Ah, see, I think that having ships named after fictitious individuals helps sell the idea of the Federation as its own community, with its own unique history and population. If we see ships named U.S.S. Soval, U.S.S. Sarek, U.S.S. Ra-ghoratreii, U.S.S. Jonathan Archer, etc., I think that goes a long way towards establishing a sense of an independent Federation identity.
Oh, your reasoning is completely sensible, I'm just quibbling about the aesthetics of the idea entirely.
Deranged Nasat wrote:
Pfft, I won't be happy until I see Starfleet ships named Culture-style.
U.S.S. Frank Exchange of Views
U.S.S. Shoot Them Later
U.S.S. So Much For Subtlety
U.S.S. Of Course I Still Love You
U.S.S. Poke It With a Stick
And so on.
U.S.S The Gravitas Won't Be Here Until Tuesday
YES! And I haven't even read any of Banks' work, I just know the "Gravitas" running joke