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Can You Name the Sci-Fi Vehicle From a Clue?
By: John Miller
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
The list of famous science fiction vehicles stretches from terra firma into the stars in distant galaxies. But only a few brave sci-fi fans really have the right stuff to name all those legendary vehicles. Do you think you can match wits with the best sci-fi creators of all-time?
From “Star Wars” to “Battlestar Galactica” to “Star Trek,” there are a ton of “starry” ships screaming through space. Some of them, like those ending in “Wing,” are among the most iconic ships ever to appear in fiction. Others, which shall go unnamed in this introduction, are mere knockoffs of the imaginative originals.
Do you really know your Rebel ships from those steered by the evil Empire? Do you remember the name of the space haven invaded by repulsive beings in “Aliens”? And do you recall the ship that became famous in “The Last Starfighter”? All of these ships have earned their place in sci-fi lore…but we bet you can’t name all of them.
Whether we’re talking about shadowy vessels of doom or destroyers big enough to swallow stars, the universe is filled with sci-fi ships, big and small. Take our sci-fi vehicles quiz and see if you really know your fictional spacecraft!
They are a favorite fighter among Rebel Alliance pilots.
The X-Wing fighters in "Star Wars" are fast and agile enough to tangle with TIE Fighters. They also carry enough armaments to take down the biggest, baddest creations of the Empire.
It's a bright blue police call box. It is ______.
When Dr. Who needs to get places in a hurry, he takes the TARDIS, a blue police call box. TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space, meaning that the good doctor can use the vehicle to travel not only through space, but through time, too.
It's the famous ship from "The Last Starfighter."
In "The Last Starfighter," a clueless kid named Alex must somehow take part in a galactic war. He winds up in the Gunship One and ultimately becomes a hero.
Darth Vader flew one of these, and it was equipped with special curved wings.
The Empire loves its TIE Fighters, which can keep up with anything the Rebels can assemble. Vader's special TIE Fighter has curved wings that help him stand out during the heat of battle.
This ship has a glowing midsection that resembles a firefly.
In the sci-fi hit "Firefly," the ship named Serenity is the star of the show, a last bastion of hope for a small crew trying to survive on the edges of the civilized universe.
It is one of the first Federation ships built primarily for the purpose of combat.
In "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" we get our first look at the USS Defiant, a Federation warbird. The Defiant is an essential means of defense, particularly in the deep, uncivilized areas of the universe.
Its official name is NCC-1701.
Starfleet's official designation for the USS Enterprise is NCC-1701. This version of the Enterprise appeared in the first three "Star Trek" films.
It's a type of ship built by the Twelve Colonies.
In an effort to defend themselves from the Cylons, the Twelve Colonies built a series of Battlestars in "Battlestar Galactica." In the end, the one named "Galactica" is the only thing keeping their people alive.
It’s the famous vehicle commanded by Captain James T. Kirk.
If you want to go where no one has gone before, you need more than a Ford Festiva. That's why Captain Kirk traded in his little hatchback for the USS Enterprise… and began blazing new trails across the galaxy.
It was a round shape, and more than 120 kilometers in diameter.
In "Star Wars," there's no weapon bigger or more powerful than the Death Star. With its 120-kilometer girth, the Death Star was sometimes mistaken for a small moon.
It's a famous Corellian YT-1300f light freighter that goes by the name of ______.
In "Star Wars," there's no ship more famous than the Corellian YT-1300f light freighter named Millennium Falcon. It's the ship that Han Solo and Chewbacca steer towards glory, time and again.
They are a type of ship used by the Nova Corps in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
In "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Nova Corps relies on Star Blasters. These special ships can actually link with others to form a massive energy barrier during battle.
In "Babylon 5," it’s the terrifying ship that looks like a spider.
It is perhaps one of the scariest-looking sci-fi ships of all-time -- the Shadow Vessel from "Babylon 5." These spider-shaped vessels are shiny black and can cause mental and emotional distress in beings as they pass by, thanks to a weird scream sound they project into nearby minds.
It's the fastest ship in the galaxy.
The Millennium Falcon is no stock Corellian YT-1300 light freighter. It is a revved-up version that's often used for smuggling… and some people call it the fastest ship in the galaxy.
It's a wedge-shaped capital ship used by the Galactic Republic, First Order, and the Empire.
In "Star Wars," enemies shudder at the thought of crossing paths with the evil Star Destroyers. They are some of the biggest ships in the entire universe, carrying a multitude of weapons and fighters.
It's the ship that Luke Skywalker uses to destroy the first Death Star.
As Luke careens through the interior passages of the Death Star, he's unsure of how he can possibly make a difference in the battle. But he trusts his instincts and steers his X-Wing into the annals of sci-fi glory.
These vehicles were used during a breathtaking chase scene on Endor during "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."
On Endor, the Rebels hop onto speeder bikes, but they are closely pursued by Empire troops riding at a breakneck pace. Somehow, the combatants swoop through the jungle without slamming into trees at every moment.
It's a Lockmart CM 88B Bison M-Class starfreighter. It's the _____.
In "Alien," there's a Lockmart CM 88B Bison M-Class starfreighter called the Nostromo. Thanks to violent, parasitic aliens, the ship becomes the scene of massive chaos during the film.
It's the ship piloted by a bounty hunter named Boba Fett.
In "Star Wars," Boba Fett is the fashionable bounty hunter who pursues his game in the Slave 1. The oddly-shaped ship lands on its backside but flies face-first into war.
In a 1997 movie, a missing ship called the ______ suddenly reappears near Neptune.
In "Event Horizon," a missing ship of the same name abruptly and inexplicably reappears near Neptune. Astronauts are sent to see if there's anyone left alive on the ship… and they wind up in a harrowing situation.
This vehicle is notoriously unreliable, especially when traveling only short distances.
Dr. Who's TARDIS is a remarkable machine in many ways, but for short distances it is very unpredictable, often landing the doctor in random circumstances that he'd rather avoid.
In "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," this ship runs on…improbability.
Zaphod Beeblebrox's stolen ship in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," is called the Heart of Gold. The ridiculous ship doesn't need gas or diesel… it runs on improbability.
It's a Conestoga-class starship from the "Aliens" movies.
In the "Aliens" franchise, the Sulaco is a Conestoga-class warship with intimidating firepower. Not only did it have a crew of thousands, it also ferried multiple Cheyenne dropships into warzones.
It's the name of a famous Ravager M-ship.
The Guardians of the Galaxy know how to travel in style. They mostly rely on their ship, the Milano, which is plenty fast for interstellar travel.
It's the name of the ship from the parody film "Galaxy Quest."
In "Galaxy Quest," a bunch of sci-fi actors suddenly find themselves facing off with real aliens. They'll be just fine, in part thanks to their ship, the NSEA Protector.
It's a Constitution-class Heavy Cruiser.
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is a Constitution-class Heavy Cruiser, meant mostly for exploration… but more than capable of holding its own in a heated battle.
In "Battlestar Galactica," they are the Cylon capital ships.
Cylons need a home, too. And in "Battlestar Galactica," they have them -- the Basestars are where the Cylons lay their weary cybernetic heads after a long day of intergalactic battle.
In "Independence Day," Earth Space Defense designed these ships to ward off aggressive aliens.
As aliens invade the planet during "Independence Day," the Earth Space Defense produces its H-8 Global Defenders, fighters meant to hold off the extraterrestrial hordes.
It was the name of the dropship used in "Aliens."
In 1986's "Aliens," the dropship named "Cheyenne" makes a name for itself. It's no average shuttlecraft -- the Cheyenne is a mean-looking military machine loaded with all sorts of weapons.
It's the name of the silvery ship in 1986's "Flight of the Navigator."
In "Flight of the Navigator," a boy named David has a strange alien encounter and winds up flying around in a silvery ship named Max. In the end, he and Max must sadly part ways, but not before they have all sorts of (rather unlikely) adventures.
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