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Star Trek: The Seekers was a series of faux book covers I did for a faux Star Trek spin off, set in an alternate universe where NBC execs had better sense than to pull the plug on the original show after the third season. I did the Seekers covers because I had so much fun doing revisions of all the Blish novels and wasn't  quite ready to stop playing with the idea. So there they are…books one through five. If only they could be real…

Seekers 1 by Rob-Caswell Seekers 2 by Rob-Caswell Seekers 3 by Rob-Caswell Seekers 4 by Rob-Caswell Seekers 5 by Rob-Caswell

Apparently the writing team behind the landmark Star Trek: Vanguard series saw them and had the same wish… only they had a few more strings that they could pull (and talent to push) to make it happen. And next year it will! Apparently the writing team saw my covers when they were fishing around for new project ideas and it clicked with them – both the cover format and the general series tone/concept. I got the call by David Mack, out of the blue, a few weeks ago informing me that this was happening and asking me if I wanted to be part of it. After playing coy for about half a nanosecond I said yes. Only I said it in all caps… with about eighty exclamation points.

If you'd like some more background on both how the series came to be and what their scope and tone will be, check these blogs from The Vanguard Boys:

David Mack: www.davidmack.pro/blog/?p=4675
Dayton Ward: daytonward.wordpress.com/2013/…
The Rollout PowerPoint Slides: www.davidmack.pro/seekers.html

The first book comes out a year from now, with the second following the next month. Needless to say I'm stoked about this… and would probably still be even if I wasn't part of the project. The writers demanded that the Blish format be part of the project and I think that's an inspired choice on their part. Never under estimate the power of nostalgia in marketing! And the whole idea of episodic exploration stories gets back to what I love best about Trek.

I'll pass on more news when I can but hopefully this is enough excitement for now. Hey – enough about me. How 'bout them other great DA artists!!!!

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:iconrossum:
Rossum Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconriftroamer:
riftroamer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome news. Congrats buddy! :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! :)
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CR99nut Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I love your Blish-inspired covers, and this news is fantastic! Heartfelt congratulations to you! :clap:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, bud! :D
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Rekkert Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations mate! If there's one word I would use to describe your Seekers series, that would be "inspiring", so I'm glad you could inspire these great writers to continue the voyages! 
Given that Vanguard is my favorite Trek saga, to say that I'm exited about this is an understatement.

By the way, don't think I've forgotten about the Watchtower conversion. :D
I'll send you an updated model before the end of the week. I've already made the illumination maps, I just have to tweak them a little further.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool! Can't wait to see your tune-up of the station model! And I'm glad you're as psyched as I am about the impending series :D
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James-Is-James Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, good for you!
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Gotta love it. Put a good idea out there and people will come together. Congratulations!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
"If you draw it, they will come..." ;)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Hot damn, this is amazing! I've never seen fictional cover art inspire authors to actually make a book series a reality before? Wish you the best with this project, I will be stoked to own a copy of each (a physical one this time, har). If good things do come in three's, first the DD, now this, what could be numero 3?!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm bettin' on that overdue pony ;)

Yeah, this is a pretty rare circle of inspiration - at least in the professional arena. That's why I feel the need to keep pinching myself.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, congratulations!!!!
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BasillArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
So happy for you, and the Vanguard crew!  I loved that series, so I am totally looking forward to this.  :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
While it's not a true sequel, it will continue the adventures of some key characters.... and character-ships :)
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RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work!  Makes me miss the Blish books...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great! That's kinda the point ;)
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Damon1984 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
God, I'm so looking forward to this! Can't wait to get back aboard the Saggitarius and the Endeavour. I'm very happy for you. This must be a dream come true! :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is, man! I'm still reeling from the news myself and it's been weeks since I knew.
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:jawdrop:  YAAAAAA  It's een far too long since I have read a truly inspired Trek novel.  And I echo Ravens-Eye-Studio's sentiment.  Well done!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Did you try the Vanguard stuff?
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have been doing good to keep up with my vehicle insurance, and have been trying to bring my pirating days to a close, so no I haven't.  Heard some good things about it though.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Good deal. Hope the series has a long run and you get to do all the covers.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
That would certainly be the ideal outcome! My fingers are crossed :)
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great news. 
And CONGRATULATIONS (notice; all caps)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and all the exclamation points). 

It is so good to see an artist that I actually kinda know (even if it is rather distantly and only online) catch a break and be involved in something so cool! 
Best of luck and prosperity to ya! 
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! Thanks. This came on totally unexpected, but it's definitely a GOOD unexpected!  :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool!!!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I believe - passion earns passion - well done sir - and who knows where this will come to pass!

Maybe they may revert Trek to the classics!!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well even if they don't revert to classic TOS for the "official" media, it still has a strong pulse in my brain ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeedie! Well here is to hope :)
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Clap :squee: :excited: Revamp :hooray: :w00t: revamp of sorts HappyDance :HappyDance: :happehdance: :happybounce: :bouncyhai:

Congratulation man-hug! Man Hug

(Awful blog title though mate...should have gone for something like: OH MY GOSH...LOOK...OH MY GOSH!!!) Poke!! :fastpoke: v2
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! If I'd written the blog on the day I got the phone call, it would have almost certainly carried that title ;)
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I can imagine...talk about a high! :D

And a very important 'two fingers up' at all those who poo-poo doing lots of fan art. :clap:
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Holy heck! That is awesome news. What is your part in the project? Just involving the covers?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yup. I'm "da art guy"... and "seminal muse", I s'pose :)
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tommerch Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well-struck, good sir!

Thos. Merchant
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hm. Now I feel like I should carry a pointy stick or somethin'?..... ;)
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Congratulations! That's awesome!#1
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, my friend!! :D
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:iconliquidcross:
liquidcross Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I about crapped a brick when I saw the news on Dayton's blog. Absolutely cannot wait! Those covers look mighty fine, sir.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! Man... I hope it was a well-worn brick. Even that sound painful! ;p

I'll endeavor not to disappoint on the covers. Stay tuned!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Congratulations. :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!!
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding. ^_^
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks, bud!
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Farwanderer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I say, Bravo good sir! Could not have happened to a better guy to get a classic bug going! :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! Really! It's certainly a rare opportunity.
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! BLOODY WOW! Well done mate!!!!!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Freaky-cool, aye?!
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too right. Though of course there's not a shred of jealousy in me...oh no...not me...no....Waaaah! 
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