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KSI 1.05: Creating a Science Fiction Navy

How to Create a Science Fiction Navy.

This week we forego our regular book discussion in favour of Ralph telling us about going on a date. He took his better half to see a talk by former NASA astronaut, Tony Antonelli.

The talk was organised by Pint of Science and the International Space School Trust and as you’ll discover, Ralph thoroughly enjoyed it.

After that, Ralph and Jon discuss real-world warships and how science-fiction authors can draw on them for inspiration.

We have a wide-ranging discussion about the types of ships in current usage, from destroyers to battleships to aircraft carriers.

For reference, we use World War II ships so Ralph can explain how a destroyer differs from a cruiser.

Find out how authors use the term ‘Dreadnought’ incorrectly.

Learn how you can create a realistic seeming navy when doing your worldbuilding.

Listen to our recommendation that you should use real-world navies as your basis, rather than just pick ship types that sound cool.

After this episode, you should be in a great position to get your Navy into the shipyard and start building a compelling, authentic, vision of the future.

Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco, MFA, is an Italian-American speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled US Navy veteran, and a coffee addict. One of these is false. A writer since 1977, Guy is a member of the following organizations: SFWA, IAMTW, ITW, RWA-PRO, WWA, SFPA, ASCAP, MWG, SWG, HWA, IBPA. He hopes to collect the rest of the letters of the alphabet one day. Additional information can be found at Wikipedia.

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