How did it come about? That was the first real hint that this thing was not dead. These outcompete and displace their terrestrial counterparts and Earth becomes more and more Chtorr-like as the "war" progresses. Gerrold's son Sean, who was twelve at the time of the filming of "Trials and Tribble-ations", joined his father on the DS9 set. We don't want to take your money without giving you fair value in return. Meanwhile, Gerrold was also granted access to visit the set during the production of several episodes including " The Apple " to gain first-hand knowledge of the series format and audiovisual language. And this way, we'll keep Gene's promise, we'll tell an issue story, and we'll do what Star Trek is supposed to do -- make you think.
You have to grok it.
And I always felt that the fans deserved the best we could give them. To act as if he was some grand lord of Trek whose great reputation was ignored and insulted is just vainglorious and not reflecting of reality. If we weren't going to take chances, we weren't doing Star Trek.