Arv wrote:All the same, I wouldn't mind seeing a total hardcore-realistic depiction of fighting starships and space combat sometime, with dark undifferentiated vessels launching invisible beams and projectiles at the tiny dots of distant enemies across the vast gulf of space, just to see what it would be like. I guess it would be a lot like submarine combat, all tactics and stealth and sweatily waiting to see if you're the one whose hull suddenly tears open and sucks you out into the void... all suspense, no shiny flashy. Better for a written story as it would be pretty risky for a visual medium, but I could see it working if done well. Anybody ever seen anything like that?
The closest thing to it for psychological feel is probably Frank Herbert's "The Dragon In The Sea"
(AKA "Under Pressure"
) from 1956, which actually was about futuristic (at the time) submarine warfare. Stealth in space is a controversial topic
to put it mildly if you're going "hard SF" because of the thermal emission problems, but treat infra-red tracking as the equivalent of passive sonar and you're good.
David Weber writes Space Opera and his space combat never strikes me as particularly realistic. Awesome definitely, at least until his books became unbearably turgid (IMHO anyway. YMMV, but I gave up on him after ploughing my way through War Of Honor
), but definitely operatic. I haven't read any of John Ringo's stuff so I can't comment there.