Like many (most?) cruisers, I’m a romantic at heart. I’m also a geek of the old school and have been reading and watching science fiction as long as I can remember. The worst punishment my mother would come up with for my most heinous acts was to not allow me to watch Star Trek. Yep! I’m that old. I watched the new Star Trek episodes on their original air date. I even remember watching the moon shots live and started reading Robert Heinlein because he was a commentator. For me, by far, the most romantic ship in space was Serenity from Firefly. The older, run down, ship that needed love to keep her in the air really resonated with me. When I first met my girlfriend and told her that my next boat was going to be named Serenity, she knew exactly why and in what context.
Capt Malcolm Reynolds: You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.