Friday, March 10, 2006

Table of Contents for Boarding the Enterprise

The table of contents for Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer, coming in August 2006 from BenBella Books:

Welcome Aboard the Enterprise
Robert J. Sawyer

The Trouble With Trek
David Gerrold

Star Trek in the Real World
Norman Spinrad

I Remember Star Trek . . .
D. C. Fontana

All Our Tomorrows
Allen Steele

The Prime Question
Eric Greene

We Find the One Quite Adequate
Michael Burstein

Who Am I?: Personal Identity in the Original Star Trek
Lyle Zynda

What Have You Done With Spock’s Brain?!?
Don DeBrandt

Lost Secrets of Pre-War Human Technology
Lawrence Watt-Evans

Exaggerate with Extreme Prejudice
Robert A. Metzger

To Boldly Teach What No One Has Taught Before
David DeGraff

Who Killed the Space Race?
Adam Roberts

Alexander for the Modern Age
Melissa Dickinson

How Star Trek Liberated Television
Paul Levinson

Being Better
Howard Weinstein


At March 11, 2006 12:08 AM , Blogger Scott said...

As a young Trek fan under the age of ten, Weinstein's THE COVENENANT OF THE CROWN was the first Trek fiction I tried to read. It blew my mind that something on the screen could be transferred to the page. I found an old paperback copy of COVENANT here in the Philippines a few weeks ago, and it instantly took me back to that (more innocent) childhood time when there was no debate (for me) between old Trek versus new Trek, movies versus books, authorized stories versus out-of-continuity stories. There was only the magical possibilities inherent in a tale featuring heroes I'd only seen previously on a silver screen, but who now could inhabit my own imagination. As a kid, anything Trek was cool by me; it was all variations on the same theme, scored to the beat of different mediums.

At March 11, 2006 4:03 AM , Blogger Robert Burke Richardson said...

I'm looking forward to this. I like that there is no theme (beyond the loose Trek framework, obviously), and the ToC is certainly impressive.

At March 11, 2006 6:44 PM , Blogger Michael A. Burstein said...

Hey, Rob, am I listed in the book as "Michael Burstein" without my middle initial? If so, I want to contact BenBella and make sure that they include it, so I get listed as "Michael A. Burstein," just like you get listed as "Robert J. Sawyer."

Thanks again for asking me to participate.

At March 11, 2006 7:06 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

We'll bet it fixed, Michael. Sorry about that! (I didn't prepare the Table of Contents text, although I did work out the order of the essays.) I've notified Leah at BenBella to make the change.

At March 12, 2006 8:33 PM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Book looks very interesting. I take this is a collection of columns about the impact Star Trek had on the contributors?

At March 12, 2006 8:36 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Only in a few cases, Lou. Most of them are about STAR TREK's impact on society.

At March 12, 2006 8:38 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

In fact, here's the rationale for the sequence:

Sawyer introduction

Gerrold analyzing the series

Spinrad analyzing the series

Fontana on her memories

Steele on writers [following three essays by writers]

Greene on race relations [thematic analysis]

Burstein on religion [thematic analysis]

Zynda on personal identity [thematic analysis]

DeBrandt on Vulcans [major elements]

Watt-Evans on the creaky technology [major elements]

Metzger on Scotty [major elements]

DeGraff on astronomy [following tech and Scotty]

Roberts on the Space Race [following astronomy]

Dickinson on fan fiction [life after first-run]

Levinson on syndication [life after first-run]

Weinstein analyzing the series [a fitting wrap up]

At March 13, 2006 5:56 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Very interesting. Another book to add the pile. BTW, given your attachment to the original series it must have taken a great amount of self-restraint on your part to limit yourself to one piece!

At March 13, 2006 10:56 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Well, besides the Introduction to the whole book, I also wrote 16 mini-introductions to each of the essays ... :) But you're right, Lou, I do love Classic Trke!

At March 13, 2006 7:53 PM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

So do I! 16 Intros! I should have known!


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