Standard Orbit 77: Ready Or Not, She Launches / by Drew Stewart

"Return To Tomorrow" Book with Preston Neal Jones

Sometimes a bad thing 40 years ago becomes a good thing today. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk with author Preston Neal Jones about his oral history book on The Motion Picture, "Return To Tomorrow". Originally planned as a double-issue of the Cinefantastique magazine, Preston interviewed 60 people involved with the making of the first Star Trek movie while it was being made. Now these interviews are compiled into a 672-page book, making a "montage of memory" of what it was like to be there in 1979 in the lead up to release. What was the big problem with the making of the film? Was there more than one? And is it OK to call Trekkers "Trekkies"? We discuss this and more in this fascinating episode!

Running Time: 48 minutes 16 seconds


Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler



Preston Neal Jones


Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart


Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



The Book (00:01:09)
How A Magazine Becomes A Book (00:05:34)
You Were There (00:10:31)
Full Access Pass (00:13:55)
Getting Into Journalism (00:16:42)
Trekkie vs Trekker (00:17:35)
Portrait of a Non-Trekkie (00:19:07)
Too Many Scripts (00:26:14)
Assigning Blame (00:28:10)
Misconceptions (00:32:55)
What If… (00:36:54)
Where To Get The Book (00:39:51)
Closing (00:42:06)


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