got what Gerrold was saying. His remarks were not born of distaste but of the same enthusiasm and love as I and many others had for the show. Somewhere along the line I lost track of that book and all I had was recall of what I had read four decades ago. I know the book had been reprinted, but it wasn't until recently that I learned that Gerrold had revised the book in 1984 and added materiel regarding the first two feature films. It isn't too hard to see where he added things. In the main body of the text you can spot references to things that happened after the 1973 printing. This wasn't long before TAS debuted. The latter parts of the book are definitely about what has happened since (I wonder if Gerrold ever thought of taking another crack at this in light of so much that has happened since the early '80s, particularly with his early involvement with TNG?) Anyway I ordered a good second hand copy through Amazon and I'm about a third of the way through it. It's an interesting small window into another time, back when TOS was the only game in town. I recommend this book to TOS fans who have never read it and also to Trek fans for whom TOS either isn't on their radar or mightn't be their favourite Trek. It gives a glimmer of understanding of what fandom was like back then and glimpses of the seeds of what it became and is today. It's a decent reference book yet in a different way than The Making Of Star Trek and Inside Star Trek. Those are more about the show itself and the ideas in it whereas Gerrold's book is more about what fans got out of the show, how they were influenced by it and how they in turn influenced Star Trek. In the 1970s fandom (for me) was mostly a handful of reference books, reruns of TOS, TAS, James Blish's adaptations of the episodes, Alan Dean Foster's adaptations of the TAS episodes, Starlog magazine, a slowly increasing number of original novels from Bantam Books, building a few AMT model kits, drawing endless pictures of the Enterprise and other ships, Franz Joseph's blueprints, a vague growing awareness of fan conventions and fandom at large and talking about the show with a few friends. I attended my first convention in 1976 in Toronto, but I wouldn't attend another or begin to frequent them (for a time) until the early '90s (around the time I also dabbled in writing fan fiction). I had no internet (or even remotest concept of what that would be) to connect with likeminded people around the world. For me fandom was somewhat limited and to an extent isolated with little knowledge of how many like me were out there. It was quite different than today. And I had a lot of fun even if not many people around me shared my enthusiasm.