Influences and references

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The Star Control 1 manual mentions "Inspired by the Works of Fiction of: Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, David Brin, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Vance, Alan Dean Foster, Keith Laumer, A.E. Van Vogt, E.E. "Doc" Smith, Joe Halderman, Dan Simmons, Fred Saberhagen and 100 worthy others."

The Orz and the disappearance of the Androsynth were influenced by H. P. Lovecraft's writings. (XXX: need more exact references).

The Ilwrath were named after a friend of the creators (XXX: both?) named McIlwraith.

The name Melnorme is a reference to jazz singer Mel Tormé.

When the Spathi Safe Ones ask the player for the ultra-secret Spathi Cypher, one of the incorrect options is "Wagh-nagl Fthagn", which spelled a little bit differently ("Wagh-nagl Fhtagn") is a used in ??? (XXX: something Cthulhu related). One of the other options, "Gort, merenga!" comes from the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

The Syreen are based on the Sirens from classical mythology. They were sea nymphs who would use enchanting song to lure ships onto the cliffs.

Mosquito Mange? ( ?)

The Mycon is taken from the Greek prefix "myc-" or "myco-", which means Fungus.

Ship Captains

Numerous ship captain names are actually references.


  • 1040-EZ is a common tax return form in the United States.
  • 976-KILL is probably meant as an American phone number. It may also refer to the movie 976-EVIL. The "976" prefix is reserved for pay services.
  • AK-47 is the famous Kalashnikov assault rifle
  • BHS-79
  • BIM-XT is an anagram for a massively powerful supercomputer made in the early 1980s
  • BOOJI-1
  • CRC-16 is a checksumming standard.
  • DORN-3
  • DOS-1.0 is a reference to one or all of the various early disk operating systems (PC-DOS, MS-DOS, |Apple DOS, etc).
  • HAL-2001 is a reference to the HAL 9000 computer from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • JOR-15
  • KORB-7B
  • ME-262 is a reference to the Messerschmitt Me-262, the first operational jet powered aircraft.
  • NECRO-99
  • SR-71 is a reference to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an advanced reconnaissance aircraft.
  • XR4-TI


Ship Designs