Designing Space Ships – Important Questions

Whether you’re writing a novel, designing a role-playing setting or planning another science fiction project: Spaceships are usually part of it. The most important questions as to how these should look and function concern not only the ships themselves, but above all the cultural and technological developments that must exist as prerequisites for space travel. […]

Spectral Classes

Notice: Pictures and texts are used with the kind permission of Chris Adamek (sttff.net) for non-commercial purposes. Some texts and details were altered to better fit the intended RPG setting. MAIN SEQUENCE CLASSIFICATION Stars can generally be classified by their color which is defined by their temperature. A purple star is always Class O, a yellow star […]

Planetary Classification

Planetary Classification Notice: Pictures and texts are used with the kind permission of Chris Adamek (sttff.net) for non-commercial purposes. Some texts and details were altered to better fit the intended RPG setting. A planet is a celestial body in orbit around a star or stellar remnants, that has sufficient mass for self-gravity and is nearly spherical […]

Building a Star Empire (Part 1)

The heart of every Space Opera novel or setting is a star empire – or better: several of them. But what exactly is a star empire? On Earth we have seen the evolution of many nations and alliances of nations from the Roman Empire to the European Union. Assuming that mankind (or any other intelligent […]

Sci-fi tv tropes – Ship Designs

When I look at spaceship designs from movies, tv series, comic books, video games and other ressources, I typically find one of the following three archetypes, with Type II being the most common: Type I – NASA/Semi-Realistic Realistic deep space explorer ship by Do Mo These designs look like variations of the space shuttle or […]

Warships

Space warfare is totally different from anything people have experienced or developed in history on Earth. The extreme conditions of the universe dictate completely different demands on ships and fleets. Dogfights or submarines have no place in the depths of space, heavily armed capital ships that can perform various roles, dominate the battle theater. In […]