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Ever since I started work on the Graphic Novel series Telikos Protocol I realised just how prominently spheres feature in Sci-Fi, it's something about their shape and form that conjure up mystery and intrigue.
Anyway I decided to illustrate this in a less than mature way. :)
If you can think of any others feel free to shout them out :ahoy:

Telikos Protocol:… 
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mechanikilla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
well it makes perfect sense to me,  the sphere represents efficiancy, and when you think about the physics of our universe, gravity or mass attraction is spherical, once somthing anything nonspherical emphisises weakness, the deathstar for example having the shape of a sphere allows the ability to cover the exterior with offenseive/defenseive weaponry, just like you would to defend a planet, you only have to get behind an automated turret with 180 vision, there's not much to it.

except perhaps, like most media, monkey see monkey do, maybe its more noticeable because people think this particular element is somewhat responsible for their success, you see it all the time, a vampire movie comes out and everyone makes a fuss, more vampire movies come out, a block based game comes out and everyone makes a fuss, now theres thousands of block based construction games.

people responsible for most "successful" entertainment are only so because of their access to opportunities, such as enviromental upbringing, or family fortune, biological willpower etc, theres no great plan, your not special or lucky, people arent at fault for their failiures, if everyone had fair acces to opportunity, and the ability to achive their goals, this sort of mokey see monkey do would never happen, all achievement would be diversity, anyone who denies so who are ignorant hypocrites, the end.
unicycleofviolence Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
'Load of bollocks if you ask me.
MAMsaki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah  HELL YEAH!!!! Yeah 
not all balls are rolling!
Sylvano-DRAGON Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Could it be maybe because we unconsciously assoiate spheres with some kind of... perfection?
matrix-296 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Wheres the Death star??
Nevermind, several people brought that to his attention already. >.>
I agree.
Dunnatren Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Companion Cube
Flam1ngDem0n Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Here is one that some people might not know about or think back to. Riven. No not the League of Legends character, but the game called Riven. You know? The Squeal to Myst?

Here is a link to a image from the game showing what I am referring to.…
HeroComplex4 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
The Ray Sphere.
bbtomahawk12 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Ahh.... I see what you did there...
Paragon15000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
... Wheres the death star?
Omega719 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
No Borg Sphere?
mez1009 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Borg Sphere!? Wow I am behind on my star teck.
Omega719 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I'll say, the Sphere was first seen in 1996 in the movie Star Trek: First Contact.
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
It didn't appear until the voyager series I think. Star teck, hehe.
THEXRISER Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
lol i only know two of these XD
PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Heh :giggle: Thank you for sharing, made me happy! :D
Qeztotz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tbh i think this is just tunnel vision, everything has balls in, scifi included. Scifi is not special in this regard.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Spheres feature more prominently in Sci-Fi as a primary focus than in most other genera's, whilst yes spheres do appear in everything they are usually as inanimate objects with no tie to the story, in Sci-Fi they are usually seen as part of the main story as a ship, an alien device, an unusual occurrence, because of this they stand out a lot more than just the use of spheres as object in any other movie, they are the main focus not just an object.
Spheres are the most energy efficient shape, and the most natural form available so it makes sense for them to be the focus in a Sci-Fi story as their shape and form also creates intrigue and mystery if visualised in a certain way.
PhoenixEnd Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I think this is more due to the fact of our Sun and Moon more than anything. For millennia, people have wondered about the mysteries of the Sun and the Moon and have came up with hundreds of Myths and speculations of their origins and purpose. Its only in the recent few centuries that we had a better understanding of the Sun and the Moon with astronomy and other space projects. However the Sun still remains as a symbol of power as such ship engines also became round as it was the driving force for the ship to live and work. The moon was the mysterious round ball in the sky that watches over us and illuminates the night. As such mystery was connected to spherical objects just like the moon was.
steena65 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thx for this ! sphere is the most "thinking" sphere ... no word on it but always working our own mind ! love your sense of describtion keep good work man!
Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not to mention the fact that you (the commenter, not the artist) could have kept your troll mouth shut and kept your negative thoughts to yourself.

What a dick.
spartan-G257 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
He is just stating his opinion and I don't think he intended to insult.
Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You think?

I don't.

There used to be all kinds of ways that people found to state their honest opinion without causing hurt, or coming across as a callous ass.

That we have lost that skill does not improve the world.
legendarycarcere Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Next time: Sci-Fi Squares!
Donoghu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Well, sphere is the main geographical resemblance we think whenever we think of the following this :
- Planets & Suns
- Orbits
- Aerodynamics in all directions
- The Womb (the origin and the road to creation)
- 3 directional view/displays
- Ping Pong Ball (It have been noticed that the ping pong is one of the most linked activity to the space : gravity, small ball going forth and back, etc.)

Just think about how the Borg when their cube ships appeared in Star Trek. People first idea was "Those aren't normal. They seems different/dangerous".

The thing, though, is that a texturing a 3D sphere without 3D painting software is ONE HELL of a headache (and without projection mapping). Freaking UVs. XD
lastbullet2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
release the space balls
Vorthon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I can't stop laughing now. Actually got me out of a bit of a slump, TBH.
Utao Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Where is Death Star? :nuu:
droot1986 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Earth Needs Some Love  universe sure has lots of balls also :D:D:D
MichaelVance-ART Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could say that sci-fi got balls, yeah! ;) (Wink) 
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Perhaps, sphere are associated with planets and other celestial bodies in terms of shape, and it would be natural to just adapt the shape and get the space feels. Also, sphere could take stress and pressure equally from all sides, like in deep sea sub.

Then again, we might never knew why they designed it that way.

Interesting topic. :)
NaeRei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
i know that vince-aran already talked about mass effect but there is a bigger one there, 
Mass Effect 3 The Crucible…
The-Master-Mason Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Sci-Fi has balls and Fantasy attempts to compensate with swords and spires.
idislikecake Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Death Star. (So true)
Crazysis64 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
JosephTheHammer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
And of course, you can't forget about the Death Star (Star Wars), the Dyson Sphere (Star Trek), or the Heart of Gold (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Movie).
UNGDI-SEA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
There's something inherently mysterious about the appearance of primitive shapes in sci fi and I personally feel that way when I see, for example, pyramids, cylinders, and maybe even stand-alone 1x1x1 cubes coming to represent unknown technology, spheres included. :)

I feel that in the modern era, most technology have manufactured looks and are usually combinations of primitive shapes and some devices out there (smartphones come into mind for looking like tiny featureless slabs) are almost singular primitive shapes in of themselves and that they are considered very advanced and techy.

In a way, primitive shapes are easily mathematically defined requiring some artificial production to make them appear in the real world. Their lacking in natural chaos or measure gives them an uncanny feel of not belonging which is why we find them astounding when they appear in nature. When we encounter some sort of unknown object sharing the same manufactured looks and are unsure of its origin, we can't help but feel it might be as dangerous as any of the devices we have already built ourselves knowing the full creative and destructive capabilities of our own technologies.

The more 'simplified' and 'mathematical' it looks, the more dangerous it seemingly is. A sphere, in particular, is almost regarded as some sort of exotic container. What are the chances of them being used to represent things like energy sources and 'cores' in sci fi? The most common natural sphere coming into mind is practically stars and planets, so we have a grandiose perspective of what a sphere can come to represent.

Other than that, mind my drivel. I'm only very interested in the idea is all. :)
Timmy-SP Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah my space balls!
scuzzy5005 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Beryllium sphere in Galaxy Quest!
parallellogic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
The Heart of Gold
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy…
ThePianistDragon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I was just thinking of that! :D (Big Grin) 
spiritofthevoid Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Well, it's said the perfect shape is a sphere...
DJP15 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no death star?
JKenLive Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
This question right here!
2753Productions Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hilarious!  Oh there are grunches of them out there ;)

HGTTG (Heart of Gold):…
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ha ha, funny. :D You forgot the Death Star, though!  Personally I like spacecraft with spherical hulls- not only is the sphere a naturally strong shape and contains the most volume for the least hull material, but they just look cool.
IllOO Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My animation project from this year is about "spheres" and I did this unintentionally and without knowing this form is featured so often in sci-fi O_O 
Here is a link:

Now that I think about it, here are some more iconic sci-fi spheres:……
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