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For my next design project, I require a large number of names for starships. I'm trying to draw these names from science fiction literature. For example, "Zarkin Frood" is a frigate, and "Asimov" is a heavy destroyer. (Although I think Isaac Asimov was actually a pacifist, so I'm not sure how he would feel about that.)

Anyway, I would appreciate help with brainstorming ideas for ship names. I'm good with out-there or obscure names--for example, I'm planning on using "Huxley's Sight" and possibly "Stranger in a Strange Land."

Any assistance would be appreciated. Even if I don't use all of your suggestions, I may use your name as a captain if you are helpful.

Thanks!
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Asimov should be your science/research ships.

Heinlein should be your heavy warships.

Verne should be your experimental or prototype vessels.

Clarke for your explorers.

Howlin' Harlans for your small fast fighters.

Gordies for your mercenaries.

Ringos for your squadrons.

Drakes for your planet-landers.

Zaphods for your multidimensional travelers.
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Some names for ships and spacestations that spring immediately to mind include:-

The Weirding Way
The Clockwork Orange

Starships David Bowie OR David Bowman
The Kubrick
Fighter transport Airstrip One
Starship John Savage
Spacestation McQuarrie Alpha
Unmanned automated probes Al-Jazari, Da Vinci,Karakuri Ningyō, de Vaucanson and/or Karel Čapek.
The starship Matt Jefferies

That's it for now. More to follow!
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The Troopship, Arnold
The factory ship, Chadwick
The Missile battleship, Wells (and of course the Thunderchild class Missile frigate)
The Spy ship, Harrison
The Linner/Auxilery Cruiser, Griffith
The Assault landing ship, Serviss
The Super Dreadnaught, Dr Smith
The survey ship (or presidential transport), Adams
The Psi war ship. Bester
The Mars class coloney ship, Bradbury
The Crusade class prison ship, Vonnegut

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kingkong1933 wrote:
Asimov should be your science/research ships.

Heinlein should be your heavy warships.

Verne should be your experimental or prototype vessels.

Clarke for your explorers.

Howlin' Harlans for your small fast fighters.

Gordies for your mercenaries.

Ringos for your squadrons.

Drakes for your planet-landers.

Zaphods for your multidimensional travelers.


This for your ship classes for sure!

However, I have no suggestions for individual ship names. Still drinking my coffee...
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Deathstroke wrote:
kingkong1933 wrote:
Asimov should be your science/research ships.

Heinlein should be your heavy warships.

Verne should be your experimental or prototype vessels.

Clarke for your explorers.

Howlin' Harlans for your small fast fighters.

Gordies for your mercenaries.

Ringos for your squadrons.

Drakes for your planet-landers.

Zaphods for your multidimensional travelers.


This for your ship classes for sure!

However, I have no suggestions for individual ship names. Still drinking my coffee...


See my post above.
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The Prometheus class hospital ship, Shelly
The Antarctic class Survey ship, Poe
The Frigate, Ellis
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You could also adopt existing/historical naval ships.

http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/name.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ship_names_of_the_Royal...
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The battle cruiser, Heinline
The Battleship, Haldeman
The Longyear class fighter
The troopship, Pournelle
The central battery battleship, Weber
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slatersteven wrote:
The Prometheus class hospital ship, Shelly


Shelly, or Shelley? I've already got a couple of ideas for honoring Mary Shelley's seminal proto-sci fi work, Frankenstein, but I'm guessing that you're referencing her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley's closet play, "Prometheus Unbound," right?
 
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slatersteven wrote:
The battle cruiser, Heinline
The Battleship, Haldeman
The Longyear class fighter
The troopship, Pournelle


Ooo, Pournelle and Haldeman, good calls. I'd forgotten about them. Not sure what "Longyear" is a reference to, though.
 
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kurthl33t wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
The Prometheus class hospital ship, Shelly


Shelly, or Shelley? I've already got a couple of ideas for honoring Mary Shelley's seminal proto-sci fi work, Frankenstein, but I'm guessing that you're referencing her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley's closet play, "Prometheus Unbound," right?


No, typo. its meant to be Mary Shelley.
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kurthl33t wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
The battle cruiser, Heinline
The Battleship, Haldeman
The Longyear class fighter
The troopship, Pournelle


Ooo, Pournelle and Haldeman, good calls. I'd forgotten about them. Not sure what "Longyear" is a reference to, though.


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The easiest way to start would be to establish a classification schema similar to that which real navies use.

In the USN, for example, Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines (SSBN) are (generally) given the names of states. Previously, the names of states were assigned to battleships (BB).

Attack subs (SSN) are (generally) named after major cities: these names were previously assigned to heavy cruisers (CA). Light cruisers (CL) were assigned the names of smaller cities.

Destroyers (DD/DDG) are named after important naval officers. Older, non-nuclear subs (SS) were generally named after fish: this practice was changed by Admiral Rickover on the basis that "Fish don't vote."

Aircraft carriers (CV/CVN) used to be named after important battles: this is now generally true only for smaller carriers that are officially considered landing ships for the USMC. Recent practice has seen most carriers named after presidents or other noteworthy politicians (this also applies to some modern subs): some have been named using "traditional" names (e.g., Enterprise).

In your own work, you might start by determining (1) how many classes of starships there will be and what their roles are, (2) establish a consistent schema for the names IAW the above approach, and then (3) the names will pretty much determine themselves.

For an example of how this might work, consider the Star Trek (Original Series) nomenclature (http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/starship_database.htm), or the system Jerry Pournelle uses for the Co-Dominium (and later Imperial) Navy.
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A handy reference

But, how about... Norstrilia or Drunkboat or Go-Captain Alvarez for my favourite author, Cordwainer Smith?
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kurthl33t wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
The Prometheus class hospital ship, Shelly


Shelly, or Shelley? I've already got a couple of ideas for honoring Mary Shelley's seminal proto-sci fi work, Frankenstein, but I'm guessing that you're referencing her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley's closet play, "Prometheus Unbound," right?


I'm pretty sure he's referring to Frankenstein's subtitle, which I believe is "The Modern Prometheus." I'm not 100% on that - it's been about 15 years since I've looked at it...
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MOTHDevil wrote:
kurthl33t wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
The Prometheus class hospital ship, Shelly


Shelly, or Shelley? I've already got a couple of ideas for honoring Mary Shelley's seminal proto-sci fi work, Frankenstein, but I'm guessing that you're referencing her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley's closet play, "Prometheus Unbound," right?


I'm pretty sure he's referring to Frankenstein's subtitle, which I believe is "The Modern Prometheus." I'm not 100% on that - it's been about 15 years since I've looked at it...


As I said I was refering to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
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The Battleship, Niven
The heavy Cruiser, Anderson
Space Station, Cherryh
The Merchantman, Pohl
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Cruise liners, for entertainment purposes without any useful scientific or military application:

The Edgar Rice Burroughs (or John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and/or Barsoom)
The Piers Anthony (or Split Infinity)
The George Lucas / Michael Bay / John Carpenter / James Cameron
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The Michael Bay.

When it explodes, it's soooo cool that the enemy can't help but watch it while the rest of the fleet gets away. They'll wonder how a ship is able to violently disintegrate three full times in rapid succession, and from multiple angles.
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The Colony ship, Wylie
The Colony ship, Balmer
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ejcarter wrote:
The Michael Bay.

When it explodes, it's soooo cool that the enemy can't help but watch it while the rest of the fleet gets away. They'll wonder how a ship is able to violently disintegrate three full times in rapid succession, and from multiple angles.


Well, if you have the footage, it should be in the movie, right? Cutting is for chumps.
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Tried to go with non-obvious and vaguely poetic sounding...

Stapledon's Flight
Kaminski's Rest
LaCombe's Melody
Ezekiel's Wheel
Sylveste's Inhibition
Dune's Hierophant
Ramius' Gambit
(OK not sci-fi but I like the thought of him being commemorated)
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