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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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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Book identification - 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 on 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 ...
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SF story about a multi-generational colonist ship?

There was some kind of event and the passengers had begun to evolve/devolve and modified the ship's internal communications / public-address system to use musical tones. I know that's not much to go ...
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Is the Destiny's shield the most powerful shield in the Stargate universe?

Asgard's shields are said to be the best. But isn't the Destiny's shield the most powerful shield in any spaceship? This can be concluded because it was able to survive in a star. Does this mean ...
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How destiny fly without subspace [closed]

To go with FTL you need to have hyper drive and subspace access. But destiny do not have the access to subspace or hyper drive. their sublime engines or something equal to that drove the ship faster ...
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Animated Film / OVA ID: SciFi, Space Opera?, Spaceship becomes trapped near Sun, crew commits suicide by exiting/opening the craft

I believe the film or episode may have been a Japanese animation from the 70s or 80s. A memorable scene of the movie: A damaged spacecraft becomes trapped slowly moving closer to the Sun (or star). As ...
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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's?

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Looking for a book, wormhole, space ship Crash landing

From what I remember of the book: A spaceship goes through a wormhole (I think) and crash lands on a planet They salvage what they can from the ship and build a castle on a mountain, cutting the ...
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Please identify this early film that mentions black holes

Scifi film probably 70's. Description: A spaceship exploring right near the end, the crew venture near a black hole which you never "see", but they know what it is because they send out a beam of ...
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Short Story pre-1987: main character is Voyager-style space probe

I think I read this c. 1987. It would've been in a paperback SF short fiction anthology, likely with other stories by more famous authors (Heinlein, Asimov, the usual suspects). As I recall, the name ...
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Help identify short story with stranded aliens collecting junk to repair spaceship

I read this in the 80's or early 90's but I believe it was older even then. The protagonist discussed how so many communities had a few families that had all kinds of piles of "junk" in their yards. ...
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sci-fi novel ending with main character using special dust to fuel his spaceship through a vortex

I read this around '87-'90 in Danish, but the original language is likely to be English. I cannot remember much of the plot, except the ending: The main character (a boy) had some sort of very rare ...
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Need help remembering sci-fi movie from the 90s maybe where someone is sabotaging the crew

I saw this movie years ago and can't quite remember it. All I remember is there was a crew trapped in space and they're trying to survive but someone on the crew is sabotaging them. The drinking water ...
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Identification story: Features a father & son, body modification

I am looking for a short story about a father and son (the mother is out of the picture) who are of a religion that doesn't believe in body modification or enhancement. It is set in the future when ...
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Teenagers on a spaceship that was sentient/had AI, waking up at different times from sarcophagus-like bed

I remember reading in the late 80's / early 90's a trilogy (I think) about some teens in a spaceship that was sentient / had AI, and they weren't allowed in one section of the spaceship because it was ...