The Influence of the OSS
There is nothing new under the sun- or orbiting it, in this case. Listen, if you will, as I briefly describe a character and then think to yourself whom that character might be.
Our antihero is a smuggler who adventures through space with his alien partner, who happens to be from a jungle planet. He's a shoot first, ask questions later kind of guy, but he always ends up doing the right thing in the end, if reluctantly. He keeps his trusty blaster within arm's reach at all times. His ship may not look like much, but it's fast and will get the pilot out of a jam when needed.
If you are anything like most people, this describes Han Solo, the iconic space cowboy of Star Wars. But in fact, I was describing Northwest Smith, a character created by a woman named C.L. Moore in 1933.
I've only read one of Moore's Northwest Smith tales, but I'm looking to purchase a collection of them soon. However, it got me thinking about how much later sci-fi might owe to the OSS. Star Trek's Trouble with Tribbles comes to mind, being a blatant retelling of the "flat cat" incident in Robert Heinlein's "The Rolling Stones".
A more recent example is the videogame "Destiny" published by the developer Bungie. The world this game depicts is a tribute to the Solar System of old: Venus is a jungle planet, Mars a dying world covered in ruins, the moon is riddled with catacombs and inhabited by an insectoid race. The planets were Terraformed by a fallen human empire and the aliens come from interstellar space, but the hand of the OSS is clearly seen. (One could even, if one is being forgiving, qualify the story of this game as OSS fiction proper - sure, the habitability of the worlds was brought about artificially and the aliens aren't native, but the spirit of the OSS is alive in this modern story, and that could be enough if one wanted it to be.)
So I put it to you, fellow readers. Where else can the influence of the OSS be found in more recent culture? Plot points, characters, settings that seem familiar?