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Are you tired of feeling helpless in the face of global crises? Are you tired of watching the news and feeling like there’s nothing you can do to save the world?

Well, have no fear, my fellow dreamers — for I have discovered the ultimate solution to all of our problems: fictional heroes. That’s right, you heard me correctly: Fictional. Heroes.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: But wait a minute — fictional heroes aren’t real! How can they possibly save the world?

Let me explain.

Fictional heroes have the power to inspire us in ways that real people can’t. Listen up. They embody the values and ideals that we all hold dear, and they show us that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. They give us the courage to stand up for what’s right, even when it feels like the whole world is against us. And perhaps most importantly, they give us something to believe in. Truth, justice, and the American way comes to mind.


Let’s take a look at another example. And you know what? Let’s think big. How about saving not just our world, but many worlds?

Kirk saves the world(s)Ever hear of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk? He may be a fictional Starfleet captain, but he inspired interest in the exploration of space. The exciting discovery of new worlds is a goal that all of humanity can unite behind. At present, the utopian-but-fictional United Federation of Planets (UFP) seems like the closest we can come to an interplanetary society. But whether or not we colonize outer space, the UFP’s values would go a long way to saving the world we know.






Cord Devlin takes this to heart. His valuable assistance to U.S. intelligence has helped save the world on more than one occasion.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Wait a minute. Those examples are from movies, TV shows and novels, not real life. How can they possibly help us in the real world? Well, my dear naysayers, let me tell you something: the line between fiction and reality is blurrier than you might think. Fictional heroes have already inspired real behaviors.





Hercules inspired modern athletics. Sherlock Holmes revolutionized police procedures. Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon inspired Apollo astronauts. I could go on, but the stories that fictional heroes star in can be powerful tools for education and activism.

So how can you use fictional heroes to save the world?

It’s simple: watch their shows and movies, and let their examples inspire you to take action. Get involved in causes you care about, and don’t be afraid to speak out against injustice. Remember that even small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. And most importantly, always remember that hope is the greatest weapon we have against despair.


The world may be a dark and scary place, but with the help of fictional heroes, we can make it a little brighter. So go forth, my friends, and save the world. And remember: even if the world doesn’t  change perceptibly, you will.

And that is the most important thing of all.

The End

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Do you have any heroes you’d like to emulate? Tom Brady? Neil Armstrong? President Kennedy? I think we’ve all wondered how our heroes would handle some of the same life challenges we face. It’s a healthy activity; it means we’re engaged in the serious process of trying to be better — trying to become the best versions of ourselves.

How about fictional heroes?

It doesn’t sound as serious, but these characters can have an even more powerful impact on us than “real” people.


Ever faced one of life’s challenges and asked yourself, how would Jason Bourne handle this? Sherlock Holmes? How about Conan the Barbarian?

My multibook protagonist, Cord Devlin, lives by this kind of introspection. But he always aspires to the same characters; and for him, life tests are hardly ever mundane.

You see, Cord Devlin is an intelligence freelancer. He’s worked for the NSA, the CIA, and he even helped the FSB on occasion. Those students of Cold War history will recognize the FSB as the successor to the Soviet Union’s KGB.

So given Cord’s profession, you’re probably guessing that he’d fantasize about how James Bond would handle his job. A good guess, but it’s wrong.

Cord Devlin is a Star Trek fanatic.


I’ve enjoyed writing a character that does what I do: view the world through a Starfleet prism. Cord enjoyed many of the incarnations of Star Trek, but he paid particular attention to the original series, which he studied for its life lessons. In his dealings with people, Captain Kirk is more likely to be quoted than Socrates or Churchill or Sun Tzu.

I know what you’re thinking: What does Star Trek have to do with national security? Well, the answer is: a heck of a lot more than Ian Fleming’s novels… at least in the most-recent adventure of our hero.

Fortunately for Paul McMaster, Devlin’s CIA handler, Cord’s childish fixation on the iconic TV series is exactly the mindset needed for the bizarre assignment thrust upon him. Any other agent would have their reason blasted by the otherworldly threat — not to just the USA but to mankind.

Because of Cord’s broadminded acceptance of cosmic possibilities, he’s ideally suited to deal with extraterrestrial designs on the human race. Perhaps the wisdom he picked up from following the defenders of the United Federation of Planets will see him through his most- rewarding, most-daunting challenge yet!

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