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Lost ‘Star Trek’ Files Found on Gene Roddenberry’s Disk Drives

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When the creator of “Star Trek,” legendary writer and producer Gene Roddenberry passed away in 1991, the world mourned the loss of a great man. Roddenberry’s unique vision of the future made a lasting impact on television, film, and even technology. His assets passed to his estate, whose managers recently discovered over 200 of Roddenberry’s floppy disks.

According to The Wrap, the disks were customized to be read on a computer that no longer exists. The data companies DriveSavers and eDiscovery had to design a software program that could read the data. Once they were able to read it, it took them almost a year to extract all of the files from the disks.

While DriveSavers director of engineering Mike Cobb didn’t release any information about what was contained on the disks, he did say, “2016 just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the original ‘Star Trek,’ anything could happen, the world will have to wait and see.” That sounds like there may be some previously unreleased “Star Trek” data on those disks, possibly even script ideas for future films and television series. The fact that these disks surfaced in time for the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” sound like perfect timing.

The next film in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise — “Star Trek Beyond” — debuts in theaters July 22, 2016. A new “Star Trek” series also lands on CBS All Access in 2017.

Comments

  • Tiberius

    Boy is that headline misleading. Enjoy the clicks!

  • DaiTengu

    Seriously, Fuck you CBR for the shitty clickbait title.

  • Bentley Clark

    Done, done, done. Click bait BS. Go to hell, CBR!!

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Or the files could just be random spreadsheets or his Oregon Trail save file…

  • Trevor Franklin

    yep, first and last time visitor to this site now

  • Trevor Franklin

    yep, first and last time visitor to this site now

  • 80sRobot

    Or porn.

  • mbalabanov

    I would love to find out more about the custom-built computers Roddenberry was using. Anyone have any further information about them?

  • odubya23

    This is gonna be a terribly unpopular sentiment, but I think that history does great men a disservice when it includes the likes of Gene Roddenberry among them.
    Gene was a hack-writing ex-cop that womanized so thoroughly that Bill Shatner had to take some of the heat off him. He didn’t really have that much of a vision, he just sorta extrapolated on the mod scene in the late fifties and went from there. He wrote a whole lotta stuff that wasn’t very Utopian, more the likes of a frustrated writer trying to give the TV studios whatever he thought they wanted.

    And he bitched and moaned incessantly about naming the Space Shuttle prototype after the Enterprise.

  • Bixby

    I mostly agree with the above….this article acts like Roddenberry came up with everything, when a lot of the actual work was accomplished by folks like DC Fontana and Gene Coon

  • Bixby

    I mostly agree with the above….this article acts like Roddenberry came up with everything, when a lot of the actual work was accomplished by folks like DC Fontana and Gene Coon

  • Fuzzy Barbarian

    Well, there goes any respect I had for you guys. Enjoy the undeserved clicks, assholes.

  • Mort Guffman

    The reason why “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was such a creative failure was largely Roddenberry’s doing. He desperately wanted to do a movie on par with “2001” but there were two factors going against him – 1.) Roddenberry himself did not have the ability to pull that off and 2.) The audience wanted an action-packed spectacle like “Star Wars,” not a pseudo-intellectual think piece.

    Roddenberry often confused utopian concepts with good writing. One of his edicts on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was there was to be no bickering among the main crew because he believed “there would be no workplace conflict in the 24th century.” Which is a great idea, but makes for boring drama. The very HEART of the original “Star Trek” was the interplay between Kirk, Spock and McCoy. With the exception of Picard and Data, I always felt that the characters were interchangeable and rather bland. I liked “Next Gen,” but I felt – and still feel – that there was a spark that was missing. One of the reasons why I was excited about “Enterprise” was because I thought it would go back to basics – a real “Wagon Train” to the stars, with stuff breaking down, people arguing with each other, heroes with flaws, etc. That lasted about three episodes and then it because like every other “Star Trek” show.

  • BobbyA

    Pretty sure it just meant they didn’t already have software on hand to read disks from that old of a standard model computer. Think Comodore 64, or maybe Apple system 7, OS/2, or maybe a even form of removable HD.

  • BobbyA

    Pretty sure it just meant they didn’t already have software on hand to read disks from that old of a standard model computer. Think Comodore 64, or maybe Apple system 7, OS/2, or maybe a even form of removable HD.

  • http://www.co-optimus.com/ JGLives

    It is very simple. They find lost files on assets belonging to Gene. It’s not like the title is Lost Star Trek episodes. It’s just files.

  • http://www.co-optimus.com/ JGLives

    It is very simple. They find lost files on assets belonging to Gene. It’s not like the title is Lost Star Trek episodes. It’s just files.

  • Ronnie

    “…Apple system 7…”

    I have a legacy Mac running System 8 that handles System 7 files with no problem.
    Still using my old Fontographer to create/modify fonts, as well as several other applications that were never ported to OSX.
    Only problem is memory.
    Thing has only 64MB RAM as well as another 64 in “virtual memory”…

    Wonder what obscure OS Roddenberry used?

  • Ronnie

    “…Apple system 7…”

    I have a legacy Mac running System 8 that handles System 7 files with no problem.
    Still using my old Fontographer to create/modify fonts, as well as several other applications that were never ported to OSX.
    Only problem is memory.
    Thing has only 64MB RAM as well as another 64 in “virtual memory”…

    Wonder what obscure OS Roddenberry used?

  • avlisk

    I’ve recently become a fan of Old Time Radio. There’s a lot of Star Trek found in shows like Dimension X, X Minus One, Beyond Tomorrow, and even Space Patrol. He didn’t create ST in a vacuum, and it’s apparent and understandable that the radio shows of the 1930’s to 1950’s would have had a great impact on the youngster growing up during those years. He did take all that influence, though, put his spin on it, and came up with a fun show.

  • avlisk

    I’ve recently become a fan of Old Time Radio. There’s a lot of Star Trek found in shows like Dimension X, X Minus One, Beyond Tomorrow, and even Space Patrol. He didn’t create ST in a vacuum, and it’s apparent and understandable that the radio shows of the 1930’s to 1950’s would have had a great impact on the youngster growing up during those years. He did take all that influence, though, put his spin on it, and came up with a fun show.

  • Tube Worm

    Headline: Lost Star Trek Files Found on Disk Drives
    Story: Lost Star Trek files found on disk drives.

    Click bait? Not like it was “Lost Star Trek Files Found! What was found might surprise you..”

  • BobbyA

    He didn’t have to be using an obscure OS. Could be just one this particular company didn’t happen to have a lost file / fragment recovery program already on hand for that particular disk format or model drive. They said the disks were customized (formatted) for a computer that is no longer made. Not that Roddenberry had a custom computer.

  • http://www.mania.com/ zogtheobvious

    Nice clickbait.

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    Leather Godesses of Phobos

  • https://www.twitter.com/humorphilly Philly Humor

    They were from the future!

  • https://www.twitter.com/humorphilly Philly Humor

    the files were probably hidden up skirts of Counciler Troy!

  • IndyCarFan

    What a BS article, just getting clicks