Star Trek wagon
A few issues ago you had a workshop on drawing a science fiction version of a covered wagon with horses [issue 125 – Lorin Wood workshop]. It was really great and I enjoyed reading it. About halfway through it, I remembered something I’d read in a Star Trek book eons ago.
As you may know, Gene Roddenberry’s first explanation of the Star Trek spaceship was that it would be like a wagon trail to the stars. So the designers working on the ship design started with a covered wagon and horses. LONG before computers, they drew on paper and made wooden models.
One day, one of the wooden models fell from where it was hanging. One of the designers picked it up, but put it upside down. He showed the idea to Gene, and with some small modifications, they had a ship design. Fans know it today at the USS Enterprise.
Take a look at the workshop, and imagine flipping the pictures upside down. It’s there. Mac, via email
Claire replies Mac, what an interesting letter. We have some Star Trek aficionados in the office and they did not know this. Thanks for writing in.