Pages

Jump to bottom

3 comments

1 researchok  Mon, Oct 1, 2012 11:30:01am

The next space race?

2 lawhawk  Mon, Oct 1, 2012 11:56:57am

It's funny, but Space: Above and Beyond runs the space aircraft carrier to a logical conclusion (taking the USMC into space, and conducts military ops with a pretty good eye to how they'd operate in space - and the gritty realism translated into a style seen in the reimagined BSG.

3 TDG2112  Mon, Oct 1, 2012 12:50:41pm

I read this article yesterday or the day before. It's good stuff. He really rips into a lot f the TV Sci-Fi. Fighters don't work. There is no Stealth. Space is HUGE but there is no Horizon to hide beyond.

There are some good books out there that touch on a lot of these aspects. If you want to get a good feel for realistic space combat you can't count on any one author however. Assumptions about technology and what science will reveal to us in the future are debatable.

There is a table top 3-d game that gets into this and discusses these different items. Check out the tutorial for Attack Vector Tactical. It discusses the Energy required to move ships around the solar system, fire weapons, how do you turn your ship and a lot of other realistic items never touched on by TV or Movie Sci-Fi:
[Link: www.adastragames.com...]

I recently enjoyed Star Carrier by Ian Douglas (pen name). Crazy high technology, it sort of seems to shift inconsistently a bit between books, but he deals with time dilation which is pretty rare in any sci-fi. And despite all the excuses he makes for his fighters, they seem way too effective.
[Link: www.amazon.com...]

Of course, there is David Weber. Note AVT's discussion of stealth in space and just enjoy how he talks about Vectors and acceleration. This is where I started my current kick on realistic space combat sci-fi
[Link: www.amazon.com...]

The author of The lost Fleet was a real Naval officer. He makes some good points about defending a planet and how hard it is. Lots of realistic stuff, but his engines seem a bit reactionless and unrealistic (once you get up to speed, you don't need to expend fuel to stay there, except in these books it seems you do, because slowing down doens't cost fuel?!)
[Link: www.amazon.com...]


This page has been archived.
Comments are closed.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
Waiting Periods Really Do Reduce Gun Deaths Interesting conclusions from a new gun study: Imposing a waiting period between the initiation of a gun purchase and the close of the sale significantly reduces deaths by gun violence. The study, which appears in the Proceedings of the ...
Unshaken Defiance
4 minutes ago
Views: 15 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Nightmare at PDX In all, Cristina was held for 48 hours with the jail population, though she had committed no crime. She was treated poorly, and denied medical treatment when she requested it. She had no money in her jail phone account ...
Thanos
2 days, 5 hours ago
Views: 569 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
First-Ever Sex Discrimination Legal Network Is Ready to Defend Women in Trump’s America Shortly after the election, the attorneys and advocates who work at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) started having a conversation. It seemed that the incoming Trump administration was likely to move backward on enforcing civil rights, loosening regulations, ...
Birth Control Works
3 days, 3 hours ago
Views: 581 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Meet Rhiannon Giddens, Newly Minted MacArthur ‘Genius’ As a solo artist — and, before that, as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops — singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens has made a career out of revitalizing and invigorating decades' worth of music reflecting the African-American experience. That's meant ...
Thanos
6 days, 9 hours ago
Views: 943 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Lies About Black America Are ‘Central’ to Gun Ownership: A Reporter on What We Get Wrong About Gun Violence Lies that the GOP and Donald Trump promote all day long. “If you look at the neighborhoods where [gun violence] is most clustered,” Beckett said, it’s located in areas with high levels of poverty, low levels of education, and ...
Unshaken Defiance
1 week ago
Views: 1,447 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 63 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 2
Comments: 0
: 2
St. Vincent Performs ‘Los Ageless’ One of Stephen's very favorite singer-songwriters collaborates with three pairs of boots to perform a song off her new album "Masseduction". Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel HERE: bit.lyFor more content from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", click ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 1,157 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official) Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and see it in theaters December 15. Get your tickets now: fandango.com Visit Star Wars at starwars.comSubscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at youtube.comLike Star Wars on Facebook at ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 1,157 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Brazil Branches of US-Based Church Target of Numerous Probes Church Based human trafficking and forced labor -- it's just religious freedom in action.../// When workers made a mistake, such as cutting a frame too short, she says they were screamed at and sometimes even hit to expunge the ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 1,052 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 9 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Missouri Woman Claims Religious Rights Violated by Abortion Law Those religious freedom laws conservatives are pressing through where ever they can might give fundamentalist xtians more grief than they bargained for. The law compels women to wait 72 hours between their initial visit and the procedure, view an ...
Thanos
1 week, 2 days ago
Views: 1,361 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Lawmakers Call for ‘Stealthing’ to Be Classified as Rape U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) announced on Wednesday that they would push lawmakers to have "stealthing," or nonconsensual condom removal, classified as rape. In a letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee, Maloney and Khanna ...
Birth Control Works
1 week, 2 days ago
Views: 1,024 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0