Naval analyst Chris Weuve explains how naval warfare is portrayed in the literature and television of outer-space:
Foreign Policy: Let’s reverse the question. Has sci-fi affected the way that our navies conduct warfare?
Chris Weuve: This is a question that I occasionally think about. Many people point to the development of the shipboard Combat Information Center in World War II as being inspired by E.E. Doc Smith’s Lensman novels from the 1940s. Smith realized that with hundreds of ships over huge expanses, the mere act of coordinating them was problematic. I think there is a synergistic effect. I also know a number of naval officers who have admitted to me that the reason they joined the Navy was because Starfleet Command wasn’t hiring.
(Via: Boing Boing)