Progentiors: Zarkov's Rocketship from Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers’ Battlecruiser Rocket
1. The Galactica Space Carrier from BSG
2. The Yamato Battlecruiser from Space Cruiser Yamato
3. The Star Destroyer Class Capital Ship from Star Wars
4. The Omega class Destroyer from B5 Universe
At the time B5 was being aired, it was a banner year of science fiction television, and it was directly competing with several other space shows with a starship at their center (and one futuristic submarine) along with another space station center show. During the second season premiere of B5, the first Omega class Terran Destroyer is seen in the opening seconds: the EAS Agamemnon. This was unlike any futuristic warship ever seen in a sci-fi work and became a star of the show to many of us due to the duality of the design of the Omega class; being both high-tech/low-tech at the same time.
5. The Sulaco armed FLT troop transport from the ALIENS Universe
The ALIENS universe is most often having the characters and events around very alien exo-planets and industrial starships that are very far away from the sterile corridors of the Enterprise. Taking the place of the space cargo vessel Nostromo is the United States AeroSpace Force Sulaco, an armed transport vessel designed to delivery men and material to the distant battlefields of deep space with enough firepower to serve as a warship if needed. When tasked with creating the warship for ALIENS, Syd Mead original drew an sphere shaped craft that was rejected by James Cameron due to the complexity of shooting a sphere shaped vessel that informed the audience just how big this vessel was.
6. The Rodger Young from SST Universe
FWS has stated time and time again about the lofty status of the Starship Troopers 1958 book and how unique it was. One of the areas that made the SST novel unique was the treatment of the one of the warships in the novel: the Terran Federation Corvette Transport Rodger Young. Designed for rapid deployment of a platoon of MI troopers in their CLASS-II powered armor, the Rodger Young Corvette was in keeping with Mobile Infantry tactical doctrine of flexibility and speed. Often Corvette Transports were used to launch raids on Bug and Skinny worlds. Unlike many other starships at the time, the Rodger Young was more fleshed out; more realistic in name and role, and it was not the star of book, but a place. I’ve thought that the Rodger Young Corvette was template for other future military sci-fi creators. It also helps that the ship was named for an US Army Medal of Honor World War II recipient in the Pacific theater that saved lives via his valiant actions. When it came time for the 1997 live-action film, it surprised me that the film kept the name of the ship, despite the many alternations to the universe of SST. However, unlike the book vision of the ship being a fast assault vessel, the film would greatly expand the Roger Young in a warship that was more or less identical to the other Federation warships in the Fleet.
Den of Geeks interview, three sizes were constructed with one being massive 18 foot monster designed for the close-up worked needed for the split-in-half scene during the invasion of Planet P. Some of the models were popular giveaway items to VIPs, much some found there way into the hands of the production staff. Due to the popularity of SST, the Rodger Young was naturally inserted into the various tabletop wargames, the various animations films, and video games.
7. The Normandy from the Mass Effect Universe
That is the interesting thing is what the Normandy represents to us gamers: a interstellar home for our dreams and hopes. Mass Effect is a game experience that we, the player, tailored to our will; making the game a reflect of us. That directly applies to the Normandy. Through all of the evolution of the design, layout, and mission, you could customize it and interact with it in very different ways that extended beyond just the ship models, fish, and space hamster. For many, the Normandy was our ship and we used it to explore our vision of the Mass Effect universe. While you could not directly control the ship, you inhabited the space that felt familiar and became a virtual home for many of us and a place we would love to go. While the Normandy may not have spawned other ships other than the Tempest, it become iconic because we made it in your own image and part of us is there onboard that ship.
8. The Klingon Bird of Prey from the Star Trek Universe
9. The SDF-1from ROBOTECH/Macross Universe
10. The C57D Saucer from Forbidden Planet
In the early heady days of science fiction film, the design of spaceships came down to two types: rocket ships and flying saucers. Often the flying saucers were the vehicle of the monstrous alien invaders and the good guys, like Buck Rogers, flew in sleek atomic rocket ships. That was altered by one of the best early sci-fi films: Forbidden Planet. In the film, the United Planets starcruiser that is a flying saucer shaped craft, the C57D, is on investigation mission to determine what happened to a colonial venture on Altar IV some 20 years ago in 2220. Given the time period, the model of the C57D was recycled for classic The Twilight Zone, increasing the iconic status of the old C57D.
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