There comes a time in every boy’s life when he wants to put his newly-discovered skills to the test. When it came to starship design, this time came to me in 1980, when after playing around with dozens of sketches and designs, it was time to create a full-fledged sets of complete blueprints for a starship of my own design. The design depicted here was my first attempt to take everything I had learned about drafting in middle school and everything I had learned about starships from television and books and apply it to a grand design, complete with operational instructions. This was to be a REAL starship, as real as my 15-year-old imagination could deliver. I called it the warpfire, and I based it loosely on Star Trek technology, a drawing of a crashed ship on the cover of Alan Dean Foster’s excellent novel Icerigger, and incorporated cues from the Star Wars X-wing fighter and Battlestar Galactica Viper, as well as the Eagle from Space:1999. This is the first of two posts.