February 27 2024

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Return To Tomorrow Book

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A new book, Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture goes behind the scenes of the first Star Trek feature film.

The book’s release coincides with the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

“In 1979, Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled access to the cast and creators of Star Trek: The Motion Picture for what was intended to be a cover story for Cinefantastique Magazine. Owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published—until now.

“This book is a priceless time capsule, a 672-page oral history in the words of sixty of the film’s cast and creators, interviewed as the film was being prepared for release—and nobody had any idea if it would succeed or even be finished on time.

From the stars (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the entire cast) to the filmmakers (Gene Roddenberry, Robert Wise) to the brilliant visual effects artists, illustrators, model builders and technicians who realized the 23rd century on screen (costumes, sets, props, models, music, sound FX and more), no aspect of the film’s creation is overlooked.

The entire manuscript has been laboriously fact-checked and prepared for modern publication, while retaining all of the candid comments from thirty-five years ago. The gorgeous cover art is the original painting by Roger Stine intended for Cinefantastique, courtesy the Daren R. Dochterman Collection.”

Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will be limited to one thousand copies, of which the first one hundred copies will be autographed. To order the book, which costs $29.95, head to the link located here.

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