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Star Trek: Ships of the Line Hardcover – December 2, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 2 edition (December 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147678258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476782584
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Star Trek: The Original Series. 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 Margaret began editing Star Trek books. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Michael Okuda was hired to design control panels for Star Trek: The Next Generation. At the time, he was living in Hawaii. He flew to Los Angeles for what he was told would be a quick, two-week job. He hasn't left yet.

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Customer Reviews

Good book for Star Trek fans!
Ordice Gallups
I like it, gorgeous illustrations, just thought it was more of an actual book rather than a picture book.
J. Kilgore
This is really a beautiful book any fan will enjoy.
Minilith

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chaz Wilson on December 2, 2014
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Great book! Two and a half times thicker than the first edition! looks like this time they pretty much cover all of the images that are in the ships of the line calendars. it would have been nice had it been a full size coffee table book, but if you love the ships of Star Trek like I do you'll think it's worth the price. it does retain the pictures from the first edition but there is a whole bunch of new images from the first of the line calendars along with nice stories about those images. so I would say its a must have for any Star Trek fan or collectors book collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Minilith on December 3, 2014
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This is really a beautiful book any fan will enjoy. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I figured 350+ pages of some sort of ST goodness for the price sounded good. I was pleasantly surprised with a huge collection of original Star Trek artwork drawn from a variety of sources. They are arranged chronologically, some have to do with episodes and movies, others do not. It's really a high-quality coffee-table book, although it isn't oversize. All the illustrations are of ST ships in some sort of a situation. It's a nice way to pass some time exploring the ST universe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By experimation on December 5, 2014
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I can't get enough Ships of the Line! Having purchased every calendar since the beginning, as well as the first book, this item was a MUST. And it does not disappoint!

Amazing images crafted by some really talented artists...and the added bonus of Mike Okuda's photo descriptions! They've kicked Ships of the Line up a notch and then some. Big kudos to the amazing Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark on an amazing book.

I look forward to the day a few years from now when the 3rd book is released I can add it to my collection as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Lawson on December 5, 2014
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You don't just read this work, you can be entranced by it. The cumulative vision of so many tremendous, largely unsung, visual artists finds a fitting home in this compendium. The work not only references Star Trek that was and some that is just fancy, it captures the spirit and imagination of the designers, the dreamers, the behind the scenes makers unleashed to see their favorite vehicles in new settings and situations. Kick back, pour some favorite beverage and page through this book with smiles and appreciation because it is truly a labor of and sent with love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 12, 2014
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This book takes the art work created for Doug Drexler's "Ships of the Line" calendar series and places them into a single hard cover book. The book is primarily cg artwork showing various scenes of different ships in action. If you are looking for detailed diagrams or profiles of the ships then this book isn't for you.

The art is primarily of Starfleet ships, mostly confined to the hero ships from the TV shows and movies. The scenes portrayed range from the renditions of events that happened in the shows and movies, while others are routine Starfleet activities. A few original designs are also included however they are the exception and not the rule. The quality of the art varies wildly from picture to picture, some are close to TV quality, but others are quite poor in their detail. The pictures based on the Original Series are particularly low detail. The pictures are also very clearly cropped from their original calendar format which is rather sad.

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about this book is its page count, having about 350 pages, of which half are wasted as full page captions that rarely exceed more than a couple sentences. Another disappointment is the relatively limited number of ships that appear in the art. We get the main hero ships, but very little of the secondary ships that have appeared over the years. Many of the ships that appear on the cover aren't even in the book.

If you have the calendar series that this is based on then you probably have no reason to even consider buying this. If you don't then it might be something you would like, just don't expect much in the way of variety.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy A. Derry on December 7, 2014
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I have to admit, I enjoy pictures of spaceships ever since I was a kid. Thankfully, this updated book does not disappoint. Highly recommended!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lucky on December 2, 2014
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Exactly as advertised!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2014
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Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2014 Edition) - Edited by Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark; Text by- Michael Okuda

This is an extraordinary book rendering many beautiful action scenes of the U.S.S. Enterprise and other ships depicted in the stories associated with Star Trek. We are close to the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Trek adventures first broadcast in the 1960s when Gene Roddenberry boldly went where no one has gone before.

There are short descriptions of the artwork in the pages of this book explaining what action is in the depictions and what we are looking at. From the beginning we have early concepts of what the U.S.S. Enterprise was to be to what is shown in the different incarnations of the ship that stole the heart and minds of those watching those first adventures.

Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2014 Edition) will celebrate Trek with an updated edition of the acclaimed Ships of the Line hardcover book. The original book, published in 2006, featured images from all of the Ships of the Lines calendars at the time, while the 2014 edition will include all of the previous images and every image created for the Ships of the Line calendars since the original book's release. That means the new Star Trek: Ships of the Line edition will boast more than 75 new images, with all of the images brought together for the first time in book format and complemented with text by Star Trek's own Michael Okuda.

As explained in the book, "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.
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