when 'little me from literature' has to debate with engineers that tell me my ideas are fantasy and (hint) I don't really know how things are done. ah! now-- how 'bout reading this. and this. (I just would never give nuclear as an example of success because, well, because it is NOT).
anyway, ignore the nuclear disasters and focus on (realistic) risk based. and yes, get really adventurous and venture on virtual ship development. if I were an engineer I would hopefully be developing this kind of stuff.