The Greatest Collection of Spaceships in the Multiverse
Hmm, spaceships. I love 'em.
DeviantArt contributor Dirk Loechel clearly loves them too, and has taken the time to compile a chart comparing the sizes of dozens of spaceships from across science-fictiondom, from Star Wars and Star Trek to EVE Online and Warhammer 40,000 via Babylon 5 and Red Dwarf to name a few.
These comparison charts aren't a new phenomenon and have entertained spaceship spotters and inciting debate for over a decade, but this is by far the most crowded we've seen.
I'm particularly fond of this section which shows the EVE Online Amarr Imperial fleet facing down several Borg ships from Star Trek (as I wrote that I heard Big Bang Theory's Sheldon in my head):
I only wish that the ships were all mixed up like this, rather than collected together by universe. We're likely already familiar with the comparative sizes of the ship from our favourite IPs, it's be great to see some mingling.
The Finest List in the Multiverse
According to the artist, the following universes and intellectual properties are included in his spread:
- Star Wars (Expanded universe, G-Canon whereever possible)
- Star Trek (official stats)
- Stargate (official stats)
- EVE Online
- Warhammer 40.000
- Babylon 5
- Battlestar Galactica (both series)
- Titan A.E.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes
- Starship Troopers (TV and Movie)
- Aliens vs. Predator universe
- Lexx - The Dark Zone
- Red Dwarf
- Event Horizon
- The Irresponsible Captain Tyler
- Martial Successor Nadesico
- Space Pirate Captain Haarlock
- Silent Running
- Independence Day
It's not an entirely exhaustive list, but it seems churlish to nitpick such a fine body of work. Besides, Dirk isn't done yet. He has plans to add more.
“Slated for the next update: District 9, Battletech universe, maybe more Macross, more classic sci-fi movies. Recommendations welcome!”
Check out Dirk's DeviantArt page to give him suggestions and download the original JPEG file which is 3985 x 4158 pixels and weighs in at 3.3 MB.
The Geek Pirate Roberts
It's curious, there seems to be a cabal of keen and artistic geeks who are slowly gathering up all the spaceships. Ten years ago, a remarkably similar document surfaced with far fewer ships, but was in exactly the same style down to the same font. It was credited to a Dan Carlson and dated July 13, 2003. Was he the first?
Perhaps it's like the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride and the mantle of chief spaceship collector is passed from artist to artist. In the title of Dirk Loecher's work, he credits "various others".
I wonder if they do these as wallpaper, it'd look great in the living room.
With thanks to Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku.