Space Is An Ocean: Spaceship Design Considerations for Writers

Themes:
AcademiaBooksScience
What:
Talk
When:
Sunday Aug 06   10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (1 hour)
Where:
Bouzy
Discussion:
0
If you’re writing the kind of story where spacecraft are a central feature then you probably want to put some thought into their design. But even if they’re just serving as a location or backdrop, you can jar your readers’ immersion with a spaceship that contradicts their expectations too badly.
 
Space travel in science fiction often draws parallels with the sea; fictional spacecraft often feel a lot like ships; to the point where that’s entered the popular consciousness. We’ll talk about some of the aspects naval architects consider when designing oceangoing ships, and how you can use them to invent spaceships that feel like they match the feel of your setting.

As a bonus for steampunk fans/writers, we’ll consider how you can apply the same logic to airships.
Participant
University College London
Naval Architect

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