Post Reply Does anybody know any good military science-fiction novels?
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So I am looking to read some military science-fiction novels and I was wondering if any of you CR Users knew.

I'm looking for new books and old books. Anything military science-fiction related.


Forgive me if there is a thread like this one exist or not.

Enjoy!!!
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The one I read most recently was Ender's Game. That was good, dont read the sequels tho.
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octorockandroll wrote:

The one O read most recently was Ender's Game. That was good, dont read the sequels tho.


What is wrong with the sequels? Are they that bad?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:

The one O read most recently was Ender's Game. That was good, dont read the sequels tho.


What is wrong with the sequels? Are they that bad?


Very much so, yes.
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octorockandroll wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:

The one O read most recently was Ender's Game. That was good, dont read the sequels tho.


What is wrong with the sequels? Are they that bad?


Very much so, yes.


Okay. Know any others?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:

The one O read most recently was Ender's Game. That was good, dont read the sequels tho.


What is wrong with the sequels? Are they that bad?


Very much so, yes.


Okay. Know any others?


Well there are many good star trek and star wars books, but I dont know whether or not those would count as military. I hear Frederick Pohl's Heechee saga, but I still haven't been able to read that DX
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I can deal with Star Trek and Star Wars books.
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This is what I can think of off the top of my head.

The General series by David Drake and S. M. Stirling - A officer conquers his world with the help of an ancient battle computer.

Hammer's Slammers series by David Drake - Mercenary tank regiment. You really don't want to mess with the Slammers.

Ranks of Bronze by David Drake - Roman soldiers kidnapped by aliens to fight as their proxies on other worlds.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman - The effects of time dilation on the soldiers fighting an interplanetary war.

Falkenberg's Legion series by Jerry Pournelle - Mercenary infantry regiment. Prequel series to The Mote in God's Eye.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - Military SF classic. Power armored infantry vs alien bugs.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein - Insurgency campaign in the moon colonies.
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wyrvan wrote:

This is what I can think of off the top of my head.

The General series by David Drake and S. M. Stirling - A officer conquers his world with the help of an ancient battle computer.

Hammer's Slammers series by David Drake - Mercenary tank regiment. You really don't want to mess with the Slammers.

Ranks of Bronze by David Drake - Roman soldiers kidnapped by aliens to fight as their proxies on other worlds.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman - The effects of time dilation on the soldiers fighting an interplanetary war.

Falkenberg's Legion series by Jerry Pournelle - Mercenary infantry regiment. Prequel series to The Mote in God's Eye.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - Military SF classic. Power armored infantry vs alien bugs.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein - Insurgency campaign in the moon colonies.


Thanks for this.
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wyrvan wrote:

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman - The effects of time dilation on the soldiers fighting an interplanetary war.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - Military SF classic. Power armored infantry vs alien bugs.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein - Insurgency campaign in the moon colonies.

I definitely second these. Heinlein was great when I was young and Forever War was interesting for not ignoring the problems of interstellar travel without FTL technology.

Another option would be Old Man's War by John Scalzi. It contains some interesting ideas, such as transplanting the consciousness of elderly volunteers from Earth into genetically modified "clones" of their original body to serve as soldiers. Some of the alien species that humans end up in conflict with are fairly unusual as well.
Posted 10/26/16
Tom Clancy had a lot of good stuff.

The book is always better than the movie, the book for stuff like The Hunt For Red October blew the movie away.

Just like with anything else - even Star Wars episode 1 was an excellent book and began establishing Anakin's powerful intuition right from the beginning of the book, starting right away setting up the path to his fall so that by the time you read it happening in Revenge of the Sith, you know as powerfully as Anakin does, why he is making the choices he is. Something that the movies utterly fail to do.
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