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Author of sci-fi novel quoted by Prabowo in fiery campaign speech says 'this takes the cake'

Detik News - March 22, 2018

Bagus Prihantoro Nugroho, Jakarta – The author of the novel Ghost Fleet, Peter Warren Singer, has uploaded a photo of Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson Prabowo Subianto on his Twitter account.

Ghost Fleet is a fictional novel about a future war in which Indonesia no longer exists or has been disbanded.

"The leader of the Indonesian opposition quoted from #GhostFleet in a fiery campaign speech", wrote Singer on his Twitter account @peterwsinger as quoted by Detik.com on Thursday March 22.

Singer also included a link to an English language article which reported on how Prabowo had quoted from his novel. Singer said that this is something that was quite unexpected.

"There have been many twists and turns and unexpected changes in the experience of this book, but this perhaps takes the cake...", wrote Singer.

There have been many unexpected twists and turns from this book experience, but this may take the cake... pic.twitter.com/KcRmUO2nzx
 – Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) March 21, 2018. https://twitter.com/peterwsinger/status/976450735280881671?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Singer posted the tweet last night (March 21) at around 8.30pm. An hour later he tweeted a CNN report about Chinese President Xi Jinping wanting to "defeat his country's enemies".

The novel Ghost Fleet does indeed tell the story of a war between the United States and China. Singer also re-posts a tweet by his colleague who coauthored the book, August Cole.

"Fiction, not prediction right?", tweeted Cole. "Ask the Indonesian general", replies Singer.

Ask the Indonesian general... https://t.co/Io5s9vt4Pu
– Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) March 21, 2018

In a campaign speech posted on Gerindra's official Facebook page on March 18, Prabowo makes the claim that "...in other countries they have made studies where the Republic of Indonesia has been declared no more in 2030". The study referred to by Prabowo is in fact a fictional sci-fi techno war thriller by authors August Cole and P. W. Singer titled Ghost Fleet.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was Penulis Novel 'Ghost Fleet' Posting Foto Prabowo di Twitter.]

Source: https://news.detik.com/berita/3930372/penulis-novel-ghost-fleet-posting-foto-prabowo-di-twitter.

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