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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original ed. edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671534815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671534813
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a Voyager fan I found this book very informative. It gives you insight into the lives of the cast and crew and how the episodes come about. Very detailed, I especially liked the cast interviews. Well worth a purchase if you are into Voyager.
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By A Customer on March 16, 2000
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I bought this book based on the reviews and they were right. This book is great! The photos alone are worth the price. If you love to read behind the scenes stories and are a Star Trek fan to boot, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It gives you the insider's view of the making of the series to the point where you feel as if you were a part of the production.
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As a fan of Star Trek Voyager, I found this book to be an incredible glimpse into how the show was created. Mr. Poe has done a wonderful job of exploring the "how's, why's, and almost's" of this often underrated series. After reading it I felt as if I actually was part of the Voyager creative process, that is how invitimg the authors writing is. A must have for the Voyager fan.
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It's not that I'd just automatically give any and every Star Trek item 5-stars, but that would be my starting disposition. Fortunately, this fine book actually lives up to the franchise standards. As Voyager was my favorite of all Star Trek productions, this book was a slam dunk to love. Interesting behind the scenes information and pictures that I've found nowhere else. Even in Voyager was not your favorite Trek, you'd probably still love this book. Great information on the all of the people responsible for all of the various series and films.
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This is a book that probably should have been released in 1995, soon after Voyager started. I don't know why it was delayed until 1998.

A Vision of the Future thoroughly documents the step-by-step creation of Voyager, from the first inklings of a plan for a series to follow TNG, through the initial broadcast of the first episode "Caretaker." Poe does a great job of showing just how seat-of-the-pants the creation of a TV series is, from adjusting to last minute cast changes (and hair changes), to having to deal with directives from on high that force a guerilla re-structuring of a story already in production, because the number of commercial breaks has suddenly been changed.

We get to follow Poe, doing what we'd all have loved to do: wander around backstage without getting accosted by set security. We can vicariously talk to the crew putting everything together and find out the preposterous hours they work, see how things get put together behind the scenes, and find out why this or that thing was done the way it was. It really puts a human face on what can all too easily be looked at as a monolithic studio making just another piece of The Franchise.

If I'd had this book early on in the series run, I'd probably have been significantly more forgiving toward Voyager than I was at the time. (I've since become rather more fond of Voyager than my initial reaction back then would have suggested... Maybe I'm just getting old?) Perhaps Voyager would have gotten a bit more warm welcome from the fans if this had been available on time. It's tough to say.
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This is a nice addition to my Star Trek library. Most of the books centers on TOS and ST:TNG. Very nice to have another Voyager book. Talks about the concept development of the series. Some interesting facts i did not know about Voyager
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By A Customer on May 27, 2000
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A wonderful look behind the scenes of a great show. It makes you appreciate all the effort that so many people put into the details. The only thing lacking in this book is an index.
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No one's going to buy a book about the making of Voyager if they don't like Voyager, so it's understandable that the writer refrains from any criticism. Yet he adopts the tone that Voyager is unrivalled high-quality drama and whether you believe him or not it rankles enough to make you wince through even the really interesting sections on the making of the show's pilot film. There's also a peculiar habit of trying to force a structure to the book by leaving bits out from the beginning and throwing them in at the end which you might live with if there were an index. Poe is a name in Star Trek circles because he wrote The Making of Star Trek (under a psuedonym) but where you can excuse the poor journalism of that book because he was new and fresh, thirty years later you feel he should have improved.
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