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Military Science Fiction?

#1
So, anyone know some decent military sci-fi worth reading?

I read The Forever War a couple of weeks back, thought it was awesome. Written by some US Vietnam Vet. Purple Heart.
I was suggested to read Starship Troopers which I am half way through (The original book, not the films version), also very good so far.

I had a look on Amazon and the similar suggestions option gave some results, but not found anything that was like the above.
 
#2
So, anyone know some decent military sci-fi worth reading?

I read The Forever War a couple of weeks back, thought it was awesome. Written by some US Vietnam Vet. Purple Heart.
I was suggested to read Starship Troopers which I am half way through (The original book, not the films version), also very good so far.

I had a look on Amazon and the similar suggestions option gave some results, but not found anything that was like the above.
Try Games Workshop's Black Library website.
 
#3
John Scalzi's Old Man's War series. Very much in the vein of Henlein.


If you've got some time to invest and you find you like the setting go to the Baen Free Library and download a Honor Harrington book or two by David Weber. The first is On basilisk Station.
Don't be put off by the cover, it's American and their covers are always crap - you should see the travesties they put on Terry Pratchett books, replacing the Old Master pastiche on the Nightwatch for a start.

The series gets a bit political later on but the first three or four books are pretty good and if you like 'em you'll probably keep plugging on.

There's lots of other similar stuff by that author and others available for free on that site, Baen has got to rank as one of the world's most generous publishers.
 
#4
Have a look out for The Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley
6 books, with a good look at the 2989 expedition, of the Lady from Lousiana who initiated the Plainfolk campaign.

Triple volley air rifles, steam hoses for antiwagon ambushes and skywarriors.
 
#5
Try Games Workshop's Black Library website.
Perhaps not if you're looking for, as your reading so far suggests, serious science fiction with a high level of accuracy in terms of what might be possible in the future; they tend to have a fantasy slant. However, their 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager. It's like Sharpe/Sven Hassel in space - good fun.

Harry Turtledove's 'In the Balance' was quite interesting; he's written a lot of alternative history stuff, so might be worth Googling.
 
#6
The "Death's Head" series by David Gunn, no it isn't about nazis in space either! Well written stories, easy to read and some fantastic violence.
 
#7
Perhaps not if you're looking for, as your reading so far suggests, serious science fiction with a high level of accuracy in terms of what might be possible in the future; they tend to have a fantasy slant. However, their 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager. It's like Sharpe/Sven Hassel in space - good fun.

Harry Turtledove's 'In the Balance' was quite interesting; he's written a lot of alternative history stuff, so might be worth Googling.
Im working my way through the Gaunts Ghosts series at the moment. Very good. Well recommended!
 
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MARTOK

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#8
So, anyone know some decent military sci-fi worth reading?

I read The Forever War a couple of weeks back, thought it was awesome. Written by some US Vietnam Vet. Purple Heart.
I was suggested to read Starship Troopers which I am half way through (The original book, not the films version), also very good so far.

I had a look on Amazon and the similar suggestions option gave some results, but not found anything that was like the above.
If you have an author or title this is a good site for reviews.

Fantastic Fiction
 
#9
Dunno about 'good', but John Ringo's Aldenata series (Baen, with a couple of freebies) is readable and has slightly more in it that's palatable for a military reader (IMO) than a lot of SF (even as a space cadet, Start Trek used to irritate the hell out of me with its almost complete lack of combat technology (it came across like a cruise liner with cannon bolted on and the Red Coats given phasers but no armour/defensive aids or tactical training))

There are one or two good books covering the Bolo and the Man-Kzin Wars series has a few enjoyable stories.
 
#11
Gordon R Dickson's Childe Cycle. No, it's not about a kid's bike. It's a series of books.

Dickson's Childe Cycle is set in a universe where younger colony worlds have developed into "splinter" cultures, including the philosophical and psychologically minded Exotics, and the puritanical, religious based Friendlies. Old "full spectrum” Earth is still a powerful force but its power is waning.
 
#12
Anything by Neal Asher. Not specifically military but hardcore SF with lots (and I mean lots) of violence, much of it on an awesome scale. Many of the characters are "drones" - artificial intelligences in "combat" robot bodies and they are usually veterans of various wars with alien races such as the Prador (Prador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

One character who pops up regularly is Sniper, an elderly war drone with a very bad attitude and a sarcastic tongue.

Some of the alien creatures and races such as the Prador make the Hollywood Alien and Predator look like a bunch of wusses.

Read and enjoy

Rodney2q
 
#14
Dunno about 'good', but John Ringo's Aldenata series (Baen, with a couple of freebies) is readable and has slightly more in it that's palatable for a military reader (IMO) than a lot of SF (even as a space cadet, Start Trek used to irritate the hell out of me with its almost complete lack of combat technology (it came across like a cruise liner with cannon bolted on and the Red Coats given phasers but no armour/defensive aids or tactical training))

There are one or two good books covering the Bolo and the Man-Kzin Wars series has a few enjoyable stories.
I'll second the Trek gripes, there's nothing sillier than characters being killed or seriously injured by being banged on the head when a simple helmet as reinvented c.1914 would have saved them. Babylon 5 and Farscape did at least envision troops armouring up before combat.
Another thing that irks me is people being sucked into space through a hull breach and then dying. If you're in action at sea you wear a life jacket so I'd have thought a basic spacesuit would be mandatory for space combat (this is something that David Weber gets right I think), you'd probably want to evacuate the "surface" areas of the ship to prevent oxygen feeding fires too.

For a couple of stand-alone books why not try Iain M. Banks' Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons?
 
#15
Perhaps not if you're looking for, as your reading so far suggests, serious science fiction with a high level of accuracy in terms of what might be possible in the future; they tend to have a fantasy slant. However, their 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager. It's like Sharpe/Sven Hassel in space - good fun.

Harry Turtledove's 'In the Balance' was quite interesting; he's written a lot of alternative history stuff, so might be worth Googling.
I did read some excerpts in a mini book of Gaunt's Ghosts, it was okay but I wasn't keen on the rest of the warhammer universe tbh.
Likewise with Excognito's comment about Star Trek, I just can't get into that stuff. I guess that's why I liked Haldeman's work, because he had served it made his writing more believable.

Some excellent suggestions here so far though, thanks. Looking at John Scalzi, Patrick Tilley & John Ringo's works online right now.
 
#16
The Deaths Head series by David Gunn is not too bad and the Black library Horus Heresy series is very good. Plently of books in that series to keep you going!
 
#17
I'll second the Trek gripes, there's nothing sillier than characters being killed or seriously injured by being banged on the head when a simple helmet as reinvented c.1914 would have saved them. Babylon 5 and Farscape did at least envision troops armouring up before combat.
Another thing that irks me is people being sucked into space through a hull breach and then dying. If you're in action at sea you wear a life jacket so I'd have thought a basic spacesuit would be mandatory for space combat (this is something that David Weber gets right I think), you'd probably want to evacuate the "surface" areas of the ship to prevent oxygen feeding fires too.
Yep. Space combat could be made a lot more 'realistic'.

For a couple of stand-alone books why not try Iain M. Banks' Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons?
Excession is pretty good - warrior Minds with decent names. :)
 
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Screw_The_Nut

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#18
Definately the Dorsai trilogy/saga - starting with "The Tactics Of Mistake", it's a blinder!

Also Jerry Pournelle's "Future History" and The Jannisaries trilogy (this one is really worth a go, contemporary squaddies get taken to a planet by aliens solely populated by other squaddies from history)

Roger Zelazny's "Lord Of Light"

Harry Harrison's bill The Galactic Hero series and The Stainless Steel Rat series.
 
#19
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson was a good read. Two stories in one, set during WWII and the present day. They join up at the end. The bit where one of America's leading geniuses tries to join the US Navy is great. He sits the USN 1942 equivalent of the BARB test, developing a radical new theory of fluid dynamics, that will win him a Nobel Prize after the war, in the process. The sergeant supervising the test cant understand it, scores him zero, tags him as a moron and sends him to play triangle on a ship's band.
 
#20
Yep. Space combat could be made a lot more 'realistic'.



Excession is pretty good - warrior Minds with decent names. :)
I say "realistic" but I suppose what I mean is either "internally consistent" or simply "not bloody stupid". Like the lack of seatbelts in Trek, that's bloody stupid and it looks it.
 

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