Starship Spotter (Star Trek) Paperback – 19 Nov 2001
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About the Author
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz and Robert Bonchune are the art team behind many of the spectacular CGI effects and space battle sequences that have characterised recent Star Trek television episodes and feature films. Their sensational images can be seen to good effect in the annual Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars as well as in the Starship Spotter.
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So first off, what do you actually get? The book contains a good variety of ships which have four pages each - this is broken down into one page of 'waffle' with a description of the ship and its purpose, a half page showing a wireframe model of the CG ship (not a more useful cutaway), the stats for the ship (which are not always correct) and then a large two page picture of the ship itself.
The 'waffle' as I've called it is just that as there's no meaningful insight into the ship at all, a simple example is the aeroshuttle from Voyager. This is a small Captain's Yacht which you can see the outline for on the underside of Voyager similar to the one seen for the Enterprise-E in Insurrection. In the series it's never seen nor mentioned with the most common fan speculation for this being that Voyager was pushed out the door in a hurry and this part was not added. This book references the aero shuttle but doesn't actually mention why we never see this. Similarly for the other ships I didn't find any of this information of any interest whatsoever.
The CG wireframe model is too small and rather badly aliased making it difficult to make out any of the detail, I don't really see the point in it as it doesn't show any of the fictional ship's inner structure as it should.Read more ›
THere is a simple rule in my head nowadays - if you want to know anything about a particular starship, or just want to state at a VERY detailed, crystal clear, high-res photo of a starship, this is the book for you. No Trek fan should go without it.
I found one, it's called Starship Spotter. Inside are four pages for every major class of starship ever seen - from the Akira class right through to the D'Deridex warbird and even Species 8472 bioships - which include two-page high-detail, colour images, and two pages of raw info (and a small wireframe diagram). Within these pages you will find information on their weapons systems, their defensive shields, their computer systems, warp speed ratings, crew compliments, mass, dimensions and every other piece of information you could ever want to know. You'll also find background information (such as the design process and ship's mission), and what appearences the ship has made onscreen.
This book might be small, but it contains everything you ever wanted to know about starships, and even has pretty pictures for us to drool over. 5 out of 5, and a must-have for Trek fans everywhere.
From Borg Diamonds to Romulan Warbirds. This book has got the lot.
I cant wait for the next edition to come out, so it will include the new style of Romulan Warbirds coming out in the new Star Trek Nemesis film.
The format is a full page of data, with wireframe image and then a two page full colour spread of the ship in question. The problem for me is that the book spreads the colour pictures over the pages and this spoils the effect - I would have prefered these to be on single pages but that might just be me.
Not sure how accurate some of the information in here is (I spotted a couple of basic errors), but it's certainly detailed enough and covers at least to the end of the Voyager TV show, including Species 8742, and the Borg as well as stock races such as the Klingons and Romulans. As mentioned, the Federation is well represented as you may expect and even has worker bees and experimental craft listed.
It's okay, but most of the stuff you could get on the web - where it excels is in the (computer generated?) pictures that are unique and do look really good.
It's really one for fans, as it's expensive for what it is, but I liked it. However after a first read though I'm not sure how much I'll go back to it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, good amount of infomation on each ship, diverse range of ships and quality artwork.Published 22 months ago by Dom Brady
Due to an accident with a mug of tea this excellent little book was ruined. I decided to purchase a replacement copy. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Happy Customer
This book is well put together, with facts and figures for the various craft depicted. Pictures of the line drawings and the completed computer renderings. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by Mr. M. A. Summers
Lovely book good pics. Speedy postage Thanks. The book was a Christmas present for my "Treky" son he was very pleased with itPublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by yvonne
Good fun, but as a honorary trekker (area of interest the social impact of Star Trek on Popular Culture) it misses some of the major designs featured in nearly all the series and... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Thorn D
An absolutely excellent book.
An amazing collection of oddball information about a wonderful assortment of vessels,
most of which are usually only glimpsed in the... Read more
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