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Ships of the Line: Celebrating 40 Years of Star Trekby Michael Okuda
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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 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.
For the very first time collected together are the images of starships that Star Trek fans have raved about for years. The volume is being published in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the series.
There has never been a Star Trek book like this one. Imagined scenarios, new worlds and historic battles are all brought to life between its pages, 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. Over 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.
About 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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