A classic has been defined as a work of art that still holds up after 50 years. The songs of the Beatles have attained that status. And last Thursday, on September 8, so has Star Trek.
To mark the occasion, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman have written The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek. It exists in two volumes, one about the first 25 years and the other about the next 25 years.
But, according to this book, Gene Roddenberry, who had the idea for the series, was not responsible for its creative success. In fact, he was always messing it up. Another Gene, Gene Coon, gave the show many of the qualities that so endears it to fans. Read the review by Matthew Continetti, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]