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October 19, 2010



The primary focus of any strategy is the characters/actors.

'Machines don't fight wars. People do, and they use their minds.'

There are books that, as you said, focus on the technology and actions of individuals in a conflict. But, the technology and actions are a direct result of the inner dialogue and perception of the individual. That is the whole crux of argument for the OODA-loop.

Which is why to me, the SciFi that deals with the individual in relation to their future (to us) environment is as good as it gets.

Interestingly, I just picked up my second book by Robert J. Sawyer. He doesn't write on future conflict, but he does deal with the human condition in terms of nascent technology. I like his books because they deal with the mismatch between an individuals environment and their understanding of it. This is where conflict begins, and that is what must be well understood if you are to understand the narrative at all.

Andrew Liptak

My main point with the article wasn't that books should be more like theorists, but more with world building - that didn't really come through, but there's some stories that have come through with a good understanding of military matters, and kept a fairly good story within it.


The most impressive strategy in sci-fi was Palpatine's.

Raise to top with intrigue, provoke a war in order to build the loyal military might needed to subjugate the republic and then it's even irrelevant who wins the war because Palpatine leads both sides!

The only thing missing was a more thorough discrediting of the jedi order.

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