3. The Omega class Destroyer from Babylon 5
When Babylon 5 came onto the airwaves, Star Trek dominated the sci-fi market, and this series showed a different kind of space opera complete with hard science warships and fighters. The best of the Earth Alliance ships was the oddly beautiful and powerful Omega class destroyer. The way that this ship is beautiful remains me of what Sir Francis Becon once said: "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion"
4. The NX-2000 Excelsior from Star Trek: III/VI
5. The Andromeda Ascent from Gene Rhoddenberry's Andromeda
6. The USSR Leneov from 2010: the Year We Make Contact
In 1984, I got to see a rare hard-science starship built by the Soviets that used a centrifuge for artifical gavity. The realistic beauty of this ship sparked imgination and it was nice to see the design carried over in the Babylon 5 Omega class destoryer.
7. The Argo/Yamato Space Cruiser Yamato/Starblazers
Besides the famous ships of Star Trek and Star Wars, this was one of my first educators in war spaceships: the EDF Yamato. Built from the wreck of the Imperial Japanese battleship Yamato in 2199 to save mankind, this badass was equipped with fighters, massive naval artillery cannons, legions of AAA cannons, and of course, the Wave-Motion Cannon. This, above all, it my favorite starship of all.
8. The Pheaton from Virtuality
This was an Ronald D. Moore pilot for a proposed hard science sci-fi FOX show that would have centered around the nuclear-pulse propulsion Pheaton on its five-year mission to Epsilon Eridani to find a habital world. The pilot became a TV movie, and then was released on DVD. If have not watched Virtuality, you are missing out.
9. the SCNV Saratoga from Space: Above and Beyond
The United States space carrier Saratoga was the main focus of the landmark MSF series, and the main ship in the Chig War. This vessel was one of the more realistic space carriers seen in sci-fi, and it was a refreshing design over the Star Trek/Star Wars warships.