Rinn Reads is hosting Science Fiction month which has all sorts of awesome posts! Yesterday she listed Top Five Spaceships in Science Fiction.
It’s of course quite a difficult to choose just five but here goes:
1, Enterprise-D (Star Trek: TNG)
With replicators and holodecks I think the Enterprise is one of the easiest ways to travel in space, especially with such a capable crew making sure you get where you want to go. (Instead of, say, a parallel universe ;))
2, Moya (Farscape)
I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of a living ship, ever since I encountered the space whales in the X-Men comics. Moya is as much part of the crew as anyone else there.
3, Battlestar Galactica (the new series)
The old and reliable Bucket!
4, Whitestar (Babylon 5)
The more powerful Minbari ships. Although sleeping in an upright position might need some getting used to.
5, Serenity (Firefly)
Small but looks quite comfortable and doesn’t need a huge crew.
Thanks very much for Joachim Boaz for pointing out the need for space ships in books!
Here’s my list of favorite book (and comics) ship:
1, Pride of Chanur (C. J. Cherryh’s Chanur series)
The Pride is another quite small space ship which requires only five (or is it six?) crew members.
2, Nobody’s Business (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Rusch has excellent space ships and I had difficulty choosing between them so I took two. Nobody’s Business is a very small ship so that its solitary captain can pilot it herself and she also locks it down tightly so that nobody else can get in.
3, The Ivoire (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Pretty much the opposite of Nobody’s Business. A couple of thousand people live and work aboard the Ivoire which can travel for months without needing to resupply. It has also a fold space drive which gets the crew into trouble.
4, Acanti (the Space whales from X-Men comics which were collected in the Essential X-Men Vol. 4)
They’re an ancient dying species which the Brood use to travel in stars and the X-Men freed them.
5, Ariel (Lois McMaster Bujold)
The Dendarii mercenaries have a lot of ships so they don’t feel very individual to me, but somehow I’ve always associated Ariel with her commanding officer, the hermaphrodite Bel Thorne. Ariel isn’t the biggest ship is the fleet but I seem to remember that it’s one of the fastest.