Many sci-fi authors are debating issues surrounding the so-called "super soldier." By "super soldier," sci-fi authors simply mean soldiers who are equipped with the powers of modern technology. Since sci-fi authors are always looking into the future, some are concerned about how the ideals of the soldier will change in the coming years. Sci-fi writers wonder what effects these de-humanizing technologies will have on soldiers, commanders, and how we all generally think of war.
Even soldiers nowadays in industrialized societies have a remarkable amount of technology at their disposal. With GPS tracking, portable computers, infrared lasers, and many more tech tools, the skills soldiers of the past few centuries needed to survive have been quickly obsolesced. But with all this technical convenience, sci-fi authors wonder if the soldiers of tomorrow are becoming more like unthinking stormtroopers rather than the free thinking rebel soldiers of Lucas' Star Wars films.
One way sci-fi authors believe writers in the future will still be able to explore this issues of "machine versus man" is to place soldiers in situations that require prolonged solitude. Even in older war novels from the Civil War, the World Wars, and Vietnam, most readers can probably recall many instances where protagonists have to do soul-searching away from the battlefield. This confrontation with one's own humanity will have even more power in the sci-fi works of tomorrow.
One example sci-fi authors often go back to is the classic film Blade Runner. Although not specifically about war, this film deals with all the issues that will weigh on man's conscience as the technological revolution continues. Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is the conflicted "super soldier" par excellence. Deckard works in this futuristic Los Angeles as a "Blade Runner" tasked with killing many sophisticated and conscious robots. Throughout the course of the film, eyes
Where does man end, and where does his machine begin? This is a central question the future tech-savvy soldier will increasingly have to face. Many sci-fi writers believe this is a central question they will have to meditate on in their fiction.