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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:

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.

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

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?!)

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