Posts Tagged ‘Masao Okazaki’

Star Trek magazine: Vanguardian Goodness!

I don’t often shill for Star Trek magazine unless I have an article inside its gloried pages, but I’m going to make an exception for Issue No. 35, the “Starships and Space Stations Special” edition.

The reason: In addition to articles about the visionary work of folks like Franz Joseph and Matt Jefferies, it has an in-depth feature about designer Masao Okazaki‘s development of Starbase 47, aka Vanguard, for the Star Trek Vanguard book series.

The piece is chock full of early concept sketches by Masao and unused digital cover art by Doug Drexler, as well as looks at the exterior and interior schematics of the Archer-class scout ship U.S.S. Sagittarius (which was invented for the Vanguard saga) and a short primer for the series.

Even better, Issue No. 35 also has an excerpt from Marco Palmieri‘s novella “The Ruins of Noble Men,” which is part of the recently released anthology Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, and the anthology is reviewed in the same issue.

This issue is a Vanguard fan’s dream come true. Get your copy of this issue soon, before they’re all gone!


A bit of awesome: U.S.S. Sagittarius scale model

Model-maker Richard Long has created something that I have decided I simply must have: a scale model of the Starfleet scout ship U.S.S. Sagittarius from the Star Trek Vanguard novel series I developed with Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore. The ship was first pictured on the cover of my novel Reap the Whirlwind.

Working from the original designs by Masao Okazaki, master modeler Richard Long of Sovereign Replicas crafted this exquisite 5.75-inch scale model of the Sagittarius.

I like this very much.

It’s always fun to see something I dreamed up brought to life — first by the inspired design work of Masao Okazaki, and now by the skilled craftmanship of Richard Long. Color me flattered, impressed, and covetous. Nice work, Mister Long.

(Thanks to Dayton Ward for bringing this to my attention.)

An “Inside Baseball” look at Vanguard station

Doug Drexler, an acclaimed and award-winning CGI artist who has lent his impressive talents to such series as Star Trek Enterprise and Battlestar Galactica, also has rendered the cover art for the first four Star Trek Vanguard novels.

In a recent post on his blog, Drex Files, Doug talks a little about working with designer Masao Okazaki’s original designs, and how they ended up inspiring part of the remastered version of the original-series episode “The Ultimate Computer.”

It’s fun reading, as is the rest of Doug’s blog. Give it a look!