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The following crafts have appeared in some of the most well-known science fiction television shows and films. The list is my own personal choice from the last 40 years. I have limited the list to 10 examples otherwise the list could have gone on and on. I have included a fact in each of the examples.

  • Above is a scene from the 1970 TV show “UFO” showing the alien flying saucer, it is very much like the classic image of many sightings of UFOs through the ages.
  • The U.S.S. Enterprise as depicted in the film “Star Trek-The Motion Picture” (1979). The appearance of the ship differs slightly from the classic television series of the 1960s.
  • The colonial baseship “Battlestar Galactica” from the 1977 television series of the same name. The ship led a fleet of survivors after a war with the Cylons searching for the lost 13th colony called Earth.

  • Doctor Who’s Tardis from the longest running science fiction television series in the world. First broadcast on November 23rd 1963. Although strictly speaking the Tardis is a space-time machine and not a spaceship.

  • The alien craft that Roj Blake, Jenna Stannis, Ker Avon and Vila Restel took after escaping from the prison ship taking them to Cygnus Alpha. They renamed it “Liberator” using it to wage a guerrilla war against the Federation.
  • An Eagle transport from the 1976 television series “Space 1999”. Only the second series made by Gerry Anderson that was live action instead of using puppets.
  • The mining ship “Nostromo” from the 1979 film “Alien”. The scene in the film where the alien  bursts from the chest of actor John Hurt was filmed without telling the rest of the cast what was about to happen, showing real reactions on their faces when it did.
  • The NSEA Protector from the film “Galaxy Quest” (1999). The film was comedy take-off of the television series “Star Trek”, the story being that the actors in the show were mistaken for real thing by aliens who having monitored the show and believing that it was a historical record. They kidnapped the cast to help them in a war with other aliens.
  • Starbug from the television science fiction comedy series “Red Dwarf”. It was a shuttle that was used for planetary exploration based on the Jupiter Mining Corporation ship Red Dwarf. Set 3,000,000 years in the future, the cast consisted of Dave Lister the last human in the universe, a mechanoid called Kryten, a hologram of Lister’s dead crewmate Arnold Judas Rimmer, and a humanoid descended from Lister’s pet cat.

The image above is showing one of the alien base ships from the 1996 film “Independence Day”. In this movie, aliens attempt to take over the Earth using city sized base ships and stripping the Earth of its resources – you can see how huge the ship is on the image above. The aliens are eventually defeated by uploading a computer programme into their system, disregarding the fact that alien technology will be totally different to that of Earths.

All images in this post are under the UK law Fair Dealings or under Creative Commons Licence rules.

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One Comment

  1. I remember watching Red Dwarf. I thought it was really funny. The theme song was really catchy. I loved all th characters, my favourite was probably Holly… Everybody’s dead Dave.


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