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Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

I am looking for a new read. Can anyone recommend a good military Sci Fi Novel? Old or new will do.

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

I am looking for a new read. Can anyone recommend a good military Sci Fi Novel? Old or new will do.

Londonplod24 Oct 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

The 40k novels with Gaunts' Ghosts are pretty good.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 12:10 p.m. PST

Anything by H Beam Piper. The Horus Hersey 30K Novel are generally a good read.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

Try Legion from the HH series. One of the best of the series.

Jason O Mahony24 Oct 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

Honor Harrington – David Weber
Starfire Series – David Weber, John White,Charles E. Gannon, Shirley Meier

HardRock24 Oct 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

Any of the Hammer's Slammer's books by David Drake.

Jimmy da Purple24 Oct 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

undying mercenary series by B V Larson
Terms of Enlistment Marko Kloos-on audible its read by Luke Daniels who is great.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

Here are some that I've re-read a few times because they are that good.

The Union Series is written by Phillip Richards a ColorSgt in the British Army. Richards shows that he is a combat vet in his writing style, great combat and well thought out plot.


The second is Galactic empire wars by Raymond Weil. Space and ground combat.


TNE230024 Oct 2017 1:20 p.m. PST

Who Goes Here – Robert Shaw

Men have always joined the Space Legion to forget, devoting the rest of their lives to fighting for Mother Terra in return for the perfect inner peace of forgetfulness. Most forget a little; the memory erasure covers just the area surrounding their falling away from grace. But Warren Peace can't remember anything at all: "You must have been a monster," say his admiring fellow troopers.

With only a blue plastic toad to guide him in his search for his past, and the forces of Lieutenant Toogood, the redoubtable Captain Handy and, worst of all, the dreaded Oscars ranged against him, Warren sets out to learn just


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

David Drake--both the Hammer's Slammers (seconding HardRock's recommendation) and his more recent Leary & Mundy.
Jerry Pournelle's John Christian Falkenberg stories

Lest we neglect the classics, Gordon Dickson's "Dorsai" novels, and Ed Hamilton's "Star Kings" and "Starwolves" stories.

Dynaman878924 Oct 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

For Spaceship MilSciFi I like the Trafalgar Gambit series.


Or the Star Carrier series (author does a lot of ground pounder books too).


or the lost fleet series (writing gets better further along)


Though all of these have problems with characterization and the first one could really use an editor I find them fun reading.

PzGeneral24 Oct 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

The Moat in God's Eye. Niven and Pournelle….

Dentatus Fezian24 Oct 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

Armor by John Steakley.
Dan Abnett's Embedded.
John Scalzi's Old Man's War

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

Tanya Huff Confederation Marine series is good. John Ringo's Posleen series is good, also.

Major Mike24 Oct 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Old Mans War by John Scalzi. He has also written some follow on novels so if you like this one then you will have a few more books to read.

Grizzly7124 Oct 2017 4:46 p.m. PST

Here's a few I've gone thru.

The Lost Fleet Series by Jack Campbell
Fallen Empire Series by Lindsay Buroker
Odyssey One Series by Evan CUrrie
On Silver Wings Series Serices by Evan Currie
Black Fleet Trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle
Omega Force Series by Josha Dalzelle
The Blackcollar Series by Timothy Zahn
The Chronicles of Benjamin Jamison by Thomas Wright
Expeditionary Force Series by Craig Alanson

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 6:08 p.m. PST

Two classics come to mind.
Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Old Mans War by John Scalzi

jekinder624 Oct 2017 7:27 p.m. PST

Frank Chadwick of GDW's recent novels:



D6 Junkie24 Oct 2017 7:32 p.m. PST

A Small Colonial War: Robert A. Frezza

emckinney24 Oct 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

Actually, you need to read the trilogy:

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Forever War was written as a post-Vietnam reaction to SST. Old Man's War is a post-Cold War/post-Iraq SST.

As mentioned, Scalzi has written several sequels, and they generally maintain the quality of the first book. The recent "The Human Division" changes the focus and is excellent. However, you can't really understand it without having read the previous books.

emckinney24 Oct 2017 7:40 p.m. PST

Could you narrow down what you're looking for? Ground or space? Near future, far future, space fantasy? Pure shoot 'em up, more plot-driven, meditations on the human condition?

emckinney24 Oct 2017 7:53 p.m. PST

The Year's Best Military SF and Space Opera, from Baen Publishing?

"Through Struggle, the Stars" and "The Desert of Stars" by John Lumpkin. Very scientifically accurate, well-written, and fun. Shockingly, self-published through Amazon. I normally wouldn't mention anything self-published, but it's so much better than much of what makes it onto paper that it's bizarre.

And from an old master … what about "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Heinlein? Mostly not military SF in the traditional sense, but a heck of a book!

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 7:54 p.m. PST

Ok. I have read The Forever War & Starship Troopers. Old Mans War sounds like a good prospect along with the Hammers Slammers stories I haven't read yet.
I need to check out the Chadwick novels. No one mentioned Enders Game, it usually makes the best of lists nor Battlefield Earth (I haven't read it) another one often on the best of list. A lot of good ideas here for future reads.

McWong7324 Oct 2017 8:17 p.m. PST

Old Man's War and Hammers are excellent reads, you should definitely give them a go.

daveshoe24 Oct 2017 8:29 p.m. PST

Baen books has a list of their top Military SF books at this link:

Schogun25 Oct 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

I found the Old Mans War series by John Scalzi very enjoyable with lots of new ideas.

Steve25 Oct 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

This is a new series I've enjoyed, Galaxy's Edge. Space marines, lots of action. Reminds me of the best of the Hammers Slammers stories.



boy wundyr x Inactive Member25 Oct 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

A lot of good choices already, another pretty decent (but tank-less, except for one book) series is the Starfist marines. link

My only issue is about half of the marines are named after Philadelphia Flyers of the mid-1970s. It's bizarre. I suppose it works for non-hockey fans, but it's jarring if you know anything about the Bullies.

Stronty Girl Fezian Inactive Member25 Oct 2017 7:11 a.m. PST

The Red trilogy by Linda Nagata is one of my favourites. The first volume is First Light.

I also recently really liked:
Grunt Life by Weston Ochse
C.R.O.W. by Philip Richards
The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell

Also good but heading more into thriller territory is Going Grey by Karen Traviss.

LtJBSz Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Try Jay Allan's Crimson Worlds series, similar to Starship Troopers but with lots more combat (like using nukes to blow holes in lines)

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 9:11 a.m. PST

I just ordered these on my Audible account. I listen while painting my various miniature projects. The first 2 I have read but they were so good I would like to hear the narration.

1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
3. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
4. The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2 by David Weber
5. On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1 by David Weber
6. The Sky People by S. M. Stirling

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

Wow! read the first review on Galaxys Edge.


Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

The Amazon reviews, though only a few, are very good for a Small Colonial War by Robert A. Frezza. It is only 90 pages long with 3 books in the series.


andrewgilmartin Inactive Member25 Oct 2017 12:55 p.m. PST

I really enjoyed the first two of Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force series _Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1_ and _SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2_. I intend to read the others later in the year.

Dynaman878925 Oct 2017 5:14 p.m. PST

Nobody (even me) mentioned the grand dad of the genre, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Legion 426 Oct 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

Hammer's Slammers and SST IMO … And yes, WotW is up there too.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

Okay some old ones from Glen Cook

Subs in Space:


Three book Series


Ships that never die


Some from 40K but still good.



markdienekes Inactive Member12 Nov 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

Dan Abnett's Gaunts Ghosts is a great series. The 14th in the series is being published shortly (been waiting six years for it!).

Russ Lockwood18 Nov 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

Re-read the Lost Fleet series (Campbell) and the Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series (Campbell) and enjoyed them the second time around. Sure, quibbles across about a dozen books, and I can never quite figure out how a tabletop miniatures game would duplicate the multi-formation fleet tactics, but for reading, it's enough to understand that maneuver provides advantages over massive charge.

Am re-reading the Honor Harrington series and generally enjoy the first half of the series. Weber tends to drone on with 'around the campfire' (i.e. conference table discussions) of if-then, maybe-this situation ruminations, but I skim a couple pages until the plot picks back up.

Also just finished Jim Butcher's Aeronaut book one. The guy can write an interesting story, although he seems to borrow treecats (with a higher IQ twist) from the Harrington series. Not sci-fi per se, but more steampunkish/fantasy setting.

I didn't like the Frostgrave fantasy novel, but then again, I started to read it after Butcher's book. I lasted two or three chapters and tossed it -- hard to read that prose after Butcher's sweet style. Then again, it's probably what I call a 'milled' novel -- author does not own copyright and gets paid flat fee whether it sells 1 copy or 1 million, so the author churns out the word count as quick as possible. That's just a guess.

I'll have to investigate some of the other books mentioned above.

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