Specific Impulse

November 7th, 2012

Diaspora isn’t something I sat down and wrote. It coalesced over time from a number of different daydreams and ideas. Early influences were various Star Wars technical guides, which led me to start daydreaming my own sci-fi technology and universes. I also read Orson Scott Card’s guide to writing sci-fi and got to thinking about world building.

One great resource I stumbled across that helped me refine my vision for the technology you’ll see in the Diaspora time period is the website Atomic Rocket. I should add that my focus is on plot and character, and the technology is only in the background, but I still want things to make sense, and I want to avoid some of the fantasy of works like Star Trek and Star Wars. Near-future sci-fi is my pet interest, so that’s the work I’m making.

Atomic Rocket states that,  ”This site was mainly intended for science fiction authors who wanted a little scientific accuracy so they can write SF ‘the way God and Heinlein intended.’” The author provides all kinds of bacground explaining the physics of spaceflight and how to make your own calculations, plus a rich array of examples from sci-fi. I really enjoyed reading through it over time as I designed my universe.

I’ll post more resources and inspirations as I go on this blog. Happy hump day!

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