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Military Science Fiction

Ten books about waging war and making peace in distant times on distant worlds.


The Algebraist

The story of an anthropologist in the far future and his epic quest to solve a mystery that will prevent an apocalyptic war between two alien civilizations.


Ender's Game

A modern classic that bridges the adult/young adult science fiction gap, featuring a five-year-old boy training for military duty against an alien civilization.


Devil to the Belt

Collecting two books, Hellburner and Heavy Time, Devil to the Belt is the epic story of brewing tensions between interstellar governments and corporate interests, and the average people who get caught in the middle.



The first of three books in his Starfishers trilogy, Cook offers up a story about a generations-old feud between two mercenary generals in a far flung future.


The Forever War

This Hugo and Nebula Award winning classic is an allegorical story about a young combatant fighting a war against an alien species that never seems to end.


Starship Troopers

Heinlein's famous novel about futuristic space combatants that's as philosophical as it is action-packed.


Trading in Danger

The first of five books in the Vatta's War saga, series heroine and military school dropout Vatta uses an inherited cargo ship to start a space business, only to get caught in the middle of dangerous interplanetary politics.


Old Man's War

In the not-so-distant future, the elderly are offered another chance at youth—in exchange for military service in Earth's spacefaring Colonial Defense Force.


On Basilisk Station

The beginning of David Weber's ongoing space saga featuring Honor Harrington, a tough female officer in the space navy of the Star Kingdom of Manticore.


The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells's masterpiece about alien invaders from Mars and Earth's struggle against them.