For millennia lost ships—or, even spookier, ghost ships—have captured the imaginations of seafarers and landlubbers alike. It was inevitable, then, that tales of derelict ships would gain a new kind of resonance in science fiction, where ships can be the size of entire planets, and yet still vanish entirely within the black.
The set-piece of a lost spaceship is fertile ground for storytelling; an opportunity to tell stories that range from the humorous to the philosophical, from the intimate to the epic. Here are five examples of what we mean.
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