Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Good Start. Now Call Us.

Sci-fi writers join war on terror - Looking to prevent the next terrorist attack, the Homeland Security Department is tapping into the wild imaginations of a group of self-described "deviant" thinkers: science-fiction writers.

"We spend our entire careers living in the future," says author Arlan Andrews, one of a handful of writers the government brought to Washington this month to attend a Homeland Security conference on science and technology.

Those responsible for keeping the nation safe from devastating attacks realize that in addition to border agents, police and airport screeners, they "need people to think of crazy ideas," Andrews says.

It's a great idea. Now, Homeland Security, may I suggest you tap into another potential brain trust? By which I mean thriller writers. I mean, who spends more time trying to think up ways for evil people to wreak havoc on a huge, even global scale (other than, say Osama bin Laden)?
Of course, thriller writers think about more than just nefarious plans...they think up ways to successfully thwart them.

Think about it...when Condi Rice testified that no one imagined the idea of using airliners in suicide attacks, how many of you immediately thought "Tom Clancy did." I myself have figured out a way to sneak bladed weapons through metal detectors that I think is pretty much foolproof.

Call me.


Kristy Kiernan said...


And if anyone wants to know how to, um, stop the criminal overcooking of shrimp, call ME!

I'm not much good at Homeland Security, but I will keep us fed. As long as you're not allergic to shellfish. You poor folk are screwed.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

That's great. I'm sure the DHS will be all set for the next alien invasion.