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Foreign Policy interviews a naval analyst and science fiction buff about how the naval warfare model has influenced science fiction, and the other way around. More than an abstract discussion, they discuss specifics about naval vessels, aircraft, communications and warfare, and draw comparisons with how things are done in the shows, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, the Next Generation, and Star Wars (Tie will not like their conclusions). :D

It's not a short read, but so interesting that you'll likely want the discussion to continue. Link below:

Aircraft Carriers in Space


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The answer is far too much.

For some reason most sci fi shows have small space ships acting like aeroplanes in an atmosphere and larger ones like surface ships however unlikely that may be.


Take Star Trek, when was the last time a ship warped into an area with another ship and found themselves at different angles to each other?
 

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David Weber does military SF, particularly naval type, quite well. He provides a plausible reason why spacecraft tend tend act in two-D (nature of drives means you can only shoot out sides, etc.). However, the battles themselves are not two-D.
 

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Perhaps to shooting out the sides but there's no reason to align your side with their side

You could be operating on an entirely different plane and indeed it would be better if you were.
 
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