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Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts is a reference book which provides a behind-the-scenes description of the makeup and props in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. The book includes an introduction by Patrick Stewart and comments by Michael Dorn, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, and Ethan Phillips on the makeup of their respective characters.


From the book jacket
Special bonus: a section that will show you how to re-create your own makeup as well as create your own props, using readily available items.
Words on paper. Without the resourceful, innovative, almost magical talents of the untold hundreds of behind-the-scenes people who have worked on Star Trek, those and countless other futuristic marvels would be just that – words on paper. For years the major responsibility for making it all real for viewing audiences has fallen to people like Academy Award®-winning makeup supervisor Michael Westmore and property master Alan Sims, and their incredible staff of artisans. These modern-day dream shapers have guarded their award-winning secrets with national security-level caution... until today.
The veil of secrecy is pulled back in Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts. Through dozens of rare sketches, photographs, and designs, discover how those remarkable craftspeople made the fantastic vistas, creatures, and technology encountered every week. You'll be amazed at how low-tech some of these hi-tech wonders really are!
Who decided to make the Andorian blue? Of what was the belt on the original Klingon costume made? Was the first phaser really a block of wood? All your questions will be answered in Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts!

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 This part of the book features commentary from Michael Westmore. Whereas his remarks in the TNG section on Vulcans pertain only to Sarek and Spock, his comments on the TNG Borg are much more extensive, addressing such topics as "Borg Electronics", "Borg Babies", and Locutus of Borg.