I May or May Not Spend An Unusual Amount of Time Naming Imaginary Starships

It occurs to me that the next time I try to write a utopian spacefaring society a la Star Trek, I need to really push the envelope when it comes to starship names.

My first impulse is to try to name starships after scientists or peaceful explorers or that sort of thing (which is a thought process that usually ends with me finding out lots of interesting things about legendary Maori captains or whatnot, but usually without key information like how to pronounce them, and of course without much of a plot to use the name in, which means I just spent quite a lot of time clicking through wikipedia tabs for no observable reason—in other words, just like the rest of my life).

But it occurs to me that a nice technological utopia would naturally have a certain amount of cyberdemocracy going on, and cyberdemocracy does not necessarily lead to the voyages of the U.S.S. Sagan.

Oh, no.  No, we’ve seen how this plays out.

Announcer voice: “Space.  The Final Frontier.  These are the voyages of the Starship *sigh* It Go Zoom …”