For myself, my first memorable sight of spaceships was watching the original star wars movies. Only later did I watch Star Trek, and knowing little to nothing about how space travel truly is, I presumed we could make spaceships like that. So looked I into it. Several years later I know enough to realize that Star Trek does an excellent job of miseducating people about space travel. SW I never did take seriously scientifically since they have the FORCE. But star trek tends to mix real concepts while propping them up with fictional things. Like adding fictional dilithium crystals to real antimatter and so forth. So what is the point I am making? Whatever work you make will have an effect if people read it. Given the effect it had on me, making me believe the fantasies were closer to reality than they truly were, I have chosen not to do the same. Oh I still use impossible tech, but only where it serves the plot, and when I do, I do not mix real and fake concepts so as not to confuse young readers. Why? I read matterbeam's blog posts and I am familiar with KSP. If I need constant acceleration spaceships that are relatively hassle free and safe.... none of our realistic concepts fit the bill. So I will just make up a propulsion system to fit it. It's fake and readers will realize it is like nothing they know in real life. Which I prefer to making readers believe that realistic concepts work better than they actually do. Yes... I know how human fusion works and why we do not have it. I also know the limitations and hazards of both antimatter and nuclear propulsion. As for spaceships, it is fine to use fictional tech on them, but I also think that spaceships are better off in specialized roles. Jack of all trade starships are not as good as specialized for the role ships. Because the lack of balance betwern energy and massis the main reason why we cannot build scifi starships now. Scifi starships as I treat them still have this issue but deal with it far more mass efficiently. Which still leads to specialization. If I want a laser zappper vessel I fill it with the needed scifi heatsinks and strap an engine on it. If I want a missile boat I fill it with missiles and strap an engine on it. Humans are not of any benefit other than directing drone fleet actions, preferably from a command ship that is anything but obvious and equipped for speedy get aways, not combat. Discuss.