The Trouble with Tribbles

David Gerrold carefully documented the story, from first draft through airing, of his fan-favorite Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles. I've carefully guarded my copy of this paperback since my teens.

Gerrold's memories of working on the set are fantastic:

One day, I showed up at the set and William Shatner said, "Hi, kid. What're you writing now?"

Kid--? (All right, so I still looked like an eighteen-year-old; did he have to rub it in?).

I said, "I'm doing a story where you lose your voice in the teaser and don't get it back till the tag."

His reply wasn't unprintable-- just deadly. I won't repeat it here.

Suffice it to say, plowboys should never pull on number-one guns.

The book also includes gems about other episodes Gerrold worked on, including the oft discussed by Pesco and I City on the Edge of Forever.

If you love Star Trek, check out this book!

David Gerrold's The Trouble with Tribbles

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  1. I had that book when I was a tweener Trek fanatic! It is full of great stuff. Like, almost-were episodes Gerrold wrote. One was about a hypnotic teddy bear that Spock eventually had to phaser. In another a crew member separates into past, present, and future selves.

    Um, hey. If you live near Portland, the Atomic Arts folks are presenting "Trek in the Park" one last time, and can you guess what episode of Original Trek they're dramatizing?

    They did a preview at the end of last year's episode:
    AAAAHHHH! Tribbles!

  2. jimh says:

    Now I just REALLY want to know what Shatner said to him.

  3. I just hope Gerrold gets the rest of his War Against the Chtorr book published one of these years..

  4. This was a great book, as was his THE WORLD OF STAR TREK analysis of the series and Trek fandom.

    In the TRIBBLES book, he included a tribble pattern. Not that it was that complicated, but including it is was caused my sister to get some artificial fur from a craft store and whip up a tribble for me on her sewing machine.

    I had it for 25 years, and only got rid of it when it seemed probable that it was more dust mite-filled than polyurethane.

    I met David Gerrold last year at Dragon Con.

    First comment under the new comment system!

  5. Oh, I read and re-read this book, back when I thought I was going to write scripts for Star Trek. I remember it most fondly and am sure it is stuffed amongst my books to this day.

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