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Old December 15 2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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What does the new ___ look like? (SPOILERS)

What do you imagine the new DS9 looks like? I'm having a hard time picturing it based on the description in Raise the Dawn.

Is there any artwork out there depicting it, or is there any planned to come out in the near future?
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Old December 15 2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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Re: What does the new ___ look like? (SPOILERS)

I'm certain the official design will be on the cover of the next DRG3 DS9 book next year.

While not 100% consistent with the description in Raise the Dawn (it needs a central sphere), I'd be more than happy if they used Mojomoe's version:
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Here's the fanart thread, with a few more fan versions:
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Old December 15 2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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Looks cool! Thanks for the art
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Old December 15 2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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I'm certain the official design will be on the cover of the next DRG3 DS9 book next year.

While not 100% consistent with the description in Raise the Dawn (it needs a central sphere), I'd be more than happy if they used Mojomoe's version:
Mojomoe wrote:
Here's the fanart thread, with a few more fan versions:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=192700

Woah those are awesome.
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Old December 15 2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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It's a nice design, but it's very far from what was described in the book:

Despite the radical design, it shared many characteristics with other Starfleet facilities: the gray-white surface of its hull, the curves and proportions of its components, the familiar lettering along one arc that read UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS. The overall, esentially spherical shape of the station, though, reminded Ro of it's predecessor. The new facility would ultimately comprise three rings, oriented at right angles to one another. They would all surround an inner sphere, connecting to it via a half-dozen crossover bridges. The rings would provide docking and cargo services, while the sphere would house work, commercial and residential sections.
So first off, it should have a Starfleet design aesthetic, not the "alien" sort of look seen there. And there are six crossover bridges, presumably connecting to the points where the three mutually perpendicular rings cross -- essentially, one pair each along the X, Y, and Z axes. So basically like a big gyroscope-shaped Starfleet base. The only design in that fan art thread that matches the description at all is the one by Patrickivan.
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Old December 15 2012, 09:10 PM   #6
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I wonder if the new station will have a bigger crew and civilian complement; DS9 wasn't a massive station.
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Old December 16 2012, 03:22 AM   #7
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Re: What does the new ___ look like? (SPOILERS)

Isn't DRGIII's The Fall novel, a DS9 story? If so, I'm assuming we'll learn a lot more about the new station there.
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Old December 16 2012, 04:01 AM   #8
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Isn't it on the cover of the recent novel? It's a Utopia Planetia style station.
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Old December 16 2012, 04:12 AM   #9
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It's a nice design, but it's very far from what was described in the book:

Despite the radical design, it shared many characteristics with other Starfleet facilities: the gray-white surface of its hull, the curves and proportions of its components, the familiar lettering along one arc that read UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS. The overall, esentially spherical shape of the station, though, reminded Ro of it's predecessor. The new facility would ultimately comprise three rings, oriented at right angles to one another. They would all surround an inner sphere, connecting to it via a half-dozen crossover bridges. The rings would provide docking and cargo services, while the sphere would house work, commercial and residential sections.
So first off, it should have a Starfleet design aesthetic, not the "alien" sort of look seen there. And there are six crossover bridges, presumably connecting to the points where the three mutually perpendicular rings cross -- essentially, one pair each along the X, Y, and Z axes. So basically like a big gyroscope-shaped Starfleet base. The only design in that fan art thread that matches the description at all is the one by Patrickivan.
The description says it reminds Ro of it's predecessor. The above fulfills that and the other descriptions, except it's just two pylons shy.

Plus it looks cool. The gyroscope looks boring and lame to me. Wouldn't the sphere in the center be much smaller, which would then look closer to the original DS9?
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Old December 16 2012, 04:14 AM   #10
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^that one doesn't even look Starfleet to me
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Old December 16 2012, 09:58 AM   #11
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Isn't it on the cover of the recent novel? It's a Utopia Planetia style station.
No, in the book itself it was made clear that that was like a construction site, something to use as a base from which they could build the station. I mean, all those workers need to live somewhere.
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Old December 16 2012, 03:34 PM   #12
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Wouldn't the sphere in the center be much smaller, which would then look closer to the original DS9?
I didn't say that artwork got it exactly right, just that it was the only one that didn't ignore the description. Obviously it was a very rough illustration, not a final design, so I don't know why you're taking it literally.
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Old December 17 2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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I guess I'm thinking the design should look like a Federation version of the original DS9, and not completely abandon the DS9 aesthetic. Like the Federation built a newer better DS9.

And I think that's what the description in Raise the Dawn was trying the accomplish. At least, I hope.
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Old December 17 2012, 09:00 PM   #14
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It's a nice design, but it's very far from what was described in the book:

Despite the radical design, it shared many characteristics with other Starfleet facilities: the gray-white surface of its hull, the curves and proportions of its components, the familiar lettering along one arc that read UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS. The overall, esentially spherical shape of the station, though, reminded Ro of it's predecessor. The new facility would ultimately comprise three rings, oriented at right angles to one another. They would all surround an inner sphere, connecting to it via a half-dozen crossover bridges. The rings would provide docking and cargo services, while the sphere would house work, commercial and residential sections.
So first off, it should have a Starfleet design aesthetic, not the "alien" sort of look seen there. And there are six crossover bridges, presumably connecting to the points where the three mutually perpendicular rings cross -- essentially, one pair each along the X, Y, and Z axes. So basically like a big gyroscope-shaped Starfleet base. The only design in that fan art thread that matches the description at all is the one by Patrickivan.
Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the description creates a station that would look an awful lot like the Xindi planet killer weapon?
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Old December 17 2012, 09:38 PM   #15
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Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the description creates a station that would look an awful lot like the Xindi planet killer weapon?
I don't think that's the case. As others have pointed out, the proportions of the central sphere to the outer rings would probably be less like Patrickivan's rough sketch and more like the original station.
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