If I told you told you about an article detailing meetings between Sci-Fi writers and the top brass from various national security agencies you’d probably think I read it in The Onion. And you’d be correct. If by “The Onion” you meant the Washington Post :
The line between what’s real and what’s not is thin and shifting, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has decided to explore both sides. Boldly going where few government bureaucracies have gone before, the agency is enlisting the expertise of science fiction writers.
The cost to taxpayers is minimal. The writers call this “science fiction in the national interest,” and they consult pro bono. They’ve been exploring the future, and “we owe it to mankind to come back and report what we’ve found,” said writer Arlan Andrews, who also is an engineer with the Navy in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Andrews founded an organization of sci-fi writers to offer imaginative services in return for travel expenses only. Called Sigma, the group has about 40 writers. Over the years, members have addressed meetings organized by the Department of Energy, the Army, Air Force, NATO and other agencies they care not to name.
I wonder if they met with the CIA to discuss new methods for “enhanced interrogations”. Or perhaps they’re looking to make contact with extra terrestrial beings who will allow us to rendition unwanteds to their planets for “futher questioning”.
I’m sure a lot of people will have problems with this despite the practically non existant costs. Personally, I’m all for it. In fact I’d strongly urge the government to take this one step farther. How about the CIA consulting ninja’s on stealth tactics or the Navy consulting pirates on naval battles.