Bullet Points

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

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.

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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.

David Drake

October 15, 2021

Margritte grappled with the nearest soldier in the instant her husband broke for the woods.

H. G. Wells

December 1, 2021

The young lieutenant lay beside the war correspondent and admired the idyllic calm of the enemy’s lines through his field glass.

“So far as I can see,” he said, at last, “one man.”

Nathan W. Toronto

November 15, 2021

Like most Frank Herbert fans, I have waited years for a movie that captures the scope and feel of his epic novel, Dune. Denis Villeneuve’s movie adaptation, I am happy to report, absolutely nails it.

Walter Jon Williams

November 1, 2021

Speakers in the hospital ceiling chimed a series of low, whispery, synthesized tones, tones scientifically proven to be relaxing. Reese looked down at the boy in the hospital bed and felt her insides twist.

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Header image by Velizar Ivanov on UnsplashBullet Points cover image © Nathan W. Toronto"Wolf Time" image © Walter Jon Williams (used by permission)Cotton image by Trisha Downing on Unsplash"The Land Ironclads" image by Sam Knight on Unsplash"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