Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
77: Ready Or Not, She Launches

"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!


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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