Here for the very first time collected together are the spectacular
images from the highly successful and acclaimed Star Trek:
Ships of the Line calendars. Gloriously rendered, each
of these illustrations was created exclusively for Pocket
Books. With text by Michael Okuda (The Star Trek Encyclopaedia),
the story of each of these valiant starships comes to life...
dared to risk it all in a skiff of reeds or leather, on a
ship of wood or steel, knowing the only thing between them
and certain death was their ship. To explore, to seek out
what lay beyond the close and comfortable, every explorer
had to embrace danger. And as they did so, what arose was
a mystical bond, a passion for the ships that carried them.
From the very first time humans dared to warp the fabric of
space, escaping from the ashes of the third World War, they
also created ships. These vessels have become the icons of
mankind's desire to rise above the everyday, to seek out and
make the unknown known. And these ships that travel the stellar
seas have stirred the same passions as the ones that floated
in the oceans.
every captain has wished that their starship could be outfitted
in the same manner as the sailing ship H.M.S. Beagle - without
weapons - that proved untenable. From the start, Starfleet
realised that each vessel, due to the limited range of the
early warp engines, must be able to stand alone against any
attack. Thus arose the idea, taken from the days of wooden
sailing ships, that every Starfleet vessel must stand as a
ship of the line. Through the actions of their captains and
crews, countless starships have taken on that role. Here we
remember some of those ships and their heroic crews.
scenarios, new worlds and historic battles are all brought
to life between the pages of this impressive book, as settings
for the spectacular starships which have graced the Star
Trek universe throughout all five television series. This
is what happens when you turn loose some of the most talented
computer generated artists in Hollywood - who also just happen
to be Star Trek fans - and ask them to create images
they would like to have seen on Star Trek.
the past seven years, wall calendars called Star Trek:
Ships of the Line have displayed breathtaking art, specially
commissioned for the Ships of the Line series, only
to be discarded at the end of the year. To celebrate the fortieth
anniversary of Star Trek, the best calendar images
of Star Trek battleships have been collected together,
with new additional descriptions and history to give them
their proper setting in the Star Trek universe. The
result is a sumptuous visual record and a magnificent reference
book which any Star Trek fan would be proud to own.
majority of the images in this collection are of the Original
Series Enterprise (NCC-1701) and The
Next Generation TV series Enterprise
(NCC-1701-D). But there are also images of Voyager,
Space Nine's Defiant and the Enterprise
from Star Trek: Enterprise.
are a few images inspired by the movies and TV shows, including
the Enterprise from The Next Generation's Encounter
at Farpoint and the Klingon Bird of Prey from Star
Trek VI: The Voyage Home, as well as a few
images where the ship illustrated is not identifiable (or
maybe it is to those that are true Starfleet spotters).
images are, on the whole, fantastic. My only complaint is
that the accompanying text is a little weak. This collection
would have benefited greatly from a few paragraphs from each
artist explaining why they chose that particular ship and
what they were trying to convey with their creation.
the whole though, this is a great collection that will find
a welcome home on most fan's coffee tables.