Eric Stillwell Talks Making 'Yesterday's Enterprise'

By T'Bonz
February 24, 2008 - 4:10 AM

Eric Stillwell, co-writer of The Next Generations episode Yesterday's Enterprise, has penned a book on the popular episode describing what it was like to be involved in creating Yesterday's Enterprise.

As reported at Trekweb, it was fan comments at science fiction and public appearances that gave Stillwell the idea for his "The Making of Yesterday's Enterprise" book. "I am always asked what it was like to be involved in such a pivotal episode," he explained. "So a few years ago I decided I should dig out all my records and old files and put the entire behind-the-scenes story down on paper to share with other fans and young writers who might be inspired by the process."

Stillwell credits The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry with inspiring him. "It fueled my imagination and opened up a whole new universe for me, literally," he explained. "Eventually my interest in Star Trek led me to Hollywood and the position of script coordinator on Star Trek: The Next Generation."

When asked about the appearance of Sela, the daughter of Tasha Yar from the Enterprise C, in later The Next Generation episodes, Stillwater said "I thought it was a bit contrived, but it was an interesting way to bring Denise Crosby back to the series for a couple of guest appearances. It also cemented a place for "Yesterday's Enterprise"' in the annals of Star Trek history, because when you think about it, that Sela storyline proves that the events in "Yesterday's Enterprise" irrevocably altered the timeline of Star Trek forever!"

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