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Ships of the Line 2001

First Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar, 2001

You may be looking for the books Ship of the Line or Ships of the Line.

Star Trek: Ships of the Line is a series of Star Trek calendars that began production in 2000 for the year 2001. They feature starships from all eras, as well as ships created for the calendars. The format is in a uncommon horizontal alignment, with a two-page spread of the picture and has been used for all editions, with the exception of the 2002 calendar.

The calendars are co-publications of Pocket Books and Andrews McMeel Publishing.

The calendar-series originated as the brainchild of Adam Lebowitz at the time he and his team were working on the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards sequence for VOY: "Relativity" at Foundation Imaging. As he put it,"In fact, the whole time we were working on the episode, we thought it was a shame that the people at home would only see this stuff on blurry TV screens, and not in the high-resolution glory we had created them in."(Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, p. 102) What Lebowitz had in mind was to produce a coffee-table book filled with high resolution, high gloss CGI images, based on the existing CG-models, actually used for the Star Trek productions. With the assistance of Robert Bonchune, he produced a portfolio of images, he envisioned, to clarify his intent to chief-editor of Pocket Books, Margaret Clark. Clark, not convinced of the viability of a book thus conceived, hard on the heels of the dismal performance of the like-wise conceived books Star Trek: Action! (a project of Clark herself) and New Worlds, New Civilizations, proposed a calendar format instead, as a testbed for the potentially later to be produced book. Unfortunately, the book which was to be called "Star Trek: The Unseen Frontier Declassified Images from the History of the Federation" never came to fruition due to the failure of the second edition in the series, despite the overwhelming success of the first one.

A far less ambitious book entitled Ships of the Line was published in 2006 for Star Trek's 40th anniversary, where (cropped) images from all the calendars were collected, with a brief description of each by Mike Okuda.

The first calendar was, as intended, filled with images using the actual CGI-models used for the productions, as were the later editions, though starting with the second calendar, original artwork, CGI and otherwise, was also inserted.

The 2013 edition was the final to be printed as per Doug Drexler. [1]

Calendars produced

Previous calendar series:
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek calendars Next calendar series:
Star Trek: Enterprise

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