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Ideas #4 revisited!

Hey Folks!

In a surprise (just so you know this is a random fact) walmart accidentally sold me four tables for the price of one. It was pretty interesting to discover that when I arrived home.

Back to the topic at hand! 

As those of you who are following this flash back with me, or those many who motivated the beginning of this; here is another section to the mystery of Erum and the village!

Part 4 of the Ideas

As always! Stay tuned!

Continuation off My last Post

Hi All! 

Welcome to another “Ideas” Feature that a few followers said should be revamped or at least reposted! 

Ideas Part 2

It was fun to tease people with this great idea! Maybe whenever I take a chunk out of TMU, I’ll take a crack at finishing it. Or if by popular demand then I will work on it sooner. 

Stay Tuned As always! 

Image credited to Deviant Artist Matt Donnici

Short Stories from My Past! 

So this link below leads to a short series, this being the first of the post, and it  was while I was first dabbling in blogging. As you will notice it’s like a feature for the Terran Myth, same in set up that is. However this is not science Fiction, it’s just fiction! You’ll enjoy it. I hope. It is how I gain my first 100 followed in a week! 

The Beginnings of “Order Of the Night.” Part 1 “Setting up the Idea.”

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Every Writers brain acts like The Roman Empire

Interesting enough I have decided my brain and probably every other writers brain in the world, acting like a the ancient power hungry Roman Empire.

How do I state something as direct as this? Easy.

The Roman Empire was at one point the center of civilization for their known area (Obviously not the world). It would consume a new lands with a thirst for all its worth. Kind of like me on nights I have chips and salsa for an appetizer before dinner (man that made me hungry). Unlike my narrow victory for food, the Romans would take from these newly conquer their lands, not just their wealth or people but it’s knowledge. Roman had a hunger for knowledge.

Our brain does too. It’s such as adapting a policy you see being done well or not and creating it for yourself. Or one inspired by another.

This happens very often for me due to the vast catalog of growing Novels I have been reading (cough cough) listening too- which means my mind is never short of new creative mental food.

A Moment i am referring too is like this one: I hear a great idea, usually it is used in an average kind of way or not what it is worth. I hate when good ideas are used poorly. Guess what? So did the Romans.

Another thing my mind does like the Romans did, is develop newer/better ideas based off of one small element to an original design. The element is so small that you wouldn’t even be able to tell that your original idea was inspired by another.

Yes I know I’m literally just preaching what everyone already knows and accepts as a general thing in life. I just wanted to share it.

This is a blog after all!

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Elements of Military Science Fiction

I recently stumbled across another blog that I really enjoyed

“Broken Elements of Military Sci-Fi.”

Here’s the direct link:
http://futurewarstories.blogspot.com/2012/02/fws-topics-broken-elements-of-military.html?m=1

I do believe that William covered 8 different elements. Correct me if I’m wrong. But here’s a very brief version of his elements with my opinions.

1. Lack of Combined Arms:

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Which is true enough. I have noticed in the 138 books (and counting) that I have covered since early January; reveals a strong lack of multiple functioning military units supporting each other; ie air support, direct & indirect artillery, and lack of troop support weapons.

Now there are a few novels I cannot shame because sometimes their “reality” doesn’t require it.

2. Realism:

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The nitty gritty, as we sometimes call it. This is where we really experience the true loss of innocences, hardship, and PTSD of internal conflicts.

As William explains it is where the true nature is revealed and these stories lack it wholeheartedly. I can agree that MSF shows a very sanitized version. He lists examples of modern day movies to look at for examples. Mine would be We were soldiers, Fury, Band of Brothers, or Enemy At the Gates.

3. Other POVs:

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Other point of views is something I think a lot of people avoid for a few reasons.
One – because they have no experience in that field and avoid it because they may “put it to the blender” and insult someone else’s job/duty.
Two – they aren’t inspired enough for a plot line regarding anything other than something involved with the action .Or Three – there often isn’t a large enough audience that would want to follow something that didn’t snag their interest. (Which doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, I believe it is).

One of my short stories actually followed a “support team” that had to drop supplies in for troops that were in extremely dangerous war zones. It was called “The Fierce.” But again it had a lot of action for them being “technically” noncombatives.

4. Overall War strategy:

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This all I can simply say is that it is covered in a lot of books. The Lost fleet series is good for how the over all strategy hasn’t changed but the way they went about it deteriorated over time.

5. Battlefield Intelligence:

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Recently Im a little biased in the category because it is sufficient in a lot of the books I have read. Each book usually talks about how bad military intelligence is. Which to the foot soldier is it commonly thought to be true. Also a book that hits home on military intelligence gathering, before the group goes into action, is Empire Corps series. I love the realistic approach Christopher Nuttal takes in his pre-ops.

6. The dictation of female Characters:

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This is where I can’t agree with William.

Yes women are portrayed as Amazonian heroines but that’s because one day (thinking of far in the future) they may very well be come just that. Currently women have been opened up to all combat roles in the military and currently aren’t fairing so well only because women haven’t been exposed to that life as generations of men. I know that their are females serving in Israel Defense Force who are more BA than my fellows of my current unit, and my fellows would agree with me.

7. Lack of Far-Future Military Sci-Fi.

I’m indifferent to this element.

8. Too Many Super Soldiers.

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I’m looking forward to this novel is bragged about.

Future use of AI in the military idea!

I embarked on a new audiobook, because what little my job requires of me could cause me to go mad from the overdose of boredom that ensues from it.

I just want to toss out an idea for a possible novel, given when I’m done with the audio book series I’ll revisit and retract this incase I preemptively stole her idea.

Inspired by Ancillary justice by Anne Leckie narrated by Celeste Ciulla

Envision here with me for just the moment. A far off future for all of us, [see there is a theme to all my stories] (sarcasm) and how the human race will handle space travel and the growing sophistication of artificial intelligence as well as many other technologies.

My brief vision is that our more advance militaries will no longer bulk up with millions of ground soldiers. Yes humans are a prime force behind a military, but what about battalions of foot soldiers, support, supply functions that could all be operated automatically by a individual AI. No, I’m not saying one AI controls the whole military, but a bunch of AI performing their assigned duties. This could go beyond a military aspect as well. As in one human, or a squad operate in the command positions over a company of AI, another for the battalion level of operation and so on an so forth.

What I dreamt up on my brief ride home, is this. Graduating from “command school,” will be our future team of commanders. Each new team of commanders will be assigned to a new AI or to older an AI. There are different types of AI ranging from supply, logistics, intelligence gathering, military, police, etc. The commanders are assigned based on how they performed in this school. The team that we will be following gets assigned to the oldest AI in the books, who most think should be scrap due to the possible mythical fears of it becoming self aware (thinking for its self without orders). At first all they are told is that They assigned for a military assignment. They are shocked to realize it’s old age. They weren’t exited when they were shipped out to relieve the current and old aged commanders, who tell them they’ll love their job, and assume their position. Meanwhile they honestly believe they’ll hate it.

This is a patrol vessel, (they are large/older vessels that keep a constant presence in their large sectors of space, meant to operate independently and undergo long tours). This position Will teach them how to be an effective team to handle unpredictable situations; pirates, police/military actions, and even space born operations. They’ll grow together while their “old man” AI will be vetting/ training them to be better commanders using his vast array of knowledge/wisdom he has gathered over his hundred/maybe thousand year existence. They of course develop a friendship for this AI who is interactive with them on human emotional levels, becoming a farther like teacher.

The secret is they’ll soon discover is that this AI is already self aware but is wise beyond years and doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. So he complies like normal, or as he calls them “the regulars.”

Remember this is just a ten minute idea. What do you think?

Ideas #6

He took to the villagers life style well, fishing wasn’t exactly something he “did for fun” as the locals did, but he would indulge their interest for as long as he needed. He only ever found himself fishing for the means of survival. Yet he presented himself socially and lively towards the young ones who seemed to take the outmost curiosity in their strange rescue. He would occasionally treat them to an exciting tale of his voyages at sea. Erum’s stay in the village had only been a few days and unknowingly to everyone living there; a force was moving in their direction that will reveal a darker nature to lands home to the fisher village..

This temporary concludes small post for my lovely short. The next few post shall be the actual beginning (maybe a little after the initial beginning) but it will show in better detail what strange forces are moving against. And you all shall bare witness to a view changing secret about our stranger Erum.

Ideas #5

Rumor took no time to become fact from fiction amongst the villagers; all believing the mans story. After he was fed and appeared himself able; Erum, our shipwrecked survivor, told his tale. He was a simple man of trade who was tricked into going to the North Lands by a fellow tradesmen. The North Lands were hostile but offer good profit but it was also the homeland of fearsome raiders. His boat and crew were attacked at sea; being intercepted by one of these raider ships. He was lost at sea during the fight; rather to give his life to the merciless sea than become a raiders prize. He lost count of days. He soon became delirious from lack of food and water while he was adrift at sea. Erum sold them a story that he had lost all hope in holding onto life until the fisherman and his sons found him washed up on the shoreline. The village people drank in his story like water and believed it with eminence satisfaction.

Who knows whether or not his story is true? Maybe it did happen and the events are just misleading to make Erum look like the victim. Maybe he was the raider who lead an attempt to take a traders vessel and was defeated. Traders at this time were no mere commoners; the Northmen of all trades know their way around a sword or an axe. Or maybe he made it up entirely? It’s hard to tell with how simply the majority of people thought during these times. Everyone was always up for a good story; not knowing if it were to be true or not? More shall be revealed at it continues to boil up in my mind.