Author: Mike Phillips
Genre: Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Eternal Press
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It’s the end of the world, but a new beginning for humanity.
The war has lasted for generations. In this technological age, no longer must humans risk their lives in combat. Fierce robots operated by remote control make up the bulk of the militaries. Satellites in the atmosphere render the heavens a frenzy of violent confrontation. However, the war has little effect on everyday life. The bloodshed is minimal, the disruption to commerce even less. It is a comfortable war. Most of the populace believe they have nothing to fear. Little they know their world is about to come to an end.
Guest Post: A War of Drones
Our story begins as Boyn Caro sits in his duty station, manning a Command Module, bored out of his mind. He has been on duty for hours and there is no end in sight. Because he was stupid enough to sign on for a leadership position, he might be required to remain on duty for hours to come. As far as war goes, it’s not a bad gig. He is locked away in a protected chamber, far removed from the actual conflict. The only danger he faces is what might happen to his career if he makes a bad decision, and heaven forbid, damages corporate property in the process. He starts messing around with the controls, and then he sees it. There was something wrong with the sky…
Dawn of Ages takes places in a dystopian society. Citizens live under an oppressive government that was been at war for a generation. As in our own society, public outcry against needless slaughter of military personnel, friends and family members, has led to the widespread use of drones for the fighting of battles and other dangerous tasks. As the debate continues in our society, people in this world are hesitant to give certain tasks completely over to robots. The solution is that each citizen under the age of thirty must report to a conveniently located duty station and serve in the Civilian Corps, to be the minds behind the machines.
The drones most of us are familiar with are air drones used for intelligence gathering and limited tactical engagements. In Dawn of Ages, boots on the ground no longer means having human soldiers do the fighting. Drones perform every conceivable task from command, to scouting, to infantry. Many are shaped like insects, fearsome to enemies, while functional to the tasks they are given. They will be warehoused in various locations, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Like our drones, this military is controlled by humans located far away from any real danger. As part of their citizenship, people will be required to check into a service station two or three times a week to put in a shift on the front lines. It’s not all that bad for the citizen who serve, most of the citizens are content with the new way of waging war. But the government will have oversight and will be able to shut down or take over the system at any moment –just in case anyone develops a conscience. Then the lies begin.
Thank you for joining me for this guest post. I hope you check out Dawn of Ages or my other books, Reign of the Nightmare Prince and The World Below. Please visit me on the web at mikephillipsfantasy.com. Take care, MP
ABOUT MIKE PHILLIPS
Mike Phillips is author of The World Below and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal Digest, Cemetery Moon, Sinister Tales, Beyond Centauri, the World of Myth, Mystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei Signal, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Midnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series.
Please visit Mike at mikephillipsfantasy.com.