Originally Posted By Carbon016
Such a cliche.
Good execution makes an overused topic seem quite original.
Originally Posted By Windexglow
Old and unoriginal to use organic ships.
New and trendy to use metallic ships.
Old and unoriginal to mix the two.
Metallic ships have been used since man first thought of venturing into space in a vehicle.
And when has someone come up with a cybernetic ship? Is there a major sci-fi story I missed somewhere?
Originally Posted By Sam Skinner
You do realize that making ships out of organic materials is a bad idea? They burn, are really weak, can't take large amounts of stress, fall apart over time... but I guess we can ignore that a little. Rule of cool and all.
Actually, organic ships are quite feasible. Think of how hard it is to crush, say, a cockroach. Now, make this cockroach the size of the Empire State Building and have a shell that is about forty times denser. Think it's going to be very easy to break through that thing?
Let's not forget that an organic ship would be able to recover in combat fairly fast compared to a ship made of inorganic parts; the damaged components would fix themselves without need for assistance, thus meaning there'd be not much stopping the ship from repairing itself.
A highly adaptive ship would also be much more resilient. It'd be able to identify the incoming threat and prepare the threatened section for impact. It might even be able to make a hole in itself so the projectile would merely pass through.
And metal is fairly capable of igniting. Having a bunch of plasma shots and laser strikes flying around just makes it seem like a tree in a burning forest.
But you know what would be better? Ceramic ships! I think it has been done before, but high quality plastics and ceramics could make a good design- especially is people have a lot of weapons that are very effective against metal.
Plasma doesn't care what material it's hitting, it's still going to burn pretty badly. And autocannon rounds certainly aren't going to be affected very much either. Lasers might be adversely affected by highly reflective materials, but not much else.
Originally Posted By Uranium - 235
...but have you seen what a bullet does to flesh? Seriously, I'll stick with metal.
You see, this is the mentality people need to get off of. Organic ships would most likely not
be flying fleshbags. They'd likely be akin to insects in having an exoskeleton as opposed to soft flesh.
Plus there's the whole 'organic' part. Think 'War of the Worlds'. When someone figures out a disease and shoots it into your ship, you've pretty much lost the whole war.
Just like the viruses would be able to adapt, the ships would be able to adapt. If you wasted all of your money on this virus technology, you'd likely have a stockpile of virus bombs that'd be rendered useless in the first few weeks of combat. Build a new bomb, one more adaptation for the enemy. It basically becomes the weapons VS armor race all over again.
Now, let's factor in the distance and hostility to exposed organics that space has. You can't simply fire off one weapon and hope it hits everything.
Although, that would be a neat ability for a ship; it fires off the virus bomb which does damage over time to an organic target.