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An in-depth look behind the scenes of the smash-hit television series.


From the book jacket
The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an exclusive look at the incredible adventure that began long before the first scene was shot. Filled with anecdotes and insights covering all aspects of what television viewers see each week, as well as little-known stories of "Borg Tribbles," "Cardassian Bowling Alleys," and the "Funniest Joke in the Universe," this unprecedented behind-the-scenes chronicle is based on a year of research and exclusive observation of every stage of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
From the earliest concepts for the show to the rigors of full-scale production, The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine examines the other side of the camera, and provides a detailed look at every stage of television production – from story breaking, to writing, casting, production design, to the show's magnificent model work and state-of-the-art computerized special effects, and final editing.

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  • Introduction: How Dare We?
  • The Funniest Joke in the Universe
  • The Future's Past
  • The Mo$t Important Chapter in This Book
  • Setting the Stage
  • The Stagemakers
  • In the Beginning
  • The Original Presentation
  • The First Revisions
  • The Readers Write
  • "A Strange, Intriguing Object"
  • The Cardassian Way
  • Following in the Footsteps
  • The Most Closed Set on the Lot
  • Seeing Things That Aren't There
  • "The Machine"
  • Whither Deep Space Nine?


  • Roll Credits
  • First and Second Season Episodes
  • How to Write for Deep Space Nine

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