'The Trouble With Tribbles' Arrives as Free eBookBy Michelle
July 11, 2005 - 9:36 PM
See Also: 'The Trouble With Tribbles' Episode Guide
David Gerrold's The Trouble With Tribbles, a behind-the-scenes account of the making of one of the best-loved episodes of the original Star Trek, is now available as a free eBook from a web site promoting other fiction by Gerrold.
BenBella Books, which specializes in science fiction and popular culture, has Gerrold's classic The Man Who Folded Himself as well as the trilogy Blood and Fire, The Middle of Nowhere and The Voyage of the Star Wolf available in a special signed edition. To promote these novels, the web site has made The Trouble With Tribbles available for free as a .pdf file.
Out of print for several years, The Trouble With Tribbles contains the story of Gerrold's involvement with Trek from his teens, his early pitches, stories from the episode's filming and the controversy that erupted over similarities between Tribbles and a creation of Robert Heinlein's, one of Gerrold's favourite writers and later a personal friend.
Blood and Fire is based loosely on a script that Gerrold wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation, of which he was a story editor and producer. Gerrold has said that the script was rejected because it had openly gay characters. Nonetheless, the author is legendary among fans for his loathing of slash fan fiction, which reimagines Kirk and Spock as gay lovers.
The free Trouble With Tribbles eBook is available here. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read the file.