Why George R.R. Martin wasn't hired to write for Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Aug 24, 2017

Before writing his A Song of Ice and Fire book saga (which was adapted for TV as HBO’s Emmy-winning Game of Thrones), George R.R. Martin wrote scripts for television and worked on a couple of cult series, such as The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast (the one with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman).

But did you know Martin almost came on board Star Trek: The Next Generation as a writer when Paramount decided to go ahead with a new Star Trek series?

That is until Martin — who had several Hugo Awards as a sci-fi writer to his name — supposedly met with the show’s (unnamed) producer and everything went downhill from there. According to Trek Movie, while speaking at a workshop at UCSD’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination a while back, Martin opened up about going for an interview in order to nab a position as staff writer, saying:

“I had an interview with Star Trek: The Next Generation for a possible job as a staff writer. I remember coming in to the office of this producer – who thankfully did not last long on the show and you can see why when I tell the story. He said, 'I don’t know who you are, can you tell me your credentials.' And I said, 'I am just coming off Twilight Zone where I worked for a while, but before that I wrote novels and short stories. I am primarily a science fiction writer.' And he said, 'Oh really, well Star Trek is not a science fiction show, it is a people show.' I was fooled by the photon torpedoes and starships. I was misled. Needless to say I did not get that job.”

Star Trek: TNG, of course, finally started to find its footing in Season 3 and gave us stellar episodes such as “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1.”

Then again, the thought of what could have been ...

(via Trek Movie)

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