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Star Trek Ship Diagrams

When I was in high school, I often went to Star Trek conventions with my friend. One of the things I enjoyed doing was going to the dealers’ room where I could buy a lot of different Star Trek goods. I wanted the books, mostly. On Facebook, I saw a gallery of Star Trek starship cutaways, which brought back a lot of memories.

startrektngtechnicalmanualThere are three books I bought at the conventions that have a lot of diagrams and schematics. I think the biggest and most thorough one is the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. I thought it was an incredible book. I still have it, but it’s in Canada. I’m looking forward to reading it again. I’ve even had it autographed by James Doohan. Although it’s the wrong ship, he did appear in one episode of TNG.

I have a couple other books with many diagrams. They are Jackill’s Star Fleet Reference Manual: Ships of the Fleet Volume I and Volume II. Those books are incredible, although not official. They have so many original cast movie era starships with cutaways from side and front, and many diagrams, statistics, and more. I loved those books. But you know what? Searching for these books on Amazon gave me a surprise. There’s a Volume III! I had no idea. Looks like the Excelsior class is on the cover. I must try and get this book.

Now, I have to try and make diagrams of the ships that take the colonists to Ariadne. That’ll be quite the monumental task, I think.

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Star Trek Favourites

A lot of people debate amongst other fans of Star Trek about their favourites. Sometimes, they can be so passionate that arguments start. So, if any passionate fans want to disagree with me, go ahead!

Here are some of my favourites from Star Trek.

Favourite Star Trek Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation. This was the one I grew up watching, and it’s always been my favourite. It also has other favourites, but that’s for later in this post.

Honourable Mention: Deep Space Nine

Favourite Captain

Definitely Jean-Luc Picard. Great Captain, great actor.

Honourable Mention: Jonathan Archer. Just because we share the same last name. Nah, I just find him likeable.

Favourite Enterprise

Enterprise D. Luxury, holodecks, incredible size. Also, powerful. I have the technical manual, so I know it better than the others, as well.

Honourable Mention: Original refit Enterprise or Enterprise A. I love the classic movie design.

Favourite Original Cast Movie

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It’s just plain funny, and the one I enjoyed re-watching so many times.

Honourable Mention: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s a classic and has some of the greatest moments in Star Trek.

Favourite Next Generation Movie

Star Trek: First Contact. You can’t beat this Next Gen movie. Great action, the Borg, and Zephram Cochrane.

Honourable Mention: This is so difficult to decide, but probably an unpopular choice… Star Trek Generations. Picard and Kirk together.

Favourite Science Officer

Data! Although he’s not technically a science officer, he’s about the closest you get in Next Generation.

Honourable Mention: Spock. What’s great is that he and Data met.

Favourite Doctor

Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy. He’s always been my favourite with his catch phrases.

Honourable Mention: Doctor Julian Bashir. Not sure exactly why, but I just liked him.

Favourite Chief Engineer

Lt. Commander Geordie LaForge. Maybe it’s because I watched a lot of Reading Rainbow. I just liked the actor.

Honourable Mention: Commander Montgomery Scott. I met James Doohan! He’s actually very close behind LaForge.

Favourite Timeline

The original one containing all the TV series and the non-Abrams movies.

Honourable Mention: Mirror Universe. I guess you could call it an alternate timeline. The reboot movies are an actual alternate timeline, but I’m not a big fan of them. I don’t know, they just don’t feel right.

How about you? What are your favourites?

USS Enterprise Found on Ceres!

Conspiracy theorists, this is for you. The USS Enterprise has been found on Ceres! Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society has the proof! Take a look!

It’s so clear! Those bright spots on Ceres must be Starfleet bases or maybe exposed dilithium! Gene Roddenberry knew the truth!

 

Jonathan Archer Is My Descendant

Scott_BakulaCaptain Jonathan Archer, commanding officer of the Enterprise, NX-01 eventually became one of the most important figures in establishing the United Federation of Planets in 2161, following the war with the Romulans.  He later served as Chief of Staff at Starfleet Command, then Ambassador to Andoria from 2165 to 2175.  And then he was President of the Federation from 2184-2192.  He retired as President when he was 80 years old.  He eventually died in 2245, the day after the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was commissioned at the age of 133.  What a life he will have.

Now, I am claiming that he’s my descendant.  In fact, he’s my great-great-grandson.  You see, I’ll have a son within the next 3 years, born in the 2010s.  Let’s say that on average, people in the future will usually have children in their 30s.  This means that around 2250, my grandson will be born, then my great-grandson, Henry Archer, will be born around 2280, around my 103rd birthday.  32 years later, my great-great-grandson will be born and named Jonathan Archer.

How do I figure this?  Well, look at him.  He has brown hair, I have brown hair.  What more evidence do you need?  There’s also a history of people named John in my family.  That’s even more evidence!

I’m so proud of my great-great-grandson, the future Captain of the Enterprise, Ambassador to Andoria, and Federation President.

My Daughter Has Science Fiction in Her Blood

My daughter is 2 years and 4 months old now, and hasn’t seen one bit of science fiction.  Well, maybe she has in the form of Little Einsteins, because in what world do young children have a rocket?

Well, she did something incredibly impressive.  Although she has never seen Star Trek, she very accurately reproduced a model of the USS Enterprise with giant Lego blocks.  I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the full-sized Enterprise, but probably a baby Enterprise.  Check it out.

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Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Baby Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new playgrounds, to seek out new children and new nurseries, to boldly go where no toddler has gone before.

Isn’t it an amazing reproduction?  I must get her to watch some with me.  Time to create a Star Trek fan!