1. An Convincing Enemy
There are times, when the story is more about the "good" guys of the story than the enemy, like my book Endangered Species, but I still developed the enemy enough via my characters experiences with them, like the crew of the Nostromo in ALIEN. There has to be a careful balancing act in those kinds of stories. This can also be applied to stories and settings where the enemy is largely unknown for plot and dramatic purposes, like Space: Above and Beyond, ALIENS, and Predator. These types of stories allow the audience a sense of good mystery and wonder about the antagonists, allowing for the work to endure in the minds of the audience. This is the way I felt about the Xenomorphs, the Yautja (Predators), the Skinnies from SST, and the Chigs; I wanted to know more about them and that was compelling, making these enemies more convincing to the fictional universe. Also, an convincing enemy can say more about your protagonist and our fictional universe than you original thought.
2. "We Band of Brothers"
Since the dawn of the human race on this planet, we have worked together in nearly all affairs of human endeavors, and no more is that true than in war. Military organizations are completely dependent and constructed around teamwork to accomplish goals, operate machines, and complete missions. This means that soldiers fight together as a band of brothers and sisters, no one fights alone. Even Master Chief had Cortana and Jack Bauer had Chloe O'Brian. Good military sci-fi should incorporate this "band of warfighters" mentality and tactic into the DNA of the military units seen. Only during times of extreme combat or accident should soldiers be depicted alone in sci-fi, as we saw with the Master Chief on Installation 04 in HALO: Combat Evolved....but even then, he had Cortana in his local network. In some sci-fi works, the unit mentality is a key element in the story.
3. The Iconic Piece of Military Technology
4. Setting the Table with Proper World Building
if you set a proper table, the evening can go forth properly".
5. Life in the (Future) Military
6. The Careful Evolution of the Soldier: Balancing the Future and the Past
7. Tactics and Strategy
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers".
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