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These Are the Voyages: Star Trek the Original Series

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to welcome author Marc Cushman for a discussion of his Saturn Award-winning book series, These are the Voyages: Star Trek TOS, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

In September 1966, the world of science fiction was forever altered when a heretofore unheard-of outer space adventure series created by Gene Rodenberry debuted on the NBC television network. Star Trek boldly went where no series had gone before, and although it ran for only three seasons, it forever changed the landscape of popular culture and continues to be imitated and emulated today. Now, author Marc Cushman presents a new book series, These Are the Voyages: TOS, an exhaustive historiography and breakdown of every episode from all three seasons of Star Trek. Already receiving critical raves, the book is set to receive a Special Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for "Outstanding Literary Achievement of the Year" just two days before the author's appearance at Santa Monica Public Library.

At the library program, Marc Cushman discusses the long-lasting impact of Star Trek with John D.F. Black, the sole surviving producer of the original Star Trek series. Winner of a WGA Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, and an Emmy and Hugo Award nominee, Black served as executive story consultant on the first 13 episodes of Star Trek and wrote the now legendary intro line "Space...the final frontier." Also joining Marc in discussion is prolific actress Arlene Martel, who has appeared in numerous well-known television series such as The Fugitive, Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, Columbo and The Outer Limits, as well as the first season Star Trek episode "Amok Time," in which she played the character T'Pring. A book sale and signing will follow the onstage discussion.

This special author event is a presentation of the library's Adult summer Reading campaign, under the theme of Literary Elements. The event is presented free to the public and is open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606.


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