Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Recommended Reading on Star Trek TOS

I have found the following books to be excellent sources for behind-the-scenes information and insights on the making of the Original Series and the feature films exploits of the TOS crew.

Before purchasing any of the others, a must-have addition to the library of any devoted TOS fan is "The Making of Star Trek" by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen E. Whitfield. (Stephen Whitfield was actually the pen name used by Stephen Poe, who also wrote the behind-the-scenes book of the making of Star Trek: Voyager ... listed later in this article). "The Making of Star Trek" was released while The Original Series was still in production; having a first printing date of September, 1968. Here's a photo of the first printing edition from my library ...

1. The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry, Ballantine Books, Sept. 1968

2. Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, by Herbert F. Solow & Robert H. Justman, Pocket Books, June 1996

3. The Art of Star Trek, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Pocket Books, November, 1995

4. Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry, by David Alexander, ROC , June 1994

5. Star Trek Memories, by William Shatner with Chris Kreski, Harper Collins, 1993

6. Star Trek Movies Memories, by William Shatner with Chris Kreski, Harper Collins, 1994

7. The Star Trek Interview Book, by Allan Asherman, Pocket Books, July 1988

8. The World of Star Trek, by David Gerrold, Blue Jay Books, May 1984

9. The Making of Star Trek The Motion Picture, by Susan Sackett & Gene Roddenberry, Wallaby, March 1980

10. Chekov's Enterprise: A Personal Journal of the Making of Star Trek- The Motion Picture, by Walter Koenig, Pocket Books, March 1980

11. The Making of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, by Allan Asherman, Pocket Books, October, 1982

12. Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, As told by Lisabeth Shatner, Pocket Books, July, 1989

13. Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Pocket Books, March, 1997

14. A Vision of the Future: Star Trek Voyager, by Stephen Edward Poe, Pocket Books, April, 1998

15. Star Trek Sketchbook - The Original Series, by Herbert F. Solow & Yvonne Fern Solow, Pocket Books, May 1997

The Art of Star Trek has a wealth of outstanding reference photos of Star Trek props and costumes from all of the incarnations of the franchise.

Another fine coffee-table work is:

16. Star Trek: Where No One Has Gone Before - A History In Pictures, by J.M. Dillard, Pocket Books, November, 1994

In addition to "The Making of Star Trek", and "The Art of Star Trek", I have referred to both "Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" (pictured below) and "Star Trek Sketchbook - The Original Series" for many insights.