Category Archives: astrotropes

Astrotropes: Space Battles part 2

In Space Battles part 1, I discussed the basics of how real life space combat might work and why the crew of a Battlestar would need to be good astronomers to get the upper hand on their opponents. In part … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Habitable Moons

The idea of habitable moons is, in my humble opinion, one of the most interesting science fiction tropes out there. And surprisingly, there’s nothing written on TV Tropes about them. I find this a little bizarre, because science fiction of all kinds … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Humanoid Aliens

This trope is used all the time. It’s incredibly rare for it not to be used, in fact. And I must say, it’s one thing which I frequently find disappointing about sci fi. I am, of course, talking about the … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Space Battles part 1

Space battles really are one of the coolest things in sci fi aren’t they? They’re the fast paced sections full of flashy lasers, awesome sound effects, explosions, cool space ships… They also make the scale of things seem that much … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Faster than Light

Special Relativity, whether we like it or not, imposes an ultimate speed limit for everything in the Universe. According to the laws of physics, nothing in the Universe can travel faster than light. And as any Star Trek fan should … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Space Clouds

Have you ever watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? If not, you probably should. Whether or not you’re a fan of Star Trek generally, it was probably one of the best sci fi movies ever made. Fast paced … Continue reading

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One thing I rediscovered while writing that post about Pitch Black a couple of weeks ago was TV Tropes. Seriously, TV Tropes is a slightly frightening website. Frightening because it’s actually worse than Wikipedia – if you get drawn in … Continue reading

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