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Illustrator(s): Michael Okuda, Rick Sternbach and Andrew Probert
Publisher: Mindset Press
Editor(s): Christopher Laird Simmons
Published: August 1989 (Volume One)
September 1990 (Volume Two)
Pages: 56 (Volume One)
52 (Volume Two)
The 24th century technical manual vol2

Volume Two

The The 24th Century Technical Manual is a two-volume unauthorized production, published in 1989 and 1990. But unlike other fan productions of the era it neither contains fan fiction nor fan art, but rather a collection of graphical behind-the-scenes production material produced by Andrew Probert, Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda without further commentary. Material, covering the first three seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, was provided by fans and collectors who themselves obtained it from the production staff. Being a special edition of the fanzine Galaxy Class, the quality of the publication was reflected as such, photo copied in black and white and side-stapled (though a "Deluxe", plastic spiral comb-bound, edition was available). As the disclaimer stated, the publication "is published as a "not-for-profit" means of communication between fans of the television series "Star Trek The Next Generation", it is not intended as a merchandising endeavor." Still, it ranks amongst the earliest collections of production materials accessible to the general public before officially licensed material became available, starting with Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual a year later.

Contents

Both volumes organized the material in four sections:

  • Section One: "Ships"
  • Section Two: "Props and Equipment"
  • Section Three: "Displays and Instruments"
  • Section Four: "Miscellaneous and Behind the Scenes"

Noteworthy sections

Volume one contains in section four black and white photographs, taken by Greg Stone of the build-up of the original Borg cube as well as photos of the completed maquette of the engine room of the IKS Pagh, slated to appear in TNG: "A Matter Of Honor" in a scene showing the subatomic bacteria eating through the hull, before that scene was cut at the last moment.

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