Gene L. Coon

The Unsung Hero of Star Trek
Narrated by: Jack Nolan
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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Gene Roddenberry has long been painted as the visionary who made Star Trek possible. Yet not much has been written on Gene L. Coon. The real workhorse behind The Original Series. This man built the universe around Roddenberry's initial concept we all know today. He almost single handed created The Klingons. Had a hand in creating the franchise's greatest villain...Khan! Any notion of Starfleet Command, The United Federation of Planets, warp technology, and its fictional creator Zefram Cochrane all belong to him. Only to die from cancer at age 49 just as Star Trek got popular with reruns and conventions.

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Hate Gene Roddenberry? You’ll love this book!

Gene L. Coon definitely deserves more credit than he’s been given. There’s absolutely no denying that. He worked hard. I was hoping to come away with a well rounded portrait of the man that would enhance my love of Star Trek.

But all the facts about Gene Coon seem to have been cherry picked to showcase how much of an opportunist Roddenberry was, at the expense of everyone else. This book would have you believe that Gene Roddenberry doesn’t have a single original thought in him. Star Trek was a positive show. This was a very negative book.

If you’ve read Herb Solow’s Star Trek the Real Story, there’s nothing new here. I couldn’t even finish it.

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a disappointing read

having been a Trek fan since 1968, I already knew Coon's contributions towards Star Trek. it was a shame that Roddenberry and Coon's didn't have a better working relationship.