Monday, May 20, 2013

The Star Trek Guide at Harvard

Last week Harvard's Houghton Library announced they acquired the "Star Trek Writers Guide", a rare handbook that acted as a kind of bible for Star Trek: The Original Series. The 31 page guide provided an overview of the series along with a few dos and don't for writing the various characters. For example "Never have members of the crew putting things into pockets. There are no pockets." The guide is now part of the library 3000+ collection of trade paperbacks, magazines, and more focused on science fiction. Little facts about the Enterprise from the guide include the crew size (430), warp factor = the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), and more. The idea behind the guide was so that writers, not really familiar with the series, could still write a script for it. More details and examples can be found here.

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