Star Trek: Ships of the Line

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They 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 ...

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Overview

They 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.

While 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 realized 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.

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek, 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 Encyclopedia), the story of each of these valiant starships comes to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416532439
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Series: Star Trek Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 425,009
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark both grew up on Long Island, New York. At the very same time they became fans of the original Star Trek show. Fate being what it was, neither knew the other at the time, though they were mere miles apart. Doug left for California. Margaret stayed. Their lives intersected when Doug began working on a television show called Star Trek: The Next Generation—and later on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—and Margaret began working on Star Trek books. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Good Idea - Bad Execution

    WHAT A LET DOWN! 84 pages, and only about a dozen of them were what I expected. The book is esentially just a collection of paintings by various artists that kind of trace the history of Starfleet and its collection of ships. The problem lies in that term, 'various artists.' Yes, some of the pictures were generated using the same CG that was used in the SOL calendars, but the majority are done using other software or even painting by hand. The result is a hodge-podge collection of images that lacks any kind of continuity. And adding insult to injury, some of the artwork really isn't that good! There are a few bright points though. The book introduces into canon a new design for the Bonaventure class starship which bridges ENT and TOS. It's a clever design, and seeing the registry number 'NCC-1000' on her hull just made me smile. I doubt that I'll buy it, which is a shame. Great idea ... horrible execution. Save your money and buy the calendars instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    The Waiting is over!

    I haven't even seen the book yet but I know that it will be good. They teased the book in the first 'Ships of the Line' calender and that was nearly 7 years ago I think. But now after a lot of waiting, it is finally here. If it is anything like the calenders, we Star Trek fans will not be disappointed.

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