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Old May 15 2014, 04:03 PM   #61
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That may explain the prevalence of vaguely avian shapes among Trek aliens, but I guess not why nobody else uses the saucer/hull/nacelles configuration which has worked so well for Starfleet for 200 years.
It's like a 911's engine being behind the rear axle - it's by no means the most practical/efficient means of going about things, but after centuries of development working around the flaws they're not inclined to scrap everything!
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Old May 15 2014, 04:42 PM   #62
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Huh, this is the first I've heard about shipboard rock bands.
Same here.

Although possibly it would have been so surreal as to actually be pretty watchable.

....

On second thoughts, no.
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Old May 20 2014, 12:17 AM   #63
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One of the things I'd like to do--had I the money, is to have architects, car-designers, and anime and manga folks from all the different design house do their take on trek ships.
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Old July 18 2014, 09:10 AM   #64
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The calendar has arrived - rejoice!

This is my favorite one yet. There's not a single picture I find 'meh', and they holes were returned to where they belong.

This is the first time we see an official image of the Enterprise-E separating.

It's good to see the Watchtower-class is still in use in the 24th century. The detailed hullplating is a highlight.

Triple Columbia-class beauty. I love the star background because it reminds me of real-life universe books I've been reading. Maybe January is my favorite entry.

Furthermore, I like how another NX-01.5 picture features two Contortrix-class escorts, suggesting an early revisit of the Xindi.

Another fun aspect is trying to decipher all the registries and shipnames printed on Starfleet hulls. Too bad the Watchtower- and Nova-class go unlabelled.
On the bright side, all of the Saber-class ships are
identifiable. Two of them a named for Humans (Peterson and Sanders), another one generically (Sentry) but - good for diversity - one has the alien name Garza. It's noteworthy that the Sabers have been modified from their original appearance, suggesting a refit.

Another image gives us a glimpse of the Reliant II, albeit without registry.

Overall: great.
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Old July 18 2014, 02:05 PM   #65
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Um, Garza isn't an alien name, it's a Spanish and Latin American name. A rather common one, in fact.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:39 PM   #66
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... and for all we know, there are thousands of Bolians named "Peterson".

That's the problem with "alien" names: there's bound to be a human language that has the word, and it's up to the reader so recognize them (as evidenced by such ships as the Tellarite freighter Moedigesnuit in Glass Empires, "moedige snuit" being Dutch for "brave snout").
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Old July 18 2014, 05:34 PM   #67
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Hmm. In a non-Trek (but Trek- and Humanx-inspired) SF short story I wrote, some years ago (in a milieu I call the First Contact Corps), I had a character named Borph Fergo.
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Old July 20 2014, 02:51 PM   #68
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My comics dealer will have a copy waiting for me this week, or so I'm told. Looking forward to this...
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Old July 20 2014, 09:55 PM   #69
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Books a Million, being jerks won't carry this --or Marvel comics anymore...sigh.

it's like pulling teeth to get these calendars anymore.
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Old July 21 2014, 01:57 AM   #70
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Marvel won't let regular bookstores and newsstands anywhere carry their regular monthlies anymore.

And back to our starship calendar discussion!
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Old July 22 2014, 10:38 PM   #71
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Speaking of which: just got my copy today from the aforesaid comics dealer. A little wary about selling me the calendar early, but when I explained about other outlets already delivering to their customers...well, that solved that one.

Two repurposed novel covers, among the best of their kind. Nice.

As for the one with the contentious ship names, "Assault on the Moons of Nibia"...do we have a class name for D.M. Phoenix's latest design? (Wishing I could make out the registry number on the Sentry, as well.) That particular artist has a great talent for coming up with designs that fit in architecturally between the "official" ones, and I hope to see more of this in future.

Beautiful and chilling work on Andrew Probert's part re: "Wolf 359 + 8 Days". I do second the wish for ship names and registries to be clear wherever possible, but that's a minor complaint. Mine is a more-than-occasional detail-obsessed mind, 'tis true. The tender/recovery/rescue designs, I also hope to see more of in the licensed product lines.

Tobias, combining the Titan and the Watchtower-class? Thank you! Danke!

More as I think of it, or if others think of it first...
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Old July 23 2014, 08:55 AM   #72
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Using a magnification glass, Sentry's registry reads as NCC-61898, if my quarter-century-old eyes aren't deceiving me.
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The other ships in the group all have registries in the NCC-618xx range...?
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Old July 23 2014, 05:59 PM   #74
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So is the April image labeled as "D'ama class", "D4 class", or something else?
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Old July 23 2014, 09:06 PM   #75
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Douglas Graves and John Eaves are going with "D-4".
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