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Publisher Description

This is the true story behind the making of a television legend. There have been many books written about Star Trek, but never with the unprecedented access, insight and candor of authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross. Having covered the franchise for over three decades, they’ve assembled the ultimate guide to a television classic.

The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words—sharing the inside scoop they’ve never told before—unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations—and tribbles—that have remained deeply buried secrets... until now.

The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two includes the voices of hundreds television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast, who span from the beloved The Next Generation and subsequent films through its spin-offs: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well J.J. Abrams’ reimagined film series.

Arts & Entertainment
August 30
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

Keeth_R ,

Thorough, insightful, entertaining.

I really enjoyed this book! I’m pretty steeped in TNG knowledge, but this book - sourced exclusively from interviews with the staff, both behind and in front of the camera (and the great beyond, sadly) - held a good amount of insight and surprises.

Some will be disappointed with the writing staff being overrepresented. Visual effects and sound (two vital ingredients for this series!) are undercovered.

There isn’t a lot of gossip or mud-slinging, but what there is, is illuminating, and the reader certainly gets the sense of multiple perspectives on the same event (instead of only one being presented).

Since this book isn’t licensed (which lets it be more open), there’s a serious lack of behind the scenes photography or other supplements that might further engage the reader - but there’s a lot of other books for that.

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