In its 50 years of existence, Star Trek -- in all its iterations -- has weathered the test of time, a disparate array of storytellers guiding the mythology, and a broad family of actors bringing the stories to life. As with any endeavor that lasts decades, there's also been plenty of fascinating public, and private, dysfunction. Some of it, such as William Shatner's falling out with co-stars, is widely known. But there's plenty about what went on behind closed doors that's vitally impacted Trek's history too.
Who better to tell all of those stories, including the candid good, bad and ugly, than Trek-sperts Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross? As journalists, they've both covered Star Trek for decades, all the while forging personal relationships with a host of Trek producers, writers, actors and even friends of friends who helped bring their two volume opus, The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek, to life.
The two separate books, one covering the first 25 years and the second covering Star Trek: The Next Generation to the recent films, are crammed full of no-holds-barred interviews from myriad players in the trenches. Blastr recently talked to Altman and Gross about the impetus for the books, how they put them together and their personal affinity for Star Trek.