Technology is often a prime hallmark of time period, the culture that made it, and a symbol of an generation. The same is true for the genre of military science fiction. There are some technological items that have become hallmarks/tropes of the genre and that also separate the genre from current military technology. These can serve a purpose with marketing as well. Most MSF works will highlight these iconic technologies to attract a buyer, as I did with my novel. On an behind-the-scenes note, this article was a good idea that I could not seem to get the feel for and I apologize for that in advance. So, here are some iconic and important technological items that define this sub-genre of science fiction.
1. Powered Armor
3. Hovering Military Vehicles
4. Directed-Energy Weaponry
6. Robotic Soldiers
7. Space Fighters
8. Cybernetic/Genetic Super-Soldiers
9. The Dropship/Tactical Transport
10. Combat Starships
In the history of space exploration, no purely military spacecraft has been developed and launched into space. However, science fiction is packed with combat starships that have evolved into icons of their brand and the whole genre. This makes combat starships one of the most visual, celebrated, and conceptized of all military science fiction technologies. Countless websites are packed with concept art of combat starships, there are entire video games and board games centered around massive space battles between flotilla of warships, and the toy/model industry pumps out more plastic representations of combat starships to fulfill this market share. While this is number ten on the list, it is in reality, the number one most iconic military sci-fi technology.
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