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There are a ton of fictional spaceships that are so on point and alluring that sci-fi enthusiasts wish they can live in any of those ships. Wouldn’t it be super cool if your hangout place is the USS Enterprise? Or the place you call home is the Serenity?

Thanks to the incredible skills and creativity of designers, fictional spaceships aren’t just props or add-ons in movies, TV shows, or books. Rather, they’re an integral part of the sci-fi stories. They have their own charm and personality. You can even say that they’re part of the cast of characters. And a fictional spaceship’s strong presence is due to its powerful artistry.

And just like Rome isn’t built in a day, designing a fictional spaceship takes a long time and a lot of detail-oriented process. Designing a space shuttle inhabited by non-humans requires more intricacies since there’s a longer process in developing the ship’s interiors.

Let’s say you’re designing a private cabin for a fictional spaceship used by humans. You’ll design an interior akin to a normal bedroom. The cabin will have a bed or some sort of resting place, maybe a table and chair or a small storage cabinet. If the cabin’s for a funny character, maybe he has an amusing poster on the wall.

But what if you’re designing for a private cabin used by aliens? Do you put a bed or table and chair? Do aliens even sleep? If so, do they lie down or sleepwalk?

This is just an example of what the great graphic designers must consider when they’re building a fictional spaceship. Before the actual designing happens, preparation takes time so the design team can fully understand the story, the role of the ship, and how to translate its personality to the design.

All of this painstaking process creates the wonderful, captivating fictional spaceships we love. To salute the creative minds of graphic designers, here are 20 of the most beautiful fictional spaceship designs.

TIE Defender

TIE Defender

Scifi Luxury Liner

Scifi Luxury Liner

XF-34 Peregrine

XF-34 Peregrine

District 9 Spaceship

District 9 Spaceship

Moya from Farscape

Moya from Farscape

Romulan Narada ship

Romulan Narada ship

Normandy SR1

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The NSEA Protector from Galaxy Quest

The NSEA Protector from Galaxy Quest

Millenium Falcon

Millenium Falcon

The Galactica

The Galactica

G’Quan Narn Heavy Cruiser

G'Quan Narn Heavy Cruiser

J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship

J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship

Starfighter One

Starfighter One

Modular Shuttle K36

Modular Shuttle K36

The Prometheus

The Prometheus

USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A

USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A

Ferrari Spaceship

Ferrari Spaceship

Spirit of Java

Spirit of Java

USS Defiant

USS Defiant

Spaceship Trooper

Spaceship Trooper

Interstellar Cruiser

Interstellar Cruiser

Mantaray Spaceship

Mantaray Spaceship

Aerial Fighter

Aerial Fighter

D.S.E. – Earth Observer

D.S.E. - Earth Observer

MC Space Racer

MC Space Racer

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