To Boldly Go

Leadership, Strategy, and Conflict in the 21st Century and Beyond

A multi-author exploration of leadership and strategy through the lens of classic science fiction.
Date Published :
September 2021
Publisher :
Editor :
Jonathan Klug, Steven Leonard
Contributor(s) :
Major General Mick Ryan
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240626
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


The literature of ideas. When author Pamela Sargent used those words to describe science fiction in 1975, the genre had exploded into the literary mainstream. As a literature of ideas, science fiction has proven to be a powerful metaphor for the world around us, offering a rich tapestry of imagination through which to explore how we lead, how we think, and how we interact. To Boldly Go assembles more than thirty writers from around the world—experts in leadership and strategy, senior policy advisors and analysts, professional educators and innovators, experienced storytellers, and ground-level military leaders—to help us better understand ourselves through the lens of science fiction

Each chapter of To Boldly Go draws out the lessons that we can learn from science fiction, drawing on classic examples of the genre in ways that are equally relatable and entertaining. A chapter on the burdens of leadership by Ghost Fleet author August Cole launches readers into the cosmos with Captain Avatar aboard the space battleship Yamato. In another chapter, the climactic Battle of the Mutara Nebula from The Wrath of Khan weighs the advantages of experience over intelligence in the pursuit of strategy. What does inter-species conflict in science fiction tell us about our perspectives on social Darwinism? Whether using Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to explore the nuances of maritime strategy or The Expanse to better understand the threat posed by depleted natural resources, To Boldly Go provides thoughtful essays on relevant subjects that will appeal to business leaders, military professionals, and fans of science fiction alike.

About The Author

Jonathan Klug is a professor at the U.S. Army War College, military strategist, and historian. A PhD candidate in Military and Naval History at the University of New Brunswick, he is an award-winning military history instructor and has taught at both the Air Force and Naval Academies.

Steve Leonard is an award-winning faculty member at the University of Kansas, where he chairs graduate programs in Organizational Leadership and Supply Chain Management. A senior fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, he is the author, co-author, or editor of five books and is a prolific military cartoonist.


Foreword by Major General Mick Ryan

Part I: Strategy
Part II: Conflict
Part III: Leadership
Part IV: Technology
Part V: Humanity


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