"Clearly an important work! Trekkies will devour it. It's what they always wanted to know." - Leslie Parrish (Lt. Carolyn Palamas in the Original Series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?")
Writer Marc Cushman (co-creator of the story for the TNG episode "Sarek") was given unprecedented and total access by Gene Roddenberry and Bob Justman in the '80s to the entire TOS production archive (filled with memos on story development, production reports, script writing, casting, budget, etc.) and encouraged to write these books which will without question be regarded as the definitive work on TOS, and an indispensable element in every Star Trek enthusiast's personal library.
In addition to performing an exhaustive amount of research within the vast Original Series archive, now housed in the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections library, Cushman has conducted interviews with many actors that appeared in TOS as well as many members of the production team that worked behind the cameras; quite a number of which were never approached previously for their recollections or interviewed to such great extent as they were for "These Are The Voyages". Truly, the groundwork for this spectacular biography of The Original Series has spanned a 20+ year timeframe - bringing this three volume set to the public has been a lifelong ambition of the author - and this work will never be equaled in terms of its comprehensiveness or importance to the franchise.
Readers will be captivated by the hundreds of new insights and anecdotes from both the historical records and the first hand accounts of the people that made this beloved series. A particularly, fascinating disclosure regards the true Neilsen ratings and the popularity of the TOS episodes as they were first broadcast; which was much stronger than modern day mythology has led us to believe. The author of "These Are The Voyages" licensed the complete set of Neilsen reports for all Original Series episodes and they are presented - for the first time - in this work for the public to appreciate.
The novelesque style of writing throughout "These Are The Voyages" makes for a captivating and highly enjoyable read; literally transporting the reader onto the Desilu soundstage 47 years ago or into the Star Trek offices and boardrooms to feel as if they were a witness to the making of every, now-so-familiar episode. The intensity of the research performed and the wealth of perceptive insights on the underlying social commentaries that Gene Roddenberry insisted on designing into the episodes - something that makes TOS so dramatically stand out in comparison to virtually all other series of its day or afterwards - will be applauded by Star Trek fans and researchers for decades!
"These Are The Voyages" will be considered the ultimate reference work on TOS - a treasured and indispensable centerpiece in the libraries of Star Trek fans worldwide, to be enjoyed time and again. It is the most significant written history ever produced on the making of Star Trek: The Original Series - the most successful television series ever produced!
Part of the great success of Star Trek: The Original Series can be attributed to the coming together of an extraordinary team of exceptionally talented individuals - from the superlative performances of the actors in front of the cameras to the brilliance of folks like Roddenberry, John D. F. Black, Gene Coon and Dorothy Fontana in scriptwriting; the genius of Matt Jefferies in Production Design, Bill Theiss in Costume Design, and Wah Chang in Prop Design ... the list goes on and on. Cushman and Osborn have brought an equal level of talent and dedication to the creation of this work.
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
The following link to the Jacobs Brown Press site provides additional information on "These Are The Voyages": http://www.jacobsbrownmediagroup.com/these-are-the-voyages.html
and here is the link to the Facebook page for these books, which provides some sneak peeks at rare photos and a wealth of TOS trivia: