The first book “Writing Military Science Fiction: Infantry” is now available for pre-order. The printed book will be available shortly.
Drawing on decades of experience and feedback gained from users of this site this book is designed for writers of all levels. It has nitty gritty details like rank structures and unit sizes for those looking for details and it has firefight dynamics and the psychological impact of combat on the human psyche for non-military writers. Over 250 pages of information from designing military organizations to lists of weapons, both real and science fiction. This book can help spark ideas and fill in details.
It can also be used by gamers looking for more information on the details of military life.
For writers of Military Science Fiction and those writers with a military element in their books.
Movies and television use guns and explosions to draw attention and awe the audience. People like being awed and that is what producers want to do to people. In my opinion producers or script writers are too lazy to do any research so their stories are severely lacking when it comes to reality. It is always easier to make up things for dramatic effect than to face the reality that can be less dramatic.
Because movies and television do not portray reality often most viewers do not know what is possible and what is not. While finding books on large unit tactics is usually not difficult, and history books frequently detail this large scale battles, small unit tactics are another story entirely. Most movies, television shows and books are about people, not entire battalions or Regiments or Divisions. This means finding out about small unit tactics is a difficult proposition at best.
Some people actually care about what they write and some would like to add more reality to their story but don’t have many resources to draw from. That is what this resource is about. It is my intent to help newbies and veterans alike to understand small unit tactics and techniques. It is also my intent to help Science Fiction writers understand what war is like now and how it may evolve for the individual infantryman.
I was US Marine Non-Commissioned Officer and a squad leader. I served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. While I was in the Marines my hobby was small unit tactics. I enjoyed learning about all manner of small unit fighting from guerrilla wars to large scale conflicts. I was an NCO, not an officer so my viewpoints are that of a small unit leader who loved his job and strove for excellence.
This may be why I like Military Science Fiction so much. I despise writers who are too lazy to do their research and that may be why I shy away from most modern fiction. Movies are a sore point with me especially because most producers are stupid and believe their audience is stupid too. The Rambo series is an excellent example of a producer’s stupidity and ignorance. Ask any combat veteran.
The old website can be found here; http://www.milsf.com/index.htm