A spaceship(or 'spacecraft') is a vehicle designed for traveling in/to 'outer-space'. Spaceships are a common trope in many science-fiction stories. There are many stories based almost-exclusively around spaceships.

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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 ...
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Where is the Independence day power source?

Recently re-watched Roland Emmrich's movie Independence Day. It got me to thinking about the power systems the Aliens use. According to the statement made by Dr. Okun about the recovered ship in ...
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Trying to identify a Sci Fi movie about passengers on a ship crewed\commanded by people in sealed environments [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a Sci-Fi movie I saw in the late 80's to early 90's, for some reason I want to say it was on Cinemax. The highlights I can recall: The story focused on passengers on a large ...
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Telekinesis on a primitive planet

This was a book I read a few years ago as an eighth grader. I remember the book being fairly old, maybe written in the 80's? It was a book about humans who were very advanced and went undercover to ...
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Can a nuclear reactor be used as a space-based weapon? [closed]

Imagine you have a ship, running on nuclear reactor. We will assume this ship uses some kind of advanced technology that allows nuclear reactors to function in gravity-less environment. This ship is ...
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Seeking Sci-Fi movie about a black man alone in spaceship

I think it was an English movie and set in modern world. The movie is only about the one black guy (astronaut) in the spaceship, who is on a mission to reach some planet (maybe Jupiter? from what I ...
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Short Story: Explorer crash–lands on uncharted planet, is stripped of technology and observed by alien?

Another story I read a few years ago that is likely to be from the 70s or 80s. This one involves a pilot crashing his ship on an unknown planet. The crash was caused by an alien creature who ...
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Space ship manned by only AI returns home to a different earth, back in time

I read this short story 30 years or more ago. A space ship is returning home to Earth from a battle. There are no people on board this ship, only an AI and the ship's computer. When the ship tries to ...
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A spaceship saved by a teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

I'm looking for an old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, probably a lot older, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard ...
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Where do TIE Fighters generate thrust?

TIE Fighters are an extremely recognizable part of the Star Wars universe, but there's something about them that bothers me. Where do TIE Fighters generate their thrust? Based on the way TIE ...
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man forced to compete in contest where if you win you are killed and you body is used for reproductive material

Short story from at least 25 years ago. A man visiting a planet is forced to compete for the right to die and be used for reproductive material or die trying. The men on this planet intentionally put ...
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Short story about humans and aliens fighting over colonizing a habitable planet, read about 30 years ago

Man comes to planet to work on dispute between human colonists and another race. The other race captures some of colonists and performs horrible experiments on them and uses germ warfare. The problem ...
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Short story about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago

Short story or possibly book where humans on a planet are work animals for a different race. It turns out that it was a human colony that was overrun by this race a long time ago. I believe it is the ...
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Babylon 5 season 3 A Day In The Strife - First contact situation

In the above episode (linked below) there are multiple stories running at the same time. One of which is a first contact with an alien probe of 'Unknown' origin. This threatens to destroy the ...
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Late 80s early 90s dimension travel flick

hope someone can help me identify this film. I've seen it sometimes in the 90s and from what I remember it looked like an old eighties/early nineties production. There were at least two teenagers, a ...
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Anime about space robot assassin on ship

It's around 15 or more years old. A lone female on a ship alerted to intruder. There is a very dangerous robot that has a wide/asian/farmer hat. She fights it until the ship crashes on a planet. I ...
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Was Voyager really significantly slower than the Enterprise?

In the Next Generation episode "Where No One Has Gone Before" the Enterprise is catapulted to another galaxy, roughly 2.7 million light years away. From that location Data says it will take just over ...
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Which ship became the flagship of Starfleet after Enterprise-D was destroyed?

It is mentioned a couple of times throughout The Next Generation that the USS Enterprise-D is the flagship of the Federation/Starfleet. After the Enterprise's destruction in the movie Generations ...
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What was the “next class starship”?

In the Next Generation episode Galaxy's Child the visiting Doctor Leah Brahms comments that one of the engine modifications Geordi made was to be introduced in the next class starship. (gazing at ...
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How is Darth Vader's ship able to catch the Tantive IV over Tattoine?

Depending on which source you use, such as this one compiled from the video games and appearing in Behind the Magic: (source: theforce.net) a Corellian Corvette class ship (aka Rebel Blockade Runner ...
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Wouldn't the Ascension have reached a Rubicon point before ~51 years into the journey?

In the SyFy mini-series Ascension, as one of the plot points reference is made to the Ascension space ship reaching a "Rubicon Point" at which it will take more resources to return to Earth as opposed ...
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Story Identification: cyborg, starship, self-destruction

I am looking for a TV show / movie that aired in 90's, but the show itself could be older. Here's what I remember, but I might have got it a bit mixed up: People on a starship found an ancient earth ...
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World Mind Wipe

I'm trying to track down a short scifi story I once read. It was about an alien probe scanning the world and accidently erasing 2 days of everyone's memory. So when everyone wakes up on Monday, ...
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Why was a Nebulon-B medical frigate at the Battle of Endor?

So rewatched the final battle scene from “Return of the Jedi” last night and caught the line: They’re heading for the medical frigate! It’s something I never thought about before since seeing ...
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Why are inertial compensators only needed for crewed ships?

Honorverse spacecraft move around using a reactionless "impeller drive" based on gravity manipulation. This drive can accelerate craft at thousands or even tens of thousands of thousands of gravities ...
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Obscure kids (non animated) movie/film series from the 90's or so

When I was young, I had a random VHS tape of a movie that really confused me. It could have been a mini-series because it seemed like it had some references to other things in flash back that had to ...
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Story Identification: Large scale space combat story

Trying to jog my memory about the book title and author of an old space opera book I read back in the day. Story elements as best I can remember (pretty much spoilers): Aliens make contact with ...
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What work of science-fiction first introduced the concept of “Glassing” or Alpha-Striking a planet?

From the Halo Wiki: The term glassing, also known as plasma bombardment, is used to refer to the act by which Covenant ships bombard a planet from orbit using heavy plasma weaponry. This ...
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What book has human colonies at war against a (possibly bat-like) alien race? [duplicate]

The story takes place in the future; humans have colonized our galaxy but they encounter an alien race with which peace is impossible. Colonies start the war but Earth doesn't help them and decides to ...
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Tiny spaceship crash-lands and is crushed

I need to know the name of a Film/story/book, not sure which. A space craft is gonna crash-land on Earth The pilot is speaking with the government asking for a safe place to land that's not near any ...
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In which Stargate movie or TV series did the 'USS Excalibur' appear?

I recently saw on the internet there is a ship called the 'USS Excalibur' in the Stargate series but I can't find which movie or the season it appears in. Can anyone tell me where this reference ...
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Are there formulae for non-FTL starship speeds and and relative time passed? [closed]

I'm about to run a sci-fi campaign with sublight starship travel, with a solar system and to all the stars within 10 light years of Sol. There are starships that accelerate at 1g, and some that ...