Wednesday 12 August 2020

Non-Fiction previews: The Motion Picture, Dan Curry, and Voyager books

Lots of new previews for forthcoming Star Trek non-fiction books have been released, giving us a peak inside the new books dedicated to The Motion Picture, Voyager, and the wide ranging work of visual effects master Dan Curry. Continue below to check out preview pages from them all!

First up, the film that redefined the look of Trek in a way that echoes until this day, and brought Star Trek to the big screen. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Inside the Art and Visual Effects is set to give us a look at how that film was created, and is packed full of beautiful imagery.

The book is written by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki, and will be coming from Titan Books next month (although some are in the wild already). Here's a reminder of the blurb:
The official guide to the film artistry of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Forty years ago, Star Trek: The Motion Picture brought Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise crew to the big screen and changed the course of the Star Trek franchise. Now, celebrate this landmark anniversary by discovering the visual artistry that made this an enduring science fiction classic. For the first time ever, explore archival material created by legendary Star Trek collaborators, including Robert Abel, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert, and Ken Adams.

Also from Titan Books, is Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry - VFX, weapons, and wonders from TNG to Voyager. The book is written by Curry himself, with Ben Robinson, and will give us insights into how he brought to life the spectacles of TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Due out in November, here's the blurb:
Hardback volume showcasing the diverse work of one of Star Trek's most talented alumni, Dan Curry, whose contributions to the TV shows and movies include visual effects, practical effects, title design and weaponry.

With more than 50 years of history to its name, Star Trek is one of the world's most treasured popular culture institutions, and seven-time Emmy award winner Dan Curry is one of its most enduring talents. His amazing contributions have ranged from directing, title design and concept art to practical on-set effects and weapon design. From The Next Generation to Enterprise, Dan's incredibly diverse Star Trek work has resulted in some of the series' most memorable moments.

Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry reveals the many and varied techniques used to produce some of the most spectacular visual effects used in the various series, while Dan also goes in-depth to divulge the secrets of some of his own personal favorite creations. This is a book for all Star Trek fans to treasure!

Also due in November, and also from Ben Robinson, with Mark Wright, but this time published by Eaglemoss' Hero Collector Books and Penguin Random House, is Star Trek: Voyager - A Celebration. Billed as a convention in a book, the book offers wide ranging discussion of all aspects of the series, with new interviews with many of the creators and actors. and Penguin Random House have both released preview pages, giving a good sense of what the book is like, and including the contents page, which among many other subjects included a ten-page "Starship Gallery"!

There's also new cover art just released for this book. Here's a reminder of the blurb:
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the TV series in 2020! Everything you want to know about Captain Kathryn Janeway's Starship Voyager and crew.

The perfect holiday gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!

STAR TREK: VOYAGER first appeared on TV on 16 January 1995, running for 172 episodes over seven seasons. Charting the adventures of the 24th Century Starfleet Vessel U.S.S. Voyager, this multi award-winning series followed the starship and its crew to the distant side of the galaxy. Celebrating 25 years since its first broadcast episode, this book explores the very best of STAR TREK: VOYAGER, with chapters looking at the greatest episodes, alien characters, visual effects, hair and makeup, costumes and guest stars. Plus the actors talk of their memories of the show, and recall their personal highlights over its six-and-a-half year run.

Finally here's one more little non-fiction update: Star Trek cross-section artist and Ships of the Line calendar contributor Matthew Cushman shared the following tease on his Facebook page, giving a tiny hint of what his contribution to the next edition of the Ships of the Line calendar might just be...

Order links for mentioned books:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Inside the Art and Visual Effects, by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki.
Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry, by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson.
Star Trek: Voyager - A Celebration, by Ben Robinson and Mark Wright.

To keep track of all the latest releases, hit the books button on my 2020 schedule page. You can also find series reading lists and author bibliographies on my dedicated Star Trek lists site.

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