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Old May 3 2013, 05:09 AM   #1
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The Library of Star Treks That Never Were - Book cover designs

Shhhhh! People are trying to study!

Welcome to the library of Star Trek that never was - a collection of paperbacks that would've looked right at home on our bookshelves, but somehow, never really existed. From novelizations of episodes, to fanciful adaptations of classic stories as mythical tales of Starfleet's finest, to redesigns of the old familiar tomes. Think of this like a book drive - feel free to submit your own entries!

To start things off, here are my 3 latest works, inspired by a friend who suggested we create covers for classic science fiction stories as if they were part of the Star Trek collection of the 1960s and 1970s.



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Old May 3 2013, 05:26 AM   #2
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A couple more, in response to a challenge to create 'pulp'-style covers, based on episode titles that sounded like they could have been actual pulp novels, and the covers didn't necessarily have to reflect the actual characters or events of the episode, just fit with the title. I always have fun with pulps .



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Old May 3 2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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Covers that were designed to actually represent the episodes as they were intended. These are more contemporary; "Wolf in the Fold," especially, was designed to be right at home on any mystery bookshelf in the store .



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Old May 3 2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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Very cool!
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Old May 3 2013, 04:31 PM   #5
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Those are great! Especially like the Mirror, Mirror cover.

Have you considered covers for the Phase II episodes (the never-made series, not the fan films) we never got to see like Kitumba and the like?

also, it's really cool to see Kirk and Dr. Manhattan finally meeting.
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Old May 3 2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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You know, you're the second person who has brought up Dr. Manhattan . That's not the Doc; the story is still basically "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and he's a giant, metallic robot - "Gort" in the movie, but called "Gnut" in the original story; his depiction here is much closer to how he was originally described, as completely human-looking, other than being immense, and made of a greenish metal. I think the blue lighting used here is making him appear more blue than he really is. Plus, Dr. Manhattan had his ... lower Manhattan exposed .
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Old May 3 2013, 05:55 PM   #7
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^It may also be because he's bald and *almost* naked. Did the description preclude adding any clothes, hair, or some sort of hat/helmet?
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Old May 3 2013, 06:07 PM   #8
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We really need to get Kon over here!

'Til then, here's mine that are already in the pipeline:


















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Old May 3 2013, 06:10 PM   #9
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Ahhh, The Seekers! I remember sitting for hours, reading those books and imagining I was on that little ship!
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Old May 3 2013, 06:13 PM   #10
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MrArcas: fantastic stuff, that! Good to see the Archer class featured so prominently. Also, good to see Mr. Blish faring well in the afterlife.
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Old May 3 2013, 06:13 PM   #11
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B.J. wrote: View Post
^It may also be because he's bald and *almost* naked. Did the description preclude adding any clothes, hair, or some sort of hat/helmet?
Actually, yes . Farewell to the Master:
For Gnut had almost exactly the shape of a man – a giant, but a man – with greenish metal for man's covering flesh, and greenish metal for man's bulging muscles. Except for a loin cloth, he was nude.
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Old May 3 2013, 07:06 PM   #12
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Arcas! Nice to see you on here!
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Cool Covers
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Old May 3 2013, 07:33 PM   #14
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Nice compositions. I really like the view of the Huron and Rama over the ringed planet.
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Old May 3 2013, 09:28 PM   #15
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Arcas! Nice to see you on here!
Thanks, man!!!
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