"Trouble With Tribbles" At 50: Writer David Gerrold Reflects

50 years ago today, one of the most popular episodes of Star Trek (the Original Series, aka TOS) aired. "The Trouble With Tribbles" is often at the top of 'best' and 'favorite' lists, and continues to be an enduring tale in the Trek lexicon.

"Trouble With Tribbles" At 50: Writer David Gerrold Reflects
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The 13th episode in the second season (this being up for debate because of "The Cage" and everything around it), "Tribbles" was directed by Joseph Pevney from a script by writer David Gerrold.   This would end up being Gerrold's first professional sale of a story, but nowhere near his last.

The author of several both in and out of the Trek universe, Gerrold continues to speak on his involvement with Star Trek and science fiction at numerous events the world over.

On his facebook page today, Gerrold posted what he called a "reshare of something I wrote last year", mostly about "Tribbles":

The day it was first broadcast, I said, "It's only one episode of one TV series. In twenty years, no one will remember it." That was my way of putting things in perspective as well as recognizing that the real challenges still lay ahead. It wasn't the first time I was wrong, it wasn't the last either.

You can read his entire post here.

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