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15th Jan '17 2:44:33 PM DustSnitch
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** Spheres are BadAss. Nothing says "we mean business" like a MotherShip that looks like a wrecking ball with guns.

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** Spheres are BadAss.badass. Nothing says "we mean business" like a MotherShip that looks like a wrecking ball with guns.
29th Nov '16 1:07:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The second KatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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* The second KatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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29th Nov '16 1:06:47 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Nov '16 1:33:30 PM Morgenthaler
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A SciFi plot calls for a vehicle that can land on an alien planet and be somewhat {{Badass}}. A SpacePlane would be cool, but you'd need a runway. So instead, you have a DropShip shaped roughly like a sphere that consists of a vertically mounted rocket engine surrounded by landing struts, fuel, cargo, a control room, and usually a ramp to offload personnel and cargo. The type of engine is unimportant. It can be an actual rocket or a HandWaved "[[DramaticAlienVTOL antigravity generator]]" or "[[PowerFloats reactionless thruster]]".

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A SciFi plot calls for a vehicle that can land on an alien planet and be somewhat {{Badass}}.badass. A SpacePlane would be cool, but you'd need a runway. So instead, you have a DropShip shaped roughly like a sphere that consists of a vertically mounted rocket engine surrounded by landing struts, fuel, cargo, a control room, and usually a ramp to offload personnel and cargo. The type of engine is unimportant. It can be an actual rocket or a HandWaved "[[DramaticAlienVTOL antigravity generator]]" or "[[PowerFloats reactionless thruster]]".
16th Aug '16 10:07:31 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Didact's ship in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The Didact's ship "combat" Cryptum in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
4}}''. It's not his main ship, though.
1st Jul '16 7:54:17 PM nombretomado
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* The derelict space craft from AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series were giant spheres. In the second book, ''Galactic Derelict'', the heroes managed to find one intact.

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* The derelict space craft from AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series were giant spheres. In the second book, ''Galactic Derelict'', the heroes managed to find one intact.
8th Jun '16 11:45:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Peter F. Hamilton's famous ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy features a lot of spherical spacecraft (e. g. ''[[CoolStarship The Lady Macbeth]]''), due to the FTL drives creating a spherical area for the travel - anything poking out is cut off. They are mostly used by the Adamists, one of the two major factions of future humanity in that series. While they are never shown to land on planets (instead preferring to ferry freight using a SpacePlane), they could presumably land on a planet vertically due to their huge fusion engines and fuel tanks.

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* Peter F. Hamilton's famous ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy features a lot of spherical spacecraft (e. g. ''[[CoolStarship The Lady Macbeth]]''), due to the FTL drives creating a spherical area for the travel - anything poking out is cut off. They are mostly used by the Adamists, one of the two major factions of future humanity in that series. While they are never shown to land on planets (instead preferring to ferry freight using a SpacePlane), they could presumably land on a planet vertically due to their huge fusion engines and fuel tanks.



* In the book ''IllegalAliens'' the starship All That Glitters and the copies of it that the Unified Earth Government makes after the All That Glitters is confiscated are spherical. The All That Glitters literally drops out of a sunny day into Central Park. Also in that book the Great Golden Ones, the Galaxy's defacto police force, use multiple centehedronal battle-platforms to blockade Earth.

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* In the book ''IllegalAliens'' ''Literature/IllegalAliens'' the starship All That Glitters and the copies of it that the Unified Earth Government makes after the All That Glitters is confiscated are spherical. The All That Glitters literally drops out of a sunny day into Central Park. Also in that book the Great Golden Ones, the Galaxy's defacto police force, use multiple centehedronal battle-platforms to blockade Earth.
22nd Oct '15 8:15:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Bungie's new game ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' features The Traveller, a ''{{Sphere}}''-like being that uplifted Humanity, which got mysteriously smacked down a few decades later after exploring the Solar System. The Traveller's [[BlueAndOrangeMorality motives are unknown]], though it seems generally helpful.

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* Bungie's new game ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' features The Traveller, a ''{{Sphere}}''-like ''Film/{{Sphere}}''-like being that uplifted Humanity, which got mysteriously smacked down a few decades later after exploring the Solar System. The Traveller's [[BlueAndOrangeMorality motives are unknown]], though it seems generally helpful.
21st Oct '15 9:48:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Sphere}}''. Technically not a drop ship, but still an alien "spacecraft".

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* ''{{Sphere}}''.''Film/{{Sphere}}''. Technically not a drop ship, but still an alien "spacecraft".



* The alien "Gods" in ''PumaMan'' is also a round sphere.

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* The alien "Gods" in ''PumaMan'' ''Film/PumaMan'' is also a round sphere.
9th Oct '15 4:05:49 PM MadCat221
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'''s Sphereoid-type dropships are the TropeNamer. Sphereoids have superior cargo capacity over conventional [[SpacePlane Aerodyne dropships]] and do not require any runways to land or takeoff. However, they have no lift surfaces, making them totally dependent on their fusion rockets for ascent, descent, and directional control; if they fail, the ship drops like a rock, destroying anything on board and anything within [[ColonyDrop several hundred meters]]. They're not all "spheroid" either, a more apt descriptor for some of them would be "ovoid".

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'''s Sphereoid-type dropships are the TropeNamer. Sphereoids have superior cargo capacity over conventional [[SpacePlane Aerodyne dropships]] and do not require any runways to land or takeoff. However, they have no lift surfaces, making them totally dependent on their fusion rockets for ascent, descent, and directional control; if they fail, the ship drops like a rock, destroying anything on board and anything within [[ColonyDrop several hundred meters]]. They're not Not all models of dropship with this design paradigm are "spheroid" either, a more apt descriptor for some of them would be "ovoid".
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