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Ships of the Line (Star Trek) Hardcover – November 7, 2006

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DOUG DREXLER is currently an effects supervisor on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. A long time Star Trek fan, this native New Yorker left the movie make-up field where he had won an Oscar for his work on DICK TRACY to pursue his life-long passion to work on Star Trek. Drexler taught himself computers and became one of the most valued members of the design staff for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and the effects designer for STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. He currently lives in Hollywood.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416532439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416532439
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sure there's some excellent artwork in this picture book. But instead of being an artistic guide to the ships of the Star Trek universe, 'Ships Of The Line' ends up being more like a photo album (albeit artist-rendered) of the central ship of each of the Star Trek television series. This is not anything close to a comprehensive spotter's book for the various Federation and alien space craft like the book's dust jacket suggests, which is EXACTLY the sort of book a Trekkie geek like me was expecting. Instead, this book lays out like a scrap book of the various iterations of U.S.S. Enterprises as it appeared on the various series and in film, the Defiant from DS9 and of course Voyager. Too few of the art panels focus on other ships in the Star Fleet inventory, or from any of the alien races that makes the Star Trek shows as rich and embellished as they were.

Too small to be a real coffee table book, and too lacking in the sort of minutiae information a Trek trivia fan craves to be useful as a real Star Trek reference guide, 'Ships Of The Line' needs to head back to the literary version of space dry dock for a content refit.
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The vessels portrayed in Ships of the Line cover the length and breadth of the Star Trek universe. 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.

Images of the U.S.S. Enterprise do dominate this collection but there are also wonderful representations of plenty of other Starfleet ships, as well as 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 illustration is accompanied by text written for each image 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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While the book is titled "Ships Of The Line", I can't help but ask, "Where ARE the SHIPS??" It would've been a much better read had the authors provided more illustrations of Federation Starships other than those Star Trek fans are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis (ENT, TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY). It also would've been nice to have seen ships from other races (Vulcan, Andorian, Klingon, Romulan, Borg, etc.).

Overall, it is a good read BUT, it could've and should've been sooooo much better.
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First a ship of the line is a sailing term for large battleships or draughnoughts. The term loosly refers to most impressive navel vessils from the 1700's to the late 1800's. Translate this to Star Trek then it should be the same, the most potent of warships. However this book is limited to the various incarnations of the Enterrise, the Deffant (DS9) and Voyger. The subsejt matter is limited the differnt shows primary vessils it does nto cover ny other alein ships or any ships that are displayed onthe front or back covers. Furthermore, the matter about the ships that are coversd is impresive artwork or move shpots and an expert form a novel or episode. No techinicla data or relivan facts or even basic infomation. In short this book is good for the art work
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I really like this book. Great artwork. But...

The one thing I'd change is that the book (at 11.25"x7.25") is a mite small for an 'art book' in my opinion. Leaves me wanting more, both in size and future editions. ;-)
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All of the material in this book is contained in the later volume with the red-striped cover. I'm not sure why this is still in print, but it's still a concise companion to the expanded volume.
If you buy only one book, buy the red-striped cover
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All things considered, a great book for the price. It's big enough to leave out on the coffee table, but small enough so that your blasphemously ignorant non-Trek associates won't mock you. The action shots are amazing, and the captions stir the imagination. Not being an avid Trek reader, I presume that these are taken from the novels?

That said, I was really hoping that the book would feature ships that we don't get to see very often in video (Enterprise B and C). I was really disappointed that the Enterprise B was repeatedly depicted as an Excelsior class ship, minus the refit, as it was depicted in "Generations" when it first launched. They even missed it on the cover!

Also, I wish the actual book cover matched the slipcover, but instead it's just about the plainest binding I've ever seen. However, I will be leaving the book setting out for guests to see, open to the purported Starfleet initial conceptual design for the refit Constitution class Enterprise.
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By Phrancis on February 4, 2014
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I've always loved sci-fi (especially Trek) for it's "imagined technology" and the ships themselves. This is essentially a picture book of those ships with just little captions on the facing page. It's arranged in chronological fashion with "snapshots" from some of the more memorable franchise episodes. Some of those pictures are detailed color illustrations, but most are CG renderings of various detail levels, with the most interesting picture being the front cover itself...
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