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Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2013) is the 2013 edition of the Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar series.


Publisher's description
A longtime favorite among serious Trekkers and casual fans alike, Star Trek 2013 Wall Calendar: Ships of the Line features spectacular illustrations of the ships and vessels from the various series, films, and Starfleet history. Each spread takes the viewer into the very heart of the Star Trek universe.
  • Twelve beautifully rendered illustrations feature all the action, drama, and painstaking detail by fan-favorite illustrators.
  • Great moments from Star Trek history – famous battles, first encounters, and early milestones in interstellar travel – are brought to vivid life by these dedicated, passionate illustrators.
  • The unique horizontal format maximizes the image space without sacrificing practicality or detail.
  • Bonus poster included!

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Background information

  • This is the first edition that was published under new ownership.
  • The Doug Drexler-created solicitation cover for the release featured the USS Sagittarius (β), an Archer-class starship, designed by Masao Okazaki. It had actually been the cover for Reap the Whirlwind, the third, 2007 release in the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series, and has as of 2019 neither been featured in the Ships of the Line calendar series nor has it in their book derivatives. Usually, solicitation covers feature imagery taken from previous editions of the series.
  • As is commonplace for Andrew Probert, his February and August contributions are executed as paintings instead of CGI, and neither did appear in the 2014 edition of the Ships of the Line.
  • This is the first outing in the Ships of the Line calendar series, which saw an internationally released variant edition, published by sub-licensee Danilo Promotions Limited – having received the license in the same year of the US ownership transfer – for the UK and the Commonwealth. Essentially, it was an amalgam of images featured in various previous US calendar editions (not all of them from the Ships of the Line series), with additional editorial differences; the UK edition still lacked the Ships of the Line subtitle as well as the centerfold, and the interior art had, like its US counterpart, the texts imprinted on the art. Additionally, this British edition is exclusively focused on the 2009 film, Star Trek.
  • The January spread of the British edition was originally created by Ed Giddings for [1]


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