Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Best fictional spacecraft

Spaceships in fiction aren't just spaceships for transportation. No, they are a reflection of the story line, the characters and the writer's mood. They can by whimsical, threatening, quirky, unpredictable, impressive, rust buckets requiring love and attention, classical and impressive in their domination of the scene. In fact, they can be so powerful that they not only  dominate a scene but a story and can even become the title.

If you're writing a spaceship make sure it is a damned good one, introduces something new into the possibilities of space travel and is reflective of your characters because they will almost certainly become the icons of any space story and if you're lucky an icon to the public at large.

So without further ado, here's the best of fictional spacecraft.


Heart of Gold. Starship of Zaphod Beeblebrox, which is propelled by the revolutionary Infinite Improbability Drive, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Serenity, Firefly class transport from Firefly and Serenity.

Millennium Falcon, Star Wars.

Planet Express ShipFuturama.

Rama (31/439) from the Rama universe of Arthur C. Clarke.

USS Enterprise, various incarnations from Star Trek.

Deep Space Nine, also known as Terok Nor from Star Trek.

The unnamed 'projectile' in From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne.

Starship Titanic. A space-liner created by Douglas Adams and introduced in Life, the Universe and Everything.

The Axiom from WALL-E.

The red and white checked rocket from The Adventures of Tintin.

Bebop from Cowboy Bebop.

Destiny. Stargate Universe.

Ark from Transformers.

 Battlestar Galactica from Battlestar Galactica.

Moya the sentient biomechanical ship in Farscape.

Star Destroyers. Mainstay of the Imperial Navy in Star Wars.

Very Notable mentions: 
The numerous spaceships from Stargate SG-1, like the F-302 Mongoose, the Grey's spaceships and the various Goa'uld spaceships.

The various ships from Alien and Aliens and now Prometheus.

The series of spaceships from 2001: A Space Odyssey, in particular HAL-9000's.

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