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Portents of World Cyberwar - WSJ
July 12, 2015

A new novel, “Ghost Fleet,” warns Americans about advances in cyberwarfare that could leave the U.S. as unprepared as Britain was against the U-boats. The title refers to mothballed warships and planes the U.S. recommissions because their pre-Internet technologies haven’t been hacked. (Disclosure: The publisher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on whose board I serve.)

Authors Peter Singer and August Cole are think-tank policy wonks inspired by Tom Clancy’s 1986 “Red Storm Rising.” Clancy’s descriptions of emerging technology, including still-secret stealth aircraft, were so accurate that he was accused of using classified material. The authors of “Ghost Fleet” call their genre “useful fiction.”
cyber_warfare  China  China_rising  fiction  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  U.S._Navy  books  security_&_intelligence  Asia_Pacific  Tom_Clancy  unprepared  stealth 
july 2015 by jerryking
Tom Clancy knew that it was all about the story
Oct. 04 2013 | The Globe and Mail | ROBERT WIERSEMA

Late one afternoon, two men came into the store, clearly American in that slightly louder-talking, slightly bigger-than-life way that stands out in unassuming Victoria. They wandered the store for a bit before stopping at the display of Tom Clancy’s then-newest paperback, The Sum of All Fears.

One of the men brought a copy to the cash desk. Rather than pulling out his wallet, though, he asked to borrow a pen. Flipping the book open, he signed the title page, along with a note, something along the lines of: “Thank you for your support.”

He slid the book back across the desk to me with a small smile. And then, without another word, Tom Clancy left the store.

That casually bad-ass blend of hubris and humility was my one personal encounter with Clancy.....Clancy was one of a group of authors that included the recently departed and much-missed Elmore Leonard and Ray Bradbury, among others, who reminded me of the values of storytelling, the virtues of characterization, plot and wonder – elements that were either overlooked or looked down upon in the English department.
Tom_Clancy  covert_operations  espionage  authors  tributes  obituaries  writers  storytelling  virtues  characterization  plot  wonder 
october 2013 by jerryking
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
October 2, 2013 | |By JULIE BOSMAN.

Tom Clancy’s debut book, “The Hunt for Red October,” was frequently cited as one of the greatest genre novels ever written. With the book’s publication in 1984, Mr. Clancy introduced a new kind of potboiler: an espionage thriller dense with technical details about weaponry, submarines and intelligence agencies.
obituaries  writers  fiction  security_&_intelligence  espionage  covert_operations  Cold_War  Tom_Clancy  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Franchise Takes On Occupy Wall Street
I complain about the cheesiness and flimsiness of conservative popular culture a lot of time, but I feel like Tom Clancy has always been a worthy foe in terms of being able to create compelling storylines that do a decent (I haven’t been converted) job of selling conservative policies and ideals. Part of his talent is for inventing villains, from the Japanese pilot who destroys the Capitol in an eerie prefiguring of the September 11 attacks in Debt of Honor to the Chinese leaders who invade Siberia. And nowhere has the Clancyverse done better at upping the stakes and turning conservative boogeymen into national security threats than in the Rainbow Six franchise, which pits an elite multinational team (Clancy’s world is scary, but he does seem to love him some multilateralism). The Rainbow Six team’s gone from combatting eco-terrorists, nuclear terrorists who acquire fissile material during the collapse of the Former Soviet Union, fascists who are hoping to manipulate oil prices and financial markets , anarchist and “Third World” bio-terrorists, border terrorists who threaten that Church of Capitalism, Las Vegas, Hutu rebels, and apparently now Occupy Wall Street-inspired terrorists:

Get More:, Rainbow Six: Patriots – VGA 2011: Exclusive Debut Trailer, PC Games, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

I would love to see the mic check that goes into getting consensus for this kind of nonsense. But as much as I’d just love to knock this impulse, I’m also dead sure that while most of Hollywood will blame one-off Ponzi schemers for much of the recession, conservative artists will try to help cement a narrative that the 99 percent movement and advocates of financial system reform are inherently anti-capitalist and violent. Our culture will identify a few individual villains in the halls of power. But some narratives will demonize wide swaths of people who protest against not just Bernie Madoff and his assorted pop-culture knockoffs, but the bankers of Margin Call and the culture that made them so successful. It’s a lot easier to paint protesters as violent thugs than it is to explain what the financial system as a whole did to us, and helped us do to ourselves. But just because those narratives are easy doesn’t make defaulting to them good storytelling or good politics.
Alyssa  General  99_Percent_Movement  Terrorism  Tom_Clancy  from google
december 2011 by langer
Splinter Cell Conviction iPad App Goes HD [Ipad Games]
It's pricey at a tenner per download, but anyone who's played Splinter Cell Conviction on the iPhone can vouch for the quality of the Xbox 360 port. More »
Ipad_Games  app  Apple  apps  Games  ipad  iPad_Apps  Splinter_Cell  splinter_cell_conviction  Splinter_cell_conviction_hd  tom_Clancy  from google
august 2010 by gefen

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