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Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Photostory is a Star Trek Photostories photonovel – adapting Star Trek: The Motion Picture – edited by Richard J. Anobile. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in April 1980.


From the book jacket
Join the Enterprise on its greatest adventure in hundreds of full-color, live-action scenes from Paramount's blockbuster hit!
Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and he rest of the crew meet their greatest challenge – in all the brilliant color and excitement of the great motion picture hit!

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Background information

  • The adaptation is missing several scenes from the film, among them Kirk's discussion with Commander Sonak in the San Francisco air tram station, the death of Sonak in the transporter room, and Decker's interlude with the Ilia probe on the recreation deck.
  • Copies intended for dissemination in British Canada, featured an additional maple leaf logo on the cover, but were otherwise, apart from the price imprint, identical to the US version, including the ISBN.
  • While no internationally translated book editions are known to exist, a very similar but differently edited 1980 German serialized magazine version has almost near-concurrently been published in the television magazine Gong (issues 10 - 25) as Star Trek – Der Film, starting its run one month before the publication of the Pocket Books release, and planned as promo for the premiere of the film in West-Germany on 27 March 1980. [1].

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