Space pirate

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This article is about the stock character. For other uses, see Space pirate (disambiguation).
Cover of the The Space Pirate, 1953 by Jack Vance.

Space pirates are a type of stock characters from science fiction.[1]


Space pirates operate as pirates in outer space and travel by spacecraft, as opposed to the more traditional pirates on the high seas of Earth, who travel by ship.[1] However, just as traditional seafaring pirates target sailing ships, space pirates serve a similar role in sci-fi media: they capture and plunder spaceships for cargo, loot and occasionally they steal the entire ship itself, and kill the crewmembers.[1] However, their dress and speech may vary; it may correspond to the particular author's vision of the future, rather than their seafaring precursors. On the other hand, space pirates may be modeled after stereotypical sea pirates.


Main article: List of space pirates

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