|USAF Gen. David Goldfein.|
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball.
The Daily Mail said that Gen. Goldfein was talking at “an air power conference in London” when he addressed the need for innovation. And after speaking about how Virgin Galactic is working on making “intercontinental space travel a reality” for commercial passengers he said, “The question for us is what does that mean if I take seven special operators, put them on this and then can get to any place on the planet in less than an hour?”
Mortal Gods: “HVT,” a short story published in seven serial installments here at Liberate Liberty, includes an important plot point where the U.S. government transports protagonist Adam White to space and then deploys him to an objective on the ground.
The scenario that Gen. Goldfein discusses and what happens in Mortal Gods: “HVT” are not exactly the same. However, it is significant that a part of the short story bears similarities to what the senior-most officer in the Air Force recently posited.
First and foremost, my stories are meant to entertain the reader. But some of them contain elements that essentially serve as a bit of intelligence analysis or forecasting through fiction (or at least the elements envision possible future technology or events). The concept of transporting troops through space in Mortal Gods: “HVT” is one such example. And as Gen. Goldfein’s words show, it’s not an outlandish forecast either.
See also, “Mortal Gods: ‘HVT’: Reality Intertwined with Fiction,” “Mortal Gods: ‘HVT’ and Real-life Tech,” and “Intelligence Analysis through Fiction” here at Liberate Liberty for more on how fiction can be a vehicle for intelligence analysis and forecasting.