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"Star Trek the Next Generation": The Continuing Mission - A 10th Anniversary Tribute [Paperback]

Garfield Reeves-Stevens , Judith Reeves-Stevens
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2 Nov 1998 Star Trek: The Next Generation
For the first time, the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation is explored from the inside, told by the people who were there everyday putting out a television series without realizing that they were creating a lasting legacy. A true collectors item, it contains over 700 full-color photographs, many of which are from the personal collections of the people who created the series.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New edition edition (2 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671025597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671025595
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book takes you through the last 11 years of the history of Star Trek: The Next Generation, from the initial conception and Paramounts 'risk' of launching the series, through to the latest movie, 'Insurrection'. I was a little disappointed that this book did not have more of a perspective of the actors' and crew or taken a more anecdotal look at the series. As it stands, it is a thorough narrative on the comings and goings of the production team. It includes a description of each episode, lots of 'behind-the-scenes' photos of models of ships and props as well as many original design sketches. More of a 'The Making of ST:TNG' than something along the lines of 'I am Spock' for the Next Generation.
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The Reeves-Stevens husband and wife team have previously penned a number of Trek novels e.g. 'Federation', co-writing on Bill Shatner's Trek books, and reference books, such as 'The Art of Star Trek'. These were all of high quality, and that tradition is maintained here. From its painful beginnings right through to its triumphant later seasons, TNG's story is provided in full, with brief synopses of all episodes combined with interviews with cast and crew, and some intriguing photographs of actors and props and illustrations by Rick Sternbach and Mike Okuda, the guys who did all the dinky artwork for the computer panels and other things. The book is refreshingly honest in its assessment of the show's difficulties in its early days, and provides in its analysis of ST:G a fascinating account of how the death of Kirk was completely redone because the first version made it look like Picard's fault. Written in a fluent style born of long familiarity with all things Trek, I would heartily recommend this to anyone interested in Trek.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF 'THE CONTINUING MISSION.' 24 Jan 2002
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Format:Hardcover
The Continuing Mission is a superb accompanyment to Star Trek:the next generation. One of the most popular of the star trek incarnations.
It is filled with behind the scenes info, intial sketches and ship designs, cast interviews and a complete synopsis for every single episode. Covering it's ambitious start (encounter at farpoint 1987) to its poigant series finalé (all good things... 1994). This together with a guide to all three TNG motion pictures, makes it a very compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Farpoint to Insurrection 9 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
Pocket Books were a bit stingy when they put together Larry Nemecek's The Next Generation Companion: Star Trek The Next Generation, but they more than made up for it with this tome from Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Just like the couple's The Art of Star Trek, this is a book on which no expense has been spared. Three hundred and two outsize pages of polychromatic picture-packed pleasure.

After a foreword by Rick Berman - where did he find the time? - there's a preliminary account of Gene Roddenberry's first twenty Trekking years, followed by a chapter on TNG's preproduction. Then Captain Picard says "Engage". There's a chapter for each of the show's seven seasons, as well as for Generations and First Contact. The first edition of this book ends with a look ahead towards the creation of the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton; the second edition - distinguishable from the first by the gold star on its front cover - adds a chapter about the making of Insurrection, although sadly it was published too early to be able to cover Nemesis as well. Oh, and there's an afterword from Bob Justman telling the amusing tale of how Patrick Stewart was cast.

The text seems to me to be much more interesting than the average for a book of this kind. The authors were able to interview many of the most important people who worked on TNG behind the scenes, and the stories that they've extracted from their tape recorder are always entertaining. And they've augmented the anecdotes with sidebars summarizing each and every episode.

As for the illustrations: well, I think that they're just glorious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you own one book about TNG, let this be it. 3 July 2002
By Adrian Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, this book is huge. Really. It is tall and wide as well as being hefty. It does the amazing task of covering 7+ years of television history regarding the show responsible for renewed interest in science-fiction.
The history is indeed an interesting one. Many tidbits are revealed, and if you are a trivia junkie, it will fill the endless void nicely.
The pictures are great, as well as commentary and brief interviews of folks. The only thing I felt that could have been done better were episode summaries. They fell by the wayside a bit; but the sheer volume of information contained in the book makes up for it.
It is well-constructed, and has lasted repeated flipping and reading. That and its size make it an excellent coffee table book. People who have no interest in Trek pick it up and are fascinated by the information. It makes a great gift, for yourself or the TNG fan in your life. Or even, the television trivia buff as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, Dedicated, Essential - A Fine Tribute to TNG 4 Jun 2001
By "inksibnut" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is essential reading for any Star Trek fan. Even if you may not be a big fan of TNG (I myself prefer DS9), this beautiful tribute will surely improve your understanding of the days before, during, and after the creation of TNG series.
The text is written in a very amiable, intimate and lively manner, obviously showing the authors' love and dedication to the TNG world. Content-wise, the book is utterly fascinating: there is everything from the stories behind the casting ("But he's bald!"), to the creation and incarnations of the spacecraft of the show, to interesting anecdotes both clever and funny, highlighting special episodes, audience reaction, notes on production; even clear and non-technical explanations of various financial aspects of producing TNG and the movies. Absolutely nothing comes across as overly technical.
The book is divided into chapters tracing each season and movie involving TNG cast; each "season" also includes episode-by-episode synopses by the side - very helpful not just as an episode guide, but as a way of guiding the reader throughout the TNG journey. In fact, one of the best things about this book is its strong sense of chronological unity - reading the book from front to back, you are surely and rapturously guided through the entire TNG history - it feels like getting to know an old friend anew.
The book is made even better by the tons of colour photos throughout - ranging from pictures of props to sets, to ships, production designs, cast, scenes, costumes, production... it's just fantastic.
A lot of intelligence and dedication has gone into producing this book. I really can't praise it enough except to say: now I admire Star Trek: The Next Generation even more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with a lot of backround pictures and stories 15 July 1999
By Fabian Gaarz (Viper@gmx.de) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's realy great to read the history of the development from Star Trek The Next Generation. A lot of good pictures from the series and also brilliant backround pictures make reading this book to a great experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Tribute 28 Nov 2001
By Bernd Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is something special in that it combines the usual prose of a "Making of..." with a wealth of large-size images and illustrations as well as a detailed guide to the seven seasons of TNG. Included are sections on "Generations", "First Contact" and, in the newest edition, "Insurrection". Although some of the images are already known from The Art of Star Trek, this is another great look behind the scenes. More than the rather loosely arranged images in the The Art of Star Trek, this book really tells the story of a series that is developed through seven seasons.
The Continuing Mission is probably the best book about TNG with all of its aspects. It was obviously written to be entertaining in the first place, so it never gets too profound. Nevertheless, we learn a great deal, for instance, where Guinan's name comes from, how many writers mingled together the script for "Yesterday's Enterprise", or how a shuttle may become a big starship. The only slight criticism I have about it is that the text is mostly separate from the images. Although there are captions, I would have liked to know more about several of the images.
The sub-title of the book is "A Tenth Anniversary Tribute", and it is a worthy tribute in any respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for all ST fans 20 Jan 1998
By Peter Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent piece of work, combining inromative and readable text with some illuminating shots both from the episodes and "behind the scenes". The book also has many original sketches so readers can see the development of costumes, aliens, ships and so on. Each of the NextGen episodes is given a synopsis (which may be the book's weakest feature, although space was undoubtedly an inhibiting factor)with a still from that episode; it is beautifully bound, a pleasure to hold and the dust jacket is a stunningly attractive black and white study of the cast.
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