Keith Birdsong Star Trek: The God-Thing Unpublished Paperback Novel Cover Painting Original Art (Pocket Books, 1991). Co-written by series creator Gene Roddenberry and long-time Trek novelist Michael Jan Friedman, this story was set in the era of the first Star Trek: The Motion Picture film. The story was never published, so this fantastic Birdsong cover was never used! Roddenberry wanted to turn this into a film, and despite multiple changes requested by the studio, it never happened. His Estate has previously refused to release the draft for the story, so this single piece of art is as close as you can get to discovering why Spock was a Hippie.