Going on the Account: Why We Be Boarded in Years to Come

There’s an interesting piece about pirates by Annalee Newitz at io9.com, prompted of course by the seizure of the Maersk Alabama.  While she spends most of the piece giving her readers the 101 on pirate history, an audience thatusually focuses more on superheroes and SF films, she makes an interesting point drawing comparisons between the English seadogs of Elizabeth’s time and the Somali pirates of today, how the former would go on to shape the geopolitics of the future the way the current buccaneers may do later on.

 

Also of interest are some of the points brought up by the readers there.  For a bunch of folks used to discussing science fiction, they have some interesting things to say about the Modern Age of Piracy…

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