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Exclusive First Look At Inside 2010 Star Trek Ships Of The Line Calendar June 21, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Merchandise,Trek Franchise , trackback

2010 will mark the 10th year for the popular Star Trek Ships of the Line Calendar series. Today TrekMovie has an exclusive first look at four months from the new wall calendar, including the first ever look at the USS Aventine.

 

New blood for the ships of the line
Like previous SOTL calendars, 2010 will have 12 month layouts and a centerfold. For their 10th year Pocket Books brings back many of the talented artists who have provided images of Star Trek ships in previous years. These would be: Daren Dochterman, Koji Kuramura, Michael Stetson, John Tesca, Max Rem, John Han, Mark Rademaker, and Andrew Probert, all being wrangled by Trek vet Doug Drexler, who also contributes. Here is the cover by Max Rem.

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Star Trek Ships of the Line 2010 Calendar – cover (by Max Rem)

But this year Doug mixed it up, but bringing on some artists he found on the web (Robert Wilde, Greg Stewart, and Steffen Weisener) as well as CBS-Digital Trek Remastered artists Niel Wray and Max Gabl (who have two contributions). There are also what Doug calls "a wider spectrum of media" as well. In addition to all the digital work,  Probert’s contribution is based on a traditional painting, and John Han used old school physical models.

Here is the centerfold featuring an image from "Requiem for Methuselah", one of two images from Star Trek Remastered.


Centerfold – Flint’s Castle (by Max Gabl and Niel Wray)

And here are a couple of Enterprises in February and August


February – Enterprise D and the Remmler Array  (by  Steffen Weisener)


August – Enterprise A from Star Trek VI (by Koji Kuramura)

Another first for the 2010 calendar is it is the first SOTL calendar to debut a ship from the Pocket Books series of Star Trek novels. Specifically the SOTL is where you can get your first look at the USS Aventine, which was featured in David Mack’s "Destiny" trilogy. Artist Mark Rademaker (who worked with Drexler on Battlestar Galactica) loved the Destiny series and asked if he could make the Aventine based on the aesthetic of the Enterprise E, along with the description from the books detailing the ship’s slipstream warp drive and "shark-like" appearance. Much time was spent on the details, down to ensuring that the nacelle pylons, shuttle bays, and number of decks all made sense.


October – USS Aventine (by Mark Rademaker)

Mark will be creating another image of the Aventine for one of the covers of the 2010 ‘Typhon Pact’ mini-series. He has also made an animation showing off a 3-D wireframe for the Aventine.

The Ships of the Line 2010 Calendar comes out in August and is also available for pre-order at Amazon for $11.19. Note that Amazon has an early dummy cover, the above one is the final.

More calendars for 2010
There will also be a Star Trek movie and Star Trek original series wall calendar in 2010, both of which are available for pre-order. A day-to-day digital calendar covering the entire Star Trek franchise is also in development (not yet available for pre-order).

Ships of the Line – The Book
The SOTL calendars are so popular that they resulted in a 2007 Ships of the Line (Star Trek) mini coffee table book, edited by Margaret Clark and Doug Drexler, with words by Michael Okuda


Ships of the line…the book

 

Comments

1. Rocket Scientist - June 21, 2009

Sweet! I’ve always loved these calendars.

2. Simon - June 21, 2009

“The SOTL calendars are so popular that they resulted in a 2007 Ships of the Line (Star Trek) mini coffee table book”

Not quite accurate.

The calendars were *preview* images from the book that never materialize and was indeed canceled. Pocket finally collected enough images and the book limped to stores, a shadow of what was originally planned.

3. Steamblade - June 21, 2009

“Stare” Trek?

4. nerdvana - June 21, 2009

Aventine is MAGNIFICENT. Give us a series!

5. Colin Campbell - June 21, 2009

I never understood why the coffee table book was MINI-SIZED! I’ve kept all my SOTL calendars, and hoped maybe a nice sized book collecting the images would allow me to cull my collection.

I take that back… I guess I understand WHY the book was small ($$$). But putting out a book of these gorgeous large images at such a reduced size strikes me as a perfect case of “if you can’t do it right, then you probably shouldn’t do it…” Because now, it’s very unlikely we’ll get another bite at this apple, say, with a large format book that would show off these images at their original published sizes.

(Not to be a downer; this calendar is the highlight of my Trek purchases for any given year, but the “book” was such a let down!)

6. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

7. J.R. - June 21, 2009

For Star Trek (2011) the Enterprise should undergo an update/refit to result in looking exactly like the TOS Enterprise.

Fans were initially disappointed in not having the chance to see the original design in a big budget production – TMP, and ST (2009) did it again. The Enterprise’s engines look more advanced in TOS so conceivably it would make sense if this new Enterprise was updated to appear as the original.

8. Ty - June 21, 2009

Dude its the U.S.S. Aventine! That is one AWESOME! Ship! Totally cool!

9. Ben - June 21, 2009

the Aventine looks cool!

10. S. John Ross - June 21, 2009

Wow, the Aventine is super-beautiful (and I normally don’t give ship graphics a second glance).

11. CaptainRickover - June 21, 2009

The USS Aventine looks interesting. It looks like power and speed and it has a TOS-style saucer-rim! A great idea! Make a TV-show!

12. Unbel1ever - June 21, 2009

Since the Aventine is Captain Dax’ ship a tv show would be interesting. I liked Nicole DeBoer.

13. Edgar Governo - June 21, 2009

I see they made the wise decision to feature the Aventine in my birthday month, as it should be. ;)

14. Holger - June 21, 2009

Wow! These are some great new pictures! Of course I will get this calendar, as I did in previous years.

15. Hat Rick - June 21, 2009

Yummy calendars. :)

16. Super-Bombard Racer - June 21, 2009

Look in to my eyes…..

17. Third Remata'Klan - June 21, 2009

I love these calendars.
The others pale in comparison.

18. Critch - June 21, 2009

#7 Yes, fans were disappointed as this weekend Star Trek became the highest grossing Trek film even after inflation is considered, and still the #1 movie of the year for one more weekend.

Nobody cares that the ship doesn’t look dead on to a forty-three year old design.

19. Chadwick - June 21, 2009

USS Aventine…very nice! I loved the calendar that had the Enterprise J in it, what a ship that would be.

20. Chadwick - June 21, 2009

Doug Drexler and John Eaves, I love their stuff. That is why I wanted to see more ships in star trek movies and TV show as well as continue to move into the future with movies and TV show cuz these guys have immense talent and to see their ships take flight is always impressive.

21. Chadwick - June 21, 2009

I posted this question in another article but it is much more fitting for this one.

Q: Why is it that Starfleet vessels also referred to federation vessels do not bear the federation logo anywhere on the outer hull? Plenty of Starfleet delta shields logo’s on the saucer, the secondary hull, the warp nacelles but no federation crest. Is there a reason for this in canon or a “Drexler “ “Okuda” or “Eaves” design reason? I think the federation crest would look fitting on its vessels.

22. Chadwick - June 21, 2009

Sorry J.R I don’t understand your logic. As a long time fan I really don’t care about seeing the TOS enterprise in the movie, hell they refitted TOS for TMP because they needed a more high tech detailed looking ship. TOS ship was designed and built for TV, not movies which is why in every case (except generation) there is a different ship. In the design world things are designed for TV or movies and what works for one does no work for the other, which is why you never saw ANYTHIGN TOS in the movie. Look at it from a studio or designers standpoint not a canon fan viewpoint. I am a crazy canon nut, its fun, but in the end in reality I don’t care. I don’t really want to see the TOS enterprise on the big screen. If they do a refit in the XII or XIII it should look a little different than what it is now, then maybe we see the refit an updated 1701 A designing but even that is too much. If they make two more movies I doubt that the Enterprise will visually change, and I am fine with that. If it changes I am fine with that too. I just want to see more ships or varying designs and not just for 10 seconds before they are destroyed. I want to see the Enterprise cruising side by side with two other ships, or a battle with 2 or 3 dozen ship. Again we were given a one on one scenario with the ships like EVERY OTHER STAR TREK MOVIE (except first contact,) we were lucky enough to get that battle scene with multiple ships. I just want to see a huge fleet of ships for the next movie PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE..I am asking Kurtzman, Orci, Abrams, and ILM..hook it up.

23. CmdrR - June 21, 2009

Six inch format… PLEEEEEEEEAAASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

And please include one real starship. Thanks.

24. Scott - June 21, 2009

I could have sworn that Max Rem was a pseudonym used by Doug Drexler.

25. The Invader (In Color!) - June 21, 2009

That Aventine represents everything I dislike about modern/recent starship designs for Trek…

No connecting dorsal…the lack of a saucer…

The verdict?

Ugly.

26. Peter - June 21, 2009

I’d love to see these images in poster size.

27. Hat Rick - June 21, 2009

25, that’s a legitimate criticism, but I think she’s quite beautiful.

28. Lance_HBomb - June 21, 2009

#25

“No connecting dorsal…the lack of a saucer…”

I don’t know- maybe because in the future, they don’t require a connecting dorsal or saucer!

If by the 30th century, a temporal Federation ship is just one big oval, I don’t see how the USS Aventine isn’t possible in canon.

Oh, I’m sorry- you’re just a pessimistic fanboy. If the history of mankind was a fiction, and someone liked a WW2-era fighter jet, and then they were upset after seeing a 21st century fighter jet because “it’s ugly”, they’re simply (In Leonard Nimoy’s words): “You’re a dickhead”.

Nice conversing with you.

29. Montreal Paul - June 21, 2009

7. J.R. – June 21, 2009
“Fans were initially disappointed in not having the chance to see the original design in a big budget production”

Maybe you wer, but I wasn’t… I actually liked the new design. And even though I loved the original TELEVISION eneterprise from the ’60′s, I didn’t think it would translate well to the big screen. I am very happy with what they came up with.

And JR, next time please don’t generalize.

30. NCC-1701 - June 21, 2009

“Captain” Ezri Dax??? Ya, that’s believable. Unless those novels are set 20 years into the future from the time of the Dominion War, the idea of Ezri being the Captain of a starship is beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

Is there an Admiral Quark in there anywhere?

(just checked – this series is set 6 years after the end of the Dominion War. Ya, sounds like fanboy tripe to me)

31. Hat Rick - June 21, 2009

30, remember that the symbiont Dax is a lot older than Ezri looks. A LOT older. Judge not a book….

32. Jeffery Wright - June 21, 2009

that type-f shuttlecraft is unbelievably inaccurate!

did the modeler so much as look at one for reference?

whats with the long, squashed trend in newer ship design?

can we get a tall ship, to steer by star?

33. NCC-1701 - June 21, 2009

# 31

Ya, but I also remember Ezri Dax being a bumbling Ensign that could never be a Captain in a mere 6 years. No way, no how. Again, fanboy tripe that stretches any ability to suspend disbelief.

Now, if Jadzia hadn’t been killed off and this novel had HER as a Captain, it’d be totally believable.

34. Hat Rick - June 21, 2009

She’s an alien, though. Maybe that was just a phase.

35. cap10kirk - June 21, 2009

don’t forget pike’s words ” you will be an officer in four, you will have your own ship in eight” ezri must have taken the same tract as kirk

36. Robert H. - June 21, 2009

The Aventine looks much better with colour.

37. Chris J - June 21, 2009

#25, at the risk of offending #28… I have to agree with you. It is not a pretty ship in the slightest.

The Sovereign class is simple and elegant. The Constitution class is simple and elegant. The Aventine… isn’t.

Sorry, I just don’t like it.

38. James - June 21, 2009

#33.

After the dominion war I’d say that even any ensign who showed the slightest sign of leadership ability would get a command. Remenber that starfleet lost thousands of ships and some of the best captians they had. You would need to replace them quickly.

39. That One Guy - June 21, 2009

1701,

If you read any of the DS9 novels set after What You Leave Behind, you’ll find that Ezri grows immensely as a person. She, like some people I actually know, is shy at first, but has an amazing untapped potential when put into a crisis situation. After all, she is a Dax.

As for the Aventine, it’s a bit bulky, somewhat reminiscent of the fan-made Excalibur-Class for various games, but I like it for the most part. Personally, I’d still take a Sovereign any day, but I certainly wouldn’t turn it down.

40. Johnny Ice - June 21, 2009

U.S.S. Aventine is awesome design.

41. Valenti - June 21, 2009

Holy crap, the Aventine looks amazing.

42. Aqua - June 21, 2009

I really wish the calendar images were available as posters. I slice up the calendar and tape it together and hang the images on my wall at the end of the year.

43. Aqua - June 21, 2009

#37 Please tell me you were joking when you called the Sovereign class simple and elegant. Simple and elegant is how I would describe the TOS/TMP Constitution classes. The wedding cake design on top and ribbed design on bottom may look nice, but it most definitely is neither simple nor elegant.

Aside from the nacelles, I enjoy the Aventine’s appearance. It appears a bit bulky from this angle but from the front it would look more like a cross. From the top it appears it would be an arrowhead design. Putting your pylons directly behind the impulse engines just seems stupid though.

44. SerenityActual - June 21, 2009

Love the Aventine, even without the slipstream drive and just as a regular class, I love that design. Glad to finally see what she looks like :)

45. Chris J - June 21, 2009

#43…

I think it is elegant. It seems to ‘flow’ from front to back, if you see what I mean. Which is what the Aventine design tries to recreate, but I don’t think it quite manages to I’m afraid.

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people, for instance, think that the new Enterprise ’09 is a good piece of design… ¬.¬

I am in my heat-proof cloak. Let the flaming begin.

46. Jordan - June 21, 2009

Love the Aventine! Get that guy to do more ship! Hopefully its in STO too.

47. Capt. of the USS Anduril - June 21, 2009

The Aventine is gorgeous! I can’t say I’m fond of the centerfold though…it doesn’t FIT! Here’s a calender full of starships and then right in the middle, a castle. And the Enterprise-A picture is rather lackluster. It was a nice attempt, but the fact that the artist “drew” in Chang’s bird-of-prey, as well as forgetting that the Ent-A’s warp engines didn’t glow except at warp kinda make it seem…cookie-cutter. And why oh why did they have to use the Enterprise-D for my birth month? :-/

48. SciFiMetalGirl - June 21, 2009

I like that you can see the klingon warbird thru the hole it just blew into the saucer of the Enterprise-A! Brilliant!

I’d like to see more perspectives of the Aventine before I render my final verdict, but from that angle, so far I likey!

My SOTL book actually does sit on my coffee table, but the mini-size is indeed very disappointing, and a huge let down from what could have, and should have been.

49. Darrksan - June 21, 2009

7. J.R. – June 21, 2009
For Star Trek (2011) the Enterprise should undergo an update/refit to result in looking exactly like the TOS Enterprise. Fans were initially disappointed in not having the chance to see the original design in a big budget production – TMP, and ST (2009) did it again. The Enterprise’s engines look more advanced in TOS so conceivably it would make sense if this new Enterprise was updated to appear as the original.
———————————————-
Yeah, the Enterprise (2009) needs some changes.
It needs a refit, how that it is now under a new captain.
The USS Aventine’s nacelles shows the impact that Star Trek (2009) is starting to have on the prime stuff.
The USS Aventine’s nacelles are like the ENT-E’s nacelles and ENT-09′s nacelles mixed.
The USS Aventine’s nacelles are better than ENT-09′s nacelles.
I think a mix of ENT-TOS and ENT-09 would work in the next film.
Maybe Spock-Prime helps with the update and that is why it looks more like the ENT-TOS. Spock-Prime seems that he want to put things in the order he knew in the Prime universe, just look that his actions with Kirk-09. Spock-Prime wanted Kirk-09 to be captain just like Kirk-Prime. Also look at Spock-Prime’s actions with Spock-09, telling him to go with his human side, a thing Spock-Prime learn after his mind-melded with V’ger in TMP.

50. Hat Rick - June 21, 2009

Star Wars large-format books are beating the pants off Star Trek books at this point, sad to say.

SW just came out with a three-volume encyclopedia. Hard cover.

Whereas we haven’t had an updated ST encyclopedia in ages. (Hint, hint, hint.)

51. richpit - June 21, 2009

I love the SOTL calendars. I’ve been buying them since they came out and this coming year looks like it will continue!

52. DiS - June 21, 2009

Love the shape of the Aventine; very elegant and clean. Dislike the textures immensely; very busy and technologically primitive.

53. T-II - June 21, 2009

-Wow..U.S.S. AVENTINE looks so great..and it makes me wonder (again) why STAR TREK saga evoluated in a wrong direction in the last years..

54. Mark Achterberg - June 21, 2009

#30:

I agree. Aren’t there other members of Starfleet – LOTS of them – to base stories on? Why do we have to be forced to mark out to a character who was a REPLACEMENT for an original character in the _third_ series based on the same universe? Ezri Dax??? Please…

55. RD - June 21, 2009

#22. Chadwick wrote – they refitted TOS for TMP because they needed a more high tech detailed looking ship. TOS ship was designed and built for TV, not movies … things are designed for TV or movies and what works for one does no work for the other, which is why you never saw ANYTHIGN TOS in the movie.

1) The reason for a more high tech detail was a creative choice, not because it was film. Roddenberry prevent Jefferies from adding more detail to the TOS model, not because it was TV, but because he didn’t like it. He felt like in the future, everything would be smooth and metal plating and weld-joints were 20th century artifacts.

2) The trend toward more modern/current-looking realism in detail began with Star Wars in 1977, with Lucas’ “old-looking” universe vs. Trek’s sparkling brand-new one, and Roddenberry likely had to be convinced he had to adapt to compete in 1979.

3) Because TV had a lower picture resolution and tighter budgets, in the TNG era, the models had less overall detail because it wouldn’t show up on a TV screen and were cheaper to build. In Generations, they had to overhaul the model anyway because of this. However, the ENT-D wasn’t particularly more detailed than the one on TV as they inter-cut footage from the series with the updated model.

As to your last point, do you mean that ST09 had nothing TOS in it? Or Trek movies in general? Again, art direction establishes an overall look for a film. Generations is a perfect example, because, except for the lighting, very little about the sets, costumes or look changed, mainly due to budget constraints. Therefore, you essentially get to see the differences between film and TV very clearly and how the same art direction works for both. Because GEN was a success, they got to create their own unique look for the next film with completely new art direction from the ground up. However, TNG’s look translated to film perfectly well. There is no reason to think TOS could not either. However, the bigger question is whether that would be preferred. And frankly, I can’t believe this debate is still going on.

You are absolutely correct that TOS Enterprise would not fit in the ST09 art direction at all. Art direction in a film reflects what producer’s and directors feel will impact a modern audience the most and indeed reflects contemporary sensibilities about what the future would look like. Hanging on to TOS designs is the equivalent of producing a story written in the 30s as a period piece set in the 30s, rather than retelling it for modern audiences. If an 80-year old story is relevant today, the only reason for setting it in the period is if doing so somehow makes the story more relevant: to compare/contrast how little has changed, or capitalize on a well-known historical event or figure. There is absolutely no reason to restrict new Trek movies to 40-year old art direction and outdated designs.

56. Mark Achterberg - June 21, 2009

#7:

You think that the TOS Enterprise nacelles look more advanced than the ones in the new movie? Really? Did we even SEE the same movie (and I want to see the one you saw, BTW). There is no way we are going to see that ship on the big screen because OOPS! they already have a design. One thing Paramount can now do to shave production dollars next time and hopefully STILL give us another cool movie is not having to pay for the creation of YET another movie model, hello… yust to make the fanboys -and-girls happy? Didn’t you see the movie? They’ve already ruined your good time.

I feel that some people need to take the rose-colored glasses off.

57. XAi - June 21, 2009

7. J.R. – June 21, 2009
“For Star Trek (2011) the Enterprise should undergo an update/refit to result in looking exactly like the TOS Enterprise.

Fans were initially disappointed in not having the chance to see the original design in a big budget production – TMP, and ST (2009) did it again. The Enterprise’s engines look more advanced in TOS so conceivably it would make sense if this new Enterprise was updated to appear as the original.”

Speak for yourself.

58. Spockish - June 21, 2009

I bought that book last year, 79 beautiful perfect Star Ship paintings/renderings, if you can scan them in they make beautiful wallpaper. I wish I could post them but there is this thing called a Copyright preventing me. There is 79 images but my DVD I made holding the files has 80 files. The 80th image is a image of the USS Enterprise NX-01 orbiting a planet that I collected in 2005 from a local Denver BBS. The image is not of my work but the removal of all text and banner stuff is my work. It was 800×600 but using a Fractal rescaling program I created a 10,240×6464 image with much detail added via shrinking and expanding the image. If I did not know that I made it I’d swear it was an original. Currently is is a 2560×1600 cropped and rescaled wallpaper for my Vista computer.

If you love Star Ships please go out and buy the book, each image is one per page with text info for the next ship on the back of the page. Perfect for a 10×8 picture frame if you wish to cut up the book. I myself do not desire to, I need to buy a second copy to cut up the beauty for picture frames.

59. TonyD - June 21, 2009

#25 – I agree with you. I really don’t care for these designs without the connecting dorsal. It makes the ships look two-dimensional; flattened, pancaked vessels that have been squeezed down in a press. I never cared for the 1701-E for that reason and even though I wasn’t wild about some of the design decisions with Trek 2009, I do like the fact that their ships all adhered more closely to the classic Trek aesthetic.

Looking forward to getting the SOTL 2010 calendar; I’ve gotten all the other ones over the years and I’m eager to see the rest of the images for this edition.

60. Crusade2267 - June 21, 2009

Will there be any images of vessels from the recent film? Perhaps Geordi constructing the Jellyfish or something along those lines.

61. Smitty™ - June 21, 2009

Max Gabl centerfold is right! RROWWRR!! Heh!

I loved that picture close to the classic Rigel VII castle…

-cs™

62. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

#25: “That Aventine represents everything I dislike about modern/recent starship designs for Trek… No connecting dorsal…the lack of a saucer…
The verdict? Ugly.”

Well, speak for yourself, I personally don’t have a problem with a dorsal connecting section being eliminated, and I really like the Enterprise E and the Aventine design, both seem quite progressive and show a logical growth.

Speaking from a more practical and structural manner, the dorsal section is one big liability… and an incredible structural flaw.

One massive strike from alien weaponry and the saucer and engineering section would/could be severed. This a huge, huge problem, and one I feel is addressed with these newer designs.

Eliminating the dorsal section provides a much more structurally sound spacecraft.

63. MC1 Doug - June 21, 2009

“And why oh why did they have to use the Enterprise-D for my birth month?” :-/

oh, waah… I doubt the makers of the calendars feel a need to consult us with a, “gee, you don’t the like the D, so this month we’ll give you a chocie of this.. this or this.”

yeesh.

64. Andrew C - June 21, 2009

Man, the TOS Enterprise looks like a little toy in front of the Enterprise D.

65. Prologic9 - June 21, 2009

Are those supposed to be Photon Torpedoes? Oh FFS.

66. 24th Century Rockstar - June 21, 2009

I’m feeling the ENT-D love – I’m re-watching TNG right now!

-24thCRS!

67. I did the SOTL Calendar - June 21, 2009

Anthony, can I send you the finished product that I did with John Han?

Where is the love?

68. Valenti - June 21, 2009

I’m glad the Aventine happens to be the picture selected for my birth month xD.

Very nice coincidence.

69. Valenti - June 21, 2009

I’d like to get my hands on her “ample nacelles,” if you pardon the engineering parlance…

;-)

70. RAMA - June 21, 2009

Wow the Aventine is awesome,,,I haven’t even read the novels….yet!

71. CardassiaPrimera - June 21, 2009

the Aventine is amazing ship.

72. John from Cincinnati - June 21, 2009

The original 1701 is still the best.

73. Alex Rosenzweig - June 21, 2009

Pretty nice images!

Aventine is impressive! It works for a 2380s starship. I also like Kuramura’s “Trek VI” image, and the shuttlecraft. I wonder what else we have to look forward to!

#2 – ” “The SOTL calendars are so popular that they resulted in a 2007 Ships of the Line (Star Trek) mini coffee table book”

Not quite accurate.”

Actually, no, it’s completely accurate.

“The calendars were *preview* images from the book that never materialize and was indeed canceled. Pocket finally collected enough images and the book limped to stores, a shadow of what was originally planned.”

This would be incorrect. Originally, the calendars were a companion effort to what was to be called Star Trek: The Unseen Frontier: Declassified Images from the History of the Federation, which would have been a tremendously ambitious coffee table book, using a lot of CGI to explore events and situations that mostly happened off-screen in the various Trek series and films. For various reasons, the book’s authors, Adam “Mojo” Lebowitz and Rob Bonchune, ran into major delays in producing the book, and by the time they felt they could get it done, the price and sales trends had changed so much that pocket no longer deemed it viable, and it was canceled. (During this time, Starship Spotter, which I helped work on, was produced as a sort of fill-in publication.)

Despite The Unseen Frontier‘s cancellation, however, the calendars had proved very successful, and they continued on. Eventually, enough images were gathered, and responding to continued demand, the Ships of the Line mini-coffee table book was released. It’s true that it was but a shadow of what had been planned for Unseen Frontiers, but it’s not true that it was anything like the original proposal, even in concept.

Mojo brought some of the preliminary art for The Unseen Frontier to Shore Leave one year, and it was spectacular. I’d love to see some of that art finalized and used for a future calendar.

#7 – “For Star Trek (2011) the Enterprise should undergo an update/refit to result in looking exactly like the TOS Enterprise.”

I won’t speak for everyone. I’ll just speak for me, and I basically agree with you. Obviously the detail level would need to go up from what we saw in TOS, but the shapes and forms could have been kept mostly the same and look spectacular. There are a few amazing “updates” of the design out there, and they are–IMHO, of course–absolutely superior to Church’s design.

“The Enterprise’s engines look more advanced in TOS so conceivably it would make sense if this new Enterprise was updated to appear as the original.”

I do think the ST09 ship’s engines look less advanced than the original, though I think I might lean toward a secondary hull a bit closer to the TMP version than the TOS version, just ’cause the curves flow a bit better. And I do have to admit, I thought Church’s rendition of the sensor/deflector dish was pretty cool.

All-in-all, though, and to get back on topic, I’m glad we have this calendar to show us some spectacular imagery from all over Star Trek’s world.

74. Sci - June 21, 2009

Since everyone seems to be speculating about how Ezri ended up as a captain but hasn’t bothered to actually READ the books, I’ll go ahead and explain.

In the very first book set post-”What You Leave Behind,” Ezri experiences an epiphany and switches to the command track. (Bear in mind that this isn’t as hard to swallow as you’d think at first, given her very assertive, active role in rescuing Worf during the war — she was clearly floundering as a counselor in DS9′s final season.) Over the course of the DS9 Relaunch, she’s been gaining a lot of command experience — and the latest DS9 Relaunch novel is only set about a year after DS9 ended.

Meanwhile, the first book in the Destiny trilogy established that in February 2381, Ezri was serving as a Lt. Commander and second officer aboard the U.S.S. Aventine at the age of 27. During the Borg’s first attack on the world of Acamar, the Aventine goes into battle and the captain and first officer are killed, forcing Ezri to assume command. Following the battle, Ezri is given a promotion and takes permanent command of the Aventine.

If that sounds weird, bear in mind that the Ezri Dax of 2381 is a much more mature person than the unexpectedly-Joined Ezri of 2375, and bear in mind also that Ezri assumes command under identical circumstances to Jean-Luc Picard’s assumption of command of the Stargazer. In fact, Ezri is only one year younger when she assumes command of the Aventine than Picard is when he assumes command of the Stargazer.

So if you bitch about Ezri being a captain, you’ve got to do the same for Picard.

As for “fanboy tripe” — anyone who calls the Destiny trilogy fanboy tripe has obviously not read it and doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.

75. Simon - June 22, 2009

#73 – I was correcting that the Calendars were not planned to be collected as a “Ships of the Line” book but tastes of “Unseen Frontier”…a book I would have purchased in a heartbeat. I did buy the book but I couldn’t help but be disappointed over what it could have been.

I totally disagree with having the TOS Enterprise on screen. The first thing Rodenberry did when he got the chance was change it for “Phase II” and REALLY change it for TMP. Who’s to say he wouldn’t have approved of Ryan Church’s redesign? I can also see that design evolving into the TMP-era design a lot more readily than the TOS design.

The TOS ship, like it’s sets, makeup FX, etc, is a product of its time. We have it on Blu-ray now, and that’s one heck of a time capsule.

76. CaptainDonovin - June 22, 2009

Love the Aventine, very tough looking, and Flint’s castle is a beautiful shot. I always look forward to these calendars.

77. Alex Rosenzweig - June 22, 2009

#75 – “#73 – I was correcting that the Calendars were not planned to be collected as a “Ships of the Line” book but tastes of “Unseen Frontier”…a book I would have purchased in a heartbeat.”

Fair enough, but that’s not what Anthony said. He said that Ships of the Line came about as a result of the calendars’ popularity, which is true. And it just isn’t true that Ships of the Line had anything to do with The Unseen Frontier. It was a diffferent project entirely by then. Having been tangentially involved, I was in a position to clarify a bit. No worries otherwise. :)

“I did buy the book but I couldn’t help but be disappointed over what it could have been.”

Oh, now with that I totally agree. From what little I saw, and what Mojo had described to me on several occasions, it would have been amazing. It unfortunately had the misfortune to be one of the more expensive projects at a time when the whole line of Trek trade books had crested.

“I totally disagree with having the TOS Enterprise on screen. The first thing Rodenberry did when he got the chance was change it for “Phase II” and REALLY change it for TMP.”

Just because he changed it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have worked. that said, though, I dont think an exact copy of the TOS ship would have been viable; note that I even suggested some subtle changes. But between Kuramura’s version, the final CBS Digital version, and many fan-created updates (Douglas E. Graves’s and Dennis Bailey’s are my favorites, with Jason “Vektor” Lee’s right behind), I think the basic design would have held up extremely well.

“Who’s to say he wouldn’t have approved of Ryan Church’s redesign?”

I can’t say what Mr. Roddenberry would or wouldn’t have approved of. that’s why I said I’d just speak for me. Except for the idiotic “supersizing” that ILM’s folks have been babbling about lately, I didn’t think Church’s design was awful. I just think there were others that were better. :)

I could even see Church’s design being April’s Enterprise in the prime continuity, and later refitted into something more TOS-like (not exactly like TOS, of course, but a litle closer).

“I can also see that design evolving into the TMP-era design a lot more readily than the TOS design.”

I don’t know if I’d say more readily, but one thing that struck me about Church’s design when I first saw it was that I could believe it as a precursor to the TMP ship. Went a long way toward increasing my acceptance level.

“The TOS ship, like it’s sets, makeup FX, etc, is a product of its time. We have it on Blu-ray now, and that’s one heck of a time capsule.”

No disagreement there. :)

78. Adam shepherdson - June 22, 2009

I have the SOTL book, and the quotations for each picture are nice, plus the quality of the paper used is good so you get a nice rich picture each page.. it was a thoughtful gift from a friend.

79. Hat Rick - June 22, 2009

79, those are some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen!

80. Chris Dawson - June 22, 2009

Pretty cool!

81. LoyalStarTrekFan - June 22, 2009

Doug Drexler has posted some more images from SOTL 2010 on his blog. Here is the link to the article:
http://drexfiles.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/sotl-2010-more-than-a-peak/

I have always loved all the great artwork from the SOTL calendars and I look forward to the next installment. Like I said other there, I like the beautiful classic Enterprise and the proper Enterprise shuttlebay (non-industrial from TOS) and how beautiful “cheesy” 1960s sets (the shuttlebay) and ships (the classic Enterprise) still look today and how they show, imho, that no reboot is required! :) (BTW, I did like the new film, I gave it a 7.5/10, so no attacks please!) Anyway, look at Spacedock One (from the TOS movies not the 2009 Star Trek film) under construction. That’s my favorite image so far. I’m also impressed by the very reasonable price at Amazon.com.

82. LoyalStarTrekFan - June 22, 2009

Further, I think that ENT: “In A Mirror, Darkly” two-parter aslo showed that TOS can still stand up to today’s standards. As does Crawley’s Phase II.

Currently, all the Star Trek calenders are $11.19 at Amazon.com. They are a TOS calender, SOTL, and a calender for the new Star Trek alternate universe (AU) film.

83. LoyalStarTrekFan - June 22, 2009

I’ve got mixed feelings in regards to the Aventine. While it is definitely a cool looking ship and a step toward the Enterprise-J seen in ENT: “Azati Prime.” However, it just doesn’t have the grace or beauty of any previous Trek ship. Therefore, the Sovereign Class Enterprise-E remains my favorite Trek ship of all time.

84. BrF - June 22, 2009

A lot of impressive images here. I always feel for the guy who has to try to make the TOS shuttle look good, though. If the design of ship isn’t enough of a challenge, there’s always also that cursive “Galileo” at the front. That must have looked dated even when TOS was on the air. Nice image, though!

85. Unmutual - June 22, 2009

The TOS Enterprise was on the big screen – I saw it in the theater!

Any of you whipper-snappers remember “Airplane II: The Sequel” ?

:)

86. IRML - June 23, 2009

can someone tell me who Steffen Weisener is, and why he’s using my models

87. captain hamster - June 23, 2009

I want some new Enterprise beauty shots,,,,

please????

PLLLEEEEEAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
an some size comfirmation………..

88. Tim Thomason - June 23, 2009

I’ve seen 10 images (5 here and 6 at Doug Drexler’s blog, with one overlap) out of the 14-image calendar (12 months, 1 centerfold, 1 cover).

That leaves four images unseen (January, March, May, and November), including the physical models by John Han. I haven’t found any hints at what those four might be involving, but they’re not fan-done or remastered-based:

* Cover – “RIP Galileo” by Max Rem – the Galileo 7
* February – “Remmler Array” by Steffan Weisener – The Enterprise-D in the Remmler Array
* April – “Refit at Station Gray” by Andrew Probert – A D’deridex-class warbird being refit at a Romulan spacedock. Painted in watercolor.
* June – “Flight Deck” by Max Gabl and Neil Wray – The Enterprise flight deck with a Starbase 11 shuttle at the center. Taken from TOS remastered.
* July – “Operation Return” by Gregory Stewart – A DS9 battle featuring the Defiant and another Federation ship fighting Jem’Hadar fighters and Cardassian ships
* August – “Turning Death into a Fighting Chance to Live” by Koji Kuramura – The heavily damaged Enterprise-A from TUC
* September – “No Bloody A, B, C, or D” by Doug Drexler – the classic Enterprise exiting a Franz Joseph-style station with a DY-100/Woden type vehicle nearby.
* October – “Aventine” by Mark Rademaker – The USS Aventine from the Star Trek: Destiny novels.
* December – “We Come in Peace for All Mankind” by Robert Wilde – A refit NCC-1701 next to a Spacedock being built
* Centerfold – “Mister Flint’s Castle” by Max Gabl and Neil Wray – Flint’s Castle from the remastered “Requiem for Methuselah.”

89. Tim Thomason - June 23, 2009

Oh, I missed the fact that TrekMovie added the Drexler ones already.

90. Carleen Judice - April 6, 2011

Hm, I’m happy with this but still not completely convinced, so i’m about to research even more.

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