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23rd Apr '17 10:11:37 AM nombretomado
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* The [[http://www.rarecandies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/SotS2-Suulka_Feeding.png Suul'ka]] ships are finally shown in ''SwordOfTheStars II'' and look like enormous (dwarfing anything the other races have) {{Space Whale}}s with tentacles that can smash and ''eat'' starships. They're also more advanced than anything the others have. It turns out that the starships are [[spoiler:containment suits for the enormous and crazy Liir Elders who chose to live in space instead of dying from the SquareCubeLaw]].

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* The [[http://www.rarecandies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/SotS2-Suulka_Feeding.png Suul'ka]] ships are finally shown in ''SwordOfTheStars ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars II'' and look like enormous (dwarfing anything the other races have) {{Space Whale}}s with tentacles that can smash and ''eat'' starships. They're also more advanced than anything the others have. It turns out that the starships are [[spoiler:containment suits for the enormous and crazy Liir Elders who chose to live in space instead of dying from the SquareCubeLaw]].
17th Apr '17 10:44:24 AM Jake
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** The ''Nostromo'' has shades of this trope as well; most of the ship's interior is as cramped, grubby and badly lit as a storm drain, and would be creepy to wander around by yourself even without a Xenomorph running loose.
12th Apr '17 3:54:11 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Void Ship from [[DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]] is a multidimensional vessel that resembles a solid gold sphere, but weighs nothing, radiates no heat, etc., until it folds open to reveal its occupants, and also causes a feeling of disquiet in anyone who sees it. It is said to be a ship designed to explore the void between the universes; it is also thought by the Doctor to be impossible. It is never stated who built the Void Ship, but it even gives the TARDIS a run for its money in the "conceptually weird" category.

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** The Void Ship from [[DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]] is a multidimensional vessel that resembles a solid gold sphere, but weighs nothing, radiates no heat, etc., until it folds open to reveal its occupants, and also causes a feeling of disquiet in anyone who sees it. It is said to be a ship designed to explore the void between the universes; it is also thought by the Doctor to be impossible. It is never stated who built the Void Ship, Ship ([[spoiler: the current occupants were Time War era Daleks]]), but it even gives the TARDIS a run for its money in the "conceptually weird" category.
5th Apr '17 6:41:10 PM Amahn
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*** More than just the strange way numbers work on the bill, but all numbers in a restaurant. Snap a breadstick in the wrong place and you'll find yourself plummeting into a star. [[http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Bistromatics Read all about the non-absoluteness of numbers in restaurants here]], it's far too long to try and give a simple quote.
31st Mar '17 3:11:38 PM nombretomado
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** [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/480a48b000f5b Black Angels]] are probably the strangest ship in the OrionsArm universe. These fully sentient vessels look like a black sphere surrounded by a enormous cloud of particles. The cloud can shapeshift to form weapons or even arms. The function of the sphere is known only to the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49cfe7a37b5b3 Archai]].

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** [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/480a48b000f5b Black Angels]] are probably the strangest ship in the OrionsArm universe. These fully sentient vessels look like a black sphere surrounded by a enormous cloud of particles. The cloud can shapeshift to form weapons or even arms. The function of the sphere is known only to the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49cfe7a37b5b3 Archai]].
31st Mar '17 3:10:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''OrionsArm'' features some curious artifacts.

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* ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' features some curious artifacts.
29th Mar '17 2:44:02 PM margdean56
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* Rama and her sister-ships, from ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' and its sequels, were giant hollow cylinders with alien technology and entire transplanted ecologies of StarfishAliens inside, with several sentient species as well as biomechanical servitor robots manufactured within a city like structure on an island within an artificial, ring-shaped (due to the artificial gravity inside the enormous cylindrical structure) sea.
* Thank to reality warping technologies, all spaceships are a ''little'' weird in the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series. Even those species that don't care for the technology need to employ a means of defense. Those who enjoy the technology get ''really'' weird. Everything is, at the core, the same design. However, everybody has their own variants, depending on their design philosophy and most especially their liking for probability technology. Some species' ships are pretty much ISO Standard. Others, like the maniac Tandu, have ships are "Lobster Spaceship"- style bizarre spidery things, and probably have their hull alloys or even their [[ChaosArchitecture configuration]] altered all the time due to the all the ill-shielded probability tech in their drives and weapons.

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* Rama and her sister-ships, from ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' and its sequels, were giant hollow cylinders with alien technology and entire transplanted ecologies of StarfishAliens inside, with several sentient species as well as biomechanical servitor robots manufactured within a city like city-like structure on an island within an artificial, ring-shaped (due to the artificial gravity inside the enormous cylindrical structure) sea.
* Thank to reality warping technologies, all spaceships are a ''little'' weird in the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series. Even those species that don't care for the technology need to employ a means of defense. Those who enjoy the technology get ''really'' weird. Everything is, at the core, the same design. However, everybody has their own variants, depending on their design philosophy and most especially their liking for probability technology. Some species' ships are pretty much ISO Standard. Others, like the maniac Tandu, have ships that are "Lobster Spaceship"- style Spaceship"-style bizarre spidery things, and probably have their hull alloys or even their [[ChaosArchitecture configuration]] altered all the time due to the all the ill-shielded probability tech in their drives and weapons.



* The ''Nostalgia For Infinity'' in the ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' series invokes this - while at the start of the series it's a fairly standard, if [[UsedFuture heavily run down]], ISOStandardHumanSpaceship. After the events of ''Revelation Space'', when the Captain begins to [[spoiler: [[TheVirus meld]] with [[LivingShip the ship]]]], it turns into a nightmarish monstrosity reminiscent of a Creator/HRGiger painting, with large masses of crystals and goop seeping out of the hull and entire decks flooded with the ''stuff'' that [[spoiler: makes up the Captain]]. One character upon first seeing it, notes how disturbing it is.

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* The ''Nostalgia For Infinity'' in the ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' series invokes this - -- while at the start of the series it's a fairly standard, if [[UsedFuture heavily run down]], ISOStandardHumanSpaceship. After the events of ''Revelation Space'', when the Captain begins to [[spoiler: [[TheVirus meld]] with [[LivingShip the ship]]]], it turns into a nightmarish monstrosity reminiscent of a Creator/HRGiger painting, with large masses of crystals and goop seeping out of the hull and entire decks flooded with the ''stuff'' that [[spoiler: makes up the Captain]]. One character upon first seeing it, notes how disturbing it is.
15th Feb '17 1:05:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig bomber was alive, and probably sentient. The Wildcards had to learn how to pilot it using an organic control interface, working together in the same way that a team of alien pilots would to fly the small warship. Chig cruisers and destroyers resemble large abstract polygonal structures with hexagonal patterns on their surfaces. Their smaller fighters were also similar, but more {{Starfighter}}-like.

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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig bomber was alive, and probably sentient. The Wildcards had to learn how to pilot it using an organic control interface, working together in the same way that a team of alien pilots would to fly the small warship. Chig cruisers and destroyers resemble large abstract polygonal structures with hexagonal patterns on their surfaces. Their smaller fighters were also similar, but more {{Starfighter}}-like.
29th Jan '17 6:35:26 PM zequeins
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** The Molluscoid, Fungoid, and Arthropoid ships fall under the "Lobster" category. Artropoid ships are harsh, rough-looking brownish floating hives, Fungoid ships are sinister-looking, smooth black things with teal highlights, and Molluscoid ships get smooth, squid shapes and tentacle-like decorations, but all three are still pretty recognizable as spaceships.

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** The Avian, Molluscoid, Fungoid, and Arthropoid ships fall under the "Lobster" category. Avian ships are sleek with pointed edges and spikes, Artropoid ships are harsh, rough-looking brownish floating hives, Fungoid ships are sinister-looking, smooth black things with teal highlights, and Molluscoid ships get smooth, squid shapes and tentacle-like decorations, but all three four are still pretty recognizable as spaceships.


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* The ships in ''VideoGame/StarControl'' are in general, rather normal but a few examples qualify as 'Lobster'. Mycon Podships are rounded things with {{BFG}} that shoots homing Plasmoids. Spathi Eluders may use standard fare technology, but they are shaped like a molecular model. And to top it all off, there's the Sa-Matra, a Precursor battleship which is downright ''eldritch'', in contrast with their more standard fare Flagship.
14th Jan '17 10:19:13 PM themetalstickman
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* The Narada of the 2009 film ''Film/StarTrek'', made more obvious when its backstory is explained. It was originally a mining ship, but [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120202111739/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5f/Narada.jpg looks like it came out of a Lovecraftian story]], with the firepower to match. ExpandedUniverse has explained it was once [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090617230811/memoryalpha/en/images/b/bd/Countdown_Narada.jpg a more humble looking ship]], but took on its new horrifying appearance and capabilities after its crew stole reverse-engineered Borg technology. It's also a GeniusLoci, though this, like the reverse-engineered Borg tech and its kinship with V'Ger, is referenced only in supplementary materials.

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* The Narada of the 2009 film ''Film/StarTrek'', made more obvious when its backstory is explained. It was originally a mining ship, but [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120202111739/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5f/Narada.jpg [[http://why-sci.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/worm1.png looks like it came out of a Lovecraftian story]], with the firepower to match. ExpandedUniverse has explained it was once [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090617230811/memoryalpha/en/images/b/bd/Countdown_Narada.[[https://66.media.tumblr.com/80a9afaaa3e91ee04729420799ebf969/tumblr_oa2rtjNECr1vzxr0no2_1280.jpg a more humble looking ship]], but took on its new horrifying appearance and capabilities after its crew stole reverse-engineered Borg technology. It's also a GeniusLoci, though this, like the reverse-engineered Borg tech and its kinship with V'Ger, is referenced only in supplementary materials.
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