Author Marc Cushman would like to release the third volume of These Are The Voyages this fall, and he’s turned to Kickstarter to make it happen. More after the jump.
These Are The Voyages Season 3 Goes To Kickstarter
Over the past year, author Marc Cushman has released the first two volumes of what some consider the definitive history of The Original Series, These Are The Voyages. The Saturn Award-winning books, each over 600 pages, chronicle the production of Star Trek’s first two seasons and make great use of Gene Roddenberry’s personal collection of production notes, memos, letters, budgets and scripts, many of which are stored at the UCLA Archives. The amount of research is exhaustive, from the various script drafts of episodes, to casting, critic and fan reaction from that time, and much more, including analysis of Star Trek‘s Nielsen ratings, which often tell a different story than the one we’ve been told for the past 48 years.
The first two volumes were published by Jacob Brown Media Group, and are available through the company’s website, as well as Amazon and other outlets. The third volume, covering the series’ tumultuous third season, was originally scheduled for release in December. The publisher would like to postpone the release until some time next year, feeling the people need more time to find the first two books. Cushman, however, would like to get it out sooner, and has devised a Kickstarter campaign to get the book in people’s hands before the end of the year.
“These Are Thee Voyages” Kickstarter promo video
The campaign is being organized by the team behind Star Trek Axanar. A pledge of $40 gets you an autographed copy of the hardcover edition of Volume 3 (which is about the cost of the book plus shipping). There are lower pledge amounts which get you hardcover or e-book versions of the previous volumes and higher pledge amounts for a complete set of all 3 books, or collectible rewards, or even lunch or dinner with the author. More info on the campaign or to pledge at Kickstarter.com.
More information about the books can be found here.
TrekMovie spoke to Cushman last year when Volume One was released, and he discussed the genesis of the project (yes, I went there), the challenges he faced, and his feelings about Star Trek in general.
When Volume 3 is released, TrekMovie will publish a comprehensive review of all three books.
Since this story’s publication last Friday, it has come to our attention that Marc Cushman has a monetary interest in the Jacob Brown Media Group. Subsequently, the project’s Kickstarter pitch was changed to reflect this new information.