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Hero Collector's 'Star Trek: The Original Series — A Celebration' salutes 55 years of iconic science fiction

Hero Collector is launching a new "Star Trek: The Original Series" retrospective hardcover on Sept. 21 in time for the show’s 55th birthday.
Hero Collector is launching a new "Star Trek: The Original Series" retrospective hardcover on Sept. 21 in time for the show’s 55th birthday. (Image credit: Hero Collector)

Gene Roddenberry's visionary sci-fi series pitch for a "Wagon Train To The Stars" eventually became the beloved "Star Trek" TV show, which turns 55 this September, and we're still boldly enjoying all its adventurous optimism over a half-century later.

To help properly honor the occasion and to remind global fans of all persuasions just how monumental an event its creation was back in 1966, Hero Collector is releasing a special retrospective hardcover titled, "Star Trek: The Original SeriesA Celebration (opens in new tab)" on Sept. 21.

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Star Trek: The Original Series — A Celebration, (2021 Hero Collector): $31.46 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Hero Collector's epic celebration of 55 years of "Star Trek" offers a comprehensive look at on of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time. You can also grab "Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration" for $17.49 from Amazon (opens in new tab).

Written by Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling, their deluxe 256-page coffee-table book is crammed with a nostalgic compilation of fresh interviews, archival transcripts, never-before-seen illustrations, concept art, costume designs, makeup techniques, spaceship models, and more!

As Roddenberry's brainchild continues to expand into new territory with "Star Trek: Discovery," "Star Trek: Picard," "Star Trek: Lower Decks" and next year's "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," now is the ideal time to chill out and pause to reflect on the genius and artistry that started it all.

This second installment in Hero Collector's Celebration line follows last year's "Star Trek: Voyager — A Celebration (opens in new tab)" and includes over a dozen revealing conversations with cast and creatives, scores of rare behind-the-scenes photographs and sketches, as well as chapters presenting intriguing insights into the iconic show’s evolution, directing, visual effects, props, weapons and examinations of its most pivotal episodes.

Hero Collector's "Star Trek: The Original Series — A Celebration (opens in new tab)n (opens in new tab)" docks at bookstores and online retailers on Sept. 21.

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Jeff Spry is an award-winning screenwriter and veteran freelance journalist covering TV, movies, video games, books, and comics. His work has appeared at SYFY Wire, Inverse, Collider, Bleeding Cool and elsewhere. Jeff lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon amid the ponderosa pines, classic muscle cars, a crypt of collector horror comics, and two loyal English Setters.