Science fiction Starships
The education course 'Science Fiction Starships' was created when it was realised that reality always starts from the imagination and the science fiction literature is an enormous source of ideas from which many concepts and designs could emerge. One of the wonderful things about science fiction, is that the artists who often create the concepts are not inhibited by a vast knowledge of physics and engineering and they will often take inspiration from organisms in nature for example. Now whilst it may be true that these abstract concepts may not represent anything that could ever be built in our universe, elements of these concepts might be. The course is a one day workshop, which ideally builds on from the Starship Engineer course, although it doesn't have to. Typically, the participants will be given several lectures and this is then followed by a team workshop session and team presentations on their answers to the problems presented.
The works of science fiction literature have produced many fascinating starship concepts, but how realistic are they? In this one day course we examine texts such as laser-sails in “The Mote in Gods Eye (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle), Torch Ships in “Time for the Stars” (Robert Heinlein), Quantum Ramjets in “The Songs of Distant Earth” (Arthur C Clarke) and other inspirational examples of interstellar vessels. This course teaches you how to evaluate these ideas from the imagination and how to perform a physics and engineering assessment of their feasibility.
The typical schedule of a Science Fiction Starships course is shown below.
- 0915 Registration
- 0930 Introduction/Background Interstellar Studies
- 1010 Systems and General solutions/Case Studies
- 1050 Coffee Break
- 1100 Solar and Beamed Sails
- 1140 Fusion Propulsion
- 1220 Workshop Exercise Briefing
- 1230 Working Lunch
- 1330 Workshop Sessions starts
- 1530 Group presentations
- 1600 Review and Summary
- 1630 End of Course
- 1635 Course Photo
- 1700 Dispersal
If you would like to find out more about the course or book yourself a place on the next available one then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org