February 6, 2019: Mad Scientist Writing Contest
David Brin sent me this open call for a story contest he'll be judging for the Army's Training and Doctrines Command "Mad Scientist Program." –SJ
Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest 2019
Background: The U.S. Army finds itself at a historical inflection point, where disparate, yet related elements of an increasingly complex Operational Environment (OE) are converging, creating a situation where fast moving trends are rapidly transforming the nature of all aspects of society and human life – including the character of warfare. It is important to take a creative approach to projecting and anticipating both transformational and enduring trends that will lend themselves to the depiction of the future. In this vein, the Army Mad Scientist Initiative is seeking your creativity and unique ideas to describe a battlefield that does not yet exist.
Task: Write about the following scenario – On March 17th, 2030, the country of Donovia, after months of strained relations and covert hostilities, invades neighboring country Otso. Donovia is a wealthy nation that is a near-peer competitor to the United States. Like the United States, Donovia has invested heavily in disruptive technologies such as robotics, AI, autonomy, quantum information sciences, bioenhancements and gene editing, space-based weapons and communications, drones, nanotechnology, and directed energy weapons. The United States is a close ally of Otso and is compelled to intervene due to treaty obligations and historical ties. The United States is about to engage Donovia in its first battle with a near-peer competitor in over 80 years . . .
Three ways to approach:
Three questions to consider while writing (U.S., adversaries, and others):
Selected submissions may be chosen for publication or possible future speaking opportunity.
Contact: Send submissions to: email@example.com
See also Dr. Brin's site for working out scenarios: TASAT.ucsd.edu.
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