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The five greatest Sci-Fi ships of all time

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Hmm, 

 

1. A joint first place.. I WOULD select pretty much all the ships from the Homeworld series of games, but I'm going to pick..

 

The Hiigaran Mothership and the godship Sajuuk,  mostly just for it's main gun.

 

Look at it firing!! Look how massive it is!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-05M3Xt1y8

 

Bombardier, that thing isn't a spaceship, it's a freakin' mobile gun.  I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that!  I imagine the Dindrenzi are working on something like that for a MKII dreadnought.

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In my mind there can be only one ...uchu senkan yamato.  It hits all my buttons for various reasons, the sound effects and music alone gets my blood pumping.  You really have to watch the whole series, movies, etc. and delve into its many enemies and backstories.  I did not see this series until after Robotech which was the first anime space opera series that hooked me, but chronologically it was the first.  A classic.

 

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That said, one definitely has to give a nod to the ISD and Enterprise (especially the original movie version, very sleek), classic and beautiful (or simply brutal in the ISDs case) ships in their own right.  Im a big trek fan so the neghvar and dderidex are right up there as well.

 

But id rather give some love to some not yet mentioned;

 

White Comet Empire missile cruiser

 

Loved this ship ever since I saw it.  Simple disc design with a central hull bristlling with weapons, including the 2 giant ship killing missilles in the nose.  Yes please!

 

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B5s Vorlon Dreadnought.  Alien, deadly, sexy.

 

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and finally robotech's Zentraedi zergnitz fleet command ship

 

Although the entire zentraedi fleet was basically green and generic cigar shaped, again their battlemusic gets my blood pumping and they are as a race no joke, bred solely for war, and this command ship was at the top;

 

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smaller craft

 

#1 has to go to the zentraedi officers battle pod, shamelessly stolen and known in battletech as the Marauder;

 

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Then mostly ones already mentioned, viper, buck rogers starfighter, cylon raider, gunstar, hammerhead, etc.  All nice or classic designs.

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Earth alliance battleship Agamemnon (b5)

Broadsword (fsa)

Yamato (sb)

Enterprise ncc 1701 (star trek)

White star (b5)

Melinium falcon (Star Wars)

Batlestar (bsg)

Xwing (Star Wars)

Star destroyer (star wars)

Discovery (2001)

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Fol lol's I asked my wife what hers were and she said "Enterprise... Millenium Falcon... Thats all I know... Oh wait the Death Star is a space ship right??" Ah so much fun.

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You know special mention to an old (ancient! even before my time...  :ph34r: ...) ship that was the mother of original cool sci-fi ships.

 

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Still gives me goose bumps because I first saw it when I was like...10...

 

Zak

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Those lamppost head aliens gave me nightmares as a kid and I got to go see the new generation live in Birmingham this year. War of the worlds rocks ! (my second razorthorn is called thunderchild ! - my friend Hates that ship !)

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To choose only 5 is way hard. The list would probably be different next week, but....

 

TIE Interceptor - it's a TIE. With extra cool.

The original USS Enterprise. I just like that design. Plus it helped pull the concept of fictional starship design away from v2-like rockets and flying saucers.

Hyperion-class cruiser from Babylon 5. No artificial gravity. Powerplant way at the back. It just seems like a 'real' design.

70's era Cylon Raider. It just seems cooler than it's modern counter part.

Tardis. It's what I'd actually choose to fly around in.

 

Cheers

Mark

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Well only five is very, very hard. I've been raised on sci-fi and have overall taken a real liking to hard sci-fi in particular.

1 Troy from the Troy rising novels by John Ringo. It is massive. It has the power to kill a planets biosphere in under sixteen minutes. It is filled with technology acquired by attacking enemy ships with such overwhelming power and precision that they are scuttled without actually destroying any essential systems.

2 The Vorpal Blade II from the looming glass series by the same author. It's warp drive is a salvaged black box from a now extinct alien species. It's armament is a spread of weapons that fire unreality. It has a engaged and defeated superior vessels through cunning. And of course there's William Weaver.

3 Talyn from Farscape. Such an angry child.

4 Covenant of Blood from the Night Lords trilogy. An ancient and powerful ship with a perfectly matched machine spirit.

5 The SDF 1. As a child it was Robotech that really started my sci fi addiction. The ship left an impression, even if there are others I prefer to one degree or another none have quite had this much impact.

Fighter list will follow at later date.

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2 The Vorpal Blade II from the looming glass series by the same author. It's warp drive is a salvaged black box from a now extinct alien species. It's armament is a spread of weapons that fire unreality. It has a engaged and defeated superior vessels through cunning. And of course there's William Weaver.

5 The SDF 1. As a child it was Robotech that really started my sci fi addiction. The ship left an impression, even if there are others I prefer to one degree or another none have quite had this much impact.

 

 

I can not believe that someone else has read the Looking Glass Series. What I like about the Vorpal Blade II is that is is based in Science Fact and is still a very cool ship!

 

Oh and of course the SDF-1. Same reason as you. It helped start me down the path to Sci Fi addiction...

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Well, except the whole J-pop weapon station ;) But yeah, it was definetely his last good book sadly, he then veered off into Oh No John Ringo territory.

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I can not believe that someone else has read the Looking Glass Series. What I like about the Vorpal Blade II is that is is based in Science Fact and is still a very cool ship!

 

Oh and of course the SDF-1. Same reason as you. It helped start me down the path to Sci Fi addiction...

 

I've read it, don't know if I'd put the A.S.S. Vorpal Blade in a list best sci-fi ships... maybe one of the Chaos Destroyers, now they kicked a--!

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Ah but with the Vorpal Blade II you have a mix of human and alien technology that is both a war ship and a ship of exploration. It does what has no presidence and has very little super future technosorcery to make it work. Not to mention Weaver is pretty cool.

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Well, except the whole J-pop weapon station ;) But yeah, it was definetely his last good book sadly, he then veered off into Oh No John Ringo territory.

 

Did I miss a book in this series?  I read 'Claws that Catch' but I haven't seen any other ones out for it.

 

Pok, have you had a chance to read 'Under a Graveyard Sky'?  I've got it in my ereader but I'm currently in the middle of the Enderverse.

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No, I've pretty much ignored the author after Live free or Die. Come on man, keep your creepy racism and fetishes to yourself :wacko: (yes, I know he've inserted the latter ever since Council wars series, but it was done in small doses there, and Kildar series is an adolescent power fantasy trip, I can live with it there)

 

The best books he did, imo, were the prince Rodger ones, with Weber as co-author. The two kept each other in check- Rico could drift off into sex and slaughter, while Weber couldn't spend entire chapters TALKING ABOUT DEM POLITICS MAN. It was glorious :P

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Like I've said, anything by Alastair Reynolds, he's a physicist too, and all his technology is plausible (or at least based off existing and theoretical principles)

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No, I've pretty much ignored the author after Live free or Die. Come on man, keep your creepy racism and fetishes to yourself :wacko: (yes, I know he've inserted the latter ever since Council wars series, but it was done in small doses there, and Kildar series is an adolescent power fantasy trip, I can live with it there)

 

The best books he did, imo, were the prince Rodger ones, with Weber as co-author. The two kept each other in check- Rico could drift off into sex and slaughter, while Weber couldn't spend entire chapters TALKING ABOUT DEM POLITICS MAN. It was glorious :P

 

March Upcountry, right? 

Yeah, 'Palladin of Shadows' is adolescent fantasy trip.  I do like the Legend of Aldeenta series (Hymn Before Battle/Gust Front ect), and I see they released a 2nd edition for those two novels.  My problem with Weber (and I don't know if it's different in other series by him) is that in the Honor Harrington series, he goes on for page after page just talking about the freakin' ships manuvering to get a chance for a shot at one another!

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No, I've pretty much ignored the author after Live free or Die. Come on man, keep your creepy racism and fetishes to yourself :wacko: (yes, I know he've inserted the latter ever since Council wars series, but it was done in small doses there, and Kildar series is an adolescent power fantasy trip, I can live with it there)

 

The best books he did, imo, were the prince Rodger ones, with Weber as co-author. The two kept each other in check- Rico could drift off into sex and slaughter, while Weber couldn't spend entire chapters TALKING ABOUT DEM POLITICS MAN. It was glorious :P

 

Yeah, that's the problem. Too many military Sci fi writers tend to be libertarian gun-nuts. Bujold feels like the sole exception to that rule.

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Yeah, that's the problem. Too many military Sci fi writers tend to be libertarian gun-nuts. Bujold feels like the sole exception to that rule.

 

Wait until you get to the straight-up racist libertarian gun-nut maniacs like Kratman.

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Too many classic ships, and greatest begs the question 'for what'.

There are pure iconic ships that define their series, and many of the true classics have been brought up already.

 

I'm going to go with ones though that have their own 'life'

 

In no particular order

1) the TARDIS- 'only' a transport, but over 50 years (or 1000+) years of operation with enough engine power to hold back a grandfather paradox (series- do you need ask)

2) Shadow cruiser- Bioship from a million year old species single person command core for that 'survival' instinct, built up at first as rumors and legends and never something to be taken lightly. From Babylon 5

3) The 'culture's ships from Ian M Banks. Why- You gotta admire a civilization with ships capable of destroying worlds called such things as "No more Mr Nice Guy"

4) The Jerusalem from Neil Ashers polity series- Not allowed near planets due to its mass, the sort of 'science' vessel you call on when you have mini-black holes used as jump drive jammers. 

5) Ryo-oki, in its universe the 3rd most powerful warship in the galaxy. Has an easy store form and can recharge off carrots.

 

and to break pattern one of the earliest classics that hasn't been mentioned- Jules verne's the nautilus (sci-fi doesn't need to be space only)

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