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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312150644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312150648
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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When a Hollywood studio, as part of its ambition to launch a new TV network, decides to remake a science-fiction series that became a cult hit after cancellation 25 years ago, all hell breaks loose. This time out, ex-cop Charlie Willis (My Gun Has Bullets, 1995, TV writer-producer Goldberg's debut audit of filmdom's ranking grotesques) has what could prove a mission impossible. As security head at Pinnacle Pictures, he's responsible for protecting a considerable corporate investment in the revival of Beyond the Beyond. But, unfortunately, the actors and production talent associated with the futuristic fantasy's renaissance soon find themselves under intense, often deadly, pressures. Initially, Charlie suspects Clive Odett, head of a rapacious agency known only as The Company, which will stop at nothing to control hit programs. While Odett and his murderous minions are indeed making key players offers they can't refuse, the down-and-dirty work is being done by a band of maniacally devoted fans who view any changes in the cast or format of Beyond the Beyond as sacrilege. Abetting their homicidal efforts to maintain the status quo ante is Guy Goddard (a deranged has-been who starred as Captain Pierce, heroic helmsman of the starship Endeavor on its abortive treks through the dark side of a vividly imagined cosmos). As the death toll mounts, an increasingly desperate Charlie makes himself a target by purporting to replace a slain teen idol in the role of Captain Pierce. In costume (if not character), the down-to-earth house dick, in a fashion befitting the La La Land setting, tempts a host of hostile fates to save the studio's prize property. Black comedy from the Left Coast--and an outrageously entertaining take on the loathsome folkways of contemporary showbiz. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is an acclaimed TV writer/producer and a New York Times bestselling author. His many books include KING CITY, WATCH ME DIE, the 15 novels in the MONK series of mysteries, and the international #1 bestseller THE HEIST, which he wrote with Janet Evanovich. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Charlie Willis is back in another TV mystery, this time about the misadventures of a new network attempting to revive a Star Trek-like show from the sixties, called Beyond the Beyond, and a rogue talent agency. Charlie, now a security chief for his old studio, is assigned to protect a studio writer who is being threatened by the talent agency who wants to sign him.
Things get waaaaay out of hand when the actor who once played Beyond the Beyond's Captain, now a psychotic recluse, orders his fans to kill the new cast. In order to figure out what's going on, Charlie has to go undercover as the NEW captain in order to draw out the assassins.
This is an amusing farce and I read the whole book in a single sitting, but I can understand why Goldberg didn't keep writing about this cast of characters - there's only so much about TV you can make fun of...it's already a joke.
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Format: Hardcover
Charlie Willis is back in another TV mystery, this time about the misadventures of a new network attempting to revive a Star Trek-like show from the sixties, called Beyond the Beyond, and a rogue talent agency. Charlie, now a security chief for his old studio, is assigned to protect a studio writer who is being threatened by the talent agency who wants to sign him.
Things get waaaaay out of hand when the actor who once played Beyond the Beyond's Captain, now a psychotic recluse, orders his fans to kill the new cast. In order to figure out what's going on, Charlie has to go undercover as the NEW captain in order to draw out the assassins.
This is an amusing farce and I read the whole book in a single sitting, but I can understand why Goldberg didn't keep writing about this cast of characters - there's only so much about TV you can make fun of...it's already a joke.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Best Book I've Read In A Long time! Feb. 15 2011
By Buddy Gott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I made the mistake of starting this book late at night when I had to get up very early the next day for work. I told myself I'd only read for a half hour or so. Well, that didn't happen. I loved the book right from the beginning and I ended up reading about a hundred pages that night. I was tired at work the next day, but it was well worth it!

I loved this book. The story is very compelling and the characters are fantastic. Also, what I loved most is that DEAD SPACE is hilarious. I laughed out loud many, many times while reading it.

As I got towards the end of the book, I got a little bummed out knowing that my time with the book was close to ending. To me, that's always the ultimate indicator of a great book.

Like I said, I loved this one!

P.S. - I'd like to also suggest two other of Lee's books that I love: MY GUN HAS BULLETS and THE MAN WITH THE IRON-ON BADGE. If you're looking for great reads, you can't go wrong with them!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Complicated satire Jan. 17 2011
By Ginahmk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very, very funny book, but as one other reviewer said...really 3 books in one. The beginning was complicated with so many characters, in such twisted subplots, I was half-way through the book before I had them straight. That said, this bizarre story is on-target with the sci- fi crowd, those die-hard Trekkies (and die hard they do). Snork (Spock), Pierce (Kirk) are ready to annihilate the evil aliens (the Company) who have are replacing the starship crew with the young and beautiful in the new TV remake. You smile, you laugh and you keep turning the pages. The private investigator part, was forced...how long did this guy have to go until he guessed who may be behind all the murders, explosions, etc??? Yet the action never lets up and you are car-jacked into the third weakest subplot, the killer agents of Hollywood. If you think your boss is bad, wait till you meet these. This was the least funny, just lots of blood. Beware, Goldberg is like Bentley Little, there is no sexual situation or blood bath too extreme to include, so not for the squeamish. Overall, great read, written in the 90's but still better than many over the last decade.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Over-the-top fun! Feb. 15 2011
By Coral Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Making fun of Hollywood isn't new. There are a lot of TV shows and movies that do it. Heck, Kathy Griffin is making a career out of it. But this is the first time I've seen a book hit the mark. Mr. Goldberg uses his extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge of Hollywood to make fun of movie stars, showbiz, Trekkies, Star Wars fan boys, and all the other movers and shakers. There are two relatively 'sane' people the story revolves around and, well, the rest are pretty much bat poop crazy! I hope you laugh, gasp, and chuckle as much as I did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wild ride through the worlds of H'wood studios & sci-fi fandom March 9 2011
By philosophymom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
To get a sense of Lee Goldberg's DEAD SPACE, imagine combining the essences of "The Player" (Robert Altman's 1992 satire of Hollywood studios) and "Galaxy Quest" (the 1999 take-off on a Trek-like series and its devotees), then draining off any residual seriousness and replacing it with pure testosterone. Shake (or stir), load into an ink cartridge, hand the pen to someone possessed by the ghost of Raymond Chandler, and let the hijinx ensue...

which is what they do in DEAD SPACE (originally published in 1997 as BEYOND THE BEYOND), a wild ride through the world of Hollywood deals and the egomaniacs who make them. A studio that is not Paramount decides to lauch a TV network that is not the UPN, proposing to anchor its prime-time line-up with a resurrected sci-fi series that is not "Star Trek." Some obsessed fans who are not Trekkies, marshalled by a washed-up actor who is not William Shatner, are prepared to wreak havoc if the new incarnation of their beloved program-- ominously slated to be cast with youthful teen-idol types-- is in any way unfaithful to the original. Meanwhile, a talent agency apparently set on taking over the world seems determined to start with this venture, making big trouble for any associated parties who won't sign onto its roster. Assorted freelance crazies fill out the novel's cast, at the center of which sits the one sane man in Tinseltown, studio security guard and ex-cop Charlie Willis (whom Mr. Goldberg's more devoted fans will have met in a previous novel set in this milieu). Assigned to the set of the re-booted "Beyond the Beyond," our likable hero attempts to stem the ever-rising body count and save the show by joining its cast and boldly going where he's least welcome: straight to the helm of the starship that is not the Enterprise, to face enemies who make the Klingons look like, ummm, Care Bears.

Warning-- This tale is immense fun, but it includes enough gore, sex, profanity, explosions, and unfair stereotyping of nerds to completely put off most of the gentle souls I'd ever be likely to recommend a clever book to. To be sure, the tone is high satire (and, on reflection, I guess most of my friends could probably handle that nerd-mocking thing without much difficulty), but DEAD SPACE is definitely not for the squeamish. As to whether it's for *you*, a mere $2.99 investment will get you the Kindle version and the chance to find out.

Full disclosure-- I got my e-copy for free from the author (whom I do not know personally) as part of a give-away campaign connected to the book's re-release. In return, I promised to give it an honest review anywhere online.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun Romp March 6 2010
By K. Peterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoy Lee Golberg's writing. The prequel to this one "My Gun Has Bullets" was hysterical. This one is too. The characters are well drawn and the author's descriptions are so vivid one can imagine it happening as one is reading it. In fact in recalling on Mr. Goldberg's 'Monk' books I remembered it so vividly I was sure it was an episode from the series.
The characters are indeed characters with a capital 'C'. They are zany, wacky, loony, nutty,impossible, implausible, and yet believable. I would say that one has to suspend reality, which is true, but somehow the author leads you along the path so it seems real, plausible even.
There are several ongoing stories. One deals with a remake of a Star Trek type TV show. Mr.Goldberg manages to deftly parody the obsessiveness of Trekkies who will go do anything to ensure that the original characters stay in the remake of the show. Another deals with a studio security guard and former actor Charlie Willis who will do anything to protect the studios stars. Anything. A third is about the first woman head of a studio with a twist. Then there is the ongoing story of a hapless producer Eddie Planet (pronounced like Plan A...reminiscent or Mrs. Bucket on 'Keeping up Appearances') who is insecure and in a continual stew and always scheming. He has a plaque that says "Reserved for Mr. Planet" that he puts on tables from the finest restaurant to Kenny Rogers Chicken restaurant.
And sprinkled through are a myriad of intriguing folks and plots and subplots and twists and turns that will keep you reading and engaged.
Sit back and enjoy this very funny book and be glad you're not a character in it.


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