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Gene Roddenberry : the last conversation

Author: Yvonne Fern; Gene Roddenberry
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1994.
Series: Portraits of American genius, 2.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Gene Roddenberry created a mythology for the twentieth century: Star Trek. One of the most successful television shows and cultural icons of all time, Star Trek was from the beginning a forum where its creator and its viewers could explore the most fundamental questions of life: What is the difference between sexuality and love? What does goodness mean? What is the role of government? Where does duty end and
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Gene Roddenberry; Gene Roddenberry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yvonne Fern; Gene Roddenberry
ISBN: 0520088425 9780520088429
OCLC Number: 29877269
Description: xili, 228 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Portraits of American genius, 2.
Responsibility: Yvonne Fern ; foreword by Arthur C. Clarke.

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Gene Roddenberry created a mythology for the twentieth century: Star Trek. One of the most successful television shows and cultural icons of all time, Star Trek was from the beginning a forum where its creator and its viewers could explore the most fundamental questions of life: What is the difference between sexuality and love? What does goodness mean? What is the role of government? Where does duty end and morality begin? And most often: What does it mean to be human?

The Last Conversation is a poignant exploration of the inner world of Gene Roddenberry as he faced the end of his life. Insisting that no one could really know him or the sources of his creation without becoming part of his private world, he invited Yvonne Fern to live with him and his wife, Majel Barrett. "I want you to write me," he said, and later told her she had. The Last Conversation, however, is more than a portrait of a single life - it is an intellectual embrace. Well-matched in the velocity of their imagination and the depth of their understanding, Gene and Yvonne shared a journey into the meaning and worth of human existence.

As Gene receded from life, Yvonne's increasingly solitary task was to convey the richness, the insight, the radiance they saw in each other and in humanity. This beautiful book, written as a philosophical dialogue, is a last confessional call upon centuries of earlier attempts to codify our understanding of human experience and what lies beyond. Throughout their intense dialogue, Gene never once spoke of the future in the future tense. It was never "the future will be," but always "the future is." Echoing this immediately, the book is written in the timeless present, allowing each of us to take part in The Last Conversation. As we read and reread this stunning work, we are moved a little closer to the luminous future that Gene Roddenberry knew was already within us.

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