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Author(s): Michael Okuda
Illustrator(s): various
Publisher: Pocket Books
Editor(s): Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark
Published: 7 November 2006 (first edition)
28 October 2014 (second edition)
Pages: 184 (first edition)
336 (second edition)
Reference(s): ISBN 1416532439 (first edition)
ISBN 9781476782584(second edition, hardback)
ISBN 9781476792675 (second edition, eBook)
You may be looking for Star Trek: Ships of the Line or Ship of the Line.

Ships of the Line is a hardcover reference book which collects the images of the Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars, accompanied by captions written by Michael Okuda from an in-universe perspective.

The first edition of the book was released to mark the 40th anniversary of Star Trek. It features a large proportion of the images from the 2001-2006 calendars (the 2002 calendar images were not included), cropped to fit the book format.

A second edition of the book will be released in October 2014, and will be updated to include the images produced for the 2007-2014 calendars, adding 75 new images. It will also be made available in eBook formats for the first time.

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From the book jacket (first edition)
They dared to risk it all in a skiff of reeds or leather, on a ship of wood or steel, knowing the only thing between them and certain death was their ship. To explore, to seek out what lay beyond the close and comfortable, every explorer had to embrace danger. And as they did so, what arose was a mystical bond, a passion for the ships that carried them. From the very first time Humans dared to warp the fabric of space, escaping from the ashes of the third World War, they also created ships. These vessels have become the icons of mankind's desire to rise above the everyday, to seek out and make the unknown known. And these ships that travel the stellar seas have stirred the same passions as the ones that floated in the oceans.
While every captain has wished that their starship could be outfitted in the same manner as the sailing ship H.M.S. Beagle – without weapons – that proved untenable. From the start, Starfleet realized that each vessel, due to the limited range of the early warp engines, must be able to stand alone against any attack. Thus arose the idea, taken from the days of wooden sailing ships, that every Starfleet vessel must stand as a ship of the line. Through the actions of their captains and crews, countless starships have taken on that role. Here we remember some of those ships and their heroic crews.
In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek, here for the very first time collected together are the spectacular images from the highly successful and acclaimed Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars. Gloriously rendered, each of these illustrations was created exclusively for Pocket Books. With text by Michael Okuda (The Star Trek Encyclopedia), the story of each of these valiant starships comes to life.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

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