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The Page Turner

Reading pages upon pages, listening to book after book and watching anything remotely creative doesn’t always fill the gaps on protocols and edicit.

So I took upon myself to hand over two major enteries to my book to a fellow military man; A retire (XO) Naval Officer aka my current Director for my civilian job. 

The two enteries are from perspectives of a dozen or so Naval officers and how they would operate/communicate to one another in a formal setting and in a combat one. 

I’m fluent in regular army SOP’s (standard operating procedures) but I was worried about my naval SOP’s. 

Good news! Turned out I was pretty spot on and best of yet, he gave me two thumps up (more like appraisal in person and desires to read more) but I took it for what it was worth!  

Stay Tuned folks!

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?