Tough SF

A blog dedicated to helping writers and worldbuilders create consistent, plausible Science Fiction.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

How to live on Other Planets: Mercury

Nuclear war. Collapse of the biosphere. Catastrophic global warming. Space elevators. Whatever the reason, Earth is no longer green and friendly. Many want to live on other planets, and have the resources necessary to go. So how will life on other planets look like?

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The solution to long range space combat

A short analysis of the challenges the different weapons in realistic SF face when trying to deal damage at long ranges, and a proposed solution.

Space Warship Design IV: Complete Examples

In this post, we'll use the numbers we've put together so far, and the baseline spaceship from the last post, to create three 'complete' space warship designs.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Space Warship Design III: Final Considerations

In this post, we'll look at some final considerations required to complete out baseline warship.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Space Warship Design II: Guns and Shields

We will continue looking at the vital systems you need to design to complete your space warship.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Space Warship Design: A Process

In these posts, we'll go through the process of designing a space warship from A to Z. We'll start from the initial brainstorming session, and end with multiple models easily derived from our baseline.

Of course, many methods exist. Even if you apply the exact same steps described here, you might end up with a very different result. Nonetheless, please use this as a 'worked example' from which you can build your own method, or simply as inspiration if you find yourself in a tight spot!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

You are wrong about nanotechnology

Nanotechnology. The foremost buzzword of the 2000s, holding the promise of a technology that could make anything, with little input other than raw materials. A liquid factory, in a sense. Others saw it as the precursor to the singularity, with resource scarcity becoming a thing of the past.

Here on TSF, we'll take a closer look at this mainstay of science fiction.

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Constellation of Warships II

Here, will will continue the discussion on space fleet composition and formations.

Friday, 8 July 2016

A Constellation of Warships

So, you've designed a spaceship to fight your wars in space. It can travel between planets, perform multiple missions and is based on NASA reports and real, hard science. You've estimated your nation's military budget, and come out with a fleet capacity and a number of spaceships.

But then... your glorious collection of spaceships fly out in Napoleonic square formation. Or was it pre-WWI lines of battle? Maybe it's Star-Wars-esque clumps of capital ships with space fighters swarming around them. No, you need the ToughSF approach.