Thread: Jump Distance
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:26 AM   #33
Fred Brackin
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Default Re: Jump Distance

Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
All this makes is space opera in the style of Poul Anderson's space merchants and 'Flandry' stories. T.
Traveller is in the style of these stories but Traveller's treatment of technology is somewhat different. the Anderson stories all have blaster pistols and the thing that makes some people want to call Traveller "hard science fiction" is the lack of blaster pistols.

Really, I'm totally serious. If you want a lot of people to call your stuff hard SF leave out the blaster pistols. A generic expansion of that principle is that you can have lots of superscience as long as you make it large and inconvenient which Traveller does.

Making ships refuel frequently even if you can't or won't explain why that's necessary is an element of that.
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