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Imperial TIE Fighter or Rebel Alliance X-wing? The Super Sci-fi Armada Quiz
by Staff
It's time to put your spacecraft fetish to the test. This quiz will push the nerd-center of your brain to the threshold of madness. With luck, you'll snag 10 correct answers -- unless you're really the second coming of the Last Starfighter.

Let's kick it off easy. You've seen "Star Wars," right? Remember the Imperial TIE Fighter? Darth Vader flew one, and it's exactly the sort of spacecraft an 8-year-old boy would marry if he could. What does "TIE" stand for?

  • tactical imperial escort
  • twin ion engine
  • target interceptor epsilon

The B-movie lovefest known as "Mystery Science Theater 3000" featured a man forced to watch horrible films aboard a spaceship called the Satellite of Love. The vessel's first prisoner eventually made use of a hidden escape pod. Where did he find it?

  • beneath a pile of Tom Servo's underwear
  • inside Rocket Number Nine
  • inside a box of hamdingers

Author Douglas Adams describes the starship Heart of Gold as "mindbogglingly beautiful" in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He also compares the ship to a common real-world item. What is it?

  • a running shoe
  • a dolphin
  • a beach ball

You might remember "Lexx" as the other sexy late-'90s TV series about a living spacecraft. The German/Canadian co-production featured a half-lizard love slave, an undead assassin and a man-eating plant woman. Oh yeah, and the spacecraft Lexx is a giant organic dragonfly thing. What's the name of the ship's planet-destroying weapon?

  • the ocular parabola
  • his Divine Shadow
  • the Gigashadow

The spaceship Bebop ferries its crew around the solar system in the anime series "Cowboy Bebop." What was the ship originally designed to transport?

  • drugs
  • fish
  • bonsai trees

The time lords of the "Doctor Who" universe used the TARDIS as their primary means of transportation through time and space. Each vessel actually resembles a boring old box, but the TARDIS chameleon circuit allows it to take on alternate forms. What does the Doctor's TARDIS usually appear as?

  • a London police box
  • a British phone booth
  • a wardrobe

The 2009 sci-fi horror film "Pandorum" featured a giant seed ship populated by slumbering crew members, marauding mutants and a few brain-damaged survivors. What was the name of the spacecraft?

  • Eden
  • Elysium
  • Pandorum

The crew of the USCSS Nostromo met with a particularly grisly fate -- you may remember it from a film titled "Alien." Lt. Ellen Ripley escapes aboard one of the mining vessel's shuttles. What was it called?

  • the Narcissus
  • the Sulaco
  • the Auriga

The warship Nimbus, the flagship of the Democratic Order of Planets fleet in "Futurama" boasts an impressive armament. What is its ultimate weapon?

  • the Implosion Bomb
  • the Universe-To-Universe Missile
  • the Spheroboom

The evil alien Brood in the Marvel Universe love to convert peaceful space whales into mindless organic spaceships. What are these space whales called?

  • the Acanti
  • the Herms
  • the Vorms

The television series "Firefly" and the film "Serenity" both follow a crew of misfits on their Old West-inspired space adventures. Which title is also the name of the crew's spacecraft?

  • Firefly
  • Serenity
  • neither

The classic Hammer sci-fi movie "Quatermass and the Pit" (released as "Five Million Years to Earth" in the United States) involves the discovery of an ancient Martian spacecraft in 1960s London. Where exactly?

  • the London Underground
  • Big Ben
  • the Tower of London

The graphic novel "Hellboy: Conqueror Worm" depicts a darkly paranormal vision of outer space. Unspeakable monstrosities lurk in the void and wait for the chance to seep into the body of deceased life forms. One dark entity returns to Earth inside a Nazi space capsule, but what sort of corpse does it inhabit?

  • a chimpanzee cadaver
  • a human cadaver
  • a squid cadaver

I haven't forgotten about you, Trekkies. The series "Deep Space Nine" took place on a space station rather than on a starship, but that didn't stop the show from acquiring its own prototype warship in its third season. What was the name of this vessel?

  • the USS Voyager
  • the USS Valiant
  • the USS Defiant

The 1999 comedy "Galaxy Quest" is probably best remembered for its humorous send-up of "Star Trek" fandom and Sigourney Weaver's push-up bra. But it also featured the starship NSEA Protector. What did its Omega 13 function actually do?

  • sends the user 13 seconds into the past
  • destroys the universe in 13 seconds
  • splits the time stream into 13 parallel universes

You find yourself aboard a spacecraft arguing philosophy with an artificially intelligent thermostellar bomb. Chances are, you're hanging out on this spacecraft.

  • the Dark Star
  • the Discovery One
  • the Odyssey

Not every fictional spacecraft is fit for a journey to the sun, but we encounter just such a vessel in Danny Boyle's 2007 film "Sunshine." What is it called?

  • Solaris IV
  • Icarus II
  • Daedalus III

Alien spaceships manage to fly their way into even the unlikeliest of films. Which of the following Coen brothers films features an unexpected UFO sighting?

  • "Barton Fink"
  • "The Big Lebowski"
  • "The Man Who Wasn't There"

But what of spaceships and religion? Which 1970s sci-fi horror film features a UFO abduction and a half-alien cult leader?

  • "I Come In Peace"
  • "God Told Me To"
  • "Alien Nation"

For the final question, let's bring it back around to the mainstream. According to Han Solo, how long does it take the Millennium Falcon to make the Kessel Run?

  • less than 10 parsecs
  • less than 12 parsecs
  • less than 30 parsecs