The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will honor Marc Cushman's book series "These are the Voyages: TOS" at the 40th annual Saturn Awards on June 26.
Covering "Star Trek: The Original Series," "These are the Voyages: TOS: Season One" and "These are the Voyages: TOS: Season Two" take a detailed behind-the-scenes journey, which includes previously unpublished insights and recollections from the cast and crew.
Cushman's work is "one of the greatest achievements in the world of literature [in] the past year," said Robert Holguin, president of the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films. "The level of research in writing these books are of the highest order."
As a result, the books are earning a Special Recognition Award.
Structured like a biography, each volume devotes about 15 pages to each episode as it examines story outlines, drafts, communications with NBC, shooting schedules, censor reports, staff memos and budgets.
"Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy has described Cushman's extensive research as “astounding.”
Cushman, who penned the story for the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Season 3 episode "Sarek," was originally tasked by "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry to write the comprehensive books, but the scope of the project delayed it until the first edition's release in August 2013.
The third volume covering Season 3 is expected to receive a release later this year.
For more on "These are the Voyages: TOS," visit Jacobs Brown Press, which offers copies signed by Cushman and John Black, who served on “Star Trek” as an executive story consultant, associate producer and penned the episode “The Naked Time.”
The books are also available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com in paperback and hardback. In addition, "These are the Voyages: TOS: Season One" is available on Kindle.
See our exclusive interview with Cushman and Black about the revised edition of "These are the Voyages: TOS: Season One" here.
Watch our interview with Cushman during the 2013 Star Trek Las Vegas Convention by clicking here.
Other Saturn Awards nods to Star Trek veterans are Bryan Fuller ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager"), who will be presented with the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, and "Star Trek: Generations" actor Malcolm McDowell, who earned a Life Career Award.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize genre entertainment.