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Space Force: Building The Legacy Kindle Edition
These are the stories of the first 100 years of the United States Space Force created by then U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Within this new anthology of military sci-fi short stories you will find stories of service and incredible sacrifice. Stories of the one sacrificing a few to save the many, and of the one sacrificing himself for all.
But mostly these are tales of the men and women to come, who will patrol the harsh, cold blackness of space. Those that willingly place themselves in harm's way to protect a solitary blue marble and all that call it home.
- ASIN : B087BPC18S
- Publisher : Midlands Scribes Publishing (May 25, 2020)
- Publication date : May 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1552 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #777,908 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sgt, USA / Lt Col, USAF (ret).
Ignoring the typographical and grammatical errors, there were several glaring science errors that should have been identified and fixed in a space-focused book. Add into that other errors that confused the “movie military” with a real-world military, and it was enough to put me off the book.
- In “Best and Brightest”, while I applaud the basic idea of continuing an enduring military tradition, no one in the military would deliberately leave accident victims stranded for an ‘experiment’. That only happens in the movies. Also, why is the board composed of members of all the services? Judicial or non-judicial punishment would be handled by the chain of command. An Article 15 and NDAs for everyone involved solves the problem.
- In “Frickin’ Guard Guys,” I was horrified at the presentation of the NG unit. I am privileged to work with a number of USAF reservists and ANG members, who are as professional as their regular counterparts. Maybe they’ll find it entertaining, but I don’t. Also, I’m not quite sure what kind of squadron they were. They seem to have multiple unrelated missions. Given the confusing end to the story, I’m just trying to put it behind me.
- “For the Duty” is just… not even in the realm of possibility. Foreign nationals just don’t get enlisted, let alone commissioned in a country’s military, and especially without their knowledge. And then sending him up to a space station without any training? This story is where the first glaring science error showed up. The ISS is in Low Earth Orbit (LEO, about 220 miles altitude), whereas geostationary is about 22,200 miles altitude. That’s more than “… a little further out than the International Space Station.” And yes, you would see them as they zipped by every 90 minutes or so.
- “The Decision” shows a basic lack of understanding of the military. People, especially civilians (who we are duty-bound to protect) are more important than equipment. Pilots with crippled aircraft have lost their lives in an attempt to steer it away from a populated area. Irradiating several thousand miles of uninhabited land is preferable than killing half a city to save the ship.
- “CAG” is a confusing story, and with additional science errors. Ships ‘peeling off’ in space is the material of Star Wars, not the real world. Also, the other countries patrol the Eastern Hemisphere… in space? What do they do when their orbits take them over the rest of the world; kick back and do nothing? The basic premise doesn’t make sense; only the USSF has the funding and capability to field spacecraft, but yet there are pirates in space? And why do they need nuclear-tipped missiles to deal with pirates?
- “Olivia and the Asteroid Pirates” isn’t even a Space Force story; it’s just a romance story in space.
- “Slivers of Hope” has nothing to do with the Space Force. It’s just thrown in the background to establish a motivation for the main character.
There were a few stories that kept the faith, but they weren’t enough to save the whole book. What was really missing were the stories that paid homage to the origins of the USSF. Those airmen who spent hours and hours on the operations floor, ensuring the stability of the satellites that provide capability to their fellow service members around the world. There’s no glory in staring at computer screens day after day, analyzing telemetry streams, uploading command programs, managing downlink antennaes, or watching for infrared signatures of ballistic missile launches, but it has to be done. Or the dedication of the engineers and program managers who sit through endless meetings, design reviews, and briefings to generals on satellites they may never get to see launched before they move on to the next assignment. Those are the people who deserve to get stories written about the unacknowledged support they provide every day.