Donald Trump’s Space Force plans analysed by a sci

Seasoned watchers of both US politics and US science fiction will have had the uncanny feeling, though, of having seen this all before.

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The rhetoric of both Pence and Trump, referring respectively to “the boundless expanse of space” and the necessity for “American dominance,” is inherently science-fictional, but of a particularly American kind. It is not the cooperatist vision of Soviet science fiction, nor the ramshackled approach of British sci-fi (take Doctor Who), and certainly not the Afrofuturist marriage of esoteric technology and indigenous folklore, seen most recently in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.

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Donald Trump’s Space Force plans analysed by a sci

Paul March-Russell does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


The US leadership has plans to introduce a ‘US Space Force’ by 2020. Already announced by president Donald Trump in June, US vice president Mike Pence outlined further details of the plan at a press conference on August 9. The Space Force, he said, would consist of an elite corps of soldiers trained to fight in space, and a space command that would design military strategies for warfare beyond the atmosphere.

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