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Star Trek: Ships of the Line

By Jacqueline Bundy
Posted at November 14, 2006 - 5:20 PM GMT

Title: Star Trek: Ships of the Line
Editors: Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark
Release Date: November 2006
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1-4165-3243-9

There are few images as iconic as the ships of Star Trek. Each year fans around the globe look forward to the release of the new Ships of the Line calendar. Now, for the first time, almost ninety full-page color images from the Ships of the Line calendars have been collected together in one stunning hardcover volume.

Divided into seven chapters, Ships of the Line covers the length and breadth of the Star Trek universe and the vessels portrayed therein. Arranged chronologically, from the earliest warp vessels to the futuristic Enterprise-J and darn near everything in between, this is a book you’ll never tire of looking at.

Numerous artists contributed to Ships of the Line. Jay Barton, Petri Blomquist, Robert Bonchune, Andrew Bradbury, Steve Burg, Eric Chauvin, Aurore deBlois, Daren Dochterman, Doug Drexler, Pierre Drolet, John Eaves, Robert Holmes, Gary Hutzel, Gabriel Koerner, Koji Kuramura, Meni, Adam “Mojo” Lebowitz, Dave Morton, Michael Okuda, Jose Perez, Fred Pienkos, Andrew Probert, Alain Rivard, Sean Scott, Michael Stetson, Lee Stringer, John M. Teska, Kyle Toucher, Bob Witkowski and the folks at Industrial Light and Magic have all let their imaginations soar. The result is breathtaking.

Images of the different incarnations of the U.S.S. Enterprise do dominate this collection but there are also wonderful representations of plenty of other Starfleet ships such as the Defiant and Voyager. In addition there are plenty of vessels associated with both friends and foes.

The variety of images is fantastic. Battle shots, alien landscapes, illustrations depicting the wonders of the universe and images that commemorate some of Star Trek’s most memorable moments can all be found within the pages of Ships of the Line.

Each full-page color illustration is accompanied by text written by Michael Okuda on the opposite page. As you turn the pages it is a bit like an illustrated history of Star Trek as interpreted by Okuda.

Even if you’ve been collecting the calendars over the years that contain these same images, the high quality production values and the bargain price of $19.99(US) make Ships of the Line a must-have for every fans collection.

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Jacqueline Bundy reviews Star Trek books for the Trek Nation, writes monthly columns for the TrekWeb newsletter and the Star Trek Galactic News, and hosts the Yahoo Star Trek Books Group weekly chat.

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