Future War in Space: “The Indian Defense”

May 12, 2015

Editor’s note: The following story was written by Saku. This piece is a finalist from the Atlantic Council Art of Future Warfare project’s space-themed war-art challenge that explored space and interstellar conflict during the last decade of the 21st Century. Tune in to watch or attend the project’s May 18 event at the Council with David Brin discussing the stories and the future of conflict in space.


Mission control acted an hour before scheduled sack time.

“Special mission orders from MoD. They are sending up a team.” She was not really surprised by this after the events of the last few hours.

“How long until the launch arrives?”

“One hour.” They had launched before telling her. The capsule would already be in orbit and on its way to docking. They were intentionally giving her and Phillip little time to react.

“Do you know what this is about?” Phillip asked.

“No, this is news to me. Any ideas?”

“None, I have detected no anomalies in MoD systems. What’s more, I’m aware several countries launched military missions at the approximate same time as India. Very odd. I am not aware of any potential conflicts which should trigger this type of response.”

Something struck her about what he said.

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