02 November 2012

Infantry Squad vs. Aliens / Zombies / Robots

Photo by U.S. Marine Cpl. Reece Lodder
Some quick musings generated while conducting research on genres of military writing ...

Just as the infantry squad is the basic building-block of U.S. ground forces, it can also serve as the basic building-block of fictional narrative. Throw a couple of military characters into a stressful environment, arm them with some weapons and strong personalities, and issue them a mission. You'll have a good war story in no time.

Parachuting a squad-sized, modern-day military unit into nearly any situation seems likely to pay off in fictional fireworks. Take these nearly out-of-this-world examples:

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