Tau Zero at 50

Al Jackson

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Not only is this the 50th anniversary of Tau Zero but also Niven's Ringworld was published in 1970.
Interesting that two 'hard SF; novels were up for a Hugo in 1971.
Ringworld won.
One also notes the Bussard Interstellar Ram Jet is 60 years old this year. Published in 1960.
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Vince W

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I love Ringworld, but I think it's fairly low on the SF hardness scale. Tau Zero is certainly harder to my way of thinking. Regardless, it was a difficult year for Hugo voters.
 

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I love Ringworld, but I think it's fairly low on the SF hardness scale. Tau Zero is certainly harder to my way of thinking. Regardless, it was a difficult year for Hugo voters.
I've heard of Tau Zero , but have never read it.
 

Al Jackson

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I love Ringworld, but I think it's fairly low on the SF hardness scale. Tau Zero is certainly harder to my way of thinking. Regardless, it was a difficult year for Hugo voters.
Ringworld had a lot of Hand-Wave super science in it, Niven was aware of all the physics problems … maybe there ought to be a category of quasi-hard-SF ? Stories that contain plausible sounding super science .... but is really way out in the tail of the distribution.
 

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Well, how about this link to TV Tropes, MOHS scale of hardness?

 

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Well, how about this link to TV Tropes, MOHS scale of hardness?

Interesting. As a concept without drawing hard lines it is true. As soon as you try to apply it specifically to works you're likely to get into difficulty.
 
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