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New Cover for “Star Trek Vanguard Declassified” February 20, 2011

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Art,Books,TOS , trackback

Often the most popular Star Trek book covers are those for the long-running Vanguard series, set on the 23rd century Starbase 47 (aka Vanguard). Today we have the cover for the next entry, "Star Trek Vanguard – Declassified".

 

New cover for Star Trek: Vanguard anthology

Here is the cover for "Star Trek Vanguard – Declassified", provided by Doug Drexler via Dayton Ward.


Cover for Star Trek Vanguard Declassified
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The anthology will contain the following stories:

More info at Dayton Ward’s Blog.

"Star Trek Vanguard – Declassified"comes out June 28th. You can pre-order it at Amazon.

 

 

Comments

1. Rocket Scientist - February 21, 2011

That’s one sweet cover illustration!

2. Chris Dawson - February 21, 2011

COOL! I really like seeing the construction fleet here. Awesome work Doug Drexler.

3. Sxottlan - February 21, 2011

Or should we see repair fleet after the ending of Precipice?

Excellent cover! The Vanguard artwork never fail to impress.

4. Pierss - February 21, 2011

You might not tell a book by its cover, but this Gorgeous visual will jump of any shelf or monitor.

great work Mr Drexler

5. Trekboi - February 21, 2011

Nice

6. Holger - February 21, 2011

Awesome!

And the station is still in its construction phase on the cover. Very interesting.

7. Daniel - February 21, 2011

Sometimes I feel like buying ST novels simply for the cover art. I’ve had reproductions made (hand painted) of several of the Blish covers (TOS) and they look great.

8. CmdrR - February 21, 2011

The artwork is true to the old Starfleet Technical manual, which is cool, Kinda makes me wonder what the diff is between a tug and a Connie. The saucers and nacelles appear identical.

9. woody - February 21, 2011

Unlike some recent Trek novels (ENT comes to mind – some of the worst writing I have ever read), this Vanguard series is blessed with excellent writing, story lines and character development. Thanks Dayton!

10. JP Saylor - February 21, 2011

@CmdrR, Well the tug (Ptolemy class) is very different from the Connie. It’s entire power system is designed for pulling cargo. The saucer probably holds quarters for the crew. Which says a lot considering the amount of crew required to manage that much cargo. The nacelles might look the same, but I doubt this ship could go half as fast as the Enterprise.

Just my 2 cents. Not sure if it counts for anything.

11. Steve-o - February 21, 2011

The imagery is very nice however the manner in which the type was used seems rather compact, small, and insecure.

It would have been more successful if the main title were respectively larger.

12. dep1701 - February 21, 2011

@CmdrR

After ‘Wrath Of Khan” came out, I kinda had the feeling that the ‘Reliant’ could have been a descendent rom Franz Joseph’s tug. The main difference being the length of the nacelle struts.

Of course I know that the ‘Reliant’ ( and the entire Miranda class ) was designed independently of the Tech Manual, and originally had it’s engines topside, but the resemblance is striking.

13. CmdrR - February 21, 2011

JP Saylor — of course your quatloos are welcome here.

I’m just saying that Starfleet could use a few extra pencils on the drawing board. If you’re only going to get up to warp two (is a tug about as fast as a freighter?) then why bother with streamlining. The primary hull could be bulkier for crew space and additional cargo or, better yet, lots of work vessels for hauling cargo. Anyway… my hope would be to see many more radically different designs.

The artwork remains impressive.

14. jas_montreal - February 21, 2011

This looks awesome !

15. Captain Vincent - February 21, 2011

Really nice cover, but my eye was drawn immediately to the extended rear landing pad on both shuttles. Are they always out during flight? Does this make me a bad person?

16. John from Cincinnati - February 21, 2011

and who says the original series stuff doesn’t hold up well?

17. Jordan - February 21, 2011

That is one ugly ship. Why must ever ship have a saucer, even when it seams so impractical?

18. Jesse - February 21, 2011

Ptolemy class, right? I kinda like it.

19. bijillm shkatinrerk - February 21, 2011

@17 Jordan

pi… impractical?

lol

20. Desstruxion - February 21, 2011

17 That is one ugly ship. Why must ever ship have a saucer, even when it seams so impractical?
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Ugly? Where?

Because Star Trek ships have saucers!

21. Maj - February 21, 2011

Notice the shuttle at the bottom right, USS Farragut

22. Odkin - February 21, 2011

Comics made this same mistake – going for beautifully rendered posters as covers, instead of showing a compelling scene that might entice an actual buyer with a hint about the kind of stories that are inside..

23. Meteo Archon - February 21, 2011

The Ptolemy has Cruising/Emergency Speeds of Warp 6/8, and has 22 Officers, and 198 Ensigns/Non-Coms/Steve Urkels, as well as 1 forward bank of two phasers, and 2 individual mounted ones near the back. They lug transport containers a lot.

Oh yeah, and I’ve been inside the Mk IV Starliner Pod of one in a simulation, it’s sweet.

24. RomulanArmada - February 22, 2011

When I was first discovering Trek as a kid I found a worn old copy of the “Star Fleet” tech manual at my local country library–it really brought the OS alive for me back when I was eagerly watching the two or three episodes a month that local networks would run in syndication. Seeing the Ptolemy class from that book rendered so beautifully is a real treat. Hats off to the entire Vanguard team for appreciating that “classic 23rd century design” Dax liked so much!

25. Alex Rosenzweig - February 22, 2011

This is an awesome cover. Very striking.

I’m looking forward to this book a lot, too. “Vanguard” is at this point my favorite Trek series, and I recommend it to *everybody*. ;)

And a definite salute to Doug D. (and whoever else was involved) for including a Ptolemy-class transport/tug in that artwork. Very cool.

Best,
Alex

26. gulfjetguy - February 22, 2011

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I love Vanguard! If I had Oprah money, I would totally make these books into movies. They are by far my favorite Star Trek Novels. When they revealed the origins of a certain famous “device” in one of the books, I got all giddy lol.

Long Live the Vanguard Series!!!

27. DS9 Forever - February 22, 2011

Clearly, Pocket Books’ money for covers was spent on this! Some of the recent novel covers look like Photoshop.

28. thebiggfrogg - February 23, 2011

In the age of the Photoshop schlock covers this is truly outstanding. I use these as desktops on my Mac.

29. EdwardDR - February 23, 2011

Notice the other Shuttlecraft….the Galileo

30. Jvzilen - February 23, 2011

@#10 while pulling cargo i would agree that it could only go maybe warp 4 tops.. but it likely has a tweaked drive to haul that weight and if not towing anything id bet it could at least match the Enterprises top speed

31. Jorg Sacul - February 25, 2011

Why similar design? Because it’s much more resource-effective (i.e., cheap) to build a large fleet with similar components. Think modular construction- you could blow a nacelle of a Connie and use a “stock” nacelle at the shipyard to refit it. Same for the bridge modules- those pop out for refit, and I’m sure the impulse decks are the same on all the saucers. The saucers are probably fairly similar, interiorly, with like-computer cores, sickbay, etc.

Smart design, multi-use. If you had a “Ptolemy” in a hostile area of space, there’d be no reason you couldn’t refit it with a full range of phaser banks and heavier shields.

The Copernicus from Star Trek:Phase II is a brilliant continuation of this line of thought, IMHO.

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