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New Book Spotlights 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture'

Creature Features Publishing launches behind-the-scenes trade paperback in October

Creature Features Publishing is taking readers on a behind-the-scenes journey through "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"' in a new book by Preston Neal Jones.

Presented as a candid oral history, "Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture" arrives in October as a 672-page trade paperback -- limited to 1,000 copies -- that features interviews with 60 of the film’s cast and creators.

During filming of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in 1979, Jones was given unparalleled access on set with the intention of creating a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine. But with the film's late completion and the sizable scope of Jones' story, it was never published -- until now.

"Return to Tomorrow" refreshes the material compiled by Jones while maintaining the candid comments he collected from 35 years ago. In addition to featuring interviews with the entire cast, the book spotlights Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, director Robert Wise ("West Side Story"), visual effect artists, illustrators, model builders and technicians.

In addition, an original Roger Stine painting intended for Cinefantastique serves as cover art for the book.

Jones’ first excursion into cinematic oral history was “James Whale Remembered,” which appeared in Forrest J Ackerman’s original Famous Monsters of Filmland. His resume also includes the book "Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter"; it earned the Rondo Award for Book of the Year from the Classic Horror Film Board.

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" -- based on a story by Alan Dean Foster and a script by Harold Livingston -- follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they confront a mysterious and immensely powerful alien cloud that threatens Earth.

Creature Features Publishing is now offering pre-orders for "Return to Tomorrow," including 100 copies signed by Jones. The book costs $29.95.

For information, visit creaturefeatures.com.

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