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* ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. In the BackStory of the chapter "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter", Lazarus Long uses his ship to take several shiploads of colonists to the planet New Beginnings, along with all of the equipment and supplies they'll need to set up a new colony.

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* ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. In the BackStory Backstory of the chapter "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter", Lazarus Long uses his ship to take several shiploads of colonists to the planet New Beginnings, along with all of the equipment and supplies they'll need to set up a new colony.



* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'', the lighthuggers - [[MileLongShip multi-kilometer long]] {{Sleeper Starship}}s - are sometimes contracted to explore new systems while carrying tens to hundreds of thousands of colonists in cryosleep, along with Von Neumann machinery to set up a base of operations. It's not clear how the crews are paid for their services with the lack of a universal currency, but preferential trading rights with the new colony are implied. In ''Galactic North'', the captain of a colonizing lighthugger has NeuralImplanting to think of the colonists as her own children til her mission is complete, causing her to chase a SpacePirate past the [[TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay end of space]] [[DistantFinale and time]] to recover them.

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* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'', the lighthuggers - [[MileLongShip multi-kilometer long]] {{Sleeper Starship}}s - are sometimes contracted to explore new systems while carrying tens to hundreds of thousands of colonists in cryosleep, along with Von Neumann machinery to set up a base of operations. It's not clear how the crews are paid for their services with the lack of a universal currency, but preferential trading rights with the new colony are implied. In ''Galactic North'', the captain of a colonizing lighthugger has NeuralImplanting to think of the colonists as her own children til till her mission is complete, causing her to chase a SpacePirate past the [[TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay end of space]] [[DistantFinale and time]] to recover them.



** The ''Nauvoo'' was built by the Church of Latter-Day Saints as a GenerationShip, but the OPA commandeered it first in an attempt to ram Protomolecule-infested Eros into the sun, and later refitted it into a warship, and then again converted it into a space station in the Ring hub sytem.

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** The ''Nauvoo'' was built by the Church of Latter-Day Saints as a GenerationShip, but the OPA commandeered it first in an attempt to ram Protomolecule-infested Eros into the sun, and later refitted it into a warship, and then again converted it into a space station in the Ring hub sytem.system.



* Several colony ships were built and launched after the Nanodisaster in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', many of them grown with cheap nano. After the colonists to Epsilon Indi suffered CryonicsFailure and only six survived no further attempts at colonization would rely on a single giant ship. Now a fleet of relativistic seed ships is usually deployed first, followed by construction of a beamrider station to bring more colonists in, and finally a [[PortalNetwork wormhole terminus]] is carried by subrelativistic ship.

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* Several colony ships were built and launched after the Nanodisaster in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', many of them grown with cheap nano.Nano. After the colonists to Epsilon Indi suffered CryonicsFailure and only six survived no further attempts at colonization would rely on a single giant ship. Now a fleet of relativistic seed ships is usually deployed first, followed by construction of a beamrider station to bring more colonists in, and finally a [[PortalNetwork wormhole terminus]] is carried by subrelativistic ship.


* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Seen in its opening cinematic, in which the people of Earth are caught in the crossfire between two warring alien races, which leaves them no choice but to escape the conflict and [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet's ensuing destruction]] aboard large interplanetary vessels called "Arks", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8OZswWXkw each intended to colonize a new planet.]]
* ''Xenoblade''[='s=] spiritual predecessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' opens with a cinematic involving a ColonyShip being taken over by a hostile AI. This seems like a BigLippedAlligatorMoment disconnected from the rest of the story until much later in the game.

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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Seen in its opening cinematic, in which the people of Earth are caught in the crossfire between two warring alien races, which leaves them no choice but to escape the conflict and [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet's ensuing destruction]] aboard large interplanetary vessels called "Arks", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8OZswWXkw each intended to colonize a new planet.]]
* ''Xenoblade''[='s=] spiritual predecessor,
''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' opens with a cinematic involving a ColonyShip being taken over by a hostile AI. This seems like a BigLippedAlligatorMoment disconnected from the rest of the story until much later in the game.


* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' is centered around "Oracle", a vast colony fleet consisting of hundreds of such ships. The PlayerCharacter is a member of ARKS, the military organization of Oracle, whose official mission is to make first contact with newly discovered planets and assess their viability for colonization while defending themselves from any hostile native lifeforms. Their ''real'' job, however, is to combat the [[EldritchAbomination Darkers]].

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' is centered around "Oracle", a vast colony fleet consisting of hundreds of such ships. The PlayerCharacter is a member of ARKS, the military organization of Oracle, whose official mission is to make first contact with newly discovered planets and assess their viability for colonization while defending themselves from any hostile native lifeforms. Their ''real'' job, however, is to combat the [[EldritchAbomination Darkers]].Falspawn]].


* The backstory of ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' involves these, which brought humans, livestock, crops, and dolphins to Pern. However, by the time of the books most people have forgotten this and the planet is in MedievalStasis.

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* The backstory of ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' involves these, which brought humans, livestock, crops, and dolphins to Pern. However, by the time of the books most people have forgotten this and the planet is in MedievalStasis. Which is [[SpaceAmish by design]].

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* The backstory of ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' involves these, which brought humans, livestock, crops, and dolphins to Pern. However, by the time of the books most people have forgotten this and the planet is in MedievalStasis.

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* In ''Webcomic/LeavingTheCradle'', the Dawn motherships are designed to roam space for decades without pit-stops and the population ranges from a few thousand to around ten thousand people.


* The first novel of the ''Literature/FirstColony'' series has a massive vessel about to be launched towards another star with 300,000 cryogenically frozen people aboard to settle humanity's first extrasolar colony. The ''Ark'' is not only large but also has production facilities aboard that can produce pretty much anything, provided there are raw materials available. Justified, since they have no idea what awaits them so far from home. The SpaceNavy even gave them a cruiser and two destroyers, which are stored in the ship's massive hangar, in case they encounter some trouble along the way. However, the colony leader is adamant about not including any military types among the colonists, wishing to leave Earth's warlike past behind. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to the settlers, their ship's name proves to be [[TheArk apt]]. Not long after its departure, some kind of virus/parasite from Earth's oceans started to infect higher-order animals, eventually jumping to humans and mutating them into a new, highly dangerous species.]]

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* The first novel of the ''Literature/FirstColony'' series has a massive vessel about to be launched towards another star with 300,000 cryogenically frozen people aboard to settle humanity's first extrasolar colony. The ''Ark'' is not only large but also has production facilities aboard that can produce pretty much anything, provided there are raw materials available. Justified, since they have no idea what awaits them so far from home. The SpaceNavy even gave them a cruiser and two destroyers, which are stored in the ship's massive hangar, in case they encounter some trouble along the way. However, the colony leader is adamant about not including any military types among the colonists, wishing to leave Earth's warlike past behind. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to the settlers, their ship's name proves to be [[TheArk apt]]. Not long after its departure, some kind of virus/parasite from Earth's oceans started to infect higher-order animals, eventually jumping to humans and mutating them into a new, highly dangerous species. The losing humanity sent new orders to the ''Ark'', redirecting the ship to another system farther away to try to preserve some humans from this new threat.]]

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* The first novel of the ''Literature/FirstColony'' series has a massive vessel about to be launched towards another star with 300,000 cryogenically frozen people aboard to settle humanity's first extrasolar colony. The ''Ark'' is not only large but also has production facilities aboard that can produce pretty much anything, provided there are raw materials available. Justified, since they have no idea what awaits them so far from home. The SpaceNavy even gave them a cruiser and two destroyers, which are stored in the ship's massive hangar, in case they encounter some trouble along the way. However, the colony leader is adamant about not including any military types among the colonists, wishing to leave Earth's warlike past behind. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to the settlers, their ship's name proves to be [[TheArk apt]]. Not long after its departure, some kind of virus/parasite from Earth's oceans started to infect higher-order animals, eventually jumping to humans and mutating them into a new, highly dangerous species.]]


* In ''VideoGame/BirthOfTheFederation'', every faction can build these to settle unpopulated systems. They mainly differ in appearance, but Romulan ones can cloak, and Klingon ones are armed. Why? Because a warrior is always armed!

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* In ''VideoGame/BirthOfTheFederation'', every faction can build these to settle unpopulated systems. They mainly differ in appearance, but Romulan ones can cloak, and Klingon ones are armed. Why? Because a warrior is always armed!armed! And a Romulan just feels exposed without a cloak.



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* In ''VideoGame/BirthOfTheFederation'', every faction can build these to settle unpopulated systems. They mainly differ in appearance, but Romulan ones can cloak, and Klingon ones are armed. Why? Because a warrior is always armed!


* The titular starship in ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' appears to have this purpose. Spearheaded by Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, the project aims to go into the Unknown Regions with the hope of reaching another galaxy, making contact with extragalactic life, and establishing a Republic outpost there. Besides the normal crews, the massive vessel is home to 50,000 civilians, six Jedi Masters, and twelve Jedi Knights.

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* The titular starship in ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' appears to have this purpose. Spearheaded by Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, the project aims to go into the Unknown Regions with the hope of reaching another galaxy, making contact with extragalactic life, and establishing a Republic outpost there. Besides the normal crews, the massive vessel is home to 50,000 civilians, six Jedi Masters, and twelve Jedi Knights. Along the way, C'baoth plans to increase the number of Jedi by opening an academy aboard, although his methods (taking Force-sensitive children without their parents' consent) disagree with many others.

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* ''Film/Passengers2016'' featured a ship called the ''Avalon'' that required 120 years to travel from Earth to its destination. This was not a GenerationShip, as the passengers were kept in stasis. The plot centered around a number of passengers waking 90 years before arrival.

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* ''Film/Passengers2016'' featured a ship called the ''Avalon'' that required 120 years to travel from Earth to its destination. This was not a GenerationShip, as the passengers were [[SleeperShip kept in stasis.stasis]]. The plot centered around a number of passengers waking 90 years before arrival.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'' the ''Idari'' was a pre-Drift GenerationShip intended to evacuate the kasathas from their original doomed homeworld to Akiton. When it turned out Akiton was already inhabited they decided to remain on the ''Idari'' while also joining the Pact Worlds.


* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' trilogy humanity doesn't have FTL drive but they do have MentalSpaceTravel so the colony barges sent to other star systems carried no live passengers but had automated cloning and terraforming machines and the digitized minds of about a million colonists. ''Broken Angels'', the second book, goes into some detail about the onboard AIs tailoring the planet's ecosystem and the colonists' biology to mesh together perfectly.

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* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' trilogy humanity doesn't have FTL drive but they do have MentalSpaceTravel so the colony barges sent to other star systems carried no live passengers but had automated cloning and terraforming [[{{Terraform}} terraforming]] machines and the digitized minds of about a million colonists. ''Broken Angels'', the second book, goes into some detail about the onboard AIs tailoring the planet's ecosystem and the colonists' biology to mesh together perfectly.perfectly, and that the first Mars colonists had keeled over upon taking their first breaths of miscalibrated atmosphere.

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