Chinese Special Forces raid the Galle Face Hotel...

Picture credit TheNationalInterest.org (These are actually Indian special forces)

Picture credit TheNationalInterest.org
(These are actually Indian special forces)

… In my new book, The Hundred Gram Mission.

It launches at Lanka Comic Con, on Saturday.

 

TL:DR

If you like spaceships, realistic spaceships that could actually be built one day - you should like this book.

If you like reading about Modern Warfare, and the near-future directions it may go - you should like this book.

If you think laser satellites should snipe at terrorists from orbit, and that Search and Destroy drones should climb down stairs, and check basements, you will definitely like this book.

This pic, plus lots of shooting, pretty much sums up the book.  Picture Credit: Blastr.com

This pic, plus lots of shooting,
pretty much sums up the book. 
Picture Credit: Blastr.com

The Hundred Gram Mission DRM-free Ebook, is available for pre-order now on Amazon, for just $0.99. The print edition - for Lanka Comic-Con, and only on sale there - will go on sale on Saturday (at 500/= a copy).

If you let me autograph your copy, I will write things like “you better get that rash checked,” or “there's this guy following you everywhere don't you see him?” or “I have told your parents that you never flush, on purpose. They believe me.”

 

Traveling to Another Star?

Take Elon Musk's goals, but put them in Donald Trump, and you have the book's main villain, Daryl Spektorov.

Take Elon Musk's goals, but put them in Donald Trump, and you have the book's main villain, Daryl Spektorov.

 

 

Many (boring and smelly) people, still find problems with space programs. Most recently, many question why India is sending probes to Mars, when it has plenty of domestic poverty.

There are many answers to that question - In my book, I list some of the popular ones. Neil deGrasse Tyson I think has the best: when a country sets itself difficult engineering or science goals, it moves forward. There are nations that explore, and then there's everyone else. If you want to get ahead, you have to get serious about Science and Exploration.  For our ancestors, that was getting in a ship and coming to Sri Lanka. For our children, that will be getting on a ship, and going to Mars.

The Hundred Gram Mission is set just 35 years from now. Sea levels have risen. Climate refugees are everywhere. Terrorism is on the rise, many Third World countries have become Failed States.

The battle isn’t just against chaos, but also between Western-style democracy, and Chinese-style order. America is tired of military adventures, and ascendant China has troops all over Africa and Asia.  As during the Cold War, between Communism and Capitalism - the contest is for the hearts and minds of the entire world.

“What the hell was that about?” asked the shooter.
Vasanth smiled. “I always wanted to kick a Sri Lankan bus driver, in the ass.”
— The Hundred Gram Mission

In the middle of this, a rich asteroid miner decides that he wants to send a private expedition to the nearest star. Can he do it? Should he do it? And is there anyone he won’t harm, to get what he wants?

If you have actually read this far, thank you for indulging me.

See you at Lanka Comic Con.

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