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Sailors on the sea of Starlight

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The Enterprise investigates a seemingly derelict ship powered by an interstellar starsail. Judging from the meteor punctures in the microscopically thin sail, it has been in space for thousands of years.

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop. Thanks for looking!
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Emilion-3's avatar
Scotty would be interested.
gaeasson's avatar
Wait... I'm confused.  Enterprise and shuttle cast a shadow on the sail.  Sailship casts a shadow on Enterprise.  Why does the sailing ship not cast a shadow on her own sail?
RookBytes's avatar
THIS is frikken AMAZING. Thank you for sharing this art with us.
gmd3d's avatar
excellent picture Drell
Stargazzer811's avatar
Great picture here Drell. Inspired a future episode of my series. :D (Big Grin) 
Emilion-3's avatar
Do tell what that series is.
Stargazzer811's avatar
Well that was my fan fiction series here on DevArt in my journals section but I posted that comment years ago, before I lost my will to write and stoppwd my series. I recently reacquired my mojo though and I would love to remake it and make it more then it was. I left the old stuff up though so feel free to read them. Remember, oldest are first
Emilion-3's avatar
Seems interesting.
Stargazzer811's avatar
Indeed it is. Let me know how you find the story
Emilion-3's avatar
I suppose I will.
JESzasz's avatar
 Just like the Yonada, and just as interesting!

 The plot twist will be when it is discovered that she is one of ours, from the late 21st Century, which was then caught in a time warp, and thrown back thousands of years.
Stargazzer811's avatar
Anyone tell you your brillant JES? Seriously, great idea.
JESzasz's avatar
 Thank you! And I'm told that like, maybe once a season, if that. To me, she also looks like something we'd build. Not that it wouldn't probably take a genius to figure out how truly alien ship would look like. I certainly wouldn't know where to start!
Stargazzer811's avatar
Your welcome, obviously no one appreciates you enough. And it could very well be Alien, just from a civilization that evolved parallel to ours.
JESzasz's avatar
 Thanks, and it makes it all the sweeter when someone does appreciate my thoughts. And it could be that she isn't from Terra, but the components just scream "human" to me! The framework the radiator fins are built on. The transmitter/transceiver antennae. I believe that most civilizations, real and realistically imagined, would have their own design "DNA", developed as a result of countless development factors. I can't help but think that our technology might look drastically different if the Romans had built an industrial, technological civilization, and had survived into modern times. Hard to say for certain though.
Stargazzer811's avatar
Indeed and I agree, each race would have some differences. It does scream human though, in more then a few ways.

(Side Note)

I think I'll be using this picture and your idea for an episode of my series next season. Feel free to read it; we're on the second to last episode of season 1. You can find it on my profile, and if you do read I suggest you start with with the timeline, which is my very first journal. Cheers
Really a beautiful image!  
megadolon013's avatar
   I love this.   The scale can actually be judge by the use of the enterprise shadow.  I mean this must be gigantic.  It is gorgeous. 
TheAngelsWrathSaga's avatar
The Connie is still such a graceful design... nothing that's been designed in the last 20 years comes close.
Thomas-Peters's avatar
I agree. The original shapes and proportions have never been quite matched!
Javajunkie1976's avatar
If there's sunlight hitting the sail, the ship would be moving but it looks like Enterprise is in a station keeping attitude next to the derelict. Great work though. Look forward to the next one.
RobCaswell's avatar
I think you need to make the distinction between "moving" and "accelerating". If the shop is just in motion, then it shouldn't be hard for the Enterprise to match velocities. But if it's accelerating then the enterprise would need to employ some manner of reaction drive system (impulse or the RCS) to keep pace.
Javajunkie1976's avatar
Granted they're in space where up and down are relative but from a flow aspect, wouldn't you want the two ships axis lined up in parallel? Also, given that the sail is deployed, we have to assume that the ship is still accelerating. Especially when the reflected light is still so bright. If the ship were truly lost in deep space, any reflected light would be at best a dim glow.
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