I just got through recording the marathon -- for my wife, who remembered it fondly from her own youth -- I'm quite older than she is. I didn't expect to watch them, but when I was changing disks, I saw one episode was by Theodore Sturgeon -- my choice for the best short story writer in SF -- and I've been reading it since the 50s and read a lot of earlier stuff. Okay, then I saw the opening episode and saw David "Tribbles" Gerrold. Then I started checking the episodes. Larry Niven, Norman Spinrad, Ben Bova... and that's just the early episodes. Haven't watched them yet, but how did this crew get involved in the project. I don't think there was a STAR TREK series that had writers like this.