From the Book Jacket:
More than merely a popular television show, Star Trek has evolved from its original subculture status to a cultural icon, a modern American mythology, and a prescient leap into the future. From the beginning, it was a forum where its creator and its viewers could explore the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the difference between sexuality and love? Should governments exist? What are the limits of personal obligation? And, most often, “What does it mean to be human?
The Last Conversations is a poignantly beautiful exploration of the inner life of Gene Roddenberry as he faced the end of his life. It is his last address to humanity - his final legacy to the world he left behind. Insisting that no one could really know him without becoming part of his private life, he invited Yvonne Fern to live with him and his wife, Majel Barrett, in order to enter a world of which Star Trek was but one manifestation. “I want you to write me” he told her, and upon reading what she had written, told her she had. The Last Conversations is more than the portrayal of a singular life - it is an intellectual embrace, a shared journey into the meaning and worth of all human life, and a stunning look into the future Gene Roddenberry envisioned.
Written as a philosophical dialogue, this book is a last confessional call upon centuries of attempts to codify our understanding of contact between people - and contact with what lies beyond human experience. Well matched in the velocity of their imaginations and the depth of their understanding, they began this book as a collaboration, but as Gene receded from life, Yvonne’s increasingly solitary task was to convey the richness, the insight, the radiant beauty they together saw in humanity, and in each other.