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Topic: Trek Anniversary

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 12/07/2009

December 7th--thirty years today since the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and, of course, some REAL crews proved their heroism 38 years earlier).

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/17/2009

Ah, memories! I was there for the premiere and ran into Doug Trumbull. Unfortunately, never did get to express my appreciation for his movies to Robert Wise, one of my favorite directors. Rick Sternbach worked on the film in the late seventies, and got me a tour of the bridge set under construction... The late lamented Michael Minor did design work for the movie as well.

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 12/17/2009

*Envy* What a thrill to see it all coming back to life, firsthand. Construction started when the intention was still to launch a new tv series, if memory serves. Then CE3K proved that Star Wars wasn't just a fluke...

"I know engineers, they love to change things."

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2010

Absolutely! Alan Brennert accompanied me to my first pitch meeting (not including visits to Lionsgate in 1977) for a new STAR TREK series. Alan and I came very close to selling a script, but the TV series was converted into the Motion Picture, with a screenplay by Alan Dean Foster. All this began for me after I published a piece on sf and STAR WARS in the LA TIMES in 1977. Gene Roddenberry invited me out for a lovely lunchtime discussion, and then vetted us for the pitch meeting. Doing a STAR TREK novel years later only seemed natural.

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: LA, California
Date: 01/01/2010

So I ought to send in my Op Ed pieces, rather than just writing them?

Sounds like a heady time--it would be a trip to see your treatment! Premise, in a nutshell? Not to disparage the film series but, ah, what might have been.

Happy New Year! It's the Teenies, now. I'm off to Ray's, to build bookshelves!

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2010

Give Ray my love. Reading BULLET TRICK now.

Re: Trek Anniversary

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/02/2010

"Teenies" if ten is zero-teen (I can't believe I spent the whole month explaining to people that the decade doesn't end for another year, and still slipped up like that).

And Ray returns love, with smiles and a hearty "God Bless!"

Speaking of starship scripts, did you know he turned down Forbidden Planet? And wishes he hadn't. Wow...that would've been interesting...maybe fantastic...wow.

Back now to feverish page-turning of MARIPOSA! Holiday and home-repair chaos interupted my read, and I've been going nuts!

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