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King Daniel Into Darkness September 9 2009 01:48 PM

Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
Forget the characters – Star Trek thrives on cool spaceships. TrekLit’s given us a bunch of new ships over the years, most notably the USS Titan. Recently the USS Aventine was revealed, prior to being plastered on the cover of the Aventine chapter of the Typhon Pact next year.

Sometimes we get neat little fold-out diagrams, and pretty CGI cover art. Some ships we never ever see.

I was wondering what everyone’s favourite TrekLit ships were – here are mine:

Dreadnought!
Dreadnought! starred the badass USS Star League, a take on the old Tech Manual dreadnought with TMP/Excelsior styling and a hexagonal saucer. The cover pic was brilliant.
Dreadnought! also features the USS Pompeii, a Saladin-class destroyer. Again this is from the Tech Manual (where it’s the ship the USS Kelvin from STXI was based on), but it’s described as ‘boxy’ and nothing like the saucer and single nacelle configuration. The slim corridors described kinda reminded me of DS9 Defiant. The ship also has a shuttlebay, which the Tech Manual ship doesn’t have (but the Kelvin added on top)
There were also 2 types of fighter shuttles on the Enterprise and the Pompeii that had diagrams at the back of the book.
Diane Carey did a fantastic job of bringing the ships to life.


My Enemy, My Ally
Bloodwing was a standard Romulan Bird of Prey, but the ship I loved was the USS Inaieu. A miles-long Federation ship with four warp nacelles, powered by four warp-cores, and a crew of elephant-sized nonhumanoids. They just don’t allow ships this cool in TrekLit anymore.
(And some people insist the new Enterprise can’t be 700+ meters long and powered by six warp cores. But then those people ignore “non-canon” novels anyway…)

The Final Reflection
There are pics of the Federation ships from The Final Reflection floating about the web (I believe they’re from the Spaceflight Chronology). The Federation flagship USS Mann is an ugly blob with nacelles awkwardly sticking out the rear. The other ships look nicer.
Using later Treks we can reverse-engineer what Krenn’s D-5 cruiser looks like (they were in Enterprise), as well as what the Federation ships looked like inside (they’re from the same era as the USS Kelvin from STXI). That said, John M. Ford probably saw things quite differently.

The Entropy Effect
Captain Hunter’s Aerfen (Entropy Effect and The First Adventure) is a border-patrol fighter, described as “much smaller than the Enterprise”, a sleek “avian predator” painted in scarlet, silver and black. A crew of around 12. Sounds very un-Starfleet, and thus I'd love to see what it looks like.

The Return
An awesome concept, and one that could never ever work on film: A Borg Hypercube. A hypercube is a (theoretical) 4-dimensional shape. You can find fairly nonsensical videos of 3D representations of them rotating on YouTube.
4D Shapes can’t exist is 3D space, but the Borg Hypercube is a station floating in transwarp space, which the authors say is 4-dimensional. Picard’s crew feel nauseous looking at its “impossible” innards (which sound like a Borgified M.C. Escher)

Anyone else got any favourite TrekLit ships? Or ideas of what the 'unseen' ones might look like?

Paris September 9 2009 01:57 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
Personally, i'd like to see pictures of the USS Universe from DRG3's Serpents Among the Ruins, and Cleopatra's Needle, the civilian ship that Picard used in Christopher Bennett's The Buried Age.

Cicero September 9 2009 02:33 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
I really like the Aventine. It's both an interesting ship unseen and an interesting visual design. Perhaps for the first time since the original Excelsior, it's a highly advanced ship that rivals (excels?) the contemporary Enterprise in size and in some ways exceeds it in technology.

Mysterion September 9 2009 03:03 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
Would love to see pictures of USS Aerfen from The Entropy Effect, and USS Inaeiu (sp?) from Diane Duane's My Enemy, My Ally.

JD September 9 2009 03:40 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
My favorites are Titan, Aventine, the da Vinci, and the Even Odds.

Deranged Nasat September 9 2009 03:45 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
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JD wrote: (Post 3381058)
My favorites are Titan, Aventine, the da Vinci, and the Even Odds.


JD September 9 2009 03:48 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
Yeah, me to. I hope we get Rising Jem'Hadar soon.

Christopher September 9 2009 04:53 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
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Paris wrote: (Post 3380893)
Personally, i'd like to see pictures of the USS Universe from DRG3's Serpents Among the Ruins, and Cleopatra's Needle, the civilian ship that Picard used in Christopher Bennett's The Buried Age.

I imagined Cleo's Needle as looking kind of like the rocketships in '50s movies like Destination Moon -- really long and sleek and cylindrical, fairly simple in design.

LutherSloan September 9 2009 05:12 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
I would also like to see what the Enterprise-F looked like from 'DS9: Millenium'.

Spiderpope September 9 2009 05:32 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
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KingDaniel wrote: (Post 3380878)
The Return
An awesome concept, and one that could never ever work on film: A Borg Hypercube. A hypercube is a (theoretical) 4-dimensional shape. You can find fairly nonsensical videos of 3D representations of them rotating on YouTube.
4D Shapes can’t exist is 3D space, but the Borg Hypercube is a station floating in transwarp space, which the authors say is 4-dimensional. Picard’s crew feel nauseous looking at its “impossible” innards (which sound like a Borgified M.C. Escher)

Anyone else got any favourite TrekLit ships? Or ideas of what the 'unseen' ones might look like?

Speaking of The Return, i have a fondness for the unofficial Enterprise. The idea of light glinting off the matt black hull of the Uss Monitor to reveal the name Enterprise scratched into it was definately stirring.

nx1701g September 9 2009 06:26 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
Another vote for Aventine, Titan, and the Enterprise-F from Millennium.

William Leisner September 9 2009 06:48 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
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KingDaniel wrote: (Post 3380878)
Forget the characters – Star Trek thrives on cool spaceships.

*weeps*

captcalhoun September 9 2009 09:11 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
USS Saggitarius from Vanguard.

Titan, Gorkon, Aventine.

Sci September 9 2009 09:41 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
I've got a soft spot for the U.S.S. Titan.

Cicero September 9 2009 11:39 PM

Re: Your favourite TrekLit ships?
 
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captcalhoun wrote: (Post 3381913)
USS Saggitarius from Vanguard.

I forgot about the Sagittarius. It's a well-designed, neat ship - not cool so much as fully believable and comfortable.


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