Fifty Years of Star Trek

The glorious day has finally arrived, the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the first episode of Star Trek.


Today is my scheduled time to post about writing.  Perfect.  Star Trek has influenced countless storytellers just by opening our imaginations to the possibilities.  I thought I’d focus on one episode, however.  The Trouble with Tribbles is one of my favorite, along with City on the Edge of Forever.  That’s Captain Kirk in a pile of Tribbles above.

***Edited to Add:   Actually, today is my Wild West posting day.  For a Trekkie, I’m really lousy at math.  I will now hang my head in shame.  Did you know Gene Roddenberry originally pitched Star Trek as a ‘Wagon Train to the Stars?’  ***



I loved this one so much I had to read all about the writer, David Gerrold.  He was just a young guy starting out when he sold this script to Star Trek.  Awesome story.  Go check it out.


A lot came out about the original during another Star Trek anniversary when each of the two still playing spin-offs did a tribute episode to the Original Series.

Star Trek Voyager did one about Mr. Sulu in one of the films, The Undiscovered Country.

And Deep Space Nine did ‘Trials & Tribble-ations,’ going back in time and combining its characters with the original cast and episode.  It was amazing.  I’ve watched it a bazillion times.  I read the novelization.siskokirk

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!  I look forward to many more adventures to come.