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For the documentary of the same name, please see The Making of Star Trek: First Contact.

The Making of Star Trek: First Contact is a reference book detailing the creation and production of Star Trek: First Contact. Edited by Lou Anders, the book comprises material gathered by Anders, Larry Nemecek, and Ian Spelling as well as various rare Paramount Pictures set photos and then-unseen design sketches by illustrator John Eaves.


From the book jacket
One captain, against orders, must succeed where all others have failed...
Prepare for the ultimate Star Trek experience as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, headed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, take on their most fearsome enemies, the deadly Borg, in a battle across space and time!
Discover all the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movie, including:
Resistance is futile.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Background information

  • This book used text written variously by Anders, Nemecek, and Spelling for the Titan Magazines releases, Star Trek: First Contact - Official Movie Souvenir Magazine and Star Trek: First Contact - The Official Poster Magazine. Anders and Nemecek did interviews and features related to the various designers, writers, and other behind-the-scenes work, while Spelling worked on the actors' profiles.
  • As the buzz surrounding the film increased prior to its release, Titan Books opted to collect the works, along with more photos and design sketches, and compile them into a stand-alone volume. With Nemecek busy on other projects, including updating the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, the publisher chose Anders to edit the project and receive his first author's credit. Neither the book nor the magazines were sold in North America, whereas Germany saw a translated edition in 1997, which came with a movie poster.
  • Illustrator John Eaves has followed up on this work with his much more elaborate reference book Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies in 1998.

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