Moh's Scale of SF Hardness

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Mysterion, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Mysterion

    Mysterion Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 28, 2001
  2. jayceee

    jayceee Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 15, 2012
    How much would "In really hard SF" (or category 5 or 6) differ from something like a generic police or CSI type of show/movie?
  3. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    I suppose this could be useful if you actually think that sf/fantasy should be graded on the basis of its "hardness."

    Me, I don't care if Heinlein is harder SF than Bradbury or Burroughs. I've read and enjoyed books and stories by all of them.
  4. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    ^^ It has nothing to do with enjoyment. I enjoy The Three Stooges, but I don't call it Science Fiction.

    In some cases, not much. At the time of publication, the Sherlock Holmes stories could have been considered to have elements of Science Fiction. Same thing with some contemporary TV shows like Bones. Or, possibly, the most recent works of William Gibson (although I haven't read them).
  5. Gepard

    Gepard Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 20, 2007
    It's useful for categorizing things for the sake of discussion, or for its own sake because that's what nerds do. It's not about judging things.

    Tropes Are Not Bad.
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Commodore Commodore

    Sep 2, 2008
    I thought this was going to be about something pornographic.

  7. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    Ha Ha!

    I'd like to see a series based on SF scales compared. Now how to get the rights...
  8. Crystalline Entity

    Crystalline Entity Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Feb 18, 2004
    Thanks for sharing! If you like that article, be sure to go check out the physics 'ratings' at Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics.

    Of course, anyone with real-world expertise in a particular field will have a field day taking apart the way movies portray their specialty, so sadly it's no surprise that physics will yield to the demands of movie storytelling.