Post November 20, 2009, 03:20:18 PM

Nothing, but...

gino_ss wrote:And what, may I ask, is wrong with kicking a few alien butts along our way to whatever we are to become?


Nothing wrong with kicking a few alien butts -- of course, the question of why we are kicking them (xenophobia, or reaction to a demonstrated threat?) and how we react to the situation ("Patriot Act" curtailing of civil and human rights combined with "shock and awe" invasion(s) or diplomacy?) may still make for some VERY serious science fiction. Or even assuming an entirely "just" war (if there is such a thing), the effects on the soldiers (viz. Nevil Shute's "The Checkerboard" (I think), Timothy Zahn's Cobra novels, and Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War") can be more interesting than the war itself.

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London (1876-1916)