A spaceship or spacecraft is a vehicle designed for traveling in or into outer space. Spaceships are a common trope in many science-fiction stories.

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Science fiction series where humans (from another world) find the Earth

The plot had humans from a different system that suffered a catastrophic event on their home world, if I remember correctly. It was implied that their ancestors seeded life in other planets too (or ...
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Book where a slave/prisoner hooks his brain up to a spaceship

I only remember bits and pieces of this book, but I'd really like to reread it. Basically, this teenager has been a prisoner his whole life and he's forced to explore spaceships (for boobytraps and ...
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Why do Oberth Class starships have no saucer strut?

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, we encounter an Oberth Class starship for the first time, namely the USS Grissom: An interesting feature of its design is that the saucer section is ...
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Book title of a girl with hidden powers when genetic engineering is a staple

Sorry but I only remember two main events that got stuck in my head. 1- Someone tries to rape her and she manages to get away but she doesn't know how she did it. (Some capability she wasn't aware of) ...
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What is the fastest ship in Star Wars?

What is the fastest ship in Star Wars? Is it the Republic Warship or something else entirely?
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What was the first Sci-Fi work to feature a spaceship?

I can't believe this question hasn't been asked here before, but I haven't been able to find it, so here goes. When was the first spaceship featured in science fiction? By the time of Asimov, ...
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TV series or Movie with tall torus-shaped spaceship?

Trying to remember a TV series or Movie that had a ship shaped like a tall torus (donut) which had windows on outside and inside that were small and think the ship was coloured red, it might be from ...
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Scifi movie about a spaceship where alien creatures (birds) become smaller as they come closer, ie., reverse-perspective?

Have been looking everywhere for the name of this movie. Here's what I remember: A spaceship and crew are flying somewhere. Something goes wrong and 2 people from the crew have to go outside in suits ...
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Short story in which a spaceship explosion becomes the star over Bethlehem

A friend once wrote a short story that I think he may have plagiarized. I don't remember all the details, but the gist was that a crewman on a spaceship killed his crew mates and blew up the ship, ...
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Short story where astronauts find a star to be the source of “evolution”

A group of astronauts is set to explore a distant and interesting star. They do a few experiments, one of which is to expose some guinea pigs (or other kind of rodents) to the star's light. The crew ...
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What movie features an abandoned spaceship with English and alien writing on it?

I am looking for a movie I saw the beginning of when I was a kid. I remember astronauts boarding what seemed to be an abandoned spaceship (I think it had the NASA sign on it) but when they board the ...
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How large were starship design teams in Star Trek?

All the Star Trek canonical works (TV, film or, at a lower level, novels) only seem to give a very limited glimpse into the people in a starship design team (Leah Brahms at Utopia Planitia, Kurak for ...
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What kind of bird was painted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the “Balance of Terror” Star Trek TOS episode?

What type of bird was depicted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the Star Trek: TOS episode "Balance of Terror"? I imagine Romulus has several species that would be considered worthy of being called ...
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Derelict spacecraft with oddly shaped doorways opened by enduring shock

I remember seeing a movie that came out in the late 50s or early 60s and used to frequently air late at night long before cable was around. Astronauts on some planet find a derelict spacecraft. They ...
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Sci fi movie/TV show identification - 80s or 90s

This is gonna be vague but I remember watching this movie when I was young. I only remember certain visuals but they've stuck with me since. Lead character was a blonde girl I believe. Or a girlish ...
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Can anyone identify the classes of these Warhammer 40k ships?

This image isn't the clearest but it's the best screenshot I could get. It's from the final cutscene of Dawn of War 2. Can anyone identify the classes of each of these ships? It can be difficult to ...
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Other starships that can undergo saucer separation?

I know that the Enterprise-D was capable of saucer separation (this was displayed in several episodes including The Best of Both Worlds, Encounter at Farpoint and in the film Generations). I also ...
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Spherical spaceship containing the remnants of human civilization

I read a book around 1956 or 1957 - probably written in the late 40's or early 50's - and don't remember the title or author. The story was essentially about a young man going through a rite of ...
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Scifi book with FTL travel that caused the ship to split into multiple copies

I'm trying to remember the name/series of this book that I read (at least) a few years ago. It had a sci-fi space travel theme, but was mostly set on this planet that had "zones" that kept people ...
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What is the biggest space habitat built by humans mentioned in sci-fi literature? [duplicate]

Maybe, Iain Banks orbitals with tens of billions people? Larry Niven's Ringworld was built not by humans... Any suggestions?
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Book (or book series) about huge spaceship that feels like a space Noah's Ark sort of thing?

My aunt loves sci fi books and when I was young, she would tell me the stories. There was one with this sort of plot: There was a HUGE spaceship that held 2 exemplars of all species in the entire ...
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Trying to identify a book where people race around planets, at least 30 years old

I'm trying to identify a book from my childhood that I vaguely remember. I remember that it involved racing ships against each other around various planets, where they would land on planets and ...
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Why are Star Trek ships (mostly) built by hand?

In the middle of the episode "Eye of the Beholder" (from the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation) one of the crew members says to Troi and Worf that [no direct cite] the entire ship was ...
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Alien attack novel, a team of humans are sent on a suicide mission with every human on earth to direct them

The book begins after Earth has been attacked several times, already. These alien vessels are being sent into the system and attacking the planet. An elite team of humans from all over the world ...
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Short story about an astronaut that has to harvest/collect the body fluids of an alien for a panacea [duplicate]

Short story read in the 60's or 70's, an astronaut has to enter an alien ship and collect the tears/sweat? of an alien to use as a wonder drug for humans. The alien has some sort of presence which ...
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Sole survivor of attack on mining vessel, abandoned by his employer, has ability to teleport

There's a story my grandpa use to tell me when I was younger, about the sole survivor of of an attack on a mining vessel in space. The man lives in space for months/years, ignored by the company he ...
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Looking for a children's book series set in space

As a child in the late 70's early 80's, my elementary school library had a series of books set in the far future featuring a group of space-faring tweens that each possessed a super-human sense or ...
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Name of Recent live actor movie similar to plot of animated Lily Cat movie?

Trying to remember name of movie i saw within the last 4 years or fewer that seemed to be based closely on the plot of Lily Cat ...
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What's the name of an old sci-fi cartoon [closed]

I am trying to locate a cartoon from around the 1980's. It was a family that was traveling around space in a spaceship. There were some aliens too. I recall that the spaceship was blue. I know this ...
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Book about an alien spaceship visited by human beings and adapting to them

Once the astronauts get on the ship, it starts to change to fit the human beings needs. The gravity and the atmosphere change, the structure of the ship's instruments changes as well etc. Finally, the ...
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How are Inertial Compensators manufactured/made in Star Wars?

An inertial compensator is essential for space travel in Star Wars; it keeps your feet on the ground-er...floor of the vessel. But how are they made and manufactured? How do they work? Who ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the idea of big Starships which don't land on a planet?

You can find this in countless Sci-Fi works: Big Starships which don't land on any planet, but establish an orbit around a planet if necessary. If crew want to land on a planet, they use shuttle pods ...
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Aliens placed humans on Earth to become starship engineers

Please help me identify this SF short story. What I remember: Several characters at a party. All of the attendees are very intelligent. One of the guests poses a hypothetical question about how ...
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Where's the head on an Atlantean jumper?

On several Stargate Atlantis and late SG-1 episodes they spend a very long time on a jumper. For example, in Atlantis 4x17 "Midway", at the end, Bill Lee, Kavanagh, McKay and Shepard are on a gate ...
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Looking for a young adult book written in the 70's or 60's where a young man invents a spaceplane?

I am looking for a novel written in the 70's or 60's that had a young man who invented a space plane that had a reflective or diamond coating and used a rare and special element to break the speed of ...
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Aliens plan to invade Earth but hero, scientist, and girl friend stop them

I read this before 1992 or so. It was more of a 'B' novel. Humans make contact with aliens who begin invading. A human hero, I think he's a military officer (US Navy?), gets to a human scientist ...
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If starships can raise and lower their shields at will, how do they fail in battle? [duplicate]

The question is this: Starship's can materialize their shields instantly, when there were no shields (or no more than navigational deflectors) to begin with. However, when there were some shields, ...
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Short animation of a spaceship running against time

It's basically a man riding a spaceship at full speed thru a canyon in a random rocky planet.. Then he gets out and RUNS holding a pod into a big building, jumping over bodies stuck in time, only to ...
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Sci-Fi/Horror movie possessing robot with long neck

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi/horror film from the late 70's or 80's. It was live-action and takes place mainly on a spaceship or station. The film is very dark with a vibe similar to Alien (1979). ...
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Boy makes clone of himself to stave off loneliness on a spaceship journey to his parents

The story is set in a space ship where a boy is traveling to his parents. To keep himself company he makes a clone of himself. For a while everything is perfect but then the kid starts feeling like ...
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Where did the idea of “rocket tubes” come from?

I can't remember where I first came across it, but I know that I read at least one old SF story as a child which referred to "rocket tubes". I'm not asking for story identification. I know there were ...
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Novel about raiding planets with Elizabethan technology

I'm trying to find a novel I read as a mass market paperback. There were planets with some sort of valuable resource but the resource was in areas behind "curtains." All the space age technology ...
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Need Name of Children's Short Story (1970s SRA, maybe) - Boy Fixes Radio of a Crashed Alien Craft

I'm interested in the title and/or author of this story. I was in grade school from 1971 to 1978. The story collections we read were SRA (reading laboratories). Usually boring stuff. But I found back ...
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40s or 50s scifi short story contact with alien spaceship

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story I read years ago. It concerned a deep space exploration ship that comes upon an alien ship. The alien crew is in hibernation. The ...
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Book or Tale identification - Building is in fact a spaceship

Can anyone please remind me the name of a Sci-Fi tale that a man lives in a strange building and can't get out. He starts to search other strange things. I can't really remember the story, but I ...
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Interstellar humanity enslaved by lizard like aliens

What is the name of the book or author in which: The action for this book occurs on a human colony world, not Earth itself. Interstellar human civilization has been enslaved by an alien race. The ...
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Late 70s Early 80s Children's SF Book Series

Basic premise was a space-crew who were in some sort of rescue role. The books in the series featured a space-ship which was illustrated as very similar to the "Discovery" from "2001", but was based ...
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1990s anime with Spaceship shaped like a white dragon and has guardian manned robots?

I have been trying to figure out the name of an a 1990s anime. It had a spaceship with the last remaining members of an alien humanoid race and their Princess. Not quite sure about this part but I ...
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A crashed space ship on a planet [duplicate]

A space ship with crew on it crashed on a planet, and they are searching things to fix it. The encounter aliens that look little and fuzzy, like a teddy bear, with the special ability to move fast - ...
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Looking for what seems to be an 80s hero sci fi film

I watched this film a while ago about a guy who was a sort of self identified super hero and he was working as an agent for earth. He infiltrates a space ship or a space station which is controlled by ...