I love science-fictionÂ “blueprints”. You know what I mean: exterior three-views and deck-by-deck plans of spaceships and submarines and so forth, with dimensions and other technical details added for fun. The fictional worlds I visit are made all the more “real” when the creators provide me with blueprints and other “artifacts” of the imaginary worlds they have created. I still have my collection of Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise blueprints (and technical manuals) that I bought as a kid; I had hours of fun poring over them back in the 1970s. I also have my set of blueprints from the original Battlestar Galactica series, plus a bunch of similar stuff related to Alien/Aliens, various SF anime shows, and even a book of architectural floorplans containing “blueprints” for various TV series homes (e.g., the Cleaver homes in Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch house, etc.).
It’s always bugged me, however, that no one seems to create the blueprints I really want to see –Â many of which are related to subjects in literary science fiction. For example, how many “artifacts” of the worlds depicted in Heinlein’s novels are out there? Precious few.
So I decided to do my own. The drawing you see here is a textually-accurate depiction of a “torchship”, the Lewis and Clark, from Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Time For the Stars. I’ll post details about the ship (again, taken directly from the text) if anyone’s interested.