Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Spaceships of all time
Spaceships are a staple of many space-based sci-fi movies and television shows. The following is my list of what I believe are the very finest of all.
1. The Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is perhaps one of the most believable ships on the list in terms of technology. There’s something extremely elegant and classical in terms of design. This was of course the home of the iconic HAL 9000 artificial intelligence. It was destroyed in the sequel 2010 in order to help the Leonov escape from the newly born Jovian sun.
2. The Star Destroyers from Star Wars: These are awesome capital ships from the Galactic Empire. It was a really imposing vessel that looked authoritative and powerful. It’s memorable and looks like a ship you shouldn’t mess with.
3. The USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. This Galaxy Class starship was like a hotel and would probably be the most comfortable to live in. Plus the holodeck was a a big perk. It was powerful, fast and took on the Borg, Q, introduced Deep Space Nine and boldly went where no one has gone before. It met its demise in Star Trek Generations when its shields were penetrated by a Klingon Bird of Prey.
4. The Whitestar from Babylon 5 was built by the Minbari and the Vorlons to take on the Shadows and was commanded by John Sheridan. It featured 1 Neutron Canon and 4 Twin Fusion canons. It was one hell of a warship and packed a serious punch.
5. Serenity from Firefly: The Firefly class transport ship from Joss Whedon’s classic sci-fi series has a lot of character. It looks kind of like a cross between a bird and horse. It didn’t have weapons but it was a great and versatile vessel for the Independents use for trade and space piracy.
6. The USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Refit or 1701-A. This Constitution class vessel was first seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It was a cinematic interpretation of the ship from the original series. A Federation starship that functioned as a diplomatic vessel and could handle itself in a fight against the Klingons, but look at it, stunning, sophisticated a design work of art. I looked tough without being imposing or threatening. This is a ship of peace and exploration but has enough firepower so you know you shouldn’t mess with it.
7. The Shadow Ships from Babylon 5. These things genuinely looked terrifying because they were so otherworldly and unconventional. The organic alien and spider-like design just added to the enigma and paranoia associated with the shadows. These were massively powerful and ugly ass vessels that filled you with a sense of dread and unease. The stuff of spaceship nightmares.
8. The Starbug from Red Dwarf: I loved tho ship as a kid, it had a classic sci-fi 50s feel to it that wouldn’t have been out of place in a cartoon. It’s gorgeous racing green bug-like design had character and a touch of class about it.
9. The USS Enterprise NCC 1701-E. First seen in Star Trek: First Contact, this Sovereign class starship was a return to a more militaristic design ethos because of the growing threats from the Dominion and the Borg. This was a sleeker and more streamlined vessel than the Galaxy Class starship. Equipped with Quantum Torpedoes, it was a menacing ship with attitude and serious horsepower.
10. The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. I used to have a toy Millennium Falcon when I was a kid. It was fast and extremely manoeuvrable. It combined multiple design elements with a cockpit on one side and a satellite dish on the other and despite not being 100% symmetrical, it didn’t look messy. I can’t wait to see this super cool ship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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