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Sci Fi Rating System

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Given the difference between fantasy and sci fie subs, I am proposing a voluntary Rating system

Rating Description/Criteria
10 Proven, existing technology, perhaps with creative application.
9 Technology is currently in functioning Prototype stage. Examples: Boston Dynamics military robots
8 Technology is currently in functioning Prototype stage, but application in submission exaggerates its capabilities.
7 Technology does not exist, though its existence does not seem to violate any known laws of physics, including availability of materials. Eg. Fusion Power plants
6 Technology does not exist, it does not appear to violate laws of physics, though scale and availability of raw materials may be stretched. Eg. Beanstalks, Antimatter power plants
5 Adheres to Einsteinian Physics - i.e. Limited to speed of light
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3 Adheres to Newtonian Physics - Conservation of Energy
2 Adheres to Aristotelian Physics - follows _some_ system.
Eg: Star Trek
1 Attempts to follow most Sci Fie tropes, but magic or psionics plays a major part - eg. Star Wars, Babylon 5
0 Pure magic. Does not follow any semblance of physical possibility.


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valadaar
January 23, 2014, 15:14
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Might just get rid of this one :)
Scrasamax
January 23, 2014, 15:29
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Or fill in the missing numbers and add examples, citing both popular entrants in the genre like Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, etc
valadaar
January 23, 2014, 16:22
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I would expect some rather spirited discussion. Much of star trek/star wars i would put in the 1 or lower category :)
Scrasamax
January 23, 2014, 16:54
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True but the scale distinctly favors 20 minutes into the future sci-fi, which distinctly limits what can be high rated versus low rated.

valadaar
January 23, 2014, 18:21
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Ok, ill adjust the scale and put in examples.
Murometz
January 23, 2014, 15:43
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Interesting!


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       By: ephemeralstability

The city of Nausopol is built on stilts. Lots of very sturdy stilts and butresses, of course, because it rises about five hundred feet from the ocean. Even the most terrific of storms is only heard in the city as a distant cacophony of blasts as waves strike the solid stonework fathoms below. It has never been attacked because of its isolation and impregnability.

It's not a place for the faint-hearted: vertigo and sea-sickness are not desirable traits. But when you are standing in the middle of the city there is no way you could tell that you were standing above an ocean, separated only by a gulf of air and a few stones.

A thousand steps lead down from Nausopol to the floating docks. These docks are pitch-coated wooden and can be raised by winches during squalls. Trade with other cities and countries is good: Nausopol is built over a sunken atoll whose minerals are still mined by divers, and it was from this that it originally derived its wealth.

But the principal method of getting to and from the city is by riding the giant sea-eagles which have been captured and bred for that very reason.

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