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The Special Effects of Trek

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The unauthorized The Special Effects of Trek is essentially a collection of articles and interviews about the special, and visual effects of the Star Trek: The Original Series, the first six Star Trek films and the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, done by the author, and originally published in the fanzines "Star Trek Files" and "Enterprise Incidents". While the Movie Publisher Services edition of 1993 is often stated to be the first edition, it was actually a (revised) reprint of the Schuster & Schuster edition of 1988, which was titled "(Files Magazine focus on) Special Effects of Star Trek".


From the book jacket (1st Edition)
The magic of Star Trek was part acting ability, part good stories and direction and part special effects created by unseen wizards. The special seductive spell of special effects created the wonders of space travel, strange worlds, fantastic vehicles and incredible alien races. This is the untold story of those behind-the-scenes wizards in their own words.
From the book jacket (2nd Edition)
"The best book about the magical special effects that bring Star Trek to life ever published."
- Enterprise Incidents
An in-depth look at the special effects magic behind the 26 years of Star Trek productions!
Special effects have always been an important facet of the Star Trek phenomenon. This book explores how the effects have been achieved. From the Emmy Award-winning episode, "The Tholian Web", of the original series, through the spectacular effects of the movies and the challenge of creating new effects week after week on Star Trek: The Next Generation, this lively account describes the fascinating work that goes on behind the scenes.

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


  • By Way of an Introduction: The Age of Special Effects
  • The 60s Star Trek: Special Effects on a Budget
  • The Motion Picture: The Effects Become the Star
  • Special Effects Photo Gallery
  • The Wrath of Khan
  • The Search for Spock
  • The Voyage Home
  • The Final Frontier
  • Special Effects Photo Gallery
  • The Undiscovered Country
  • The Next Generation: Television Again, With Budget
  • Glossary of Terms


Written well before the advent of the Internet and before officially endorsed reference works were published, this book has become outdated as it, especially where the Original Series are concerned, contains many inaccuracies. Caution should be observed when consulting this work.


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