on 27 December 2001
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.
on 24 January 2002
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.
on 10 November 1998
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.