There's a healthy selection of sci-fi geeks on this site, so let's have a good nerdy debate. Answer the following...
What is the greatest spacecraft?
The greatest society or race?
The greatest war?
(And add any others you think might be fun!)
@Jnei -- You left it up to me, so I'll include both. In my own writing I try to remain as realistic as possible because it doesn't strain the disbelief too much, even though I know people are accustomed to ships where people walk around in "local gravity" and nothing is different. These incredible devices are a literary tool to allow the story, but I find the reality and difficulties of actual space travel to be far more interesting and engaging.
So, to that end, I thought the handling in 2001: A Space Odyssey was well done, and the ship, Discovery One, was definitely a kick ass presentation. Equally, the social aspects of the story were great.
On the Fantasy end of the scale, I was taken by the USCSS Nostromo used in Alien, though I am a little put off by pressure structures built with flat plates. They look wild, but are far from realistic/practical/feasible.
In Fantasy cultural depictions I loved the work done in The Fifth Element and their play on religion. I'm still in love with Leeloo and can't get the Diva Plavalaguna out of my head.
Greatest spacecraft in my opinion is the TARDIS. Goes anywhere, anytime, has a personality, and is always bigger on the inside the runner up would be Lexx also a ship with personality that eats planets
I'm not sure I can pick the greatest society or race because there are always caveats to each. The greatest war would be coming from a story by Ray Bradbury, where the whole planet lay in wait for humans to come back just so it could completely destroy them. Probably best definition of revenge served best cold lol.
The enterprise from the original Star Trek is the greatest spacecraft. The federation in star Trek is the greatest society, the concept and ideology was ahead of its time. A federation comprised of different races, men and women were equals. No discrimination based on race and creed.The greatest war was from the space cartoon series called Exosquad. It was a war between humans and a slave race created by humans called Neosapiens.
vulcans as they are logical. marvel fighting all the aliens, HULK SMASH and maybe the ships on guardians of the galaxy. avatar is an amazing film that really mimics what the civilised humans have done to all the indigenous peoples around the globe.
I love the Robert A. Heinlein universe; although the settings differ in his stories, there are usually flying robo taxis, self-aware computers, Martian beings with great psychic abilities, etc. I also greatly enjoyed the John Scalzi Old Man's War series universe.
I DON'T like Asimov's universes-to me, he's often redundant,, and it's obvious, for instance, in the Rama series, that after the first book, he generated ideas, then turned the writing over to some hack to finish the books for him.