All writing is a political statement. Characters, setting, aesthetics of a story, all are drenched in the themes and beliefs the authors are pushing, intentionally or unintentionally.

A cast of all-white dudes kickin’ ass and savin’ the day? That’s a political statement.

A cast full of diversity of colour, sexuality, and gender? That’s a political statement.

A setting where automation has lead to utopia is as politically charged as a setting where it has lead to corporate domination and dystopia. Every setting, from Predator to Star Wars to Fight Club to bloody Scooby Doo is all political, it’s all reflective of the creator’s agenda and thoughts and is intended to show why the author is right or wrong in what they present.

That’s why “we don’t want politics in our media!” is, and always will be, bullshit. Every story has something they want to tell, and things they tell without meaning to. Implications abound in every character, every arc, every story.

To say you don’t want politics in your media is to say you don’t want media itself.

The Condor Gauss Rifle

Condor Rifle

The Condor Gauss Rifle is a gauss weapon that uses electromagnetic coils to accelerate a projectile to hypersonic speeds, often nearly mach 7.5 (2552.175 meters a second). This makes it an incredibly deadly weapon, particularly for long-range slaughter.

The gun is electronic, fed from a cold fusion reactor that powers the coils and scope. The hydrogen fuel rods of the reaction last approximately a week before needing to be replaced.

The scope provides real-time data on wind conditions, penetrating power of the round against cover, and time it will take for a round to reach the targeted area. The gun features a highly complex TAI (Target-Assist Intelligence) that can scan and determine with roughly 95% accuracy the material that a given piece of cover is made of, along with a 99.9% accuracy on wind conditions, both of which can be improved even further with aid from orbital scans. Thus, the Condor is most often seen in the militaries of humanoid species, as it makes an ideal sniping weapon.

The Condor fires 80*15 mm ferromagnetic slugs, capable of piercing almost all armors found in light vehicles and infantry, though heavy armor such as that on a heavy tank or an assault mecha will merely be damaged. Like all gauss weapons, the bullet creates a stream of superheated plasma around and behind the bullet as it travels, due to the compression of air. This leads to deadly pressure differences in struck targets, where rapid expansion of air within a target causes the target to rupture.

The Condor magazine holds 10-25 rounds, depending on the model and the type of magazine used. There have been experiments into alternate forms of slugs, like the larger spaceship gauss weapons have, but so far they have remained very rare, as the simple Condor slug has proven more than effective, and incredibly cheap to produce to boot, with only small advantages being conferred with alternate payloads or shapes.

Art by: /u/Gauntes on reddit

 

 

Dulled Mind by Jared J. Fleming

IT ME!

Our Epic Worlds

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Dulled Mind is a novel, simply put, about Naomi’s life. And Naomi’s life isn’t exactly easy.

She goes from port to port, trying to hide her true nature as a psion from an intolerant and fearful world. She makes her living by being hired by governments to destroy targets, to complete missions that those in power don’t want their names attached to. One wrong move, and a planet turns against her. One misstep, and people around her die. She’s been doing this for fifteen years, and every day, she knows she comes closer to making enemies with the wrong people, displaying her powers at the wrong time. How long until the balancing act falls apart?

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