In 2005, the army contracted Karl Schroeder, a Toronto writer, to pen Crisis in Zefra, a 27,000-word book set in a mythical African state 20 years in the future.
Now the army plans to hire Mr. Schroeder again to write Zefra II, another sci-fi book about what Canadian soldiers may face in 2040, said Lt.-Col. Rostek, one of a small team of soldiers who advise the army about what may come to pass three decades from now.
According to Mr. Schroeder’s website, Crisis in Zefra concerns “a group of Canadian peacekeepers who are trying to ready the city for its first democratic vote while fighting an insurgency.”
While normally I’d think this would be a complete waste of money and a huge ego stroke, this is something the Canadian military needs. We need larger than life heroes that are actually Canadian that we can look up to. Our soldiers are getting killed every day in Afghanistan with no real sense of what they are doing or when they are coming home (sounds like another battle I’m sure everyone’s heard about). If this can get spirits up, then I’m all for it. Ultimately the end goal is getting our troops out of harm’s way, but as long as they’re there, we can at least give them some entertainment considering the last CF Show listed on the CFPSA website was in 2006. Pretty despicable if you ask me. I’m going to do some more investigating on that note.
Karl Schroeder has the whole novel available for download on his website in pdf format. Crisis in Zefra.