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The Trouble with Tribbles ❰BOOKS❯ ⚦ The Trouble with Tribbles Author David Gerrold – Here is the blow by blow account of how the most popular ever episode of Star Trek was made from first draft to final shooting scriptDavid Gerrold highly accomplished science fiction script writer and Here is the blow by blow account of how the most popular ever episode of Star Trek was made from first draft to final shooting scriptDavid Gerrold highly accomplished science fiction script writer and the creator of Tribbles tells the story of the team who cut change and rewrite; the censors; the people behind the scenes; and the stars themselves And as well as giving you a rare insider's view of working on the Star Trek lot he also reveals with fascinating insight the hows and whys of TV writing.

10 thoughts on “The Trouble with Tribbles

  1. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewFlat Cats vs Tribbles The Trouble With Tribbles by David GerroldOriginal Review 1980 11 19I have always found the similarities between RAH's Flatcats in THE ROLLING STONES and Gerrold's Tribbles in THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES to be than just coincidence 2018 EDIT Incidentally Star Trek writers wrote two episodes based on this same story The Trouble with Tribbles Star Trek and Trials and Tribble ations DS9

  2. W W says:

    An entire book on writing a single episode for Star Trekthe original seriesIt was a fun episodefurry little creatures multiplying rapidly and leaving no room whatsoever on the EnterpriseThenthere is a good deal about how to write for TVBut I was reminded of the original series used to improvise their scripts very hastily as shooting deadlines loomedThat did result in some shoddy scripts

  3. Nooilforpacifists Nooilforpacifists says:

    Impressive autobiography of a year’s span in an early 20 something man’s life An SF reader from the cradle he desperately wants to write a script for Star Trek The Original Series Three credits shy of a degree from Cal State Northridge he describes the improbable series of events leading to his first professional sale of a story outline then the assignment to write the script itself which he got because he was uick bright and made only minimum euity wages and then sitting on ladders watching his words come to lifeThat script was “The Trouble With Tribbles”—no lower than fourth on anyone’s list of ST TOS top episodes third on mine and certainly the funniest To top it off Gerrold got a Hugo nomination—the first time a writer’s first professional sale ever had been nominated He lost by six votes to the best ST TOS episode ever “The City on the Edge of Forever”I read this book when published in 1973 and it holds up brilliantly He turned in the script drafts with Assistant Producer Gene L Coon’s mark ups for his last three credits and college degree Then to write the book he had to send a “spy” back to the college to steal the paper from the files next to the Ark of the Covenant This was the “Moneyball” of its day

  4. blake blake says:

    This book written in the early '70s will probably be pretty old news to any Star Trek fan but David's breezy style and self effacing nature makes it a fun read even now It is his first hand account of how this often regarded as best episode of Star Trek came to beIt's also—well I don't want to call it a whitewash because that's not fair but it's from a time where fandom was a lot fan and a lot less stalker Everyone is presented in a fairly positive light and Gerrold is not yet sick of talking about the show Mostly though 45 years later it's kind of uaint Speaking of fandom the author must explain what fandom means Because if you weren't part of it in 1972 you probably wouldn't understand that people could get to be this fanatical about a TV show We even get an explanation of what the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society is It was nearly 40 years old at the time the creation of Forrest Ackerman I believe but again this was weird for the timeI found the various iterations of the script interesting TV is a collaborative medium and many good things were added to the original idea though the main ideas are there up front It's amusing that DG rewrote a ST script right after TTWT and of that he said only a single line remained in the final episode PerspectiveSpeaking of perspective there's a story at the end of a girl whose life was saved by a tribble Or by a nurse who figured out a tribble might have some restorative value if you like It's an interesting reminder that beyond the sort of casual obsession that is in vogue today even a kind of silly episode of a kind of silly show—one utterly dominated by commercial concerns in the most commercial of media no less—can have enough art to inspire hope and lifeIf you'll forgive me Fascinating

  5. Yaaresse Yaaresse says:

    25 rounding up If you're a die hard ST TOS fan your mileage will vary I always liked the Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles but I always thought it was an odd episode compared to all the others It stood out as having a far physical comedy element to it compared to the rest of the episodes in the series The first part of this book is an excerpt from Gerrold's Blood and Fire which was mildly interesting; however I would have appreciated am introduction or explanation about what I was reading on the front end It took several pages for me to realize it as a sample of a completely different work and not an early seed story for the Tribbles script After this inexplicable sample Gerrold goes into a bit of personal history about being a sci fi nerd in mid century American when that sort of thing made one a bully magnet Finally we get to the history of how the Tribbles story came about and Gerrold's experience as a newbie writer trying to sell a script to the hottest new show on TV He admits that a lot of his success there can be attributed to being n the right place at the right time and plain dumb luck He explains the way a story pitch becomes a TV show or at least how it worked in 1968 and divulges his version of the some behind the scenes activity He also provides information about what can and can't be done with a story on a low budget show It's interesting to see the changes the story went through and why they were reuired In short television in that time didn't care about uality; it cared only about format and ratings And yes he indulges in some hero worship of the show actors and sugar coating his experiences with them Why anyone would hero worship any actor but especially William frickin Shatner is beyond me but to each his own One unintentionally amusing part is the author explaining fandoms Anyone under the ages of 40 should note the book's original copyright date of 1973 rather than thinking Gerrold is explaining the obvious Pre internet people kept their obsessions a lot lower key in most cases I only half joke when I say the internet has ruined damn near everything Speaking of fandom and by extension the overly excitable and uber invested people of which they are comprised apparently there are some rabid vintage sci fi folks out there who are outraged OUTRAGED I tell you on behalf of Robert A Heinlein due to the fact that tribbles bear a strong resemblance to the flat cats in the RH's book The Rolling Stones Yep Sure does And the parties involved worked it out even if their versions of exactly what that means are slightly different But come on peeps this was over 50 years ago Getting outraged about it in 2020 just makes some people look like they need to tweak their meds Let it go already Gerrold does now say by what criteria he claims this is the most popular ST TOS episode so we can only assume that part is author subjectivity He admits his ego is huge and it is his baby For my part I'd go with City on the Edge of Forever Amok Time or maybe Mirror Mirror

  6. Elliot Kravitz Elliot Kravitz says:

    Fascinating once again please pardon the pun inside look at the making of the iconic episode For Star Trek fans and aspiring writers alike

  7. Corey Corey says:

    A making of book about one of the most popular Star Trek episodes of all time this book was probably instrumental in making me the science fiction geek I am today I read it as a kid long before the internet and modern fandom and it was my introduction to the world behind the cameras at a time when that world wasn't so easily accessible It sparked an early interest in writing screenwriting in particular and filmmaking I'll always remember it fondly and I've followed David Gerrold's writing career ever since

  8. Lou Sytsma Lou Sytsma says:

    I read the paperback of this when it first came out and just recently picked up the ebook editionIt's still a fascinating read into the original Star Trek's favorite episodes Always intrigues me to see how a story idea evolves from the first pitch to the final productGerrold's writing style makes it both a fun and educational read

  9. Marsha Marsha says:

    Producer Gene Coon – Gene Roddenberry was executive producer liked the story but his biggest worry was cost The Enterprise was the only set on Star Trek that was standard Other sets would have to be built By the second season each show was budgeted to spend no than 185000 per episode Bearing this in mind Gerrold went ahead and wrote a script outline trying to make it so that the story would also hold down costs Gerrold had the opportunity to hang around the set to talk with the actors and to watch the dailies to get a better feel for the TV series After Gerrold’s story premisesscript outline was bought he worked on a full script using his outline hoping his script would be bought too He didn’t particularly wish to leave it to another writer He wrote a draft and discussed it with Coon Coon wanted Gerrold to change the name of the creatures Because of a 1962 Hugo awarded science fiction novel entitled Little Fuzzy by H Bean Piper Coon stated that although Gerrold’s aliens were uite different as a precaution the legal department wanted the name of the creatures changed to protect the show from any liabilitySo Gerrold went home and thought of a list of made up nonsense words and in reviewing them decided that he liked the name “Tribbles” best He passed on his suggestion to Coon who agreed that he liked the name too Coon then paid 2000 for Gerrold’s first draft script However the script would go through a transformation of changes by Gerrold with discussions also with Coon to make it closer to the feel and spirit of Star TrekSince Star Trek was a TV series the script had to fit into that series so rewrites made it necessary to help with the consistency of the TV show There was also some self censorship on the script so as to meet the Broadcast Standards and Practices to be sure not to offend Gerrold cut his script to fit the length of episode and the plot around the little creatures revolved and tightened The episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” initially aired on December 29 1967 and has since become one of the most popular episodes of Star Trek

  10. Kirby Davis Kirby Davis says:

    It was fun to revisit this book which I first read back in the 1970s to learn how Gerrold as a beginning writer succeeded at selling and writing this famous script for the original Star Trek series I'm sure many issues and procedures he described have changed over the last four decades but the writing lessons shared remain valuable

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