A Century of War?

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The Art of Future Warfare project’s second creative writing contest is decidedly science fiction in theme: short stories about space and interstellar conflict during the last decade of the 21st Century.

In the 2090s, what will be worth fighting over in space? Could there be a “Carter Doctrine” for off-world resources? Who will take up arms, and what might the frontline weapons 80 years from now look like? When today’s U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers are on average 50 years old it is an interesting question. What will such conflict mean to those on Earth?

With this contest, the project asks writers to take us far into the future of armed and social conflict in space. The best stories will be meaningful to readers of today, contemplating the uncertain future of the U.S. manned space program — and remain relevant in the decades to come. There are great examples, such as Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon. The story, which came out in 1865, turned the quest to reach space into a pioneering tale of honor, ambition and outright curiosity about how the biggest gun ever built might realize one of humankind’s longest standing ambitions in a 19th Century post-war America.

Read more at War On The Rocks’s Art of War blog.

Learn more about the latest war-art challenge at ArtofFutureWarfare.org.

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