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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Expanse Spaceships

I started watching season 2 of the science fiction series The Expanse the other night and I got to wondering about the space ship names. Names used in fiction are prime opportunities to offer homage to some past greats, so who are we honoring here?

Guy Molinari cargo ship
Gaetano Victor "Guy" Molinari is a former United States Representative and borough president of Staten Island, New York. There is also a Staten Island ferry named after him. How did this happen? Seems one of the original authors lived in NYC and rode the ferry. Staten Island Real Time News tells all.

Rocinante gunship
This one is odd as well. Rocinante is the name of Don Quixote's horse: "like Don Quixote, he is awkward, past his prime, and engaged in a task beyond his capacities." While this ship looks very capable here, it is pretty much outclassed by anything bigger.

Updated / rewritten from my earlier notes.


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