Sorry for the doublespacing but since the format is fucked, I prefer that over people, and myself having to fuck with the board settings to read my post...>that the overarching boundaries get trampled too often
Fine, fine, however being a Hard Scifi and Soft Scifi purist is really absurd to be honest.
Due to the speculative nature of the medium there's a lot of bleeding in-between hard and soft scifi.
Generally there will be soft scifi moments in hard scifi when advanced civilizations are encountered.
There will be hard scifi moments in soft scifi when authors want to talk about battle tactics or use science as some sort of barrier.
It doesn't always go that way however, sometimes Soft Scifi is introduced in hard scifi due to things just being
more cool if you go with the Soft Scifi route.
For example in Halo before 343 ruined it, some Soft Scifi elements to it were the fact that it's currently
believed impossible for there to be bipedal life in planets with gravity higher than 2g. In fact in planets with
2g gravity if the creatures are carbon based like us and are capable of being bipedal they would be midgets who
are around 2 ft in height. In fact the most realistic of the creatures seen in Halo are the Unggoy and Kigyar,
who both live in high gravity planets and low gravity planets respectively.
Yet despite this we have Jiralhanae who live in a planet that has a gravity of 2g,
we have the Sangheili who live in a planet that has roughly 1.5 g.
What makes the Unggoy and Kigyar so realistic though aside from gravity affecting their stature? Unggoy are
small midget squat creatures who can seldomly be bipedal, yet they are HIGHLY muscular due to the high gravity
planet they live in. Additionally their planet has a fucked up atmosphere which requires them to breathe in
methane constantly or die. The Kigyar are birdlike creatures whose homeworld is a planet with a slightly lower
gravity than ours. But it's not just physiology either, it's also the state of their culture and societies as well.
The Unggoy planet is a fucking hellscape full of harsh winters and acid rain since the Unggoy completely
destroyed their environment via rampant industralization. The Kigyar successfully became spacefaring but it also
split its species into multiple subspecies and introduced piracy into their culture and social Hierarchy as well.
Meanwhile in Star Trek we have a series of shows that are soft scifi but have a lot of hard scifi elements in them.
For examples we see teleportation, dyson spheres and other novel ideas being introduced in the series. But these are
all just superficially plastered on to an episode to have a talking piece for moral dilemmas or problems. There's also
massive inconsistencies like when every time power goes out in any of the ships people are NEVER seen floating around
instead everything MAGICALLY remains at 1 G perfectly. Same goes when even the ships are getting blown to fucking bits
as well. More over much of the alien races seen in the show are ENTIRELY humanoid in nature with just some superficial
differences. Most of the planets seen are not very alien like and are very earth like with no real changes in chemistry
and the like.