Spacecraft in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

Joe Haldeman (1974)
Arthur C. Clarke (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Julian May (1953)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
George Lucas (1976)
George Lucas (1976)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Larry Niven (1966)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Ed Earl Repp (1940)
Murray Leinster (1935)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
Bruce Sterling (1985)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1985)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (1979)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Jules Verne (1867)
Larry Niven (1973)
Larry Niven (1968)
Jules Verne (1867)
Alfred Bester (1956)
Theodore Sturgeon (1950)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Author Unknown (1967)
Larry Niven (1969)
Larry Niven (1973)
Arthur C. Clarke (1963)
N.B. Wilkinson (1948)
Edwin K. Sloat (1932)
John W. Campbell (1932)
Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. (1940)
Eric Frank Russell (1942)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Murray Leinster (1956)
George Lucas (1976)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Robert Heinlein (1953)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Dan Simmons (1989)
H.G. Wells (1898)
William Gibson (1984)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Jules Verne (1867)
Robert Heinlein (1951)

Related Science Fiction in the News

Dream Of Building Your Own Rocket?
Fiorello Bodoni, you inspire all of us.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 11/22/2017 )
Used Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Will Fly Again
'the overstrained meters made the smaller craft skittish as a young horse...' - Robert Heinlein
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/8/2017 )
Laser-Powered Spacecraft To Explore The Solar System
'Whoever launched it fired a laser cannon... for about forty-five years, so the intruder would have a beam to travel on...'- Niven/Pournelle, 1974.
(re: Niven/Pournelle, 6/19/2015 )
SKYLON Space Plane Gets Boost
'They were more airplane than spaceship...'- Robert Heinlein, 1951.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/9/2013 )
Europe's Cheops To Look For Habitable Planets
'I was near enough it now to set my automatic astronomical instruments to searching it for a habitable planet.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1936.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 10/25/2012 )
SpaceX Dragon First Private Craft To Dock With ISS
'Why, the ship wasn't a proper deep-space craft at all.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/11/2012 )
SpaceX Dragon To Land On Any Planet
A space craft should be able to 'land on its fins' and take off again, don't you think?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/23/2011 )
Ikaros Solar Sail Craft Photo Of Venus
Impressive proof of the value of solar sail-powered vessels.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 1/26/2011 )
X-37B/OTV Unmanned Spacecraft
This unmanned military spacecraft is scheduled for launch on April 19th; it will enter orbit, function for up to 270 days and then land on Earth autonomously.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/16/2010 )
'Jules Verne' ATV Launch Video
Very nice work by the ESA on the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle - can you think of an earlier fictional reference to a vehicle capable of automated space docking?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/9/2008 )
Mercury 'Spider' Has Fans Seeing Babylon 5 Shadow Ships
The mysterious spider feature on Mercury - there's nothing like it elsewhere in the solar system.
(re: Various, 1/31/2008 )
SpaceShipTwo Spaceliners From Virgin Galactic
Remarkable aeronautical designs from Virgin Galactic take you to the very edge of space.
(re: Various, 1/23/2008 )
Lorentz-Actuated Orbit Spacecraft May Ride Planetary Magnetic Fields
Interesting proposal by NASA to fund research on the last known propellantless propulsion method.
(re: Robert Adams, 3/15/2007 )
Too Many Mars Missions Planned?
Very funny spoof of the increasing traffic on Mars.
(re: Various, 12/30/2006 )
Bigelow Genesis I Inflatable First Look
Larry Niven's inflatable space module really works.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/14/2006 )
Cosmos 1 Sets Solar Sail - Update
Cosmos 1, the world's first solar sail spacecraft, is scheduled to be launched on March 1, 2005 - Car Sagan's birthday. The mission of the flight is to perform the first controlled solar sail flight.
(re: Jules Verne, 6/23/2005 )
Ion Drive Spacecraft Also Takes Good Pictures
SMART-1, the European Space Agency ship equipped with ion drive propulsion, is now sending back great pictures from the lunar surface. SMART-1 is the first craft to return to the moon in over 5 years.
(re: George Lucas, 1/26/2005 )
Green Comet Machholz - Hopefully, Without Cometeers
In his 1936 classic The Cometeers, science fiction Grandmaster Jack Williamson writes of a sinister green comet; now you can look up and see one.
(re: Jack Williamson, 1/6/2005 )
Ticketed Passengers Only Aboard Soyuz ('TANSTAAFL' Says Roskosmos)
Russia's space agency Roskosmos announced that it would stop giving free rides to US astronauts beginning in 2006. US space shuttles have been grounded since February of 2003, when the shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/4/2005 )
Delta IV Heavy Lifter - Space Freighters In Fact And In Fiction
The twenty-three story Delta IV Heavy rocket vehicle will go aloft sometime this week (if the weather holds).
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/13/2004 )
Union Of Driver And Vehicle (and Astronaut And Spacecraft?)
Toyota has announced a concept vehicle that is seeks the union of car and driver. How about the union of astronaut and spacecraft?
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 12/7/2004 )
Pioneer Space Probes Unexpectedly Slow Down In Deep Space
once Pioneer 10 and 11 passed beyond the orbit of Uranus, the radio signals sent back by the aging craft have been shifted to progressively shorter wavelengths. This implies that they are decelerating slightly; no one knows why this is happening.
(re: Poul Anderson, 11/23/2004 )
SpaceShipOne - The First Strato-Yacht?
Is SpaceShipOne a modern incarnation of a Joy-boat Junior, from Methuselah's Children?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/6/2004 )
Genesis Pathfinder: Space Inflatable Module
Genesis Pathfinder is an inflatable space habitat scheduled to launch in November 2005. Genesis weighs in at 1,360 kilograms and is approximately 4.6 meters in length by 1.9 meters in diameter; this is a one-third scale model.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/31/2004 )
NASA's New Radiation Shielding First Proposed By John W. Campbell In 1936
NASA engineers are working on a clever new idea for shielding astronauts from cosmic rays - using the fuel and water needed for the journey for shielding. Just like John W. Campbell first proposed in 1936.
(re: John W. Campbell, 5/27/2004 )
SPHERES - Mini Satellites Fly In Formation
Rather than bet all the marbles on one large satellite, MIT undergraduates are trying a different strategy. The SPHERES project imagines lots of small volleyball-sized satellites flying together in formation, working in concert.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 4/15/2004 )






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