Bullet Points

A fiction blog to capture the complexity, tragedy, and hope of warfare and violence in human (and nonhuman) society.

Susan Jane Bigelow

August 15, 2022

Kay scanned the lifeless, shredded bodies of her unit, the sensors embedded in her hands and torso coolly picking up data as her eyes flicked over each of them in turn.

Pedro Iniguez

September 1, 2022

While thunderous artillery shells ejected nearby, Private Bobby Pierson tried steadying his camera. With a quick check to the side panel, the camcorder displayed a full green gauge.

Private Roy Jenks appeared from the dark, jumping into Bobby’s foxhole.

Rich Larson

August 15, 2022

Daudi had another report on his news feed about a ghost girl living in the dump outside Bujumbura, so he put two Cokes in a hydrobag and hailed a taxi outside the offices. It was cool season now and the sky was rusty red. The weather probes were saying dust storm, dust storm, remember to shut the windows.

Tabitha Lord

August 1, 2022

Transmission Sent 0430

To: Mission Command, Lunar Base

From: Quest Nine

M Class planet orbiting Proxima Centauri deemed too hostile for habitation. All assets lost. Course set for Gliese system.

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Nathan W. Toronto

July 15, 2022

To call Zac Topping’s Wake of War a military thriller would be an understatement. It is at once more thrilling and more disturbing than that. In this debut novel from Zac Topping, who served two tours in Iraq, the combat sequences are so real and morally fraught that it feels almost like nonfiction. The book follows a host of characters on a collision course of ideologies, tactics, and ambitions, and it leaves very little wanting for those who know war.

E. C. Ambrose

July 1, 2022

Killing a demon was almost as difficult as being a man, Joenna reflected as she jerked free her ax from the corpse. Crouching in its vast shadow, she scanned the battlefield, hoping to spot her captain or the banner of their company. The darting figures of men could be seen between the hulking figures of the demons. There! She saw the crimson banner held aloft, its bearer defended by three soldiers.

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Nathan W. Toronto

June 15, 2022

Sentenced to War is the perfect beach choice for the military science fiction reader. Reader beware, though, because the battle sequences feel so realistic that readers might picture Perseus Union marines assaulting the beach.

Jenna Hanchey

June 1, 2022

We knew it was war. When they arrived, sleek and silver, streaming across the night sky. At least, here in the United States we did. That's what matters.

We figured out what to do from watching films. How to save the world. We shot them down as they approached. We protected our cities. We guarded our infrastructure. We stayed strong.

Joe Haldeman

May 15, 2022

They say you’ve got a fifty-fifty chance every time you go out. That makes it one chance in eight that you’ll live to see your third furlough; the one I’m on now.

Somehow the odds don’t keep people from trying to join.

Nathan W. Toronto

May 1, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shown what World War III might look like, so a review of Dayton Ward's The Last World War is timely. This novel, written by a former U.S. Marine in the early 2000s, offers a glimpse into how a world war started by aliens might unfold. In a refreshing twist, aliens do not arrive in spaceships.

T. Fox Dunham

April 15, 2022

“What do you see, my Seth?”

The doors to the tribunal chamber would soon open, and they would be called forth by a voice of static, despair, the mouth of the dead—three kept alive by power cores and wires and nerve stimulators, soaked in a chemical bath of nutrients and preservatives.

T. Fox Dunham

April 1, 2022

Lieutenant Seth-7 watched on the monitor the City-Star of Pusan shrink behind as the infiltration shuttle made its approach. The chaotic city, built within a hollowed planetoid as the last civilized refuge before deep space, sailed alone in the midnight sea.

Ian R. MacLeod

March 15, 2022

Bethany Flett is out on the shore collecting driftwood when she notices the falling star. She watches it disappear into the open sea beyond the navigation lights of the British Grand Fleet and the encircling hills of Scapa Flow.

Gerry Huntman

March 1, 2022

Fred’s systems picked up the communications signal—it was weak and fragmented, not clear enough to make out anything comprehensible. He jolted into attention, shocked that there was anything out there at all.

Eric Fomley

February 15, 2022

The Obelisk outpost on Ghede Prime is littered with broken soldiers.

My nanoweave armor is singed and shredded, blood and mechanical fluid ooze and leak from my body. Pain twinges my every step. A soldier moans at my feet, a young man with purple hair. He clutches the stub where an arm once was. Tears streak his red cheeks.

Joab Stieglitz

February 1, 2022

The pounding at the front door shook the house. Three German soldiers in the black uniforms of the SS, followed by a sinister-looking man in a black leather overcoat, burst in when Karol opened the door.

“Monika Berger!” one of the soldiers shouted while another pointed his submachinegun at Karol.

Shannon Fay

January 15, 2022

Jenna’s breathing was so ragged it drowned out the roar of the crowd. Her opponent was being merciful, giving her a moment to recover after a brutal blow. She had known Cal for years but it was their first time facing each other in the arena. She had often wondered how she would fare against her insectoid friend. Not well, apparently.

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Read stories that capture the complexity, tragedy, and hope of warfare and violence in human (and nonhuman) society. The Bullet Points anthology offers classic stories alongside stories from up-and-coming authors, including H. G. Wells, David Drake, James C. Glass, Tony Ballantyne, and Walter Jon Williams.

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Read stories that capture the complexity, tragedy, and hope of warfare and violence in human (and nonhuman) society. Bullet Points 2 offers classic stories alongside stories from up-and-coming authors, including Joe Jaldeman, David Drake, Shannon Fay, Eric Fomley, T. Fox Dunham, and Tabitha Lord.

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Header image by Velizar Ivanov on UnsplashBullet Points cover images © Nathan W. Toronto"Fight for the Stars" image by NASA"Operation Jinx" image by Filip Blaha on Unsplash"Input: Memories" image by NASA"Fred Has a Productive Day" image by Danny Bradury on Unsplash"Selkie" image by Mark Foster on Unsplash"First Mission of Seth-7" image by NASA"Time Piece" image by NASA"Joenna's Ax" image by Dawn McIlvain Stahl (cropped, CC BY 2.0)"Quest Nine" image by NASA"Ghost Girl" image Bakhrom Tursunov on Unsplash"The Last Great Film" image by Matteo Bernardis on Unsplash