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(io9)   What's the greatest fictional spaceship of all time? TARDIS. But readers debate it to the left anyway   (io9.com) divider line 252
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2014-02-18 08:22:39 AM  
The only correct answer is the Argo. All others are incorrect, but good attempts.

It's not really a spaceship but did sometimes operate in space, which means that the lion Voltron does qualify as second runner up. Only the lion Voltron, though, the actual spaceship Voltron was a piece of shiat.
 
2014-02-18 08:32:45 AM  
The USS Enterprise. It's so ingrained in American culture that we named an actual spaceship after it.
 
2014-02-18 08:33:37 AM  
The Heart of Gold
 
2014-02-18 08:34:41 AM  

WTF Indeed: The USS Enterprise. It's so ingrained in American culture that we named an actual spaceship after it.


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2014-02-18 08:35:22 AM  

kronicfeld: The Heart of Gold


^ This.
 
2014-02-18 08:39:35 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The only correct answer is the Argo. All others are incorrect, but good attempts.

It's not really a spaceship but did sometimes operate in space, which means that the lion Voltron does qualify as second runner up. Only the lion Voltron, though, the actual spaceship Voltron was a piece of shiat.


Holy sh*t!  You're right!
 
2014-02-18 08:40:09 AM  
I'm sorry. What was that? I couldn't hear you over the jazz.

www.nerdlikeyou.com
 
2014-02-18 08:40:38 AM  
The Nautilus.
 
2014-02-18 08:41:49 AM  
I'd go with the Tardis, with Atlantis and Destiny close behind.

One is a freaking city that can take off and travel between galaxies, the other can operate for millenia fully automated and gets its power from flying into stars.
 
2014-02-18 08:41:50 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The only correct answer is the Argo. .


The Argo was a trireme, wasn't it. Never went to space.
 
2014-02-18 08:41:53 AM  
The TARDIS isn't really a spaceship.

Sure, it can operate in space, but that's not its only function.
 
2014-02-18 08:46:26 AM  
static1.wikia.nocookie.netShe doesn't look like much, but shes got it where it counts
 
2014-02-18 08:48:03 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: The TARDIS isn't really a spaceship.

Sure, it can operate in space, but that's not its only function.


It's less a space-ship than it is a time-machine.
 
2014-02-18 08:48:10 AM  
I would say Dahak.  Take the best parts of the Death Star with elements of several space opera universes and combine it with the combat intelligence of a Bolo.
 
2014-02-18 08:49:01 AM  

akuma976: She doesn't look like much, but shes got it where it counts


You posted that? You're braver than I thought.
 
2014-02-18 08:51:33 AM  
I'm going with Prometheus from Stargate, especially after the Asgard modifications. Rail guns, beam weapons, nukes, F-302 fighters, rings, transporters, super duper hyperdrive, shields, replicators (like Star Trek, not creepy robots) and Colonel Carter.
 
2014-02-18 08:52:25 AM  
Yeah, the TARDIS doesn't count. The  Enterprise is probably the most iconic ship, and really changed the way we look at spaceships in sci-fi (prior to "Star Trek", everything was basically flying saucers or rocket ships).
 
2014-02-18 08:52:28 AM  
I've got to agree with the TARDIS. Not only is it the fastest, but it's also the largest. On the inside, anyway.

Second is the Heart of Gold.

And as an obscure reference, my third place goes to the entire planet Neptune, as described in the 1970 novel Macroscope, by Piers Anthony (before his creepy panty fetish phase.) Not because the story's particularly good, but I very much like the idea of using an entire gas giant as your space ship. Carries its own fuel, too.
 
2014-02-18 08:53:46 AM  
What's the ship intended to do? I wouldn't want to take a large ship where a small fighter is the best tool for the job.
 
2014-02-18 08:54:39 AM  

Son of Thunder: akuma976: She doesn't look like much, but shes got it where it counts

You posted that? You're braver than I thought.


He made the false equivalency in less than 7 parsecs.
 
2014-02-18 08:55:17 AM  
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Bombs that can destroy a sun, a hot holographic avatar, what more could you want?
 
2014-02-18 08:55:28 AM  

potierrh: I would say Dahak.  Take the best parts of the Death Star with elements of several space opera universes and combine it with the combat intelligence of a Bolo.


Keith Laumer should sue the shiat out of Steve Jackson for ripping off Bolo to make the OGRE/GEV/Shockwave series.

And then make him put out all those games at a reasonable price, or at least make an online version of it so I can play with my friends from junior high.
 
2014-02-18 08:55:42 AM  
www.igorstshirts.com
 
2014-02-18 08:57:34 AM  

PirateKing: Not because the story's particularly good, but I very much like the idea of using an entire gas giant as your space ship. Carries its own fuel, too.


My design for an interstellar craft is similar- you build a fleet of light-powered satellites and put them in orbit around your primary star. These satellites have powerful electromagnets and can be used to vector the stellar wind. Voila- you've just turned your star system into a spacecraft. Sure, the acceleration sucks, but you're in no rush- you've got habitats built for the long haul.
 
2014-02-18 08:58:40 AM  
'What the hell is an "aluminum falcon"?'

Short list off the top of my head because I can never pick just one(:

Millennium Falcon - coolest
Ship, Frank Herbert - most powerful
Event Horizon - scraiest/creepiest
Discovery One - most realistic
Bistromath -faster than the Heart of Gold ;b

/disclaimer: not sure i'm well read enough but what the hell
 
2014-02-18 08:59:01 AM  

Son of Thunder: akuma976: She doesn't look like much, but shes got it where it counts

You posted that? You're braver than I thought.


Shakes tiny fist.
 
2014-02-18 08:59:09 AM  

t3knomanser: Yeah, the TARDIS doesn't count. The  Enterprise is probably the most iconic ship, and really changed the way we look at spaceships in sci-fi (prior to "Star Trek", everything was basically flying saucers or rocket ships).


Yep.

The TARDIS and the DMC-12 are the most iconic time machines.

Enterprise wins the space ship battle.
 
2014-02-18 08:59:30 AM  
I have to go with the SDF-1. It could transform into a kick ass robot, and house an entire city.
 
2014-02-18 09:01:39 AM  
www.allspark.com
 
2014-02-18 09:03:03 AM  

SuperChuck: [www.allspark.com image 520x272]


I keep expecting to see a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker there instead.
 
2014-02-18 09:03:20 AM  
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2014-02-18 09:03:30 AM  

PirateKing: I've got to agree with the TARDIS. Not only is it the fastest, but it's also the largest. On the inside, anyway.

Second is the Heart of Gold.

And as an obscure reference, my third place goes to the entire planet Neptune, as described in the 1970 novel Macroscope, by Piers Anthony (before his creepy panty fetish phase.) Not because the story's particularly good, but I very much like the idea of using an entire gas giant as your space ship. Carries its own fuel, too.


Piers Anthony wrote some pretty neat sci-fi back in the day. Sometimes I wonder what happened to him.
 
2014-02-18 09:04:11 AM  
Define "greatest". 

"Random farker's favorite fictional spaceship" is a much less entertaining thread.
 
2014-02-18 09:04:12 AM  
Yamato.
 
2014-02-18 09:04:37 AM  
and it farking tranformed into a bad ass ship destroying machine

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I would have also accepted one of its compliment of veritechs:

ghostlightning.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-18 09:04:49 AM  

tanman1975: [www.igorstshirts.com image 810x608]


Never heard of Robotech but that's a dead ringer for the SDF-1 from Macross.
 
2014-02-18 09:07:05 AM  
Rama frowns on your shenanigans.
 
2014-02-18 09:07:35 AM  

espiaboricua: Yamato.


But that was the same class as the Enterprise D.
 
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2014-02-18 09:09:22 AM  
In a pure fanboy powerwank sense I'd go with the Sleeper Service.

As for the one that had the greatest influence I'm going to join the USS Enterprise crowd. Since it, as mentioned earlier, defined what most people think a spaceship is.
 
2014-02-18 09:10:09 AM  

Pocket Ninja: It's not really a spaceship but did sometimes operate in space, which means that the lion Voltron does qualify as second runner up. Only the lion Voltron, though, the actual spaceship Voltron was a piece of shiat.


Way too many pinch points on that thing.  Voltron is like that hazardous, old lawn furniture grandparents tend to put out to give their guests tetanus.
 
2014-02-18 09:10:12 AM  
1. Tardis
2. SDF-1
3. Heart of Gold
 
2014-02-18 09:11:32 AM  

doglover: I'm sorry. What was that? I couldn't hear you over the jazz.

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I'm going to agree with this one.  It's a spaceship, a carrier, and a boat.  An added bonus is that it exits in the same universe as this;

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Which is pretty awesome.
 
2014-02-18 09:12:10 AM  
darkskydiary.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-18 09:13:31 AM  

orezona: [darkskydiary.files.wordpress.com image 448x300]


Winner!
 
2014-02-18 09:13:53 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: The TARDIS isn't really a spaceship.

Sure, it can operate in space, but that's not its only function.


The TARDIS is a space ship.  The blue phone box that The Doctor uses is only because of the "broken chameleon suit".  Any other TARDIS could appear as ANYTHING, including any other spaceship someone could suggest.
 
2014-02-18 09:14:10 AM  
Please.

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2014-02-18 09:15:10 AM  
The Heart of Gold scoffs at your suggestions
 
2014-02-18 09:16:47 AM  
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2014-02-18 09:18:11 AM  

Codenamechaz: The Heart of Gold scoffs at your suggestions


The starship Bistromath wonders whether the Heart of Gold would like dessert.
 
2014-02-18 09:18:23 AM  
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