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Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Continuing Mission is a retrospective behind-the-scenes reference book into the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation, featuring input from cast and crew, along with full color reproduction of design, and production illustrations as well as photographs of production materials actually used.


From the first edition book jacket
"Let's see what's out there."
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"
In September 1987, lightning struck for the second time when Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television, beginning an ongoing mission that continues to this day. Skeptics doubted that Gene Roddenberry could re-create the imagination and excitement of the classic Original Series, but The Next Generation proved a more-than-worthy successor, winning over fans and critics for seven thrilling seasons on television, then soaring onto the big screen in two hit feature films: Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Continuing Mission is an exquisite keepsake celebration of the unforgettable voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, collecting a breathtaking assortment of personal reminiscences, as well as never-before-published sketches, illustrations and photographs from the series and both movies. Captain Picard and the entire crew are captured here in loving tribute to ten years of exploring new worlds and new civilizations and going boldly "where no one has gone before".

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Background information[]

  • The 10th anniversary book, first released in 1997 as a deluxe oversized, 30.2×23.1 cm, hardcover in dustjacket, saw a slightly revised softcover reprint one year later.
  • The first specialized book publication to proffer its readership an exhaustive behind-the-scenes look of the production of The Next Generation, it saw at least one international release in the form of the Japanese language edition of 2001.
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