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Review: Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Starships: 2294 – The Future – Updated and extended edition

In the Star Trek universe, Starfleet ships are a class apart (no pun intended) from the rest of the ships we encounter. The Starship Enterprise is undoubtedly not only the most recognizable ship in the franchise, but it can be argued that it is probably the most recognizable ship in all of Science fiction. All other Starfleet ships bow to its altar in design and functionality. Great care has been taken to ensure that all Starfleet ships, including the Enterprise, evolve with the times and technology while maintaining the distinct look that makes them worthy of the sacred insignia of the delta.

USS Lantree NCC-1837

This was the biggest takeaway for me after the first read Star Trek Shipyards: Starfleet Ships: 2294–The Future. The foreword to this Updated and expanded second edition, which includes seventy new pages that cover Starfleet ships from the third season of Star Trek: Discovery and the first season of Star Trek: Picardmentions that First Edition is Eaglemoss’ most popular entry in their Shipyard series of books and rightly so. There are ships of all shapes, sizes, color patterns, characteristics in Star Trek, but the ones we spend the most time with are Starfleet ships. Just as they are our tether as we traverse strange new worlds, the Starfleet Shipyards book is the perfect tether for us as we delve deeper into the world of Trek spaceships.

USS Armstrong
USS Armstrong

Shipyards: Starfleet Ships consists of five main sections: Small Transports, Fighters, Multi-Mission Explorers (the largest section), The Future, and the 32nd Century. The ships covered in this edition only include the Prime Universe, which disappoints me a bit as a Trekkie whose fandom began with Star Trek ’09. Most ships contain an overview that spans a few pages as well as plan views of the ship as well as still images of the exterior and interior of the ship taken directly from each series. The overview begins with a stunning portrait of the ship, the result of high-quality CG model work by the Hero Collector / Eaglemoss team. To the surprise of anyone who owns an Eaglemoss spaceship model or has read one of their previous book releases, the quality of the new artwork and stills from the shows is top notch. If books like this are all we get up to Deep Space Nine and Traveler I hope to get their high definition remasters, I’m not complaining.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D

Words in Shipyards: Starfleet Ships are secondary characters. That doesn’t stop editor Ben Robinson and his team from providing as many words as possible on the pages without cluttering up the art. The preview covers in detail the ship’s origin story, features that set it apart, and many of its notable adventures in the show. Of course, for a ship like the Enterprise, it would probably take a whole book to cover it all, so there’s an abrupt approach to a subject like that, but when a ship like the USS Nog is presented, you feel like you know it all. on the ship by the time you get to the final word on this. Considering the completeness of the overview, descriptions of important sections in the plan views pages and the Data Flow section, there isn’t much, if any, left outside of the page in most cases. It is an encyclopedia in the true sense of the word.

Wallenberg class
Wallenberg class

At a whopping 312 pages cover to cover, Shipyards: Starfleet Ships is not just a book, it is a visual experience. As a reference source, it’s harder to think of a better book that could be considered a definitive guide to Starfleet ships. A mug of Raktajino, one of Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek scores playing in the background, and a book like Shipyards: Starfleet Ships is everything you need for an engaging and nourishing reading experience.

Starfleet Ship Size Comparison Chart
Starfleet Ship Size Comparison Chart

Author of the book: Ben Robinson
Final note : Distort 9.5 out of 10

Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Starships: 2294 – The Future is available now on Amazon.


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