This year, the United States is set to embark on a soft close to the longest war of its history. While the vast majority of its troops may be withdrawn come the end of 2014, its unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones, as they’re better known – will be staying on.
Drones are more than just another advance in military capabilities. They represent a significant shift in the way countries engage with their enemy.
Vogel Award-winning author Andrew Croome’s latest novel Midnight Empire explores this new type of warfare and confronts the chilling question of what it’s like to be a modern soldier – clocking into work, killing a bunch of people half a world away, and then going home to your family.
Rest assured, Andrew’s book is not all grim – it’s also about love, connection and poker. What do these elements have to do with drone warfare? Listen to the interview to find out.
Midnight Empire is published by Allen & Unwin.
Interview broadcasted on ArtSound FM.
Interview date: 20 September 2012.
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