what is a starship?
The way I see starships:
A "starship" is only a design, in two dimensions, or in three. Whether or not one sees it as art, a starship is a decorative thing, to be hung on the wall, or displayed on a table, or to be played with . . . a pretty or and neat thing to be looked at, and enjoyed.
I think that many people who look at a starship design, are attaching a bunch of other things to it that have nothing to do with what they are looking at. They are thinking about the fictional shows that they've seen, the fictional characters that they like, the fictional capabilities that the "ship" is supposed to have, the events and scenes and scenarios that go through their mind. So when they see a starship design, they are not really seeing it for what it is, but for what it represents to them.
"Starships" have no capabilities - - - they can't go anywhere, they can't transport anything, they have no crew, they have no weapons or defenses, they don't belong to Starfleet, or the Romulans, or any other group of "peoples" . . . They are simply something to look at, and enjoyed, if it's a good design.
Starships are real space ships only in science fiction/fantasy shows.
That's the way I see starships. Starships will never be real - - - they are not real space ships, and should not be looked at in that way. And if you see starships as real ships, there's something wrong with you. Take it from me - - - I'm The Starship Designer.