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This artwork is described as featuring "over 120 locations, vessels, and characters." The locations are labeled and there are only a few characters, so that leaves the vessels.

Many I recognize (see below), however, there are many that I don't recognize.

So I ask for you guys' help.

Vessels I noticed and recognized:

  • The BttF DeLorean
  • The TARDIS
  • The space-station from 2001: AS0
  • The Enterprise
  • The Second Death Star
  • An X-Wing
  • The Close Encounters of a Third Kind ship
  • A Borg ship
  • A ship from The Last Starfighter (I think)
  • Serenity
  • The Axiom
  • The Millennium Falcon
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    I see the 'Planet Express Ship' from Futurama towards the upper right. I think that is a Viper from Battle Star Galactica low in the middle of pic. Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 3:21
  • You are a hard taskmaster, sir...
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 3:21
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    How about labeling all the ones you know to get started? Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 3:24
  • @OrganicMarble Scroll down the linked page. I refrained from posting a link to the official website as the artwork is for sale and that could be considered advertising.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 3:27
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    Have you tried contacting the artist? Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 15:52

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This is a community wiki answer, so feel free to add to it or make corrections.

From the website that is selling the poster:

Presenting iam8bit's Space Worlds Map, a painstakingly researched poster print that merges together over 70 popular planetary destinations and 50+ vessels/characters into one beautiful, gigantic map. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources - movies, TV shows, books, comics, animation - but despite their origins, everything happily co-exists in this insanely epic artwork by illustrator Edison Yan.

Numbers are used to identify large vessels, generally put in the top-left corner of the vessels bounding box.

Letters are used to identify characters and smaller vessels.

  1. Dark Star - Dark Star?
  2. Red Dwarf - Red Dwarf
  3. The Delorean - Back to the Future
  4. Battlestar Galactica - Battlestar Galactica (2004 series)
  5. Gunstar One - The Last Starfighter
  6. Comet Observatory - Mario Galaxy
  7. Alien invasion craft - Independence Day? Visitor Ships - V?
  8. Sulaco - Aliens
  9. Kodan Armada - The Last Starfighter
  10. Gundam - Possibly RX-78-2 or ZGMF-X42S Destiny?
  11. TARDIS - Doctor Who
  12. U.S.S. Cygnus - The Black Hole
  13. Event Horizon - Event Horizon
  14. United Space Cruiser C-57D - Forbidden Planet
  15. Galaga - Galaga
  16. Yamato - Space Battleship Yamato 2199
  17. Death Star II - Star Wars Episode VI The Return of the Jedi
  18. Borg Cube - Star Trek
  19. Jupiter 2 - Lost in Space
  20. Millennium Falcon - Star Wars
  21. Planet Express ship, AKA Old Bessie - Futurama
  22. Deep Space Nine - Deep Space Nine
  23. Heart of Gold - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  24. ?
  25. U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 - Star Trek (original series)
  26. Hermes - The Martian
  27. Citadel - Mass Effect
  28. Cosmic Ark - Cosmic Ark
  29. Mark I Colonial Viper - Battlestar Galactica
  30. ?
  31. Alien Mothership - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  32. Axiom - Wall-E
  33. Restaurant at the End of the Universe - HHGTTG?1
  34. Babylon 5 - Babylon 5
  35. Thunder Road - Explorers (1985)
  36. TCS Lexington - Wing Commander
  37. Enemy Base - Bosconian
  38. Narcissus - Alien
  39. ?
  40. Serenity - Firefly
  41. Alpha 7 - Barbarella
  42. Voltron - Voltron: Defender of the Universe
  43. SDF-1 Macross - The Super Dimension Fortress Macross
  44. Moya - Farscape

  • A. Great A'Tuin - Discworld
  • B. Podracers - Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
  • C. Podracer, Left & Sebulba's Podracer, Right - Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
  • D. Robby the Robot - Forbidden Planet
  • E. Space Invaders - Space Invaders
  • F. Whale - ?2
  • G. Star Furies - Babylon 5?
  • H. Another Star Fury - Babylon 5?
  • I. Little Dipper School - The Jetsons
  • J. EVE - Wall-E
  • K. Ultraman 80 - Ultraman 80
  • L. Cthulhu - Works of H.P. Lovecraft
  • M. ?
  • N. ?
  • O. Starfuries - Babylon 5
  • P. ?
  • Q. Starchild - 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • R. Gonzo - Muppets from Space
  • S. Cosmic Fish - Muppets from Space

Labeled image of vessels and characters

1 Based on the logo on the restaurant's sign, which matches the cover of the book.

2 Obviously some sort of whale; it looks like a Humpback or Blue Whale. This trope is common enough to have it's own page on T.V. Tropes. Examples include a Sperm Whale in HHGTTG, several species in various Star Trek media, "Star Whales" and similar creatures in Doctor Who, a four dimensional "Möbius Dick" in Futurama, Ruari Robinson's pitch-short for a proposed film called Leviathan, and many more. We need help figuring out exactly which whale (possibly none of the above mentioned examples) the artist had in mind.

Edit: The artist, Edison Yan, graciously provided me with this list:

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However, their list in incomplete, or unclear. Some items are formatted to say only "Ship", and some don't clearly state the IP they're from.

Of those that are unique enough, Yvaine is the only one from the artist's list yet to be included in the master list. Unfortunately, there's still more ships to be named in the master list.

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    @MajorStackings I think it's from something else, possibly a game. The whale in the picture is a Blue Whale, and the Whale in Hitchhiker's Guide is a Sperm Whale.
    – user31178
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 17:57
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    I challenge (4) to be the Battlestar Galactica. It doesn't even begin to look like it. Less so for the listed original series.
    – Ghanima
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 19:34
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    There's definitely some artistic license.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 19:42
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    I've deleted my comments that just had suggestions that have been implemented, but I'll include two useful links here from comments I deleted. This page has a lot of ship size comparisons which might be useful--some of the images are small, but you can right-click any chart to view it in a new window or tab, then use the magnifying glass icon (for most browsers) to enlarge. And here is a list with the author's 75 favorite sci fi ships.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 20:41
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    If the vehicle to the left of Babylon 5 is most likely a star fury given its proximity, aren't the ones labeled O likely to be star furies too, rather than B wings? The ones to the right and left look the same to me.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 21:31

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