"No, I think space combat's more honest. All previous forms of warfare had this nauseating insincerity to them, a false hope that you weren't just a murderer. Armies could retreat. Navies had lifeboats. Fighter jets had ejector seats.

There's no escaping death in space."
"Your average spacecraft has about a metre of plating, insulation and foil separating you from hard vacuum. Maybe, just maybe your ship takes a glancing hit and only loses the compartment you're in. Shrapnel from the impact will still kill you if the decompression doesn't."
"Evacuate? Nah, you're not getting out of that room, even if you're right next to the door. Seals have to slam down quick, or the entire ship loses atmosphere. A vented ship's a dead ship. At that point, might as well pull your suit's oxy feed - speed up what'll happen anyway."
"And that's all assuming you just get scraped by railshot - and a scrape can still kill a ship! What if it hits the fuel tank? What if it takes out attitude control? What if your radiator snaps off?

And the gunboys don't aim for scrapes. They're going for centre of mass."
"See, all the films and games back in the twenty-first made it seem like we'd be shooting at each other from a hundred clicks away, like fights would be over in seconds. Nah, you see the killshot hours before it reaches you. Sometimes days. Gives you some time to think."
"At that distance, you got a lot of time to not be where the shot's gonna be. Just a brief burst on the engine, and you're outta harm's way. But fuel's not cheap. Delta-V budgets are tight as fuck. Gotta brake when you get where you're going. Gotta dock, gotta land."
"No room on this tub for lifeboats, escape pods, whatever you wanna call them. Too heavy, and how long is a rescue gonna take? I'll tell you: too long. We've got one ship and we're flying on it, and if it goes down, we all die with it. It's one and done, kid. No second chances.
"And you don't reckon they're all thinking the same thing, over there? Their only way to make it home is if you die first. Just like there's no way out for us, there's no way out for them, either. Their ship is their life too. Out in the black, everyone fights by the same rules."
"So when you run the numbers and you line up your shots, kid, you run them good, and you run them quick, because there's some greenhorn on the other ship doing his first rotation too. And he's getting the exact same pep talk from someone just as ugly as yours truly."
"And never forget that when you pull the trigger, twelve people are gonna die, and the blood'll be on your hands, because this is a goddamn war, and us soldiers just don't get the luxury of lying to ourselves no more.

It ain't good work, but at last, at long last, it's honest."

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