Star Trek: Fifty Years
Couldn’t let this day go by without a comment or two, since I wrote so many Star Trek books and edited it over the years as well.
I was a sophomore in high school in Boise, Idaho, fifty years ago and was home that night to watch that first show that first Thursday night. We had just bought our first color television. And I was hooked. Instantly.
And for the next three years I watched every show I could, including during my senior year going home on a Friday night to watch Trek. Yeah, I had that good a social life. (grin)
It never once occurred to me in those years that I would end up writing Star Trek, or sitting in an office in Paramount studios talking Star Trek, or editing stories for Star Trek, or writing comics for Star Trek.
If someone had walked up to me and told me that was in my future, I would have laughed. I was a snow skier and a golfer. I hated writing. And Star Trek was a wonderful escape place I got to go to get away from my life in those years.
To a young kid watching a show in Boise, Idaho in the 1960s, any idea of working in Star Trek was just not a thought. And when it was cancelled, my life went on.
So then as decades went by, I woke up one morning in the early 1990s and found myself writing Star Trek. (The very first one with Kris we wrote under our pen name Sandy Schofield.) And then a few years later I found myself with a massive pile of Star Trek manuscripts to read for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
I did some wonderfully fun projects in Star Trek. I did the only Star Trek: Captain Proton book filled with a short novel and three short stories that I wrote. I did a mystery Star Trek novel called “A Hard Rain” that fans either loved or hated. And I wrote the original script and then did the novelization for Star Trek: Klingon, directed by Jonathan Frakes.
I also invented, with John Ordover, The Captain’s Table and Kris and I wrote the DS9 book in that crossover.
And Kris and I did the very first original Star Trek: Voyager novel and the very first Star Trek: Enterprise novel, both books written long before the first episode of either series aired. (We wrote them from cast pictures and the first script of the first episode.) I also write the very first story in Star Trek: Core of Engineers.
I wrote numbers of novels in every Star Trek series and ghosted for a number of other Star Trek writers when they couldn’t finish a book. A total of 26 Star Trek books.
And that’s not counting the ten volumes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds I edited for ten years, finding some really great writers.
Now, in this new world of Star Trek, because Kris and I have moved on, all the books and things we did in Star Trek are pretty much forgotten, which is fine.
But at this fifty year mark, I had to say something because I have always been a Star Trek fan, right from that first night fifty years ago, and to this day. I was stunningly lucky to get to work in Star Trek.