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Star Trek Master Series - Part 1

SkyBox released Master Series One in 1993, with artwork based on TOS, the movies, TNG and DS9. Several artists were commissioned for their artwork. The backs have a short quote from the artist and a summary about the scene. Each artist has one facsimile signature card back. This was an unusual set with a range of artwork to suit many tastes.
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Skybox 7 August 1993 Not known 36 6 2½" x 3½"
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Base Set


01 1 Captain James T. Kirk
Keith Birdsong (Signature Card)

Captain James T. Kirk is the consummate hero who is fiercely dedicated to his mission. He inspires great confidence and complete loyalty in those who serve under him, and his many Awards of Valor are a testament to his character and career. Kirk has encountered many women in his travels, but he remains faithful to his one true love: the U.S.S. Enterprise!

Keith Birdsong is known across the country for his artistic contributions to the Star Trek world, including his sensitive, striking portraits and many popular Star Trek book covers.
02 2 Commander Spock
Keith Birdsong

"I've always thought of Spock as a mentor - a character you could look to for guidance."

More than any other character in Star Trek, the Vulcan First Officer Mr. Spock has been examined, analyzed and discussed - and found to be (to use his own favorite word) "fascinating." He is enormously intelligent, flawlessly logical and very lonely. While he strives to suppress emotion in himself, Spock evokes strong emotions from others - from his crewmates, who would risk everything to save him, to the millions of Star Trek fans who love this stoic Vulcan with the all-too human heart.
03 3 Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Keith Birdsong

"I like the rebellious side of McCoy; he is a man who stands up for what he believes."

The compassionate Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy is a dedicated physician and peacemaker. Sometimes irascible, but always humane, Dr. McCoy occupies a vital position on the U.S.S. Enterprise as its Chief Medical Officer. McCoy's highly emotional nature often conflicts with Mr. Spock's impassive logic and Captain Kirk's pure instinct. Together, however, these three very individual characters form a "trio" of intense friendship and forceful leadership.
04 4 Lieutenant Uhura
Keith Birdsong

"My inspiration for painting Lieutenant Uhura stemmed from a deep admiration of this character's strength and contribution to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Her influence was very significant, and I'm sure it was felt throughout the galaxy."

Lieutenant Uhura hails from Africa on planet Earth. She is fluent in a variety of languages, and worked her way up through various Starfleet assignments before securing the position of Communications Officer on the bridge of the original starship Enterprise.
05 5 Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Keith Birdsong

"Scott's caring eyes and genuine smile help create an overall feeling of warmth that I tried to portray in this painting."

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott is often referred to as "The Miracle Worker." He is never happier than when reading his technical journals, or trying to compress several days of engineering work into a few hours. Often finding himself as the only barrier between survival and destruction, his famous refrain is. "She can't take any more of this Captain!" Scotty is an invauable officer and a beloved character throughout the Star Trek world.
06 6 Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Keith Birdsong

"Brave and adventurous is the way I see Sulu, and I think I was really able to capture this in my portrait of him."

The versatle helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise is a man of many interests, including martial arts, fencing, and antique collecting. Sulu possesses a keen mind and the ability to focus on the job at hand. He is sociable, observant, works well under extreme pressure, and is therefore often placed in charge when the senior officers are absent. Sulu's leadership qualities eventually lead [sic] him to the Captain's chair of the Excelsior in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."
07 7 Ensign Pavel Andreivich Chekov
Keith Birdsong

"To me, Chekov is the guy next door, the guy we would all want as a friend. I tried to portray him as a feeling, emotional person."

The youngest U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge officer, Pavel Chekov has a secret desire to comand a starship one day. The good-natured Chekov often finds himself bewildered by the unpredictable events that occur on a mission, but always manages to pull through. Impresionable, reliable, and profoundly loyal, Chekov is fond of Russian history and sayings, and will often inject his own unique humor into difficult situations.
08 8 Yeoman Janice Rand
Jason Palmer (Signature Card)

A distracting, elfin beauty, Yeoman Rand is an accomplished artist and friend to everyone. Her energetic helpfulness occasionally gets in the Captain's way, but he respects her loyalty and commitment to her post. Always cheerful and sincere, Rand's professional attachment to James T. Kirk is accompanied by deep personal feelings.

Jason Palmer currently works as one of the premier comic book cover artists for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
09 9 Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Keith Birdsong

"Captain Picard has a commanding presence which I really enjoy watching on Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Profoundly intelligent and quite reserved, Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been called the classic hero. A man who passionately believes in peace, Picard inspires a deep respect from his crew and everyone else he meets. While he is a man of tremendous strength, Picard occasionally reveals his shortcomings -- such as his inability to deal with children. Though he counts many people as his friends, Picard shares a special relationship with the mysterious crewmate Guinan.
10 10 Commander William T. Riker
Keith Birdsong

"To me, Conmander Riker has a very genuine, caring personality."

Commander William T. Riker is the ideal First Officer. Although his courage, compassion, and unerring instinct for justice render him capable of commanding a starship of his own, Wil [sic] Riker finds his greatest satisfaction in being second-in-command aboard "the best starship in the fleet." Riker's duties call for him to be tough and forceful, but off-duty, he is relaxed, casual and engaging. He enjoys the friendly competition of a poker game, and holds a passion for 20th century jazz music.
11 11 Lieutenant Worf
Keith Birdsong

"From an aristic standpoint, Worf was very challenging to paint because of the many angles and textures in is face."

Lieutenant Worf is the first Klingon ever to serve as an officer in Starfleet. Worf often finds himself torn between two forces: his rich ancestry as a member of the Klingon race, and his childhood experience of being raised by adoptive human parents. Worf's brief relationship with Klingon Ambassador K'Ehleyr gave him a son, Alexander, who lives with Worf on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Worf is a good friend to his crewmates, and enjoys playing poker and teaching classes in the Klingon martial arts.
12 12 Lt. Commander Data
Keith Birdsong

"To paint Data, I hat to empty the actor's human face of its personality to make him apear as an android yet leave enough personality to remain interesting."

As a sentient android, Data is the only being of his kind serving in Starfleet. His sophisticated intelligence, extraordinary physical strength, and instant physical reactions make him an extremely valuable crew member. While Data professes not to feel, he often demonstrates deep concern for the well-being of his friends. Calling crewmate Geordi La Forge his best friend, Data has only one wish -- to become more human.
13 13 Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Keith Birdsong

"With Geordi, I had to rely not on his eyes, but on the expressiveness or the rest of his face to portray him on canvas."

No one on the U.S.S. Enterprise is more innovative than Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge. When a problem seems insurmountable, it is often Geordi who comes up with the surprising solution. Blind from birth, Geordi's position of responsibility is a triumph of ingenuity and intelligence over disability. His warmth and humor are important to the collective goodwill on the ship, and he is highly valued by the Captain and the crew.
14 14 Counselor Deanna Troi
Keith Birdsong

"While Deanna Troi possesses her own kind of strength, it's her softness that is realy dominant. I tried to portray this quality in my portrait of her."

The half-human, half-Betazoid counselor of the U.S.S. Enterprise has empathic abilities that allow her to sense the emotions of others. Not only does this serve her popularity as a crewmember, it also makes her a great asset to Captain Picard. Sensitive, feminine, and slightly reserved, Deanna's dark beauty has captivated many over the years.
15 15 Dr. Beverly Crusher
Keith Birdsong

"In painting Doctor Crusher, I couldn't help noticing how her strength and power makeher similar Captain Picard."

Beverly Crusher serves as the Chiet Medical Officer aboard the USS. Enterprise, and works closely with Next Generation Captain Picard - a man with whom she shares a complex personal relationship. Her delicate, dignified beauty has captured the romantic attentions of several visitors to the U.S.S. Enterprise, but she remains unattached. Dr. Crusher takes her duties very seriously, and will fight aggressively to defend actions that she believes are morally right.
16 16 Ensign Wesley Crusher
Keith Birdsong

'Wesley embodies the dream of every boy and girl -- to go out into space and be a part of lite on a spaceship."

Wesley Crusher is a young genius, with talent in physics, engineering and ship systems design. Often impulsive, he is also shy, and somewhat isolated by his intelligence. Appointed as the youngest acting ensign in Starfieet by Captain Picard, Wesley has been assigned many duties aboard ship as part of his continuing education. He now attends Starfleet Academy on Earth. periodically returning to visit his mother, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and the rest of his extended U.S.S. Enterprise family.
17 17 Guinan
Keith Birdsong

"Guinan is one of my favorite characters because she wears her personality on her face, though at the same time she is very mysterious."

A member of an unknown, ancient race, Guinan is a compelling woman with a calm demeanor. She is a powerful presence aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, and a very special friend to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Guinan often acts as an informal advisor to the Captain, someone he can turn to for a straightforward, honest opinion. Her unique wisdom reaches into the hearts of all who seek her advice.

Ships and Technology

18 18 The U.S.S. Enterprise
Michael David Ward (Signature Card)

There have been many vessels named "Enterprise," dating back to the days of wooden sailing ships. The most impressive "Enterprises," must surely be the three starships of Star Trek fame: NCC-1701,™ NCC-1701-A, and NCC-1701-D,™ which "sailed" through the original Star Trek™ TV series, The Star Trek theatrical films, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Highly acclaimed throughout the Star Trek world, Michael David Ward is a master of exquisite compositions which seem to come to life with the wonders of the cosmos.
19 19 An Armada Destroyed
Sonia R. Hillios

"My inspiration for this painting came from the episode The Best of Both Worlds, where we learn that when a Borg ship approaches, it means battle.!"

Following the Borg's abduction of Captain Picard, an armada of 40 Federation starships amassed at the star system Wolf 359. Their mission was to keep the Borg from reaching the planet Earth -- at any cost. But the Borg, armed with seemingly invincible weapons and military knowledge stolen from Captain Picard, proved to be unstoppable. The armada was almost completely destroyed, and the defeat of the Federation and the destruction of Earth seemed inevitable.
20 20 Through the Eyes of the Enemy
Gerry Roundtree

"I based this painting on the episode The Defector; it is my interpretation of a dramatic stand-off in space."

The Romulans are distant cousins of the Vulcans; they possess the same intellectual prowess of their serene, logic-guided relatives, but they are emotional, cunning warriors rather than scientists and scholars. The Romulan Warbird can be more than a match for a Galaxy Class starship like the U.S.S. Enterprise. But a ship is only as good as her crew, and the Starship Enterprise has prevailed in every Romulan encounter to date -- thanks to her exceptional captain and crew.
21 21 U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
Gerry Roundtree

"My intent here was to show the power and majesty of the U.S.S. Enterprise."

Federation starship NCC-1701-D was launched on October 4th, 2363, becoming the fifth such ship to be named "Enterprise." Like the original Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise, this vessel is the flagship of the Starfleet. As one of the largest and most powerful starships ever constructed, the Enterprise is often thrust into perilous situations. Though its mission is one of research and exploration, the U.S.S. Enterprise may find itself confronted by hostile enemies. and able to use its power to defend the Federation by force.
22 22 Ferengi Marauder
Gerry Roundtree

"This imaginary scene is my attempt to represent the Ferengi fleet."

The Ferengi are commonly known as the hyperactive, profit-hungry creatures of the universe. Pictured here is a Ferengi Marauder class ship taking on cargo: possibly weapons, definitely for sale, undoubtedly to be made available to both sides of whatever conflict that the Ferengi may profit from. Since much of the Ferengi economy is based on trading of information and technology, it is assumed that their powerful Marauders are constructed from unusual alien systems that the Ferengi have acquired over the years.
23 23 Docking at Deep Space Nine
Gerry Roundtree

"This painting represents the crossover from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

In addition to starbases and outposts, the Federation maintains several space stations. Their functions vary -- from pure research, to relay stations, to monitoring stations along the borders of Federation space. The station pictured here, Deep Space Nine, sits at the very edge of Federation space, virtually on top of an important celestial phenomenon: a stable wormhole. The wormhole is a gateway to unexplored sections of the galaxy, making Deep Space Nine a vital strategic resource for the Federation.
24 24 The Probe
Bob Eggleton

"I loved the probe from this film -- it was an alien intelligence not looking for humais!"

In Star Trek IV: The Vogage Home," civilization on Earth is gradually being destroyed by the emissions of a monolithic alien probe. The probe is calling out to a cetacean race that should still inhabit the Earth's oceans, but was hunted to extinction by man hundreds of years earlier - the Humpback Whales. The situation is ironic , as the probe pays no attention to the destruction it inflicts upon mankind, much the same way mankind paid no attention as it destroyed the whales.
25 25 Excelsior Leaves Spacedock
Sonia R. Hillios

"While creating this painting, I though back to how I felt when I saw the U.S.S. Excelsior for tie first time. The look and scale of this new ship is wonderful, and I truly enjoyed putting the image on canvas."

The U.S.S. Excelsior was first introduced in Star Trek lIl: The Search for Spock. This painting depicts the starship leaving spacedock in pursuit of the U.S.S. Enterprise, just prior to the effect of Scotty's sabotage of Excelsior's experimental transwarp drive.
26 26 U.S.S. Reliant
Sonia R. Hillios

"I find that the starships of Star Trek each have their own qualities and personalities, just like people."

In Star Trek Il: The Wrath of Khan, the U.S.S. Reliant is exploring the Mutara sector for a lifeless planet on which to test the experimental Genesis device. A landing party inadvertently stumbles upon the exiled Khan Noonien Singh, a former tyrant from Earth's Eugenics Wars. Khan and his followers take control of the Reliant, and employ their genetically engineered intellects to learn enough to put the ship to use. They nearly destroy the U.S.S. Enterprise and the object of Khan's hatred, Admiral James T. Kirk.
27 27 Ship's Phasers
Bob Eggleton (Signature Card)

Though its mission is one of peace, the U.S.S. Enterprise is equipped with powerful weapons systems that are most often used for non-aggressive purposes. This exciting scene actually depicts a more common use of the ship's phasers -- clearing dangerous debris from the upper atmosphere of a Federation world. Yes, even the mighty U.S.S. Enterprise is occasionally called upon to "take out" the trash!

Nominated several times for the Hugo award for science fiction art, Bob Eggleton has won acclaim as a master of spacescapes and sci-fi book covers.
28 28 July 4, 2276
Gerry Roundtree

"This is an imaginary vision of a future Fourth of July. For me it brings to mind freedom, peace and hope for the future."

In the 1960's, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife Majel Barrett visted the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. They were both deeply moved. Inspired by that visit, Gene wrote a Star Trek episode called The Omega Glory -- a tale of the value and universality of certain ideas. This painting of a quincentennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence is inspired by those same ideas: Freedom, the willingness to defend that freedom, and the promise that these ideals will prevail in the future.
29 29 Deep Space Station K7
Gerry Roundtree

"Like frontier outposts of the old West Gerry, space stations give explorers a needed refuge from their perilous and often lonely journeys."

Starbases and space stations provide starships with governmental, medical and recreational facilities, repair services, and more. Though Federation space stations generally cater to Federation ships, they often offer their services to others as a gesture of goodwill. Such was the case in The Trouble With Tribbles, where a Klingon cruiser took advantage of Station K7's hospitality -- while secretly conspiring to poison a shipment of valuable grain.
30 30 The Galileo II
Bob Eggleton

"This is one of the very few times a shuttlecraft has been shown on a planet's surface. Something about shuttles is appealing. They're so small -- and space is so vast."

In the Star Trek episode Metamorphosis, the shuttlecraft Galileo Il makes an emergency landing on a planetoid in the Gamma Canaris region, where the crew finds Zephram [sic] Cochrane (the inventor of warp drive), long believed to be dead. Shuttlecraft journeys have provided us with some of Star Trek's most interesting adventures, since the individuals on board must act without the power and resources of the Starship Enterprise.
31 31 Romulan Bird of Prey
Bob Eggleton

"This Romulan vessel comes from one of my favorite episodes. It is a fascinating ship and stands in high contrast to the Enterprise."

The Romulan Bird of Prey was seen in only one episode of the original Star Trek series: Balance of Terror. The Bird of Prey employs a cloaking device that renders it virtually invisible to Federation starships. It also wields a devastating plasma energy weapon, many times more powerful than Starfleet phasers. In this encounter, it was the superior skill of Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise that defeated the Romulan invader and averted a potentially devastating war.
32 32 Warp Drive
Gerry Roundtree

"The rainbow effect produced by the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 upon achieving warp speed is spectacular."

The U.S.S. Enterprise normally travels through space at a modest 263 billion miles per hour, but is capable of achieving speeds of up to 134 trillion miles per hour! No object can travel at these speeds through "normal" space, so the U.S.S. Enterprise uses its powerful matter/anti-matter engines to generate a subspace field that actually "warps" space around the ship, propelling it at fantastic speeds. As the ship enters warp, a brilliant explosion of light and color occur.
33 33 The Wormhole
Sonia R. Hillios

"This painting represents 'leaving the cradle' -- leaving the familiar, and heading into the unknown."

Wormholes are celestial anomalies that "cut through" the fabric of normal space, acting as tunnels that can transport ships millions of miles in an instant. Normally, these flexible spacetubes fluctuate unpredictably, making it impossible to predict where a ship will end up after passing through the wormhole. The discovery of the first known stable wormhole, located near the Bajoran home system, opens up a whole new frontier of the galaxy for trade and exploration.
34 34 Advanced Warp Drive
Gerry Roundtree

"If the new warp drive effect could be viewed from outside the ship, it might look something like this."

The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D possesses a warp propulsion system superior to all earlier versions. The ship's advanced warp drive allows the Next Generation Enterprise to travel at a cruising velocity of Warp 6, roughly 392 times the speed of light. To an outside observer, there is a visual "rubber band" effect, followed by a brilliant flash of light as the Enterprise engages her main engines and enters warp space.
35 35 Romulan Warbird
Gerry Roundtree

"The idea of a temporal rift has always fascinated me, and I enjoyed creating it on canvas."

The Romulan Warbird is a powerful, impressive vessel equipped for battle, but also used for exploration. The main power source of the Warbird is a quantum singularity -- a less stable power system than the matter/anti-matter reactors used by Federation ships, but one that provides the massive energy necessary to cloak a vessel of this size. The yellow stream below the forward bow of this craft is an anomaly known as a temporal rift, an unstable time-altering anomaly.
36 36 Among the Cliffs of Vulcan
Gerry Roundtree (Signature Card)

Carrying the regenerated body of Mr. Spock, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise reaches the planet Vulcan, hoping that the Vulcan elders can return their fallen comrade to life. An accomplished navigator, Sulu has mastered the controls of the small Klingon vessel, and he deftly maneuvers the ship over the barren terrain of Vulcan.

Gerry Roundtree's passion for science fiction began as a young boy in New York. Critics around the world rave about his explosive spacescapes, and call him a sianificant force in the science fiction art world.
37 37 Yridian Spacecraft
Rick Sternbach (Signature Card)

Very little is known about the Yridians, except that they trade mostly in information. Scans of their vessel reveal that it has both impulse and warp capabilities. The wing-like protrusions from its midsection are radiator/deflector paddles. It has been speculated that the ship's forward crew area can be separated from its immense engines in emergency situations.

Rick Sternbach is the senior illustrator on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and is responsible for the design of props, spaceships, and many other elements on the show.
38 38 Navigating the Asteroid Field
Bob Eggleton

"This is my idea of what it would be like to navigate the U.S.S. Enterprise amidst the physical dangers that exist out there."

Equipped with phasers and photon torpedoes, the U.S.S. Enterprise can use these systems to vaporize obstacles too large for the ship's main navigational deflector. Of course, the Starship Enterprise can also maneuver around obstructions, such as the rocky debris pictured in this asteroid field, so long as the ship is guided by expert helmsmen like Sulu and Chekov.
39 39 Evolution
Bob Eggleton

"This moment from the episode Evolution is one of tremendous impact, beauty, and terrible danger."

While the U.S.S. Enterprise is on a research mission to investigate the explosion of a neutron supergiant binary star, young Wesley Crusher's genetics experiment escapes from containment and threatens the ship. It becomes apparent that, in the midst of the death of this binary star, Wesley has inadvertently helped to create a new form of life: Nanites, microscopic machines that reproduce, evolve, and develop a sentient intelligence.
40 40 Where No One Has Gone Before
Bob Eggleton

"My inspiration for this painting was the intriguing episode, Where No One Has Gone Before, which probes the idea of limittess possibilities in space."

The infinite wonders of space unfold when the US.S. Enterprise is hurled into a space/time/thought continuum. Anything becomes possible, as the dividing line between spacescapes and mindscapes is blurred. The exploration of the universe and the potential of the human mind for which Star Trek is famous finds one of its best expressions in this fascinatingtale of the alien "Traveler."
41 41 Praxis Explodes
Gerry Roundtree

"I wanted this painting to convey the awesome power that is out in space."

The Klingon moon of Praxis violently explodes -- the result of excessive mining and lack of safety precautions. The shockwave from the explosion covers a vast area, catching the Excelsior and her new Captain Sulu by surprise. This event means the death of the Klingon Empire, unless a peace treaty can be established with the Federation. Several Starfleet officials, Captain Kirk among them, initially see this as an opportunity to bring the Klingon Empire "to its knees." but cooler heads prevail.
42 42 U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Keith Birdsong

"For me, this ship is a source of inspiration and hope for dreams yet to he fulfilled."

The ship that launched a thousand dreams, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, is a symbol for all who believe in the future. The Starship Enterprise has come to represent the best hopes of humanity -- for it is a ship of discovery, with a mission to seek out new life and new civilizations, without prejudice and without fear. Like her Captain, who once vowed, "I'Il never lose you -- never!" those who dare to dream of tomorrow keep an imprint of the U.S.S. Enterprise in their hearts.

Star Trek Experiences

43 43 Battle with the Borg
Gerry Roundtree

"The tension and danger in this scene are reflected in the angles and dark tones of the painting."

In this episode, Picard has been abducted and transformed into a Borg named Locutus. The Borg plan to use Picard/Locutus in their attempt to assimilate the entire human race. This image depicts acting Captain Riker's unorthodox strategy to divert the Borg weaponry with both halves of the U.S.S. Enterprise, while Worf and Data attempt to rescue Captain Picard. The Best of Both Worlds explores the drama of self-identity, power, and the relationship of both personal loyalty and collective responsibility to survival.
44 44 Reaching Out To Picard
Steve Gardner

"The Borg are an incredibly frightening species. I painted Locutus with a hard-edged quality I think the Borg possess."

After being rescued from the Borg ship, Picard undergoes a physical, mental, and emotional transition from his half mechanical state, back into the world of humanity. The agony of his helplessness is evidenced be the extreme tension experienced by Captain Picard, as he struggles against his Borg identity. Locutus. This episode is both a suspense story and an absorbing exploration of self-identity.
45 45 The Traveler
Simon Galkin (Signature Card)

A gentle, intriguing alien comes aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise to assist in an experimental engine test. But something goes awry, and the ship finds itself in a place where no human has ever been before -- a part of the universe, as the alien Traveler explains, where time, space and thought converge.

Originally from Russia, Simon Galkin currently works in New York as a children's book illustrator. His work also includes theatrical production posters and Star Trek art.
46 46 Reunion
Simon Galkin"

"Although the U.S.S. Enterprise" crew stands for peace, they don't impose their views on Worf in this scene -- I like that"

In Reunion, we see what it truly means to be a Klingon. When Worf's mate, K'Ehleyr, is murdered by a Klingon conspirator, Worf claims the right of revenge and kills him. Klingons have an unyielding code of ethics in which a sense of family honor is foremost. Reunion is a remarkably rich episode which examines cross-racial issues, cultural tradition, emotional bonding. and the moral status of vengeance. The weapon Worf uses in this image is called a bat'telh [sic], a weapon requiring both dexterity and strength to master.
47 047 The Nth Degree
Bill Schmidt"

The dark colors, the ghostlike presence of Counselor Troi, and the play of light convey the surrealistic feel of the holodeck and of Barclay's experience."

The glory and trauma of supremacy are given to Lieutenant Barclay in large measure in The Nth Degree. Transformed into "the most advanced human being that has ever lived" by an alien probe, Barclay's superhuman intelligence confounds the crew. He becomes more intelligent daily, and more intensely absorbed with his own mind. This is a fascinating look at the difference between intelligence and wisdom, and the gap between power and the maturity to control it.
48 048 The Best of the Best
Sonia R. Hillios

"This is a simple portrait of what an
honor it is to be Captain and First Officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise."

What would it be like to be on such a ship -- with such crewmates? Anyone who has ever watched Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation has asked that question. Only "the best of the best" are assigned to this ship. That is the honor; living up to the task is the responsibility. The Captain and First Officer epitomize the ultimate experience, not because they command the U.S.S. Enterprise, but because ther are worthy of such a command.
49 049 The Menace of Q
Sonia R. Hillios

"In this painting, I tried to portray an overall sense of Q, including his power Sonia R. Hillios and his obsession with humans."

The entity known only as Q is often humorous -- and often dangerous. From the U.S.S. Enterprise's first encounter at farpoint with Q en route to Farpoint Station, throughout various escapades and incidents, he has continued to annoy, endanger, baffle and enrage the Captain and crew. Yet, his antics are curiously ineffectual. In the end, despite all of Q's efforts, the U.S.S. Enterprise crew remains standing. One thing is for certain: Q's fascination with humans will keep him coming back for more misadventures.
50 050 Imzadi
Sonia R. Hillios

"I wanted to show the sweet, off-duty relationship of Riker and Deanna Troi. That's why my painting is done in warm colors, and in a relaxed style."

Imzadi -- this is the Betazed word that best describes the unique relationship between Wil Riker and Deanna Troi. They share a mental bond, a spiritual link that formed in their youth during a tempestuous romance. No longer involved romantically, Wil and Deanna maintain a close friendship. The bond of Imzadi will never fade, and it provides each with insight into the thoughts and feelings of the other.
51 051 Once Upon a Time…
Sonia R. Hillios"

"In this painting, l imagined the scene of a conversation between Data, Guinan, and Mark Twain -- from the episode Time's Arrow."

One of the best aspects of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation is the number of remarkable experiences we are able to enjoy because of the creators' wide ranging imaginations. The intricacies of a time vortex, the consequences of technological dependence, mysterious aliens, and even a meeting with Mark Twain, are all parts of a complex puzzle in Time's Arrow, which calls into play the amazing resourcefulness of human and silicon psyches.
52 052 The Case of the Errant Holodeck
Sonia R. Hillios

"I'm a big Data fan, so I was especialy interested in painting this scene. I painted Morarty looming over Data and Geordi, like a thought you can't get rid of."

The holodeck is a source of amusement and relaxation for the U.S.S. Enterprise crew. But in Elementary Dear Data, something goes wrong -- the holodeck actually produces a sentient intelligence in the guise of Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' literary arch rival. Moriarty threatens to destroy the ship but is finally convinced that he is not truly real and can exist only on the holodeck. Moriarty gives up, but asks that a way be found to give him human form.
53 053 Back from the Past
Sonia R. Hillios

"Relics was a touching episode for me. I like the idea of both engineers being together, and my thought was to depict a common bond between them."

A poignant reunion with the old Starship Enterprise and a leap into a future on the new one, mark the fourth episode in which a character from the original Star Trek show appears on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In Relics, Captain Montgomery "Scotty" Scott is found suspended in a transporter chamber aboard a crashed ship, where he has not aged a day in several decades. Scotty begins to feel useless, until his skill and inventiveness is called upon once again to save the U.S.S. Enterprise from destruction.
54 054 Enterprise vs. Bird of Prey
Gerry Roundtree

"I tried to show the scene we never saw -- the first buckling of the U.S.S. Enterprise as it was hit by the Klingon ship, just before it self-destructed."

This is the last moment of life for the NCC-1701. still intact, still whole, the repository of so many memories. Star Trek III marks the end of an era: The last, best sacrifice of Canpain Kirk, who loved the U.S.S. Enterprise like no one else. But, Star Trek has always valued people, loyalty, the love of friends, and the sanctity of life above machinery. Therefore, The Search for Spock is a celebration of these values, and the death of the U.S.S. Enterprise. though regrettable, is a symbol of celebration.
55 055 Fighting for Respect
Steve Gardner (Signature Card)

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Kirk and McCoy are sent to the barren prison planet Rura Penthe, known throughout the galaxy as the "aliens' graveyard." Almost immediately upon their arrival, Kirk is set upon by a huge, vicious creature who seems to want his coat. A brawl ensues, but with sheer stamina and a little luck, Kirk wins. "Now they'll respect you," points out Martia, an alien who demonstrates interest in the Captain's welfare.

Steve Gardner's modern, energetic style can be seen on video covers, movie posters, and hundreds of book covers.
56 056 Legacy of the Botany Bay
Steve Gardner

"Khan is metaphor of evil, almost as it he is a disease that continues to spread unless stopped."

Khan Noonien Singh, first encountered in the original series episode Space Seed, never forgave James T. Kirk for exiling him and his genetically engineered followers to Ceti Alpha V. Here we see Khan employing his subtle powers of persuasion to obtain information from Pavel Chekov, who is serving as First Officer of the Reliant. Khan has patiently waited years for this chance to escape the planet and seek his revenge.
57 057 In the Mind of V'ger
Bob Eggleton

"The mystery and the sheer bravery of this scene in the film were my inspiration. Imagine being that alone, propelled toward such a vast and unknown presence."

Since the first episode of Star Trek, Spock's entess fascinaton with the workings of the universe has occasionally got the better of him. In this image we see Spock hovering on the edge of discovery -- about to enter the holographic mind V'ger, a machine entity seeking its creator. This is the mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, captured in one dramatic moment: to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.
58 058 Defending the Whales
Gerry Roundtree

"I tried to convey the surprise felt by the whaling ship as the striking Bird of Prey appeared over their heads."

One of the most exciting and suspenseful moments in all the Star Trek films is the point at which the U.S.S. Enterprise crew, in their stolen Bird of Prey, make a high-speed dive to try to save the lives of George and Gracie: the two Humpback whales released earlier by the Cetacean Institute. The scene builds to a climax as the whaling ship fires its harpoon, only to have it deflected at the last possible moment by the Bird of Prey -- which appears above the tiny boat, forcing the terrified whaling crew to back off.
59 059 The Doomsday Machine
Gerry Roundtree

"You really get a feeling of the relative size and nature of the 'Planet Eater' when you examine it close up. Here, it seems like a more formidable enemy."

An examination of The Doomsday Machine reveals the razor-sharp edge between dedication and obsession: the crushing responsibility of command decisions; and the helplessness that one person can feel at his/her inability to divert the destiny of another. Here we see the battle-scarred U.S.S. Constellation firing upon the massive "Planet Eater," attempting to draw its attention away from the helpless U.S.S. Enterprise.
60 060 History is Made
Sonia R. Hillios (Signature Card)

Plato's Stepchildren is famous for its airing of the first interracial kiss on television. Throughout the world, Star Trek is celebrated for its message of tolerance towards different races, genders, and philosophies. It is therefore fitting that it had to be pointed out to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, that an interracial kiss was a controversial act.

Sonia Hillios fell in love with Star Trek in high school. Since that time, she has painted images for fanzine covers around the country, and for major motion picture companies.
61 061 The Guardian of Forever
Steve Gardner"

"I drew this very same scene when I was 7 years old, after watching City on the Edge of Forever! Something about the time portal fascinated me."

Undisputably the most popular original series episode, The City on the Edge of forever Forever is a poignant tribute to heroic ideals. Captain Kirk must allow the death of the woman he loves in order to restore the destiny of the Earth, accidentally changed by Dr. McCoy. This is a story of heroism at its most profound, and sacrifice at its highest price.
62 062 The Trouble with Tribbles
Steve Gardner

"To me, tribbles are the most perfect pets a person could ever have! The amount of warmth in this image made the scene a pleasure to paint."

A great favorite of Star Trek fans everywhere, The Trouble With Tribbles features the charming, prolific tribbles, who, as Spock points out, "neither toil nor spin" (although they definitely "go forth and multiply!"). Kirk has his hands full as he tries to get to the bottom of a plot involving Klingon spies, poisoned grain, and an endless stream of chirping fuzzballs. The well-written script provides such memorable lines as."Tribbles are the only love that money can buy."
63 063 Sulu and the Samurai
Sonia R. Hillios

"It was fun to paint these two warriors from the same tradition, in different times against a timeless surrealistic background."

Sulu's brief battle with the Samurai takes place in Shore Leave, in which memories and desires materialize as reality on a lush recreational planet. Little is known about Sulu, who first appeared on board the U.S.S. Enterprise as a physicist, and was later transferred to helm duty. In addition to the fencing skills Sulu displays, he is also a master of martial arts. His swashbuckling background is what accounts for the appearance of the fantasy Samurai.
64 64 The Vulcan Mind Meld
Jason Palmer

"The intense confrontation between the alternate universe Spock and the wild-eyed real Dr. McCoy is one of my favorite scenes, because of the powerful pertomnances of both actors"

The figure of Spock is the point of connection between the familiar universe and its parallel in Mirror, Mirror. Still the logical Vulcan, the alternate Spock retains a core of identity in both worlds. He uses this mind meld with McCoy to learn the escape plans of the "real" U.S.S. Enterprise crew, and holds up the escape long enough to confront Kirk. The Alternate Spock is left with an idea which may result in the end of tyrannical rule in the mirror universe.
65 65 Unification
Sonia R. Hillios

"I painted Sarek closer to Picard as a symbol that he is coming from Picard's mind."

In this riveting and touching sequence, Unification Spock reaches into the mind of Captain Jean-Lue Picard, and discovers the heart of his father, Sarek. After many long years, Spock is able to reconcile his broken relationship with Sarek, by mind melding with the essence of Sarek where he hopes to facilitate the eventual reunion of the Vulcan and Romulan races.

Star Trek Aliens

66 66 The Gorn
David Cherry

"I remember, as a child, sitting on the couch with my dad, talking about what Kirk could do to defeat the Gorn."

The Gorn is an alien in the tradition of pulp science fiction. However, it is the Star Trek treatment of its aliens which differentiates Star Trek from all other science fiction. The Gorn is a living creature with with [sic] a culture. a technology, and lives to protect. Through him, Star Trek sends Gene Roddenberry's most powerful message: "To be different is not necessarily to be ugly -- to have a different idea is not necessarily to be wrong."
67 067 Martia the Shapeshifter
David Cherry

"I see Martia as one of the most intriguing aliens in Star Trek, worthy of an episode of her own. I painted her coldy, with a touch of warth in the center."

The sinuous elegant alien Martia, encountered by Kirk and McCoy on the penal colony of Rura Penthe, is not the first shapeshifter encountered by the original Star Trek crew. The salt creature of M-113, (The Man Trap): the Excalbians (The Savage Curtain); Isis (Assignment: Earth); and Garth (Whom Gods Destroy) are all among those who have the ability to convert energy to matter in order to assume various forms. Shapeshifters are featured prominently throughout the Star Trek world
68 068 Space Anenome
David Cherry

"Since these aliens don't communicate verbally, I had only their image to convey their tenderness."

The newly liberated anenome-like creatures in Encounter at Farpoint are truly alien. Possessing no form of communication we can decipher, we nevertheless recognize them as intelligent, benevolent beings whose universe we share. They are the epitome of the "new life and new civilizations" which the U.S.S. Enterprise was commissioned to seek out, and a touching reminder of the sanctity of lifeforms which the Prime Directive was intended to protect.
69 069 The Ferengi
David Cherry

"I tried to develop a representative scene that would show the character of the Ferengi -- greedy and suspicious."

Ferengi are sly, slippery, contemptible little fellows, out to make profit any way they can. They will play the ends against the middle at every opportunity, back out of promises without a moment's hesitation, and sell their scruples to the highest bidder. Ferengi males have virtually no regard for the females of their own species, though they always seem to have an eye for females of other races, especially humans.

70 070 Orion Slave Girl
David Cherry

"The Orion woman is very fascinating to me. In order to create this painting. I watched this episode, and decided to capture her unique, lovely dance on canvas."

Little is known about the Orions. Our first glimpse of this race is in The Cage, and in segments of The Menagerie, when Vina appears as an "Orion slave girl" whose sensual manner seems to offend Captain Pike. In Journey to Babel, an Orion spy is discovered masquerading as an Andorian, but we never see beneath his disguise.

71 071 The Talosians
David Cherry

"I tried to concentrate on the force of personality of the Talosians."

The Talosians' extraordinary ability to create and telepathically share illusions might seem a glorious achievement to some, but the Federation regards visiting Talos IV a crime punishable by death. Although in The Cage, the Talosians appear at first to be menacing and cruel, their care for Vina may be interpreted as parental, even emotional. They appear most humane in The Menagerie, when welcoming the severely disabled Captain Pike back into their world of illusions in hopes of offering him a happier life.
72 072 The Cardassians
David Cherry

"The body language and steely colors in this painting represent the intelligent shifty, and domineering ways of the Cardassians."

Although we first encounter Cardassians in The Wounded, we know that they have been in conflict with the Federation for many years. Cardassians are powerfully built, with a polite veneer which instantly arouses suspicions, though it is difficult to say why. During their long occupation, the Cardassians robbed the planet Baior of most of its natural resources, and their brutal treatment of the Bajoran people will not soon be forgotten.
73 73 Captain Klaa
David Cherry (Signature Card)

More than any other aliens, Klingons have undergone a radical evolution as Star Trek characters. Consider the difference between Canpain Koloth. in The Trouble with Tribbles, and Worf! But first and foremost, Klingons are warriors, and weakness is not tolerated. Although fierce and sometimes brutal, Klingons live by a strict code of duty and honor.

David Cherry was everything from a bricklaver to a lawyer before he decided his true passion was art. He currently spends time working as both a fine artist and as a science fiction book jacket/cover illustrator.
74 74 The Bolians
David Cherry

"To me, this alien symbolizes one of the principles of Star Trek -- that even in strangeness, we can find beauty, and that in alienness, we can find humanity."

Bolians are frequently seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Mot, the barber on the U.S.S. Enterprise, leads us to conclude that Bolians are optimistic, extroverted people, who exude a bustling sort of charm. Their most characteristic features are a sky blue skin, similar to Andorians, and a vertical seam which seems to divide their faces in half, bringing into focus their large expressive eyes.
75 75 The Borg
Bob Eggleton

"My intent here was to show the Borg in their sterile, inhuman environment"

Devoid of all emotions that might influence their behavior, the Borg are the greatest threat the Federation has ever faced. Their only goal is to "assimilate" all life forms and civilizations into their collective, destroying all in the process. Picard speculated that the best weapon to use against the Borg would not be a weapon at all, but instead the introduction of an idea -- the concept of individuality, which is completely alien to the Borg collective intelligence.
76 76 Alien Ambassador
Miro (Signature Card)

This alien was seen in the courtroom scene in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. We know little about this race, except that this alien seemed pleased at the outcome of the court martial. There are a number of aliens in the Star Trek universe to whom we have not yet been introduced. However, there are always possibilities in Star Trek; we may come to know this being yet.

Miro is a native of Croatia where he began his art career in the advertising business. Today, he is a renowned book illustrator, working for clients in computers, publishing, and tourism.
77 77 The Cat Woman

"The skin tones and hair of this alien are warm in tone, and I thought a contrasting environment would enhance her beauty."

The three-breasted "Cat Woman" is an alien seen dancing in the Paradise bar on Nimbus III in Star Trek V. She is described in the novelization of Star Trek V as a "felinoid female" whose only communication is a low-pitched growl. Since the inhabitants of Nimbus III are not known for their friendliness to outsiders, that is the extent of the information they were willing to share!
78 78 A Questionable Character

"This alien does not look tiendly -- he seems slightly dangerous. In imagining the sort of planet he comes from, I chose a mountainous and hostile environment."

Burdened with carrying the Katra of the deceased Captain Soock, Dr. McCoy requires passage to the quarantined Genesis Planet in order to restore the Katra to Spock's body. McCoy is forced to turn to less-than-legal means of travel to the newly created world. This alien appears in the crowd at the dingy bar where McCoy goes to book passage for his quest, and seems right at home in the dangerous surroundings.
79 79 Infinite Diversity

"This being looks as though he has just emerged from the ground, like a mushroom. I gave him a green background to indicate an intimate connection with his environment."

Unlike the Klingons or the Romulans, the United Federation of Planets opens its membership to most all races, however diverse they may be. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a number of strange aliens are on hand to witness the court-martial of Admiral Kirk and his crew. The Federation's diversity is evidenced in this scene, with so many alien races represented including the one pictured here.
80 80 Batwing

"I nicknamed this creature 'Batwing' because of his ears. His mysterious alien face made him an interesting figure to capture on canvas."

The official word on "Batwing" is that ne has no name. Many creatures and races that are seen in the Star Trek universe never have the oportunity to reveal their backgrounds and personalities, and "Batwing" is one such creature. However, one never knows when an intriguing alien will become a familiar entity. Races like the Bajorans, the Borg, and even the Romulans were once mysterious unknowns.
81 81 The M113 Lifeform

"The M113 Lifeform puts me in mind mind of evolution. On the one hand, it is so primitive; on the other, so knowing."

Captured in its final days of life, the M113 alien, with an affinity for salt, was the last of its kind. Haunting, lonely and fatal, the doomed shapeshifter meets its end at the hand of the man who most wants to save it, the gentle Leonard McCoy. The Man Trap is a tragic tale, in which beauty and the beast are one in the same animal.
82 82 Identity Crisis

"The image of the creature Geordi became in this painting is an image of mystery to me. What do these ultraviolet creatures do?"

Sent to investigate strange disappearances of members from an away team sent to Tarchannen III five years earlier, Geordi discovers that the missing officers have been transformed into invisible alien creatures. Geordi succumbs and quickly transforms into one of these ultraviolet creatures as well. Only through the quick actions of his friends on the U.S.S. Enterprise is Geordi able to fight the parasite and return to the ship for treatment and cure.
83 83 Andorians
David Cherry

"To me, Andorians seem secretive, suspicious, and very alien. I painted one of them holding a knife, indicating their subtle aggressiveness."

The striking, blue-skinned Andorians, seen in various episodes of Star Trek, are described as "full voting members of The Federation," yet we do not know much about them. Lightly built, with soft voices, wispy white hair and curved antennae, they seem to hover like faint shadows in the background at large gatherings. But they are an agaressive, warrior race, whose deceptively frail appearance and quiet demeanor makes them dangerous adversaries.

Theatrical Collection

84 84 Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Steve Gardner

"After watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture over and over again, I have really come to appreciate the cerebral nature of it."

The desire to become one with another being has always been part of the Motion Picture passion of human existence. In this spellbinding scene, man and machine begin a spectacular journey into a new stage of evolution which will create an original lifeform. Here, Star Trek once again manifests its own credo: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
85 85 Star TrekII: The Wrath of Khan
Sonia R. Hillios

'This image portrays Khan Noonien Singh, watching the events he set in motion, thinking his own thoughts. I feel it is a very emotional scene."

The character of Khan returns in this film as a man whose obsession for revenge exacts a high price -- the death of Spock. Director Nicholas Meyer likens The Wrath of Khan to Moby Dick and Khan to Captain Ahab. Always noted for its ability to combine philosophical questions, futuristic ideas and exciting action to create great entertainment, Star Trek lists The Wrath of Khan among the most acclaimed of its productions.
86 86 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Gerry Roundtree

"This is a very hard-hitting moment, so I painted the scene with dramatic colors which would really set the tone."

This moment, one of the most poignant in all of Star Trek, is said to have produced the greatest collective silence in movie theaters across North America. Audiences were stunned. Even Kirk is left wondering if he has made the right choice. It is Dr. McCoy who puts this tragic event into perspective:

"You did what you had to…what you always do…turned death into a fighting chance for life."
87 87 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

"It is difficult to tell whether this scene takes place in the sky or the sea, among the stars or the bubbles. Regardless -- I feel it is a beautiful moment."

The dramatic rescue of a species from one century to find safe haven in another is a marvel to contemplate, and a joy to witness. Star Trek has always addressed current issues, and The Voyage Home is no exception. Environmental concerns, animal rights, and our responsibilities to the future constitute the theme of this movie, which combines a lighthearted charm with a more serious central core.
88 88 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Bob Eggleton

"I tried to show in this painting what can happen to you when you confront your beliefs."

The final fronter may well be the one inside the human heart, as Captain Kirk points out at the end of this apocryphal film. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier concerns a spiritual quest, a pursuit common to all cultures, that begins and ends with the self. Kirk and his crew endure capture and rescue in this saga of reality and illusion, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is free once again to roam the galaxy in search of new adventures.
89 89 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Bill Schmidt (Signature Card)

This film bridges the worlds of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation with these prophetic words: "This is the final cruise of the starship Enterprise under my command. This ship and her history will shortly become the care of a new crew. To them and their posterity we commit our future. They will continue the voyages we have begun and journey to all the undiscovered countries, to boldly go where no one has gone before."

A professional artist for over twenty years, Bill Scmidt is commisioned regularly by clients around the world.


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