September 8, 2016, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of the world’s most successful science fiction television series: Star Trek. In, THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED: THE LIFE AND WORK OF GENE RODDENBERRY, CREATOR OF STAR TREK

(Aurum Press / June 15, 2017 / US $19.99), Lance Parkin, will go in search of the show’s creator.

 This book reveals how an undistinguished writer of cop shows set out to produce ‘Hornblower in space’ and ended up with an optimistic, almost utopian view of humanity’s future that has been watched and loved by hundreds

of millions of people around the world.

Along the way, Lance will examine some of the great myths and turning points in the franchise’s history, and Roddenberry’s particular contribution to them. He will look at the truth in the view that the early Star Trek advanced a liberal, egalitarian and multi-racial agenda, chart the various attempts to resuscitate the show during its wilderness years in the 1970s, explore Roddenberry’s initial early involvement in the movies and spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation

(as well as his later estrangement from both), and shed light on the colorful personal life, self-mythologizing and strange beliefs of a man who nonetheless gifted popular culture one if its most enduring narratives.

  • To be published to coincide with the debut new show, Star Trek: Discovery in May 2017.
  • Star Trek is the sixth highest grossing movie franchise of all time. This book offers a new way to look at this popular series.
  • The author is a respected voice within science fiction and fantasy circles and will attract coverage and comment from key websites and magazines

LANCE PARKIN is a British author, best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, most notably Doctor Who. He is an Alan Moore completist, having followed the comics’ maestro’s career since the 1970s, and in 2001 he wrote an acclaimed guide to Moore’s work, which has since been updated and reissued. In addition to contributing pieces to magazines such as TV Zone, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, he is also the co-author of Dark Matters, a Guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in the USA.

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September 8, 2016, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of the world's most successful science fiction television series: Star Trek. In, THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED: THE LIFE AND WORK OF GENE RODDENBERRY, CREATOR OF STAR TREK (Aurum Press / June 15, 2017 / US $19.99), Lance Parkin, will go...